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Published on: December 29, 2023
Jeff “Fuzzy” Horton

Through the years, whenever Roger had a project needing driveline components, he called on Jeff “Fuzzy” Horton. Jeff was always ready to help and he was able to customize many of the components specific to Roger’s needs. When Roger was ready to work on the #50 Pontiac Tempest’s driveline, the first call he made was to Jeff.

Managing the driveline team, Jeff played an important part defining, designing, and building the driveline for our re-creation. The team at GearFX took excellent care of us when it came time to work on the Tempest’s driveline components.

For the transmission they built a C&R Racing NASCAR 4-speed (Jeff was involved in the original development of this transmission). It was tailored especially for the Tempest and the events it will be involved in. They also supplied a Dynotech driveshaft for the project.

In the Shadow of Racing Greatness

Jeff grew up in the shadow of racing greatness, less than one mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. At an early age he was exposed to Drag Racing and to Sprint Cars. While they proved interesting, they didn’t really sweep him off his feet.

Then around 1986 he discovered a racing car that motivated him like none that he had ever seen before. It was the immortal Porsche 962 IMSA GTP car. That car was the boost he needed and when he began working with different race teams. Jeff’s responsibilities with these teams primarily focused on the driveline portion of the car.

Back to Indianapolis

After working with various racing teams around the country, in 1992 he moved back to Indianapolis where he discovered a new challenge in Indy Car racing. About 10 years on the Indy Car circuit found Jeff feeling worn out by the grind of week-to-week travel following the circuit. So, in 2004, with a proven track record, he decided to freelance his work and try to gain some stability in his career. Shortly after, he crossed paths with Chris Paulsen of Indianapolis, the founder, and owner of C&R Radiators.

Chris had expanded C&R Racing (formerly C&R Radiators) into North Carolina. The new location, known as C&R Racing – South, was to cater primarily to the driveline needs of NASCAR teams. January of 2006 found Jeff traveling again, this time heading south to the heart of NASCAR country: Mooresville, North Carolina, to the new C&R Racing – South. Once again he was specializing in transmissions and his first project was a new NASCAR transmission that was being jointly developed by C&R and Xtrac.

After decade or so of C&R’s success, long-time racer Kyle Tucker of Detroit Speed purchased the C&R Driveline business and renamed it GearFX Driveline. Jeff chose to stay on as their new General Manager and sees GearFX as a service company that caters to all forms of motorsports.

Fuzzy’s Fast Hobby

What might you guess would be Jeff’s choice of motorsports relaxation? Despite being involved in the very highest levels of Indy Car, NASCAR, and IMSA it’s the solitude and (relative) quiet of Desert Off-Road Racing that pulls his chain.

We are happy to be supporting him with his participation in the NORRA Mexican 1000 Baja race. The NORRA (National Off Road Racing Association) Mexican 1000 is a multi-day staged race that travels the length of the Baja Peninsula and is known as the “Happiest Race On Earth!” The race runs from April 28-May 5, 2023. The grueling race will take Fuzzy 1,000 miles over 5 days on his 2013 Husqvarna TE511 Rally motorcycle.

This unique off-road rally consists of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, five-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, as well as modern pre-runners, trucks, buggies, UTVs, bikes and desert Rally Raid cars.

This is not the first time Jeff has been involved with racing in Baja. His love for Baja started in 2010 when he was able to navigate in a pro truck and last year he was on the support team with Team Rennsport. Jeff will again be traveling with the Rennsport team and will have the help of members from the Rennsport team.

Jeff was an important, behind-the-scenes #50 Pontiac Tempest team member that kept the overall wheels rolling. We are grateful for the amount of motorsport and driveline knowledge that he shared with us throughout the entire re-creation process.

Published by: Roger Rosebush

With 54 years of racing experience and over 40 of them in the Automotive Aftermarket, Roger is in a unique position to speak to those wanting an insight into many areas of interest in the industry.

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