6am and still driving

Sunday, 02 May 2010 10:49

Looks like we'll be arriving just in time this morning. Our 12th place finish in yesterday afternoon's time trial means that we'll be starting in that position for the remaining events. That's good because it means we run early and get on the road earlier.
Still wide awake driving and Jon is getting a decent rest so he can put his best effort in.


Off to Mid America

Sunday, 02 May 2010 03:37

We finished up at Ty's place around 10, the hotel is cancelled and we're heading straight to the track. Will's gonna drive the whole way (don't worry, he'll have lots of caffeine), and I'm going to get some sleep so I can drive tomorrow.

The work completed was:

  • Vented hood; there is now a large vent just over top of the exhaust manifold to extract heat from the engine bay using the low pressure wake from the front bumper. Its working well already, air coming into the cabin from the firewall holes is cool when cruising on the highway.
  • Repair trailer; we had both stub axles crack from excessive oscillation on the concrete highways. Its a rough repair using a flux core welder, but its welded up and gusseted, so we won't lose the trailer.
  • Install larger intercooler reservoir; we have a full size cooler secured in the spare tire well with barb fittings plumbed to the IC water pump. We can fit 3 times as much ice than before.
  • Ate dinner; we great sandwiches from Wisconsin's famous Jimmy John's restaurant. I had one with half a dozen types of cold cuts on it - yum!
  • Check out Ty's crazy custom bike build with a R1 motor; very cool!

Results have been posted. Road America full track we didn't fare well, but we picked it up in the afternoon on the short track. Will managed a session time of 5:28.587, putting us 12th overall and 1st in class. This means we're sitting in 16th overall and 1st in class after 2 days of competition! We are pumped, and excited to see if we can move up further tomorrow.

Results: http://www.onelapofamerica.com/history/results.shtml?y=2010.


Day 2 complete

Saturday, 01 May 2010 20:53

b_220_149_16777215_0___images_stories_competitorporsche.jpgWell, we're done day two at road America. Morning session on the big track was delayed by a Cadillac cts-v that overcooked the "Canada" corner and rolled into and I've the tire wall! Luckily the driver walked away without any injury, although he's quite upset about a DNF today!
The enmo civic had its share of trouble, but not so serious. Once on the track, under-hood temperatures rose much faster than expected and caused premature depletion of our iced intercooler reservoir. In addition, the ecu was misinterpreting some fluctuation in the wideband air-fuel sensor and engaging the lean protection fuel cut. That said, the run was not so fast. We placed 44th overall out of 68 competitors.
For the afternoon run on the short track, we removed the front passenger headlight to allow cool air into the engine bay near the turbo compressor inlet. This combined with the shorter straightaways allowed us to run faster in the afternoon. Results are not yet available, but will passed 2 cars in the 3 lap session, so spirits are up!

Currently we are back on the road and headed to http://keenecyclesandkustoms.com. The owner Ty Timperly has offered us the use of his shop just outside of Milwaukee. We plan to vent the hood to further reduce temperatures, and we may install a larger intercooler reservoir. Then it's off to Pacific Junction Iowa for Mid America Motorplex. At 540 miles, this is one of the longest transit stages of the race. It's going to be yet another late night... But at least we still driving. Unlike this competitor.


Welcome to Road America

Saturday, 01 May 2010 13:24

b_220_149_16777215_0___images_stories_welcometora02.jpgThe rain is over and it's a beautiful day in Elkhart Wisconsin. We were welcomed to Road America with a tasty gift!

Today we'll be running the full track in the morning followed by a shorter configuration in the afternoon. We are eagerly awaiting the start of the first road event. The first 15 cars are gridding on pit lane right now. It's only minutes away until the GTRs will be flat out on the front straight!


Day 1, What a day!

Saturday, 01 May 2010 03:42

b_220_149_16777215_0___images_stories_dayone.jpgThe competition is not won on the first day' That's what we were reminded of during the first drivers meeting. But after finishing the day in 3rd place out of 68 cars we're in high spirits as we make the 4 hour trek to Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The days events included a candid drivers meeting where Brock Yates, the event creator, empathized the importance of not attracting undue attention with some stories of one lapper's run-ins with local authorities (all which ended well, of course).

The paddock, as the day went on, became filled with some pretty impressive and interesting machinery. Our twincharged civic got a fair bit of attention, being one of four Honda Civics that made up the entire economy class, but certainly the most heavily modified.

During the wet skid pad competition, a new record was set by last year’s winners in a Nissan GTR with an average lateral acceleration of 0.96g. Being grouped with the rest of the economy cars, we found ourselves one of last cars out on the skid pad. We were able to put in a 0.88g good enough for 3rd place overall out of 68 cars. The only two faster were both Nissan GTR's.

Day 1 results can be found here


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