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Old 06-25-2009, 05:53 PM   #1
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Mazda's Formula X Motorsports Festival Presented by Cooper Tires put on a great race at New Jersey Motorsports Park! It's really exiting to be part of a bigger televised event such as this or GT Live that's held with Grand AM.


There is just more excitement in the air! You can watch Time Attack, Mazda Formula Atlantic, Star Mazda, Playboy MX5 Cup, and even IMSA Lights. If you ever get a chance you should race one of these time attacks.

For the second year arrow Element Tuning’s Mod class STi took the overall and Mod class win shaving almost 2 seconds off last year’s time running our new custom BC Racing ER series coilovers, GT Spec braces, and some new aero work.

I was really happy to pull the win off given we had transmission problems. Something happened in practice on day two and the transmission wouldn’t select 1st or 2nd gear, which really isn’t a big deal, but whatever caused that would sometimes prevent the transmission from shifting at all. I simply had to coast through a few corners with the clutch in until I could grab a gear.

Having already managed a 1:29 on R888 tires in “Mod” class I was comfortable the time would hold for the win. With a new front splitter installed and some under aero work this year I decided to try to reduce some drag on day 2 by removing the front canards and reducing the angle on the rear wing. Reducing the angle on the rear wing didn’t have any major drawbacks (it was looser but not hard to control) but removing the front canards removed front bite in the slower corners. The car felt slower to me but due to traffic in practice I couldn’t determine the real lap time.

With a transmission acting up and nothing to loose I asked if I could put some “Unlimited” tires on for an exhibition pass. I haven’t run these tires all year long as I just didn’t have enough seat time in the car to feel the need. Once I hit the front straight braking zone and then the first turn I couldn’t believe how much more grip I had and was going way too slow. LOL! Unfortunately the transmission was really acting up but I was able to muster up a 1:27.123. Even with the problems I really under drove the car to that time. I know 1:25s should be possible.

At the last minute on Sunday, 2008 Volkwagen TDI Cup driver John Shim had an interest in racing the Element Tuning 2008 WRX “Street” class car. Having set great qualifying results for NJ I knew he didn’t need to learn the track and could just focus on driving. Using up practice session one bedding in the brakes he was only able to get about 20 minutes in the car before the main event. Before the race John said he thought he could run the last turn flat out. I said, “I don’t think so. There’s no downforce on this car.” He didn’t listen and on the first time lap spun entering the front straight. LOL! Basically loosing a fast lap for both time lap one and timed lap 2 he only had one lap to put it together. Like Danny Sullivan at the Indy 500 John spun and won! He was able to muster a 1:39 taking the AWD “Street” class.

Unfortunately this transmission failure took me out being able to run the Redline Autobahn event but I’ll be ready for the Grassroots Motorsports Ultimate Track Car Challenge at VIR in July.



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Redline Time Attack Results

Pos Name Overall BestTm In Session 2nd Overall Time In Session Sponsor
M-AWD
1 Phil Grabow 1:27.123 Sunday Time Att 1:27.964 Sunday Time Attac Element Tuning
2 Whit Staples 1:35.156 Sunday Time Att 1:35.401 Sunday Time Attac

M-RWD
1 Yan Nuriyev 1:35.816 Saturday Time A 1:36.128 Sunday Time Attac

S-AWD
1 John Shim 1:39.155 Sunday Time Att 1:39.573 Sunday Time Attac Element Tuning
2 Ed Haney 1:40.560 Saturday Time A 1:40.650 Saturday Time Atta
3 Scott Nelson 1:41.665 Sunday Time Att 1:42.262 Sunday Time Attac

S-FWD Seriouspeed.com/Custom
1 Todd Sager 1:41.088 Sunday Time Att 1:41.141 Sunday Time Attac
2 Gary Frantianne 1:41.168 Sunday Time Att 1:41.774 Sunday Time Attac

S-RWD
1 Scott Knott 1:38.748 Sunday Time Att 1:51.564 Sunday Time Attac

SS-FWD
1 Serghei Vanicichin 1:54.164 Sunday Time Att 1:55.061 Sunday Time Attac
2 John Concha 1:55.091 Sunday Time Att 1:55.594 Sunday Time Attac
3 John Concha 1:56.660 Saturday Time A 2:01.253 Saturday Time Atta
SS-RWD
1 Vitaliy Mashkov 1:56.224 Sunday Time Att 1:57.675 Sunday Time Attac

U-RWD
1 Jeff Rica 1:32.409 Sunday Time Att 1:33.294 Sunday Time Attac 240sxmotoring.com
2 Matt Sorensen 1:36.235 Sunday Time Att 1:36.515 Sunday Time Attack

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Old 06-25-2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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Woot...

