Upcoming Events
MJK Racing Headed for the 57th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring
Altamonte Springs, FL — Michael Kern and the crew of the MJK Racing team are ready to kick off the 2009 racing year at the season opener for the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA). This annual event, held in support of the Mobil 1 12 hours of Sebring, will pit a 90 car field of historic and vintage sports cars against each other in both enduro and sprint race formats. The MJK Racing Camaro will once again revert back to its former class designation of IMSA GTS-1 to run the event, but this year there will be a twist – a co-driver. At this year’s race the MJK Racing Camaro will be driven by both Michael Kern and Dalton Zehr, a very fast young ASA Midwest Series stock car driver. To commemorate the event the MJK Racing Camaro will sport Dalton’s stock car number 119.

“Dalton Zehr Racing of Port Orange, Florida brings a wealth of experience to this year’s race, both from an experienced driver’s standpoint and also a vast experience with race car suspension setup” says Michael Kern the team’s owner and primary driver. “We won our class in this race in 2006, and did not run the race in 2007 or 2008 due to other scheduling conflicts, so we would really like to see victory lane again this year, and with Dalton and I splitting the driving, I think we are in a very good position for a win in 2009” says Kern.

Dalton Zehr Racing supported MJK Racing during the 2008 season with chassis design and suspension setup support resulting in the team crushing all pre-existing circuit lap times set by the car and driver on the way to the team’s inaugural entry of the GT-1 Camaro in the 2008 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park Topeka.

MJK Racing is also proud to announce that FuelClinic.com improved its position within the team to become the new primary marketing partner for the #119 FuelClinic.com Chevrolet Camaro. FuelClinic.com is poised to use motorsports as a marketing tool to enhance national awareness on the need to enhance fuel efficiency.

“The topic of fuel efficiency can be pretty boring. We wanted to add some excitement to the discussion, to have something out of the ordinary that might get people’s attention. MJK Racing and Michael Kern in particular add a sense of something a little bigger than life. In person this guy gets attention, knows what he’s talking about, and can explain it to anyone. Just the kind of partner any business would love to have.” said Michael Bragg, President & CEO of FuelClinic.com.

About MJK Racing: MJK Racing is a sports car racing team currently competing in the GT-1 Class of the Sports Car Club of America’s (SCCA) National Club Racing Series. MJK Racing has been involved in this SCCA racing series since the summer of 2003. In addition to SCCA racing, MJK Racing actively competes in other specialty and vintage sports car races. The MJK Racing Chevrolet Camaro began its first season of racing in July of 2005 after two years of extensive restoration, fabrication and development. MJK Racing is headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida. http://www.mjkracing.com

About FuelClinic.com:
http://www.FuelClinic.com is a website dedicate to helping people reduce fuel consumption by teaching them improved driving habits and providing tools for monitoring their mileage to provide real feedback on their progress. FuelClinic decided to sponsor MJK Racing in order to help appeal to a wider audience of consumers and automotive enthusiasts who could benefit from the website.

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About Dalton Zehr & Dalton Zehr Racing: Dalton Zehr is not just another driver trying to make it to the big times. This young man has already accomplished more in his racing career than most drivers hope for in a lifetime. He started racing when he was seven years old in Caldwell, Idaho in a class of dirt winged cars. When he was eleven years old he started racing bandolero bandits in Florida. In 2003 Dalton and his father, Marty Zehr, worked with local track owners and Nextel Cup driver Mark Martin to create the FastKids Truck Series for kids ages twelve and up. He walked away with the 2004 FastKids championship. On the day that Dalton turned 14 he ran his very first Super Late Model Race. Shortly after that he went into the Super Bowl of short track racing, Speedweeks. Dalton was by far the youngest participant there and is the youngest so far to ever have competed in this event. In 2005 Dalton raced in the Sunbelt Series, Fastruck Series, Intermountain Series, ProTruck Series, and Mid-America Racing Series (MARS). Along the way in 2005 Dalton managed to break eight track records. In 2006 Dalton ran in the ASA Southern Series for Coleman Racing and at fifteen was still the youngest full time driver in the series. He has co-hosted a short track racing tech show called “Race Scene” and was given a NASCAR Pavement Late Model and an IMCA Dirt Modified by Circle Track Magazine to run whenever he has a chance and correspond directly with them on how the races go. For 2008 Dalton will run in the ASA Midwest Tour. For additional information about Dalton and his team logon to
www.daltonzehr.com.


