Aaron Jongbloedt's site dedicated to promoting of amateur motorsports (particularly in the Midwest), high performance drivers' education, the prevention of street racing, and general automotive enthusiasm.
A bit cold out at Dakota County Technical Collage in Roseville, high 30's
Had the pleasure of coaching the Regan's father and son's well sorted NA Miata.
M. Yang and his Acura TSX on Tien coilovers. Very predictable and balanced FWD.
Thanks to Mike Horwath for letting me take out his Tesla Model 3 Performance edition. I am super impressed with it's track prowess. It weighs just over 4000lbs, but doesn't handle like it. It corners super flat, brakes really well, just a bit of under-steer and power over-steer. In track mode it will let slide, I am told it will let you spin it, we didn't push it that hard. The regeneration braking takes a bit of getting used to; if you are not on the accelerator it is slowing down. Much like if you had your parking break is partially engaged. Several comers that would normally require a brush of the break just required a small lift to scrub enough speed and get the nose to take a set. It does go without saying the renown acceleration of these things is a drug. "Setting up for a pass" wasn't necessary, just "punch it" and one flies by the slower car. On the street going 60mph then flooring it will set you back in your seat.
AJ + TO + 3 = awesome sauce - YouTube
Interesting, the Tesla has built in cameras (plural), hit a button and it "saves" the last 10 minutes video. Also it dos a bit of data analysis! It looks like the GPS doesn't cycle fast enough for true "race car level" results, but considering it is a factory option, I am impressed. This is just the aggregate data, more detail is available.
BRAINERD Registration for Brainerd is now open! Come join us in the Land of Lakes on July 13-14 for 2 days of racing at the low, low price of $750 per team. Bring the family, race over the weekend and stay a while in this beautiful resort area in the middle of MN.
New to WRL? Want to check us (or BIR) out? New teams get a $250 discount using code BIR2019NEW when registering. That's $500 for 18 hours of racing!
After fighting the temptation for a while, I got a sim racing rig. Previously I was just using my normal desk with a non-rolling office chair. I scored this rig with chair and the made for Xbox Logitech G920 steering wheel (but still works with a Windows PC) off of CraigsList for the price of the onsale price of the steering wheel on Amazon! I couldn't pass the bargain up. The previous owner sold it because his fiance "hated it." I get that my g/f rolled her eyes! :)
Currently it is going through my 42" 4k TV. The same PC is driving it, I just had to acquire a longer display port to HDMI (4k compatible) cable, the USB cable barely reaches, and the wireless keyboard & mouse are still in range. I set the rig on top of a "movers dolly" so I can unplug it and wheel it out of the way for movie nights.
I am surprised to say how much better of an experience iRacing is with a rig like this. Eventually I may swap out the used Honda Civic seat with FAPS (Favorite Auto Parts Store) racing seat cover with a "retired" real racing seat.
Friday I got to coach this fine gentleman in is BMW 235
Almost 90 cars take the field!
From the peak of corner 1
WRL COTA 133 GP3 Miata - Jongbloedt - YouTube
Part of my stint Sunday...@ 9:17 the BMW e30 spins in front of me and dive to the dirt to avoid hitting him
Saturday12th of 25 in GP3 class. 48th of 88 overall. Too much drama for us with a wheel bearing, then a hit and another bent/broken wheel and alignment issues, and then the loose battery later (again from the hit). Sunday finished 32nd out of 83 overall and 11th out of 23 in class.
At Hallett Raceway 44 cars took to the 10 turn 1.8 mile track October 20 for the World Racing League 8 hour endurance race. Saturday we ran the course clockwise. I will update with video clips and other pictures as I get them.....
Sunrise shines on the control tower, each morning the "chicken song" plays over the PA, and before any cars take to the race track we begin with the national anthem (as it should be!).
This actually happened during our practice day. The driver of our car says he didn't drop it off of any curbs or anything, it just let go. Apparently these 949Racing 6UL wheels are notorious for breaking.
Saturday we finished 4th in class, and 14th overall. Honestly we only got 4th because the previous 4th place car had a hub fail and was unable to repair it before the race ended.
Sunday 41 cars took to the field, which we ran Counter Clockwise. Our Miata actually had three car to car contacts which is super rare. I was in the car for two of the incidents. One of them I was the 3rd car of four car group, all of us were pretty close to the same speed. The car behind me tried to dive in ton the inside of a turn, which has a low percentage of success anyways. That car ended up doing a pit maneuver on my passenger rear, spun me around. Fortunately no one else hit me. I got the car back to pits, and we found that both the front & rear alignment was knocked out of whack, and the was damaged. We got the car back on track and were able to finish 9th in class, and roughly 18th in class.