When the day began, no one would have guessed that Lance Tatro would be driving a racecar.. at least not this given day. The day had been planned as normal, meaning he would arrive at the track to help Lance Jackson with set up, or driving style or something like that.... and then for sure as the radio guy or spotter. But the day quickly turned when Lance Jackson took a spill and pulled his arm out of socket.
After realizing the day was about to change, and luckily Tatro had brought his suit to hot lap Rodriquez's car, he quickly got in and tried to get adapted to a car he had never even sat in. "As much work as I have done on this car, I had never had to climb in it..." Said Tatro.
After one hotlap session, Tatro said he realized that there was a ton of clarity between what Jackson was going through and what he was feeling in the car. However, with a familiar crew and common language between them all, Jon , Todd and Lance Jackson were able to help get the car close enough to be competitive.
With a little time under the seat, Tatro got better and faster. Qualifying 3rd via some aggressive adjustments, and 2nd in the heat (coming from the back) and then winning the combination feature with the open sprint cars. Tatro took the lead from the green, besting Donnie Large Jr into turn 1. Then spent the next 15 laps battling AJ in what looked like 2015 all over again. According to Tatro, "I was in a car I have never driven and even talked to AJ earlier and told him that this wasn't about he and I all over again" but somehow when two old foes take the track at the same time, it seemed destiny. Both Tatro and AJ were clean, but the fans had to be loving it, as the two jostled until finally taking control in the later laps, and shortly after AJ exited with motor issues. Tatro stood strong even through 2 restarts against the higher powered Sprint cars and went on to win the combined event.
NAME: K. LANCE TATRO
HOME TOWN: MADERA, CA
HIGH SCHOOL: MADERA HIGH SCHOOL
COLLEGES: FCC CAL-STATE FRESNO NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
DEGREES: ASSOCIATE DEGREE TEACHING BACHELORS OF SCIENCE CAD CAM DESIGN -SS-TEACHING CREDENTIAL RYAN CERTIFICATION - MASTERS: SCIENCE OF TEACHING MASTERS: EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP ADMINISTRATION CREDENTIAL NBCT: NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER/CAREER AND TECH ED
OCCUPATION: TEACHER/PROFESSOR CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL-ENGINEERING
FRESNO CITY COLLEGE
1972 SSC Youth Division Champion: Snowmobiles
1973 SSC Youth Division Champion: Snowmobiles
1979 Kerman Speedway Track Champion: Novice Sprint Karts
1980 Winter Nationals Champion: Sprint Karts
1980 Central Valley Division Champion: Sprint Kart
1982 SMRA Rookie of the Year: 410 Supermodifieds
1985 SMRA Most Improved Driver: 410 Supermodifieds
1993 Madera Speedway Track Champion: 410 Supermodifieds
1994-96 Willow Springs Track Record Holder: Dwarfs
1994 Willow Springs Track Champion: Dwarfs
1995 Willow Springs Track Champion: Dwarfs
2007 Madera Speedway Record Holder: 360 Supermodifieds 2bbl
2007 Madera Speedway Track Champion: 360 Supermodifieds
2009 Madera Speedway Track Champion: 360 Supermodifieds
2009 Madera Speedway Super Saturday (360s Vs. 410s) Series Runner up
2012 & Current Madera Speedway Record Holder: 360 Supermodifieds 4bbl 12.63
2012 Madera Speedway Track Champion: 360 Supermodifieds
2012 Madera Speedway Super Saturday (360s Vs. 410s) Series Runner up
2013 Madera Speedway Winged World Series (360s Vs. 410s Vs Sprints) 3rd overall
2015 Madera Speedway Track Champion: 360 Supermodifieds
2015 Madera Speedway Series Champion California Supermodified Series
Owner/Stats and Management
Asst. Chassis Performance/Web Design
Securing Country (Army-SFC J. Tatro 1oth Mnt Div)
Tires and Wheels-Maintenance
My helmet has never been used better
He has been serving our country for 19 years.. and has been waiting a life time for this moment.
For Father's Day, We took the car to the track and Jason got to break in the new motor and go a few rounds with Lance Jackson