Monday, July 24, 2017

QA1 Street Machine Nationals Auto-x 2017

Just a few pics....Saturday over 450 runs where had!

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 ( -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

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!)
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 ( 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!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

ChumpCar @ Autobahn Country Club (Joliet IL.) 6/3 & 6/4

Autobahn Country Club is a very nice facility.  It is three tracks in one (plus karting and an auto-x area), it has a north track which is 1.5 miles (9 turns), a south track at 2.1 miles (15 turns), and they can be combined for a total of 3.1 miles long (19 turns).

This race was unique, Saturday's 12 hour race was held on the "south track" for the first eight hours, then at 5pm, the pace car went out and collected the field while track staff moved barriers around to reconfigure the track to be the full course.  Checker flag was at 9pm.  Sunday's race was on the north track.  That is three tracks one weekend!  Sweet!

Twenty 27 teams showed up for this ChumpCar race.  We arranged our pitstop (fuel fill & driver changes) around the 5:00 track change over.  We knew there would be many laps of full course yellow.  I went in for my 2nd stint at 5:00, at this moment, IIRC, we were first in the "A group (the 1.9l and under class) and 13th over all.  Green flag restart on the full track, and about 30 minutes in I get black flagged for a smoking car.  Turns out the rear differential got so hot that it was cooking out the gear lube!  We swapped the smoldering hot differential in about 1.5hrs, much of that time was due to having to pull the stub axle cups out and put in the spare, and waiting for them to cool down to less than scalding temperature.  Got the car back on track with about an hour left.  We took 15th over all, 3rd in class, IIRC.

Sunday the first driver goes out, and in about an hour the transmission is stuck in gear!  It comes in on the tow strap, after looking at it; we decided to pack it up and head home early.


My 1st race stint in the 50 Shades of Blue Miata w/ ChumpCar World Series & Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience 6/3/17 at Autobahn Country Club South course. From the video I spend from minute 27 to minute 43 attempting to get around the same E30, be the judge is this guy being a complete @sshat, really strange defensive lines, or just clueless on a line. My own critiques are not being aggressive enough with passing and the car, my line needs tweaking, and carrying more speed through most of the turns. On the flip side 1.5 hours of the car never leaving the tarmac! :) Thanks Ross Luken for the drive.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend Racing at Brained Intl. Raceway

Harvey West Memorial Day Double Divisional/Double Run-Offs Qualifying

Here are pictures by Jerry Winker from the same race last year....

Cheap Track time that is VERY Newbie friendly!

Dakota County Technical College

Track Night in America will run once a month at the designated tracks, with the schedule typically beginning at 4 p.m. Participants will get three 20-minute sessions for a $150 entry fee. Paced laps will be open and free to all attendees each Track Night. The events are open to the general public over the age of 18, with a valid driver’s license.

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The fastest way to get on track, Track Night in America is split into three experiences based upon a driver’s comfort and skill level.

Rookies will get extra attention from the gate through their on-track sessions in the KONI Novice Experience, ranging from help removing loose items in the car (like floor mats and unsecured tire jacks) to coaching and follow the leader paced laps during their sessions.
Intermediate and Advanced participants can skip much of the pre-track minutiae by going online in advance to fill out tech sheets and complete a drivers’ meeting that reviews Track Night basics. Those participants will also have access to top-flight SCCA instructors and event staff for additional on-site questions and help.

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SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack is a non-competitive, entertaining, easy and inexpensive way for nearly anyone who loves cars or motorsports to get on a racecourse in their own vehicle during weeknights. All that is required is that participants be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license and have access to a helmet and street car in good working condition. The cost is never greater than $150 per event, and no previous on-track experience or SCCA membership is required. Drivers are slotted into Advanced, Intermediate or the KONI Novice Experience group so on-track activities remain fun for all. Everyone gets three 20-minute sessions on course, as well as feedback from SCCA driver coaches on site.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ice Racing 2/12

The track is 1.09 miles long.  The lake ice is quite smooth, but we'll need to work down through a bit of hardened snow.  Snow banks are big enough to be noticeable, but not so big that people should be getting stuck in them much.  Start finish will be at pit exit near the red marker.  Pit entrance is at the green dot.  The track is counter clockwise.  Looks like good weather for ice racing!

Friday, December 30, 2016

PSA: Annual get on my soap box and preach about Winter Tires! :)

Public Service Announcement:

Every year I try to help spread the word of how much better life is with winter tires.

"The most common excuses I hear is I don't want to spend the $$ or not worth the hassle."
My response usually contains these points:
-one incident where the tow truck needs to be called out weighs both of those arguments.
-the increased safety margin....better grip in the turns, less likely to slide off the road, better braking distance
-save time....better acceleration....also one can travel faster during adverse weather, as the roads aren't as quite as much of a threat.
-you are saving your normal tires.  Let's assume one gets 40k miles out of a set of tires.  The average person drives 15k a year, so that makes their life span 2.67 years.  So if one simply drives on those tires for 9 months vs. 12; that means those tires will last 3.5 years.  PLUS during the winter one will spin the tires more, thus increasing wear.

All season tires are like a swiss army knife.  Yes they can a lot but they generally suck at it.  Yes you can open a wine bottle, gut a fish, install/remove screws, but a device dedicate for the given task will out perform the multinational tool.

Consumer Reports on the subject of Winter vs All Season tires

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

SCCA-LOL on TV again....

The TV show Detroit Muscle was at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Street Machine Nationals St. Paul, this past year and did a bit of filming. That episode has been aired and can be view at the link below.  The bit about the auto-x portion ran by SCCA-LOL starts around the 11 minute mark.  Apparently I avoided the camera this time!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

SCCA - Oct 8 PDX-- -- Drive or Volunteer!


Drive like a pro without worrying about getting a ticket!
Sign up for the Oct 8th PDX-Performance Driving Experience

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

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

Sign up NOW
for the Saturday, Oct 8th PDX at Dakota County Technical Center -- Space is limited, so don't wait!
You'll have fun!

If you are an experienced SCCA driver you CAN  be an Instructor.
Register at:

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 for the schedule/supps and tech form

or call Kathy at 763-241-8010