Sunday, May 29, 2011

2011 Harvey West Memorial Day Classic - Regional / Ratiional

Facebook photo gallery...
Car still looks great, no dents, dings, scratches, or wrinkles to take care of...only rubber marks from "flying tire turds" from drafting other cars!  A new personal best lap time of 1.56!

More pics from BIR during NASA weekend

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

News from SCCA-LOL

Last Chance!

Registration is still OPEN!
Drivers and Volunteers Register now
You can register for the Harvey West Memorial Classic Rational on May 28-29 at Brainerd International Raceway.

Drivers and Volunteers register on the same page:

Cendive and LOL Champ points.

Would you like to work but aren't a member? Just go to registration Friday at (5:30-9pm) and we'll get you started. Worker meeting is at 7am at the Bandshell.

Hotel options and special rates also listed on this link.

Or Go to and scroll down to May 28-29. You'll see the SCCA Land O'Lakes Region at Brainerd event.

Mark your calendar
Open House at Doug Rippie MotorSports in Buffalo
Thursday, June 9th at 6:00 PM

More racing at Brainerd International Raceway!

July 9-10, 2011 The Jack Pine Sprints Double Regional
To register go to (registraion open June 3rd)

Championship points available for both Cendiv and LOL

TransAm and Pro Race at Brainerd International Raceway!
September 3-4 (Labor Day weekend)

Monday, May 23, 2011

back from BIR w/ NASA

A VERY WET weekend.  Practice, qualifying, and the first race were in the rain.  I was using Kuhmo MX tires (an aggressive summer performance tire, designed for auto-cross).  Not the best choice for rain racing...about 1/2 through the 35 minute race the tires just didn't seem to grip much any more.  The only other car in my class, a Miata that isn't legal for Spec Miata, passed me w/ about 5 laps to go.  Fortunately he slid off the coarse and I got my position back, I was able to hold him off to take the checker.  I take 1st place.

The 2nd race was in the dry, so on went the Hoosiers.  This time the other guy in my class, was no where in site after the 1st lap.  I spent the entire time playing with a spec miata.  We swapped positions roughly 5 times!  I had more power than he did so i was faster from turn 10, 11, 12, 1, and two.   He could out brake me in turn 3 and handle better through the rest of the track.  I also had issues w/ my right rear tire locking up under hard braking so going into turn 3 it was necessary to brake earlier than normal.  I took 1st place again in PTE, w/ a lap record of 1 minute 57 seconds.

We choose not to race on Sunday due to more ran, and the Neon's rear main seal was leaking pretty bad.

Thanks to James D., Michelle M., and Mark K. for their help this weekend.
Pictured below was our ride for the weekend.  Defiantly a step up from my Dodge 1/2 truck!
Thanks to Maaco East Minneapolis and The Alignment Guy for getting the car done in time!
sitting on the grid...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rally Fest at Morries Subaru - May 18th and Rally Minnesota are hosting Rally Fest at Morries Subaru on May 18th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Bonus - Lauchlin O'Sullivan and Ramana Lageman's SP Class Subaru Rally cars are planning to be on display.
Come out and see the Rally Cars and meet other Rally Drivers and Co-Drivers.
We are planning on hosting several 10 - 15 minute seminars on topics such as:

- How to get in to rally

- How to prep a Rally Car

- How to Spectate

- The best way to see a Rally

Morrie's Minnetonka Subaru
12520 Wayzata Boulevard

Friday, May 13, 2011

Spring Fever RallyCross Sunday, May 15

For the donation lunch:

We will be serving some lemon rosemary brined chicken breasts and cheese burgers, along with chips, drinks, and possibly a side. We'll be asking for a minimum $5 donation to help all the little critters at the Humane Society, so be sure to remember to bring a little cash! Big, big thanks to Scotty (StanmoXT) for hooking us up with some delicious food and even coming to check out the rallyx action while running the grills!

NOS Energy drink & Maaco Minnepolis are sponsoring the event and have prizes available.

