Announcing The 'CTech Manufacturing 180'

Everyone here at CTech Manufacturing is thrilled to announce the CTech Manufacturing 180 NASCAR Xfinity Series race to be held at Road America on August 22-24, 2019! Set in the scenic hills of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the 180-mile road race is a spectacle, and driver favorite, on the NASCAR calendar. Joining the weekend festivities once again will be the fan-favorite Stadium Super Truck series, as well as the SCCA Trans Am and Formula 3 series.

As the official Cart, Cabinet, and Drawer supplier for Road America and title sponsor of the world-class motorplex located on-site, CTech has enjoyed a prosperous relationship with Road America, also known as ‘America’s National Park of Speed’. Those who have had the chance to explore the 640+ acres of park-like land on the Road America grounds will uphold its world-class reputation, and for good measure, considering the phenomenal amenities, food, and activities available for both racers and fans alike.

Previously coined the ‘Johnsonville 180’, this special race has a knack for attracting top-tier road racers. In 2018, popular British endurance racer Katherine Legge joined Johnny Davis Racing, while IndyCar driver Conor Daly joined Rousch Fenway Racing, among others. Hall-Of-Fame NASCAR driver Bill Elliot also came out of retirement to suit up for the 2018 race, creating plenty of buzz around the NASCAR paddock. One thing’s for sure when it comes to this challenging 180-mile race, you never know who is going to come out to play, or who’s going to end up in the winner’s circle!

Being a Wisconsin-based company, we’re extremely excited to welcome the NASCAR world back to beautiful Road America. We would like to invite you to come enjoy the best that stock car racing has to offer in August as we get set to wave the green flag for the first ever CTech Manufacturing 180! Stay tuned for exciting details regarding the race weekend! 

2019 NHRA Route 66 Nationals: Fast and Steady

Jim Greenheck, owner and CEO of CTECH Manufacturing hit the drag strip once again this weekend to defend his NHRA Division V championship. This time, he wowed the crowd with a brand new, much hyped paint scheme. Although, he wasn’t the only racer at Route 66 Raceway donning new CTech colors. Kris and Kevin Hool, of K&K Motorsports, were also in attendance to compete for victory in their Top Alcohol Funny Car. After years of solid partnership, CTech stepped up this year to become a title sponsor for the Hool brothers TA/FC effort.

Also in the hunt for a Wally in Joliet last weekend were a number of teams sporting CTech pit carts under their tent, one of which being Elite Motorsports. Their driver, championship winning Pro-Stock driver Erica Enders, ended up coming just short in the Pro Stock finals to Deric Kramer and KB Racing, another CTech-equipped team competing at the very top of NHRA Pro Stock drag racing competition. Looking at both team’s pit areas, CTech carts are helping keep them at the top of their game. Congrats to all involved with the win!

Formula Student USA at the CTech Motorplex

After a full year of preparations, local high school teams and their racing creations descended upon the CTech Manufacturing Motorplex for two full days of non-stop track time! Formula Student USA is the group’s name, dedicated to helping high-school students fulfill their dream of building a real racecar in the name of STEM education. This may seem like a tall order for high-school students, but they’re eager for a challenge!

The Cedarburg High School Formula Student USA Team

Similar to collegiate SAE challenges, each Formula Student team has a set of rules to follow when constructing their vehicle. In general, teams have the choice of constructing an open or closed-wheel chassis, with varying levels of design autonomy associated with each. Safety is paramount in all forms of racing, and Formula Student is no different. Because this event isn’t timed, and wheel-to-wheel racing isn’t allowed, the focus of the rulebook is to guide the teams in making a safe, dependable racecar that can keep going throughout the two-day event at the Motorplex.

Parts for each car are either ordered via catalog, or custom designed and built by the teams themselves with the help of individual sponsors and plenty of information-sharing between schools. CTech is proud to support the teams in this fantastic program. We truly believe that the students in this program are the future of racing, and they’re proving it to us time and time again! Your first racecar is always going to be a special one, and for these students, it’s the one they’ve learned the most from.

VEX Robotics World Championships 2019

Over 25,000 individuals, and hundreds of student robotics teams from around the world recently descended into Louisville, Kentucky for the VEX Robotics World Championship. Students from 40 countries, and ranging from grade school to university-level education qualified for the championship event by performing well at local events. Among them, St. Nicholas School’s middle school robotics team dubbed “Rocket Robots”. We’re proud to have recently become a supporter of this local STEM-based team, and we’re even more proud of the fact that they were able to bring home 2nd place in the overall championship after winning their division!

