I met the principal members & drivers of the Texdive Motorsports Racing Team just the other day! Peter Runco, Manager of Texdive, has been grooming his kids to go as far as they can, starting with karts & Kart Runco Racing.
Since then, Cole (alias Rowdy”, car #19) & Lauren (alias “La La”, car #56) have graduated to the Legacy Allison Spec Racer car. They are competing in the Texas Super Racing Series (TSRS)/Allison Legacy – showcasing tomorrow’s racing stars!
They race these 3/4-sized NASCAR racing cars in the TSRS Series. This is a cool, surprisingly fast & maneuverable car powered by a Mazda 4 cylinder truck engine. The engine is internally stock, but obviously everything outside is not. The secret is in tuning the chassis. Here are the specific details from the manufacturer:
The Allison Legacy car is a three-quarter sized replica of a Sprint Cup car and is powered by a four cylinder MAZDA B-2200 truck engine that produces approximately 125 horsepower. The cars use the standard MAZDA five-speed transmission.
The cars weigh about 1,400 pounds dry but must weigh a minimum of 1,675 pounds with driver to race. The series is a “SPEC” series designed to minimize your racing costs and place the emphasis on the driver instead of the equipment.
“The Allison Legacy Cars are excellent equipment for the beginner to get his or her first exposure to racing,” said David Pearson, winner of 105 NASCAR Winston Cup races. “They are well designed and professionally constructed cars that will give the drivers the same feel and experience they would get from a bigger and more powerful car.”
The Allison Brothers, sons of former NASCAR competitor Donnie Allison, are the creators of the Allison Legacy car. Rules and National technical inspections are strictly enforced to limit alterations to the basic car. The engines are sealed and can only be rebuilt through Allison Brothers Race Cars. The engines are resealed before shipment back to the competitor. Almost all parts are spec and cannot be modified for competition.
And here are the detailed specifications of this well sorted out race car:
* Body Styles – Thunderbird or Monte Carlo
* Engine – Mazda B-2200 120 HP
* Weber Carburetor
* Fire Suppression System
* Aluminum Racing Radiator and Electric Radiator Fan
* 4.8 Gallon Fuel System
* Sealed Engine with 5 Speed Transmission with Reverse Gear
* Vehicle Wheel Base – 80 Inches
* Vehicle Width: 60 Inches
* Length: 12 Feet 6 Inches
* Height: 42 Inches
* Vehicle Weight: 1425 lbs (without driver)
* Tires – Goodyear
* Wheel Size – 13” x 7” Steel Racing Wheels
* Wheel Width: 7 Inches
* Wheel Diameter: 13 Inches
* Aluminum Front Hubs
* Interchangeable and Adjustable Front End Suspension
* Quick Change Rear End
* Fully Adjustable 3 Link Lear Suspension
* Rack and Pinion Steering
* One Set of 4.86 Gears
* Four Wheel Disc Brakes
* Coil Over Shocks and Springs
* Aluminum Racing Seat and 5 Point Safety Harness
* Custom Window Safety Net
* Custom Instrument Panel – Tachometer, Oil Pressure Gauge and Water Temperature Gauge
In the picture below, of both Texdive Motorsports Allison Legacy race cars, you can see how small they really are…!
Peter Runco is a proud Dad who really supports his kids, who are now becoming young adults (Cole is 18 & Lauren is 17). In order to support the demands of racing they are pursuing, both Cole & Lauren are home schooled. You see, the Runcos aren’t doing this as a hobby. Years ago Pete saw his kids achieve better than average, consistent finishes in shifter karts. He decided to move this from expensive hobby to a serious business, & developed Kart Runco & setup an almost mile long track in South/Central Texas.
Pete, his racer kids & the team he has built up are seriously committed to racing success.
Since the end of last year Cole has won all races he has entered in the TSRS Series. His sister Lauren has finished usually about 3rd or 4th. But they recently found out her car wasn’t performing to its potential. This was due due to some broken parts, not working properly on her car.
Pete also mentioned that in a recent track test at their local track, Thunderhill Raceway, Lauren set a time just .04 seconds shy of the track record. So, watch out big brother!
Racing Ready is looking forward to learning more about this Regional NASCAR feeder series. It will be great to be involved in Texdive Motorsport’s growth & racing success.