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October 5, 2011

Final Stretch of 2011 Season

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Here we are already going into the final stretch of the 2011 Season and the Life’s Good Racing!TM team–with just two races remaining–findourselves in third place in the overall standings.  This weekend’s race at Buttonwillow Raceway, just outside of Bakersfield California, is the only race of the year at that venue and promises to be a track befitting the performance characteristics of our 2007 Hawk Brakes, WORKS Motorsports, San Rafael Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.  Our race car’s four wheel drive should propel us out of the characteristically rough-surfaced corners with fantastic traction, giving us a competitive advantage among a very tightly bunched field.

We have been testing Life’s Good Racing!TM  Lancer at Infineon Raceway recently, focusing on handling and traction, and have been seeing improvement in both areas.  clip_image004_0000To keep up with the lead cars, we require both and more.  This was not unexpected given that this is the first year with this car.  Our experience shows that it generally takes 12 to 18 months to sort out a new race car.  The improvements we have seen over the course of this season indicate we are on such a trajectory as we expect to have a consistent and race winning car early next race season.

At our most recent testing weekend we were fortunate to have Oliver Simons with us.  The photos seen here are courtesy of Oliver who has contributed to the team in many ways.  You can see more taken by Oliver by going to the Sept 24 & 25 Infineon Raceway link on the Gallery page of this website.  Thank you Oliver!

clip_image006_0000In addition to the work on the Lancer, we continue to evolve the Life’s Good Racing!TM 1969 Camaro.  To date we have run the car in NASA Time Trials, driving in TTU (Time Trials “Unlimited” class), as we focus on suspension setup and aero management in search of more grip for this thundering, high horsepower muscle car.  Our efforts are paying off as we saw significant improvements at our recent testing weekend.  Much of the improvement comes from under-hood air management with bits fabricated by team fabricator Mark Deshetler. His work in this area is resulting in the car’s front end being more firmly planted, thus allowing the car to turn even under high g-loading cornering with aggressive throttle inputs.

We will soon be posting some videos from the Infineon Raceway weekend both from inside of the 1969 Camaro and from the top of the car both on YouTube and on the 1969 Camaro page of this website for your viewing.  You can access that page by clicking on the picture of the 1969 Camaro embedded in the header of this page.  You will see that this beast passed everything in the field, including a Ferrari F430 and a Maserati!  This car is an absolute blast to drive.  Whereas we do not have any current plans to formally compete in this car, we continue to evolve its handling and performance to the delight of anyone and everyone who has seen this car on track.

Time to focus on prepping for this upcoming race weekend at Buttonwillow Raceway.

See you at the races!

Karl Chicca, Pleasanton, CA

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