Monday, October 29, 2012

Tenative Ice Racing Schedule

Tentative 2013 Season Schedule

Jan. 12 - 13 Big Lake, Cloquet, MN

Jan. 26 - 27 Celebration of Lakes, Lindstrom, MN

Feb. 9 - 10 Madison Lake, Mankato, MN

Feb. 16 - 17 Lake Superior, Thunder Bay, ONT

Feb. 23 - 24 Lake Mille Lacs, Garrison, MN

Mar. 2 - 3 Lake Mille Lacs, Garrison, MN

Mar. 23 Banquet, Location TBD

IIRA's news letter

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dirty Jack'O Lantern RallyCross 11/3/12

Dirty Jack'O Lantern Rallycross the last of the year!!

Saturday November 3rd

For those of you with a dirty side, come out and slide your car around in a dirt field around a technical course marked with cones. This is a great venue for beginner drivers as it is an open course with soft dirt and the safety stewards to do a great job at keeping the course smooth with good flowing lines. Come out, join the fun, and get sidewayz!


Anyone with a driver’s license and a hard topped car that can pass tech inspection.

Most people use their daily drivers with snow tires, but all-season tires work too and have gotten people on the podium. Cars range from a stock Ford Focus to a heavily modified Subaru Impreza ready for stage rally and everything in between.

SCHEDULE: (This will beld tight please come on time!)
We will break for lunch around noon
~5:00PM - Awards

Venue Address
3830 325th St
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Please come in from 30th Street, do not follow your GPS. If we want to continue using this site we need to keep the neighbors happy. No unloading/loading/parking (even temporary) on the main road, ONLY in the landowner’s driveway.

All competitors are urged to register and pre-pay no later than 5PM on the Friday leading to the event. There must be a minimum of 15 PAID registrants before the registration deadline or the event will be cancelled. Payment transactions will not take place until the event is confirmed on Friday so if the event gets canceled, you keep your money.

Online Entry Fee: $45.00
Day of Entry Fee: $55.00
Weekend SCCA Membership: $15.00
(The weekend membership can be used as a $15 discount on a full SCCA membership)

Driver must have either a full SCCA membership or weekend SCCA membership to compete.

To register and Pay:

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/M2000 or newer helmet. Loaner helmets are available but the quantity is limited.
Passengers will be allowed if waivered and wearing an approved helmet.
See official rules here: RallyCross Rules-revised.pdf

Cars will be checked for the following items, please make sure your car passes all the listed items before the event.
· All loose items, inside and outside the car (including the trunk and storage areas) removed
· Snap‐on hub caps and other detachable accessories (e.g. fender skirts, trim rings) removed
· Convertible, targa or t‐top vehicles must have their factory hard top panels securely in place
· Lug nuts tight, correctly installed, none missing
· Tires in good condition (no cords or belts showing, no cracks, etc.)
· Seat belt(s) present and properly attached
· Positive throttle return
· No excessive leaks (engine running)
· No “spinner knobs”
· Brakes in proper working order
· Wheel bearings, steering and suspension in good working order
· Battery tightly secured, positive terminal insulated
· Helmet rated Snell SA2000/M2000 (or newer), BS 6658‐85 type AF/R or SFI 31.1
· Passed sound
· FRS Radio (Channel 8-0)

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


Pics from Chump Car @ Road America

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Chump Car @ Road America 10/21/2012

Alex went out first and was running 3min, 3sec lap times, making the quickest lap times for our team.  Unfortunatly he exchanged paint w/ a mustang and put two wheels off twice.  We climbed up to 2nd place for a few moments, mostly due to us being able to run a full 2 hours. Nick went out, and over an hour into his stint he was towed in because we had now drive. 

We pulled out the starter and found metal shavings, pulled out the transmission and found out that all of the bolts that hold the pressure plate to the flywheel sheared off.  My theory is that the violent rumble strips caused the failure. One hour 55minutes later we got the clutch and flywheel replaced, and got the car back on track.  Down to 41st place. 

The car lasted over an hour, can got towed in again w/ no power.  Turns out the battery wasn't charging, we swaped the altenator, push started it and sent it back out with 20 minutes left of the race. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Chump Car @ Road America 10/20

Chump Car DRS?   Turns out it is on a switch, so it is manually activated.

This is in the Holy Rollers Integra, this electric oil pump, is an upgrade from their "fix" at BIR...when the oil pressure gets low, they flip a switch and it adds pressurized oil into the head.

Okay...this is just bad....but if you can't get a real trailer...why not.

We sent our rookie driver out first; he did really well, until getting a black flag for passing under yellow; then at the end of his stint he got a little red misted, and had a good draft going on into turn 5; and attempted a dive bomb into another VW.  our front wheel went into their rear quarter panel.  The alignment moved, but we didn't see any bent parts.

All the other drivers went out with out much to report; we worked our way up from 42 (61 cars started) up to 8th.  I took the car for last 1.5hr stint.  The car did feel awkward, almost as if we had weak shocks or snow tires; kinda squirmy.  I found out later that my top trap speed was over 5mph slower than our 1st driver, and my best lap time almost 4 seconds off. 
Near the end of my stint, I a train of two BMW E30's and a Sentra SER were catching up to me; the E30's eventually got past me.  Getting a draft into turn 8, and late braking, I ended up spinng the car, stalling it.  The car died in the middle of the turn, and would not start backup.  Eventually the awesome track staff got me off the coarse.  Sadly not until after the checker flag was shown.  We lost one place because of this mistake. 
Turns out the altnenator wasn't charging much, it wasn't dead but it wasn't charging properly. 
Later on in the pit we found the very end of the control arm, where the ball joint goes, was bent up.  Which means the car had a wacky alingment and the reason for lap times and top speed not being what they should be.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Land Speed Car Show

Studio Bricolage - (1188 Hubbard Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104) Hosted a gathering on 10/13 showing off vehicles of Minnesota people who ran the Bonneville Salt Flats.  One of the car clubs present is Salt-to-Salt.

Author, race car driver, ect, ect, Kevin Clemens and his 150kg electric bike.

Studebaker representation

This is a GM L33 with LS6 heads stuffed into a late 80's Monte Carlo; lots of time went into the custom motor mounts that got the motor to sit back towards the firewall and down lower.  The owner of this car drove it out there!

1953 Studebaker

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Performance Driving eXpirence 10/28 @ DCTC

A Performance Driving Experience (PDX), hosted by SCCA-LOL at the Dakota County Technical School track on Sunday, October 28th .
This will be an all day event for everyone who would like to drive their street car on a track, and it’s a GREAT opportunity for crew members to experience the thrill of performance driving.

SCCA-LOL will provide certified instructors who will help participants master the various driving lines More info:

The price for the Fall PDX is $125. If you need an SCCA weekend membership, that is $15. There is also an option of purchasing lunch for $5.

Here is the direct link to Motorsportsreg which has all the details for this event.