Skip Barber Racing School and Dee Snider Radio (WMRQ in Hartford, CT) got together at Lime Rock Park for a spin around the track. Dee -- Host of the morning show and former front man of the legendary rock band Twisted Sister, Nick Latino -- ...
Skip Barber Racing School and Dee Snider Radio (WMRQ in Hartford, CT) got together at Lime Rock Park for a spin around the track. Dee -- Host of the morning show and former front man of the legendary rock band Twisted Sister, Nick Latino -- morning show producer and Darkside Dave -- soundboard operator also participated in the event.
The guys pulled up in a white stretch limo and poured out of the car darned in black leather and dark shades. It seemed that Brett Roubinek and Stephan Bastrzycki, instructors at Skip Barber Racing School, had their work cut out for them, but they were determined to turn these guys into racecar drivers.
After a brief introduction to the cars, Dee, Nick and Darkside jumped right into a Dodge Neon to learn their way around the track, (we used the 1/4 mile autocross course for this program, which is located in the infield of Lime Rock Park). They each took a turn, first Dee, then Darkside and then Nick who when last time tried to drive a manual transmission, broke it.
Next, they were introduced to the Dodge Viper ACR. Much to the surprise of Brett and Stephan, Dee and Darkside were very reserved, Nick on the other hand spun in turn-3, twice.
Dee and the guys came out to Lime Rock Park to have a little fun, but their focus turned toward learning safe driving and racing techniques. They had trained in the Neon and the Viper and then it was time to graduate to a Formula Dodge (open-wheel, open-cockpit, rear engine racecar). Dee slipped into his driving suit, slid into the car, was strapped in with a 5 point safety harness and handed his helmet. He was ready to put his training to the test.
Dee started his engine and was given the signal to GO. He stepped on the gas and he was gone. Meanwhile, Darkside and Nick were getting familiar with their cars and getting some last minute instruction from Stephan.
After several laps around the track, Brett waved Dee in to give him some feed back, and then sent him back out on the track with Darkside. Darkside and Dee, on the track together? They were doing great until...Darkside pulled a "Nick" and spun in front of Dee in turn-1. Dee, concentrating on his racing line, managed to drive past like a pro, he made his instructors proud.
Back in pit lane, Nick gets the green flag. Nick gets the green flag. Nick gets the green flag. After stalling a few times, he was off. Nick had just learned how to drive a manual transmission in the Neon about an hour before he was behind the wheel of a racecar.
After several laps around the track, the guys had to head back to the city, but we're pretty sure that we haven't seen the last of Dee Snider Radio.
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