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  • Willow Springs Big track - May 24/25

    I didn't realize this was up until Chris nudged me.

    I'll be running HPDE 3.
    Chris will be running HDPE 4 or Time Trial (I don't know how far ahead of me he is).

    Anybody else want to come?

    Register at http://socal.drivenasa.com/

    /Mangus F.

  • #2
    Good on ya, Magnus!

    I drive up Saturday morning because Willow is only about 75 minutes from home. Car is pre-teched these days so it's really only the driver's meeting (usually at 7:45) that's not to be missed. I'll call Jon today to see what his plans are. He usually comes up on Thursdays or early Friday and stays at the track.

    Most recently I've been driving home on Sat. late, again due to proximity. Perhaps a stay over this time.

    [upper class English accent on] Unfortunately, old boy, the reliable old Essex House is no longer open, as I understand it, so I rather think other accommodation may be required. [upper class English accent off]

    W/ any luck the U.S. drifting champion (a Sveeeede by birth) and his (very) lovely Sveeeedish wife may be around - she's in HPDE 3 on her way to 4. You all could hang around together and talk in that double dots uber vowel funny language of yours while we point fingers at each other and drink Jon's wine on Sat. night.:D
    Chris
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    A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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    • #3
      Where did you pre-tech your car?

      I did my car down in a shop in OC once, but I don't think they provide that service anymore.

      /Magnus F.

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      • #4
        At the 1st event of the year (Willow in Feb.) Greg (skipper of the boat HPDE4 / TT) basically told us to get set up w/ NASA's self tech like the race cars. You have to get a log book from NASA and have the car gone over and after that your responsible for the condition of your car. For sure it makes for a less stressful start to Saturday morning.

        He's wants the group functioning at a higher level. Everybody has to have a transponder on their car so he can seed a grid for every session. HPDE 4 drivers are being heavily encouraged to get a dyno sheet as soon as possible so that the entire group is time trialing.
        Chris
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        A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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        • #5
          I wonder if we can setup our own pre-tech with NASA.

          I'd be happy to organize that. We sure know the weaknesses and risks of our car better than the guy stressing through 40 cars 07:00 Saturday morning.

          Any idea who we would talk to at NASA regarding that?

          /Magnus F.

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          • #6
            Magnus

            You would talk to Ryan Flaherty.

            Clark is an approved NASA tech inspector as well as AROSC.

            I am in the process of becoming a NASA inspector, just need to spend some time with Ryan. I am an approved AROSC inspector for TT only, last time I looked I was not on their published list.

            I wasn't planning on running the big track but might come out to get my tech inspector approval from Ryan.

            You can go to any of the approved inspectors, there was a listing on the NASA website but I could not find it this AM.

            I would be qualified only for HPDE1-3 inspections only. I don't know about 4.

            Doug

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            • #7
              All HPDE inspections are the same.

              The pre-tech means that the owner is responsible for the tech & condition of the vehicle per this form here . But you have to have a log book in order to do this and either a race license or a TT license.

              My car is *not* (even close to) race legal but I'll be working toward getting a race license later this year I think, if only to have one because Michael Murphy does. After all, if he can get one, anybody can.:D

              Edit: I spoke w/ Stokes. He'll be there from Thursday late, likely parked in his usual spot right up front. He's racing - I don't know if he's still doing TT as well - in the Caterham this coming weekend.
              Last edited by moosetestbestanden; May 17, 2008, 01:07 PM.
              Chris
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              A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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              • #8
                For HPDE

                http://www.nasaproracing.com/images/..._hpde_tech.pdf

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                • #9
                  Magnus: Do tell if you're coming. I'll have tires etc. if you need em.
                  Chris
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                  A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                  • #10
                    New alternator installed, but it doesn't seem to charge; the battery voltage remains at 12.3 volt when I fired up the engine. I may have to connect the 3 leads in the alternator.

                    Tires will be ready tomorrow.

                    Stressed out with work and this.

                    /Magnus F.

                    Edit: Turns out that self exciting alternators need the engine to rev before they start to charge. I just idled the engine while measuring. I'll try again tomorrow.
                    Last edited by magnusfeuer; May 21, 2008, 10:27 PM. Reason: Google is my friend.

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                    • #11
                      As I mentioned in the other thread, a battery on full charge will be good for an entire session. But if yours is pumping out the voltage as you mention you'll be OK.

                      This is *not* stressful. If you don't believe me, just have a look here

                      It'll be good to see you out there!
                      Chris
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                      A day you don't go a hundred is a day wasted

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                      • #12
                        Hmm. A quick question about the Denzo unit.

                        Is it the sense wire or the ignition wire of the 3-pin connector I route back to the charging wire as shown here:


                        (From this thread)

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                        • #13
                          Magnus

                          They may excite with higher RPM or hook up the sense wire as shown on the earlier thread.

                          Mine is like that and works fine.

                          Doug

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                          • #14
                            Chris,

                            If you have an extra set of 13" wheels I can borrow during the weekend, it would make all the difference. I have a movie-shoot (with the magden m1 product) tomorrow and I am not sure that I will make it back to the tire shop in time to pick up my rear wheels.

                            Tnx!

                            /Magnus F.

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                            • #15
                              Magnus

                              Did you get the alternator working?

                              Doug

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