The stories going into qualifying for the 99th running of the Greatest Spectcle in Racing were supposed to be grand. New aero kits. Ed Carpenter going for a record setting third straight 500 pole. Chevy's dominance in racing. Team Penske's dominance in qualifying. Honda's desperate attempt to close the gap to Chevy. And the biggest story of all: would the long standing 1996 track record finally fall?
The weather was clear and sunny for the four days at the Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Qualifying began on Thursday and continued throughout the weekend, with racing taking place on Saturday and Sunday. The range of cars was incredible as the events included Formula 1600 Super Series, Canadian Supercar Series, Canadian Touring Car Championship, Porsche GT3 Challenge, and the Pirelli World Challenge with three classes running. This was also the first event for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series - so there was a huge range of cars to capture the attention of race fans.
by Nick Betz
There comes a time in a project build when you just have to throw everything out the window and rewrite your storyboard. Over the years we’ve been bolting on parts to Project E36 323is and not seeing the gains we were looking for. Sure it’s been fun but it’s time to make some real power. We had plans for an M50 manifold swap paired with M3 cams, bigger air meter, headers and throttle body but as the old adage goes, there’s no replacement for displacement, so that’s where our journey has taken us.
Recently we were privileged to be able to take a look behind the walls of Garrett Turbochargers' research and development facilities. We were able to get an insider view of the intensive engineering inside a Garrett Turbo and viewed first hand what differentiates it from your typical aftermarket fare. We were very impressed by what we saw and we would like to share it with you by breaking some of what a World Class OEM supplier puts into the performance turbos any consumer can buy into easily digestible lessons that we will be presenting to you periodically. Perhaps the key part of any turbo is the compressor wheel. Let's look at what Garrett does to bring you one of the best compressor wheels on the market.
Industry News (please share): This Thursday a good friend of MotoIQ and a well known face in the industy, Yukio Taira the Aftermarket Marketing Manager at Turbo By Garrett, had a stroke on his flight to Road Atlanta where he was headed to handle race support. If you're someone that Yukio has helped with sponsorship or just a caring person please show your support as the medical and family expenses will be piling up during his recovery time.
Please visit Yukio's Go Fund Me page and help out. Every little bit counts.
MotoIQ has in its thoughts the Taira family, Yukio's friends and everyone in the industry that is impacted by this tragic incident.
Industry Press Release
The Advan RZII is the latest in Yokohama's Advan Racing Wheel line up. The RZII combines all the wheel industry's leading performance techniques all into one beautiful shape.
Industry Press Release
AEM has released its Plug & Play Engine Wiring Harness for GM LS race engines with a 58x timing pattern. This comprehensive, high-quality wiring harness allows racers to easily and affordably integrate the Infinity-8h Programmable ECU onto their 58x LS race engine by plugging into the factory coil sub harnesses and using factory sensors.
“You can look at a Pinewood Derby Race in a variety of ways. You can make your project look cool, you can make it look like your favorite car or you can make it fast. Which do you want to do?”
“I want to win.”
Changing diff oil sucks enough without doing it on the ground in the dead of winter. This Wrench Tip makes changing diff oil suck slightly less than normal.
The Verizon IndyCar Series decided to fluff up the Month of May by hosting a road race on the former Formula 1 circuit that runs through the infield of Indy. The first event was best remembered for its disastrous start when pole sitter Sebastian Saavedra’s car stalled on the grid and was rear-ended at speed. In 2015, the boys and girls of IndyCar returned to the speedway’s road course to put on another show. Only one week after showing off their fancy oval kits, the teams strapped on road course bodywork and took to the flowing roval circuit.
The Viper is truly a car built around its engine. In Part 4, we take Project Viper GTS to the dyno for a baseline power audit and see if our mighty 8.0L V10 is cranking out the factory claimed 450hp and 490lb-ft of torque. From there we add K&N replacement air filters and change out the disruptive corrugated plastic intake tubing for a set of ROE Racing polished aluminum smooth intake tubes to see if we can squeeze out a few more ponies.
This non-descript looking building in Yokohama, Japan was recently a vacation destination for a MotoIQ contributor, and is much more than meets the eye. Aside from currently containing the Nissan Engine Museum, you're also looking at the world headquarters building that housed Nissan during it's formative years. Come check out what's inside those doors!
IndyCar's new oval aero packages are here! In February Chevy and Honda both unveiled their road course aero kits, which have been used at the first four IndyCar races in the 2015 calendar. However Indy runs on huge superspeedways and if you know anything about IndyCar, you know the granddaddy of all IndyCar races is the Indianapolis 500. On Sunday May 3rd, the first public test of the new oval aero kits happened at the Brickyard and MotoIQ was there, spying on teams and getting the scoop on these new aero kits.
When the Nemo Racing Evo debuted in August 2012 at the World Time Attack Challenge, it underwent little testing prior to the event. Ran at the hands of MR Tuning from Queensland Australia, it then proceeded to annihilate existing records. People tend to use a lot of superlatives when discussing track records, even when they are bumped by just a couple of tenths, but this was truly monumental, a jump of 3.8 seconds from the Cyber Evo’s 2011 record and nearly two seconds ahead of Tilton Interiors who were the favorites to win and packing 1000 HP. Nemo was more than just a champion car; it was a game changer! Fear and disarray followed among other competitors and even the fans. The backlash resulted in a shake up of the regulations for the first time. Nemo appeared once more in 2013 and limped to a third place finish. Then the car disappeared, with no more public appearances, most notably absent from WTAC 2014.