PBSS – 2014 “Top Five” Season Review
Wiseco Performance Products PBSS season features a repeat title performance for Pro Bike Rider Dan Cryderman……..
Pro Bike rider Dan Cryderman had another stellar season on the Pro Bike & Sled Series tour, winning the Championship Point Award Series for his second consecutive year.
Riding his Suzuki, Cryderman, from Thamesville, Ontario, took a win in the season opener at the Grand Bend Motorplex, and went to the final round in the next race at Martin, Michigan, losing to Mark Catanzaro of Kimball, Michigan.
After a semi-final finish at Empire Dragway, Cryderman rode successfully during the final two events with another win and a final round-appearance, once again losing the final to Catanzaro.
The Cryderman Farms Team entry is a 2004 Raceworks Suzuki on a Raceworks Canada chassis with a 1640-cc Vortex II engine fuelled by FBG 48mm Lectrons and mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
Jeremey Van Bastelaar is the team’s crew chief, Don Major and Kelsey Gillan filled in for Jeremey at a couple of events.
The motorcycle is capable of quarter-mile times in the high seven-second range at speeds of 160 mph.
Dan Cryderman thanks Fast by Gast, Ward Performance, and Raceworks Canada for their support.
Mark Catanzaro – Second Place
Pro Bike rider Mark Catanzaro did very well in his first year of Pro Bike & Sled Series competition, placing second in Championship Point Award Series for the 2014 season.
Catanzaro, of Kimball, Michigan, qualified well for all PBSS races he entered on the Catanzaro Racing Suzuki, and won two events, including US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan and the season-ending race at Grand Bend. His bike is capable of mid eight-second times on the quarter-mile at speeds up to 150 mph.
Powering the 1992 Suzuki Katana 1100 is an 1150-cc engine fuelled with a 42-mm Mikuni flat slide carburetor sitting in a Kosman Chassis and shifted with a 123 automatic transmission.
Now in his 15th year of racing, Megan Catanzaro acts as crew chief for the team, which also includes Leo Catanzaro and George Redfield.
Curtis Beck – Third Place
Riding his Suzuki on the Pro Bike side of the Pro Bike & Sled Series, Curtis Beck placed third in championship points for the 2014 season.
Beck, who is from Milton Ontario, qualified for all events entered, with several semi-round placings on his bike, which is capable of times in the low eight-second range at speeds of around 160 mph in the quarter-mile.
The Suzuki 1150 of Beck and the Second Chance Racing team is powered by a 1500-cc engine with a Lectron 44 fuel system and 123 automatic transmission all sitting in a Koenig chassis.
Along with racing the Suzuki, Beck also acts as crew chief, with assistance from Greg Legge.
Ted Glinny – Fourth Place
Riding his 2000 Kawasaki Ninja in the 2014 Pro Bike & Sled Series tour, Ted Glinny experienced a year of highs and lows.
The former PBSS champion, from Milton, Ontario, started well with a runner-up finish in the series opener at Grand Bend, losing to 2014 champion Dan Cryderman in the final. After a second-round placing at Martin, Michigan, Glinny did not race at the inaugural PBSS event at Empire Dragway, but was back in form for the next Grand Bend race, where he went rounds and was eliminated once again in the final, and once again by Cryderman. For the final race of the year, he was taken out in the first round.
Glinny’s Kawasaki runs a 1425-cc Kawasaki engine which sits in a frame that is stock in front and has a moly rear-half. The engine uses a Lectron fuel system and shifts through a GPZ 1-2 automatic transmission. The mount is capable of turning the quarter-mile in the low and mid-eight second range at speeds over 150 mph. For all the PBSS events Glinny entered this season, he qualified in the top five in the program.
Helping Glinny with his racing is Harry Manovich who acts as crew chief, along with Jay and Nicole Glinny, and Marty Kuiack.
Jessica Tourloukis – Fifth Place
One of the more colorful entries on the Pro Bike & Sled Series tour for 2014 was the Pro Sled entry of Jessica Tourloukis of Innisfil, Ontario.
Known as the Psycho Princess, Tourloukis qualified and raced in all PBSS events during the year and placed fifth in Championship Point Award Series.
Riding her 2002 Arctic Cat, Tourloukis’ season was highlighted with a semi-round appearance at Empire Dragway. Her sled is capable of running in the low nine-second range at speeds of up to 130 mph on the quarter-mile. The Arctic Cat is powered by a 1000-cc engine.
Marvin Godfrey is crew chief for the team, which also includes Sam Britton, Patty Tourloukis, Chris Tourloukis and James Tourloukis.
Sponsorship is provided by Warlock 1320 and Godfrey Racing.
This season was the fourth for the popular drag race series, which is presented by Wiseco Performance Products.
For more information on the great cutting edge line-up of Wiseco Performance Products visit: www.wiseco.com
For additional information on the PBSS visit: www.PBSS.ca
Posted by: Tim Miller
Photo by: Bruce Biegler