In each division, teams must construct a robot to complete a very specific set of tasks. Most contests require robots to flip, stack, toss, and otherwise manipulate a set of objects to score points in an allotted time. Sounds easy right? Wrong! The competition here is intense. Every team is on the clock, and their creations are on the spot. The VEX organizers do an incredible job of making sure that the students who compete are having fun. From the sidelines, the contests very much resemble a live-action sport; there is a field of play surrounded by dynamic lighting, plenty of action and fanfare, an engaged audience, and even live announcers!

Each team travels down a long road to make it to the VEX World Championship event. In order to qualify, a given team has to prove themselves at local, regional, and nationwide events. For younger teams, the dedication that they’ve demonstrated is incredible, and all in the name of STEM competition! We’re extremely proud of the St. Nicholas School “Rocket Robots” team for their efforts this year, you’ve made everyone at CTech proud!

Special Financing Now Available!

Starting this week, we’re rolling out an exciting new program for some of our standard products; financing! Thanks to our new credit partners, we can now offer 1-3 year financing terms with low rates. Put the power of superior organization to work in your garage, shop, trailer, or anywhere else the job needs to get done!

Details:

  • 1-3 Year Terms

  • Same Day Credit Checks

Our BadAss Mechanic Carts are the first product to be made eligible for this credit opportunity. Each week, more will be added. If you’ve had your eyes on a particular CTech product, now is your time to invest in high performance storage! Give us a call today or inquire online for more details! Be sure to follow our social media channels to find out when additional products are added to the program!

Pit Carts of NASCAR

Pit Carts of NASCAR

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            NASCAR’s ‘Speedweeks’ is in full swing once again; with the CLASH kicking off side-by-side racing action at Daytona in headline-busting fashion. Among the usual noise, speed, glitz, and glamour that comes along with The Great American Race, happenings behind pit wall aren’t going unnoticed. In the past quarter-century, the humble pit cart has largely gone unnoticed in the eyes of the general viewing audience of major motorsports sanctions such as NASCAR, among others. Indeed, pit carts have evolved over the years to resemble something like a mobile headquarters, as opposed to simply a big toolbox.

            In general, NASCAR teams utilize two main pit boxes at the racetrack; one located in the garage, and one deployed on pit lane. The ‘garage pit box’ much more closely resembles something found in the service bay of your local master mechanic, however, it’s packed with technology designed to display race data on built-in TV screens, provide electrical distribution, and even a worktop with specialized compartments to accommodate aerosols, lubrication products, and much more. CTech’s Garage Box, aptly named, has provided a turn-key garage pit box solution for some of the industry’s top competitors, such as Team Penske, Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing, Stewart – Haas Racing, and many more. The Garage Box is designed to simply roll off the transporter and go to work with minimal setup.

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Pit carts found along pit lane are decidedly larger and more complex than those found in the garage, and for good measure. With all the efforts of competing in a NASCAR race culminating at the drop of the green flag, carts behind pit wall must support “all hands on deck” and more. Even if pit lane is closed, it’s a very busy place. Engineers are crunching numbers and adjusting race strategies, crewmembers are preparing tires, fuel, and equipment for upcoming pit stops, media is swarming, and sponsors and other special guests are looking over the entire operation. If you’re going to have a pit cart behind the wall at a time like that, it has to serve all of those purposes.

The original ULTRA Cart, developed by CTech in the early 2000’s, was the first pit cart of its kind to incorporate an expandable observation deck. With the addition of dedicated workspace for engineers, crew chiefs, and owners, pit carts completed a fundamental leap in evolution. Additional sponsorship representation was also made available to track-facing panels of the cart. Just like that, pit carts were no longer monstrous toolboxes, but well-equipped workstations packed with technology. As the years went on, more technology was packed into the cart chassis, and the use of pit carts as a marketing platform became ever more important.

