Blackhawk Farms SCCA National Race - Trackpedia.com Stohr F1000 with John Stecher driving
A collection of the main moments from the Carl Mueller SCCA National Race
May 17, 2009 at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Beloit. This was my first trip
to Blackhawk and I got a crap start mainly because I had a ton of rocks
embedded in my tires from where we paddocked and I was too lazy to pick
them out. Once the tires came in I had a lot of fun making my way back up
through the field.
Stohr F1000 at Autobahn Country Club - John Stecher
Me and my F1000 running the last race I could in 2008 at Autobahn Country
Club in Joliet. I ended up breaking an a-arm in qualifying and didn't
realize it when we rolled out for the race because the powder coating held
it together until it came apart during the race.
Last to first - Gateway SCCA SRF Racing
Watch in HD! (camera was lower res, apologies)
July 31, 2010, driver Denny Stripling in SRF #4, Dash race at Gateway
International Raceway, or "When your car is more of a 'dance partner'".
This was my first time at this track and I was surprised how much I enjoyed
it, considering the fact it's a roval. (keep reading)
This race was Saturday afternoon and start times were based on fastest lap
from the earlier races. Multiple classes were combined (Spec Miata, IT,
SRF, Showroom Stock, etc) for a field of 29 I believe. I started last with
the fastest time of the day. Based on 18 laps (if I recall), I started
about 3:30 behind the first car to go out, with all the other cars going
out between he and I based on the gap they needed so that theoretically
we'd all cross S/F at the checkered simultaneously.
The SRF's were the last race group before this race so we only had about 20
minutes to cool down and get a drink before we had to report to the grid
for the Dash. Cars, drivers, and especially tires were still hot and
greasy. Ok maybe the drivers weren't "greasy" but you get my point. Ambient
was well into the 90's with pretty good humidity.
My car had a known shock issue (I've had them rebuilt since then and can
really tell a difference) which lead to a fair amount of instability. The
tires I ran were from 3 different sets, all throwaways and all beyond what
I would have expected to be their competitive life. As the race goes on,
you can see what a handful the car was (watch the white line on the
steering wheel to track my steering input).
A quick description of the track, based on how I would number the corners:
- T1 coming off the oval, 5th gear in SRF, approximately 110MPH. On a flier
I would turn the car left and then breathe the throttle a touch to get some
front grip, then back on it. The transition to the infield is nasty (I
flatspotted two fronts during the weekend trying to determine how deep you
can get in there). Get on the binders right at the transition, modulate for
the bump, then hard back on them and down into 3rd for T2.
T2 - mid-3rd gear left hander.
T3 - entrance to high speed esses. I had to breathe my car in 4th gear to
get the nose to bite on entrance. On good tires, this would undoubtedly be
T4 - RH exiting esses, the exit on the far left hand side is off camber so
the car drifts a bit.
T5 - flat out 4th gear LH to set up for T6
T6 - hard, quick brake, flick to 3rd, and hard back on the gas for the long
open radius RH run to T7
T7 - no visible markers for reference, get on the brakes (left foot for
me), get the car as square as possible as you've been turning right the
entire time since T6, and head into 7. T7 was a nightmare for me all
weekend from a grip perspective. It was a fight all the way through there
every lap it seemed.
T8 - LH onto the oval. Low 3rd gear, late apex, important corner setting
you up for the run onto the oval which is flat out in an SRF.
This was a great race and I really enjoyed the chance to pass so many cars
in such a short period of time (several of them multiple times!).
Thanks so much to the St Louis Region of the SCCA who put this event on, to
the awesome corner workers who allow us to do what we love to do, and to
the other excellent drivers in this race who were observant, intelligent,
and courteous. A great event overall. Hope you enjoy!
2009 SCCA June Sprints F1000 Qualifying Lap in a Stohr F1000 - John Stecher
This is my one good qualifying lap in Q2 at the 2009 June Sprints in my
Stohr F1000. Ran a 2:14.7 which is about 2 seconds off my best time here
but overall was happy with the result and starting on the second row.
Really gotta solve the understeer in T3 and T12!.
Thanks for all the help Lindsay, Eric (and family), John, Michelle, Mark!
Porsche 924 Race Mallory Park 26/04/2009
My demon start from 8th to 4th by the first corner. Unfortunately the
clutch failed and eventually I couldn't get any gears coming out of the
hairpin so had to retire.