Austin F1 Fan Fest Intro & CoTA Transportation Issues

AUSTIN - Texas Charm, Global Appeal

The evening of the same day I interviewed Ali Putnam at the offices of CoTA, I participated in a City of Austin Small Business Development Program workshop titled: “Preparing for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix”.  This was directed to Austin area small business entrepreneurs to help them better prepare for the coming F1 fans, international & otherwise.  This workshop took place in the City of Austin Council chambers.

City Council Chambers in Austin, Texas

It was an interesting program.  I found a few things we as F1 race fans can look forward to, while we’re not onsite at Circuit of The Americas (CoTA).  Here’s a PDF of the program topics (click to enlarge).

AUSTIN - Serving the Global Community with Local Flavor - Are You Ready?

Here are some of the slides shown during the presentation – I will let their content speak for themselves (as always, click to enlarge)…

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (1) - Map Overview

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (2) - Street & Lot Closures

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (3) - Austin is HOT!

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (4) - Austin Uniqueness!

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (5) - Who Are F1 Fans

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (6) - Be Prepared

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (7) - What VISITORS WIll Expect

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (8) - What YOU Should Expect

Austin Fan Fest 2012 (9) - Tips For Success

Here’s a related article regarding the planned downtown Austin gridlock due to the Formula 1 fan festivities: F1 festivals expected to gridlock Downtown Austin

After the speakers there was an open microphone Q & A session,  I got up in front of the over 100 people in attendance with the following question:

I represent Formula 1 fans through our San Antonio F1 Club (SAF1C).  San Antonio area F1 fans want to know if a third shuttle site will be available in the region south of the Circuit of The Americas.  Many people have been asking me about this topic.  What is being considered & what can we expect?

Two individuals gave 2 different answers, but for now there is only one that I can share with you.  You will have to wait for the next possibly pending answer later…  That first answer was general in nature, essentially saying that a third site is still under consideration, but nothing is for sure, as yet.  Talk about wishy-washy…

Here is latest official information from CoTA, just released today:
Transportation – Park & Ride

CoTA Transporation - Park & Ride Maps

Hmmm, I’m not a fan of being assigned to 1 of the 2 current locations shown… 🙁

But, last weekend, during a visit with Wyman Gilliam (of Wild Bubba’s Wild Game Grill fame), he mentioned an article that recently appeared in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.  This article mentions that CoTA has purchased 98 acres of land just 2 mile east of their site, to be used as “employee parking”.  Well, that sure smells like it could be considered a prime location for a third shuttle location.  I’d sure like to hope so.  The location is ideal & would allow F1 fans from Elroy, Bastrop, Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, New Braunfels, San Antonio & other points south more convenient parking & shuttle access.  Here’s the article link & a map detailing the 98 acres location!

CoTA Area Investment Properties in Development

I hope we can start this as a rumor that comes to total fruition!  Racing Ready thinks it should…we can only HOPE SO!!!

Dan

Brianne Corn 2012 Pikes Peak Video – Worth The Wait!

Super competitive racer, Brianne Corn, released her 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) video.  Here’s what she had to say about our wait for her epic run video:

I think there were four life flights that day.  One crash caused a 90 minute delay which caused us to run in the rain.  In fact it was our friends that crashed and when we left the line the rumors were flying around the start line as to the extent of their injuries.  I think Jeremy was a little shaken up by the situation.

The weather turned at the last minute and we were told to swap to our rain tires by the race officials.  We were sitting at the line and had no opportunity to scrub them in.  It was a very interesting ride and one of the best times I have had in the drivers seat in a while.

That is until the windshield fogged up.  This was also compounded by the fact that I was experiencing slightly blurred vision from an allergic reaction to something in the air below the tree line.

www.vorshlag.com

www.awdtuning.com

www.briannecorn.com

I hope you like the blending of fan video with our in car stuff. I had to learn how to do some complex (at least to me) audio mixing /editing to put this together. Hope it was worth the wait.

