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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

World Racing League @ Hallet 2014


Practice day...proof Kent got a black flag!  :)



Green Flag Saturday

Green Flag Sunday

Checkered Flag on Sunday!  3rd in class, 7th over all!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Car Craft Summer Nationals is Coming! July 18-19-20

Sign up for this exciting event--Volunteers needed!
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Register NOW! Car Craft Volunteers needed

July 18, 19, 20, 2014 at the Minnesota Fairgrounds

Car Craft is a fun fundraiser for SCCA-LOL.  It’s a family event, an Autoshow, solo events and more for a great weekend.  Whether you are a driver or race staff, join us to work the solo events.

It’s a low-keyed day for SCCA volunteers.  At the end of your shift you can drive the solo course or walk through the auto show.  Best of all, in exchange for our volunteers, Car Craft makes a nice donation to our organization, which allows us to fund racing in Minnesota.  Volunteers also receive SCCA Bucks each day worked.

We need 11 volunteers each day, so pick one, two or all three days to work.  There are plenty of breaks, and you get to help other Minnesotans discover the passion for driving!

To register
We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Car Craft Summer Nationals 2014!

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

And if you have any questions please contact Mike Baloga at 612-432-1994or email Mike Baloga

Here's what the website says:
July 18-19-20 - 2014 Minnesota State Fairgrounds - St. Paul, Minnesota

Three days of cool cars, burnouts, bikinis, cruising, and competition-is this heaven? No, it's the Car Craft Summer Nationals presented by ChevroletPerformance Division - if you're not there, you're gonna wish you were.

Event Features
Editor's Choice Awards
Over 4,000 Cars On Display
Miss Car Craft Summer Nationals and Bikini Contest
Shop The Performance Marketplace
Compete For Awards
Car Corral Area
Smokin' Burnout Contest
Meet The Staff Of Car Craft Magazine
Seminars and Demonstrations in the Royal Purple DIY Garage
Revell Make N' Take Models

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Race Neon goes back to Detroit

With bitter sweet emotions, I say good bye to the Neon.  It is going back to the Detroit area, its new home track will be Waterford Hills, where many other Neons still race.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Gingerman 2014 w/ ChumpCar. in progress......

Lining up....
Fiesta lost a rear wheel on turn 3!  Doh!

Front right outer pad, decided it had enough and decided to leave the car!  Paul continued to race this way for  30 minutes!
A view of the damage that was caused by the #99 BMW attempting a low probability pass.

Hour 7, Day 1
Hour 13 Day 1
Lining up for Day 2

1st place Saturday and 2nd place Sunday awards.