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Rally Pacenotes Explained

Rally Pacenotes Explained

Ever tried to understand rally pace notes? That weird language a codriver reads to a driver during a rally race? This video from Team Oneil Rally school is your chance. Not only do they go through the basics of pace notes, but they also get into modifying your notes and more…
Endurance racing: more fun, harder than expected

Endurance racing: more fun, harder than expected

My friends and I recently competed in our first endurance race with AER (American Endurance Racing) at Watkins Glen International. It was incredible. And, a lot harder on equipment than I imagined.   We started with my well-maintained 1989 BMW 325is that I previously used for racing in NASA’s Spec E30 series.…
The greatest tow vehicle, ever?

The greatest tow vehicle, ever?

I currently tow my race car with a 2011 Ford F150 crew cab. It’s great. I rarely find an issue with it when towing to races. But, it’s not perfect. There are occasions where having a topper for the bed would be beneficial, but I can’t justify the cost and lost…
What It Takes To Finish King Of The Hammers

What It Takes To Finish King Of The Hammers

King of the Hammers is one of the coolest races in North America if you haven’t heard of it. It’s part rock crawling, part desert racing. Your rig needs to be able to crawl up the most hard core 4×4 features and still do 100mph+ through the desert with ease.…
1997 WRC Season Review

1997 WRC Season Review

1997 saw a lot of changes for the World Rally Championship. A new top specification called World Rally Cars were introduced and manufacturers could choose between the existing Group A rules or the new World Rally Car rules which no longer required road going versions of the race car. Only…
Dajiban: Racing Dodge Vans!

Dajiban: Racing Dodge Vans!

Racers will always be racers and will race anything they can get their hands on. Even if it means they are racing Dodge vans! Which is  exactly what happened when a bunch of motorcycle racers in Japan started arguing about who’s tow van was the fastest. Naturally they decided to race…
Volkswagen WRC. Where to now?

Volkswagen WRC. Where to now?

Earlier on in the year Volkswagen shocked the motorsport world by pulling the plug on two very big projects. And whereas Audi’s departure, while premature, was very expected, the decision to end the VW WRC team was a shock to everyone. Seemingly overnight three of the most prominent drivers expected…
Try to Follow Rally Pace Notes!

Try to Follow Rally Pace Notes!

Want to see if you can follow pace notes? Here’s you chance(video below). You can clearly see the road and the notes are easy to hear. The number after the Left or Right is the degree of the corner. It sounds like they’re using a 1-10 scale (normal Jemba notes…
Lone Star Drift, Round 1, 2016

Lone Star Drift, Round 1, 2016

I’ve never run a drift event but this makes me want to sign up. The video covers the first round of the Lone Star Drift series down in Texas and it looks like a great time. Cool cars, good people, a fast course and you get to drift by a…
Ojibwe: Blink

Ojibwe: Blink

Ojibwe happened really fast.  Normally, I remember a lot about each rally, but that is not the case. A quick test on Wednesday, 2 pass recce on Thursday, rally Friday and Saturday. The test was fine.  The road wasn’t super indicative of the stages that we would be racing on, even…
Yay or Nay: Omni-Freeze ZERO

Yay or Nay: Omni-Freeze ZERO

I was really excited after Oregon Trail Rally. At the airport, we were having a chat with the guys at Columbia Sportswear and one associate ran off to get something.  Upon returning, he had a sleeve…. And it was magic. The fabric sample was for their patent-pending Omni-Freeze ZERO.  Its…
Porsche Quits IMSA For Remainder of 2016

Porsche Quits IMSA For Remainder of 2016

I first heard about this situation from a post on Cooper McNeil’s Facebook Page and assumed it was one team that was tired of losing and decided to quit. Which is sort of what it is. The team made the following statement about their withdrawal. “The decision to stop racing…
Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

Toyota Engineers Enter Ojibwe Rally!

