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California Bans Race Fuel in Street Cars

February 25, 2010 1 comment

Ah, the wonderful state of California. They have a bunch of overpaid idiots congregate together and try to think of every little thing to clean the air. These idiots call themselves CARB. To show how they nitpick , they wanted to ban black paint on cars because it made the air conditioner run harder to cool them. Now they want to ban race fuel use in street cars. A street car is a vehicle driven on public highways. A racing vehicle is defined as a competition vehicle not used on public highways.

Details here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/enf/advs/advs397.pdf

Section 2261(f) specifically provides, in part, that sub-article 2 (Standards for Gasoline) and section 2253.4 (Lead/Phosphorus in Gasoline) “shall not apply to gasoline where the person selling, offering or supplying the gasoline demonstrates as an affirmative defense that the person has taken reasonably prudent precautions to assure that the gasoline is used only in racing vehicles.”

CARB considers gasoline (leaded or unleaded) used in racing vehicles for testing, practice, or actual competition for and during a sanctioned racing event to be exempt from the reformulated gasoline (RFG) specifications. Competition vehicles driven to a racing event on a public highway rather than being transported on a trailer or other carrier are not racing vehicles. Motor vehicles used for work, pleasure, or recreation, i.e. cars, trucks, 4X4’s, motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATV’s, dune buggies, sand rails, and other vehicles not strictly used for racing events, are not racing vehicles and gasoline used in these vehicles is not exempt from California RFG requirements. Therefore, it is illegal to sell, offer for sale, supply, and offer for supply non-complying racing fuel (leaded and unleaded) for motor vehicles in California except in competition racing vehicles.

http://www.killcarb.org

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2010 Track Event Calendar for California & Nevada

February 22, 2010 4 comments

Here is a calendar Mr. Moore (research) and Mr. Bratten (host) are updating for track events local to California and Nevada.

http://www.bratten.org/TrackDays/

Roval Fun

February 22, 2010 1 comment

I attended the Speedventures event on January 17, 2010. I always wanted to drive this track. Speeds were very fast on the oval section. The wall looming on the right was a reminder to be calm and smooth. It was great to zoom by the Auto Club logo on the left at the finish line. I imagined the stands full of people cheering us on as we pass at high speeds. I hope to shave off some seconds on my laps the next time I’m there.

Check out my on board video.

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Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, California

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

photo by Juan W.

Homepage: http://www.autoclubspeedway.com/

Address: 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335

Previously known as California Speedway this modern race facility hosts racing events such as NASCAR. There are two configurations that are used for HPDE track days.

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Buttonwillow Raceway – Buttonwillow, California

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Homepage: http://www.buttonwillowraceway.com/

Address: 24551 Lerdo Hwy, Buttonwillow, CA 93206

Event Calendar: Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow Raceway (BW) can be configured in many ways and can be run clockwise and counter-clockwise. Check the track’s website for the available track configurations. The track can be configured up to 3.1 miles long. This track’s highlights are the chicanes and lost hill (also called magic mountain). There are many elevation changes throughout the track. High speed turns and many straights are present.

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Willow Springs International Raceway – Rosamond, California

February 21, 2010 1 comment

Homepage: http://www.willowspringsraceway.com

Address: 3500 75th Street West, Rosamond, CA 93560

Event Calendar: Willow Springs International Motorsports Event Calendar

Typical Event Price:  $180
Likes:  Very fast track. Triple digit speeds in turn 8 and the long straights. Long 2.5 mi. track, you can drive without seeing another car. Easy on the brakes.
Dislikes: None.

Willow Springs International Raceway (Big Willow or WSIR) is a high speed track with long sweeping turns. This track is only used in a clockwise direction in one configuration. The track is 2.5 miles long. There are nine turns at WSIR. Highlights are “The Omega” and turn 8. “The Omega” is called this because it resembles the Greek letter omega when viewed from a distance. One can carry triple digit speeds in turn 8. There is a lot of run off space available for off road excursions. The hardest braking occurs before turn 1, after the long front straight, and before turn 3.

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Streets of Willow Road Course – Rosamond, California

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Homepage: http://www.willowspringsraceway.com

Address: 3500 75th Street West, Rosamond, CA 93560

Event Calendar: Willow Springs International Motorsports Event Calendar

Typical Event Price:  about $150
Likes:  Great track for beginners and still interesting for advanced drivers.
Dislikes:  Typically wears either the left or right side tires more than the other depending on direction.

The Track:
Streets of Willow (SoW) is a technical track with thirteen turns in the typical configuration. The typical configuration is with the full bowl and skidpad, SoW can be run in a clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. The track is 1.8 miles long. This track is ideal for beginners due to the low speed and that there is a lot of run off space for unintentional off road excursions. The highlights of this track are the chicane, the bowl, and the skidpad.

Tires tend to get more work on the right side (higher tire temperatures) when driving on this track counter-clockwise, vice versa clockwise. Best to rotate your tires at the middle of the day to balance out wear.

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