Dramatic first ChumpCar endurance event of 2015

Dramatic first ChumpCar endurance event of 2015

By Freddie Heaney – Road Atlanta, GA: ChumpCar staged its first nationwide event of the 2015 race season with a well-supported 14-hour endurance race. “Life has an expiry date,” as they say, “let’s do something!” Of the ninety-two entrants, some originating from as far away as Canada, the ChumpCar opener was won by a 1999 Saab driven by an upstate New York-based team called Tired Iron from Sauquoit. In fact, this same car triumphed at the 2014 ChumpCar Daytona event and yet another of their Saabs finished fourth at Road Atlanta. What’s their special quality you might ask? A reputation for building fast reliable Saabs and selecting fast evenly matched drivers—usually four. The trouble with flags Saturday, February 7, turned out to be a warm mid-winter day with blue skies, grateful enthusiasts escaping their snowy thermal prisons in the north and the promise of close, enjoyable racing. In fact, sometimes too close which precipitated a couple red-flag periods. The red flag carries a symbol of urgency, signifying all racers must come to an easy stop, pulling over to track edge and out of the way. But endurance racing, where hundreds of drivers participate, has by nature a potential for error: some proceed to stop as fast as possible with dramatic clouds of tire smoke, while others fail to pull over, blocking the track for those cars racing up behind. Even more sinister, perhaps, was the sight of the black flag, brandished around 5:45 just before nightfall. This compelled all racers to return to the paddock for a “Call-to-Jesus meeting.” With racecars parked in two neat, long lines along the...
Dazzling art of heel-and-toe

Dazzling art of heel-and-toe

On modern racing cars, throttle blipping on down-shifts is activated by the paddle-shifting mechanism on the steering wheel. But during the last century it was the work of the driver’s right foot…

Why people struggle with serpentine pulley systems

Why people struggle with serpentine pulley systems

By Archie Bosman: When you decide to invest in a serpentine pulley system, many of which cost around $2,000 and beyond, naturally, you want your endeavor to be a potential award-winner. But the new system should not only look good but also fit well.  It is also crucial that the kit includes all the brackets, pulleys, accessories, belt, as well as power steering and air conditioning provisions. And if the manufacturer takes pride in their work you’ll find all the fasteners, spacers, and gaskets, individually identified. Joe Rode of Eddie Motorsports explains the basics and offers advice on how to select a competent serpentine belt system. To view the video of “How to Select a Serpentine System” click here: Source: Eddie Motorsports Inc Rancho, Cucamonga, CA 888-813-1293...
KRC launches new power steering fluid: their best ever!

KRC launches new power steering fluid: their best ever!

By Bertie Scott Brown – Kennesaw, GA: KRC has introduced a unique, new power steering fluid. It breaks new ground in its reduction of fluid cavitation, noise and heat. Surviving heat hazards is a crucial breakthrough in fluid longevity. Under-hood temperatures in some racing vehicles can exceed 300 degrees Fahrenheit, precipitating power steering fluid renewal before each race. KRC’s new petroleum-based fluid also prevents corrosion and foaming within the system. Foaming causes an effect in steering systems similar to that of air in braking systems. Racers can now purchase KRC’s new fluid in a convenient six-pack, instead of the traditional twelve, or individually. The six one-quart containers usually complete three fluid changes. Now available from stocking dealers, KRC power steering fluid sells for $14.95 per quart. Background: a simple but decisive test Using a pump tester operating at 2,000rpm with 500psi pressure applied, KRC monitored the performance of various power steering fluids. As the fluids reached 240 degrees Fahrenheit, they recorded the elapsed time of temperature increases in 10-degree increments. They then released the entire 500psi pressure, which rapidly reduced the heat the pump emits and recorded the rate of decline. During testing KRC discovered synthetic fluids would perform admirably during the first test cycle. However, if after cooling, the same test was repeated, the performance of the synthetic fluid deteriorated and after several heat cycles it deteriorated significantly. Hence, they concluded that the properties of the synthetic fluid would break down as it passed 240 to 300 degrees where, in contrast, their new premium petroleum-based formula was more repeatable. How do you know when to change power steering...

Edelbrock announces new LS3 intake, bestows small-block Chevrolet engine in sweepstake contest and releases 2015 catalog

By Fergus Ogilvy – Torrance, CA: Edelbrock has expanded its LS intake manifold line with a new Performer RPM design. Devised for Gen IV LS engines with LS3, L92 and L76 rectangular port cylinder heads, it is ideal for carbureted LS2 or LS3 engines operating in the 1,500 – 6,500rpm range. Assigned part number 71197, the new intake incorporates a high-rise dual-plane design that combines a plenum optimized for square-bore carburetors. Weighing 14lbs the Performer RPM LS3 includes provision for mounting an MSD Ignition Timing Control Module and features passages for routing the coil wire harness. It’s also provided with a throttle and transmission bracket that operates with 700R-4, 200-4R and Turbo 350 transmissions. Conveniently, the intake manifold flange is machined for use with GM LS3, L92 and L76-style individual port o-ring gaskets. Win small-block Chevrolet engine: Sweepstake commemorating its 60th anniversary Shortly, one winner will receive a 60th anniversary edition Chevrolet small-block engine. It’s equipped with an Edelbrock Power Package top end and Enforcer Supercharger that generates 520hp. Entries close May 5, 2015. To sign-up go to www.Edelbrock.com 2015 catalog Lastly, Edelbrock has announced the release of their 2015 catalog which features 190 new products. Free, the latest 220-page volume can be ordered in print (#09215) or on CD (#09015); they can also be viewed online at www.Edelbrock.com/order_catalog   Source: Edelbrock, LLC. (888) 288-2892...