February 4, 2010
I have just received my report on web site
traffic for 2009. I’m proud to see that I have visitors from over
25+ countries. Here is a partial list: United States, Canada,
Romania, Russian Federation, Germany, Australia, China, New Zealand,
Japan, Great Britain, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands,
Switzerland, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Taiwan, South
Korea, Denmark, and El Salvador. I have visited 95% of these
countries one time or another, and developed friendships all over
the world. I would be interested in hearing from any of my web site
visitors. Tell me what brought you to my web site, and if you find
it interesting. Email me at
Next is a quick
recap of last year’s race season. I attended four races last season:
Road America (May), Mid Ohio (June), Road America (July), and
Watkins Glen (Sept). Coming into Watkins Glen I was the tied for the
point’s leadership in the F5000 Championship Series. I rebuilt the
engine in preparation for this race, as well as going through the
whole car. I thought I was ready, and had done everything I could
to be fully prepared for the event. As everyone started their cars
for the Qualifying Race on Saturday, the roar of the engines was so
loud, I could not hear my own car as I was trying to start it. I
ended up flooding the engine, draining the battery, and burning up
the starter solenoid. I missed the race, and thus lost the
opportunity to win the Championship. I was hoping to bring home a
Championship for Bob McKee. But it wasn’t meant to be.
This year I have
tentatively scheduled 5 events: Road Atlanta (May), Road America
(May), Mid-Ohio (June), Road America (July), and Watkins Glen
(September). I will soon be taking the #4 car all apart. One change
to the car I plan to make is build a tall, upright mounted, rear
wing, which will match its 1970 configuration. The same year that
Kurt Reinold won the SCCA Midwest Division Championship.
I wish I could say I
have made some progress on the DeJarld car, but I haven’t. A good
thing is, it is still in one piece, and looks the same way it looked
when I bought it, but just a little bit cleaner.
March 30, 2009
Well Spring is here….. I think. Yesterday we
got 3”- 4” of snow. But today it is almost all melted. We have been
very busy over the winter launching our new Internet Business
selling race car products: www.dudiakracingproducts.com
We have over 100,000 part numbers from 100+ suppliers. We ship
worldwide. Check it out, and please support our business. It helps
offset some of our racing expenses.
The 2009 Season is here. My first race is in
May at Road America. Check out my 2009 schedule on my Race Schedule
page. My F5000 is currently in pieces. I’m still waiting on a few
I have been invited to display the Reinold car
at the Classics and Chrome 2009 Car Show on April 18 & 19 in
Rockford, Illinois. It will be one of the Feature Cars for the
event. Over 100 cars will be on display in doors at the Indoor
Sports Center. Kurt Reinold will also be in attendance and hopefully
Tito Nappi. On Friday, April 17th we will be interviewed
by the local TV stations at the car show at 6:00 am. Rockford is
Kurt’s and Tito’s hometown. I’m honored to be able to bring their
car back home for this event. If you attend please stop by and say
hello. Check out last year's car show at
November 27, 2008, Thanksgiving Day
Another successful racing season has come to a
finish, and much to be thankful for. I won Monoposto’s F5000
Championship, finished 2nd in Class FA in SVRA’s Group 9,
and won SVRA’s Most Improved Driver Award. A big part of my success
was/is due to my outstanding crew chief, friend, and wife…. Sandy.
We make a great team! I have posted my results on the Race Results
The following people helped me a lot when I had
car problems at a race: Greg Elliff (GE Autosports), Pat Prince
(Prince Race Car Engineering), Phil Hajek (friend and race car
instructor), and Mike Knittel (a friend and F5000 owner). Also,
much thanks to my sponsor Hoerr Racing Products, Jason Mitchell,
Bryan Long and the HRP Team.
The event at Watkins Glen was another F5000 40th
Anniversary race. Again we had over 20 F5000 race cars, and many
former F5000 drivers. Much of the fun during the weekend is talking
with all the former champions and drivers. On Friday, during a
qualifying run, I broke a push rod. Luckily the engine did not blow
up. With a lot of help from Mike Knittel we were able to take the
engine apart, and replace the broken push rod. Thanks to my
brother, Wayne, who drove over half the state of New York trying to
find me a new push rod.
