Driver // Tyler Ptacek
Some time back my buddy, Micah, got interested in rally and said something about getting or putting together a car. Being a fellow gearhead, I said something to the effect that I would co-drive for him if that ever happened. Fast foreword a few years and we were headed towards Chicago to get the most complete car that was in the budget. After furious two months of trying to get the car into good enough shape to pass tech, we were at 2012 100 Acre green as could be.
After running the shakedown stage, the car developed a nasty shimmy when under power, we tried everything we could think of to get it worked out, but no luck. We ended up running it as it was which led to a carb linkage failure on stage - we fixed it and the sweep car followed us to the finish. A few stages later we ran out of gas and received our first DNF. After working late into the night we had all the small issues fixed but the shimmy when under power was still there. Lacking on sleep we entered day two, Things were going much better, and we were starting to get into a rhythm when more bad news started filtering its way into the cab - Smoke. We arrived to the stage thinking that the clutch was mad at life, hoping to baby it to the end we pressed on. Down stage the smoke started to get pretty bad inside the cab, so we popped the roof scoop and cracked the windows. Shortly after, when going around corners the oil pressure would drop, so we slowed down around corners to try and keep the motor happy. Eventually even on the straits, we had no pressure so we were forced to pull over an call it a day (oil was everywhere when we popped the hood, later we found a chunk of piston missing and a hole in the block). It would be our second DNF.
After almost completely redoing the whole car, it was much more rally ready, we were off to Ojibwe. We finished stage 10, but after knocking out a window, totaling a skid plate, and losing the light pod on stage, we were once again forced to retire and received another DNF. Perryville Farm and Forest was the one, we finally finished.
Now that the car is up to par, we plan on being competitive in Group 2 in up coming seasons, and hope to exceed any limits that the Golf might have.
What are your future goals?
To not receive any more DNF’s.
Place in Central Region Group 2
// AboutName - Tyler Ptacek
Hometown - Jackson, MO
Occupation - Student
// Career Results
|2018||100 Acre Wood||Group 5||DNF|
|2018||Tresspassers Wil||Group 5||3|
|2018||100 Acre Wood||2WD||DNF|
|2017||Show-Me (REG)||Group 2||DNF|
|2017||Tresspassers Wil Nat||2WD||DNF|
|2016||Show Me Rally||Group 2||1|
|2016||100 Acre Wood||Group 2||DNF|
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|2016||100 Acre Wood||2WD||DNF|
|2016||Sno Regional||Group 2||DNF|
|2015||Show-Me Rally||Group 2||DNF|
|2015||Finger Lakes||Group 2||1|
|2015||Sherwood Forest||Group 2||1|
|2015||100 Acre Wood||Group 2||1|
|2015||Tresspassers Wil||Group 2||DNF|
|2015||Drift Regional||Group 2||7|
|2015||Sno Regional||Group 2||1|
|2014||Show-Me Rally||Group 2||DNF|
|2014||Paul Bunyan's Ride||Group 2||DNF|
|2014||100 Acre Wood||Group 2||DNF|
|2014||Tresspassers Wil||Group 2||DNF|
|2014||Drift Regional||Group 2||2|
|2014||Sno Regional||Group 2||1|
|2013||LSPR - Lac Vieux Desert||Group 2||11|
|2013||LSPR - Ottawa Rally||Group 2||2|
|2013||10,000 Lakes Rally||Group 2||4|
|2013||Paul Bunyan's Ride||Group 2||7|
|2013||100 Acre Wood||Group 2||4|
|2013||Tresspassers Wil||Group 2||DNF|
|2013||Drift Regional||Group 2||DNF|
|2013||Sno Regional||Group 2||1|
|2012||Perryville 1||Group 2||2|
|2012||Perryville 2||Group 2||2|
|2012||Ojibwe Forests Rally||Group 2||DNF|
|2012||100 Acre Wood||Group 2||DNF|
|2012||Tresspassers Wil||Group 2||DNF|