Friday, May 15, 2015

Harvey West Memorial Day Classic 2015 on

Harvey West Memorial Day Classic 2015 on

This will be the first race for me in Spec Miata.....I'd be lying if I didn't say I wasn't a bit nervious!

There is a 45 minute endurance race on Saturday.  Strongly debating about running it, and also running both classes, Spec Miata & Spec Miata Tire; it costs more, but twice the amount of races!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

World Racing League @ Brainerd Intl. Raceway 5/2 & 5/3

Drivers' Meeting.  Many thanks to the The Four Firkins for providing kegs of both Surley and Indeed beer!

21 cars entered.

Failed front rotor that costs us roughly 10 minutes on Saturday.  We still managed to get 1st place in GP3 and 7th overall.

Sunday it rained on and off.

Due to a lighting storm, the race was actually red flagged (stopped) for 40 minutes.  During which time the cars where brought onto pit lane and no work could be done.

Saturday night we changed the driver side rear wheel bearing as it was showing signs of going bad.  On Sunday that same bearing failed roughly 6 hours in, the inside bearing, inner race fused itself to the stub axle.  It took us only roughly 20 minutes to swap the rear bearings and stub axle, but it probably kept us from getting 2nd possibly 1st place.

Sunday's results, 3rd in GP3 & 10th overall.

Racin': A family sport.

A few more of Jerry Winker's pictures on FaceBook  same pictures and a good write up!

*More pics and info to come*

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SCCA Land O' Lakes Threading Thin Ice RallyCross

3/29/15 @ Rice Co. Fairgrounds, Fairbault MN

Join us as we begin this 2015 RallyCross Season and bring back our Treading Thin Ice event after a multi year hiatus. We have a new , BIGGER venue this year at Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault with plenty of area to go fast and throw some dirt around. Come out and play in the dirt with us!

Register here:

Want more information about SCCA Land O' Lakes region RallyCross events, check out our website:

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m Registration is open
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Tech is open
9:30 a.m. Drivers Meeting
10:00 a.m. Runs begin
~ 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up meeting and awards

Rice County Fairgrounds
1814 2nd Avenue NW
Faribault, 55021


All competitors must have a valid driver's license.
Helmets are required for all participants and passangers. Helmet must meet the latest or two immediately preceding Snell Foundation Standards (SA2010, SAH2010, SA2005, SA2000, M2010, M2005, M2000, K2010, K2005, K98), SFI standards 31.1, 41.1, 31.1A, 31.2A, 41.1A, 41.2A or british spec BS6658-85 type A/FR are acceptable.
All competitors must be either full SCCA members or buy a weekend membership.
All competitors are required to work the course as a condition of their entry.

Classes are Stock, Prepared, and Modified and then each class is divided up into FWD, RWD, and AWD. See official rules for car classing.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

SCCA Tech Day/Open (Sunday April 19th) at West Side VW in St. Louis park.

SCCA Tech Day/Open (Sunday April 19th) at West Side VW in St. Louis park.
Road race cars receive their technical inspection for the year.  Usually doughnuts, coffee, pizza, and soda is provided.  Lots of bench racing and socializing.

Performance Driving Experience @ DCTC April 12th


Registration is OPEN for the
April 12th PDX-Performance Driving Experience


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 Sunday, April 12th PDX at Dakota County Technical Center -- Space is limited, so don't wait!
Whether you are an Instructor, Volunteer, or Driver 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


World Racing League @ BIR 5/2

The World Racing League returns to Brainerd International Raceway for the Intercomp Speed Festival. This event will be run in our Twin 8-Hour Enduro format with the green flag set to drop at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. Click the link in the "Find Tickets" section to register (Fast-In Registration ends April 25th Save $150) or click this link for the "Race Info" pdf

Auto-Cross 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Audi 1.8t timing belt fun....

This isn't racing related, but worth mentioning.

Back-story: My daily driver '98 Audi A4 1.8t was originally purchased with a busted timing belt, the head was removed and sent to a head shop for refurbishing and replacing 12 bent exhaust valves!  The head was installed, car put back together but never really made as much power as it was supposed to and the fuel economy was also disappointing.  I drove it this way for 50,000 miles.  This time around I chose to put in new lifters and cam seals.

While setting the timing to its marks before tear down, things where not lining up quite right.  When the cam gear was pulled off we noticed that the cast wood drift key in the cam gear was busted off!  It also probably not lined up exactly on the cam.  Meaning my timing has been off for the past 50k!  Meaning that the machine shop didn't bother to tell me that the cam gear was broken, and all this time all that prevented the cam gear from slipping on the cam was the cam gear bolt.

I sourced a replacement cam, actually a couple of them, as the slot in the cam for the wood drift key looked a little damaged.  An observation is that 1.8t exhaust cams are not all the same.  Some have a whole slot cut, others have a half moon cut out.  However all cam gears seem to have the half moon shape.  I have no idea about cam duration or lift.  Some Google searching hasn't reviled any difference.

Much thanks to my friends Darrin L.and Andrew C., David S. for helping!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Fest & Games Weekend at Altoona, WI

On January 24th & 25th IIRA ( will be racing at SnowBiz 2015.  What makes this event more fun, is that isn't just IIRA!  There will be a pavillion on the ice with bands playing, food, softball, broom ball, fat tire bikes, ATV/Cycle and I think roundy-round ice racing.

Snow Biz website:

Wisconsin Ice Racing Assoc.