At VIR it was another rainy weekend. On Friday
during a Qualifying run in the rain, I spun out and hit the Armco
(steel barrier). I ended up damaging the left front suspension.
With a lot of help from Gregg Elliff we were able to rebuild the
front end just in time to make the qualifying race on Saturday
Racing is not a one person sport. It is a team
effort. I could not be successful without a lot of help from my
friends. Your fellow competitors are always willing to help get
your broken car back on the track. This is why I enjoy Vintage
Racing. It’s the people who make it fun.
I’m not sure what we will be doing next year.
There is a lot of uncertainty at the time I’m writing this update.
When I have a better idea, I will post my plans to this website.
September 1, 2008
Well the season is past the half way point. We
leave for Watkins Glen, NY tomorrow for another F5000 40th
Anniversary race. We expect 20-25 F5000s in attendance at this
Our Reunion at Road America, July18-20, was a
huge success. There were 23 F5000s in attendance. Sandy and I
arrived on Tuesday afternoon to setup for the affair. By Wednesday
afternoon we were all setup. At 3:00pm we were hit by a tornado.
Our 140’ x 40’ tent was blown over.
This is what was left after the tornado. Our
F5000s were still under the tent. I was trapped under the tent
during the storm. It was a ride of a life time. But, believe it or
not by 10:00 pm that night the crew at Road America had a new tent
all setup. Wednesday morning, Sandy and I were at the track by 6:30
am to set things up again. By Thursday things were back to normal
when most race teams were arriving. Most were not aware of all the
excitement over the last two days.
Kurt Reinold attended this year again with his
family. Here is Kurt with me under a banner of a picture of his car
taken in September 1969 at Michigan International.
Sandy was always on hand to keep me cool before
Also, in other news….. We launched our web
site last week for our new business.
www.dudiakracingproducts.com Check it out.
May 12, 2008
It’s the start of a new season. And I’m ready
to go racing. My first race is this coming weekend at Road
America. I have made a number of improvements and changes to the
McKEE over the winter. The engine was rebuilt by Mike Mullvain (Mullvain
Motorsports); the LG600 Transaxle was rebuilt by Gregg Elliff (GE
Autosports); new headers; new K&N air filters; new Holley fuel
pumps, new upper body (painted by Carl Root), new windscreen, and
new mirrors. Thanks to my sponsor Hoerr Racing Products for all
In other news, this year is the 40th
Anniversary for the Formula 5000 series. The Formula 5000 Driver’s
Association is having a F5000 Reunion at Road America, July 18-21,
at Elkhart Lake, WI. I’m the Chairman for this event. I have been
very busy since last October planning for the event. We plan on
having 20+ F5000s racing in its own Group. We will have our own
celebration tent, and 15-20 of the original F5000 drivers, from the
60s and 70s, will be there signing autographs and reliving the glory
days of racing. This should be a fun weekend. Hope to see you
November 15, 2007
It has been a very successful racing
season! I have won SVRA’s 2007 Group 9 Championship, and Monoposto’s
2007 Formula 5000 Championship.
Road Atlanta – October 20,2007 – Awards Banquet
All this would not be possible without the
support and help from my wife, Sandy. Also, a special thanks to my
sponsor Hoerr Racing Products, especially Jason Mitchell and Bryan
Long. In addition, those who provided help and assistance at the
tracks: Phil Hajek, Greg Elliff (GE Autosports), and Tom Simpson.
September 24, 2007
Where has the time gone??? A lot has happened
over the last 3+ months. I’m currently tied for first place in the
points standing in my Group for SVRA. I leave for Virginia
International Raceway tomorrow for another race.
In June I bought my own shop. It is 2300+
square feet, and has a lift. It has enough room for my trailers,
truck and race cars, and still have enough room to work on the cars.
In July we had the McKEE Reunion at Road
America. It was the largest gathering of McKEE race cars…. ever.
We had 18 cars out of a known 21 cars that still exist. Bob McKee
said it was the greatest weekend of his life. Road & Track gave Bob
a Life Time of Achievement Award.
