Today might be one of the busiest days of racing we have had yet. Maybe I am thinking that now because of the wicked tornado we just drove through in Oklahoma but I will blog that next. We raced today at two different race tracks. The day started off at Texas Motorsport Ranch for three different events. We drove a 1.3 mile course, 1.7 mile course, and then a 3.1 mile course. Keep in mind when I say miles that is the distance around the course. You have to do 3 full wide open laps during competition. The 3.1 was the most difficult because that is a total of over 9 miles on the gas and brakes the entire time. The car handled it very well and this will be the longest course of the event so that is now behind us. We finished up with two 2nd places and a 3rd place in our class for that track today. We are very happy with those results. After that we loaded up and headed about 100 miles roughly to North Star Dragway for a bracket race. This went really good in the end but started as a struggle. Our car makes a lot of power and keep in mind we have to run it on the same tires we are driving on for this entire event. Same tires that we started with have to be the same tires we finish with 3500 miles later so a drag only tire is not used. First pass down the track the tires were pretty much up in smoke the entire way. After that we drove the car really mild. The results were good and we took first place in our class during the bracket race tonight. Tomorrow we race in Oklahoma!
Today started out crazy in Pueblo Colorado. It rained all night so we knew it might be rough. The first downer was we had a low ET drag race this morning that was cancelled. This was a downer as we knew this was an area we would do well. Next the rain really came in and it was questionable if we would run the two road course runs. The racers took a vote and we decided to run the road course in the rain. We had a large concern that the power of the engine would make traction very difficult. The FRPP/Roush supercharger makes tons of torque at a very low RPM. We set the pressure in our Continental Extreme Contact DW tires for the conditions and the car was amazing. Today was just nuts tons of cars went off the track because of the rain. We left the track with two first place finishes today so it does not get much better than that. Tomorrow we race at Texas Motorsport Ranch (Crescent). Calling for rain again so we will see how it goes.
We had a good day racing today. After spending a couple days sorting out some details on the car we have it dialed in pretty good. The team Gas Monkey Brenspeed Mustang finished 1st place this morning, and second place this afternoon. There are some great competitive cars in this race for sure. We are currently in Colorado. We get to stay in Colorado for another day of racing then we will be heading to Texas.
After the aggressive track sessions today we decided it was time for some maintenance. We found a couple great locals at a Goodyear shop in Denver. Greg and Jeremy stayed late tonight after their normal busy work day to allow some fluid changes in the Mustang. We want to keep fresh Lucas oil in the engine and brake lines because we had no mercy racing today. A lot of this race is about maintenance. Even though all you want to do after a long day racing is drive to the next location you have to take care of the car. Thanks Greg and Jeremy! We also swung by the new Tire Rack warehouse in Denver for a break. They were serving some great BBQ for the one lap racers and showing off the new warehouse. That place was huge with about every tire in stock ready to ship. If the rain will stay away we have a drag race and a road race tomorrow. We are VERY much looking forward to tomorrow which I believe is Tuesday, it is all a blur at this point. Race, Drive, Sleep, and maybe eat. It is NON STOP.
So you may be asking why are we riding Razor scooters when we are supposed to be racing? Well a HUGE part of racing is the preparation before you start. This is not only vehicle maintenance but walking the track before each race. The tracks are typically 2 miles or longer and it is an absolute must to walk them before you drive on them. Above you see us (from Left Brent White, Big Chris Smith, and Mike Musto) cruising (and having fun) on Razor A5 Lux scooters. This race is about doing as much in a small amount of time as possible and the Razor scooters are a fantastic way to cruise the road course before you drive it. They are also a great way to cruise through the pits through the day. Another big part of racing these tracks you have never been on is learning them. Cruising them is fantastic before you drive them, but we have been trying to memorize them as well. Before the event you get a really good diagram of each track so you know you what you are facing. This is a valuable tool, and we use them every day.
Today we wrapped up racing at the Raceway Park of Midlands in Iowa. This is Big Chris and he is half of our two man team. Well at 6 foot 9 he is maybe more than half. Chris from the UK had his hands today on our Team Brenspeed Gas Monkey Garage 2015 Mustang. He did very well but felt the power we put under the hood might be a bit much as out of most turns the car was over powering the tires. Good news is that means we haul big time on the straights. This is only day 2 so as we get more wheel time we will likely get a bit more control of it. Its Sunday night and we are already into Colorado. Monday morning we race at High Plains Raceway which is in Deer Trail. We made great time driving tonight so we actually sat down for a meal. The One Lap Of America race is intense between racing, driving, and little sleep so food can be a good thing.
Started off great today by passing tech inspection. Now we are waiting for the first event which is a wet skid pad. The car feels good and it is ready to rock this week. Spirits are high because well… this is only day one. After the wet skid pad today we head directly to Iowa to race at 8am Sunday morning. Current Location, South Bend Indiana. #teamGMGBrenspeed #oloa2015
Today we raced what is called a wet skid pad. Basically spray water on a track and drive in a circle as fast as you can without sliding off. This is one of two skid pads we will be on this week. First thing Sunday morning we race a road course in Iowa. We are excited for the road course as that is what this car was built for. As soon as the skid pad was finished today we loaded up all our gear and hit the road. We made the 550 mile drive tonight so we are already near the track ready to go in the morning. We are averaging about 20 mpg which we are really happy with at the power level the car is set up at. Big Chris is on windshield duty in the picture below. His reach is perfect being 6 foot 9 inches tall!
OK so this may look crazy but yes this is what we pack in our car for the 1 lap race. Understand what you race is what you drive and when you break you need to have it with you. Here is a short list of our supplies that we packed into our 2015 Team brenspeed Gas Monkey Garage Mustang. The list is long so hang in there. Clothes for two drivers for 8 days of racing, race suites including helmets, spare brake pads, rotors, clutch, half shafts, sway bar end links, and spare tire. Remember this race is has to be ran on the same set of tires the entire week on track and off so our spare is for a disaster situation on the side of the road in the middle of the night. Duct tape, electrical tape, connections, wire, tools, JB weld, silicone, loc tite, clamps we have to be ready for anything! Razor scooters to check the tracks we are racing this week this is much better than walking! fuel can, tarp, chairs, more tools ( A lot), computers, and several classified go fast items. Fluids and a LOT OF LUCAS FLUIDS! Oil changes, trans changes, rear changes, and everything we need to keep the drive train in perfect working order. This racing will for sure boil some of the fluids so we are set. Maintenance is key! Radar detector, inverters, power supplies, it never ends on the electrical side of things. This car is slammed full and ready to go! The race starts tomorrow Saturday May 2nd! I left out a lot of items. Some because it is so buried in the car I couldn’t see them, and some because they are well….. top secret.
The team at Brenspeed has worked hard over the last two weeks getting the 2015 Mustang ready for the One Lap Of America. We are teaming up with Gas Monkey Garage to build the wicked 2015 Mustang. We have many supporters building this car so thanks to our friends at Afco, Ford Performance, Lucas Oil, Continental Tires, Gas Monkey, 360 Wraps, Kedan Logistics, Razor Scooters, and American Car Magazine for your support on this particular build!
Ok we are going to race about 3,500 miles in 7 days. The race is difficult and the constant daily track racing is going to be hard on the car. Afco Engineering has done a great job on helping us keep this Mustang cool. We have a HUGE aluminum radiator and a HUGE supercharger heat exchanger with dual fans. We are running a cooler thermostat and a custom cross over system to keep the coolant running fully through the block. We are also running Lucas Oil Super Coolant which will reduce our engine temps up to 20 degrees.