Justin Banner posted on Thursday, December 05, 2013 2:50 AM
by Justin Banner
Redline Time Attack has completed its first year since it last ran in 2011 and it ends at one of the fastest courses in their series: Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This would be the second Redline at Fontana for 2013 and it is a track that typically favors horsepower over finesse. The track layout was similar to the 3rd round of the MPTCC, so it will be interesting to contrast and compare lap times to our own series as well. Follow along as we witness the rebirth of Redline Time Attack!
Wes Dumalski posted on Wednesday, December 04, 2013 11:47 PM
Let’s face it, autocross is hugely popular. There is a statistic floating around that the SCCA Solo II Nationals is the largest motorsport event in North America. While I have not audited that fact, I can tell you that a LOT of people love the sport. In fact, my very first interest in automotive performance was an autocross event that I attended and competed in after being encouraged by a friend to give it a try. After that event out came the stereo and in went suspension modifications. That car was Project 200SX and the year was 1999. I have always had a penchant for the sport but after spending more time at the road course, life sideswiped me and my participation in AutoX events waned; that is, until recently.
Mike Kojima posted on Sunday, December 01, 2013 5:29 PM
Paint used to be the preferred and just about the only method of refinishing a race car. Paint looks nice but it takes a long time to apply and costs a lot to do. In the sometimes rough and tumble world of Motorsports cars end up having to be refinished frequently.
A lot of guys don't care about how their track car looks and just bang her out so the wheels clear fenders when things get bent. However, sanctioning bodies like NASA and SCCA have appearance rules and if you are sponsored, sponsors expect your car to be presentable so the beat ass race car look wont fly.
Since painting can be a significant expense, any means available to reduce the time and money spent keeping a car looking good is a godsend. One of the ways to keep your car looking its best relatively inexpensively is through a wrap. Wraps used to be pretty hard to apply with mixed results but with new technology, they're becoming easier and easier.
Check out how we wrapped the Dog Car giving it a fresh look with the help of 3M and Skyprint media.
Daniel O'Donnell posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 9:12 PM
Why on Earth you would be excited to wake up at a less-than-luxury (much less?) motel in the middle of the desert at 5 am on a Thursday? Odds are, if you're a regular reader of MotoIQ, you've driven yourself out to the boonies to either watch fast cars, drive fast cars, or fix fast cars when their drivers weren't driving their fast cars. Buttonwillow's "four-star" Motel 6 had a drastically changed clientele this fateful Thursday with the usual guests, aka nobody, being replaced by countless automotive enthusiasts. These enthusiasts gathered from all over North America and, in one team's case, England, to compete in the Global Time Attack/Super Lap Battle finale.
Colin Holte posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 10:44 PM
I believe Ricky Bobby best summed up the SEMA show for me when he spoke the words, “I wanna go fast!” Sure, SEMA has booths full of… all kinds of automotive stuff that I pass over and don’t really pay much attention to. But a whole big part of SEMA caters to us folks who wanna go fast. In Part I, we’re going under the skirt of vehicles to see what makes them go fast.
Colin Holte posted on Monday, November 11, 2013 12:16 PM
I was millin’ bout outside the SEMA convention hall when I tripped up on this here Evo. It’s got a big ole front splitter after all. Then I got to talkin to the owner, Texas Dave Carapetyan. Me: So where in Texas are you from? TD: Austin. Me: No kiddin’, I went to school there. Where in Austin? TD: Hyde Park. Me: No kiddin’, I lived a mile away. I used to run through your neighborhood. Hey, anyone ask if this was a STi? TD: Only one person so far. Me: Dude, that ’69 Camaro next to you is sweet. Anyway, besides being a Pikes Peak car and rally car, Texas Dave is going to take this thing to Super Lap Battle. Unlike many cars that just have horse drawn carriages full of money thrown at them, this car was built smart using a bunch of homebrew backyard Texas technology fueled by BBQ and it’s awesome.
Moto IQ posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:33 PM
by Greg Lysien - Photos Courtesy of WTAC
It almost seems like a tradition now that the SMSP (Sydney Motorsport Park) lap records get reset every time WTAC comes to town. Those who came to witness just that were not disappointed.
From the moment WTAC announced that Nemo was returning to defend its title all the industry talk honed in on the anticipated “title fight” between Nemo and Titlon.
Colin Holte posted on Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:45 PM
Two seven-hour endurance races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), formerly known as Mosport. That was the ChumpCar location on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. I joined 'No Budget Racing' as they fielded two cars. A 1990 Civic DX was car one driven by Rob Pacione, Afshin Montazeri, Sergio Inclima, and Steve Carageorgopoulos and car two was a 1997 Miata driven by John Dattomo, Pat Telanti, Ralph Gilles, and then myself. Saturday was an absolutely beautiful track day with lots of sunshine and a temperature in the seventies. It was a good day for our team with the Civic finishing fourth and the Miata eighth. Sunday the Civic placed third but, sadly, an incident took the Miata out of the competition. Months of planning for these fourteen hours of racing and they were over in, well, fourteen hours. Here’s how we got there.
Martin Gonzales posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 3:40 PM
After six hard fought races the teams of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul entered the final race weekend of the season with a couple of season championship positions up for grabs. As in any form of motorsport, season championships depend on more than just fast lap times. They require experience, consistency, reliability, strategy...and a little bit of good luck.
Colin Holte posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:36 AM
There is something special that surrounds Formula D Irwindale. For some, it marks the end of a long fought season full of questionable calls, for others it is a chance to make their dreams come true. For this enthusiast turned media, it was the most incredible weekend of the entire season!