24 OCTOBER 2019 scca.com
let’s start with Tuesday. These nights,
Alex hones his hands-on skills by
attending machine shop school
starting at 5 p.m., learning to use
lathes, milling machines, surface
grinders, and CNC machines.
Wednesday is racecar night. Alex
spends his 5 p.m. time prepping
racecars for both himself and
rental customers. From welding a
damaged component to wiring a
data acquisition system, the race
shop is a small operation that
demands Alex be a jack of all trades.
New rules allow for disc brakes in
Formula Vee, and Thursday evening
is where Alex put this potential for
speed to work. Alex and his team
have designed an FV disc brake
system (check it out on this page,
top right), which he did in his 5 p.m.
time on Thursdays. From design
brainstorming to the trial and error of
parts fitting to the learning curve of
dealing with suppliers and production,
this was a big winter project in
preparation for the 2019 season.
Friday evening brings something
a little different. Alex has been part
of the aerodynamic design looking
to break the land-speed record of
317mph. His math calculations
and algorithms for downforce and
wing angles will be tested again this
year at Bonneville, as on Friday’s at
5 p.m. he often visits the Flemington-
based Dauernheim Race Cars to
work on a Bonneville Lakester.
Truck and trailer maintenance is
also scheduled for Friday evening,
along with kart prep for local kart
racers. And, should there be free
time, this is also website, marketing,
and social media night. Alex keeps
various racing websites current,
com, Chassis Tools.com, and others.
The weekends offer more
opportunities, so on Saturdays – and
full-time during the summer when not
in school – Alex works for the vintage
racing team Powerslide Motorsports.
He is responsible for helping keep a
sizeable fleet of cars racing, including
Formula Fs, S2000, and Formula
Atlantics. If Formula Vee engines
need to be dyno tested, you can
often find Alex at Autowerks Engines
helping engine guru Dave Carr put
those motors through their paces.
Finally, on Sunday, Alex is busy at the
home base race shop prepping racecars
for both himself and customers.
Deadlines to get the cars properly
Between school and
work, Alex keeps
himself busy with
plenty of projects
(TOP RIGHT). But
come the weekend,
he swaps his
street clothes for
something more race