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Old 06-18-2014, 11:02 AM   #51
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Default It's Back!

To revive an old thread because I've revived this car
I acquired this unique car from Joe and have brought it back to racing after 7 years of storage.

The Colonel Red Racing team is racing it in the ICSCC ST class in Oregon/Washington/British Columbia this year. We may possibly do a few NASA west events too. ICSCC ST is a high performance class, the basic rule is 10lbs/hp, after that almost anything is allowed. There are some super fast cars there...and the run group (4) is even faster.

If ya'll are interested I'll keep racing updates and videos posted up here. I'm already doing that in Legacy GT forum, but I see the enthusiasm is here too from the comments in the original posts.

And yes, it is blast to race against M3s and Corvettes in a wagon. The car got a LOT of attention at the two events I've done so far this season (Spokane and Pacific Raceways). Everyone loves to see a Subaru Wagon on the track!

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Old 06-18-2014, 02:47 PM   #52
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Good stuff, definitely a blast from the past. What's your target weight?
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:41 PM   #53
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3325 is my min wt now, at 16 psi we are at 332 awhp. The plan is to get certified dynos at 12,13,14,15 psi too and then drop weight to match. We have 90lbs of ballast bolted in now.

More pics in the paddock:

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Old 06-19-2014, 08:20 AM   #54
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Super awesome to see this car back in action!

What kind of mods got you to that power level?
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:29 PM   #55
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Super awesome to see this car back in action!

What kind of mods got you to that power level?
It has the Forced Performance 18g and Perrin FMIC from 2007. They also installed Oil, Trans, and Diff coolers.

2014 Update:
New ATL Fuel Cell bladder. Fuel Safe Collector with Bosch pump.
COBB Subaru 1000cc Top Feed Injector Set
Motive Autowerks Composite TGV Deletes- Metal Intake Manifold
Aeromotive EFI Bypass Regulator
COBB Lightweight Pulley
COBB Tuning Electronic Boost Control Solenoid for '08+ STi/LGT
Most all lines replaced with Aeroquip
AEM 3.5 Bar MAP Sensor
COBB Accessport V3
SPAL cooling fans.
A ton of little fittings, hose ends ect.
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Old 06-20-2014, 02:34 PM   #56
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Default Spokane Enduro Start Short Video



Coming out of the back to back hairpins with a super fast BMW coming on strong.

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Start of 1 hour Enduro, Spokane Gran Prix 2014.

At the start I'm surrounded by BMW Pro3 cars. They are faster than my Legacy Wagon in the corners, but I know that over the course of an hour I can pass all of them on the long front straight.

Coming out of the back straight I miss a shift and another one gets by me, dangnabit! However he's not in front of me for long.

1 lap in, I go 3 wide with two BMW Pro3 cars at the end of the front straight.


I decide discretion is called for, 2 seconds later you'll see why. At 125 mph things go wrong fast. Luckily no one was injured, and one of the Pro3 cars was able to finish the race.

It's worth popping this one out in Full Screen mode!

http://youtu.be/N6lS-jUH0eQ
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Old 06-20-2014, 05:02 PM   #57
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Good stuff. That's a lot of e30's out there.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:07 PM   #58
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Cleaned up the car for the racing this weekend. New brake pads on the fronts, CL RC6. I've had good luck with CL pads on my other cars, hoping they do well here too. If you've never heard of CL pads it's worth checking them out. I get mine at Essex.

The front tires are rubbing on the K-Sports coilovers. I am installing a 5mm spacer to solve that issue.

Enabled flat footing shifting in the Cobb Accessport, we'll see if I can get used to that!

Going to PSI in Portland on Friday for official Dynojet AWD certs at 14, 15, 16 psi. In anticipation of probably using the 15 psi map I'm pulling 90 lbs of ballast out of the car.

While I'm in Portland I'll go over to Cindi and Fred Lux's place to get a NASA Tech done. I'd like to go the Western Nationals in PTB/TTB this fall, if possible. http://www.cindilux.com/

If you're near PIR come by!
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:41 PM   #59
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The first Subaru factory backed road race car, a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon, is being dusted off and brought back to racing by Subaru of Bend and Colonel Red Racing, LLC.

Bend, Ore (July 23, 2014) In 2006 Subaru built their first factory supported road race car, a 2005 Legacy GT Wagon, and raced it in the Grand Am cup. In 2007 the team switched to Legacy Spec B sedans, and the wagon was converted to time attack, driven by Tarzan Yamada. Since 2007 the race car has been collecting dust in a warehouse in Pennsylvania.

This year the car was acquired by Colonel Red Racing of Bend Oregon. Subaru of Bend is sponsoring this unique and historic car as it races across the NW in the International Conference of Sports Car Clubs (ICSCC) ST class.

“We are extremely gratified to have Subaru of Bend’s support in keeping this car on the race track,” said Jim “Gator” Hudson, owner of Colonel Red Racing. “Not only because the car is unique historically, but it’s a lot of fun to race against Corvettes, BMW M3s, and Mustangs in Subaru Wagon! Subaru of Bend’s service technicians’ performance expertise will be valuable in keeping this car going throughout the season, and having a source of OEM Subaru parts is very important.”

“We look forward to sponsoring this car in 2014 and 2015,” said Bill Thomas, President of Subaru of Bend. Subarus are great performance cars and Subaru of Bend is building a reputation as performance specialists. This gives our technicians a chance to show their expertise, and the dealership the opportunity to support an important piece of Subaru history. We are the oldest Subaru dealer on the west coast and can’t wait to see this car racing on west coast tracks.”