Here it is:

You also need to be informed of this.  Brianne had her car lubricated by AMSOIL Racing Oil.  We are proud to be one her very enthusiastic sponsors.  Even if you aren’t a race car competitor, you too can also take advantage of the benefits of using AMSOIL 100% Synthetic Oil:

  • Make greater performance in the power output of your vehicle
  • Improve your gas mileage with better MPG – a discount at the gas pump
  • Reduce waste oil’s environmental impact on the environment

These are the actual AMSOIL products being used in Brianne Corn's Pikes Peak Subaru STi race car for 2012!

At the end of her video I was pleased at the Racing Ready & AMSOIL mention on the trailing “Thanks to…” credits.  That was a great surprise – thanks Brianne!

Brianne Corn 2012 Pikes Peak Sponsors - AWESOME Racing Ready & AMSOIL mentions!!

Racing Ready is always supportive of the grassroots motorsports racer!
Go Brianne Go!!!

Dan

Circuit of The Americas Fans Want to Know – Questions Answered (Some)…

Questions about Circuit of The Americas...

As South/Central Texas Formula 1 fans anticipate the long awaited Austin F1 USGP racing weekend in November, we have many questions.  Two weeks ago I made a special effort to get some answers.  I specifically made an appointment to visit Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) at their downtown Austin office.  I was partially successful, but also found out some additional information I wasn’t expecting.

CoTA track & seating layout overview - As of Summer 2012

I was able get in a short half hour to visit and quickly go through many questions with CoTA Media & Community Relations Manager, Ali Putnam.  She was very hospitable to squeeze me into her busy schedule.  In hindsight, more time and fewer questions would have been better.  But anyway, take a deep breath – this is long.  Here are most of the relevant questions and related answers:

Circuit of The Americas Sales Center entrance tag

Racing Ready- Please review the Tilke-designed track uniqueness & some of what sets it apart from other recently built Formula 1 tracks.

Ali Putnam – The track is purpose-built & reflects similarities to other famous turns from other well-regarded Formula 1 tracks (specific examples are here & here).

RR – Besides the Paddock & main grandstands, what can you tell us about the other support facilities, buildings & capabilities incorporated into CoTA?

AP – There is much more besides the Paddock, Main Grandstands, & Media Center located in the vicinity of the front straight.  But right now the track is the priority, along with large monitor screens, temporary grandstand seating & other support infrastructure.

RR – Since I have not yet been onsite, are the grassy berms a flat angled surface (& at what degree?) or are they somewhat tiered?

AP – They are a straight incline, built to look natural, not tiered.

RR – What is the scope of the technology communication infrastructure, the facility’s local area network (LAN), computer support & site wide communication access (i.e.- out to Turn 11)?

AP – It’s more than just the Paddock and surrounding buildings, but the entire property is “wired”, especially for the multiple large video screens that will be placed strategically at key fan locations…

RR – Will there be a third shuttle facility (as originally announced & later rescinded)?  I’m finding this need to be VERY important to people coming from the San Antonio area & other points south!

AP – Once it is confirmed, but we are still working with the city/county on the best options…  Yes, this is on the top of everyone’s mind.  We have a good, experienced team working on this.

RR – There is still a lot of shuttle, taxi, limo & other transportation confusion.  Will this be addressed in a more clear format & soon?

AP – The best source, is now & will be ATX Grand Prix.  The staff has a variety of Superbowl, World Cup, Olympics & other large sporting events past experience.  This part of the team meets frequently & they will make it work.

RR – What will grandstand seat holders & general admission pass holders be able to bring with them onto the shuttles & then the CoTA property?  What about items such as: chairs (large folding) or stadium seats for the bleachers, coolers like at other racing venues (size please), backpacks, etc.  This has been a hot topic among fans!

AP – We are working through that list now.  Nothing outrageous, but similar to other like events.  Our Operations & Security Teams are reviewing the options.  This information will be on the CoTA website when ready.

RR – Besides food/drink concessions (& what menu items are planned to be available?), what other items (souvenirs, etc.) will be available for purchase?

AP – The menu(s) are not yet set, but you can expect a food/drink selection not unlike that at UT (University of Texas) events.

RR – Will all the food concessions be administered by Sodexo, or will there also be some variety with specific local vendors available?

