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    Default SCCA National Championship Runoffs in two weeks

    Classic Z'ers,

    Firstly, congrats to John Thomas for smoking everyone again, and to all the other Z drivers at the solo championships. As usual, I want to invite anyone interested in the best road racing america has to offer, to come visit us and our team at Road America. We will be competing in E production for the national championship against a large field of which there are probably ten different drivers that can win. We will be up there from September 16-25.

    If anyone wants to come out, just let me know.

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    HI Greg:
    I would love to be there - and I'll do my best to make it happen. This is perhaps one of the most enjoyable events of the year..

    Carl

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    Fellow Greg here. Greg is qualified 2nd after the 1st session.

    http://www.livetiming.net/SCCA/Runoffs/LiveTiming.asp

    http://www.scca.com/events/index.cfm?eid=3128
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    Are the runoffs being streamed this year?
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    Round three of qualifying was completed this morning, Greg will be starting in 2nd. His best time was a about 1.2 seconds off Brakke's best. Unless Brakke offs or breaks, I suspect the results will be much the same as last year unfortunately.
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    I thought the SCCA would have slowed Brakke up a bit but it doesn't look like it. If it rains all beats are off. I know Greg & Jesse were real quick in the rain a couple of years ago.
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    I browsed over final qualifying times and it looks like Greg just squeaked out 2nd place over an RX3 surprisingly, driven by Aaron Downey. A quick google search yielded a vid he already posted from earlier this week:
    http://player.testing2.vimeo.com/29445505
    Should be an interesting race.
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    It looks like rain. If Greg can keep the windshield from fogging up he has a great chance. He set fastest lap in the rain two years ago. You can watch it live on speedcast tv.

    http://www.speedcasttv.com/
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    Looks like he finished second in very wet conditions.

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    Yeah I thought Greg had it in the bag in the rain. Brakke dropped off and eventually spun too. The chamois-on-a-stick unfortunately didn't cut it, too bad.

    On a side note, I was a bit surprised to see SCCA chose Elkhart for the runoffs as the weather up here is always a coin toss at this time of the year. When sunny it's absolutely beautiful, but... With the numerous races affected by rain the past few years I have to wonder if they'll have a change of heart.
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    Yes, the weather is terrible up there. Of my four visits, I have raced two of them in the rain. Brakke sandbags and as long as he's the head of the comp board and is at his home track, he'll have the advantage. Take him away from his element and he's not that good. In the rain he's terrible, I lapped him. That felt great.

    Thanks for keeping up. We'll be faster next year.

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    Greg, was the problem that you couldn't see and if so, doesn't that car have a history of not being able to see in the rain like way back at Mid Ohio? Any thoughts about installing some sort of small electric hot air blower? Just wondering. Don't mean to be intrusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coop View Post
    Any thoughts about installing some sort of small electric hot air blower?
    This coincidentally was a recent hot topic over at the prodcar forum:
    http://prodracing.com/prodcar/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12703

    Apparently blowers of any kind typically don't work as both side windows of course need to be open and the moisture won't be removed from the interior, makes sense. A lot of guys are recommending dawn dish soap, simply wiped on and allowed to dry - but not specific on the concentration. One veteran mentioned diesel fuel in dire situations (when it's actually raining and too late).

    You'd think living up here I'd have more sage wisdom, but surprisingly I've only had one "wet" session and that was right after a heavy rainfall but not during. Suffice it to say no fogging issues for me.

    I installed pro-tint tear-offs on my polycarbonate windshield and was happy with them, VERY scratch resistant. I see they do sell an anti-fog laminate as well, curious how well they'd work. The problem installing them in my mind is my windshield is flat stock bent to fit, and I see no way installing it in the car. In other words applying it flat and THEN bending it when installing may be a problem. BTW, the lexan was a PITA to install, with almost no weight savings when done as the SCCA calls for 9mm (1/4") material and support bars.

    I did have defroster lines on my glass windshield, they worked great for clearing up the morning fog after sitting out all night, I have to wonder if they'd work on lexan too as they were the JC Whitney foil type.
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    If the race continues to be held at RA this time of year something has to be done. I also am amazed that a driver can be on the comp board and vote on things that affect his class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by preith View Post
    A lot of guys are recommending dawn dish soap, simply wiped on and allowed to dry - but not specific on the concentration.
    Shaving cream worked for me at the Labor Day Pro-IT race at Barber. Smeared Barbasol all over the inside of the windshield, let it dry, then wiped it off with dry towels. I was driving a friend's 280Z, which has a working blower, but the windshield stayed clear the entire race. Did not even turn on the blower, which in my experience is useless. Did not need the rag on a stick, either. I started 25th overall, and finished 9th, 1st in class. The attached photo was taken near the end of the race. The windshield was that clear the entire race.
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    FWIW Greg is running a Lexan windshield. I think that complicates matters. In ITS you run a stock windshield.
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