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.

For the Month of May- Receive a $25 discount on YOUR hometown track experience from your friends here at KONI. By using discount code- KONIimproved2017 when registering for your event. Just enter the code during checkout and you will receive $25 off your registration immediately! The code is good for one use, per user. Find your event today here:
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.

Learn more at

Never Driven on Track? Track Master? Doesn't Matter!

Only $125 to come drive with us!

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sprint races at BIR Labor Day.

Volunteers AND drivers Needed
Calling all volunteers
Saturday, Sep 3 — Sunday, Sep 4, 2016
1. Friday Night Bar-B-Q 6PM at Hospitality Tent sponsored by VSCR and LOL
2. Lunchtime Touring--FREE for volunteers and $10/car for general public
3. Our Saturday night Pizza party
Registration hours at BIR
Friday 5 - 9 PM
Saturday 7:30 - 11:00 AM
Sunday 7:45 - 8:30 AM
Morning meetings 8 AM at the bandshell both days, Saturday and Sunday.
Any special requests please Jim Gillen directly.
Go to for more details
Please go to to pre-register (or just let Jim Gillen know).

Friday, July 29, 2016


SCCA Track Day America on Wed evening, Aug 3--Volunteers and Drivers Invited!

SCCA National sponsors a DCTC Track night for Performance Driving and Accident Avoidance.

You can participate as a volunteer (Instructors, grid, corners, registration and others needed) or as a Driver. Join us for a great evening!

Date: August 03, 201603:00 PM - 09:00 PM CDT
Address: 1300 145th St E, Rosemount, MN, 55068

Questions? call Kathy at 763-241-8010


Need more information?  Go to

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Derelict car projects

Because I obviously don't have enough to do, let's take on more projects!  :)

1996 Mazda Miata, 242k (yes you read that right), "needs a water pump".....well yes it did have a 1/2 inch of play on the pulley.  I did a timing belt kit.

2001 VW Jetta GLX, 12v VR6, leather seats, automagic.  "Needs an radiator", has a check engine light, and lord knows what else.


7/31/16 Update...Miata runs!  Water pump, t-stat, radiator, timing belt, and a bunch of degreasing.  I was lazy and didn't do cam & crank seals, or lifters. She is a bit clicky, after two heat cycles it sounded better.  After sitting in a two year coma, and having really black oil, it isn't all bad; we will see after some fresh fluids.