Southern Indoor Championship
January 29th – 31st, 2016
This was our second year attending the Southern Indoor Championship (SIC) race in Autaugaville, Alabama. We got on the road by 4:20 AM Thursday morning for our 9 ½ hour drive. The weather was not cooperating with us as it rained most of the way. We arrived safely at the track followed by #Matt Kirkpatrick and #Lazi. As we pulled in #Brett Hold and his daughter Kiarra were just setting up for the long weekend. Brett was nice enough to let David, me and our dog Sammie pit with them in their trailer.We headed to the building to get a sneak peek at the track layout. When they said the track was going to be bigger and a “Game Changer” they were not kidding. #Bobby Moore out did himself again at designing the track. You could tell the track crew had put in some long hours and hard work to make this track more SIC then last year. One of the most challenging tracks we have been on. After setting up our pit area we headed to our hotel to check in to have an early dinner and rest before practice the next day. We stayed at the In-Town & Suites hotel in Prattsville. For the price you cannot go wrong. It is very clean and you have a little kitchen with a full size refrigerator, microwave and stove, plus a little sitting area.
Friday morning we bundled up in several layers as it was in the low 30’s. This was a big difference compared to Florida weather. We stopped at the store first for some hot coffee and rock stars before heading to the track. We were so excited that we were the first ones in line for practice. We wanted as much track time as possible so we made sure to run one battery after another all morning before the line got real long.
Saturday morning came fast and it was qualifying day. David was in 2nd place with his E-Truggy on an 8 lap pace during his 1st qualifier when he hit the wall taking the triple and ended up breaking his front out drive, rod end and also bending his axle shaft. He didn’t have a lot of spare parts since he had just recently gotten the Truggy. Thanks to Tekno driver and LFR teammate #Joe Bornhorst for giving him an axle shaft and teammate #Janos (Lazi) Lazar for the front out drive. If it wasn’t for the both of them he would not have been able to continue to race the rest of the weekend. His 2nd qualifier didn’t go as well, so he made some slight changes before round 3. Taking a 3rd, 8th and 5th place finish in his qualifying heats it gave him a 6th place start in the triple A-main. David also raced Pro E-Buggy. The first round of qualifying went well as he was on an 8 lap pace keeping up with the other racers. He struggled during the 2nd and 3rd round and made some mistakes and could not recover from them. This put him starting in the 2nd position of the D-main.
I was very consistent with my SCT. My 1st round I had a 7/5.35.712, 2nd round a 7/5.40.064 and my 3rd round was a 7/5.35.443. This was good enough for me to start 11th in the triple A-main. My E-buggy during the 1st round seemed like it was not handling very well with the bumps or jumps. Even though I had finished 4th in my heat it just didn’t seem right. As I was waiting in line for round 2 I was checking out my buggy and that is when I noticed one of my shock shafts was bent and my arm was not moving freely. With only 6 minutes to my race David quickly went back to the pit and changed out my shock and made it back just in time for my qualifier. I can only blame myself for not noticing it sooner. The Buggy handled a lot better the next two rounds. I was very pleased to find out that I had made it to the B-main beating out 29 other racers.
The Mains started at 6:00 AM Sunday morning. David was race 3 so we had to be up early and ready to go. It was a close clean race between David, #James Calhoun and #Jason Gentry. David was able to finish 2nd and bump up to the C-main. Starting off in the back of the pack in the 14th position of the C-main David was able to work his way up through the pack to finish 7th . E-Truggy triple A-mains were stacked with some of the top drivers such as #Patrick Rossiter and #Tilar Pollack. It was very intense to watch. David finished 6th overall with an A1-5th place, A2-7th place and an A3-4th place finish.
My E-buggy B-main was race 12. I was starting 8th and really wanted to get the bump to the A-main. On the first lap I got hammered by so many cars that it broke my body in the front. After a few laps when I took a jump the cover lifted up and I could not drive. I made it slowly around to pit lane where David and #Kiarra tried their best to clip my body down. After the 4th time to pit lane I told them to just pull my buggy off since there really was no hope left. I was very disappointed, but at the same time proud of making it as far as I did. I struggled some in A1 and A2 with my SCT. By A3 I was finally feeling more confident and was hitting the triple in the back and trying to make the whip corner. Even though I finished 11th in A1, and 10th in both A2 and A3 I was going home with a 13th finish overall.
In the end we both had a lot of fun and we both exceeded our expectations that weekend. Speaking for myself I gained a little bit more confidence in myself. I just wish it had come a little sooner. We would like to thank #Mike Santana, #William Goodwin, #Dave Leikam, #Jennifer, #Lance MacDonald, and #Bobby Moore for all their hard work and long hours to make this a killer event for all of us to remember.
We would also like to give a huge thank you to our sponsors – #Proline for their Hole Shots getting us to the A-main……#LFR2016 for the Assassin body…….#BocaBearings for their high quality green sealed bearings……#TriCountyHobbies and #DERacing.
