The Crew - The crew usually consists of Stevan, wife, Linda and, on occasion, son Lee. During the Runoffs® and selected events, the team expands to include Mid Ohio area residents Jerry Zeger and Jeremy Swank. Jeremy's dad, Bob also drops by when he has time. Jerry raced Formula Vees during the formation of the universe and competed in a Bobsy and is now heavily into classic cars. Jeremy has big plans to go racing just as soon as he can get his priorities in order (of course, CREWING for the Team has top priority right now!).
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The Driver - Stevan Davis began his foray into racing in the SCCA Solo II autocross series with the Jensen Healey sports car he drove to work. Solo II is a type of racing which provides for timing one car at a time against a clock around a pylon defined course. There is no 'wheel to wheel' racing and the dangers involved normally do not exceed those encountered in everyday street driving. Davis did rather well, garnering the Southeastern Division (SEDIV) Championship in 1975,1976, and 1977. He participated in the Solo II National Championship event in Dallas Texas in 1977 where he demolished the 27 car field, wining by over 6 seconds on a 90 second course. All class winners were then raced against each other in identical Triumph TR7's where Stevan again decimated the competition, winning by just under 2 seconds on a similar (but different) 90 second course.
In 1977 Stevan decided to take a shot at wheel to wheel racing in Formula Vee. He and friend Jim Scott bought a used, outdated car and started to work. As the years passed, they continued to improve the car while Steve honed his skills as a driver.
Stevan won the SouthAtlanticRoadRacingChallenge in 1979 and followed that up with his first year of National level competition in 1980 - culminating in his first invitation to the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. After several Runoffs efforts, Stevan WON THE EVENT in 1987 and was selected for the President's Cup Award. In 1992, at the Championships in a newly designed and built car, he won a decided victory as well as the Mark Donohue Award. The team also qualified on the pole for the SCCA Championship Runoffs® in 4 consecutive years. 3 times in Formula Vee starting in 1990 and in Formula Continental in 1993 - finishing on the podium twice in that time.
Stevan also spent a couple of years in Formula Continental (FF2000), running several Pro races, the Hooter's Cup series as well as SCCA club races. He sat on the pole at the 1993 SCCA Runoffs®, but spun out of contention in that race while avoiding another competitor's spin. Although much of Stevan's efforts in Continental were supported by retired Army Colonel Robert B. (Tip) Franklin, neither he nor Stevan could afford to continue in that series without sponsorship.
Stevan's NON-racing interests extend to snow and water skiing, tennis, "rock" wall climbing, and working out in the gym. In his more calm moments, he helps his wife (Linda) and son (Lee) maintain a 3500 gallon KOI pond in the front yard.
Wanna see the fish better? some fish, the same fish, one more time!
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PS. Stevan's late father gets credit for the unique spelling of his first name. Although there are literally THOUSANDS of 'Steve Davis' holders around, there are only a very few 'Stevan' Davis's in the entire U.S. (But it is pronounced just like everyone else's - like Steven only mine is spelled CORRECTLY).
The car - The team's first car, known as the Racer's Wedge (in which Stevan won the SCCA National Championship in 1987 and finished 3rd in '88) was totally destroyed in a Road Atlanta crash in early 1989. While still on crutches following the accident, Stevan and his Crew Chief, Jim Scott, started building a new car. Neither wanted to call it Racer's Wedge II, so the new name of Racer's Wage was conceived. The 'Wage' qualified 5th at the RUNOFFS® in '89 and was running a strong 3rd on the last lap when a bolt in the shifter linkage broke at Turn 5 leaving the car in neutral. Stevan finally managed to get the car into 4th gear by grasping the shifter rod with his hand and limped home to finish in 6th position.
The following year, the Racer's Wage qualified on the pole for the RUNOFFS®. The car captured the pole again in 1991 and 1992 as well. In 1992 Stevan and the 'Wage took the lead into Turn 1 and left the field in the dust - pulling out a 19 second lead before a full course yellow on lap 12 bunched the field. Frustrated at the loss of his huge lead, on the restart, Stevan put his head down and once again left the field in the distance, building up a new 7 second lead while charging to the finish. In 2008, Stevan decided to build a new car to be called Bullet. The new car has undergone a few changes, but has competed admirably - winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2013 and running at the front of almost all events entered.
The Engine - Built by Cricket Farm Motors of Greenville, SC. - (Rollin Butler (864) 277-1268). The team now has several successful seasons with CFM and we have qualified on the front row in most races (it was usually a Butler engine in front if we didn't make it). Rollin is a one man shop in Greenville, SC with offices on Ohio Loop Road in the Donaldson Airport complex off the White Horse Road exit from I-85. See his website at BUTLER ENGINES.
The Tires - The Wedge Racing team uses HOOSIER tires.
The extremely high oil temperatures inside the air cooled Formula Vee engine demand the extreme capabilities of a full synthetic oil. Not only does the oil have to handle high temps, but on several occasions it has been called on beyond any reasonable expectations. At one race, a lost valve cover bolt gradually leaked out most of the oil. Davis was leading the race and, even though the oil pressure was dipping to zero, was reluctant to pull in until the pressure STAYED at ZERO for nearly the entire front straight. After retiring from the race and replacing the missing bolt, the engine was refired with no apparent damage. The very same engine finished first and second the following weekend. 2 races later, at Road Atlanta (again, while leading the race) a 3/4 inch plug vibrated out of the bottom of the oil sump, dumping the entire contents of the crankcase in a matter of a few seconds. With the oil light coming on so suddenly and the engine still seemingly fine, Davis kept his foot in it (hoping that the sending unit was bad) for several turns before the engine began to seize. This time Davis elected to send the engine in for a tear down. To his surprise, engine builder, Rollin Butler found no internal damage to any of the bearings or parts - the tear down wasn't really necessary! Valvoline oil has been a long time supporter of SCCA racing in general and it certainly fits the bill in this Formula Vee!