11th May2016

Looking Forward To The Next One

by Michael Chandler

SCD 2016 Schedule June 3

Well, there WAS supposed to be drifting on May 6th, but Mother Nature had different plans.  The event WAS going to be rescheduled, but there were scheduling conflicts.  So, if you want to get your drift fix, plan on coming to Rocky Mountain Raceways on June 3rd!

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29th Apr2016

Weekend Wallpaper April 28

by Michael Chandler

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Hey look! A pretty awesome new wallpaper for you.  Enjoy!

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26th Apr2016

Lightning In A Water Bottle: NASA Utah Round 2 Lightning Results

by Michael Chandler

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The forecast called for rain, and it did not disappoint.  At times on Saturday the West Track seemed more fit for a regatta then sports car racing, but the brave and/or foolish drivers in the Lightning race group were prepared for the conditions!  Some held it together better than others, while others just tried to hold it together.

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At the top of the field and his class was Arthur Golebiowski.  I’m not 100% sure how he does it, but when the rains fall Arthur seems to wind up atop the Spec Z podium.  He also won himself a hat for being the overall race group winner:

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See? Fancy stuff!

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In the other Spec class, Spec Miata, Chris Bond got himself out of the wet race and into a dry win!  See, in my head I had “got himself out of the wet race and into a dry martini” because James Bond drinks martinis… And Chris’s last name is Bond… And his car number is 007…  There’s a little peak behind the curtain for you.  Anyway, Chris took the class win by 15.580 seconds.

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STUNNING NEWS IN PTE!!! Todd Green didn’t win!  I’ll give you a minute to fix your face

That’s better.  Randy Cummings, also in a Miata, beat out Todd by 9.313 seconds.

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Mid-engined Porsches seem to be the chassis of choice in GTS3, and black seems to be the “in” color.  Jeff Burton, in his Porsche with the engine in a far more sensible place, brought home a win.

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And finally, in GTS2 we had a battle between Chris Haunold in his trusty 911 and Tom Rogers and his E30 3 series.  Porsche vs. BMW!  Bavaria vs. Not Bavaria!  Yuppie wounder vs. Yuppie wounder!  WHO WOULD WIN?!?  Who would emerge victorious in this titanic battle of 1980’s opulence?!?  If you had your money on the man in the Porsche…

TAKE YOUR WINNING TICKETS TO THE WINDOW!  Tom finished on the lead lap, but the margin of victory for Chris was the largest in the entire group: 19.034 seconds.

Where’s the rest of the coverage?!? It’s coming over the next couple of days.

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07th Apr2016

For Those Complaining About Rain

by Michael Chandler

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There’s  40% of showers later in the day.

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The show is in four days, the forecast is probably going to change between then and now.  It could get worse, but it could get better too.

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And if it rains, so what?  First off, they’re forecasting rain showers.  Showers don’t last all day.  Second, it’s PM showers.  I know the show starts at 1, but there are a lot of hours in the PM part of the day.  Third, it’s not like there aren’t ways to fend off the rain.  Umbrellas have been a thing for nearly 2000 years.  Jackets, coats, hats, pants and closed toe shoes are staples in modern American society.  And if you’re going to be there shooting photos or video, I have some great news for you: there are readily available, and affordable products designed to keep your cameras dry.  Hell, I have a bunch so I’ll bring extras.

Don’t fear the rain!  Embrace it!  Revel in it!  I’ll see you on Sunday!

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07th Mar2016

What We Don’t Want On Saturday

by Michael Chandler
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We really don’t want rain.  Rain is not good.

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03rd Mar2016

There Is A Time And Place For That!

by Michael Chandler

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No dori dori on the big track in the middle of a race!  No!

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10th Feb2016

I See You Like To Live Dangerously

by Michael Chandler

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I, too, like to live dangerously.

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09th Feb2016

Rain Racing

by Michael Chandler

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The rain photos look cool, but man are they not a lot of fun to shoot.  But man do they look cool!

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03rd Oct2014

NASA Utah Round 6: The Equalizer

by Michael Chandler

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They say rain is the great equalizer, and on Saturday the old saying was put to the test.  There were those who came prepared, like Todd Green and Derek Wolthoff who had proper rain tires, and those who weren’t, which was the Spec Z field.  Rumor is that they went and raided local tire shops for anything better than the dry weather tires they all had.  One driver in the group was even on Blizzak snow tires!  Despite very few people being prepared for the weather, I was one of the many who weren’t prepared for the cold and driving rain, there was some serious racing going on with championship implications attached.  We’ll start off in the Lightning group, where the usually quick Z cars were slowed by the downpour.

Todd Green, on a set of Hoosier rain tires, led the field in his Pro Touring E Miata.  He took the overall win, and class win (by 58 seconds!), with Matt Guiver in second in the Paul Mitchell Miata.  Ole Paul was on the Toyo rain tires Todd used in the very wet qualifying session.  Matt’s performance has, in some minds, proven that he is some sort of wizard.  The podium was rounded out by Allan Anderson, who was in first for the championship.