AP – These folks are the right people for this job.  They will be working the in-suite hospitality & will manage the local vendors that will be participating.  There will be some familiar “chain” type of eateries, but there will also be an emphasis on the local flavor/the local feel that’s specific to Texas, for a good fan experience.

RR – I see the Exxon Station is finally being remodeled!  Do you know of any plans for the properties along the CoTA property edge on Piland Triangle?

AP – No, those are being dealt with by independent third parties.

RR – Besides race day (November 18, 2012), what will the local road restrictions be (e.g., on Hwy 812, Elroy Road, etc.)?

AP – That will be posted in the future on the web prior to the event date – again, see: ATX Grand Prix.

RR – The front straight has GREAT night lighting installed.  Since the circuit gates will be closing at 7pm, will there in fact be no night activities on the CoTA property?

AP – No night activities will be held at the track for the fans.  Emphasis will be on an organized fan festival in downtown Austin.

RR – What if an RV owner (onsite) wants to have a group of friends over.  How will that access be addressed & coordinated?

AP – RV spot users will have a set number of extra “friend” tickets (about 6 to 8) – they may be able to purchase more.  This is not meant for an impromptu party (tailgate-style) with friends.  It would be a security issue.

RR – I just read the newest take on selling grandstand 3-day seat passes without PSLs (personal seat licenses).  Can you tell more information about that strategy & possibly others planned?

AP –  PSLs are not meant to be sold out during the 1st year.  This offer was decided to be a win-win opportunity for both fans & CoTA, during this inaugural event.

RR – The physical tickets will start being mailed out in October.  Besides the physical ticket, will there be a ticket holder & lanyard included?  What else might we expect in our inaugural ticket “welcome package”?

AP – Ticket holders will receive location-based details & information about their specific entry, seating (& parking if appropriate). [Holder & lanyard question was not addressed. 🙁 ]

RR – Will there be a meet & greet type autograph session with the drivers?  If so, when, where, & what will be the logistics issues…

AP – No details, yet, but we definitely hope to have one.  This is important to the American motorsports fan & Formula 1 seems to recognize that.

RR – When will there be available a final, full weekend events schedule (including the F1 Vintage Race)?  [I saw a recent mention of a Porsche Cup GT3 support race being planned for the race weekend…]

AP – Not a specific date set for that race, yet.  Therefore, a final race weekend calendar is not yet available…

RR – Will the Amphitheater Tower be completed, & if so, what access plans will be available for viewing?

AP – The Tower & surrounding Amphitheater grounds are not likely to be completed for the Formula 1 race weekend.  The actual finish out date is not until sometime in 2013.

RR – Any sort of F1 promo tie-in at the Formula Run event that takes place on November 3rd, 2012?

AP – The Formula Run is for the community, a sort of Open House event.  It will also be a trial run for other such future events.

RR – Looking forward after F1, since CoTA plans to busy for most of the year, what information can you provide about other, non-racing activities planned daily throughout the coming months & year?

AP – We are planning many good concerts, about 15 music events will be planned throughout the first year.  Other events will be announced when confirmed.

RR – To support this relatively constant activity, what kind & number of full-time staff will you be requiring?

AP – Full-time staff will number between 250 to 300.  That will be divided between office staff at this downtown location & onsite at the track facilities.  Part-time/volunteer staff will be made available as appropriate…

RR – Have there been any inroads made for the planned driving/motorcycle academies, as yet?  Will there be some sort karting included?  [After Bob Bondurant’s August 9th visit to CoTA in one of his driving school Corvettes, he leaked that there may be plans to have a Bondurant School onsite…  Oh boy – we will see!]

AP – With academies, there are LOTS of opportunities there, but right now we are working primarily on the success of the Formula 1 race weekend, now.

RR – Is it the case that there will be an automobile manufacturer onsite to use CoTA for part of its R&D?  If so, have negotiations started for that?

AP – No update as yet – again, great opportunities there…

RR – Besides CoTA title signage at the circuit entrances, what plans are there to place signage off-site to let people know that CoTA is way out in Elroy (possibly as far as IH-35)?