MJK Racing Ready for 2008 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park Topeka
Altamonte Springs, FL - Michael Kern and the crew of the MJK Racing team are celebrating their inaugural entry of the #55 Delta Connection Academy / FuelClinic.com GT-1 Camaro in the 2008 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Heartland Park, Topeka to be held October 6th thru the 12th.

Each year, drivers race in 70 events across the country to qualify for one last, winner-take-all event in October - the National Championship Runoffs. Some of the most famous American racers have won at the Runoffs, including Bobby Rahal, Boris Said, Paul Newman, Scott Sharp and Skip Barber.

Now that they have secured a spot in the race by finishing 8th in championship points out of 23 drivers in the extremely challenging Southeast Division, the team is busy preparing the car for the race. Working late into the night, Michael and his volunteer crew are burning the midnight oil to prepare the car for the 1,300 mile trip to Topeka.

“There's a lot to get done in a short period of time; we made our final decision to race on September 15th.” says Michael, as sweat drips from his forehead on a cool Florida evening. “We've just received many new parts for the car, and have developed some upgrades into the chassis.” In addition to new equipment and adding new sponsorship logos like FuelClinic.com, Michael has spent all of his free time going over every piece of this car, and he knows what he's looking at - as Michael has literally built this car himself.

“Every bit of it, every nut, every wire, every drop of paint, everything that isn't the most basic frame or body panels - all of it, I did that” he says with a smile. “When I got it, it was barely together and the car hadn't been raced in years; it was basically a frame, some driveline, and the loosely attached body panels.”

Michael and his talented groups of friends spent 2003 through 2005 turning the dusty old 1994 IMSA GTO car into the racing machine it is today. It's been competitive against teams with far more resources, full time crews, and much deeper pockets.

“I love to race, it's what I'm supposed to do!” says Michael.

About MJK Racing: MJK Racing is a sports car racing team currently competing in the GT-1 Class of the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) National Club Racing Series. MJK Racing has been involved in this SCCA racing series since the summer of 2003.

In addition to SCCA racing, MJK Racing actively competes in other specialty and vintage sports car races. The MJK Racing Chevrolet Camaro began its first season of racing in July of 2005 after two years of extensive restoration, fabrication and development. MJK Racing is headquartered in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

About FuelClinic.com: FuelClinic.com is a website dedicate to helping people reduce fuel consumption by teaching them improved driving habits and providing tools for monitoring their mileage to provide real feedback on their progress. FuelClinic decided to sponsor MJK Racing in order to help appeal to a wider audience of consumers and automotive enthusiasts who could benefit from the website. Credit: FuelClinic.com / MJK Racing

Outerwears Performance Products to Sponsor MJK Racing
February 29 2008
Altamonte Springs, FL (Feb. 29, 2008) – MJK Racing announced today that Outerwears Performance Products of Schoolcraft, Michigan has signed on to sponsor Michael Kern in the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) National Club Racing Series. This marketing partnership will extend through the remainder of the 2008 racing season.

As a supporting sponsor, the No. 55 GT-1 Chevrolet Camaro will be outfitted with a new Outerwears Performance Products logos package prominently displayed on both sides of the car. This will further enhance Outerwears involvement with auto racing, marking an important step in its branding growth in the road racing market. However, Outerwears Performance Products is no stranger to motorsports marketing. For many years, it has and will continue to actively sponsor and support all levels of amateur and professional auto racing.

Founded over 28 years ago, Outerwears was created to fulfill a desperate need to keep the air filter and engine clean during off road racing. Racers and engine builders were experiencing a loss of horsepower and engine damage due to sand, dirt, and other debris prematurely packing (clogging) the filter and often passing through the filter into the engine. Filters loading up with dirt meant a loss of horsepower and in many cases loss of a race. Race crews were noticing severe engine damage due to dirt entering into the engine. Thus, a true need for a product designed to keep out additional dirt without interfering with airflow was necessary.

"We are very happy to have Outerwears Performance Products come onboard with our race program. With Outerwears involvement and our continued team growth, I know we will provide a win-win situation for all involved. Pre-filters work extremely well in the harsh environments of road racing and should not only be considered for dirt car racing, their products provide very valuable protection to our engines, breathers, and shocks," said team owner/driver Michael Kern.

Obtain additional information on Outerwears Performance Products at www.outerwears.com.

