About Steve "Wheels" Bacaro
Driver Bio: In 1998 I was involved in a motorcycle accident that left me paralyzed from the chest down and am in a wheelchair. The only thing I had a passion for was cars, so in 1999 I started my business called "Check Me Out Customs", this kept me in the automotive industry has been my drive for the past twenty years. Since then I have built more than six vehicles and have been featured in multiple magazines. Being disabled I have my limitations, but it just means that I do things a little different and people are able to see what I have accomplished while still living in a wheelchair.
My dream had always been to race. In 2010 I bought the easiest to make accessible, and most inexpensive off-road car I could afford. And the Honda Pilot & my racing dream was born! I ran it in the Lucas Oil Regional Series & Dirt Series winning multiple Championships.
A small mishap and last ever race in the Honda Pilot while in Cal City on 4/9/17. Left me with a broken neck at C6/7. Which had put my racing on hold throughout 2017. This putting my 1997 Blazer Mini-Open build on hold for yet another year. In 2015 I started this build to make the move up in class, on my way to my real dream of racing a ProLite!
2011/2012/2013 Lucas Oil Regional Series Champion in the Pilot class. Dirt Series 2013/2014 class Champion.
In February of 2018 I was able to finally race the Blazer and will be competing in the entire Lucas oil Regional Series. In only my second ever race in the new truck I managed a 3rd place. Being my rookie season I hope to make the podium on more than one occasion.
Race Truck Details: 1997 Chevy S-10 Blazer. C4Fab works Long Travel Kit, F-O-A Shocks all fabricated and installed by Jesse Tuttle. DJ Safety window nets & 5 point harnesses and Halo system keep me safe. Custom handcontrols have taken place of any pedals. A custom brake lever mounted to (2) brake master cylinders control my brakes, and a throttle ring behind my quick release Driven steering wheel allows throttle at any and all times. An Art Carr shifter allows me to slam the Maximum Transmission TH350 whenever needed. A chevy 4.3 Vortech with all Edlebrock fuel system keeps me running. M-4LED lights keep the truck lit whenever light is needed. Painless Performance wiring kits keep all my wiring & switches easy to use. Empire Destructive wrapped it with a custom wrap. Franklin Smith of Fab Shop West completed the build finishing the interior, fuel system, cooling and every little piece to get me on the track.
Crew Chief Team Bios: Franklin Smith grew up racing quarter midgets and is the biggest gear head you'll ever meet. Been building cars his entire life, as well as is current active duty in the AirForce. He is the reason the Blazer is complete and stays on the track. Not only does he keep me & my racing dream alive. But he also is crew cheif/mechanic for his wife's dirtbike racing career. His wife Nicole Smith also has a big hand in our racing program and has since the start. Thank you to my Mom, and Samantha for their additional help and support!
Thank you to each and every person who helps/supports my dream!