Beach R/C’s New Years Resolutions Race Report I made the 3 and a half hour trek south for Beach R/C’s first trophy race in 2016, the New Year’s Resolutions Race.
I kept busy running three classes, including 2wd and 4wd short course trucks and 4wd buggy. I have been working on my Pro-Line Pro-2 truck during the winter months so I was excited to see how the upgrades and set-up adjustments would translate on the track. The Pro-2 truck felt strong and I was able to improve my lap times throughout the day. In the 3rd heat, I grabbed my first ever TQ with my Pro-2, which is definitely one of the highlights of this early 2016 season. I was hoping to carry that momentum into the A-Main but an unfortunate issue with my electronics 2 minutes into the race dashed any chance I had at the TQ/1st place combo. I was able to reset my ESC and get my Pro-2 back on the track after the unscheduled pit stop that resulted in a 1 minute and 15 second lap. I was able to finish the race and still managed to take home 3rd place.
Immediately after the race I began working on my Pro-2 again and hope to have some new custom carbon fiber parts and a new Pro-line Flo-Tek body ready to go for the 2nd Annual Palmetto Classic in March.
In the 4wd SCT division, I was able to grab the TQ/1st place combo by keeping things smooth and consistent. In the qualifiers, I was guilty of overdriving my truck and chasing after fast laps, which hurt my overall time. In the A-Main, I settled into a groove and hit the race lines leading to my best times of the day.
My third class was the 4wd Buggy; I definitely had some work to do after the first heat. I sorted things out by the third heat and qualified 2nd; however, starting up front in the A-Main didn’t provide much of an advantage. In the first lap, I was unable to get away cleanly and dropped several spots. Things continued to go south and after 3 laps I was in dead last. I slowly worked my way up the board and spent over half the race in 6th place trying to chase down the pack. With a minute left in race, I found myself back in a podium position after navigating my buggy into the third position. The final minute I was able to jump one more spot and finished 2nd overall. It was a very exciting race and a great experience.
In the end, I collected two TQs and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place plaques at the New Years Resolutions Race. All my vehicles were equipped with green seal bearings from Boca Bearings which continue to be a factor in yielding positive results at the track. I would like to thank all the companies that allow me to represent them and provide tremendous support – Pro-Line Racing, Bullit R/C Hobby Shop, Boca Bearings, Xpert Servos and Maclan.
SPIRIT Racing Systems (SRS) would like to thank Boca Bearings for its support of our team last semester and the past years!
We surpassed both our vehicle and athletic performance from last raceday (April 2015), dropping almost 2 seconds in the vehicle performance part of the race. In our 2 minute race, a few seconds are the difference between first and fourth place. When we installed the new bearings Boca supplied on our last few days of practice, we saw an improvement in course performance, in both top speed and energy conservation.
We are now in our third quarter with a strategic two year plan: raceday 2016, top three; raceday 2017, win. Your support of SRS and the student engineers has helped our pursuit of our goals, and we are able to dedicate time and funds into building a new fleet of buggies and testing wheels and bearings, the three main speed-determining components on the course. We are also designing new axles and a new steering system, which provide our members with experience in innovative engineering and in practical application.
We are excited for an intense, fruitful semester, and every member is working hard to accomplish our goals for Raceday (April 15th and 16th). Thank you again for your support! We are looking forward to working with you more this semester and pushing the boundaries of speed!
