Road To Indy: eSeries and testing at Homestead

Jason had a blast participating in the second round of the TireRack: Road To Indy eSeries presented by CooperTires and racing with other prospects and drivers from USF2000 and Indy Pros. Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park is a half mile oval and Jason has very little experience with this kind of racing.  He qualified 19th of 23 but just was only 0.3 tenths of a second behind the leader.  The field was very tight.  After suffering some damage and spending some time in the pits he made his way up to 17th.  The second race was great, Jason battled his way up to 9th and was fighting hard with 8th and 10th when the cars tangled and he dropped back.  He continued to fight and finished 16th. Watch the full race on YouTube. The next race will be February 2nd at Barber Motorsports Park.

Jason and the Racing Bandit team competed in the iRacing 24 hrs of Daytona e-series on January 22nd.  They qualified 16th and moved into 9th after a few hours.  In the 8th hour of the race they suffered a 15 minute repair cycle after a GT car ran out of fuel and darted in front of them.  They dropped to 16th but continued to press forward finishing 7th and 16 laps down.

You may be wondering why Jason is racing with the Road To Indy Prospects.  In a few days, he’ll be heading to Florida’s Homestead Miami Speedway for two days of testing in the IGY6 Motorsports Road To Indy USF Junior F4 car.  More to come on this soon.

RTI Prospects eSeries:Round 2

Jason joined the Road To Indy Prospects eSeries at Virginia International Raceway, watch the full race, and qualified 6th of 18 drivers and withing shooting distance of a podium. During the first race he was spun heading into the first couple of corners and had to work his way back up to 12th. In the second race he worked is way up to 4th but tangled with lapped traffic in the closing race and finished 7th. Jason did qualify to race in the next race on the 19th at Lucas Oil Motorsports.

This week Jason will be racing again but this time at the Lucas Oil Raceway.  This will be interesting as he will be racing with some of the other drivers from USF 2000, Indy Pro, and Indy lights.   Racing will start again 6:45 CST join in and cheer for your favorite driver!

2022 Season Preview: Road To Indy Prospects eSeries

Jason Pribyl Autosports is thrilled to announce that Jason will be taking part in the Road to Indy Prospects eSeries in the coming weeks! There will be two race nights, January 12th at VIR and February 2nd at Barber Motorsports Park, each at 6:00 CST with two races each night.  He will be driving a virtual USF2000 car.  These races like last years WKA  eSeries will be broadcast on ApexRacingTV on YouTube and Facebook. 

  • 1/12 Virginia International Raceway (Road to Indy Prospects)
  • 1/19 Indianapolis Raceway Park (Road to Indy drivers plus top-10 prospects from VIR)
  • 2/2 Barber Motorsports Park (Road to Indy Prospects)
  • 2/7 Road America (Road to Indy drivers plus top-10 prospects from Barber)
  • 3/2 World Wide Technology Raceway – All-Star Invitational (special guests, Road to Indy drivers, Road to Indy Prospects – eligibility to be announced)

Race Day Schedule:
On race day, the League Session will open on iRacing at 5:00pm eastern time.
There will be a practice session until approximately 6:30pm eastern time.
At 6:45pm eastern time , an Open Qualifying session of 12 minutes will take place. Qualifying will be broadcast.
2 Races will follow starting at 7:00pm eastern time

Thank You Worldbridge Partners and Coach Downing

It’s time for some more sponsor thanks.
WorldBridge Chicago NW and Jack Downing were on board for the 2021 season. Jack is also a Coach for the local football team and wrestling teams. Back in the day he was Jason’s first football coach as a Junior Titan.
Jack and World Bridge: Thank you very much for your support this year. Please see them out as executive recruiters.


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Inside the SCCA: Podcast with Jason

Jason had a chance to talk to Brian Bielanski to talk about his path to the SCCA Runoffs this season, including the advantages of kart road racing with Championship Enduro Series brought, starting with Lucas Oil School of Racing,  and racing with Rennkraft Motorworks as a team. 

Subscribe to Inside the SCCA and Have a listen to Jason and a remembrance of Bob Introne.