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I am ecstatic to have Subaru of Bend's sponsorship!
This is hugely important to the future of this car. They are supporting us in every way...Service Techs, Parts, Tires, the whole thing!
Thank you Subaru of Bend!!
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Old 07-24-2014, 12:18 AM   #60
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Hello,

Ahem. 2001 TeamSMR with the not-yet-released-to-the-public 2002 WRX...

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Old 07-24-2014, 12:50 AM   #61
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Ahem. 2001 TeamSMR with the not-yet-released-to-the-public 2002 WRX...

Joel
Hi Joel,
Sorry! I did a lot of research but somehow missed the TeamSMR connection. There are many references to the Subaru Road Racing Team when I did my searching, but nothing came up on TeamSMR. I see in your sig on the first page of this:

2002 Impreza WRX
Sheehan Motor Racing
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2001-2003 United States Touring Car Championships, 2nd overall

My apologies! I found a history of the team on Gary Sheehan's website.

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It was fun dusting the cobwebs off and updating/servicing the wagon. Glad to see it's out making people feel bad they got passed by a wagon!!
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I miss my ole 94 legacy wagon.... It was n/a but boy could it handle... Track days really shocked a lot of people back then. No love for subies in the 90's in the US, that was for sure...
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Last weekend at Oregon Raceway Park was hot. 90+ hot with track temps in the 120s - 130s. In the counter clockwise direction it was especially hard on the brakes and trans temps. The brake problems come from the CCW direction down Valkyrie Hill. And the straights aren't long enough to get high speed air and time to cool the discs. There is no place I get to 5th gear.

I had channel alarms twice for transmission temps. The trans went over 228 degrees even with the cooler pump and fan on the entire time. I'll have to look at getting the diff/trans cooler better airflow, and the routing of the trans lines down the center hump, not far from the exhaust, is probably not helping. I'll see if I can re-position the lines or the cooler system.

My brakes went spongy on Friday in the last session, almost in bad way at the bottom of Valkyrie Hill. Saturday morning I put in new front pads and bled the entire system. In the sprint race they went spongy at 17 mins, I backed off a bit and within 2 laps they were firmed up again. I was able to finish out the race with no problem.

During the Enduro we were doing great, in second place right behind Michael Contatore's STi. This was incredible because it wasn't just 2nd in class, but 2nd overall! We were running 1:59 laps. (159.277 best).

I pulled into the hot pits at the 30 minute mark for the mandatory 60 second pit stop. Other teams switch drivers and add fuel, but I don't, so I just sit there for the 60 seconds then go. However the ORP hot pits are not level, so I had to keep my foot on the brakes. Normally in the pits I put the car in neutral and take my foot off the brakes.....it's standard procedure to not put on your parking brake after hot laps, and I don't even have a parking brake, but I wasn't thinking about the hot pit not being level and needing to shut off the engine and put the car in gear to keep from rolling.....

Unknown to me this caused too much heat to be absorbed into the calipers. I came out of the pits and down the hill, at 90+ mph I went to brake for Turn 14, brake foot went to the floor...I went straight off the track, still going down the hill. Pucker brush flying, mowing down grass and small mammals, but it was ok until the bottom where there is a 2' berm then back uphill on the other side of the ravine. Right about then I was wishing I had Subaru Rally Car Skid Plates!

I hit the berm hard, sailed thru the air a bit and came to a stop further up the hill. Now the really scary part is the sage and grass is so dry that #1 worry is a grass fire, but despite some smoke, no flames. I almost pulled the Fire Bottle pin, a fire there would be a disaster.

Preliminary Damage: Front lip and bumper are destroyed. . That's no big deal, I planned to replace them anyway. Side skirts may be trashed too. The FMIC looks ok even though it and the radiators are bent up and back towards the engine several degrees, so the radiator supports are tweaked hard. The radiator will probably have to be replaced. The main problem is the oil filter and oil cooler adapter ripped out of the engine block. I don't remember how long the engine ran at idle speed while oil poured out the filter hole, but it wasn't more than 30 seconds. The right front wheel is pushed rearward a few inches, so no doubt I'll need at least new upper and lower control arms. Maybe more. Pics attached.

Friends helped me get the car in my enclosed trailer. It has not been turned over since the excursion.

The car is at my brand new sponsor, Subaru of Bend, being triaged. More info soon on what needs to be done!

Luckily:
1) This was at ORP with 95% desert to run off into. In fact going CCW it would be really hard to hit the one wall. At a track with a wall 20' away it would have been totaled and I might be hurt badly or dead. I'm uninjured other than a sore lower back from the berm slam.

2) I hadn't put my newly rebuilt JRZs on yet. I wouldn't be surprised if the K-Sports are blown.

3) No fire erupted!


Oil Filter/cooler adapter, the lines are still attached to the cooler radiator:






The FMIC and Radiator pushed in at the bottom:






My new right front wheel position:




What I'm glad didn't happen!



That's actually the view from my back deck a few weeks ago. Fire is scary here. I'm going to get a hand held fire extinguisher to mount in the trunk just for these situations. It was at least 3 minutes before the first safety truck was able to 4 wheel out to my location, the car would be fully engulfed by then if the sage and grass had caught fire.....
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