Wednesday, May 9, 2018

World Racing League @ Road America 5-5 & 5-6

I rented a seat from Rodney, the team owner of Burnt Ends Racing out of Kansas, driving an first generation Miata.   I haven't been to Road America in over 5 years, it was nice to be back for two 8 hour long endurance races with World Racing League.

Road America is located in eastern Wisconsin, very, very fast, our little Miata would reach speeds north of 100mph 3x each lap.  It is a world class track rich with history, and resides on many people's bucket list.

During Friday's practice a Porsche Boxtser met it's demise at "the Kink".  Later than day another Boxster from the same team lost a motor.  That night the car that lost its motor got a transplant out of the one that hit the wall.

Saturday 52 cars took the green flag.  On the very first lap, another Boxster hit the wall in turn 5.  Later on in the day another Boxster dumped oil all over the track, causing a red flag condition and sending all of the cars back into the hot pits.  I am told 160 bags of oil dry were used to clean up the mess, as it started on one side of the track and stopped at the opposite side.  Again all of the Boxster drama was from the same team!  Later in the day, a tree fell down!  It fell over the fence and blocked part of the track.  One of the cars actually lost his side view mirror and broke a windshield from it.

If you look at this video, and go to 16:45 you can see it on drivers' right side.  I am not driving, but it is from our car.

Very, very strange, never before have I seen the race get red flagged twice.  First time ever even hearing of a tree falling on the racing surface!  Jokes about have swarms of locus and raining blood started being tossed around.  Because of the interruptions to the race, that was originally susposed to be 8 hours long, it ended up being closer to 6.  Saturday we finished 4th in class GP3, 16th over all.  I believe we were one lap down from the 3rd place car after something like 6 hours of racing.

Sunday about 41 cars took to the track.  About half way through the race we had a wheel bearing failure, driver side rear.  Kinda strange, when the car came to a stop in the pits, one of the lug nuts with the wheel stud just fell off, two of the lug nuts where loose, and that bearing was toast.

Due to some interesting strategies, it was chosen to run our last driver extra long, and on fuel savings load.  We had two laps up on the 3rd place car, and knew that they had to make an extra pit stop.  We hoped that long stinting the car and running 10 seconds a lap off of our pace we could still take a podium finish. We were able finish 2nd in class.

I will continue to add pictures and video as they come up...
I felt bad for these guys, they lost a motor, swapped it, had mechanical issues all weekend, then later on Sunday they got ran into by another car who made a poor decision. 

This Mustang was fast as heck.  However it was painfully slow in the corners, lack of talent I assume.  Notice the rear end being smacked up?  It wasn't like that the start of the race on Saturday.

NASA NP01 and a Porsche.




A few of my ending laps on Sunday, pit stop, then Rodney getting into the car.





Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

one of the first road course events of 2018...

SCCA-LOL

Volunteer or Drive like a PRO without worrying about getting a ticket!
Sign up for the April 8th PDX-Track Event

Register now, whether you are a driver, instructor or a volunteer!

You had a blast last year! Now is the time to get the classroom and experience to continue your growth as a driving PRO!

Discover the secrets race car drivers know to drive faster and safer while avoiding the "average" (and more careless) drivers who cause accidents.

Want more details?  Click here
Or register below
Sign up NOW for the Sunday, April 8th PDX at Dakota County Technical Center -- Space is limited, so don't wait!

If you are an experienced SCCA driver you CAN  be an Instructor.

Register at: 
 msreg.com/SpringPDX2018

Classroom and Driving Instructors are available to help participants drive more effectively.

This is your chance to get on track and master car control.  Classes available for beginner through advanced.

Need more information?  Go to
http://scca-racing.com/autox-pdx/ for the schedule/supps and tech form

or call Kathy at 612-839-7905

Thursday, January 11, 2018

International Ice Racing Assoc.

2018 Race Calendar
Race Locations and Schedule Subject to Ice Conditions.
**January 6-7, East Rush Lake.
We are starting our 2018 ice race season on time. With over 16 inches of ice and sub-zero temps overnight we are on for this weekend,
Flickabirds resort is also having a vintage snowmobile race on the 6th. Flickabirds will be having it’s lunch tent out for the snowmobile races. That resource can be used for volunteer and racers lunches.
**January 13-14, East Rush Lake
**January 27-28, East Rush Lake
**February 3rd, Lake Altoona Wisconsin One day only event
County Park access,
604 Beach Road, Altoona Wisconsin 54720
**February 10-11 East Rush Lake
**February 24-25 East Rush Lake
**March 3-4 East Rush Lake
MotorsportReg.com Signup for IIRA Season Kickoff Jan 6-7, 2018

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Ice Racing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SCCA-LoL/Sports Car Club of Lacrosse:
We have ice!!!
So we are running this Sunday, January 7,2018 at our traditional site on Lake Neshonic in West Salem, WI. Please check the website for details.( www.SCCLAC.org )
A quick note for our regulars. We've been running at a loss the last couple of years so we've had to increase our fees slightly in order be able to keep putting on events. Prices will be $30 for members an $40 for "weekend only" members.
Also, I recieved notice today that our new trophies are on their way. We're moving away from tradional Plaques and Cars on Sticks. More details to come once they arrive...but we think you're gonna like 'em. 😎
Foot on the gas until you see God. Then brake. Oh wait. That doesn't work so well on ice. See y'all on Sunday.