The relatively stock car held together at Ojibwe and they finished 3rd in class, 13th overall in the one regional and 6th in class, 18th in the other. (Regional events are simply the National two day rally broken into a separate event for each day.) The team is made up entire…
Ari Vatanen’s Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak

Ari Vatanen’s Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak

Over 600 horsepower and under 900 kilos. That’s 1,984 lbs for everyone using the new method. Less than a 3:1 power to weight ratio. But it doesn’t stop there. Rear steering. Huge wings. This car was built for one purpose, to win the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Even cooler is…
Limrick Hillclimb 2016

Limrick Hillclimb 2016

I wish we had more events like this in the United States. This is the 2016 Limrick Sprint Hillclimb put on by the Irish Hillclimb Association and the Limerick Motor Club. It’s like a brief tarmac rally stage in super unlimited cars. Check out the Toyota above for example. The little hatch…
NEFR: 3000 Miles

NEFR: 3000 Miles

It’s been a hell of a season so far. After DNF’ing LSPR last fall, Sno*Drift was a “warm up” and the only intent was to have a clean rally.  It would turn out that we would walk away from Sno* with the highest speed factor we’d see for a while,…
STPR: The Late Recap; Into The Circus

STPR: The Late Recap; Into The Circus

STPR had four B-Spec entries, but Matt Hoffman in the Sonic was just getting out of the co-driver’s seat and opted to run just the regional events.  In national, that left the usual suspects, myself and the Maxxis/HRD entry with Jordan Guitar and Billy Jang.  The last entry was Nitro…
NASA Rally Sport Expands With New Canadian Series

NASA Rally Sport Expands With New Canadian Series

Nasa Rally Sport is sanctioning five rallies in Canada next year which together are called the Extreme Elite Series. This means your Nasa Rally license will work at all five of these events: Rallye la Ville Tuque, Rallye Sanair, Rallye Saguenay, Rallye Mekinac, and Rallye Portneuf. Those rallies will also run under the…
Goodwood FOS 2016 Timed Runs Video

Goodwood FOS 2016 Timed Runs Video

The Goodwood Festival of Speed(FOS) is an annual historic hill climb held on the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England. Hundreds of thousands of people travel from around the world to watch the festival which includes this hillclimb. Attendance is now capped at 150,000 per day and I’ve heard the 2017 is already sold out. The…
24hrs of LeMans 2016 Video with No Commentary!

24hrs of LeMans 2016 Video with No Commentary!

The 24hrs of LeMans is the most prestigious endurance race in the world. Its also the oldest endurance race dating back to 1923. LeMans is the top of the racing career for drivers and also where the car manufacturer’s compete for bragging rights. There’s nothing like it in the world. The problem is…
[BROKAGAIN] – Mid-Season SitRep

[BROKAGAIN] – Mid-Season SitRep

Situation Report: I suck, but I think I’m getting better. I have had 3 events with 3 different clubs since we last spoke. The first event was on May 29th at Lake County Fairgrounds with TSSCC, the next was June 18th at Route 66 Raceway with Chicago SCCA, and the…
Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge!

Mike’s Peak Hill Climb Challenge!

Pikes Peak is the premier Hill Climb in North America, but after nearly 100 years of racing up the dirt road, the Sierra Club forced the course to be fully paved and changed the race forever. Now there is an alternative hill climb that is 31km long and completely dirt, The Mike’s…
#GRIDLIFE2016

#GRIDLIFE2016

Where to start… This past weekend was even crazier than last year. Gridlife 2015 was rather nuts, and I would say the amount of precipitation that weekend could be defined as torrential. This weekend was dry; albeit a bit hot, and 10x crazier. We arrived (I carpooled with a friend)…
Idaho Rally 2016

Idaho Rally 2016

It had been some time since I was able to co-drive at a rally. The last time ending in a rather quick DNF in a Porsche before we  reached the start of the first stage. When my friend AJ asked me to co-drive a few months back for the Idaho Rally,…
Nurburgring Crash, Fail, and Win!

Nurburgring Crash, Fail, and Win!

The Nurburgring makes for the best crash videos by far. It’s not because its so fast or dangerous but rather that the track is so accessible. Anyone with a drivers license go can go out and run at full speed. You don’t need a helmet or any safety gear. You…
Olympus: First Real Rally

Olympus: First Real Rally

If you know anything about the Olympus Rally, you might know that it was a round of the first ever US rally championship, a former WRC event, and was the last rally for Group B cars. Tough. Technical. Legendary. If you’ve been following my season, you probably know that Sno*Drift…
Tanner Foust Dominates Red Bull GRC Phoenix

Tanner Foust Dominates Red Bull GRC Phoenix

Tanner Foust won both Red Bull GRC races in Phoenix this weekend! Tanner and his teammate, Scott Speed dominated their heats and semi-finals on both days and if it weren’t for a late race issue for Speed on Saturday, the two would have taken the top two spots all weekend in their VW’s.…
Red Bull Global Rallycross – Phoenix 2016

