Coming to Sports Car Racing from an unlikely background, Jason has proven himself over and over again, building a career by winning against all odds. Turning his focus from competing to design, engineering, high end automotive restoration, and consulting, he has continued to push boundaries!
Successful first test outing completed at Road America in a 1981 Ex-Leitzinger TransAm series 280ZX.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Freshly Restored Vintage Datsun 280ZX Hits Track for Testing at Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI. – Having recently been acquired by a client, and fresh off a ground-up restoration by Racecraft in the Seattle area, Jason Saini was tapped to do a shakedown run to assess the chassis and preparation level of a historically significant ex-TransAm series Datsun 280ZX over the weekend.
“With only a handful of laps before acquisition, we didn’t really know what to expect from the initial outing but quickly we found some large areas of improvement.” according to Saini.
The car will now undergo a series of upgrades and fine tuning before entering some significant historic races for the 2022 season, culminating in an appearance at the Monterey Festival in October. The car appeared there once before, but it was more of a shakedown than a competitive effort.
“Taking what we learned in this weekend’s test, coupled with some development races during the 2022 season, we should be able to raise a few eyebrows with the car’s pace.”
Originally built from a brand-new chassis in 1981 by sports-car stalwart Bob Leitzinger, the car has an extensive history of competition in both SCCA Club Racing and TransAm competition.
In-car video from the weekend test can be found here.