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    Re: Lap Attack Redux

    so what do they expect people to do? Not run coolant? are they supplying extra tow trucks?
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    Yes, I had a blast. My best CCW time was 1:15:19. This was about 2 seconds faster than I was running at the lapping day 2 weeks ago, so I am very happy with the progress, but I know there is still much more time to be found through both car setup and improved driving skills. I was really impressed with the quality of cars at this event. There was some very fast street cars, including an Evo that was running 1:11s.

    Mark is right about the funky car setup from TMI. My car only had about 1 -1/2" inches of static compression travel available in the front, and once I was in the car, there was only about 1/2" left before the front would hit the bump stops. Part of this is because of the soft "helper" springs, which I plan to remove over the winter. At the track, the only thing I could do was to raise the front ride height, which I did. This helped to eliminate the rear wheel lockup under braking. I'd like to put the car back down to the lower ride height, but in order to do so, and still have sufficient travel available, I will need to shorten the length of the pushrods. I measured mine and Marks (Dennis Palatov design), and found his to be about 1/2" shorter.

    Regarding the "no coolant" rule, my understanding is that they will allow water, and Water Wetter (from RedLine) only. They were very specific about this and said that cars with antifreeze will not be allowed on track.

    My only other complaint about the event, was that it is fairly expensive for the limited number of laps that you get. It works out to almost $5 per lap, and that is counting your warm up and cool down laps. For this price, I would expect to have the track provide me with all of my lap times (not just the fastest of each heat), and a nice recap printout at the end of the day. I asked for this, and was told no. I'm going to email the track and suggest this, and complain about the no coolant rule.
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    Re: Lap Attack Redux

    Knowing you like I know you Fishkiller, Ifind it hard to believe you were upfront with these guys.. you're always minsing your words

    I'm surprised they didn't back down.. that's just stupid.. who the hell is gonna run an engine with water only? Is water wetter ok? Whatabout oil.. are you gonna make me put a pan on my car to catch oil if the crankcase blows, like they do on bikes?

    They gonna do a taste test on everybody's car? I think I'd just put a seperate overflow tank on my car full of water, and tell them that's the coolant system.

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    Re: Lap Attack Redux

    No wheels off the ground for me, I think it is an optical illusion.
    I do ride the curbs though and think that it shows pretty well in the photo.

    Clicking on the photo will enlarge it.
    It might be possible that the inside rear is in the air but the photo is not clear enough for me to tell.
    Front outside shock is fully compressed

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    The way to do it is tech inspection, meatball flag if they see colant. Black flag if it happens again and done for the day.
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    I missed the drivers meeting. Probably glad I did, would have probably just pissed me off.

    As for the incident in turn 4... If noone has a picture of it, it clearly didn't happen .

    I got on the brakes too late and kissed the plastic flexibarrier wall, displacing it about a foot. No harm to car or barrier, minor bruising to the ego. You can get on the brakes pretty darn late tho.

    The lapping days are far more cost efficient, although the lap attack thing does fuel my competitive streak.

    Did a fair amount of tweaking to get my times down, added camber, adjusted front and rear shock stiffness. To get more times out of the car, would need a wheel/tire change. and perhaps capability to add more camber. The rest just comes with more and more laps.

    Had a great time. hope to do it again.

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