AP – Advertising will ramp up as the event gets closer, but there will still be those people who will have no clue as to what all these people are doing between Elroy & downtown Austin.  There is a good marketing team focused on that.

RR – What promotional works will you have in place at the Austin airport?

AP – Special signage/display is planned for the ABIA (Austin Bergstrum Int’l Airport).  The team is working closely with them.  Every department in the City & County is working on something related to this event, even the City Library.  It is interesting to watch.  Putting this all together is making an already cohesive city government to work further together.

RR [Here are some additional, specific questions from San Antonio F1 Club members:] What about the people who are popping up making parking, tent sites & RV facilities available around Elroy?  Can we be trusting sites that are owned by locals to have approved transportation provided to the track since CoTA is not allowing walking to the track?  If that is so, can you provide a list of those sites?

AP – You will have to ask those third party entities – CoTA is not at all affiliated with any of these sites.

RR – In addition to a plea about a 3rd shuttle location to the south, a fan asks: What about those garages from the county that were just announced?  Are they going to have approved shuttles, too?

AP – Not sure about this announcement, this may be possibly one of the many options being considered.  Again, check: ATX Grand Prix.

ATX Grand Prix logo

Again, this was a very quick Q/A session with Ms Putnam.  I really appreciative of her welcoming me to the CoTA offices. I plan to return to their offices (or better yet – get an onsite visit at CoTA), in the next month or so to obtain more information we want to know.

Later that same evening, I participated in a workshop put on by the City of Austin Small Business Development Program titled: “Preparing for the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix”.   I will post the detailed, specific announcements, & pix I took, in the next post here – stay tuned…  Racing Ready is striving to find out more & share it with you.  Thank you for your patience & support!

Dan

Scion FR-S First Drive in San Antonio – Driving & Marketing Success!

Scion FR-S AE86 heritage emblem

The Scion FR-S First Drive event came to San Antonio this past Saturday, 8/25/2012.  Along with Scion, their tire partner, Yokohama, had an influential presence.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Scion & Yokohama - Partners to promote the Scion FR-S

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Drivers & fans entrance

This event took place at one of the former SASCA autocross stomping grounds, the AT&T Center.  I have fond memories of returning to the the sport of autocross with my Big White Whale & then debuting my current daily driver, Karlino!  SASCA has hopes to return to the large AT&T parking lot.  It gives a course designer a larger palette to design a both fun & challenging autocross course.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - at a large AT&T Center parking lot, autocrossed on in the past by SASCA!

The Scion/Yokohama folks put together an autocross-like course with a great variety of turns, slaloms, chicanes & sweepers.  As Eric, SASCA Secretary described it:

It was a sea of cones out there!

I estimated they had at least 5  times the normal amount of cones used in an autocross, since there would be many drivers who had no experience driving a course like this.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - a great Sea of Cones!

The whole point of this event was to learn about the car itself, the new 2013 Scion FR-S.  They had 4 cars equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission.  The car itself was stock, with 3 exceptions:

  • TRD cat-back exhaust (freer breathing & a suggestive guttural sound)
  • TRD lowering springs (better suspension control & lowers about 1″)
  • Yokohama S.drive1 tires on Enkei wheels (either 17″ on PF01 rims or 18″ on RPF1 rims)

The event schedule included a set number of drivers per hour (you were best served by pre-registering).  Danielle Hunt was very helpful getting people signed in (with waiver, wristband & free FR-S hat!).

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Danielle Hunt assisting in getting registrants signed in

We were given a brief, but thorough review of the car by Shawn Hunt.  He explained that the car was rated at about 100HP per liter.  With the horizontally opposed engine & the driver’s bottom just 9″ above the asphalt, the Scion FR-S has one of the lowest centers of gravity on the market – that makes for better steering response & suspension control.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Shawn Hunt, Scion FR-S Product Specialist, exlaining the car's features

The steering wheel is the smallest diameter in Toyota production at 14.4″ – this makes for quicker steering inputs.  Interior seating is set up as 2+2, but folding down the rear seating reveals a great flat space for 4 race event wheels & tires, along with your jack & other tools.  This was specifically part of the interior design, to more easily transport your equipment for driving/racing events without a trailer, or needing to bother a co-competitor.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Red car engine bay, all stock

