MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul, Race 3 & 4 AutoClub Speedway 

by Clint Boisdeau

Races 3 and 4 of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul brought us to AutoClub Speedway in questionably beautiful Fontana, CA.  What was amazing was the weekend's cloudy and cool weather which yielded happy engines and good surface grip.  The "roval" configuration utilizes the front straight and turn 1-2 of the NASCAR oval.  But instead of continuing on the back straight of the oval, road racers are subjected to a brake zone from 130+mph to about 40mph for a tight left/right leading on to the infield road course.  The majority of the passes at this track happens under brake zones and through the oval.  With 3 very different cars with a variety of pros and cons each, it was going to make for a very interesting race. 


Here we have the AutoClub Speedway "roval" configuration.  The high speed bank oval takes a far amount of courage and a car with sufficient cornering stability and predictability.  My Project Civic EF race car with only 190whp and 1.8 liters was still able to run a v-max of 135mph and hold it through oval turn 1-2.  With long straights into tight corners through out the track, braking prowess and strategy would be critical. 
Justin Taylor unloading the RockStar Garage AP2 S2000 to prep for Saturday's warm up session.  The Sleek sports car body, 6-speed gear box and 2.2 liter F22 motor is an over all good package for speed on the oval.
Martin GonzaleS in Project G20 and myself in Project EF shared a garage.  In my opinion this is one of the best features of AutoClub Speedway.  An ample amount of clean, large, and high ceiling garages with power and air provide a much more pleasurable experience while wrenching or relaxing. 
Chasing Martin around during the warm up session, getting a feel for the new suspension setting changes I made on Project EF and getting used to the track again since I hadn't driven it in over 2 years, and never in Project EF.  
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Thursday, June 04, 2015 7:19 AM
What kind of penalties were assessed for the body contact? Spec E30 doesn't really come off as a 13/13 class to me.
Thursday, June 04, 2015 10:29 AM
The driver involved in my incident had two during that race (along with another earlier in the year) and was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the 2015 season. He had spun out in the infield, and rather than continue off track (still on asphalt, mind you) until there was a good place to merge, he decided to put himself on track right at the apex at MAYBE 25mph between 2 front-runners moving at 90mph. As you can see in the video, the guy wasn't even trying to get up to speed (AKA flooring it), but merely cruising at a static speed.

It's really a bummer, as we were in a really good position to win that one...
Clint Boisdeau
Clint Boisdeaulink
Thursday, June 04, 2015 12:28 PM
Yeah, huge bummer, any one of us had the pace to win.
Thursday, June 04, 2015 12:40 PM
What about you Clint? Seems you were at fault on yours. I like to see how the other NASA regions operate.
Thursday, June 04, 2015 1:40 PM
I could be wrong, but my understanding was since Clint got the worst of the contact (SE30 couldn't even tell where the contact occurred), it was just chalked up to a "racing incident" and everyone moved on.
Thursday, June 04, 2015 2:19 PM
Given how his looked, I figured the E30 got a tattoo too. All of my contact so far has been incidental contact as well. Have yet to really break anything and I'd prefer to keep it that way! Tire donuts do make good conversation starters though. :)
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Thursday, June 04, 2015 7:40 PM
"I love that feeling of me against the world. I just like my odds better when it's me against 2 other drivers." -Dr Bruce original
Friday, June 05, 2015 12:59 PM
For Toyota being so compromised, it's odd you failed to mention they won BOTH the driver and manufacturer titles last year beating the dominant Audis. That's worth mentioning in the scope of this article.
Friday, June 05, 2015 2:23 PM
There are Audis and Toyotas in MPTCC?
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