Just over two months ago, the announcement was made that Crazy Horse Racing (CHR) had become an official dealer for Port City Racecars. Within days, orders started coming in and deposits were taken.
One of those first customers was Gorham, Maine, native Dan McKeage, the proud owner of 2019 chassis No. 19-114. As amazing as it may seem, that first chassis to be delivered at CHR is about to hit the race track.
McKeage and his team members have been working all-out on the assembly process nearly every day since the chassis arrived in Maine. This car is a true showpiece, featuring the very best parts and components available today.
McKeage has put in countless hours and has spared nothing to get this car finished in time to compete in Saturday’s Honey Badger Bar & Grill 150 for the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) at Oxford Plains Speedway.
“I’ve been coming up here to work on the car four days a week for the past month,” McKeage said with pride as he reflected on the record build. “A few of my guys have been coming up at night when they could, it’s just been a huge effort overall.
“We’ve stayed right on schedule with it, and while it’ll be close, we are going to make it for the race on Saturday. I can’t wait to get back in a race car again. I know Mickey and Mitch Green are pretty excited to see us race.”
Once the powder coated chassis had arrived in Maine, McKeage sprang into action and started by bolting on all of the suspension components. Upper and lower control arms were attached, shocks were mounted and once that assembly was complete, it was on to the rear end for more of the same.
While this build may have been much faster than most, no individual part or component was hurried or forgotten. In fact, each part was scrutinized more carefully than ever before.
“We may have built this car with a clear deadline in mind, but we didn’t cut any corners in any aspect of the entire process,” McKeage added. “I wanted this new piece to look world class, but more importantly – we’re building it to win races.
“I don’t intend to set the world on fire this Saturday. I just plan to be me, to give good feedback to Mickey and Mitch, and to come away with a respectable finish. This will be a great test for all of us, and I’m hoping for a good outcome.”
Mickey Green is thrilled to see one of his new Port City cars go out the door so quickly, and feels confident that McKeage will do well in his maiden voyage.
“I’m more than pleased about how well Dan’s car has come together,” Green said. “With the full assembly process happening right here in our shop, it has drawn a ton of attention. We’ve been full bore on it, Dan has worked on it almost constantly and now here we are getting it ready to race.
“We’re hoping to give it a shakedown run at Beech Ridge on Friday afternoon so we know it will be all set to compete on Saturday. I want the best for Dan, and am excited to see this new car hit the track.”
Several other new Port City Racecars are now on-site at Crazy Horse Racing. The Super Late Model of Raymond, Maine’s Ivan Kaffel has been powder coated and assembly is well under way. There is also another new SLM chassis on-site (for Devin O’Connell) and one new ACT chassis with an eye-catching yellow powder coat.
It’s starting to look pretty colorful at the CHR shop, but those bright colors are generating some real excitement among Maine race teams.
It’s just the reaction that CHR owner Mickey Green and Port City Racecars owner Gary Crooks were hoping for when the deal was announced. The effort that McKeage and his team have put in will thrust the Port City brand into the spotlight sooner than originally thought, keeping that buzz loud and proud.
Crazy Horse Racing was first launched in 2008 by Mitch Green, a former school auto shop teacher from South Paris, Maine. Mitch’s son, Mickey, bought the company from his father in March of this year. Mickey is a world class fabricator, innovator and a seasoned crew chief.
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