View Full Version : Thursday bits from the pits

07-27-2006, 06:44 PM
Test and Tune day at Route 66 dawned hot and sultry, but by mid-day there were more than 200 heads-up cars on the property getting ready for a weekend of world-class racing.

http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/1/NMRA IL/weather.jpgHow hot was it? Per Mr. Open Comp’s weather station, 90 degrees and 63 percent humidity just after noon. The density altitude? An alpine 3200 feet.

http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/1/NMRA IL/urist.jpgOne of the early arrivals getting ready on Thursday was MSD Super Street Outlaw racer John Urist, sporting this spooky new wrap on his familiar red ride.

http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/1/NMRA IL/halfacre.jpgIn the “why didn’t we notice this earlier?” file is this shot of Jarrett Halfacre’s way-cool boost control setup. Per Halfacre, in addition to a conventional wastegate that regulates how much exhaust flow reaches the hot side of the turbocharger, this wastegate on the cool side helps keep boost under precise control. Commanded by a MSD boost controller and activated by a CO2 bottle, the wastegate mounted on the intercooler releases pressurized intake air to the outside world when required. At 2.5 seconds into the run, a solenoid on the release side clamps down and keeps the wastegate closed for the remainder of the pass.

http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/1/NMRA IL/kelkboom.jpgIn the “we pride ourselves on getting it right – eventually” file we find Burt Kelkboom. In Michigan, we incorrectly reported that Team Aruba’s new car was an IHRA veteran chassis. Nothing could be further from the truth; it’s actually a brand new Rick Jones piece that reflects Team Aruba’s commitment to bringing home a DiabloSport Pro 5.0 championship. Sorry about that, guys!

http://promediapub.com/filehost/files/1/NMRA IL/rain1.jpgAnd then, the weather went from “uncomfortable” to scary, as a severe storm passed through the area, spawning (no joke here) tornadoes that had everyone on the property scrambling for shelter. Right now, at 6 PM, it’s still coming down. No tornados in sight, knock on wood, and the forecast for the rest of the weekend is hot but precipitation-free. We’re clearing out, so that’s it for today from Route 66.