Another racing season is upon us. The sport of Time Attack is gaining tremendous momentum and we have an exciting year of racing ahead. Faster cars, new venues, broken records, and increased media coverage. As the owner/driver of the Takata Time Attack Impreza, I can't wait to be a part of it.
Before we look forward to what is in store for 2009, lets quickly recap on 2008. It was an incredible year for my team as we earned our first ever National Championship. Although our car got a little banged up at the Redline Time Attack Finale at VIR last year thanks to a brake line failure, we emerged as the Modified AWD Season Champion
. This would not have been possible with out the acquisition of our title sponsor, Takata Racing Products. And because of our success last year, Takata has signed on for another season with our team. Paul Szuba and his crew at P&L Motorsports were also a key part of our success as they built a fast and reliable car. I also owe a BIG thanks to the entire Forza Motorsport Community for their support last year, not only in the Livery Contest, but also their support and encouragement throughout the season. If you do not recall our Forza Motorsport livery contest, be sure to check out this link
. The sexy design of the Takata Impreza is the work of Andre Guerrieri, AG dRizZe, of Forza's tune and paint group Tuning AG.
The Takata Impreza's livery was conceived by AG dRizZE using Forza Motorsport's livery editor!
mnkpro won the Photomode contest!
Takata Impreza debut at Nashville Super Speedway 2008
Takata Impreza in action
Myself, James Elterman, and Takata cheerleeder Gracie Elterman pose with banged up Takata Impreza at 2008 Redline Time Attack Finale at VIR
If you missed the coverage of last year's Time Attacks, there is no need to worry. With increased coverage of the Redline Time Attack series from television, magazines, and internet, it will be easy to follow the progress of the Takata Time Attack team and your other favorite teams in 2009. Here are some places where you will find coverage of Redline Time Attack....
Takata Time Attack
Takata Time Attack Website / Blog http://www.takatatimeattack.com
Takata Time Attack YouTube http://www.youtube.com/jelterman
Redline Time Attack show on ION Network (Coming later this year)
Performance Auto & Sound http://www.pasmag.com
Temporary Link http://timeattackblog.com/
Redline Time Attack http://www.redlinetimeattack.com
Time Attack Forums http://www.timeattackforums.com
Time Attack Blog http://www.timeattackblog.com
Time Attack TV http://www.timeattack.tv
With all those options it will be easy to follow all the action. But no video or magazine article is a substitute for watching and event LIVE! Check the schedule below, plan a road trip with your pals, and come see some see some of the Nation's best tuners, drivers, and teams going head to head for the best time.
Redline Time Attack 2009 Schedule
March 28-29: Buttonwillow Raceway - Buttonwillow, CA
May 30-31: Willow Springs Int'l - Near Los Angeles, CA
June 20-21: Autobahn Country Club - Near Chicago, IL
August 8-9: Carolina Motorsports Park - Near Charlotte, NC
August 29-30: EnglishTown - Englishtown, NJ
September 26-27: Spring Mountain - Near Las Vegas, NV
Near Auto Club Speedway - Near Los Angeles, CA
*Check Redline Time Attack website
for latest information.
If standing on the sidelines isn't enough, and you are ready to experience Time Attack in the first person, head over to TimeAttackForums.com
and introduce yourself. We will be happy to help you get started. Redline has a brand new "Stock" class and "Rookie" class to help newbies get started. It is easier than you think, and more fun than you can imagine.
What's the plan for 2009? Well although we won the Season Championship last year, I certainly can't expect to relax. It takes a tremendous amount of work to launch a successful racing campaign at this level, and we simply couldn't do it without our sponsors. Let me take a moment to recognize our sponsors for the 2009 season...
Takata Racing Products
- Returning as our title sponsor. Manufacturer of Takata Racing Harnesses.
- Paul and his team are responsible for the tuning and racing preparation of the Takata Impreza.
- Nitto NT01 Tires.
- High quality Suspension, L.S.D., and Clutch components for Subarus and other makes.
- The nations leading distributor of racing products to the grassroots racing market.
- Lightweight carbon and fiberglass body panels.
- Head and neck support safety devices.
- High performance braking components.
With companies such as these behind my team, I am confident that we are going to have another strong showing in 2009. When you think of the companies above, realize not only that they are helping support my race team, but also that they value having their products tested in a racing environment. This is precisely why Time Attack is such a relevant sport. The products developed and proven on the Takata Impreza can be purchased for your own car to make it more safe, fun, and reliable for spirited driving every day or pushing the limit at your local track.
"So, what are you doing to your car for 2009?"
is the question I am most often asked. For starters, I plan to campaign it in Modified AWD again, so upgrades must consider the rules for that class.
- Body: Send the car to Leyden Auto Body in Chicago for body repair with new SEIBON lightweight body panels.
- Engine: P&L Motorsports to refresh the engine. Rebuild with the intent for increased power. (Reference: 2008 power was 413 wheel hp)
- Transmission: P&L Motorsport to refresh transmission with new gears and syncros. Replace DCCD center diff with Cusco Tarmac Gear.
- Brakes: Replace OEM brake system with dual reservoir system for fail safe operation with driver adjustable brake bias. Tilton pedal assembly.
- Weight: Find and remove additional dead weight were legal for class. Replace components with lightweight counterparts where possible.
- General: There will be many other small changes or additions that may go unnoticed but are necessary for increased safety regulations and improved reliability of the car.
"What about the graphics"
is usually the next question I get. Takata and I are so pleased with the current livery, that for the most part it will remain unchanged for 2009. Here's a teaser that I created in Forza's livery editor. I actually provide these screen shots from the game to the vinyl shop so they know exactly how to place the logos.
"When is your first event?"
We will be doing some testing and tuning in May, but our 2009 Redline Time Attack debut will be June 20-21 at Autobahn Country Club, just south of Chicago. It is Father's Day weekend! So bring your Dad, your pals, and their Dads! This is going to be the hottest Time Attack the Midwest has ever seen!