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: http://msreg.com/TreadingThinIceRX2015

Want more information about SCCA Land O' Lakes region RallyCross events, check out our website: http://www.scca-racing.com/gorallycross

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: http://msreg.com/2015springPDX

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://www.scca-racing.com/gosolo/ 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 http://www.worldracingleague.org/pdfs/RIS-BIR-May.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 (http://www.iceracemn.com/) 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. 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Ice Time Trials

Think of it as a mix of qualifying, auto-x, rally-x, and ice racing all in one.  Rules are really simple and straight forward.

Friday, December 19, 2014

World Racing League @ Texas World Speedway 12/2014

I had the opportunity to rent a seat in a car that my team has competed against a number of times.  The early 90's car is based out of Kansas.  The race was held by World Racing League at Texas World Speedway.  This event gave me a couple opportunities.  One, to race a Miata (might as well start figuring out how to race one) and two, this race track it to be torn down and developed into town homes or other such nonsense; the very last race at TWS will be another WRL event in early summer 2014.  

This was actually my 2nd time at TWS, the first time was for the inaugural Formula 1 race at COTA (Circuit Of The Americas), we went down early and Joey Todd, the track manager let us use his playground.  Thanks again for that Joey!  TWS is roughly 2.9 miles and 15 turns.  

I believe the final count was that 56 cars took the green flag on Saturday, 12 of which were Miatas.  Our little Miata would do about 110mph on the main straight, while Corvettes and Porsche Boxers would do about 140mph, however both cars would stay in the Miata's field of view until the next time on the main straight. 

This one was taken the very last lap Sunday, sadly I got passed just under the checker flag! :'(

Car owner Rodney in the foreground...notice the matching shirt!

Smoke'em if you got'em!  :)

Checker flag Saturday.

We ran a good race both days.  Saturday we got hit with two penalties for passing under yellow.  Saturday was a 9 hour race.  The Miata was about to get roughly an hour and 50 minutes per fill up.  There would still be over a gallon of fuel in the tank, but it would fuel starve soo bad in the turns we had no choice but to pit.  I was the last driver on Saturday, and the decision was made to keep me out for the remaining 50 minutes or so of the race, a quick pit stop was made just for one jug of fuel and back out again.  I don't have the official standings but we finished like 10th in class and 17th overall.  Somewhat ironically we more or less finished in the same position on Sunday as well.
  One of our drivers, Marcus, whose home track is TWS was able to muster a 2'09" lap time, much faster than any of us.  In comparison there was one Miata that was able to do a 2 minute flat time, which was about even with the Corvettes and Boxers.  That Miata had more tire, aero, suspension, less weight than us.  Oh and they run a Spec Miata shop!  Soooo!  
Here is a picture album on FaceBook
This video is from the start of Sunday's race.  Just after 13 minutes into the race a Mustang catches fire, if one looks very closely one can see that the driver is out with a fire bottle attempting to put out the fire, soon followed by the corner worker.  Then there was roughly five laps of full coarse yellow.