September 30, 2006
Big crash at T1 exit today
Day 2 was an adventure. I'm still pretty slow, I managed a 2:08 today on Pilot cups which sucks royaly considering I did an 04 last year on PS/2s. My head just isn't in it so I'm taking two instructors with me tomorrow (Brett and Dave Anderson). Car feels awesome, it's cured (touch wood). Solid 4 sessions, no issues, only problem is me.
My first session was cut short by a loose plate on the main straight. The track was wet and we were running the rain line. The plate covers the drag strip electrics in the middle of the road and it was rising as cars went over it. They fixed that but the session following mine was cancelled.
Next session was black flagged on lap 2/3 when a red 964 got two wheels off at track out on T1 and it just spun on him. He went two feet in and went across the track at over 100mph, went off on the inside, down in to a depression, then came up over an access road and went airborne through the corner station! It ended up on its roof against the fence behind the station and the station was demolished. The corner worker was lucky to be alive, she was in the station when this happened. For those who don't know, a corner station is 4 pieces of wood holding up a plywood roof. He cleared the wall protecting the station because of the height hitting the access road gave him. It reminded me of Joey Hands accident when he hit the access road and barrel rolled while flipping.
The corner work was just shaken, very lucky. The guy had a cage in the car and besides a few scratches looked ok.
So, pretty bad morning. In the afternoon an instructor went off in T8 and hit the tire wall just before 9. He flipped his car on to the roof and had small cuts from air bags hitting his glasses and glass piece from the windscreen. Car is totalled as is first car.
I wasn't comfortable all day, no confidence so I'd dragging out some instructors tomorrow to sort me out. Car is working well.
Tomorrow I've got 6 sessions, 2 in morning and 4 in the afternoon so hopefully with the instruction, I'll get down to 2 minutes which is my goal but that'll mean a lot more speed through 1 and 2 and I'm not sure I wanna do that. Car is probably good for 135 turn in for T1 and 130 in T2 (talking with instructors with 996s) but it's a question of is the guy and the answer there is no today and we'll see tomorrow.
Anyway, the corner worker was blessed today. Very lucky escape. John and I had sat with her yesterday and she actually told us that if a car came towards the shack to run for the fence. If she'd done that today she'd be dead, thats where the 964 ended up on its roof. Staying put was the right thing today but I'll tell ya, she has a lot of balls. This is the second time this has happened to her. I think I'd be looking for another corner.
September 26, 2006
Michelin Pilot Sports/2s life span
My PS/2s are worn at the rear now, 3/32s left so it's almost time for new ones. The dealer quoted me 279 each including mount and balance. I guess I got around 13k out of them and 5 track days so thats not so bad considering.
Engine broken in finally
2k miles today and the dealer changed the oil so my Porsche finally wasn't a diesel engine anymore and revved past 4k for first time. No CELs, misfires or other foolishness. I tried to reproduce the conditions where I'd trouble before and no lights. Brainerd at the weekend for Nordsterns last fling HPDE.
September 21, 2006
Trackpedia interviews Adam Friedman from Grand Am Cup racing
I managed to interview Adam whose team, Autometrics Motorsports, races Porsche 996 and 997s in Grand Am Cup.
September 18, 2006
More info from Grand am Cup 996 guys
I emailed a couple of times with the guy and he was awesome. Basically, the GAC cars run stock engines, no accusump, stock headers. They all use Evo motorsports air intakes with sports mufflers. Suspension and sways can be upgraded and most seem to run ohlin or Moton.
The engine makes about 10-15whp and 10-15 lbfts with the air intake, muffler and an ECU remap. He reckoned headers were good for 10whp in a GT3 but was unsure in a normal 996.
1999 996 engines may have been cast incorrectly
I asked a Grand am cup racing team whether they thought M96 engines (3.4L) were suitable on the track and whether my 2001 replacement engine would be any better. Here is the response:
The '99 engines are notoriously bad about putting holes in the engine case
when run on the track. You are correct about all the 3.4 replacement
engines being '01 models, and at one point Porsche was even taking blown '99
engines as cores-acknowledging there was a problem. The story I got is that
there was a casting flaw in the '99 engine case that was remedied by '01.
We've seen many 3.4 engines running well in Grand am Cup, and we even ran
one for a number of races last season. While no engine is indestructible, I
would have no reservation running a '01 engine at the track.
Hope this helps.
So, I may be ok this year...
September 17, 2006
Clear coat may be damaged
As I'd posted before, don't use Turtle wax platinum on a car. I used it, put a bra over it (a Porsche one) and it rained, I left it on for 3 days in sun and took it off. The wax had hazed so now I have a two tone hood.
I brought the car to a Griots tech session yesterday and was hoping they could help me. My friends had said that it was just a waz and once I removed the wax then problem solved. Well, Griots used an orbital polisher and polish yesterday to remove all the wax and the haze is still there. It's in the clear coat. I have no idea how this is even possible and the Griots guys were surprised.
Looks like a repaint is needed now. I can try going deeper in to the clear coat hoping to remove the hazed portion, I guess worst case, I need to get it repainted anyway.
September 14, 2006
All State does NOT cover HPDE events
A friend of mine banged his car at a HPDE recently and did quite a bit of damage to it. He called AllState and told them what happened. The inspector came, costed it and said no problem. The extra premium seems to be 80 bucks every six months which is amazing. They seem to have an incident based premium raise which isn't based on the cost of the incident.
3 days later, they phoned back and said "Not covered". They changed their policy in 2005 to specifically exclude any accident on a racing surface or a timed event. So, he's out of luck.
Moral here is get track insurance.
September 05, 2006
Johns DSR getting painted
Looking very, very shiny.