As the business of motorsport has evolved, pit carts have become larger and more complex than anyone could have imagined, and for good measure. With the age of information transforming racing itself, pit carts are now responsible for not only storing tools and equipment, but also to:

·        Support a growing team of engineers AND their data

·        Provide hospitality to special guests, owners, and sponsors

·        Boost promotional space

·        Distribute liquid, electrical, networking, and pneumatic systems

Indeed, the ‘team’ aspect of racing is more important than ever and having the right equipment to manage those physical and digital assets on pit lane is the difference between finishing in the front of the pack and finishing at the back. CTech’s original ULTRA Cart, the first pit cart with an expandable observation deck, sparked a revolution in pit lane storage. Now, the ULTRA Cart Dual-Deck is here to revolutionize and re-imagine pit lane once again. The single largest, most complex pit cart ever constructed is making its stock car racing debut at the hands of Premium Motorsports; who’s intending to embark on a strong Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign with driver Ross Chastain.

The new ULTRA Cart Dual-Deck (UCDD) makes several fundamental improvements to the original ULTRA Cart design; the first and most obvious is the addition of a second expandable deck. This allows for more engineer workspaces, and more hospitality space for visiting sponsors and guests. More promotional space is also made available across the front of the cart, thanks to easily interchangeable display panels that are attached to the front railing. The second and less obvious design tweak is the orientation of the cart. All pit carts to date have been positioned parallel to the pit wall. The UCDD chassis has been spun 90-degrees to sit perpendicular to pit lane. This has been done for two main reasons:

·        To provide clearer, faster, and safer access between the rear of the pit box and pit wall, and vice-versa, for crewmembers

·        To facilitate space for the additional deck

Mounted on the lower level of the UCDD chassis is a wider array of monitors and TV screens, expanded worktop areas, and more storage than ever before. On previous ULTRA carts, a portion of the cart’s body was inevitably reserved for workstation space. With the new design, the observation deck doesn’t utilize any prospective storage space in the chassis. This new pit cart isn’t just a revision of the original ULTRA cart, it’s a re-imagination of pit lane. It cements the notion that pit carts aren’t just big toolboxes anymore, but well-equipped mobile headquarters. IMSA has already seen this exciting new cart in action, now it’s NASCAR’s turn! Be on the lookout during this weekend’s Daytona events, you wont be able to miss the new cart on pit lane!

NTEA The Work Truck Show 2019 Preview

The biggest show in the work/service truck industry is only one month away! We’ve got a host of exciting things going on in the booth this year; from interactive technology, special guests, and of course the latest developments in mobile storage technology!

               The NTEA Work Truck Show is North America’s largest work truck event, with over 500 exhibitors and 13,000 attendees descending upon the Indianapolis Convention Center to learn about the industry’s latest advancements. Truck and van manufacturers commonly take the center stage, as newer, more capable, and more efficient models inevitably roll out. As an industry leader in drawer manufacturing, The Work Truck Show is a great opportunity for CTech Manufacturing to show working professionals how to take their vehicle’s storage systems to the next level. Tool drawers and mobile cabinets will represent the bulk of our display models, equipped with the newest innovations in storage technology.

Palfinger Lift Body Equipped With CTech Tool Drawer Units

Our recent 80,000 square foot expansion and new R&D center enable us to provide a better product, with quicker lead times, alongside better service than anyone in the industry. The show is the perfect place for us to showcase those developments as well. Aside from demonstration products, we will also have an interactive catalog experience, utilizing state-of-the-art touchscreen TVs. We will also have quick, easy, and accessible quoting tablets loaded with our full catalog of over 175 pre-configured tool drawer units, designed to provide turn-key drawer solutions for owners of popular service bodies such as Knapheide, Palfinger, IMT, Auto Crane, BrandFx, Norstar, and Royal.

               To headline our booth activities at this years’ show; we’re extremely thankful to be welcoming back Juan Ibarra, from Discovery Channel’s hit show ‘Gold Rush’! Juan has been with us in the booth in years past, and as a CTech Tool Drawer user himself, he knows the value of well-built tool drawers. A little bit about this Gold Rush star; he’s a Heavy Equipment Mechanic and Expert Welder/Fabricator from Reno, Nevada best known for his roll as Hoffman’s mechanic in the beloved Discovery Channel show. For those of you unfamiliar with Gold Rush, it follows a selection of mining companies through the rough business of gold mining. Juan is one of the most hardworking folks we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, and we’re thrilled to have him back with us this year. He will be making appearances at the CTech booth during the times and dates posted below. Juan will be available to sign autographs and meet with show-goers at those times:

CTech Manufacturing Booth #319

March 6 (Wednesday): 10AM - Noon

March 7 (Thursday): 10AM – Noon