Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Day at the Races

On Sunday, myself and 6 other members of our team spent the day at Kil-Kare Speedway autocrossing. The day started out wet and for some of the guys it was their first time out at the track so the times were slow at first but once the sun came out everyone dropped almost 10 seconds from their first run. Dustin Winchester posted the fastest time between us while driving Mr. K’s Mazda Miata with 52.8 seconds.

Not only did we drive but a few of the guys took ride alongs with some of the top finishers of the day. It was a blood pumping trip to say the least. All in all we learned a lot, had ton of fun, and made some friends.

- Wes Muntz

 Ben Beall and Jon Pyles waiting in the grid before their first run.

Jon going hard into the corner.

 Dustin staying focused.

Dustin tearing it up on the track.

Nick Duncan being awesome.

Nick out on the course while Ben waits for his turn.

Monday, September 28, 2009

'10 Car Color

The 2010 car color has been decided upon! This year we will be going with a laser blue body with a black frame. Pictures from Lotus are shown below to give you an idea of what the color scheme will look like.

In other news, this past Sunday 7 members of our team went out to Kil-Kare Raceway to get some driving practice in. Pictures of that will be coming soon.

-Wes Muntz

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Intro to Jackets Racing

A quick overview of Jackets Racing and what we do:

Jackets Racing is now in its sixth year of attending Formula SAE events. FSAE is a student design competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The objective of the competition is to develop a prototype race car that can be marketed to a weekend autocross racer. Each team designs, builds, and tests a prototype. The cars then compete at competition in both dynamic and static events.

The car must first pass a rigorous technical inspection at which it is checked for compliance with the rules. Next, the car is judged on its marketability and the quality of its engineering design in the business and design presentations. A cost report detailing the price of each component of the car is also submitted and judged. The team then participates in four dynamic events. The acceleration and skid-pad events test the raw acceleration and cornering capabilities of the car. The autocross course is comprised of slaloms, hairpin turns, and small straights, and so tests the agility of the car. The twenty-two kilometer long endurance event tests the manufacturing quality and stamina of the car.

- Wes Muntz

Here are some pictures of our team and our cars:

07-08 Car

08-09 Car

Scott Bardakjy driving the Miata during the Autocross at Kil-Kare Raceway

Dustin Winchester driving the 09 Car in an Autocross at Kil-Kare Raceway

Scott Bardakjy doing Skidpad Testing