MJK Racing Selected for the JR Motorsports Racer Support Program
January 28 2008
Altamonte Springs, FL (Jan 28, 2008) – MJK Racing announced today that it has been selected by JR Motorsports of Ankeny, Iowa to be a member team for the 2008 JR Motorsports Racer Support Program. This distinguished selection will offer MJK Racing discounts on many of the JR Motorsports catalog product lines, and a 50% discount on engine, shock, and spring dyno services. This marketing partnership will extend through the remainder of the 2008 racing season. As a supporting sponsor, the No. 55 GT-1 Chevrolet Camaro will be outfitted with new JR Motorsports Racer Support Program logos prominently displayed on both sides of the racecar.

Founded in 1999 by racing enthusiast Everett Sather, JR Motorsports has been focused on serving the racer and high performance enthusiast. Since then, Dick Easter and Dave Johnson have joined Everett in ownership, and together these partners have taken JR Motorsports to an all new level. Their shared vision and dedication has truly created "America's Finest One-Stop Race Shop!"

"We are very fortunate and proud to have JR Motorsports partner with our race program. Their engine package now powers the racecar and they make excellent power and have been exceptionally reliable. From the start, working with JR Motorsports has been like working with an old friend, their customer service and product knowledge is top notch," said team owner/driver Michael Kern.

Obtain additional information on JR Motorsports and their extensive line of racing products at www.jrmotorsports.com.

Delta Connection Academy #55 Camaro beats staggering odds to finish 3rd at the Sports Car Club of America's Sun Stroke Grand Prix at Daytona International Speedway
October 1 2007
SANFORD, FL (October 1, 2007) – In a season highlighted by major enhancements to the MJK Racing engine program, a simple rear tire flat almost marked the end of the season for the #55 Delta Connection Academy Chevrolet Camaro. On the 5th lap of Saturday morning practice for the SCCA Sun Stroke Grand Prix at Daytona International Speedway a left rear tire failed resulting in a massive high speed spin exiting NASCAR turn 2 and heading down the Super-Stretch. The 160-mile per hour spin could have been much worse had the Camaro impacted the inside or outside wall, but the racing gods were working for the team and the car slid 1400 feet but stayed off the walls. However, going backward at that speed resulted in enormous air pressure changes that spectacularly hurdled the rear bodywork of the car skyward over the track.

MJK Racing was almost forced to retired the car driven by Michael Kern after a total of 5 laps into the full race weekend, but the quick and thorough work of the SCCA track officials resulted in the team getting back every piece of all the broken bodywork. That help was essential, as the next 15 hours challenged MJK Racing with repair work unlike any that the team has ever attempted. "The back of the car showed up in the bed of a pickup truck in 5 big pieces that all looked like they were run over by a steamroller" said team mechanic John Erskine.

Other teams and racers were very supportive of the efforts being made by the team to get the car repaired for the Sunday afternoon race. "Those guys are real Racers now", said Jeff Bailey, the 2006 Southeast Division GT-1 Champion as he walked through the Daytona garages. By Sunday morning the eight MJK Racing team members working on the car were rewarded by something that was beginning to look like a Camaro again. "This thing looks like Franken-Car, it just needs some big bolts sticking out of the fenders," said the team's Technical Engineer Shawn Ganim.

The team held its breath, as SCCA Tech Inspectors began poring over the car to ensure that the repairs would be strong enough for the speed and down-force loads experienced at Daytona. "Go race it" was all they said. As race time approach, the team scoured over the car looking for any hidden damage or problems. "My guys are awesome - we are going to race this car," said driver Michael Kern minutes before strapping into the Delta Connection Academy Camaro.

Without any qualifying times posted the #55 Camaro started from the 41st position on the grid, the rear of the field. As the green flag dropped Kern settled into a very steady and conservative race pace. "I kept expecting to see the rear body of the car moving around, I was very concerned about losing the rear spoiler if the bodywork repairs failed." Kern said after the race. That caution gave way around the midpoint of the race and lap times began to drop, to the team's best lap times ever at Daytona, as Kern's confidence in the car improved. At the checked flag the all of the teams hard work paid off as the Delta Connection Academy Camaro crossed the stripe, on the lead lap, with a 3rd place finish in GT-1 and 19th overall.

"I could see the team along the fence at the International Horseshoe, towards the end of the race, waving and smiling. I told myself no matter what I was going to take the checkered flag for those guys, so that all their hard work would not go to waste. I'm very lucky to be surrounded with such great people," Kern said of his team after the race. MJK Racing hopes to carry that "keep trying" attitude into the 2008-racing season.

