MotoIQ Motorsports Coverage

The Sweet Scent of…Coolant? Project Racer Part 6

by Annie Sam

Ah the sweet scent of victory. Or is it burning coolant? A smell reminiscent of warm apple cider, yet a scent which can make your heart sink to the bottom of your stomach by the imminent doom it foretells.  Black smoke, white smoke, the distinct smell of hot oil and burning coolant; these are the tell tale signs of your car communicating to you that something's gone wrong, and in my case very wrong.


MotoIQ's Project Scion TC Wins in Speed World Challenge!

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Our Project Scion TC, fresh from its victory at the NASA PTC National Championships continued its winning streak by dominating in its inaugural outing in Speed World Challenge's new Touring Car 2 class last weekend October 9-11 at Mazda Speedway (Laguna Seca) in Monterey California, the seasons finale.

Veteran racer Scott Webb, took the win during the 50-minute Touring Car race.  The TRD supercharged and intercooled Scion tC put on a great show for tens of thousands of fans, as he not only won the class, but actually mixed it up with the faster class TC cars. For Laguna Seca, team manager and two-time NASA national champion driver, Dan Gardner, had decided that Webb’s experience at the track made him the best fit to pedal the car.


A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara’s Team Falken Pro Drift Machine

By Mike Kojima

A comment from one of my road racing friends prompted me to write this article. He said as a snide remark "I heard you are now involved with drifting, too bad those are not real race cars". No amount of arguing could convince him that a typical pro drift car is a sophisticated machine, one several times more massaged and engineered than his own race car.  So lets take a look inside Dai Yoshihara's Lexus IS350 that he drives for Team Falken and Discount Tire on the Formula D Circuit.


Summer Road Trip- Silver State Classic Part 1

By Mike Kojima and Annie Sam

The end of summer usually means two things; one, it’s the end of summer and two, it’s time for a road trip.  The MotoIQ staff usual tries to have a least one epic road trip automotive adventure during the summer months and this year it was a trip to the country’s greatest open road race, the Silver State Classic in Nevada.  The Silver State is a must do for any automotive freak; it’s a 100 mile all out road race across closed highway in Nevada.


Billy Johnson Wins Redline Time Attack's Round 7

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MotoIQ Fastlap Columnist and regular contributor Billy Johnson has been on a tear lately.  Billy dominated the field and placed first overall in last weekends Redline Time Attack at  Spring Mountain Raceway in Pahrump Nevada piloting his FX Motorsports Development NSX to victory in the Dsport Unlimited RWD class while securing the overall victory as well, unofficially turning the fasted time ever at Pahrump in a production based car.


Congratulations Billy Johnson!

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MotoIQ's professor of race craft, Fast Lap Columnist Billy Johnson was victorious last weekend in the Salt Lake City 200 Koni Grand Am Cup race at Miller Motorsports Park.  In an exciting knockdown-drag-out battle with the defending race winner Bill Auberlen, Johnson passed Auberlen  in Turn 1 of Lap 46, the final lap of the two-and-a-half hour race to win by a narrow 1.095 seconds.  This was Johnsons second Grand Sport (GS) victory of 2009 and the first ever for co-driver Jack Roush Jr, son of the legendary Jack Roush Check out the Video here!


MotoIQ’s Project Scion tC Wins NASA PTC National Title!

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This past Sunday, our own Project Scion tC campaigned by the JD Scion Road Racing team put another mark in the history books, winning a second consecutive national championship in NASA’s Performance Touring series. Perhaps most impressive was the fact that the team started in dead last and managed to climb back through the field and win the race.


Girl Gone Green: Verena Mei’s Time Attack Nissan 350Z

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Photos by  David J. Dowling

A little understood fact about prepping a turbo car for reliable track use is that extreme cooling is needed and the off the shelf performance radiators and oil coolers on the market are not enough to keep a turbo engine cool under actual track conditions. The VQ35DE engine is kept cool by a custom Ron Davis C&R core dual pass radiator with swirl tank and large 13 row Setrab oil cooler.


Demolition Derby Tech part 2 The Science Behind the Horror

By Mike Kojima and Aaron Guardado

After we prepared two cars as seen in part one of this series. We proceeded to enter them in a destruction derby, the infamous Orange Crush event at the Orange County fair. We faired ok, making it through most of the event with only minor injuries despite the car’s taking some enormous punishment.


UPDATE: Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park

UPDATE:  Fairmont Butte Motorsports Park

By Jeff Naeyaert

We received this email this morning:

Thank you for posting information about the project and thank you for all of your support.   It certainly is appreciated and has helped to made an impact.   We are clearly moving forward and things are looking extremely favorable.  We would like to thank those that wrote letters to county due to your website but do not know who they are.  It  would be great  if you could share our appreciation and post the latest update post 1st public hearing.

Thanks again,



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