Saturday, September 8, 2018



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Stupid Racecars....

Team JAB's has decided awaken from it hiatus and enter the World Racing League "Comp du Lacs" race at Brainerd International Raceway September 8~9.  Those that have been following the team might remember that the last time this car raced, we went through not one but two motors!

A few lessons we learned from that race:
-Hydraulic lifters are a wear item (replace them once in a while)
-Lighter weight hydraulic lifters are not necessarily a good thing
-Drivers come out of the car after driving a stint are not to touch anything mechanical

I purchased a motor that was "recently" rebuilt from an acquaintance I know from the VW world who also works as a non-VW dealer technician.  So the thought was "we should be good".  The previous owner did run a low boost super charger on it, but assured me that proper tuning was used to keep air/fuel ratios in check.  We replaced a bunch of gaskets, installed it in the car, and took it over to DB Performance for a dyno session.


This motor made 11 less HP than our previous motor and smoked quite a bit out of the crank case breather and tail pipe.  


Got the car back to the garage, did a compression test, the numbers were: Cyl#1=190psi, cyl#2=180, cyl#3=195, cyl#4=100.  DOH!  A leak down test on cyl#4 had bad news to.  Pulled off the cylinder head and found that one of the ARP head studs had busted through a water jack, I am assuming that the hole had debris or too much oil in it.  Remove the motor as it is junk.  Pull out cylinder #4 to find the ring lands are busted.  Good catch!  It would have been moments away from disaster!

A few lessons learned:
-Don't trust other people to build motors, even if they are a dealer technician
-Compression test motor before going to a dyno session



Acquired another motor with unknown history.  We did a compression test with it out of the car and it passed, so we cleaned it up, swapped heads, our good bits, and installed it in the car.  Got the car fired up, found it has an exhaust leak.  Found a crack in the exhaust manifold.  Right were the factory crimp on the tube.





Friday, July 27, 2018

Racin' Song!

I have been following a local artist for a few years now.  His last album now contains my favorite song ever!  It is about life and racing!  He is performing at a local track, so that track made a music video.  As you may have guessed, I much prefer turning both left and right vs roundy-round but the video is pretty good!

A few pictures from the O'rielly Summer Nationals/QA1 Auto-x (hosted by SCCA-LoL)

I have a short video clip of me doing a practice run, that I will upload later.
A lifted Geo Tracker on mud tires, at an auto-cross?!?

Sweet Chevy C10


RatRod with a 5th wheel




Me!


Podcast: Another way to get involved in racing

This is a great podcast! I have been saying for years, if you can't be behind the windshield, be behind the flags at a corner!  It is the 2nd best seat in the house!
Rags to Races Podcast

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Helping put on the Auto-x(Street Machine Summer Nationals)




The annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Summer Nationals St. Paul is coming up.  Please come out and volunteer to work a shift, run your car, and partake in the show.





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, 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.