International Ice Racing Association: 1st race of the year 1/6 & 1/7
Just came back from visiting/seeing Buzzy at Flickabirds. East Rush Lake has an average 12” of ice. He at this time has plowed roads and started to install ice houses.
With the upcoming cold and the small amount of snow he feels that by Jan 6th there should be more than 16” of ice.
With that he is also having a vintage snowmobile race on the 6th. That race has yet to get it’s water use permit. But when at Flickabirds Buzzy called the sheriffs captain that is in charge of that permit and he said that once it was applied for it would be approved. The IIRA race that weekend was also mentioned and he saw no problem with our event permit.
Flickabirds will be having it’s lunch tent out for the snowmobile races. That resource can be used for volunteer and racers lunches. 
Would suggest to all that the first ice racing event can be held. Will move forward with the permit application and the plowing for the track late next week to prepare for Saturday the 6th start.
Comments are welcomed.
Timothy Stone

Thursday, October 5, 2017

World Racing League @ Brainerd International Raceway

***Videos to follow***
9/30/17 and 10/01/17 World Racing League revisited Brainerd International Raceway for two endurance races, 8 hours on Saturday and 7 hours on Sunday.  I was racing with FlatLine Performance, a 1995 Honda Civic with a base Inetrega swap, no VTech, and a welded front differential.

Saturday I started, we got gridded last.  I had a great start and got three places before the 3rd turn!  I came in after a few laps because of low power, turns out the throttle cable was coming undone.  Went back out for another 20 laps or so, and limped the car in with a busted axle.  In 22 minutes we swapped it, threw another 5 gallons of gas in and I went back out.  Turns out the shifting to 5th gear in this car before turn to costs at least a second in lap times, but adds about 15 minutes per stint.We had to swap rear tires do to the driver side rear tire having extensive wear on the outer edge.  The tire change went wrong and the wheel fell off one lap later!!  DOH!!!   We managed to get 3rd in class.

Sunday it was cold and rainy.  Used tires on all four corners defiantly hurt our lap time and driver confidence.  Our 2nd driver came in with a bad axle, this time the swap only took 14 minutes!  Due to the rain, and 10 second per lap slower times (less fuel consumption) we were able to stretch our stints to do only three driver changes.  I came in for a 5 gallon splash during a full coarse caution, and finished out the race doing something like 63 laps in 2.5 hours.


We used my tow rig.

Even with an independent rear suspension it still hoists a leg!  :)


3rd place Saturday out of 5, and I think 11th over all.


2nd place in class, 9th overall IIRC.

Last second attempted pass and pull out by BlueSky Racing (Dave Kapon) VW GTI


Monday, October 2, 2017

SCCA - Fall PDX--Drive or Volunteer!

SCCA-LOL

Volunteer or Drive like a PRO without worrying about getting a ticket!
Sign up for the Oct 14th PDX-Performance Driving Experience

Register now, whether you are a driver, instructor or a volunteer!

You had a blast this year! Now is the time to get the classroom and experience to continue your growth!

Discover the secrets race car drivers know to drive faster and safer while avoiding the "average" (and more careless) drivers who cause accidents.

Want more details?  Click here
Or register below
Sign up NOW for the Saturday, Oct 14th PDX at Dakota County Technical Center -- Space is limited, so don't wait!

If you are an experienced SCCA driver you CAN  be an Instructor.

Register at: 
msreg.com/pdx-fall remember to use the referral code when signing up for membership!

Classroom and Driving Instructors are available to help participants drive more effectively.

This is your chance to get on track and master car control.  Classes available for beginner through advanced.

Need more information?  Go to
http://scca-racing.com/autox-pdx/ for the schedule/supps and tech form

or call Kathy at 763-241-8010


 



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Audi is sick....

My daily driver Audi A4 is sick.....I was playing musical cars (moving cars around in order to work on stuff), went to move the Audi, and I hear was sounds like lifter tick, which is normal for about 30 seconds if the car hasn't been run in a week.  Except it doesn't stop.....then about 5 minutes later I see smoke coming out the tail pipe.  <SIGH>  Something is wrong, and it probably needs a new motor.  

I am putting it up for sale, if it doesn't sell I will put a used motor in it.  I just don't have the time to deal with another project now, and I am at the point where I need a daily driver I can JUST do gas/oil/tires on, so I can concentrate on other projects.