Spec Z had Paul House putting together a solid race and claiming a well deserved victory over the normally strong, if not dominant, Arthur Golebiowski.  The Lightning qualifying session was relatively dry, but by the time the start of the race rolled around the heavens had opened up and unleashed a torrent.  Paul had the stock 350Z wheels on, which lead me to believe he had at least the OEM tires on for the race.  Arthur was on the Enkei RPF1 wheels he has used for every other event, so it’s safe to assume he was out on tires that weren’t best suited for the conditions.

Spec Miata was taken by Chris Bond, with David Sherman and Joe Schubert following behind.  Unfortunately the rain spread the field out quite a bit, with a little over twenty seconds separating first and second, and second and third.  McKay Snow was noticeably absent, probably because he was preparing to make his debut in the IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lights Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta.

And good guy Gus Stribakos threw some different wheels and tires on his Porsche, went out and turned some laps.  In doing so he solidified his GTS3 title, and so we say congratulations Gus!

Terry Binner officially secured his Super Formula title by taking both of the races on Saturday.  He didn’t have to run either of the races in their entirety, going in to the weekend he had a dominating 380 point lead over Steve Burns.

In Formula, Steven Costello had to score points to hold off any challenger to his season title.  Troy Duffin, third place in the championship standings, took both of the races on Saturday, but (at least according to my rudimentary math) could not overcome the 270 point deficit.  However, he did leap over Chris Taylor for second in the standings.

TT was a little different.  Greg Valdez stepped up to TT1 from TT2 in not the best of conditions for Lelantos.  Still, the Ziptie Dynowerks sponsored STi put forth a solid effort and finished second.  Derek Wolthoff took the Makes and Models Audi R8 LMS for two sessions, and proceeded to win the class.  Both Greg and Derek ended the day as champions though.  Derek in TT1, and Greg in TT2.

Brendon Stewart made a brief return to TT2, and came in second to David Bradshaw.

James Pasquier in his yellow Porsche 911 edged out John Carver’s black Corvette for the TT3 win

Rhett Panter made his second appearance of the season and took TTU in his Acura with all of the downforce.

TTE had David Sherman and Joe Schubert battling for the win for the day (David won) with Jeb Brown and Ben Lamberson continuing their championship fight, with Jeb squeaking out a third place finish ahead of Ben by less than half of a second.

Chris Bond ran one session, and claimed the TTD victory.

Thunder had four classes.  One massive class (ST3) and three one man classes (GTSU, ST2 and SU).  Brendon Stewart was the lone ST2 competitor, as he has been most of the season, and by winning (again) solidified his season title.  Derek Wolthoff ran against a strong field of nobody, made only two (that I know of) off track excursions and won GTSU.  And Joe Sim, of Turbo Lab fame, trotted out his NSX and claimed the SU win.  I really wish it wasn’t cold and rainy, because I would have loved to see the NSX turn some truly screaming laps.

Now ST3 was where the action was.  Travis Tidball and Cary Wilson had only 16 points between them in the championship standings.  So it was Corvette vs. Corvette, and it didn’t look too promising for Cary.  Going in to turn 1 he looked slow and did get the back end loose at the exit.  Travis looked like he was ripping through everything, driving like a hero.  BUT looks can be receiving.  Cary took the win in dominating fashion, holding off Travis for another day.  Cary’s win was bolstered by Alex Whetman (third in the championship, spitter of fire from his Focus of Doom) coming in third, lessening the dent Travis put into Cary’s lead.

And so there we have it.  A rainy, generally miserable day yielded some champions from the diminished fields.  Sunday was a much better day, and more people showed up then.  I wasn’t one of them, because I went to a car show.  Oh well, I will be at the season ending Enduro on October 18.  Not gonna miss that, and I sincerely hope you don’t either!

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23rd Apr2013

NASA Racing April 20

by Michael Chandler

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It wasn’t the most ideal day for racing: It rained.  It hailed.  It was cold and miserable for a while.  Not everyone had rain tires.  But eventually it did dry up, warm up, and nobody (that I saw or heard about) had a serious wreck.  It ended up being a good Saturday.

 

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The TurboLabs S2000 had some issues with Clubhouse in qualifying.

 

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HPDE Groups 1 and 2 got to run in the rain.  For some this was a bit hairier than it was for others.

 

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A legitimate Aplina B9 was out running.  Might not have been the best tool for the job, but it might have been the prettiest.

 

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This LS7 powered SLP Camaro made the trip down from Idaho, making it the second fourth generation Camaro to race this season!

 

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Sally broke her transmission during the first TT session.  We were all a little saddened.  Being unable to race left her plenty of time to instruct Megan and give me the peace sign!

There was more.  Much more.  Too much to jam into a post here, so we dumped the photos into a MASSIVE Facebook album for you to enjoy.  The next event is May 3-5 on the outer loop.  Head over to NASAUtah.com to see the full schedule and to register.

 

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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