041016 – Import Drag Racing Circuit Recap

With rain looming for both the CMI Racing at Sacramento Raceway Park and the IDRC’s West Coast Nationals & InstaFame Car Show event at Auto Club Dragway it was a game time decision to make the trip down south once the event up north was canceled!

Going down south was preferred and mother nature made it so. Racing up north means running against the SFWD since the All Motor class was eliminated! There is always the chance of a full class down south too! Last time at IFO Bakersfield the AMP class was packed with a 16-car field!

Managed to qualify with the #1 spot but then then the rain prevented the finals for the class to be run.

Video of Tuk banging the gears 9.69@142.24

 

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Trying out the Show Car Circuit

I was asked by a local import and track day enthusiast if I’d be willing to display my car at the 2016 CARS Expo – California Automotive Racing & Specialty Expo, held at the Santa Clara Convention center next to Levi’s stadium. It’s basically a very small version of SEMA (think Zoolander – Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good small). A national parts distributor puts on the event each year which is part SEMA’ish vendor booths and part car show. Most, err 99.99% of the car show is America muscle, however, Wix Racing filters had a large display with Nelson Piquet Jr’s WRC car and a small handful of respectfully clean import street cars. Interestingly enough, aside from my car matching the yellow and black color theme perfectly, I also happen to have a very large Wix Racing filter installed. It was 100% a coincident, but wow the Wix people loved it. Anyhow, the race car isn’t a show car IMO, however, it was a great opportunity to meet a few people and also talk to the great guys at Wix (I’ve always loved their filters and it was cool taking shop with them).

The car got quite a bit of attention, especially when put on the air jacks, and in the end it ended up getting an award . Pretty cool idea placing a cam gear on the plaque. Like I said, because it isn’t a show car, but it’s cool to see people outside the ITR community enjoy the history and engineering behind it.

Back on track
Literally and figuratively, I just signed up for the Friday, May 6th NCRC event at Laguna Seca. For those that are local you should come check out the car and/or sign up for the event. We’ll likely reserve a garage and Lawrencebuilt (formerly Dynospot Racing) will be in attendance for track support and tuning Q&A. We’ll be spending a majority of time dialing-in the suspension, brakes and tires.

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