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Red car cockpit, nice non-leather, non-slip seats

Shawn even pointed out specific engineering tweaks the average consumer would have no clue about.  Specifically, the molded in vortex generators.  These little taillight winglets are designed to reduce aerodynamic drag at speed.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - vortex generator-aerodynamic taillight winglet

We were given a brief drivers meeting, by the Scion personnel, to review the common sense safety rules, that is, what we were expected to do & not do.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Staff providing driver safety meeing & the FR-S Safety Rules

Once the group had their first run, we were all given the opportunity to enjoy a second run.  Impressions after my first run were that the car sounded sweet, was nicely neutral & went directly where you aimed it.  Being used to rear wheel drive was helpful.  Please note, we were required to drive with the traction control on, so that helped in the predictability.  Going with the more aggressive six-speed manual (with actually lower gas mileage than the automatic), the car would have been a more worthy challenge, that is, even more fun for us autocross/gear-head driver types.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Setting up for the next drivers run group

With some familiarity of the course, in the second run I was able to push myself & the car harder & faster.  I approached the limits of the automatic transmission (slow to kick-down), felt the ABS brakes kicking in more & the annoyance of the traction control “nannies”.  It was still fun to drive, but somewhat emasculating.  Definitely the manual would be the way to go, along with disabling the traction control.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Cars lined up for the next drivers run group

During this event I also was able to speak with the Program Director, Jackie Ling.  He explained that of the different car release promos he has worked, this car has had the most enthusiastic response.  The car enthusiasts forums have been really supportive in anticipating this car.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Jackie Ling, Program Director, preparing driver to go out on course

Jackie continued explaining that the Scion FR-S has been truly designed as a driver’s car – everything based on the driver’s experience.  The car goes directly where you want it, without drama.  Of note is the car’s value – is has been engineered as a great car as is, but with physical & performance room to grow.  Toyota did the right thing with working with the aftermarket, long before the car’s official Spring 2012 release.

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Jackie Ling, Program Director, review last minute questions with new FR-S driver

I was also able to speak with Yokohama Performance Marketing Specialist, Christopher Sigmon who is an expert on facebook and knows where to buy facebook likes.  He explained there is more to this Scion FR-S First Drive event than meets the eye.  In addition to these 16 events going on across the country on weekends, they use the same 4 cars for Yokohama employees & dealers to participate in the Experiential Training Program learning experience.  Here is a visual roster of the Scion FR-S cars with the different Yokohama rubber (this is from an event earlier in the year, courtesy of gatorfan462 on FT86CLUB Forum).

Yokohama Performance Tire model range, on the Scion FR-S (times 4) at a Yokohama Ride & Drive event for employees and dealers

These events occur during the week to help local Yokohama dealers & employees better learn the real capabilities of their tires; therefore to be better prepared to sell them.  Both of these concurrent tours started in Charlotte, SC & end at Carson, CA, near the U.S. corporate offices of Yokohama at Fullerton, CA.  It’s one long cross county caravan of motorsports fun!

Scion FR-S First Drive event - Some of the represented Yokohama display including the S.drive tire

Racing Ready enjoyed interacting with the Scion FR-S & Yokohama personnel, along with flogging their cars & tires, of course.  Although this event was held in San Antonio, I heard from people who came down from Austin.  I’m sure there were other regional cities’ enthusiasts represented, too.

Dan

Brianne Corn Challenges Mother Nature – Earns Pikes Peak Queen, Again!

Brianne Corn Racing logo on Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti! at 2012 Pikes Peak

For those of you following Brianne Corn‘s racing campaign up the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), I will have to say we are just a little bit disappointed.  Mother Nature did her best to skew the racing conditions, but navigator Jeremy Rowland says it best:

You play the hand you’re dealt and Brianne stepped up to the task. Pikes Peak is a fickle lady and this year she was with Rhys Millen who won not only our class but the race overall. Horrific crash by some friends of ours (both ok) caused a 90 minute delay while we were at the start line and left us racing in freezing rain. Even a cautious “Sunday drive” gave us the 2nd fastest wet lap and 5th in class. As the announcer said, “separating the women from the boys.”