Red Bull Global Rallycross – Phoenix 2016

The 2016 Red Bull Global Rallycross season kicks off with a doubleheader at the Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Phoenix. Here are the changes to the grid in a nutshell. Most of the regulars are back likeArpin (Chip Ganassi Racing), Patrik Sandell (Bryan Herta Rallysport), Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross), and…
Red Bull GRC Tv Schedule

Red Bull GRC Tv Schedule

Red Bull GRC just announced their Tv schedule for 2016. Before you go looking for it on cable. RedBull Tv is its own platform found on its website or through the Red Bull Tv app on most devices(Apple Tv, Roku, Iphone, Android, etc). The good news is that its free! The bad…
[BROKAGAIN] – Cone Carnage at Event 2

[BROKAGAIN] – Cone Carnage at Event 2

This past weekend was Event 2 for the Chicago Region SCCA. It was the first event with the new upgrades to setup (alignment, brakes, wheels & tires). Let’s just say, it was amazingly different. The car was a million times more responsive on all fronts, and with the loss in…
Toyota Returns to Desert Racing with BJ Baldwin!

Toyota Returns to Desert Racing with BJ Baldwin!

Toyota recently announced that they will be returning to desert racing! If you don’t know why this is such a big deal, do you remember Ivan, Ironman, Stewart? Maybe you remember his video game Super Off-Road? You have to remember this truck? Toyota signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with two-time Baja 1000 champion…
[BROKAGAIN] Season 2

[BROKAGAIN] Season 2

…and we’re back. It’s only been about 3 months since I gave a recap of Season 1, but race season is in full swing and it’s time for a Brokagain update. While I’m writing this it is May 6th, and I have finished the first event of the season for…
Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

Oregon Trail Rally: Rally Cliches

If Oregon Trail was anything, it embodied two of rally’s favorite sayings: “hurry up and wait” and “press on regardless.” You get there, you do recce, you spend all day Friday anxiously awaiting 7pm.  OTR begins on Friday night with ten miles of super specials at Portland International Raceway. Humour ensued…
UPDATE: Corvette too loud for NCM Corvette track?

UPDATE: Corvette too loud for NCM Corvette track?

Some of you may recall last year how we gave high ranking to the the National Corvette Museum’s (NCM) Motorsports Park for a U.S. track. It’s long and technical, has easy access from the highway and convenient to most things many tracks aren’t (such as cheap fuel, food and hotels). Unfortunately,…
GTFO Windshield Edition

GTFO Windshield Edition

This crash is pretty bad. The driver is ok, but it was so bad he exited the car through the windshield. When you’re in a car on a hot circuit and you know you need to get out, you get out any way you can!  
100AW: Sweet Baby Craig Drew

100AW: Sweet Baby Craig Drew

During our testing for 100 Acre Wood, we found something interesting.  On our third or fourth time down the test stage, we suddenly lost all power.  Notably, when this happened, the temperature gauge suddenly spiked.  We re-started the car, but it was still in limp mode.  So we putted on…
Super Chicken to Challenge all at Mt Washington 2017

Super Chicken to Challenge all at Mt Washington 2017

https://moveyourmountain.org/4029 Ever wish you could give the grassroots underdog an edge over the professional racers? Here’s your chance. Paul Tingaud is regular competitor with the New England Hillclimb Association, and is looking to take down the factory backed rally teams (David Higgins, Travis Pastrana, etc.) at the 2017 Mt Washington…
Is There Going To Be An American In F1?

Is There Going To Be An American In F1?

Haas F1 Racing team has signed a deal with Santino Ferrucci as a development driver. Ferrucci, from Woodbury, Connecticut, got his start in karting at age 5. He went on to compete in Skip Barber’s open wheel series and is a member of the Lime Rock Driver’s Club. He has been…
Getting Ready: 100 Acre Wood

Getting Ready: 100 Acre Wood

100 Acre Wood is quickly approaching and there’s lots to do. Firstly, midterms are here for the eighteen credits I’m currently taking.  I’ve also been on a weeklong hunt for my New School ID card.  Today, I finally caved and purchased a new one at card services.  I’d never been…
1995 24hrs of LeMans

1995 24hrs of LeMans

The 1995 24hrs of LeMans was won by a McLaren F1 GTR entered in the GT1 category. The F1 GTR was already well known for dominating the BPR Global GT Series with customer teams, but the car that won was actually the initial GTR prototype that was on loan to Kokusai Kaihatsu Racing which caused…