Napa’s Rob Krider won’t be running under the usual Krider Racing banner during the 2016 season.
He has signed a one-year contract to drive for Double Nickel Nine Motorsports, commonly referred to as DNN Motorsports, out of Del Rey, Calif.
Krider will race in the Honda Challenge series, a spec class for modified Honda and Acura vehicles doing battle on road courses across the country under the National Auto Sport Association sanctioning body.
The deal came through at the beginning of the year and suddenly has Krider moving teams and changing the type of car he drives for the 2016 road racing season.
Last year, he drove the Krider Racing Chevrolet Corvette Z06 and was featured on numerous episodes of the television show “Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car,” winning the first event of the year at Thunderhill Raceway and being invited to the finale in Las Vegas. Last year he was also seen racing on an episode of the BBC show “Mud, Sweat & Gears.”
This season, he will do less television work and concentrate on racing front wheel drive Acura Integras for DNN Motorsports. DNN signed Krider to be the team’s chief technical director and to drive all season in the Honda Challenge series, which culminates in a National Championship title shot in October. His teammate and co-driver at DNN Motorsports will be Keith Kramer.
“I’m very excited about this year,” said Krider. “Working with the guys at DNN has opened some doors and obviously it is a collaborative process between the two entities, Krider Racing and DNN Motorsports. We certainly do things a certain way while they have a pretty substantial infrastructure already have in place, so it will be interesting to combine the two.”
DNN Motorsports works with some of the leading companies in the aftermarket automotive industry like AEM where Krider will have access to working with their engineers to ensure the performance of the team’s Acura Integra engine is at peak levels.
“The good news is I get to be involved with the construction of the car from the ground level,” Krider said. “The team isn’t cutting any corners and they are using AEM’s Infinity engine management system so we should get as much power as possible out of the motor.”
Even though DNN is based out of Del Rey, the City of Napa will still play a big part in the team’s success. The motor is being constructed by Napa’s T.E.M. Machine Shop and it will be installed and dyno tuned by Napa’s Performance In-Frame Tuning.
“As the chief technical director, which his just a fancy way of saying I’m the guy who chooses which parts go on the car,” Krider said. “I get to choose which shops work on the car. There was no question we would use T.E.M. and Performance In-Frame Tuning because those are the shops that made Krider Racing so successful.”
DNN Motorsports had a custom safety roll cage constructed by Autopower out of San Diego, a racing transmission built by Synchrotech Transmissions in San Dimas, and racing axles fabricated by Insane Shafts from Santa Fe Springs. The custom racing suspension is being designed by Hardrace. The rest of the safety gear to keep Krider out of harm’s way was provided by I/O Port Racing Supplies out of Lafayette. The team’s effort is a statewide project but the final construction of the car will take place in Napa.
“We aren’t reinventing the wheel here,” Krider said. “I know what works on this Integra platform because Krider Racing ran an Acura Integra for multiple seasons and won races, long hard endurance races where we stressed everything on the car. There is a fair amount of familiarity there. So when DNN asked me what kind of brake pads I wanted I told them ‘Put Carbotech brakes on it, or find someone else to drive it.’ They simply said, ‘OK.’ Based on that first test, I think we are going to get along just fine.”
His father, Jim Krider, had a different feeling about his son’s move.
“I understand why Rob is making this transition. He had a big year last year and it’s paying off. But it will be strange to see him driving for a different team and not running under the Krider Racing colors,” he said. “I’m not sure who is benefiting more from this collaboration, Rob or DNN. Either way, I will still come out to support my son, even if he is racing for someone else.”
The first test for the team will be in March at Willow Springs Raceway in Southern California where the team will debut one of two cars they have built for the Honda Challenge season. Krider said his main concern will be getting through the usual teething process that comes with having a brand new car.
“We are going to have our work cut out for us to get these cars dialed in at the same time tackling the first race of the points championship,” he said. “It’s a long season. We need to be patient and aggressive at the same time, which isn’t always easy. You have to find that balance on the edge of being a little bit out of control while still being somewhat in control. And that’s my job this year for DNN, reckless control, and win races.”
The team is sponsored by AEM, T.E.M. Machine Shop, Hardrace, Insane Shafts, Synchrotech Transmissions, GripLockTies, Toyo Tires, Autopower, Racepak, Sampson Racing Communications, I/O Port Racing Supplies, B&G Tires, Performance In-Frame Tuning, Carbotech Performance Brakes, Jim Wolf Technology, Napa Valley Muffler, J&B Farms, Bay Ex, C.J. Fix Co., and Cadet Blues the novel.
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