Hello, race fans! Welcome to the Number Cruncher, brought to you by
Shift MX. This week we have another number that we think will surprise
you. Real quick, try to think of as many racers that wore #24 as you
Not so easy, huh? This one took us a while to nail down, but after a major swan dive into the archives, we uncovered some really cool pictures of racers getting it done with the big two-four. We have found that when we crunch a number down that a common characteristic typically emerges. On this one, it seems that the guys that raced with the #24 had a penchant for grabbing big holeshots. The 30-second card just went sideways ... here comes #24!
You know what else is funny? I personally hand-cut the “Lamson 24” on that chest protector when I worked for Todd Hicks. Lamson was also known to bang a lot of holeshots. Most of them came on his wicked fast CR125R he raced to two 125 national championships.
And while he may wear the #23 permanently now, a few years ago when Moto XXX leader Kyle Lewis landed on the cover of Racer X, he was running the two-four. Kyle’s career is winding down now, but he’s had a long run at it and must be considered one of the most respected men in the entire 450 class.
Last but definitely not least: Ernesto Fonseca wore the number 24 for several years before changing over to his current AMA permanent number, 10. Make sure you check out the Shift Number Cruncher next week, because it's going to be dedicated to The Fonz himself.
That’s it for this week. I do have a treat for you old-school
enthusiasts: If you can correctly name the three guys I have here at
the bottom, e-mail me at email@example.com with your answers and
mailing address and I will send you some stickers.