kiwiracer Posted June 19, 2012 Report Share Posted June 19, 2012 That was our first day-night race, with the heat it was grueling. We had 4 people impacted by the heat to various levels, and when night came, we could not see anything !We had #10, student driver celica and the #33 cowmaro Lessons learned- the lights we brought sucked, we could not see a thing past 20ft (as you know doing 60-100mph with 20ft of visibility is dangerous), I was driving the cowmaro (33) and it was so dark with the lights we had, the only hope was to let those zippy Miata's with the 1,000,000 lumens lights go past, then follow one of them until they out cornered you and the glow disappeared, then back to 1/2 speed, a couple of missed turns, a little dirt track racing until the next Miata came along. It was easy to know when they were coming up on you, just wait for the blinding light in your rear mirror. :-)John mentioned some good tips (after the race), which we are going to use, eg: light selection, etc for the next race.- cooling, on the celica, we tied into the heater lines from the block with an old used cooler, the celica never got hot, the camaro v8 however was miserable, we cut plastic bins into ducting to try to direct max air into the radiator. All Saturday we drove it using the temp gauge like a rev-limiter, you would see the gauge go up towards 240 down the front straight->corners, then when we changed to 4th gear, around the sweeper and then back to the tight turn, it would drop back down... After about 8pm, the cooling got better and our lap times dropped by almost 10 seconds when we were able to use all of those 305 cubic inches :-) !!!- sorry to the person driving the #0 mustang, 2nd to last driver, I thought I was doing a nice inside pass into the corner, and then when your headlights were lighting the track, I realized I missed that passing gap by about 20 ft.. It was totally a visibility thing, i am glad we never hit and everyone seemed to be ok :-) - Chump is fun, we had a really good time, all the staff are really friendly, John & team do a lot to keep the day flowing, the cars are much more competitive than other series we have raced in and it's all track time, almost no yellow's, and it's more racing than we have ever done in a weekend !Thanks for having us, we have a range of driver abilities, we hope to race again soon with you guys ! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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