Our time was 12:01, 5 seconds slower than last year’s time in ideal conditions (with 2 miles of gravel and a slower car).

Did I mention the windshield was completely fogged over from Devil’s Playground up? You guys will get a kick out of the in-car video when it’s up in a couple days.

Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti - taking a wet turn at speed on Pikes Peak 2012

Owner of Vorshlag Motorsports, Terry Fair, summed up Brianne’s result very succinctly:

Congrats to Brianne for taking 5th in very wet conditions (for her runs) and for winning Queen of the Mountain at Pikes Peak 2012.

Another Facebook poster (Joe Franciamone) said, I think, what we all feel about Brianne’s results:

I know there must be some disappointment on the weather being such a picky $#&%, but the commentators were really giving some huge praise when you came around (16 mile I believe) using perfect timing on braking/throttle/turbo spool (all were mentioned), and then compared how the next drivers were not going in or exiting the turns nearly as fast or clean.  Great job you guys!

Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti, at speed , racing by in the rain at 2012 Pikes Peak

The video of Brianne Corn Racing’s run up to the clouds, complete with rain, & more., will be forthcoming.  I will post it in the next blog entry (or so)…  So, in lieu of that video, here’s a great interview of Brianne at Pikes Peak in 2009 – lot’s of great insight & inspiration on her part here!

Here’s a video teaser of Brianne drive-bys , thru Gilly’s Corner, to whet your appetite!

Racing Ready is proud to have supported Brianne Corn’s PPIHC racing event with AMSOIL products!  You too can find out what AMSOIL products would be appropriate for you vehicle, whether it be a racer or your daily driver!  Just visit the AMSOIL Online Product Application Guide for a look-see… 🙂

Inquiring minds want to know!

Dan

968 - BRIANNE CORN

Prep For Brianne Corn’s 2012 Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb With AMSOIL

Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti - sponsored by AMSOIL Racing via RacingReady.com!

Since Brianne Corn is running AMSOIL Racing products in her 2005 Subaru Impeza WRX Sti (AWD, 2.5L Turbo), it is worthwhile to learn why.  At Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), AMSOIL used the “Race to the Clouds” as a proving ground for its products.  This was since the late 1960’s when Bobby Unser was setting records on the mountain.

Bobby Unser & AMSOIL Racing - Both achieving winning results through innovation!

Here’s Bobby describing the racing success he achieved due to switching his rear differential fluid to AMSOIL in the grueling Pikes Peak competition:

From another interview Bobby Unser mentions AMSOIL & synthetic oil innovator Al Amatuzio; how they had AMSOIL synthetic gear oil help in better running & performance in the race car’s rear end:

Well, this is not my first Pike’s Peak car.  The first one that I drove at Pike’s Peak, Al (Unser Sr.) has in the museum, but this is the first one that I ever owned myself. Of course, it’s gone through many modifications.

The frame is very light. The total car only weighs 1,350 pounds. That’s wet and ready to race. That was just barely within the rules of what they allowed in those days.  The rear end, of course, is special as I described to you earlier. It’s got special gears in it. Basically, it’s 1948 Ford parts in there. The reason for that is because it’s very small and very light, again.

This is where I told you I became associated with Amsoil, Al Amatuzio, the synthetic oil, because the rear end, engine got so powerful it was tearing up the rear ends.

We had to get a special lubricant, either that or design another rear end. Then it would’ve been heavier and we’d gone slower.  Everything on the car is made to be as light as the technology would allow in those days.

I told you that Amsoil, one of the big innovators in lubricants, first really big truly synthetic oils, lubricants that are made.  Al Amatuzio and I became very good friends. He was a new company, and he knew synthetic products. He knew how to make them. It’s all chemicals.

We’d start playing on the Pike’s Peak stuff. So I could tune my rear end to do the things that was good for the open tube and yet, good for the turning, and do it easy, and have the things last longer.

