Discussion in 'NASCAR Talk' started by joeyk, Mar 3, 2018.
Does this team still exist, or did the fold in 2017?
Oh man, if you thought BK Racing was bad, wait until you get a load of this team. Its story time.
Obaika Racing was formed in 2015, and 2015 went decent for them, the #97 ran 32 of the 33 races, with 1 DNQ. Going into 2016 things started off fine, through the first 11 races the #97 ran all the races besides Daytona (DNQ). Then... they added the #77 as a 2nd car, which was planned to run the entire remainder of the season, starting at Pocono. The #77 withdrew from its first 2 races since the car wasn't prepared in time, then DNQ'd at Iowa with Clarie Decker. The team actually made it to Daytona... but... left the engine for the #77 at the shop, so they withdrew. Yet again they failed to get the car ready for Kentucky, so that was another withdraw. Then they actually signed a driver! T.J. Bell was signed for the next 4 races. Bell actually made 3 of these 4 races, only missing Indinapolis, although he also started and parked in 2 of these races. Jordan Anderson ran the #77 at Mid-Ohio, then at Bristol the team returned to their roots, failing to get ready in time for Bristol and withdrawing, after starting and parking at Road America, they ONCE AGAIN failed to get the car ready for Darlington. But for the remainder of the season they got the car prepared in every race, although they DNQ'd 3 times, and had 1 more withdraw at Charlotte, but that was due to threat of weather and they would miss the race if qualifying was canceled. Then something happened that we will call "The Texas incident" by some amazing way, the #77 and #97 team radios transmitted to each other. The #77, driven by Matt Waltz had a flat tire, and his crew chief told him to pit, this transmission was not sent to Waltz however... it was sent to the #97 of Ryan Ellis, so Ellis said "okay, pitting this time" which led to the #97 spotter saying "No don't pit" however this was sent to Matt Waltz in the #77 and he said "I've got a tire going down I have to pit" this was sent to the #97 team, despite Waltz being in the #77, so the #97 crew got ready, the #77 crew didn't, when Matt Waltz finally came down pit road, he drove over to his pit stall and nobody was ready. At this point the radio was finally fixed and both Waltz and Ellis were told what had happened. Then in 2017 things got really bad. Stephen Leicht was announced full time driver of the #77 (and they spelled his name wrong) and Josh Bilicki was announced full time driver of the #97. Daytona comes around... the team has 1 car ready, Leicht is moved to the #97, the #77 withdraws. The same happens at Atlanta, Leicht moved to the #97, #77 withdraws. At Las Vegas the #77 actually attempted the race, but Bilicki was in it, Bilicki failed to qualify. At Phoenix yet again Leicht is moved to the #97, and the #77 withdraws. Then Auto Club happens, the team shows up with two #97 cars, Leicht's paint crew had been told Leicht was staying in the #97, and Bilicki's paint crew had been told that Bilicki was switching from the #77 to the #97, so both cars had the #97 on them, and NOBODY noticed until they arrived at the track, so instead of fixing it, the #97 that was supposed to be the #77 is used as the backup, this time the #77 was never even entered. The #77 doesn't enter at Texas, Leicht fails to qualify for Texas. Then at Bristol... the team doesn't show up until cup practice has already started, so they aren't allowed into the track, the #97 withdraws... and they don't show up to Richmond...or Talladega.... Leicht is in the #93 at Charlotte... it looked like they were gone and forgotten. Then in late June the team said they would be back to the track soon, they hyped it up, even having a design a hood contest on Reddit, I feel bad for the winner, because when the team finally entered for their promised return race at Mid-Ohio... they withdrew... because Vandersluis was too tall and they didn't have a seat ready... but they said not to worry! Gregory Vandersluis will drive the #77 at Road America! Well guess what? The team showed up. But the car had no contigs, the driver had an illegal firesuit, and supposedly the team owner was crazy, I don't remember the exact details, but supposedly Victor had threatened to hack somebody with his "skilled group of Nigerian hackers". But anyway, the team is forced to withdraw. They randomly enter for Charlotte with no signs at all, could it finally be the return? Nope. They withdrew... go figure. According to some, Victor had no idea how the cars even worked, he seemed clueless, along with half the team members. We haven't heard anything about this team since the Charlotte withdraw, there is no signs of a return anytime soon. And maybe its for the better.
"We haven't heard anything about this team since the Charlotte withdraw, there is no signs of a return anytime soon. And maybe its for the better."
hmmm (from their facebook)
Well dang. What are the chances they actually race?
inb4 Obaika Racing and Team Xxxtreme team up with BK Racing at Texas /s
I bought one of their pit shirts at Dover in the fall. If I could find that, I think they might attempt a race.
Don't forget Swan Racing
How this team went from a respectable back of the pack organization to the biggest joke in the garage in just a couple short years is nothing short of amazing. And not in a good way.
They never had any sponsorship in 16/17 that wasn't from Obaika's shady tour company except for one race: the spring Charlotte race in 2016 when Harrison Rhodes brought his school, NC State University, on board. Drove the car to what would be one of their best performances all year and Obaika left him out to dry after that.
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