Super Lap Pocono Winner Element Tuning, 9/08

Pocono Raceway was host to the final round of “Super Lap Battle” qualifying. With hurricane Hannah hammering the east coast with high winds and massive rain storms, Saturday was just a day to skip for us . With the weather looking great for Sunday we headed north to Pocono Raceway in the town of Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Sunday’s weather was beautiful with a nice breeze and cool weather. Having never run on a NASCAR oval I honestly didn’t know what to expect. What I was greeted with was an ultra high speed freak fest. LOL! I’ll be the first to admit it took a few laps to allow my brain to run flat out on the oval shifting into 6th gear mid turn. With ample downforce, great JIC suspension and Hankook tires the car stayed well planted at high speed. The lower speed corners were a whole different ball game and taming the Element Tuning power house STi proved difficult.

On the third session I ran comfortably but the car started pushing on the oval at the apex just before the straight at around 140 mph so I pulled in. What we found was the outside front tire loosing air at it only had 23 psi hot. Without much competition in the “Unlimited” class we knew we had the win with this time of 55.6 seconds.

While this was all fine and dandy I wanted to be the fastest at the track! Um, it was all about bragging rights I set my sights on these race cars which were the fastest at the track so on went a new front tire/wheel.

My competition:

Porsche Daytona Prototype: Best Lap of 53.9 second

Tube chassis GT1 Camaro?: Best Lap of 55.0xx seconds

Diasio D 962R Turbocharged Rotary Powered: Best Lap of 55.0xx seconds

(I didn’t snap a pic of this car as it was on the track when I was taking photos but this was the actual car at this event)

Element Tuning Time Attack STi: Best Lap of 54.8 seconds

Here’s a video of the fastest lap (I apologize for the camera angle as it must have been bumped out of position).

I set out to beat the time set by the DP car and I ran our car to the edge but I just couldn’t keep the rear end hooked up as well as I needed it to be. Those cars are purpose built for racing, with tons of downforce, lots of power, and real racing slicks. I felt really comfortable however with the car and pushed it for all it was worth. I was getting so sideways trying to get on the power early that my lap times only dropped down to 55 seconds flat. After cooling the tires for a lap I had to ease into the throttle but ultimately came within 9/10ths of second to the Porsche DP car with a 54.8 second lap time.

All in all it was a great weekend. Here are some other cars and pics from this event.

Someone has to keep it clean

Thanks for the radiator hose!

Modified Magazine G35 all the way from Toronto, Canada.

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