Beater street Miatas......

The quarter million mile Miata is dead!  At just over 255,xxx miles, the motor decided it had enough!  MAYBE it had something to do with the fact four different drivers did 30+ runs at the O'Reilly Auto Parts/QA1 Summer Nationals Auto-x (hosted by SCCA-LOL).  <shrug>  The next day driving over to the other side of the cities, I coasted to stop light, and noticed I could hear the motor "ticking".....I drove to my parking spot, put the clutch in, I could hear the motor hunting at idle while sounding like a sewing machine.  I opened the hood, came back in an hour, confirmed the oil level was good.  Started it up, it sounded horrible, hunted, and quit.

So...now what......the shell is "clean"...for a '97 that lives in MN and has 250k on it...but clean enough to warrant a motor swap?  meh......we will see. I went shopping and purchased another Miata from an auction.   This one was purchased sight unseen (pictures only), I was told it runs but not drives.  It is a 1997 with 136k on it, it lived in Texas until 2015 when it moved to MN.


I discovered it had zero resistance at the clutch pedal....so 1st step to replace the clutch slave cylinder, only to find out the hose also had a leak.  Charged the battery, attempted to start it, and only the flashers would go off, spent an hour removing the aftermarket alarm. 


First start up, and it sounded really clicky and didn't get any quieter after 2 minutes.  Did front brakes, blead the brakes, vacuumed it, swapped the driver seat, pulled out all the wet trunk carpeting, removed "hot air ghetto intake and put the OEM air intake back on.  Took it for a test drive....not to noisy, power seems decent, brakes felt horrible.  Got to the gas station 2 miles away and I can see a bit of smoke coming out of the tail pipe (this is no good).  However, I did wash the engine bay a bit before working on it, and it is covered in oil so....who knows.

Did the rear brakes and found the passenger side caliper wouldn't slide, had to use a BFH to remove it from the car, turns out the sliders were bone dry.  Removed the valve cover (the gasket was dry and brittle), squirted some Mystery Marvel Oil around each lifter, and few ounces down each spark plug hole.  New valve cover gasket, PCV.  We will take it for a drive tonight, wash the motor off some more, change the oil and re-access.

Closing a chapter.....

With a very heavy heart, it is the end of an era for me.....The GTI is going to a new home.  It hasn't moved since late 2012, and I just don't see getting time to deal with it.  It only needed a motor swap.  I purchased this car back in 2001.  It was my first "big" purchase.  It was the car that led me down the very slippery slop of Motorsports and auto-mechanics.

This car was involved in street racing (back before I knew about legal auto racing), hundreds of auto-x events, so many track days and time trial events.

Monday, July 31, 2017

race car is pretty again!

This is an old item I never posted about but.....  
I had an accident last fall....sent the car off to Maaco Richfiled.  Got the car back eventually.  It isn't ready to go, but at least it is pretty again.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Street Machine Nationals 2017

Got the course setup Thursday night, and did some testing with the quarter million mile Miata!


Looking for people to help with the O'Reilly Street Machine Nationals Auto-x. We will are in the "bigger lot" next to the grandstands. People to help with gridding, timing/scoring, cone shagging, tech inspection, loaner helmet duty etc. Volunteers get fun/practice runs, water, free admission to the event; work two 4 hour shifts and SCCA-LoL will buy your next PDX entry!

Send an email to Jim Gillen (gillen.jim@gmail.com -be sure to put "SCCA - Vol this weekend" in the subject line) and let him know the dates/times you can volunteer.

Friday: 11am-5pm; Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sunday: 930am~noon
http://www.streetmachinenationals.net/autocross-street-machine-summer-nationals

Friday, July 7, 2017

O'ReillyStreet Machine Nationals Autocross onJuly 14-16, 2017

SCCA We Need Your Help! Please Volunteer:

Track Night America on July 12th at DCTC  (work 2 and drive 1 for FREE!)
And
O'ReillyStreet Machine Nationals Autocross on
July 14-16, 2017 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul Minnesota

The Street Machine Nationals Challenge Autocross (formerly known as "Car Craft") is back and we need your help!  This is another way we generate funds for SCCA, and it's critical we have the staffing to make the event successful.  It's fun, easy, and a great way to spend a couple hours with cars.

The Street Machine Nationals - the ultimate horsepower party. Participants (hot rod, muscle car, street machine and street truck enthusiasts) come to display their performance cars for the weekend and may compete in the Autocross.

You must be at least 16 years of age to work this event. Register now, space is limited. Why not give back to SCCA while enjoying your passion?

Send an email to Jim Gillen (gillen.jim@gmail.com) and let him know the dates/times you can volunteer. Volunteers get to drive the course before or after their shift if they wish!

Thank You!
We run some awesome cars through a really fun course...and this event helps SCCA-Land O' Lakes Region raise funds for driver and member growth.  Join us!