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Cobra Crashes at Willow Springs

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Wow, this driver is so lucky! I’m glad he made it out of there alive with just some minor injuries.

On the front straight doing 130mph, something breaks. The cobra veers hard right and off track. The car leaves a 6O foot gash in the asphalt as it veered before leaving the track and continued for an additional 500 feet off track to its resting point. I received only minor injuries to my left knee and bruised ribs.

Mario Andretti Racing Experience Accident

October 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Condolences to her family and friends.

A Los Angeles woman was killed Friday [OCT 15] while participating in a simulated Indy race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

Ashley Sara Phalen, 24, was participating in the Mario Andretti Racing Experience Driving 101 class that taught members of the public the basics of open wheel racing by allowing them to drive replica Indy racecars, according to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office.
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Want To Drive the Nurburgring?

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I may have to start a Ring fund because it is pricey! I am not sure if I would spend a lot. I would be happy just do a couple of laps just to scratch it from my bucket list. Check out Dave Coleman’s guide on the Nurburgring on MotoIQ at the Source link below!

Source: MotoIQ

Ever Met This Driver?

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

This video could use some editing. You may have run into this type of driver at a track day. Do you have a funny story to share? Please post it in the commments.

Interesting Info on Snell Compliant Helmets

July 12, 2010 Leave a comment

The NY Times article is about the dangers of small M2005 rated motorcycle helmets. It was interesting that some think Snell’s test results should be updated. The writer ends up being fired by his magazine.

Source: NY Times

Southern California Track Organizer

I found a new track organizer. Well new to me. Hmm, they say they were doing track events since 1999. First time I heard of ’em. Check out their schedule. Their prices look good, $120 for Streets of Willow with free  lap timing (usually additional $20). If you have run with them in the past, comment below about your experience. Click the link below to visit their website.

Source: Extreme Speed Track Events

American Road Courses

Some American road courses are covered in this July’s Car and Driver Magazine. Check it out for the record laps recorded on there and some info on the tracks.

    Road Atlanta
    Infineon Raceway
    Virginia International Raceway
    Watkins Glen
    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
    Road America

Source: Car and Driver Magazine

Pagani Zonda R Breaks Nurburgring Lap Record

June 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The Pagani Zonda R breaks the lap record for production derived car on the Nurburgring Nordschliefe. The Zonda was driven by Marc Basseng with a recorded laptime of 6 minutes 47 seconds.

Here’s a list of the fastest laptimes on the Ring fpr comparison:
supercars.net – Nurburgring Lap Times

Source: Evo

Garage Tragedy

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

A friend found this on a forum. My condolences to Mr. Flores’ family and friends.

This is old news but I just wanted to remind everyone to be safe while working on your car. Take every safety precaution and do not get too comfortable to think you do not need it.

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K&N Filters Myth

I get annoyed about people believing in anything they read on the car forums (and any other internet source) without researching it for themselves. It is just plain lazy. An example of the laziness would be someone who would rather have the whole article copy/pasted from the link into the car forum thread instead of just clicking the link to read it. And some readers will read any information from a stranger as fact. A friend who is a car suspension engineer best described why he avoided online car forums, “It’s because everyone is an expert”.

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New Track Event Organizer in L.A.

Digital Racer http://www.digitalracer.com

His events are run well. He caters to small run groups so there is no traffic. The next event is on May 29, 2010 at WSIR (aka “Big Willow”) for $200. Click the link above for more info.

Track Day – Horse Thief Mile, Willow Springs – Friday 4/23/10

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment

Saw this upcoming track day on a car forum.

Where – Willow Springs Horse Thief Mile – This is a 1.1 mile tight road course similar to driving a mountain road. There are switchbacks and lots of elevation changes. It is both a fun and challenging course. There are many safe areas to test the limits of your ability. This will not be a drift event. There will be a full safety and flag crew on site for the entire day. Sessions will last 20-25 minutes and alternate between the two run groups.

When – Friday, April 23, 2010. From 8AM to 5PM.

How Much – $150 for almost 4 hours of track time. There will be only a maximum of 30 open spots, divided into 2 run groups, based on skill level and amount of people attending.

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NRG Hood Dampers Review

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

What’s a hood damper? It’s a pneumatic strut that props open your hood. Most high-end cars have these installed instead of the cheapo metal rod that you slide into a hole under the hood. I purchased a pair of NRG stainless steel hood dampers for my Subaru STi. It included all of the necessary hardware for install. The installation was quick and simple with basic hand tools. These have been installed in my car since February 2006 and they still function well.

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Will Brake Override Ruin Your Track Day?

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

With all of these Toyota Prius cars running out of control, there is more awareness of the brake override feature. New car shoppers that like to left foot brake or heel toe shift should check if the car has brake override. Here is an interesting article from Consumer Reports on testing the thresholds of brake override technology in some newer cars. I agree with one of the comments of omitting it from manual transmission cars. There are too many nanny devices built-in today’s cars that can dull the experience for a performance driver.

Click here for the article.

Big Willow Track Day Photos 3/13/10

March 13, 2010 1 comment

I wanted to practice taking photos of cars on the track. My friend and I headed out to Willow Springs International Raceway to spectate the Speedventures HPDE there today. We camped out at the top of the omega section and started taking shots in the chilly wind. Here are some of my favorite shots.

 Click here for photos!