Our first race of the year!
Track: Sonoma Raceway
Date: March 25-26
Drivers for Sears Pointless?
To be determined. Zep is almost a certainty and Jon has told me he wants to. I just need his confirmation. Gary is a possible fourth driver. We'll see if he responds to my email. We're also looking at a new driver. Kurt knows him. He's a test pilot, a hang glider pilot, has his own high tech business, has track experience but no race experience.
I finally got out to look over the car last week and again today. Other than the body damage and the oil things look pretty good. I did some cleanup today and made a to-do list. Tomorrow I'll finish the cleanup and will start taking care of the usual post-race issues (fluids, wheel bearings, brakes) and will start on the to-do list.
Currently on the to-do list:
- Replace valve cover gasket
- Adjust valves
- Compression test
- Replace defective oil pressure gauge
- Swap in the other (repaired) distributor and update the spare (currently on the engine)
- Look into the brake pedal travel issue. Our options are a bigger bore master cylinder or relocate the attachment point on the pedal arm. Either way it will mean pushing harder on the brake pedal.
- Brakes pulling left, which was actually an improvement over previous races. I'll inspect everything and will check to see if the control arm got bent. I'll also get them reinforced.
- The radiator overflow bottle was full. I need to find out why. The engine never got hotter than normal.
- Replace v-belt with a toothed belt and improve the alternator mounting.
In the safety department, I've been looking at getting a transmission blanket, but seeing how little room we have down there an how much oil we spray down there I think we'll be better off getting John to build us a steel scatter shield for the unlikely but very dramatic possibility that our flywheel tries to make its escape. That will mean pulling the engine, so this will have to wait.
I'm thinking of getting a passenger seat that we can use at track days, race schools, and on the street. Roll cage modifications will have to be part of that upgrade.
I haven't given up on getting an Isuzu diff and rear disc brakes.
I've got a spare gas tank. The plan is to cut the top off, install it in the car, have John fabricate a taller top, get a custom bladder, put on the lid, call it done. With 20 gallons we should be able to skip a pit stop each day. The big question now is, can our drivers handle 3.5 hour stints?
I'm still looking into this. Once I find a rear clip I'll haul everything to Kurt's in Petaluma and we'll take care of it there. (I'll call Gil tomorrow to see if he has one for us.) At the same time I'll repair the air dam and other odd bits of race scarring. The car will also get a repaint.
The Incident at Arse-Freeze
The three stories I hear were generally similar and after talking to Tom I think we got the whole story. Tom missed the brake pedal entering T9 chicane, as new drivers in this car are apt to do. Once he found it again he had to kill off a lot of speed quickly to keep the car on track. The car behind him did not expect the sudden slowing and had no time to react. Case closed. Also, no usable video. Sorry.
Gene and April, friends of our team, are planning on taking "Larry" to Thunderhill about a week before Sears Pointless. If any of my guys are interested I can also take the Tinyvette and we can get in some practice.
I'm considering it.
That's all for now.