Rallycross at Asymmetrik
Oct 17, 2018
If you’ve ever been in our parking lot, chances are, you’ve seen one of the Asymmetrik rallycars. Proudly sporting our logo, these two red, black and white BMW e30s drive the passions of employees Peter Grasso and Kristen Davis.
Earlier this year, the two asked if Asymmetrik could sponsor their cars for a season of rallycross racing. Because we’re all about supporting our employees, (and because the idea of Asymmetrik rallycars was too cool to pass up) of course we said yes!
The cars race in rallycross, which is a 1-2 minute race on a dirt track. According to Peter and Kristen, this is a lot muddier and way more fun than autocross (paved track) racing.
SCCA (Sports Car Club of America), the largest amateur motorsports club in the country, runs the races, which take place in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Though the official season consists of 8 events, our cars often participate in more races in the area.
The white 1986 e30 competes in the Modified class, which allows Peter to make lots of modifications on the car. The red 1991 model competes in the Prepared class, where the cars can only have light modifications and must run on dedicated rally tires.
Part of the appeal of racing old cars is that you don’t have to be too careful and can really have fun driving. Subsequently, “you end up breaking a lot of stuff on the car.” This means that most weekends are spent fixing things and finding replacement parts. Since BMW e30s stopped producing in the early 90’s, parts are becoming harder to come by. Before, a resourceful mechanic could easily pull parts from a junkyard. Now, fans of these cars rely on ebay, Craigslist, and local enthusiasts who have stashes of parts they’re willing to sell or trade. But, it’s a labor of love, and Kristen and Peter both agree that it’s well worth it.
It’s all about Teamwork
Peter’s favorite thing about racing is “working together with people, trying to control a 3000 pound object with as much finesse as you can”. Precision and teamwork – hmm, this sounds like the perfect compliment to Peter and Kristen’s day jobs, helping steer our software projects to the finish line.
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: traits that all A-Teamers share are curiosity, love of learning, and sheer enjoyment of life. So, if your day-to-day needs a little more spark, maybe it’s time to take a look at what we can offer. You might just like what you find!