Wish me luck!
Well, the time has come.
After getting my novice SCCA license earlier this year in a friend's RX7, the mods to my former daily driver are being completed this week, and I'm bringing my "virgin" Focus to it's first event @ Summit Point, WV (main course) this weekend.
(actually 2 races over the same weekend)
Here's a few pics of the car, I'll take some more over the weekend and give everyone an update on how things went.
I added some contrasting graphics now that it's not a daily driver, but I still have to get the car numbers and class lettering added.
Here's a few of the roll cage that's about 80% complete. I'll be picking up the car tomorrow night after the remainder of the work is done. I'll just need to bolt on the tow hooks, and install the fuel test port when I get her back.
Your one crazy guy Tom. thanks for the LCA's.
Ive always wanted to road race.Whats involved in getting your SCCA novice licence? BTW good luck. tell us how you do.
Is the diagonal allowed to go right to left?
From a engineering perspecitive, I understand that this diagonal is only there to keep the main hoop from "folding" sideways, and this will work equally well when the bar is slanted in either direction. You end up with a pair of triangles either way, and they pretty much work equally well resisting collapse in both orientations.
In an open top car, it is common to see guy's using a "1/2 hoop" design that reduces drag by having less bars exposed above the bodywork.
When that is done, since there is only a bar over the driver's head, the diagonal will slant from top left to lower right when viewed from behind, but with a full main hoop it usually can go either way.
FWIW, in my opinion, keeping as many bars away from the driver as possible means less chance of blunt trauma in an accident. For this reason it is my personal preference to keep the upper portion of this diagonal bar away from my head.
IF the SCCA stewards sign off on your schools as "ready to compete", you will get a novice permit.
That gets you into any "regional" races, as a novice. After 2 "safe" regional events, you can apply for a "regional license" and after 4 more events, you can apply for a "national license".
the difference is mainly that you cannot run in a national event on only a regional license.
You can find more info on the SCCA website.
>> HERE <<
Its also a good idea to read a book
like this one.....
Summit Pt Report
So day 1 was a practice session, a qualifying session, then a short 10 lap race. Sunday was a 20 lap race.
I made it through both days without incident, but did not set any ITE track records. It's sort of unusual to have a Focus in this class, it mainly fill up with high HP "ex" race cars from 5-10 years ago. ( like the 800HP 95 Camaro with full tube chassis and fiberglass body). In the run group I was in, the only class I was close to was the ITS class, which left me duelling with BMW E30 325's and a second gen RX7. I did pretty good, and set some decent lap times. (my best was 1:30.47, with typical times running a .5 - 1.5 seconds slower. )
My first day was a bit slower, and I did not do too well with the other ITS cars, but on the second day I was able to dispatch a couple of those ITS cars early on, then kept pace with another "rookie" driving a 325I. We were so evenly matched, his best time was only .2 sec faster than me.
I have the whole second race on video, and when I get the time to edit the highlights, I'll be posting some clips to youtube.
For now, here's a few pics from this weekend at Summit Pt.
Here's a quick clip showing how stiff the chassis is on my car now with the roll cage.
Roll cage demo
So, I need one more SCCA event to apply for a regional license as a full competitor. After this weekend, it's very apparent that both me and the car have a long way to go before either of us are moderately competitive. ITE is no place for a 170HP Focus.
I just need to get through this year, then over the winter the car will get built UP or DOWN into a class it might be competitive in! But with 800HP tube chassis race cars in ITE, I will not be running that class in 2010!
Cool wish I could have made it out this weekend to watch. I was in the middle of a major overhaul with the SVT.
I hear what your talking about with the Classing of the car GaryK ran is SVT with EMRA it was also classed with the gen 2 RX7 and the BMW’s. the only real advantage we had was better fuel mileage in the longer races or if it rained.
How was the condition of the track, have they been able to fix all the bad pavement.
Hopefully I’ll be able to meet up with you some point this year, I’d love to talk shop with you about springs and brake and things.
Now with video!
I think our cars could make a run against the BMW's and RX7's, check out my video here > YOUTUBE - SUMMIT PT 05.31.09 My best time for the weekend was 1:30.47, which is 4 seconds faster than NASA'a current Spec Focus track record there. (BTW - I'm currently @ 2675 with full tank of gas and driver, with 1695/980 F/R split. The last dyno was putting 150 to the wheels.)
X2 on having a chance to meet and talk shop. I've got something I'm working on for brake cooling ducts, and I need to tighten up my chassis. The H&R race springs and Koni yellows are OK, but I need coil overs to set ride heights and corner weights, and I'm thinking I want to run at least double my current spring rates.
if you want to tighten up the chassie an bolt on coilovers, buy the Spax RSX coilovers, there 500 lbs per springs.
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