Niadivedct

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    • Pictures!

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      I'm posting them way later than I promised, but for a good reason.

      Sleep + food + relaxing > RvB.

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      Without further delay...the crappy pictures of the weekend are here. I promise to take more time and get more quality pictures at Mid Ohio, provided that I'm able to go.


      I don't know where to begin...I guess I'll go in order of the weekend.

      Day 1

      Unloading. Notice he's taking the pictures while I do all the work.
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      Day 2

      Trans swap!
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      Day 3

      Mmmmmm toasted flywheelz.
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      Fuzzy interior?
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      Horrible exterior picture...
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      Engine!
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      Race Day

      Caption: "Uhhh...we just put slicks on...you want us to change to rains now?"
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      Jesse...the coolest old guy ever, and a great tire dude.
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      OWNED! Caught this dude checking out our flag girl!
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      Jeff with a funny face.
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      Pre-grid tire change? Yes please.
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      Stan
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      Lining up on the front-straight, ready for the parade lap.
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      And that's all I could get. Apparently, someone had their way with the camera and deleted my pictures of the post-race aftermath. smiley2.gif

      I'll snap more pictures of the car when it comes back from the body shop. I might even take the time to make them look good. smiley8.gif

      Clicky for event pictures.

    • I know...I know...

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      World Challenge pictures are coming. Should be up late this afternoon or tonight.

      In the meantime, I found something during my journey to Toronto.


      The fine line between Bread....and Pain:

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    • SRT-4 + Toronto = Fun.

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      Gran Prix of Toronto. Yeah, I'm tired. Six days. Two on the road, four at the track.

      So first off, let me say a few things so I don't have to spend so much time typing.

      1. Toronto is a great city.

      2. French-Canadians need to die and burn in hell. All but the nice ones...which is all of them.

      3. Front-wheel drive four-cylinders can and do make excellent race cars. I still stand my ground on this point.

      4. French-Canadians are horrible people, and need to die.

      5. French-Canadians also cannot drive.

      6. :)

      7. Read this.

      Basically, I got a call from my dad last week who is now managing the Dodge SRT-4 program for World Challenge Touring Car. The message was simple: "Hope you're doing well. You're getting on a plane in two days. I need you to crew for me. Start packing."

      My initial response was excitement...mainly because of the pay, but quickly turned to that icky feeling you get when you realize you have to go to the airport for more than ten minutes. Anyway, I'll skip ahead a bit.


      Day One

      Parking, unloading, setup. The fun stuff. Basic car prep (wax, polish, etc.). We put in a new transmission, since the one in the car was a dummy placed there just for transport. The rest of my day was spent shaking hands with all of the old World Challenge officials I haven't seen in years.

      Day Two

      Now things started to get hectic. We had to swap the clutch in the car, meaning pulling the trans out again. Not too fun. We plopped it in ('plopped' meaning we wrestled the bastard into the car over the course of four hours, and 'we' meaning the entire crew of five people) and hoped for the best. Practice comes and goes and we have the 10th fastest time in a field of 20. Our main goal is to score Rookie of the Year award for driver Stan Wilson, and we were turning lap times a second faster than both of the other rookies in the running. Things are great. The car comes in for practice, and we fine tune it for qualifying. Seat adjustment, spring replacement, and some other suspension tweakage. We leave early to have a nice dinner.

      Day Three

      The morning opens up slowly. With really nothing left to do on the car, we spend time going over possible setups for suspension and tires. Fast forwarding to the actual qualifying session, Stan takes the car out and runs a 1:22.4, fast enough to sit him in 14th (running off of my memory here....might not be exact). Stan comes in and lets Chris Giles, the crew chief, and myself, that the car is slipping.

      'Slipping' was the perfect word. Stan had no traction. The reason? Clutch. The performance clutch was not putting out enough clamping force. We took the car outside to run a test and make sure it wasn't something else. Sure enough, all the way through fourth gear it was slipping after about 3500 RPMs. Chris threw it into fourth, nailed the gas, and smoke poured out from under the car. smiley2.gif

      Short version: yayyyy transmission swap! I'm starting to get the hang of these by now.

      Race Day

      Starting position was 13th. Pierre Kleinubing had an engine swap, and that set us up one spot. The split from about 5th place to 14th place was under 1 second. They all ran 1:22's....which meant Stan was going to have to battle his way up the field and play smart. But there was one problem...

      It started to rain while we were sitting on pre-grid. Still in the garages, we called for the pit cart and brought it around to the car, toolbox and all. Rains were put on, and the slicks returned to the trailer (sprint race format, so there is really no logical reason to change tires mid-race...the rains hold up fine for about 15 laps in the dry). With rains on, Stan took the track and for the first half of the race, drove VERY well and ate his way up to ninth place.

      Let me make the rundown quickly. Stan is competing for the Rookie of the Year award like I stated above. This has been our main focus. The other two drivers competing for the same award are Roberto Santos and Jason Martanelli. The current standings elude me at the moment, but I know it's close...and we want to finish ahead of both of those guys.

