Woke up this morning, and told myself that is feels like a good day to go racing.
Figured I would make it a family affair, take my 3.5 year old to the track at lapeer. Of course I did't have any major expectations besides to NOT do worse than last year which was 11.89@ 119 on E85.
For those that know lapeer dragway, it is for lack of a better word "rustic" to say the least, but non the less, I enjoy going there, as it elevates the adrenaline leve( especially) in the left lane which is very bouncy on the big end of the track.
First pass out... can't shift into 2nd gear ... WTF, this is going to be a long day I thought to myself, come to fine a busted shifter cable... so some quick re-engineering later ( see picture below)... I was able to make a pass.
With a 5000 rpm launch control... about 9 degrees up top on 93 octane the car went 11.83 @ 122. sweet the car is up 3 mph and it beat its time before.
Next pass out the injector clip on number 1 cylinder came off, which at the point I had to abort the run.
4th pass of the day, I let my good friend take ol girl for a spin.. I did however warn him that it was a little skaty on the back 1/8th due to the bump steer. Here is a video I shot, and excuse the banter between my son and I . Click below for video
The pass ended up being a 12.2 at 123mph
Last pass of the day, was against some really cool fellows that run in the grudge series of NO ET in milan. They were doing some all motor tests and as I would have it, I was up against an LS powered fox body .
As I pulled up to the line, I knew that I would have to screw with this guy, because he most definitely was going to, out 60 foot me. I let him pre-stage and then stage, I let him linger on the line just for a few seconds, as I crept up slowly into my prestage and stage... as the lights started to drop I hit the 2 step, banging around 5400 rpm.. I tried my best to get the perfect light, but was a little early 0.044 seconds early..
Oh well i was not going to stop, as the mustang blew past me, I stayed in first as long as I could before I slammed into second... good, 2 more gears to go... I slowly started to reel him in, by the 1/8th I was closer... once I was in 4th... I really started to pick up the pass, as we both came to the beams I was staring inside his car.
It was a great run .. where I ended up running the cars best pass to date 11.53 @ 126.2 mph edging the mustang out by 0.03 seconds. If this was a competition I would have lost the minute I red lighted.
here is the slip :
So with a recap 26 psi, 11 degrees of timing up top, 93 octane the car was able to reset its own personal best by 0.3 seconds and 7 mph .
hope you enjoyed my sunday runs as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you.