Monday, June 20, 2016

JAB motorsports in ArsTechnica

I can't remember if I posted this previously or not...and if I did, so what?!?  It's a good read!

Monday, June 13, 2016

June Auto-X

Summer Nationals Auto-X 2016

Volunteers get to run the coarse free!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

July 4th weekend at BIR

Multi-club event.... SCCA TransAm will be there and NASA....good event to spectate, compete, or volunteer (some of the best seats in the house!).

Register for the July 4th TransAm weekend at BIR. LOL is providing workers in exchange for track time at our own events. Fast Fun! Click to register.

Drive your car on Brainerd International Raceway's Road Course! JoinNASA Central Region (National Auto Sport Association) for our track weekend at Brainerd. Drive your car on track July 2nd and 3rd - and spent July 4th with family and fireworks!

Try our new Hyperdrive option; You get two, 20 minutes sessions on track for $89 and driving instruction. Any car in sound mechanical condition can participate. Sign-up here:

SCCA-LOL Rally-X 6/12

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Harvey West Memorial Day Classic 2016

Video from an James Berlin's ITA Nissan Sentra....the exciting part is Lap 1, then lap 5~10.  I will have my video of the same race posted soon.
Last race, lap 1, turn 3...Miata spun, Nissan and Corrado went off track to avoid.

I was racing on this wheel!  I notice the crack in the spokes when changing back to rain tires.  This was probably a few laps away from a major incident!  FWIW, this is the wheel that suffered some impact from when I got hit last year.

Monday, May 23, 2016

WRL @ Brainerd Intl. Raceway 5/21&22/2016

Grid on Saturday
Turn #3 during pace lap.  Taken from the "tail pace-car" errrr....pace-truck/flat tow, thanks for the ride (and the multiple tows Jim Anderson!).
Pit stop, action shot...

This is what the head off of the 2nd motor looks like....the one that was ran low on got SOO hot it melted the oil pressure sensor and popped out the freeze plug!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

SCCA-LoL Tech-Day & Open House 4/17/16

Mark Your Calendar and join us on Sunday April 17th at Tech Day and Meet-Up
at West Side VW.  Now's the time to get your car teched and visit with SCCA friends.
PLUS, we have a great program to share how to get involved in racing and volunteering.  Bring your friends and family.  Join us for lunch, and share your racing stories.
Tech is open from 10am-2pm
Open house and SCCA promotion 12 noon -2:30pm

Volunteer workers are the heart and soul of racing, and we'll showcase how fun it is to be involved with racing, even if you aren't a driver.
Please help us grow SCCA-LOL!
Need more information?  Go to

A couple of pictures from this year:

Monday, April 11, 2016

World Racing League @ Mid-Ohio 4/9-10/16

Friday's practice day was cold miserable, several spots on the track had water running across the track making braking zones and track out points very interesting.  Taking a rain line with our front wheel drive yielded us times besting most of the way faster BMW's, mostly in being able to put power down on corner exit.  Considering the forecast and we learned on Friday we had seriously considering acquiring a set of all season tires (or as I refer to them as: "no-season tires".  We discovered a transmission leak, one of the output cups on the transmission had some odd wear that caused fluid to seap past the seal.  A big shout out to Troy M. for hooking us up with a seal kit!
Troy M.'s turbo rabbit.

Saturday Morning the track looked like this!

The track staff did a remarkable job of clearing the track with snow plows and a front end loader tractor that pushed a stack of tires around the track (wiping the ice off and applying rubber to the surface).  Despite their laborious efforts a newish daily driver with new all season tires and a few "driving nannies" went sliding several times at speeds as low as 30mph.  A meeting with team captains was held, and it was decided to cancel for the day.

Sunday during the grid, temps were around 26 degrees, snow flurries.  Throughout the day the temps SLOWLY climbed, to roughly 40, occasional sprinkles,  Teams were allowed to park cars in the cold side of the pit stalls to keep warm.

2nd place in GP2, 9th overall!  We were 3 laps down from 1st.We might have been able get first, IF....we didn't have a tire change, had it not taken me almost an hour to get comfortable in the car to put down respectable lap times, had the weather stayed slightly worse, also having a more optimal driver rotation (we did get all five drivers in for a stint).

Monday, April 4, 2016

PSA: Trailer Maintenance

Kind of a Public Service Announcement, don't neglect your equipment.  Every spring I pull the trailer out and inspect the brakes and bearings.  The cage on the outer bearing of one of the wheels fell apart.  I am really glad I discovered this in my driveway over a week before our first race vs. along side the the highway on the way to our event.  One of the things on my to-do list is to get a complete brake, hub, and bearing assembly to keep in the trailer as a spare.



Drive like a pro without worrying about getting a ticket!
Sign up for the April 10th 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.

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Sign up NOW for the Sunday, April 10th PDX at Dakota County Technical Center -- Space is limited, so don't wait!
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If you are an experienced SCCA driver you CAN  be an Instructor.

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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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

SCCA: Track Night In America does Minneapolis!

A new program developed by SCCA to give people MORE opportunities to try out track days!  The Slip Angle podcast dedicated part of a show to this event....I will get that link up later.