Delta Connection Academy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, operates a fleet of more than 100 aircraft and has trained students from 89 different countries. The Academy has placed pilots with 26 airlines including, but not limited to, all Delta Connection carriers, American Eagle Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines. In addition to its main campus at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, the Academy is the flight-training partner for four colleges and universities across the United States and has a total enrollment of more than 800 flight students. For more information about Delta Connection Academy, call 1.800.U.CAN.FLY or visit www.DeltaConnectionAcademy.com

Delta Connection Academy Extends Sponsorship Commitment with MJK Racing
January 1 2007
SANFORD, FL (January 1, 2007) – MJK Racing announced today that Delta Connection Academy, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines, has signed a one-year extension to continue as the primary sponsor of the No. 55 Delta Connection Academy Chevrolet Camaro driven by Michael Kern in the Sports Car Club of America's (SCCA) National GT-1 Series and other specialty sports car races.

"The race program with Michael Kern and MJK Racing has become a focal point for Delta Connection Academy's relationship with many of our new customers and employees," stated Gary Beck, DCA's President and CEO. "We're very excited by the new branding and marketing gains the Delta Connection Academy racing team has developed and we look forward to more on and off-track success."

"Delta Connection Academy's decision to continue to invest in MJK Racing and auto racing as a sport reflects the continuing and growing value of race team sponsorship as a business choice," said MJK Racing's driver Michael Kern. "This will be our second year with DCA highlighting the successful marketing partnership that MJK Racing and our sponsors enjoy," he added.

MJK Racing has enjoyed a very successful second season of competition. In the first ten races of the year they have earned two class wins, two second place finishes, and no finishes outside of the top ten. The MJK Racing Camaro and driver Michael Kern were also featured in the April 2006 issue of Camaro World Magazine. MJK Racing expects and even more successful season in 2007.

Delta Connection Academy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, operates a fleet of more than 110 aircraft and has trained students from 89 different countries. The Academy has placed pilots with 26 airlines including, but not limited to, all Delta Connection carriers, American Eagle Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines and Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines. In addition to its main campus at the Orlando/Sanford International Airport, the Academy is the flight-training partner for five colleges and universities across the United States and has a total enrollment of more than 800 flight students. For more information about Delta Connection Academy, call 1.800.U.CAN.FLY or visit www.DeltaConnectionAcademy.com


ISG to Sponsor MJK Racing
July 18 2006
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. (July 17, 2006) - MJK Racing announced today that Integrated Security Group (ISG) of Groveland, Florida has signed on to sponsor Michael Kern in the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships at the Daytona International Speedway over the weekend of August 5th & 6th. This marketing partnership will extend through the remainder of the 2006 racing season and all of 2007, an estimated 10 races.

As an associate sponsor, the No. 55 Chevrolet Camaro will be outfitted with a new ISG logo package prominently displayed on both sides of the car. This will be ISG’s first involvement with auto racing, marking an important first step in its growth in the motorsports market. However, ISG is no stranger to sports marketing. For many years, it has and will continue to actively sponsor and support all levels of amateur and professional competitive water skiing. ISG’s move to become involved with motorsports will further establish itself as a prominent player in the Integrated Fire Protection, Security Systems, Closed Circuit Television and Access Control marketplace.

“We are very happy to have ISG come onboard with our race program. With ISG’s involvement and our continued team growth, I know we will provide a win for all involved,” said team owner/driver Michael Kern.

“I am very excited about this new partnership. It will be an excellent way to introduce our products and services to racing teams as potential new customers. ISG has the products and knowledge to protect these awesome racing machines when they are away from the track. We are also very excited about the potential to develop wireless technologies for racing applications,” said ISG President Jeff Holbrook. ISG provided all of the fire protection systems and engineering for the construction of Daytona International Speedway’s infield renovation.

For additional details on ISG products and services, phone 1.352.267.3402


1St Time Racer
April 01 2006
CAMARO WORLD MAGAZINE (April 2006) - If you've never tackled restoring a car because it seemed a bit too overwhelming then this story is for you. The story, on the face of it, is about a restored 1994 Camaro racecar, but the real story is about one man's motto on restoring cars, "There's nothin' to be scared of, it's just a pile of nuts and bolts."

So with that intro, here's the story. Michael Kern is a 36 year-old pilot and his job is Manager of Flight Safety for Delta Connection Academy in Sanford, Florida. Ok, so he can fly a plane, but can he build one? Well we don't know, but here's where it gets interesting. In 2002 and 2003 Michael had an intense yearning to be involved in car racing; in fact he watched every race he could on TV and attended as many races as possible (drag races, road races, dirt car races and even boat races). After studying all the different types of automotive competition, Michael decided that sports car racing would give him the most fun for the money. So he set about to find any car he could that would fit his racecar-building budget.

