27th Jan2016

The Pit Walk Was A Cool Meet

by Michael Chandler

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Seeing all the cars parked on Pit Lane was pretty cool.  

23rd Apr2014

Track Pirates Pit Walk

by Michael Chandler

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Here’s an idea, throw a meet at a proper track and let people park on pit lane!  Brilliant right?  That was the bright idea Zane, Brent and the rest of the Track Pirates cooked up for the first annual Pit Walk meet.  April 19 was a gorgeous day, and many people came out to enjoy the sun and sights.  And enjoy some tunes from DJ GType, aka Joey… or The Hair as one person calls him.  There was a wide breadth of vehicles: from RaceCo’s F1 car to a pair of old Datsun pickups, from Brent Cheney’s uber rare M3 to Rally Sport Direct’s 2015 WRX and STI.  And a couple of Rocket Bunny BRZs to boot.

 

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Enough words, time for a gallery!

Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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31st Mar2014

NASA Utah Round 1: Time Trial

by Michael Chandler
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Smith-Burke Racing setting their second record of the day!

Paul McGarvey in his second run group and second Miata

Paul McGarvey in his second run group and second Miata

 

Many TT drivers had moved up to the road racing classes, and several had not completed their off season builds yet. Absent was everyone’s favorite Wyoming local, TT1 Champion Shawn Murphy, but he came down to visit and show his support and supply NASA Utah’s own Matt Guiver with a well deserved malty beverage. Smith-Burke racing ran fast laps in both the racing group and the time trial group.  Paul McGarvey joined the Vette with his V8 powered Miata, but Paul was one man splitting time between two different classes, while J.R. Smith and James Burke could split seat time.  Hard work paid off and the Vette managed to break Danny Popp’s four year old TT1 track record with a 1:58.09.

Greg Valdez

Greg Valdez

Scott Corsetti chasing down Josh Miller

Scott Corsetti chasing down Josh Miller

In TT2 Greg Valdez picked up right where he left off at Nationals last year.  His 2:04.356 was more than enough to take the win over Scott Corsetti’s 911 turbo. Greg repeated his victory on Sunday. Both TT2 drivers were good sports and spent a great deal of their day instructing new drivers in the HPDE program.

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Trip Hunter

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Corry Perkins

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John Carver

TT3 saw new and old Porches battle a Corvette and a WRX wagon.  Rookie time trial driver Trip Hunter took the class win in his Martini Liveried Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS, posting a 2:11.793, 2.8 seconds ahead of Corry Perkins’s 911.  Rounding out the podium was John Carver, who put his black and silver Corvette in third with a 2:15.329.  Josh Miller drove his WRX wagon to a fourth place finish (2:16.879), and James Pasquier posted a best time of 2:18.657 in his yellow 993 chassis 911, the oldest, but perhaps classiest, car in the field.

Kyle Schick

Kyle Schick

Reigning TTU Champion Kyle Schick was learning how the RaceCo/OS Giken/Ohlins Racing/VP Fuels/AMS GTR handled in rear wheel drive configuration.  2:04.185 was his best time during Saturday’s sessions.

Will we see Shawn Murphy next round?  Will Trent Smith get all four wheels of the GTR spinning together?  Can there possibly be more Porsches on track?  Find out all of this and more next month! The next race weekend is April 25-27 on the West track.  Registration is open and we look forward to seeing everyone return for Round 2 of the NASA Utah racing series

Words by Michael Chandler and Matt Guiver.  Photos by Michael Chandler

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02nd Oct2012

The Black Pearl

by Trent

In the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, the Black Pearl is the fastest ship in the Caribbean and is “nigh uncatchable”. This 1996 Subaru Impreza coupe ruled the unlimited AWD class in Lap Battle, and for a while was battleship gray. The next season it returned in its black and gold trim, and was even quicker. And then it disappeared…

It wasn’t destroyed or taken off to rule other tracks, it just went into Zane’s garage. See, Zane sells cars and to really make a living doing that, you need to be there on Saturdays. Lap Battle happens once a month on a Saturday. Push came to shove, and Zane decided to sling cars, learn his family’s business and generally make a living instead of burn expensive gas and shred expensive tires. During this time the car sat in the garage, battery attached to a trickle charger, waiting to be unleashed.

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Pirate ships like the Black Pearl were small ships either bought or captured and then outfitted with arms. This Impreza is no different. The beating heart of the Pearl started with a Rallispec short block stuffed with Cosworth main and rod bearings, and 9.2-1 pistons on Manley H Beam rods. The heads are packed with Cosworth cams (274 intake and 278 exhaust), valves and high RPM springs and retainers.