May 27, 2007
We have a new addition to the race
team, another 1969 McKEE F5000 Mk12A. This is the sister car to my
Mk12C. Both cars were built by Bob McKee in 1969. The Mk12A was
owned and professionally raced by Dick DeJarld 1969- 1971, and Mike
Yarbrough 1971 – 1975. I bought the car two weeks ago from Kent
Painter, Fort Collins, CO, who owned the car since 1989. This car
is unchanged since it was last raced in 1975. It is an excellent
example of a F5000 as raced in the early 70’s. I will provide more
news on the history of the car in coming months.
May 26, 2007
My first race of the season was last
weekend at the SVRA Spring Vintage Weekend at Road America in
Elkhart Lake, WI. It was a successful weekend. The car ran very
strong and I finished 3rd in my class, both in the
qualifying race and the feature race.
February 24, 2007
McKEE Reunion at Road America - July 20-22, 2007
We are celebrating
Bob McKee's more than five decades in the sport we love, racing.
The Reunion will take place at the Kohler International Challenge
with Brian Redman. There will be approximately 15 McKEEs on
display, ranging from years 1963 to 1976, including the Wedge which
was driven by Paul Newman in the movie Winning, the world record
holding Howmet Turbine, and the famous Schkee single seat CanAm
car. All cars will be on display under a tent at Island #2, center
paddock. There will be an "on track parade" of McKEE's before the
touring group at mid-day on Saturday. For further
information contact: Paul Dudiak at F5000@sbcglobal.net
February 23, 2007
SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) has
honored me with the 2006 “Rookie of the Year” award. Only one
individual gets this award in the country from SVRA. I almost feel
that I’m walking in Kurt Reinold’s foot steps. He won the SCCA
“Rookie of the Year” award in 1965!
January 20, 2007
Steve Petrosky has done two nice paintings of
my McKee F5000. 13”x19” posters can be ordered from him for $45
each. Contact him at email:
I have 2007 Team Dudiak Racing calendars for
sale at $20 each. Price includes shipping and handling. Send me an
email at: F5000@sbcglobal.net
LANE Magazine - There are pictures of me racing in the November
2006 and December 2006 issues of Victory Lane magazine. Also they
are doing a feature article about my car in coming months. Copies
of previous issues or an annual subscription can be ordered by
calling Victory Lane at 650-321-1411.
December 11, 2006
I have some very sad news. Don De Maagd,
previous owner and care taker of my McKee F5000 for 31 years, died
Monday, December 4th, around 1:00 pm. There will be a
Memorial for Don on December 28th at 6:00 pm. It will be
Estes-Leadley Funeral Home
345 W. Washtenaw
Lansing, MI 48923
Sandy and I send our prayers and love to his
family and friends.
December 1, 2006
I visited my engine builder yesterday. The
rest of the engine checked out ok…. No other problems or expenses.
Our current thinking is to have the crankshaft re-ground and heat
treated. This will save me about $1000 - $1500.
Another interesting factor, Mike Mullvain said
that when he took the engine apart there wasn’t a drop of gas in the
Webers. This means the engine ran out of gas just before it was
about to blow. That saved me approximately $15,000 - $20,000. Now
I have to figure out why the Webers weren’t getting gas even though
the car had approximately 1/3 of tank left.
November 16, 2006
In my last race at Road America, during
September, I broke an oil line fitting during a practice session on
Friday. Since I wasn’t doing a good job of watching my gages, I
dumped approximately 10 quarts of oil on the track before the engine
died. When I got back to the pits, we spent a couple hours trying
to determine if I should continue to race. After taking off the
in-line oil inspection filter and seeing some metal chips, I decided
to spare the engine and race another day.
I pulled the engine November 8th and
took it to my engine builder, Mike Mullvain on November 9th. He
took off the oil pan on November 16th and determined that
the rods and rod bearings over heated, and need to be replaced.
The crankshaft will need to be “turned” or replaced. He will check
to see if the crank is bent. Next he will check pistons and the
Here is a picture of the broken oil pump
fitting which caused all my problems…. and a picture with Bob McKee,
Greg Elliff (G.E. Autosports), and Phil Hajek helping me try to fix
Home | McKEE F5000 | Photo Gallery | Race Results | Race Schedule | Updates
This site was last updated