Congrats Phil, great job to you and your team!!! Can't wait to come out and see you race!
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
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thanks again Phil for giving me the opportunity to drive the car!! and sorry again about the "code brown" moment on the pit straight... glad I didn't flat spot the tires and MORE importantly, brought the car home in 1 piece!


with Phil's permission, I'd love to hit up the Nashville redline event to go against tough competition, like turn in concepts' wrx. like i posted on timeattackforums, c'mon phil, do the hankook UTCC challenge at VIR then go to Nashville the next day!!


here is my blog write-up about the event
http://www.rightfootdown.com/?p=249

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Old 06-25-2009, 06:27 PM   #4
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Phil: Sounds like it's time for cusco 5-speed dog-box internals.

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Old 06-26-2009, 02:00 PM   #5
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Here's an in car video of the final timed session. I struggled with the trans in a few places and it's real obvious in one section as you can here me hit neutral and go offline.

http://www.elementtuning.com/Videos/...NJ 2009 SM.wmv

We did have a chance to find out what happened to the transmission. It turns out the 1/2 slider hub broke. Don't ask me how as I really only use 1-2 to drive out of the pits.
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Many pics here =>>> http://urbanracer.com/articles/anmviewer.asp?a=3847&z=1







Anyone ever notice though that the tire girls are hotter than playmates?

The Cooper tire girls were smoking, though Pirelli still has the hottest girls in motorsports.

Congrats to John on his win using my pads!
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Ed, thanks again for those pads! Its great to have helpful competitors

-John
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Ed,
Great driving and it was good to see you again. Hopefully we'll see you at the next NJ event.

John,
Don't get your hopes up with me running the VIR GRM UTCC and then heading to Nashville that evening . Also keep in mind the Nashville track is a high HP track and our 08 WRX may be out gunned there. NJ doesn't pay huge dividends with increased power like VIR or Nashville.

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Don't get your hopes up with me running the VIR GRM UTCC and then heading to Nashville that evening . Also keep in mind the Nashville track is a high HP track and our 08 WRX may be out gunned there. NJ doesn't pay huge dividends with increased power like VIR or Nashville.

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Phil, that's what I like to hear. I'll be ready to crew for you on UTCC Friday.

Yup, it does seem like the bankings of Nashville will favor the big HP boys. In the next few days, hopefully we'll know what octane gas they have at the track. If they have atleast 100, you can use your tuning genius and pump up the POWA!!

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Let me be more clear, "don't get your hopes up I'm going to Nashville." LOL! The UTCC will be my primary focus.

The 08 WRX will always be limited on power since it runs a stock 5 speed transmission. They just can't handle the power the 6 speed can. With just a few changes we can pump up the Hydra, Hydramist, and the Element GT52 turbocharger to make 450 HP on 100 octane and a catalytic conveter. i just need a stronger transmission to do that and maybe a limited slip rear diff. LOL!
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What kind of times do the Grand-Am guys run there?
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At NJ Grand AM GS runs low 1:30s. Speed World Challenge qualifying was 1:25-1:31.

Mazda Formula Atlantic was 1:12 LOL!
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if you're asking about Koni Challenge, like Phil mentioned, GS class runs low 1:30's and the ST class pole for this year @ NJMP was 1:33.998 with the rest of the field in the 1:34's - 1:37's, all on Hoosier slicks.

for Grand-Am Cup, the DP pole was 1:14.057 and GT pole was 1:21.369

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Let me be more clear, "don't get your hopes up I'm going to Nashville." LOL! The UTCC will be my primary focus.

The 08 WRX will always be limited on power since it runs a stock 5 speed transmission. They just can't handle the power the 6 speed can. With just a few changes we can pump up the Hydra, Hydramist, and the Element GT52 turbocharger to make 450 HP on 100 octane and a catalytic conveter. i just need a stronger transmission to do that and maybe a limited slip rear diff. LOL!
totally missed this post...

hahahah schweet! should be an epic weekend!

Yea i hear you about the tranny. 450hp sounds awesome, but reliability is definitely key. Remember to bring the Hawk DTC70's this time.

-John
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this was a great event. it was my first time on an open road course besides englishtown opening day which we couldn't go fast

finishing 2nd with close time was awesome!!
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