A built motor like that NEEDS a proper turbo set up and fuel system to truly fly, and the Pearl is no exception. An Ultimate Racing GT3076 rotated turbo kit sits at the center of the setup, with a Tial 44mm wastegate hanging off of the turbo. That big turbo pushes air through a giant TurboXS front mount and into the engine. A Walbro in-tank fuel pump gets the fuel to the 850cc Deatschwerks fuel injectors, but when things get serious, the fuel in the Sard surge tank gets set to those injectors by a 280lph fuel pump.

After hearing that list you might be thinking this whole set up is run by AEM or MoTEC, but it isn’t. A Cobb ACCESSPort v2 runs this, and runs it well.

Backing this setup is a complete 2004 STi 6 speed drivetrain because it is rather stout. Other stout things are the Tein Super Racing coilovers, the Whitline swaybars and lateral links, and the APR extended wheel studs. The Michelin slicks are stout and meaty as are the StopTech 355x32mm ST40 brake kit in the front and the STi Brembos in the back, both of which are filled with Hawk DTC70 pads.

All of that is serious stuff, and you might be thinking the wheels are Volks or Weds Sports, but you’d be wrong. Those gold 18×10 wheels are Rota SVN-Rs. Yes, those cheap wheels you see blasted on forums for being fake and see destroyed in photos are on this 400+ horsepower race car. A car that laps the 3.08 mile outer course at Miller Motorsports Park in two minutes and 4.7 seconds!

The Impreza coupes are the lightest Imprezas ever brought to the U.S. This one has been lightened slightly. EVERYTHING was ripped out, and eight things went back in. A Sparco Circuit seat, harness, and steering wheel went in. An STi dash and cluster replaced the old ones, and DEFI gauges went in the dash. A Beatrush division panel sits where the back seat used to be and an Autopower six point roll cage provides moar safe.

Much like the ship it gets its name from, this car is purpose built for speed. There aren’t any frills outside, unless you consider that huge APR GTC300 wing a frill. The Seibon carbon fiber doors, hood, trunk lid and front lip shed weight. The 22b widebody kit and rear fender flares allow for the fitment of those massive wheels and meaty slicks. The custom front canards and rear diffuser help channel air in the right direction to allow this car to run as fast as possible.

At the end of this week this car shall make its return to competition. It shall rise from the depths of the garages of Miller, but Zane doesn’t need to make a pact with a dead man to do so. All he has to do is open the garage door, fire her up and take her out.

The Black Pearl Track Pirate

 


 

Words by Michael Chandler, Photos by Michael Chandler and Trent Bray, Video filmed and edited by Trent Bray

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28th Mar2012

Track Day with the Track Pirates

by Michael Chandler

 

March 25 was the first open track day and NASA HPDE (High Performance Driver Education) of the year.  I had originally planned on doing nothing that glorious day, but Zane gave me an invite to come out so I packed up my gear and headed out.  Turns out it was a better idea than whatever I would have ended up doing.

I got out there as HPDE group was in pre-grid and getting a warning from the starter about potential slick spots on the track.  I said whats up to Zane, Fernando (to be here by known as Nando, because I hate ABBA), Brent, Biggie (provider of Lap Battle), Sally (from Wyoming, not a pirate) and Todd (pirate).

The HPDE session went off, the race group session went off, I ran for the first time in months to position myself for the next HPDE session which went off nicely, and then it was time for the lunch break.  I spent some of the lunch break ogling a pair of high dollar exotics, ogling the Air Power Racing stable, and buying a $5 pretzel.  Track food is expensive…

With pretzel in hand I climbed into Zane’s truck and we headed to the lounge and watched a little bit of JDM Option.  It’s not the nicest lounge, but it’s got everything a track rat needs: a lift, tools, a fridge, TV, couches, an Xbox and a massive wall of tires.

The lunch break ended before we could get deep into the JDM Option DVD, but why watch a DVD when you’re at a world class race track?  Exactly, so out we went: them to drive and me to shoot photos  After more clean sessions we headed back to the garage, where one of the neighbors opened his garage to play with some of his toys: a Lamborghini Gallardo and a supercharged first generation Viper huffing nitrous oxide!

All in all it was a good day.  A big thanks to the Pirates for letting me hang out.  You’ll definitely be seeing more of them on CAM in the future.

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-Michael Chandler

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