Best Regards,Hope Dohner
SPIRIT Racing Systems Chair
Carnegie Mellon University
ILER RACING – January 2016 Race ReportDavid Iler #27Jessica Iler #19 January 2, 2016Beachline All Star Series – Round 4Beachline Raceway, Cocoa FL We arrived Friday so we could get some practice in on the new track layout. We had lots of fun and could not wait for the morning. It was a little chilly Saturday morning, but we were ready for some racing. We pitted with #Brett and #Kiarra Hold in their trailer. Our dog Sammie was there too, but you wouldn’t have known as he slept most of the day. I raced 2wd short course truck with my girl #Kiarra. My first qualifier didn’t go very well at all. I ended up having a very long lap when my body cover got caught up in my rear tire. The marshal had to come and pull it out for me. We made a couple changes on my truck and I noticed improvement during my second qualifier. I was in the 3rd position in the main most of the race, but I thought I lost the podium on my last lap. I’m still not sure what happened, but as I was coming around a corner my truck slowly did a turtle roll onto the roof letting the 4th position car pass me. He got a small lead on me and I thought it was over. All of a sudden I saw he made the same mistake as I did and he ended up on his roof letting me pass him as we came across the finish line. We both raced 13.5 buggy today. David was able to qualify 3rd, but ended up having some difficulty during the main. Just like me in my short course race he slowly turtled over at the beginning of the main and had dropped all the way to 7th, but he pushed hard and even after being taken out by another racer he was still able to finish 5th. I on the other hand had some really bad luck. I qualified 2nd in the B Main, but knew I had a good chance for the bump to the A. NOT! On my second lap my turn buckle popped and by the time David was able to snap it back in my lap time was 1 minute 14 seconds long. I used the rest of the race for practice and was able to finish 4th. David Iler Race Results13.5 4wd BuggyQualified: 3rdFinished: 5thTires: Pro-Line Clay Electrons Jessica Iler Race ResultsStock 2wd Short CourseQualified: 3rdFinished: 3rdTires: Pro-Line Clay Electrons 13.5 4wd BuggyQualified: 2nd B MainFinished: 4th B MainTires: Pro-Line Clay Electrons January 3, 2016Village Raceway – Royal Palm, FLOn Road – Club Race I couldn’t wait to get to the track to try out my new X-ray T4 that David got me for Christmas. The car felt so smooth during my practice laps and it handled really well. I was really excited and headed back to my pit to make a small change so I had a little bit more steering. 17.5 touring class had a good turnout of 14 entries today making up two heats. Both David and I were in the same heat. David came in 2nd with a 21/6:04.866 and I took 4th with a 21/6:11.783. David had a faster second qualifier with a 22/6:11.269 taking 3rd. I was within 2 seconds of my first qualifier taking 5th. Overall David qualified 4th and I qualified 7th both making the A Main. During the main David was able to get to the 2nd position by the 6th lap and was able to hold onto it for the remaining of the race. I started off in the 7th position and was hit in the first corner dropping me all the way back to last. I pushed hard and made it all the way up to 5th, but #Pak Lee was right behind me coming on strong. It was a photo finish as we both crossed the finish line. The results were posted and I was able to beat Pak by 0.042. David Iler Race Results17.5 TouringQualified: 4thFinished: 2nd Jessica Iler Race Results17.5 TouringQualified: 7thFinished: 5th January 9, 2016JConcepts SuperCup Championship Series – Round 1Beachline Raceway, Cocoa FL The weekend started off Friday night at the Double Tree hotel in Cocoa Beach. JConcepts held their yearly SuperCup Championship awards banquet for the previous year. The food was good, the prizes were awesome and there were many laughs shared by all. It defiantly was a success. We arrived at Beachline Raceway at 7:00 AM Saturday morning for round 1 of the JConcepts SuperCup Championship 2016 spring session. There was an amazing turnout with a total of 297 entries. We knew it was going to be a long day, but race announcer #Lance MacDonald kept the program running smoothly while #Steven Loar did an awesome job in tech. After a fun day with great friends we left the track at 11:58 PM very tired. David Iler Race Results13.5 4wd BuggyQualified: 6thFinished: 6thTires: Pro-Line Clay Electrons 4wd Short Course ModifiedQualified: 1st B MainFinished: 1st B Main (Bump to A)Finished: 6th A MainTires: Pro-Line Clay Electrons Jessica Iler Race Results13.5 4wd BuggyQualified: 7th C MainFinished: 5th C MainTires: Pro-Line Clay Electrons 4wd Short Course ModifiedQualified: 4th B MainFinished: 4th B MainTires: Pro-Line Clay Electrons January 24, 2016Coral Springs RC – Coral Springs, FLClub Race Coral Springs did a track change in preparation of round 2 of the JConcepts SuperCup race being held in February. This would be our only chance before then to get some practice in. We made some adjustments to my SCT and put higher diff fluids in the front. I noticed a huge difference in the handling of my truck when I took some laps before qualifying. The first qualifier I used some Pro-Line Stunners and finished 2nd in my heat and was sitting 3rd overall. I ended up switching my tires to Hole Shots in my 2nd qualifier. They seemed to work awesome as I was able to take the TQ for the very first time. I was so excited to be starting in the number 1 position, but nervous at the same time. My nerves defiantly got the best of me at the start of the Main. When the buzzer went off I hit the throttle, took the double and went straight into the wall. I thought it was all over as I dropped all the way back to 4th. After that I took a deep breath and gave it my all. It took me 4 to 5 laps, but I made my way back to first and was able to hold onto till the end. My Pro-Line tires got me my very first TQ and win today. David raced his 13.5 4wd buggy today. They combined this class with the Mod 4wd’s today so everyone could race. David ended up qualifying 2nd starting behind #Daniel Paz who was running Mod. David ended up having some bad luck with traffic in the Main and finished 5th. David Iler Race Results13.5 4wd BuggyQualified: 2ndFinished: 5thTires: Pro-Line Hole Shots Jessica Iler Race Results4wd Short Course ModifiedQualified: 1st TQ: 10/5:09.012Finished: 1stTires: Pro-Line Q1 Stunners, Q2/Main Hole Shots A special thank you to our sponsors #Proline, #LFR2016, #BocaBearing, #DERacing and #TriCountyHobbies.
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