Curtis Beck ready to do battle in 2015 PBSS drag racing season

Curtis BeckPro Bike rider plans on bettering his third-place finish of last year

MILTON, ONTARIO (March 2, 2015) – Curtis Beck is ready and anxious to get back on his Suzuki in the Pro Bike & Sled Series presented by Wiseco Performance Products for 2015.

“I’ve been ready for a month,” noted the Milton Ontario Pro Bike rider. “Everything is ready to roll.”

Beck ran all PBSS events last year, and plans on competing in each race for the upcoming season as well. He rides a Suzuki 1150 with an 1150-cc engine sitting in a Koenig chassis with Lectron 44 carburetion and a 123 automatic gearbox. The Suzuki is capable of low eight-second passes on the quarter mile at speeds approaching 160 mph. 

Beck said there are no changes to the bike for this year.

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New power on tap for John Orfanidis PBSS Team

DSC_8731Quality Automotive Suzuki Pro Bike ready for the season to get underway at the Grand Bend Motorplex

TORONTO, ONTARIO (February 16, 2015) – With new power in his Pro Bike Suzuki, Pro Bike & Sled competitor John Orfanidis is hoping to get down the track quicker this year.

Always a strong qualifier, Orfanidis, from Toronto, ran the entire PBSS schedule in 2014 and plans to do so in 2015. Off-season, he made a 7.28-second pass and qualified sixth of 22 in the pro-open Class at the prestigious Man (Manufacturers) Cup at South Georgia Motorsports Park, and hopes to better this effort with a new engine for the Suzuki. 

Sitting in a 1999 Suzuki GSX-R with a Tracs chassis, the Vance & Hines 1755-cc naturally aspirated engine is fueled by Lectron carburetors and would run in the mid-seven second range at speeds approaching 180 mph in regular PBSS competition.

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Glen Vardy stepping up his effort for 2015 drag racing season

Vardy1Plans include continuing with his Quick 32 Sportsman Series Top Dragster, a Top Fueler ride, plus fielding a Top Sled entry in the PBSS with Colleen Cook

BURLINGTON, ONTARIO (January 26, 2015) – Glen Vardy is going to be one busy racer this season. The Burlington Ontario resident, who has competed in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series for the past five years, is planning to ramp up his racing for the 2015 season. Not only does Vardy plan to continue racing his Top Dragster in the series, he plans on getting into the ultimate in drag racing, a Top Fueler. Vardy2And if that’s not enough, he will be heading up an effort for girl friend Colleen Cook to compete in the Pro Bike & Sled Series, and spend time with his son Gavin who will enter his rookie year in Junior Dragster. Racing his big-block supercharged Top Dragster, Vardy placed fourth in points in 2014 with a win during the Series’ opening round at Grand Bend. The car, which is crew-chiefed by Steve Vardy and maintained by Shane Cuthbertson, Brian Vardy and Jackie Hill, is capable of running the quarter mile in about six seconds at speeds of 230 mph. LeverichVardy plans to get into the Leverich Racing Top Fuel Dragster this year, and said he is hoping to get his TF licence with the Michigan-based team in the spring. In the PBSS, a companion series to the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, Vardy is preparing a Yamaha Viper Top Sled entry for Colleen Cook to compete. Vardy3“I will be upgrading the skis, track, and making other performance modifications,” he said of the Yamaha. “It will be highly modified with a Volvo turbo and capable of making 400 horsepower,” he continued. “I will be starting her out in the high nines and stepping it up to 8.50’s at around 155-160mph.” And along with his efforts with the two dragsters and the Cook Pro Sled, Vardy will be showing his son the sport this year as eight-year old Gavin steps into a Junior Dragster for his rookie year. CookVardy said he realizes he will be busy, but is looking forward to the upcoming season, which starts May 15-17 for Mayhem at the Bend at the Grand Bend Motorplex. Vardy4“Oh yes I am going to be busy, but it’s going to be worth it,” he said. “My goal is to win in two classes in one weekend. And a championship.” The Quick 32 Sportsman Series, , now in its seventh year of operation, competes several times each season with the PBSS, providing an exciting and colorful package of drag racing action.

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PBSS and Quick 32 Sportsman Series announce 2015 schedule

pbss_logoNew season prepares to get underway for established drag racing series

CAYUGA, ONTARIO (January 16, 2015) – The Pro Bike & Sled Series and the Quick 32 Sportsman Series announced schedules today for their upcoming 2015 drag racing seasons.

Comprised of Top Dragster and Top Sportsman cars running 7.95 seconds and quicker in the quarter-mile, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series will enter into its seventh year of competition, while the Pro Bikes and Pro Sleds of the PBSS, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, will start their fifth year.

Presently five events are scheduled for both groups, starting May 15-17 at the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ontario.

Q32-logoThe teams will return to the Grand Bend Motorplex June 12-14 for a weekend double-header featuring two separate qualifying and elimination sessions. Another double-header weekend July 31 – August 2 will take place at Empire Dragway in Leicester, New York. 

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Night of Champions honors drag racing teams in the PMRA, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the PBSS

PMRA-10th-logo-250pxBURLINGTON, ONTARIO (November 8, 2014) – The 10th annual Night of Champions was held at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington, Ontario to honor the winners in the Pro Modified Racing Association, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, and the Pro Bike & Sled Series.

Teams from all three drag race series were on hand to accept their awards for the final event of the 2014 season. The PMRA has now celebrated its 10th season of operation, the Quick 32 Sportsman Series, presented by NAPA Auto Parts, its sixth season, and the PBSS, presented by Wiseco Performance Products, its fourth season. 

The night included talks from several drag racing and media personalities, along with the naming of two new champions. On hand were several Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame Inducted members, including Bob Slack, Norris McDonald, editor of the Toronto Star Wheels, and Bruce Mehlenbacher, who is not only Director of Operations for all three series, but was inducted into the CMHF several years ago along with his family. John Waldie was also on hand and spoke to the audience about his involvement in the sport.

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