Archive for October, 2008

Plastic Surgery…Sorta!

Monday, October 20th, 2008

Hello Everyone:

Time for another installment in my so-called life.  Doing a little housecleaning these days…out with the old, in with the new.  This entry is a continuation from my last blog.  After going off track at Subiefest and flying Porsche parts at Auto Club Speedway, I had to make some changes to the front end…pretty much everything needed to be changed (hood, fenders, bumper, and sideskirts.) 

I dropped off the car to my preferred paint shop (Upland Ford Collision Center) as they have done great work for me in the past.  I was then off on my east coast road trip that my boss so kindly volunteered me to go.  Two weeks on the road without hotel rooms or showers can do a lot for a person…making new friends was not one of them!  One good thing, people give you lots of personal space so I was a happy camper!

Oh yeah, I had a point…after two weeks on the road, waiting for me all pretty, and clean, and new was Sancha parked just where I left her at the shop just waiting for me to pick her up!  For those that want to know why I call her “Sancha”, ask someone who knows spanish to expain it to you!

Sancha looks great…a little plastic surgery by the “doctor” Bill at Upland Ford was enough to bring a tear to my eye.  She was absolutely beautiful!  A new carbon fiber hood, painted on both sides with a carbon fiber stripe down the midel, carbon fiber fenders, and a shiny new Zerosports front bumper and sideskirts.  Wow, she is quite menacing now with plenty of wide open space for air to flow through to the brakes and intercooler. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well what’s next for Sancha?  Gotta get her a new dress of course!!!  This weekend we plan to re-wrap her with all new sponsor logos.  Possibly show her off this weekend at a local car show.  The big dance will be the first week of November where she will be featured at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas, NV. and Subie Invasion sponsored by EDO Performance.

Then we’re off to Buttonwillow Raceway where we compete in the Super Lap Battle Finals!  Come out and show your support…hope to see you there!!

Racing and Damage — It’s the nature of the beast!

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

 

Hello Everyone!

As my second blog entry, I struggled with what I should write about as I’m a little new at this blog thing.  I figured I’d share what every driver, car owner, and team must deal with in this sport…vehicle damage.

Starting with this year’s Subiefest, held at Willow Springs Raceway, temperatures were hot and the competition was stiff!  With track temperatures reaching upwards of 115 degrees, it was very hard on the motors!  With 3 motors blowing up on saturday’s practice, and a few more spewing oil on track on sunday, it made for scary and unpredictable track conditions.  I was a victim on sunday morning during my practice session when a car ahead of me had been spewing oil on track without getting black flagged.  So into turn 1 at speeds well over 100mph, I hit a patch of oil at turn exit sending me off track.  At those speeds, I was sure I was going to do some serious damage…both feet in and hope it didn’t roll!!!  Lucky for me, the runoff wasn’t too bad, but after hitting a small ditch in the runoff I generously donated some body parts to the track.  The carnage was bad but not enough to kill my day.  We lost the front splitter and bumper, and also did damage to the fenders, sideskirts, and undercarriage.  With the help of EDO Performance and their pit crew, we were able to get the car back out for qualifying and made it into the finals!  All in all, I can’t complain…things could have been worse!

Two weeks later brings us to California Speedway.  Speedventures put on a track day on the Roval Course and I couldn’t resist!  Five minutes from home, and enough track credits to cover the day convinced me that it would be a good day to go play and get some more seat time!  The day went well, the car ran great even despite the body damage from Subiefest!  On my last session, it happened.  While following a Porsche GT2 on the front straight as speed well over 145mph, something from under the porsche flew up and demolished my hood and scoop!  The damage was so bad that this too needs to be replaced, but once again, i’m grateful because it could have been worse.

Within two consecutive events, I have now destroyed a hood, front bumper, side skirts, and front fenders.  Am I upset about this?  Of course!  Is this going to cost me?  You bet!  But hey…that’s racing!  I knew this when I got into it…and have to take it as it comes.  What’s next?  Well, I’ve been fortunate to receive some help from new sponsorships and acquired all of the necessary parts to replace the damage.  The car is at the bodyshop now getting repainted and put back together in time for this year’s SEMA show and Subie Invasion!  The following week, we will be competing at the Super Lap Battle Finals to be held at Buttonwillow Raceway.  Is there a possiblity that I can do more damage???  Absolutely!  Does that make me crazy?  Nope!  I’m a race car driver…it’s what I do.

Scott VanderHeide

Driver — EDO Performance STi