Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Polish Drivers Are Tough!

Amazingly, both the driver and the co-driver of the car that crashed at this rally in Poland were reported OK. Polish drivers are tough!

Monday, July 28, 2014

An Epic Miata Chase at Chumpcar's Lime Rock Race

Five really fun laps chasing the Schumacher Taxi Service Miata
at Chumpcar's Lime Rock Park race. 
I got some help from the traffic
and the timing worked out perfectly for a pass!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Mustang Spins in Front of Me At Chumpcar's Lime Rock Race

It took over two laps to pass this Mustang. It was an interesting battle because the Park Bench car was faster in all turns except for Turn 4 but the Mustang had the straightline speed advantage. Its driver definitely thought that getting passed by a Buick Regal was not a good idea... The spin was a fitting end for a car more focused on protecting its position against faster cars than paying attention to the race line. This happened to be the same car that punted one of my teammates into the grass at the Uphill later in the race...

Friday, July 25, 2014

OneHotLap Quiz: Guess The Tires

Today's quiz: Guess the two tires' brand and model.
Bonus questions: Guess approximate size.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This Is What Melted Brakes Look Like

A 3,400-lb race car, street pads, heavy foot, 3 1/2 hours of endurance racing on a hot day? Read what happened to Andy L. during our Park Bench Racing team's third driving stint at the July 21, 2014 Chumpcar race --

"During my driving stint the brakes started to feel funny and not work right. After going over 100 mph down the front straight, I started braking for turn 1, brakes popped and lost most of their effectiveness. Decided to go straight and take escape road and stopped before reaching the end. Safety crew escorted me to pits where we found brake pad worn out, rubber boots melted/burnt, and backing plates against the rotors. One piston melted/wore through backing plate. That piston was the one that popped as brake fluid was leaking from it. Put caliper back together, bled brakes and installed an old set of old brake pads to get our next driver out on the track."

A backing plate with a shape that resembles a slice of bacon from this angle... 

... and looks almost transparent from here. 

A piston with a backing plate melted onto it

 Rubber boots melted off - we were probably lucky the brakes didn't catch fire
and witnessed a small miracle with Andy getting us back on track.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2015 Porsche GT3RS in Its Natural Habitat at the Nurburgring Nordschleife

WARNING: this tease may give you a heart attack!!
Keeping fingers crossed that they'll offer it with a proper manual!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Mustang Chump Driver Gets High on Air Freshener

This is footage of my Chump teammate Chris C. getting punted in the Uphill turn at Lime Rock during the July 21, 2014 race. Since the black Mustang was far behind our car entering the Uphill, we can only assume that its driver must have been high on fumes coming out of our 2002 Buick's air freshener.

Sorry about that, Chump! Chris is still licking his wound from hitting the huge metal bolsters in the race seat:

For our next race, we will offer a choice of Febreze air fresheners - water melon, peach, lilac, green tea, midnight blue, or a gallon of highly concentrated skunk stink releasable with a push of a button. If the Mustang driver is reading this, please let us know if you have a strong preference for the scent and we'll work with you to make sure we pick a scent that helps improve your driving skills.

Monday, July 21, 2014