MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul, Race 3 & 4 AutoClub Speedway
by Clint Boisdeau
Races 3 and 4 of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship presented by Motul brought us to AutoClub Speedway in questionably beautiful Fontana, CA. What was amazing was the weekend's cloudy and cool weather which yielded happy engines and good surface grip. The “roval” configuration utilizes the front straight and turn 1-2 of the NASCAR oval. But instead of continuing on the back straight of the oval, road racers are subjected to a brake zone from 130+mph to about 40mph for a tight left/right leading on to the infield road course. The majority of the passes at this track happens under brake zones and through the oval. With 3 very different cars with a variety of pros and cons each, it was going to make for a very interesting race.
Here we have the AutoClub Speedway “roval” configuration. The high speed bank oval takes a far amount of courage and a car with sufficient cornering stability and predictability. My Project Civic EF race car with only 190whp and 1.8 liters was still able to run a v-max of 135mph and hold it through oval turn 1-2. With long straights into tight corners through out the track, braking prowess and strategy would be critical.
Justin Taylor unloading the RockStar Garage AP2 S2000 to prep for Saturday's warm up session. The Sleek sports car body, 6-speed gear box and 2.2 liter F22 motor is an over all good package for speed on the oval.
Martin GonzaleS in Project G20 and myself in Project EF shared a garage. In my opinion this is one of the best features of AutoClub Speedway. An ample amount of clean, large, and high ceiling garages with power and air provide a much more pleasurable experience while wrenching or relaxing.
Chasing Martin around during the warm up session, getting a feel for the new suspension setting changes I made on Project EF and getting used to the track again since I hadn't driven it in over 2 years, and never in Project EF.