      Back to the race. By this point, Santos has had a penalty and was called in to the pits for a stop and go. He's now one lap back. On the track, Stan is eating away at the back of Nick Esayian, with Martanelli right in front of him. Then, all of a sudden, the big screen in front of pit lane snaps to a shot of Santos and Stan. The SRT-4 is nosed in to a tire wall with Santos sitting on track right behind him. Over the radio, Stan comes across loud, clear, and very pissed off:

      "I just got NAILED by Santos."

      So.

      We finished the race, and took second place for Rookie of the Year points. I think our finish was 11th overall. What would it have been if we weren't taken out by Santos? Most likely 8th or better.

      The car is headed to the body shop tomorrow. The front fascia and splitter are destroyed, and the truck compartment/rear end are crumpled up. Not too much damage other than that. Luckily it was all cosmetic. I will have to replace a few oil lines and possibly swap out the intercooler. The Moton canister on the right rear missed destruction by about two inches.

      My opinion on the whole ordeal? Simple. Santos was three laps behind, and didn't want Stan to finish. Stan finishing meant that Santos would remain in last place. An easy solution was to take Stan out. I watched the in-car video, and Stan CLEARLY had the racing line and was just about to overtake Esayian when he got punted. It was definitely a hard hit.


      I guess I had a pretty good weekend overall. The Mopar guys were an amazing help, pitching and and providing support to set up this "new" car. I look forward to Mid-Ohio.

      Pictures and more info is sure to come later. For now, time to relax...

    • IDEA!

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      Let's train Tom Cruise on how to run a race team, then put him in charge of the US Formula 1 effort. Then he can have bitching fights with Flavio Briatore. It will be like a showdown of the superstar idiots.

      That is all.

    • Interview, Stage 2

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      I moved back to AL, for those of you who didn't know...

      Aced the second part of my interview for the new job. Now for round three.

      Ding ding!

    • The Good 'Ol Days

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      Remember this?

      My old profile, back when I used to actually conversate. Back when new people would come onto the Lopez's garage section and actually contribute their intelligence and knowledge. Us bashing Inferno because he wanted a Mini, and lol'ing at Scary for getting his mom's Isuzu towed. The new Skyline and Sven's effort to get a rally program started at his school.

      /sigh

      :(

    • Ye Old Forums

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      I sincerely apologize to those of you who I have known for a while here...but...

      I no longer feel obligated to contribute anything worthwhile to the Lopez's Garage forums. Instead, I'm going to mindlessly babble about random and pointless subjects while displaying my obvious lack of knowledge of the English language.



      April 29th is when I ordered my sponsorship. Four e-mails and a request sent to a moderator, and still nothing. Hooray.

    • Evan/1408

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      Evan Almighty....

      Not anything close to what Bruce Almighty was. Not even in the same genre.

      1408...

      Amazing acting, but a sketchy storyline. Good scares throughout the movie. There was just too much left up in the air after it ended. It was one of those where everyone in the movie went 'WHAT THE HELL!?' after it ended.


      If you're a King fan, or you like scary movies, check out 1408. Evan Almighty wasn't really worth it in my opinion...in terms of a comedy.

    • Forza Two Is Poo

      12 years ago

      Niadivedct

      I'm insanely unimpressed. I've been playing it for the past two days and am left with a icky feeling after being let down. The AI is worse than it was in the first one.

      Let's say that I, in my Porsche GT1, am turning into a corner behind the Saleen. I brake, stay inches from his tail, then follow him through the apex and jump on the gas. Most of the time, I'm on the gas before he is, and I pull out to pass him on the inside of the upcoming left handed turn. As I start to pass him on his left side, he suddenly slams into me and runs me off of the track.

      Realism my ass. Call me crazy, but a driver who is skilled enough to get a ride in a Saleen Mustang would know how to check his damn mirrors before entering a corner.

      The number one thing that every racer is told in the real world is that you cannot finish without a car. Apparently the folks at Microsoft failed to observe this nugget of wisdom, and gave every one of their AI drivers habits that Paul Tracy would adore.

      I'm sick. My brother is bringing my copy of the original Forza down with him this Tuesday, and I plan on playing it. What a waste of $60.

  • About Me

  • Comments (178)

    • Wolfmother

      11 years ago

      LOLs. I'm getting a 360 in September for my b'day, and Guitar Hero is on the top of the list (with Halo3 of course)

      I'm proud of you dude.

    • Wolfmother

      12 years ago

      Lowls. Crazy monkey man

    • Wolfmother

      12 years ago

      Gurgle? FTW?

    • burgundy

      12 years ago

      What forums do you have to post on to get your star back???

    • burgundy

      12 years ago

      Ooh, I forgot about the ketchup potato chips... I never did get the chance to eat some of those. Their candy up there is amazing though.

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

      I want to find a strawberry frosted.

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      I see you have your star back. Did it just appear or did you just try again through the system?

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      Yo! I'm back in B-ham with Oli. Did you ever sort out when you return? If so, let me know so I can see if you can meet Oli.

