For Immediate Release
May 20th 2017 marked the First Holley Efi Clash at Crossbar race and Opened the 2017 Eastern Series. Team Olympus made the commitment to Race the Ultra4 Eastern Series and it kicked off in the wildest fashion. Thursday, May 18th the team was faced with a bizarre May blizzard when leaving Colorado.
The Storm passed and regenerated itself central Kansas with Torrential Rains and Tornado Warnings. The team was delayed slightly around Salina due to the entire sky rotating around them and Convenience store clerks screaming to take cover. Excitement aside the tornado landed east of town allowing Daniel and Cory to continue their trek.
The guys arrived early Friday morning to a morning Storm soaking the track and making for a muddy day. After checking in and waiting out the worst part of the storm (or so they thought) They felt it necessary to get some pre-run time in. Upon gearing up Daniel realized they had locked their key in the Tow rig making for a fun adventure of opening it up. Thanks to the widow net bar from PRP working as a slim jim the guys soon started their muddy adventure on the track. After making several laps backward on the short course they finally figured things out and ran a few in the correct direction in preparation for qualifying. Due to the elements, qualifying was canceled shortly after prerunning ended.
The course consisted of 2 loops and conditions allowed for pre running of Loop A only at this time. The drivers meeting took place at 7pm and opened the way for an adventurous evening. During the pre running Tornado sirens went off and the power went out and the flooding downpour began again only this time it did not stop. The team had planned to camp on site but due to the conditions, they made the decision to leave and find some form of a hotel.
While trying to leave the park the rain became dangerous and the main road became washed out in many areas. The primary concern was the lower main entrance which was 3+ feet deep of high moving water. For most of the crossing Cory ran out in the water to guide the tow rig through and to judge how bad It was. The final crossing proved to be the most difficult. Cory wadded into the river trying to guide Daniel through however, visibility was tough and Daniel drove off the road into 4+ feet of fast moving water. The front end of the Tow rig was submerged 90% and the rig began taking on water. Thankfully Cory had spoken with another rig behind us and they were ready to pull the team out if they got stuck, which they were, and the truck was able to recover with no serious damage.
Cory and Daniel decided to go at it one more time and were able to plow their way through to the other side and off to the Echo Canyon Resort and Spa in Sulfur Oklahoma. During this Tim Joe, Our Team Crew Chief, was flying to Dallas and had planned to meet the team. Around 11PM that night everybody met up at the tiny resort and thankfully the last room had 3 beds and conveniently, a heart shaped Jacuzzi.
After a solid night of Rest, the crew woke to a 2 hour delay to the race and a non-passable river going into the park. By this time the other team members, Scott and Shelby arrived and everybody met up and enjoyed a nice breakfast at the Ihop Express in Davis Ok. So onto the race! One benefit to the rain and the wind was the car wash effect it gave Zeus #4523. With a few quirks to take care of the crew prepped for the race and lined up #2 off the line for the 4500 class.
The Race began with issues. Right from the get go another rig rolled slowing the pace of the race. The Rain caused all water crossing to rise to depths not many Ultra4 rigs have seen. Within the first half a lap water crept into the intake causing a massive power loss and Zeus dropped back to 7th place while we attempted to clear the intake.
Once fixed we were able to pick up pace only to find we were not alone. Daniel was able to make up some ground and passed 3 rigs finishing lap 1 in 4th place. Next up was the unknown region called loop b. As Zeus dropped into the trees a moderate pace was set and the rig did great. The AGR steering proved itself with the fast turn and quick response needed in tight turning areas. Half way through the lap Zeus dropped around a corner expecting to slide around and pull through thanks to the Nitro Spooled 3rd member but a hard hit and the race was over.
Buried in the mud were two solid rocks that felt they needed to stay put. The hit sheared the Studs for the high steer arm and flattened the passenger front tire. Unfortunately, this impact ended the race, however, the team would finish 5th in class. While the hit could have been worse, the REID knuckles used on Zeus are mad to hold up to Daniel’s Driving. The knuckle survived and a single ½ X 20 bolt was all that was needed to recover the rig. Crossbar proved that Oklahoma is no joke and when you think you have an easy course, mother nature will change that fast. Many teams suffered much worse but the resilience that is Ultra4 will prove that many will be back next year to prove their worth.
While many left the day of the race the crew stayed and finally were able to pitch a tent and have a cool night under the stars next to a camp fire. Sunday showed a clear blue sky and clear driving and the crew was off to Tulsa Oklahoma for a BBQ with Ramsey Winch.
3 Car washed later Zeus looked like an Ultra4 Rig again and proudly stood on display for the Entire Ramsey Winch Company Picnic. Thankfully the rest of the journey back to Colorado was peaceful and uneventful. Zeus is the Dirt Riot Mountain Series Round 2 Race at Ram Offroad Park in Colorado Springs and then on to the Ultra4 Round 2 Eastern Race in Attica IN at Badlands offroad park!
Team Olympus Could not do what they do without the help of many companies and marketing partners.
It’s amazing to see the abuse everything takes and it proves that you have to run solid gear to survive.
Lithium Pro Batteries
Raceline Wheels – This is the second race we have taken a hit and our raceline beadlock wheel stood up and took the beating without failing.
Ramsey Winch for Just plain being Awesome and never letting us down!
Arachni Recovery Equipment because #recoverwiththebest
Reid Racing – The knuckle took a hard hit and is ready for more without failing!
Alumitech – For making the Best cooling products we have ever ran! We have never had a cooling issue and even when caked with 3 inches of mud they work flawlessly.
Nitro Gear and Axle – We are going on 2 years with the same third on original bearings and not one issue period. Never a broken or tweaked shaft.
Steinjager – Making Heim joints that have held up to everything we throw at it!
Hired Gun Offroad – Makes the best Oil Pan period. Never 1 issue with Oiling.
AGR Steerco – Amazing Steering that has performed flawlessly since day one and have never failed. Super tight!