Spring Fever Rally Cross- MAY 15th- Cannon Falls MN

The first two events were incredible! Conditions were great, the weather was it's time to get slideways again!!!


Our next event is SUNDAY 05/15 at Cannon Falls.

Due to the course conditions and weather I'm setting up a RallyX Hotline. I will start updating the message on the hotline 72 hours before the event in case of special instructions or event cancellation. (612) 564-0748

Venue Address
3830 325th St
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Competitor registration- All competitors are urged to register and pre-pay no later than 5PM on Friday, May 13th.

If you need to register after 5PM you must do so in-person at the event. There will be a $10.00 fee to pay at the event. (This is above your competitor entrance fee)
PM or call Dave Goodman if you need to mail a check for payment. Dave 612-408-1704

Online preregistration is requested and strongly encouraged by 5PM on May 13th.

SCCA Members: $40.00
Non-SCCA Members*:$55.00
Registration and/or Paying at the event, add $10.00
* Non-members are required to purchase an SCCA Weekend Membership for $15.00
(The weekend membership can be used as a $15 discount on a full SCCA membership).
All competitors and spectators must sign the official SCCA Waiver of Liability.
All minors present must have a minor waiver filled out. Form can be downloaded, printed in color and filled here:

All competitors MUST work the course as a condition of event entry.
All competitors must have an FRS Radio, radios cannot be shared between competitors.
All competitors must have a Snell/M 1995 or newer helmet. Loaner helmets are available but the quantity is limited.
Passengers will be allowed if waivered and wearing an approved helmet.
Not sure you’re ready to RallyCross?? Come watch!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

NASA does BIR May 21/22nd

SCCA does BIR May 28/29th

Club racing!  Plus PDX (Performance Driving eXpirence) which is open lapping, Club Trials which is competing for the fastest lap time in a class.  Plus a special car for Chump Cars!
SCC-LOL April news letter

Club racing registration

Club Trails Registration

PDX Registration

Volunteers are also more than welcome, please register on the Club racing link.

SCCA: 2011 RoadSkills Teen Car Control Clinic.

This intensive clinic is a terrific way to teach young drivers the fundamentals of car control. It is designed to equip students with necessary skills to handle emergency situations and avoid accidents!

Sunday, May 22, 2011
Dakota County Technical College
8am - 5pm
Cost: $20 (Includes lunch & t-shirt)

Click Here to Register Now!

Important Note: All participants must have a valid driver's license, as of May 22, 2011.

How the clinic works:
In your own car, trained instructors will provide hands-on, in-car training that consists of 4 hours of classroom, 4 hours of on-course driving exercises, and a reference manual for home study.

In-car exercises include:
• Emergency braking techniques
• Slalom course to demonstrate weight transfer of the vehicle
• Car handling during wet road conditions using a skid pad
• Sudden lane changes simulating accident avoidance
• A final road course that combines elements from each previous exercise

Click Here for the Event Flyer

Race Neon gets some body work....

New-used fender, front bumper, and hood were from a car I parted out this winter, the door came from another Neon Challenge car that I had in inventory.

The car is being worked on at Maaco Minneapolis.
"Sins of a previous racer"...., I am sure there was some good stories burried under all that bondo.  Mark and I spent a very long time getting the body more straight.

The holes in the roof from the lights (from it's days as the pace car for the Celebrity Challenge Car, are being welded up.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

SCCA Open House at Maaco on Wednesday

May 4th-6pm

Hosted by Maaco and owner/driver Mark Kauffman.

Maaco Paint and Collision is hosting our next Open House.

When: Wednesday, May 4th, 6:00 pm

Where: Maaco at 2005 E. Lake St
or call him at (612) 721-6448.

"Amore Victoria is catering our event!" owner Mark Kauffman said. "Stop in and have some refreshments and see some cool cars."
Join us as we discuss the upcoming race at BIR. Feel free to bring guests as well.