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Racing this weekend @ Waterford - Updated with race recap

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:28 am    Post subject: Racing this weekend @ Waterford - Updated with race recap Reply with quote

Since there are some who have been trying to catch up to us at the track, figuered I'd better post a notice - we'll be back out this weekend at Waterford for the last race of the season, and the last run of #77 in ITA (before we switch to ITB next year).

Hoped we don't have to change our number!

Anyway, so if you're looking to come see us run, we'll be there... and we have a co-driver as well - Mr. Delaney - so there will be extra track time...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

have a lot of fun! Did you get your radio set up yet in #77?

Jeremy
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naw, it's sitting in storage... will have to mess with that and others when we get to the track... but haven't seen the antenna yet, it's on the slow boat I think...
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2004 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Radio's in, but hard to understand... though getting better at understanding with practice.

Data system is in, but I think the calibration on the oil pressure sensor is off... working, though...

I'm wiped out from beating up on ITS cars... ripped a full 1.5 sec off my previous best; last time out I posted a 1:22.9, this time out I was solidly in the 21's, with the best at a 1:21.3 IN TRAFFIC!!! I was held up dicing with those ITS cars... a 944 and two RX7's. While I'm still a bit slow for ITA, a good 3 sec per lap behind the leader... I am now only 1.5s behind the ITB pole and race winner, and he's on new Hoosiers (the 04s) whereas I'm on old (maybe 2-3 yrs) R3S03 Hoosiers... We're clearly a top 5, if not top 3 ITB car... hehe heh...
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's very encouraging news! How many ITB cars were there? What was the fastest ITB car?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Results are already up, peruse at your heart's content:
http://www.waterfordhills.com/results/results.htm

We shaved 2.1s off our previous best (1:22.9, from the July 24-25th race) this weekend alone. Our times (overall race length) would have been good enough to get us on the ITB podium easily, out of about 15 ITB cars, and within 2 sec of the ITB pole, but even with or ahead of the 2nd place ITB car.

More write-up to follow; very destructive weekend, but not to our car!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:07 am    Post subject: Full Report Reply with quote

The final race of the season at Waterford Hills turned out to be a VERY
eventful weekend, with many records and cars broken! At the end of it
all, the PUB Racing team hung in strong, keeping the car on-track and at
speed, picking up more than 2 seconds over our previous best lap times!

Saturday morning found the track very green and the temps rather cool
following a good solid rain the preceding night. After devoting the
majority of the morning to setting up new data acqusition channels to
track the weekend's performance, the last minute warmup revealed an
uncharacteristically cold-blooded racecar. Some quick investigation
turned up a ripped rubber boot in the intake system; with 10 minutes to
go before we were due on the grid, there was no time to fetch the spare
located about 15 minutes down the street in storage! A quick wrap with
the trusty duct tape sealed the intake well enough to allow the session
to proceed. With the track so green and greasy, we were not the only
team having trouble finding good laps; in fact the team reported that a
large number of the field, including the #77, spent a good bit of time
inspecting the groundskeeping. Our fellow drivers reassured us upon
returning to the paddock that those details had been taken care of in
the days preceding.

With the car running better than the driver at this point, the only
steps need to prep the car for the following race were some more fuel,
check fluids/tire pressures, and to replace the torn rubber boot.

Gridding up 3rd in class, 15th overall (out of about 20 cars) put us
amongst the ITS cars; 2 ITA Honda CRX's were up towards the front, and
two slower ITA cars well behind us, so no real competition in our class.
This held true through the weekend, with a solid 3rd in class, so we
were looking to run a conservative race, taking no chances, and just
working on improving the driver's performance.

That plan was proven to be optimistic by the time we got to Turn 2 on
lap 1. One of the red (ITS) 944's in front of us (Leo Salvaggio) checked
up for an unknown reason, causing the other red 944 following (Adam
Buttermore) to try for a risky pass to the right through the grass.
Physics being what it is, Adam failed to adequately predict the car's
response on returning to the asphalt, resulting in a nice long lazy
slide sideways... in the middle of a tightly-packed herd of cars trying
to go fast.

Sliding sideways across the track from the right to the left, he
gradually came to a stop and started rolling backwards. This was not,
however, quite as quick as Greg Steen (in a white 944) had hoped,
resulting in the nose of Adam's car impacting the passenger side of
Greg's car, giving us the spectacle of a nice glittery cloud of car
parts reflecting the afternoon sun. The resulting impact sent Greg off
the track to the right, where he promptly tore off bits of his own nose
(the splitter), which turned bright, high cartwheels over his own car as
he sought to reenter the track and the race order.

We managed to encounter a bit more luck with a bit more patience,
swerving left around Adam's 944 and clear without contact. Unlike the
white/yellow ITS Mazda RX7 of Scott St.Clair who, with no where to go
(us on the outside, another car on the inside) neatly center-punched
Adam in the driver's side door, ending his weekend (Adam was OK, though
the car was not).

Back to the race, we found ourselves clear of the Cougars with whom we'd
been lined up, and chasing Greg Steen and two other ITS RX7 drivers;
Jorge Lozano and Joe Calabrese. Greg found a little bit more speed and
pulled a bit away in spite of his earlier contact - turns out the
resulting alignment, while loose, was very amenable to his driving
style, something we'd encountered before - and we finished the race in a
courteous but close run with Joe and Jorge. On our way to the checker,
we moved well past our qualifying performance, ending up with a best lap
of 1:21.3 and finishing 11th overall.

Sunday morning was long and lazy. With no racing until after lunch, we
had plenty of opportunity to avail ourselves of some lovely breakfast
burritos courtesy of Head Team Chef Merritt! With a little coffee, we
were looking good. Even better, we'd survived the preceding day with no
damage or need for repair... well, actually, close inspection of the
tires revealed the source of the nasty vibrations experienced during the
race - 3 bad flat spots in the front right tire. A trip to the Hoosier
tire guy and a fresh pair of used tires were rotated on to the car. We
also found a surprising amount of oil in the overflow tank, but a
tolerable amount. The car was also handling very well in the preceding
race, and running strongly, so no need for further attentions.

The first race of the day proved to be similar to the first; while
(thankfully) avoiding the first-turn melee experinced the preceding day,
Greg and Jorge got together in turn 6, sending Greg out. We resumed the
play with the ITS cars, this time with Scott St.Clair and Joe, another
very fast clean race. We had started in our preceding finishing
position, 11th, and ended up 12th, but turned a scorching 1:20.9s lap
time!

For the final race of the day, we again prayed for clean racing; due to
reshuffling of the grid based on lap times, we were moved back to 15th
for the start (2nd in class). After losing Scott St.Clair early on due
to an overcorrection in Swamp turn, we spent the remainder of the race
chasing (though slowly losing ground to) Joe, two other ITS drivers, and
the ITA leading CRX. Much to our surprise, while the car started to go
away (or, at least, the driver did) with ultimately very hot rear tires,
we were able to shave another 1/10th and get the best lap time down to a
1:20.8.

Even better than an extremely fast lap time and good average performance
- one which will put us in the top 5 easily next year, when we're moved
down a class to ITB - we left with the car in the same condition that we
showed up with, just a little dirtier! After all the carnage we had a
front-row seat for, we were not just good - we were plain lucky to come
away without a scratch. Still, there's nothing like being able to go
out, run harder than ever, and come back with nothing needing attention!

Next up, we've got the 3-hr enduro at Watkins Glen in the #35 (well, 36
for the weekend) car... then it's dreaming of how to go faster next
year!
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice write up
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah nice write-up can you do our for this coming weekend?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed I shall attempt to!
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