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  1. I know nothing about this car, just passing it along: http://www.lonestarspeedzone.com/topic/79915-hmp-eco-stock/
  2. Yes, I should be at the next race on the 15th.
  3. The track announcer called it the Flyin' 50. 😀
  4. Here's the in car video from Saturday. I really need to move the camera to the right. Watch as the release tether for my neck restraint acts as a g meter... 😀 😀
  5. Forgot to give a heads up, but we raced last night. The weather was miserable, unless you just love that warm feeling from the humidity. But otherwise, it was a good night. Mostly because I won! Since the last race, I made a few setup changes. I bounced some ideas off a friend that is good with racing setups, and he gave me a few tips. And it all worked. I qualified first, but they had the top 6 draw chips for starting position. I drew #6, of course. But by the end of the first lap I was in 4th. Stayed there for a while, got up to 3rd, then with 7 to go, I started outside front row after a caution. I'm about the only one out there that can run the outside line with any speed. It's because I have no horsepower, so I had to learn a new trick. And the setup changes helped a ton. Anyway, I stayed neck and neck with the 1st place car for a lap and a half. I'm pretty sure I would have passed him after a few more laps, but before it came to that, he got bumped from behind and lost his momentum. With 5 to go, I found myself in the lead. I jumped out to about a 7-8 car length lead, and was never challenged. Once I was in open track with no traffic, where I could run the fast line for my car, it was wicked fast (that being relative to the pack; it's still a 124hp Saturn). There is one other car about equal to mine, but he was stuck back in 3rd. He eventually got to 2nd, but was too far behind me to challenge me. Racing nose to tail in a 4 car pack like we did for the first 12 or so laps was a lot of fun. But running out front with a decent gap to 2nd place is a lot of fun also. 🙂 1st place normally pays $150. But some businesses chipped in to up the purse for last night, so I won $320. And I'll get another $70 bonus for fast lap. 18.325 sec.; next fastest was 18.368. $390, not a bad payday for having fun. A couple of pictures. First is on the front straight for pre-race festivities. In this crowd, nobody kneels for the anthem... And we had a flyover with a couple of planes from the Commemorative Air Force. Pretty cool. The other is obviously after the race.
  6. Forgot that part of the rule: you must start with a minimum of 30 psi. I start with 31 in the RF (Giving 1 psi margin for the rule). 33 in LF and RR. 35 in LR. They will all end up about 37 psi hot. The RF obviously gets abused like crazy. You can't get rid of the built-in understeer (only suspension mod allowed is slotting the right front for camber), but a little trail braking will make it rotate. With equal hot pressures, it's pretty easily controllable and predictable.
  7. Tire rule: DOT, minimum of 55 series sidewall, and all 4 tires must be the same size. Last year, a new guy showed up with the all seasons that were on the car when he bought it. Toward the end of the race, the belts were excposed and throwing sparks in the corners. He got the nickname Sparky. He built a new car for this year, and won the race saturday night.
  8. How about an outside pass for 2nd on the last corner of the last lap? That was a fun race last night. It was a 20-lap battle with the car that started in front of me. Initially we were battling for 3rd, then toward the end, the 2nd place car started overheating and lost power. So the last 5-6 laps, we were battling for 2nd. I went to a practice day a few weeks ago, and tested different toe settings, and spent time running traffic lines. I did a lot of laps keeping a car width or two off the bottom. Or not tracking out on the straights, so that when I ended up in traffic, I'd have some experience with how the car behaved in different situations. And it paid off big time. I knew I could beat him to the finish line on the outside as we came close to the end. I just needed to be on his outside entering 3-4 to pinch his entry a little. Then, 2 laps from the end, we ran up on some lap cars, and I had to fall back in line behind him. Luckily, we cleared them taking the white flag, and I was able to get back to his outside on the back straight. Then powered around for the pass as we took the checkered flag. I got him by about a hood length at the line. (I use the term "power" loosely. My Saturn is rated at 124 hp, 122 ft-lbs. And mine has over 100,000 miles on it. But it's light, and carries a lot of speed in the corners compared to the bigger engined GM's.)
  9. Last Saturday, we raced with WRL at Daytona. Finished 2nd in GP1, 9th overall. This week, I get to knock the speeds in half for opening night at the circle track. Racing starts at 7:00 at Houston Motorsports Park.
  10. I'd call it the handle or lever. Maybe the release handle? I'd be surprised if you could get it without buying the while slider assembly. Call a vendor that carries Recaro or maybe ebay?
  11. What part of town you in? I'm going to be using my engine hoist in 3-4 weeks when I get my engine back. But you're welcome to borrow it in the meantime. I'm in the Seabrook area.
  12. The Saturn has plastic fenders. Last year, I stitched a crack closed with safety wire and fiberglassed over it. Fenders aren't super easy to find at the wrecking yard, but I scored two pairs back in December.
  13. I put it at two weekends before it's at a point I feel the need to touch it up.
  14. All right, looks like the season might finally kick off June 20. In preparation, I gave the car a new livery. There's several practice days scheduled before the first race; I'll hit at least one of them.
  15. I just bought a set of decals from him a week or two ago. 😀 But these metal ones are only about 8" long/wide.
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