Cal Kalishek, owner of Supersport chassis #008 visited Willow Springs Raceway to test drive the new Supersport Mk2.
Cal has put quite a few miles on his original Supersport, both at Hallet, his home track in Oklahoma and Road America where he competes annually with his brother and other family members. Driving coach Allan Crocket was brought in to assist Cal in quickly coming up to speed on the Big Willow course. Not only did Cal have to learn a new track but he also had to familiarize himself with the new level of horsepower and paddle shifted transmission in the all new Mk2.
After a couple of lead follow laps, Cal was getting the feel of the incredibly quick up and down shifts and beginning to get a good sense of the increased horsepower and torque of the Mk2.
The new XAP steering wheel display was a favorite. Cal really liked the visibility of the shift light bars and gear indicator.
After a debrief session with Allan, Cal was ready for more!
Cal’s impression of the new Supersport Mk2? “HOLY CRAP!! Driving this is like going from riding a horse to jumping on a tiger!”. We think he liked it!
We heard from Cal in his own words:
“Just returned home from testing the Supersport Mk2 demo car, chassis #005 at Willow Springs race track, Rosamond, California. All I can say is “WOW” what a tiger. Upgraded turbo, brakes, steering, wheels, tires, transmission, and electronics. The 3MOP sequential transmission and 420 wheel horsepower transforms the driving experience. Car leaps forward with each full power paddle shift gear change. Auto blip downshifts were so smooth I had to check XAP steering wheel readout to verify the gear change. My Supersport chassis #008 is currently being upgraded to Mk2 standard. Will keep you posted upon completion.”
Cal’s Supersport is undergoing upgrading to the Mk2 specs and he can’t wait to turn it loose on Hallet!
Supersport owner Cal Kalishek loaded up his car and traveled to Road America for three fun days running the iconic three mile track located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Cal’s brothers Rob and Charlie and Rob’s sons Nick and Kurt all brought their track day cars, making it a family reunion as well!
Cal choose to run with Group 2, a V-8 powered group so that he could run against his brother in an ex-Bondurant Mustang Cobra. He reported that there were three Cobra kit cars in the group and the Supersport blew the doors off of each one of them. As Cal put it “Three days of high speed thrashing around Road America’s three miles turned out great!”.
Needless to say, it’s great to see Supersport owners out running hard for three days and having a great time!
Supersport owner Cal Kalishek took his Supersport out for a run on his home track, Hallett Motor Speedway in Jennings, Oklahoma. He reported “First track day with chassis #008. Can easily run with V8 powered street cars. Still more potential in chassis, suspension, and engine. Need to sharpen my skills to take advantage of all 999 Supersport has to offer. >8O”.
We are excited to see owners beginning to really experience and enjoy the Supersport. Cal has been invited to run with the Comma Series in wheel to wheel racing at his next outing but has decided to run a couple more High Speed Touring days before stepping up. His next outing will be in mid June with the Midwest Ford Shelby Club.
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999 Motorsports USA delivered the first US completed Supersport to new owner Calvin Kalishek on December 7th. Calvin and brother Rob traveled from Sand Springs, Oklahoma to Rosamond, California to participate in the final assembly of chassis #008. Calvin’s choice of the Supersport was the result of an exhaustive two year research project covering many available high performance track day cars.
Calvin was able to get hands on experience with bleeding brakes, setting the alignment, and learning the workings of the RLC Racing Digital Data Logger Dash.
The car was set up for Calvin to run his home track, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Jennings, Oklahoma, a 1.7 mile circuit.
Calvin, on the right, and his brother Rob enjoyed the unusually warm and fantastic weather that held the entire time they were here.
The car was completed and rolled out into the night. Calvin completed a brief test drive to check out all systems.
After the successful test drive, the car was loaded on the trailer and Calvin and Rob headed out, intent on getting the new car into Cal’s garage as soon as possible. We believe the grin on his face was still there as he passed through Albuquerque!
We at 999 Motorsports USA would like to thank Calvin for his patience and firm belief that the Supersport was the car of his dreams. It was a pleasure getting to know both Calvin and Rob and we welcome them into the Supersport family!