The green flag drops and Mike Moser and Lawrence Loshak try to separate themselves from the field as their spiked tires dig into the frozen lake, kicking up a blizzard of ice and snow. Approaching the first corner at 220 kph, they lift up on the gas for a split second and turn the wheel hard, throwing the car into a 200 kph slide. When the back end starts to come around, they stomp on it, kicking up a 10m rooster tail and adding to the already zero visibility around them. Their timing must be perfect, too late and you spin out of control, heading for the snow wall. Coming out of the corner, the race is on, and its thirty vehicles, two hours and miles of slippery track between them and the checkered flag. So what does it take to become pilot a tweaked out car on spikes into a ice corner at 200 kph? According to Dan Paramore, founder of DPR Racing, it's "nerves of steel, an intimate feel for the car, and an unquenchable thirst for adrenaline." Dan knows a thing or two about racing, his company is involved in everything from Touring Car and Rally to Formula Ford and, of course, the ice racing efforts of Team Loshak. Team Loshak, consisting of the 02 car of Lawrence Loshak and the 03 car of Mike Moser, dominated the US circuit last year and captured first and second place overall last year at the Canada International Ice Racing Association Championship Race. Races can range from short sprint races to marathon 2 to 6 hour endurance races that test the willpower of both man and machine. Lawrence and Mike do most of their own work on their Honda CRX's and serve as owners, sponsors, drivers and pit crew. Why do they do it? Lawrence calls it "cheap, low budget fun that gives you tons of race time." Indeed, he says that you can get into ice racing for just a few thousand dollars starting with a junkyard Honda CRX ($200-$500), a rollcage ($500-$1000) and some work to strip the weight out of the car (free, just blood sweat and tears). A typical race weekend will only cost a few hundred dollars and net plenty of driving time. The driving time is key for an otherwise snowed-in racer. Lawrence's other love is summer road racing, which he hopes to pursue professionally. What's the biggest payoff? Lawrence says that it has really sharpened his vehicle control. "Sliding sideways into a corner in excess of 120 mph isn't quit like any other type of racing," says Lawrence, "Now when my street car goes into a slide, I know how to handle it, it's a familiar feeling."
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