Twin Lakes, WI – Tech officials from across the country came together this past Saturday at Five Star’s Twin Lakes location for the second Body Tech Summit. The summit opened many doors of conversation about teching, rules, and cooperation amongst tracks and series.
“It was a great accomplishment for Five Star to put this together,” said Charlie Rockwell, Technical Director for the Pro All Stars Series. “The group of people on the tech side gave great commentary. The interaction between all areas of the country was pretty impressive.”
The main talking point of the summit was the new Late Model body which Five Star has introduced to the market for the 2019 season.
“The message we tried to get across was Five Star’s commitment to controlling the shape of the body and making the tech inspector’s job as easy as possible,” said Five Star President Carl Schultz. “I think we got that message across, and that was the feedback we received.”
As part of the summit, inspectors were able to get hands-on inspection experience thanks to Steve Apel providing his new Late Model body for demonstration. For comparison, Scott Vandenhuevel and Terry Korth provided their current-bodied car (driven by Jeff Van Oudenhoven).
“There were a lot of misconceptions on the new body that were explained,” said Dan Garber, inspector for the Northwest Super Late Model Series. “We could measure it ourselves and compare to the new body. It was nice to have it all here.”
In lieu of a lecture format, the floor was open for conversation and discussion of how to make things easier for the tech inspector, while also leveling the playing field for the racer. Many discussions broke out about how Five Star and the inspectors can work together going forward.
“There is a lot more unity in the racing community on the tech-staff side than I had seen in a long time,” said Kevin Rodgers, Technical Director at Slinger Speedway. “Guys are really willing to listen and talk and get on the same page. We all love the sport of racing and want to see it succeed.”
In all, Schultz was pleased with the presentation and discussion, and hopes to continue the discussion as to how manufacturers, promoters, and inspectors can work together to benefit the sport as a whole.
“There was so much open conversation about body tech and other issues concerning tech inspection,” Schultz said. “There was a lot of feedback from the group and a lot of positive feedback about the new body and how we designed it and the ease of teching. We’re going to have as many of these as necessary to get everyone on board.”
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