      Also, can I use your computer while you are gone? If not, that's cool. Just thought I would ask.
      Enjoy the race man and see you when you get back.

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      Thinking about it, but it's going to replace the 13in in the bedroom, unless some friends come over for some gaming fun.

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      People really seem to get into it, especially after a few drinks. Some things like the boxing is good fun just to watch.

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      It seems to be a great sociable machine. We just have the basic sport games that came with it and are good fun.

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

      Just yell stuff, you'll fit right in. smiley8.gif

    • burgundy

      12 years ago

      Yep, doin good. The fact that all the pictures of myself were neg modded like 3 bajillion times pissed me off fo sho.

    • burgundy

      12 years ago

      Yeah, I got a facebook too, but all my friends on there suck and never talk to me, so I kinda don't mess with that much.

    • dedalus5150 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      12 years ago

      Don't think I'll be heading down for Petit this year. I think I'll be using my resources for my Road America trip in August.

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      DIE HARD!

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      Dude. Bird.

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      I had kinda noticed that.

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      LULZ

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      Unfortunately not much choice, dish network is the only other choice and our apt. faces the wrong way for a dish. That and we use their cable interwebs, we don't use a phone line at all.

    • klurejr

      12 years ago

      armory.worldofwarcraft.com/#character-sheet.xml?r=Zul%27jin&n=Klikity

      I like your staff, obviously a Ferel Druid staff, but would be ok as a Hunter staff too.. lol.

    • IA3471

      12 years ago

      first successful clone of her = threesome (of sorts)

      after that, we'll see.


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    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      I got owned.


      You baby eating blasphemer! ; )

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      TKO

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      HI!

    • FunkMasta

      12 years ago

      if it turns out to be real JDM type RA engine, and it has the transmission too ( i asked, no reply yet.) then the parts alone are worth 3-4k US, before the cost of the mechanical work, and the real headache, the wiring.

      i still owe 14k on my car so...

    • burgundy

      12 years ago

      You bastard!!! Your going to crash the whole site!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Time to bring back MonkeyMagic?

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

      I still haven't figured out when I could drop one or not, and I'm trying not to play it right now till I finish with school shit and finals. smiley7.gif

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

      LoL cool. smiley8.gif

    • Striker1985

      12 years ago

      wtf u drive?

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      Yeah. I know it's stupid.

      But save your mods. I have plenty.
      You should use the for a mod bomb on some dumbass noob who actually thinks karma is worth anything.

    • Wolfmother

      12 years ago

      Yeah, I don't really enjoy the car threads anymore. Too many red necks and close minded retards posting. I'm pretty busy at work anyway, and I rarely hit up the Internetz when I am home; so I have little spare time to be around here.

      How's life on your side of the world. Any more news on the Miata/MX5?

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      Add to my previous post older too. smiley8.gif

    • spitfire69

      12 years ago

      Back and badder tireder than ever.

    • burgundy

      12 years ago

      See journal for details about fuel filter. BTW, you won simply because you were the only guess.

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      I have better tires than you do on my new car. =P

    • antman22

      12 years ago

      haha, unfortunately I don't have an extra fridge dedicated to alcohol but I do have a 65 inch dlp tv smiley0.gif

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

      LoL, mine is...

      You have exactly five seconds before I start dropping serious apple juice farts on your face!

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

      Cartman = Best interrogator evar.

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

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    • dedalus5150 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      12 years ago

      FIA International Sporting Code specifies that the blue flag should always be waved. IMSA Competition Rules indicate that the blue flag should be waved when the faster car is rapidly overtaking the slower car, or the slower car is clearly holding up the faster car. It can be displayed standing if the situation isn't really critical. SCCA Pro Racing rules don't specify waving vs. standing. In SCCA Club racing the blue is traditionally displayed standing, although the F&C manual does make allowance for it to be waved according to similar circumstances as when its waved in IMSA.

      I done did me homework. smiley0.gif

    • Wolfmother

      12 years ago

      You can count on me.

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      St. Louis airport waiting for my plane which is 5 hours late.

      I won't be back in Bama till Friday.

    • Wolfmother

      12 years ago

      ANy M3 is a great car, and if you get an original it may appreciate is $$$.

    • BobSalawalatski

      12 years ago

      Oh, yeah, I forgot you knew Road Atlanta.

      The comments were meant more for people who would see your journal later, than you, though.

      I can't wait to see the new asphalt!

      I wonder how it will change things for Formula D...

    • SorvatS

      12 years ago

      Danke!

    • Batmantis25

      12 years ago

      Careful big boy.
      You might be next. smiley0.gif

    • IA3471

      12 years ago

      oh ya, its fantastic. she runs fantastically now, and the K&N intake and HKS exhaust make her sound really nice. still a lot of things I need to work on, but still.

    • Wolfmother

      12 years ago

      Cool. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.

    • burgundy

      12 years ago

      Here ya go. Its 1024x768, that should be a good desktop.

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