As luck would have it, Michael found a car in the Spring of 2003, but not just any car, it was a Camaro that had been raced in 1995 and 1996 in the IMSA GTS-1 class against the likes of Paul Newman (the actor and racer) in his Nissan 300Z. The car he found was nothing but a rolling frame with some beat-up bodywork attached. Restoring the car was quite an undertaking to say the least! But Michael dreamed of the day he would take the car to the hollowed grounds of Daytona and Sebring.

In the months that followed, Michael worked his fingers to the bone restoring the car and bolt-by-bolt it came together. By July of 2005 (25 months later) it was ready to race. Interestingly enough Michael was able to keep the car within a tight budget by purchasing both new and used parts from eBay private sellers and race teams seeking to unload some of their old goodies.

The finished car looks like a show car as much as it looks like a racecar. It has beautiful paint and is impeccably detailed and clean, but make no mistake about it this car is all business. It has a 355ci small block Chevy that puts out about 475hp with a Holley 700cfm carburetor. The car weighs only 2,632 pounds (wet) with its all tubular Howe Racing chassis and Derhaag lightweight body panels. Shifting is accomplished with a Jerico road race 4-speed that provides clutchless shifting when the car is on the track. Handling is capably performed by Koni coil-overs front and rear with a 3-link rear suspension. Putting the power to the ground is the job of massive, Goodyear 12" wide front tires and 14" wide rear racing radials.

For 2006 Michael plans to race the car seven times in SCCA Club Racing or specialty sports car races at Daytona, Sebring and Roebling Road in Savannah, Georgia. Most of his races are 30-minute sprints, although one of them will be an 80-minute Enduro. Imagine what fun it would be to race a Camaro for 80 minutes, Wow! But it all goes to show, if you want to take a stab at your own project just remember Michael's motto, "There's nothin' to be scared of, it's just a pile of nut and bolts," and Michael is living proof of his motto. To that I say hooray for hot rodders

By Mike Wilson
Photos By Pete Sommers

MJK Racing Earns First Career Victory in SVRA MotorCheck Enduro Series Race during 54th Mobil 1 – 12 Hours of Sebring
March 20 2006
SEBRING, Fla. (March 20, 2006) - The No. 58 MJK Racing / Delta Connection Academy Chevrolet Camaro Team and Driver Michael Kern both earned their first career series wins in the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) MotorCheck Enduro Series race run during the 54th Mobil 1 – 12 Hours of Sebring. This 1st in Class win (IMSA GTO Limited thru 1995) gave the team their first victory in their first competitive effort.

“We’re in the game…First try – First win” Crewmember Bob Joyce was quoted as saying after the race. That statement exemplifies the whole feeling of the team as they struggled through driver licensing races, testing sessions, and the development of a new car and team. “This team is really taking off.” Kern said. “From a bunch of guys that didn’t know what a torque wrench was a year ago to a class win during a support race at the 12 Hours just goes to show how hard they have tried…I can’t thank them enough.”

The MJK Racing Camaro started the race from the 26th position out of an 87 car field. Qualifying laps were cut short so additional work could be completed on the brakes before the race. Even with a shortened qualifying session consisting of only two laps at speed, Kern was able to lap Sebring within one second of the fastest time they had ever posted. The 80-minute race consisted of two mandatory 5-minute pit stops in which the driver had to exit the car prior to the refueling and service. The teams pit strategy was crucial in the victory as the faster No. 90 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Jeff Bernatovich failed to make the required second stop resulting in a major penalty. “The guys behind the wall were really thinking, and that kept us in the race.” Kern said of his team.

With two laps remaining Kern was attempting a pass for 11th position overall when a massive high-speed spin occurred in the braking zone of turn 13. A rear-end breather tank overflowed and covered the left rear tire in gear lube just as the car began to slow for the hard right-hander. “I was unable to restart the car after the spin, and watching all those cars go by was really disappointing after such a hard effort.” Kern said after the race. “We’re real lucky we only fell to 24th overall and were able to hold on to the class victory.”
Michael Kern and the MJK Racing / Delta Connection Academy Team are already planning and preparing for their next race – The Continental Historic Racing Association (CHRA) 2006 Daytona Historic Races to be held over Easter weekend at the World Center of Racing – Daytona International Speedway.