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Inside the SCCA Podcast: Jason Pribyl

Big Dreams at Indy

We are now back home from our great adventure at the Indy Runoffs and had a chance to settle a bit. Before anything else though, THANK YOU for all of your support.  We would not have been able to get to this point without you!
 
2015 Watching at Indy, 2021 Racing at Indy

Jason did grate at his first Runoffs.  He qualified 9th and finished 8th. Unfortunately, a protest moved him back two position penalty and officially finished 10th.   His focus was to run clean and finish.  He had a good start, though he lost a couple of positions at the first turn.  He picked up spots as the race progressed and was able to take advantage of two restarts after full-course cautions.  In the last lap of the race he had light contact with another car (prompting the protest) but kept his car steady and moving forward.  At the checkered flag he had beaten some of the top drivers in the US.The pressure to do well is  intense for everyone.  As a rookie with dreams of racing professionally, he held a level head and focused on getting the job done.  He even handled his own court proceedings related to the protest and was praised by the race stewards for his maturity and kindness.

Here is Jason’s race as recorded by the SCCA, which includes driver introductions and some sponsor announcements.  Jason’s named sponsors are Rennkraft, Zamp Helmets and World Bridge Partners. 
 
 

The full video from Friday can be found here and has over 30,000 views on it

The FE2 season is officially over and his car was sold at the end of the weekend.  The previous drivers weren’t able to get the car up to speed.  Jason with the help of Rennkraft Motorworks demonstrated that the car is very competitive with the right team.  

The race season is not quite over yet.  Jason will run the 50 lap ‘Looong Race’ at Blackhawk Farms Raceway at the end of October.  There is a possiblity of another race but will announce once arrangements are farther along.

Jason even has some fans from the home town came to watch him race. 
Sadly, we missed taking a picture with T.J. Hollingsworth during his visit.
We heard from many of Jason’s fans who watch the live video as well. 

It’s Race Week!! SCCA Runoffs

Well this its time, 10 years of work have led Jason to entering the SCCA Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  We don’t really know what the week is going to bring but we have great hopes and thing he will be running near the front.  Here are some ways you can follow along.

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SCCA Runoffs Schedule

  • 9/24 – Arrive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • 9/25 – Test Day
    • 9:00 Session 1
    • 10:55 Session 2
    • 1:55 Session 3
    • 4:30 Session 4
  • 9/26 – Test Day
    • No Sessions for Jason
  • 9/27 – Test Day
    • 9:30 Session 1
    • 2:34 Session 2
  • 9/28 – 9:55 Qualifying Day 1
  • 9/29 – 9:55 Qualifying Day 2
  • 9/30 – 9:55 Qualifying Day 3
  • 10/1 – 10: 20 Race Day!!

 

 

The Road To Indy: SCCA FE2

Here are the previous two races as we count down the last few days to the SCCA Runoffs.   Additionally, Jason has won the SCCA Northern Conference Majors in his rookie season.   Congratulations Jason!

Back in early July, Jason has his second race weekend at Road America in the SCCA Cat Nationals.   This was also Jason’s grandma’s first race with him driving a car.  While she has been to a kart race but the stress and excitement of auto racing was a bit of surprise but by the end of the weekend she was all smiles and ready for the next weekend. 

Jason’s weekend was excellent he spent Friday testing and tuning his car.  The worked payed off on Saturday when he qualified second. Jason put on a great show keeping hot of the tail of the leader and made a pass with two laps to go but was quickly passed back.  With one lap to go Jason made a heroic pass in turn 5 and finished first. Unfortunately he missed a yellow flag in turn 4  before the pass and was called to the steward for a discussion.  He handled it very well and was given second place and probation for the next event.  On Sunday, he made up for his mistake and again qualified second but this time quickly passed for the lead and drove it all the way home for his second win of the season. 

In late July Jason raced at Gingerman, at track he as been racing karts at since 2013.  This also his mom’s first race in a while and like Grandma she was not quire prepared for the driver Jason has become.  She did enjoy the weekend but was worried about her ‘little boy’.   In the end she had a good time supporting her racer at the track. 