[Excerpted from: Full Length Interview w/Bobby Unser]

With AMSOIL Racing sponsorship provided to Brianne Corn Racing by Racing Ready, Brianne is continuing the AMSOIL tradition of innovation & success.  We are following Brianne‘s anticipated results in tomorrow’s PPIHC competition.  She is car #968!  As a reference, here’s last year’s Brianne Corn Racing footage:

I have been trying to find a definitive live link for tomorrow’s 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.  I REALLY want to follow Brianne Corn’s racing pursuit live, especially to see if she can achieve a 2nd AWD Time Attack class win in a row!

Here are the links I have found, thus far – I make no guarantees as to which will work.  (Coverage will be starting at 9:00AM Mountain Time):

Hope these help!

RacingReady.com supports Brianne Corn with AMSOIL Racing!  GO BRIANNE GO!

Racing Ready is looking forward to a safe & competitive racing event at Pikes Peak tomorrow.

Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti - Final 2012 pre-race Pikes Peak tuning session

GO BRIANNE GO !

Dan

Brianne Corn Preps for 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

I have always admired Brianne Corn‘s sincere & eager push to compete in all forms of racing she has entered.  Here she is on her way to winning the AWD Time Attack class at the Pikes Peak last year (2011 – the last year with a partial dirt course – it’s all asphalt this year).

Brianne Corn - racing drive by at Pikes Peak, 2011

Two week ago today I received a message on Facebook from Brianne Corn, competitive racer extraordinaire.  She simply asked:

Hi Dan.
Are you interested in being the fluids sponsor for the Pikes Peak car this year?

Well, as an up & coming Independent AMSOIL Dealer, I wasted no time in getting this set up.  Since then we coordinated & came to an agreement.  Brianne will now be representing AMSOIL Racing, via Racing Ready sponsorship assistance, at Pikes Peak.  We are so proud to support such a positive & competitive racer!

Brianne, & her much better modified 2005 Subaru WRX STi & her AMSOIL Synthetics products are now in the vicinity of  Colorado Springs.  She & her support team are going through final preparations for the 90th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition.  The event date is this coming Sunday, August 12rh, 2012.

Pikes Peak International Hill Climb logo

This past Saturday I called Brianne & was privileged to hear her gush enthusiastically about her greatly improved race car.  This was the 1st time Brianne had seen her car in person for at least 3 months.  As she walked around the car, phone to her ear, she listed a number of racer ooohs & aaahs:

  • completely replaced & improved suspension (by AWD Tuning)
  • 2″ wider tires than last year (with nicely done custom fender extensions)
  • now about 500HP (last year the car had about 350HP)
  • they have taken every opportunity to lighten & stiffen the car
  • 3″ stainless steel exhaust pipe, from header to tailpipe – no muffler!
  • turbo & headers well wrapped in gold foil & thermal wrap
  • upgraded rear differential
  • and more!

Terry Fair (Principal of Vorshlag) & Jason McDaniel (Brianne’s Crew Chief) & the other folks at Vorshlag Motorsports have done a great job of completely reincarnating Brianne’s Sti Subaru race car.

Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti with 'ghosted' engine thru hood shot, at Vorshlag Motorsports

Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti - waiting for scrutineering, in preparation for the Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb

I will post clearer car images when they are made available.  For details of Brianne’s car build, go to this Vorshlag Motorsports build blog posting…good stuff here!

Brianne Corn's 2005 Subaru Sti - practice driveby - 08-08-12

Today Brianne finally got out to practice & reacquaint herself with her new race car.  Her Subbie is definitely a “new beast” as witnessed in this Vorshlag Motorsports shakedown run at Mineral Wells at the end of last week.  Enjoy the anticipated winning ways for Brianne as Terry Fair tests her car in this video below (click image to play)!

Brianne's Pikes Peak Subaru test run - 08-03-2012

I’m SO very happy for Brianne & anticipate some good results!  Racing Ready is inspired by Brianne’s perseverance.  I am also confident in the role that the AMSOIL synthetic oil & other products she is using will assist in her success.

vThese are the actual AMSOIL products being used in Brianne Corn's Pikes Peak Subaru STi race car for 2012!

GO BRIANNE GO !

Splitter is 'Brianne Tough'!

GO RACE !

Dan