Buzz Bits - Notes on Buzz Calkins and Bradley Motorsports Gateway Indy 250 - Gateway International Raceway ...
Buzz Bits - Notes on Buzz Calkins and Bradley Motorsports
Gateway Indy 250 - Gateway International Raceway
#12 Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara-Oldsmobile
Buzz Calkins enters the 11th Indy Racing Northern Light Series event of the season at Gateway International Raceway, seventh in driver points. Currently holding 192 points towards the Northern Light season championship, Calkins has maintained his top-ten points position throughout the race season. Including the Gateway Indy 250, there are three races remaining on the 2001 schedule. Calkins' highest points finish was in 1996 when the 30-year-old driver was co-champion of the inaugural season of the Indy Racing League (IRL).
A finish here at the Inaugural Gateway Indy 250 would tie Buzz Calkins' own record for consecutive races running at the finish. Calkins has been running at the conclusion of twelve consecutive Northern Light Series races dating back to Kentucky, 2000. The IRL record, set by Calkins, is 13 events. The current streak complements the Denver-native's 78% finishing percentage in the races he has started. Since winning the inaugural IRL race at Walt Disney World in 1996, Calkins has finished 39 times in a possible 50 events, placing him as the all-time leader of races running at the finish. During that time, he has finished in the top-ten in 20 of those 50 (40%) races. In 2001, Calkins has completed 1,987 laps out of a possible 2,050.
Buzz Calkins has entered the elite level of Indy Racing drivers with 50 or more starts. His golden IRL start at Kentucky Speedway helps Calkins hold onto second place in the all-time starts list ranked just behind a tie between Eddie Cheever and Buddy Lazier. Both Cheever and Lazier currently have 52 starts. Calkins has started 33 consecutive events coming into this weekend, tying him for fifth in the history of the IRL.
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Buzz Calkins is the only active IRL driver to hold a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), a degree completed last year while competing in the Northern Light Series fulltime. Many ask why a successful race driver, already holding an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in economics and history, would return to school to pursue a degree that, if all goes well, he will never need. The main reason for returning for his MBA, at one of the country's premier schools, the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, was for something to fall back on. However, he has no plans of utilizing it soon.
The Buzz Calkins Fan Club, headed up by Michigan fan Jill Pochik, is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. To date the fan club, which can be visited at www.BuzzCalkinsFanClub.com or by linking from www.BuzzCalkins.com, has members in over 17 states.
Driving a race car at 220 miles per hour requires skill, strength and stamina. To keep his edge, Buzz Calkins has a rigorous workout routine that readies him for the physical punishment and mentally sharp to concentrate for two or more hours in the car. Due to the increase in heart and breathing rate, his daily workout focuses on cardiovascular fitness. A runner, Buzz spends hours on the street putting in mile after mile to build his heart and lungs for physical endurance. To complement the cardio aspect of the regime he does high repetitions of light weights in the gym. This encourages lean muscle growth without 'bulking-up' muscle mass which would hinder movement in the car. The workout requires serious commitment and includes running in the morning and weight training in the afternoon. The effort has led to excellent physical condition in the #12 Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat Dallara and to three marathon appearances- two LaSalle Banks Chicago Marathons (1999, 2000) and the 1998 New York City Marathon. His best marathon time is 3 hours, 41 minutes and 11 seconds at the 2000 Chicago event.
Buzz Bites - Quotes by Buzz Calkins and Bradley Motorsports
Buzz Calkins, driver
(about the car setup challenges)
"The track is actually pretty similar to Phoenix where you try to take out as much understeer as possible in turns 1 and 2 without making it too loose in turns 3 and 4. The straights are longer than Phoenix and with the tight corners it almost feels like you are driving around a big paper clip. I like this track because it is different than any other place we go to. It is important to get the car set up properly and you really have to drive it through the corners. I think it is going to be a fun challenge for the Bradley Food Marts/ Sav-O-Mat team."
"There will be passing on the both straights going into turn 1 and into turn 3. It will be difficult to run side by side in the corners but since the corners are so tight and the straightaways are long enough, there should be plenty of passing."
(about shifting at Gateway International Raceway)
"I don't think we are going to shift for qualifying when we are out there on our own but we will probably shift more during the race than at any other place we go to."
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