Most Done, But…

  • Buy and install a window net
  • Drill 3/16″ inspection hole in the cage
  • Install 2.5″ washers on all seat and belt mount bolts (our current ones are only 2″)
  • 4″ numbers on the front and rear bumpers
  • buy a better fueling drip pan
  • buy kitty litter
  • Better Tow markers
  • oil the cone filter
  • buy a 10lb fire extinguisher
  • pickup the tow vehicle
  • pickup the tow dolly
  • descuzzify and load up

Ewan was at his Mom’s last week and I took a few days off.  I got a few more things done, and this weekend with Ewan’s great help we got almost all the rest done.

The only 2.5″ washers I could find had 1″ holes, so I bought those and smaller washers to double them up, but those smaller washers were not impressively thick, and I doubt they would have passed inspection.  So I bought some flat stock.  2″ wide x 3/8″ high, by probably 1/8″ or 3/16″ thick C channel.  I cut it into 4″ long pieces and drilled the right size holes in it.  Those are my washers.  They have the same area and should be far stiffer than a washer.  Hope that does the trick.

I broke my 3/16″ drill bit, and still need to drill the inspection hole.  Friday I suppose.

Got kitty litter and a plastic storage bin from Target for our drip pan.  I made a stencil and we spray painted our Tow markings and our bumper numbers.  On sunday, in the rain we sorted through all our crap, organized things into various bins and bags. vacuumed the car out, and generally prepped for transport.

Friday at 9am I will pick up the truck and the trailer and bring them to Tedd’s.  There we will load the car and all our gear before heading to Monterey.  Motel check in is at 3pm and we are not allowed to arrive at the track until 5pm.  Tech from 5 to 8.  Newbie class at 7.  Fueling will be in the hot pit.  All our previous races did not allow access to the pits, all fueling, driver changes, and repairs were in the paddock.  So this will be really different.

Tedd told us Sunday afternoon that he might not be able to make the race.  He has to take care of his elderly Mom, and his brother is not stepping up.

Most, no, Some of the Checklist Done

  • Install a second fire suppression nozzle pointed at the driver.  (Will need some decabon tubing and a T fitting)
  • Buy and install a window net
  • Drill 3/16″ inspection hole in the cage
  • Find out if our battery box fits their definition of “sealed battery box”
  • Install 2.5″ washers on all seat and belt mount bolts (our current ones are only 2″)
  • Redirect the exhaust, and consider an additional muffler
  • 4″ numbers on the front and rear bumpers
  • buy a better fueling drip pan
  • Better Tow markers
  • Change the oil
  • Check the trans fluid
  • oil the cone filter
  • reserve a tow vehicle
  • reserve a tow dolly
  • buy hankook tires per series rules
  • descuzzify and load up

I installed the plumbing and a new nozzle.  One points at the driver lap and torso (but not the face) and the other at our feet.

Check out the Laguna Seca Exhaust!20191214_135612

Over the last few decades lots of annoying rich jerks have bought property right next to the race track, built their McMansions, and started complaining about the noise.  DUH! you built your house next to a freaking race track!!  So now they have outrageously low noise restrictions.  This race will be 92dB measured at a shack to the right and just up the hill from turn 5.  Our car is pretty quiet.  so I added plumbing to make the exhaust point up and to the left to minimize what the sound shack hears.  I hope it is enough.

Hankook Problems

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So this race series adopted Hankook as their official tire supplier, to get on the podium you have to have tires bought from Hankook motorsports with the series marking on the sidewall, BUT they only guarantee about 8 tire sizes and the rest are only available on special order.  The nice person on the phone told me that our size would take a mimimum of 90 days and probably more like 120 days to arrive once we order.  The race is in about 60.  Lucky they are giving an exemption for the first race of the season in each region, which includes this race.  So I guess we will be using our Falkens.

Hankook The Officially Unavailable Tire of Lucky Dog Racing League

It’s a super dumb rule.  They didn’t open registration for the race until 65 days before the race, and it sold out in less than 1 minute.  So was I supposed to spend $500 on tires two or three months ago on the small chance that I would actually get accepted into this race?  See that money tree in my backyard?  No?  Oh that’s right, I don’t even have a backyard.

It’s too bad, I thought it was going to look really cool to have the big white lettering on the sidewalls.