On both days Jason qualified third.  Saturdays race you could really see the change in his driving it was much more aggressive and he picked up over all spots on the start, though two FE2 leaders made a good gap.  He did finish 2nd because on of them had an off and was not able to recover.  On Sunday Jason started 7th on the grid and 2nd in his class.  When the green waved, he put pressure on the drivers in front of him into turn one.  By turn two he was by on and side by side with 5th place and by turn 5 he was by.   He held his position for the rest of the race bringing home 3rd in his class and 5th over all.

Next up are the SCCA Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   Jason is mentioned in as a Majors winner and potential contender in a SCCA Runoffs Report.  Jason has been working hard off the track and spent last Sunday at Autobahn turning his car and himself up for the season ending race.  GO JASON!

Thanks again to Rennkraft Motor Works for supporting Jason’s season we really appreciate the many hour of preparation that have gone into the car to get it read before each weekend.   We would also like to thank all our sponsors this season we hope that we have lived up to your expectations.  Thanks to the two Mom’s who share their children’s passion even though they don’t always understand it, we could not do this with out you. 

This is why we race: Gingerman Guest Driver

A few weekends ago Championship Enduro Series visited to Gingerman Raceway in New Haven, MI.   Jason’s first visit to the track was nearly 9 years ago, when he drove his little Briggs 206 powered green kart was well out classed by the other karts in his class but drove the full 30 minutes on both Saturday and Sunday.  As a 8 year old he was a dedicated driver and learned a lot about driving these big tracks.  Now, as a 16 year old he is racing with the adults is still working on his race craft and share his passion for endurance racing.  

The weekends task was to try to bring the black kart back to it former speed after reconstruction.  The chassis has been welded and re-enforced, it has a new seat, and has been wrapped in a new body.  It was first on the track at Grattan but only for a few laps, it was the limited mod kart at Mid-Ohio and was quite the handful but we didn’t really put any effort into it.  We put a few more lap on it at Blackhawk farms but it was seconds off the pace and it got parked.  To make it fast we really need to put some extra time in it.  Now that we had a few hours of practice on Friday that seemed possible.  

It would turn right well but left turns where just not happening.  In the 3 short hours of practice, Jason made some adjustments to the kart and eventually, the kart was handling mostly well.  He moved left rear wheel out and adding some left caster.   Even then, at the end of the night, he decided to reinstall the seat and it was another hour of thrashing on the kart but he felt it would be better.

Saturday morning brought a surprise our friend Violet Townsend was going to race her 206 sprint kart.  After watching her drive in the first race, while the animal whizzed around  and remembering Jason’s early days,  we decided she needed to be in Jason’s other kart.  Since, Jason had raced it all season it was nearly race ready and was rolled over the their pit for a fitting, which turned out to be spot on.

Jason finished his first animal 370 race in 2nd and the won the Animal 390 race.  Violet joined the Animals for the second 370 race.   She got off to a great start, as did Jason.  Both of them worked together pushing each other to the front.  Jason finished in 2nd and Violet in 3rd not too far behind.  The rest of the day was spent hanging out and bench racing with Chuck Townsend and Violet before they left for the night.

Sundays Racing was great as well, unfortunately Violet had to retire early in race one but Jason finished 3rd.  For the Animal 390 race Jason finished second and blew up his motor as he came off the track.  Since Violets day was done the four of us trashed on the the white kart putting wheels back on and taking off weight.  We dropped it on the ground and Jason drove it to the grid few moments before the race started.  He spent the first two or so laps adjusting to the karts handling while keeping up with the pack.  As the race progressed he pushed hard finishing third. 

This was Jason’s last kart race of the 2021 season but not quite the end of the race season and it was great to share it with the Townsend family.  Watching Violet step into a road kart and drive was really one of this seasons highlights.  Next up is a test day at Autobahn followed by the SCCA Runoffs at Indy in his FE2. 

Thanks to Chuck and Violet for hanging out with us and sharing in the fun of road racing.   Thanks to our 2021 sponsors, including Zamp Racing Helmets, OGIO, and EVS Sports for their continued support this season.