Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spec Racer Ford Onboard Video from MSR Cresson

Here is onboard video of my fastest lap from testing the Spec Racer Ford yesterday. It was my first time driving an SRF. The car could definitely use some fine tuning but it is in the ballpark. I'm really happy with the baseline pace and reliable running yesterday. On to COTA in a few days!
It dawned on me today that this is my first day at MSR Cresson without a major drivetrain failure. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come. (Knocking on wood)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Yaw Moment Racing Newsletter - March 2017

The 2017 racing season is fast approaching. Here is my latest newsletter with details on the cars I will be racing this year. As always, Email me at yawmomentracing@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the mailing list. Thanks!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Yaw Moment Racing Newsletter - October 2016

I'm a bit late posting this to the website but this was last newsletter I sent out recapping Solo Nats and the Runoffs. I will have a new newsletter coming out shortly with 2017 plans.  Email me at yawmomentracing@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the mailing list. Thanks!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Yaw Moment Racing Newsletter - August 2016

My latest newsletter has been sent. Email me at yawmomentracing@gmail.com if you would like to be added to the mailing list. Thanks!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Wilmington ProSolo This Weekend

I am doing the old arrive-and-drive this weekend showing up with helmet bag in hand. I will be co-driving with my Dad in his C-Street FR-S. The only differences between our cars are the dampers (I've got the pimp shocks....) and the color. He is locked and loaded and in Wilmington while I head to the airport.

My Dad's FR-S loaded up for Wilmington
We have 12 drivers in C-Street and is should be a good battle:

Follow along here: 

We are in Group 2 and start Saturday morning at 9am.

Yaw Moment Racing Newsletter - July 2016

I just sent out the first Yaw Moment Racing newsletter last night. The goal with the newsletter is to keep family, friends, supporters, and sponsors up to date on my racing activities directly to your inbox in an straightforward summary. It is easy to get lost in all the different forms of social media, but this keeps it more direct and personal with an email. My plan is to send one newsletter per month during the racing season and about bi-monthly during the off-season, so expect 8-10 newsletters per year. If you are interested in being on the newsletter mailing list, shoot me an email (see email contact button on the right!). Thanks.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Registered for the 2016 SCCA National Championship Runoffs!

The T4 entry list is looking strong so far with 31 drivers and numerous former champs. Can't wait for September!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Got to drive an MX5 Cup car on Sunday

Track: MSR Cresson 1.3 CCW
Car: 2006 Mazda MX-5 Cup
Lap Timer: 1:08.5
Tires: Scrubbed BFG R1-S

This is onboard video from a quick test session I did in a 2006 Mazda MX-5 Cup car this past Sunday at MSR Cresson. This may be a car I transfer to SCCA T4 road racing for the 2017 Season. Thanks to MER for the chance to drive!

I know...that camera is too low.  Got to get it up higher next time!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Now Qualified for the Runoffs!

I have officially qualified for the Runoffs, which are September 19th – 25th at Mid-Ohio, through the Majors Tour path. I have six race finishes over three weekends to meet the requirements - technically my Sunday race at NOLA where the engine failed counts as a finish because it happened with two laps to go. 

With 2nd and 3rd place finishes at the High Plains Major, I am also now good to go for points as well. With the pace of the RX8 in the first races at NOLA, qualifying this year would not have been a problem. However, it has been quite the scramble replace the broken RX8 and get the Corolla on track in time to qualify. I finished 4th in the Mid-States Conference Majors points standings in T4 with 115 points. Next year, the goal will be to win the championship!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It doesn't always go as planned!

Ali, Koni the dog and I went to Harris Hill Road yesterday for some testing in the T4 Corolla. The goal was to test rear spring rates and damper settings. Per the Touring 4 class rules, I have to run a non-adjustable damper. I have a set of adjustable Koni dampers from ProPartsUSA on the car for testing. The plan was to fix the damper settings and then send the dampers back to ProParts to get the adjuster disabled before the Runoffs. That plan will be on hold for now because the test day did not go as planned. I had a failure in the rear suspension in my first couple of laps. Luckily it can be fixed fairly easily and it didn't cause a crash, but it did end the test day.

In actuality, the rear suspension issue didn't change the day's result. Unfortunately, Harris Hill has gotten too bumpy to be used to setup a racecar in my opinion. It was definitely bumpy in December when I visited in the RX-8, but it has gotten worse and I am convinced I would have destroyed the car if I had run my whole test plan Saturday. On the lap before the suspension failed, I had pretty much decided that I was putting the car back on the trailer instead of running through any spring/damper changes. It really is unfortunate...H2R has a fun layout and is run by great people. I really enjoy driving the track and the track management is so easy-going and fantastic to work with. There are still many things that the track can be used for, but, for me, setting up a racecar with 2.3+hz natural frequency suspension front and rear isn't one of them.

Good morning weather at H2R
Discussing the rear suspension problem with One Lap, autocross and GRM superstar Andy Hollis