Preparing for SCCA Racing in 2009

2009 should represent the next step for me in the SCCA Racing program.  I am a member of the Washington DC Region of the SCCA and have my Novice Racing License.  I obtained my Novice license after taking training up in Kent, WA at the ProFormance Racing School at Pacific Raceways.  Other than a quick trip to the dragstrip, most of my recent race practice has been out of Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia.

To move on to my Regional license, I need to compete in two regional races in 2009.  There is a series of races called MARRS (Mid-Atlantic Road Racing Series) that are held in the DC region each year.

I have modified my 2001 Z06 Corvette to comply with the SCCA GCR (General Competition Rules) and will compete in the Touring Category Specification (TCS) T1 class.  This class allows mostly stock cars to compete with some safety upgrades such as:  seats, harness, fire extinguisher, etc.

The main issue I have faced is getting good seats that will fit into my Z06 Corvette.  I wanted to keep the stock belts in addition to adding in the required 5-point harness.  This caused quite a bit of additional complexity due to the very tight space between the doors and the transmission hump.  After a couple of expensive trips to Tony’s Corvettes in Gaithersburg, MD, I decided to attempt to complete the rest of the problem on my own.

After determining that the Sparco XL and standard Sparco seats are too wide, I have gone with a pair of Corbeau FX1 Pro seats.  I have seen these in a couple of other Corvettes with the standard belts still installed.  I will attempt to document this semi-arduous process as I undertake it.  The seats have arrived as seen below.

Ted Cahall

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Cecil County Dragway in my 2006 Z06

I finally have gotten around to putting a blog back up after my server was wiped out in the great Seattle windstorm of December 2006.  Mostly the blog will cover my driving excursions in my Z06 Corvettes.  My most recent outing was up in Maryland at the Cecil County Dragway.  I was able to turn a 12.25 @ 120 mph with my 2006 Z06.  I need to clean out my clutch fluid as the pedal stuck to the floor on my last (pathetic) run.  Check out the photo gallery below the photo below.  Click on any photo to start the gallery.

Ted Cahall

Ted Cahall 2006 Z06 – plus finger tip!

Ted Cahall First Track Adventure with Scott Scazafavo

My first track adventure was back in September of 2006 with Scott Scazafavo.  It was a team building event with a number of co-workers.  I had no idea how expensive Scott’s idea for a team building event would turn out!

Here are some photos of the great adventure.  Click on one of the pictures to start the gallery.

Ted Cahall

Infineon Raceway and my 2001 Z06 Corvette

Wednesday night at the races up at Infineon Raceway.  Isn’t it great to live in the USA? Anyone with a license and mom’s station wagon can burn up the tires. For me it was 111 mph and 13.08 second quarter mile with street tires and my work clothes on. Kudos to Ross at work for actually dragging me away from the office!

Now I need to take my Harley Fatboy up there and see how the 96 ci motor I put in there runs. I doubt I am talented enough to go sub 13 seconds on it. Not even sure if a really good pilot could do it (but maybe I will ask John Strickland to run it once as he did a 12.25 on my old 1200 Sportster that I sold him)…

Hmmm… Now I am thinking of buying a “second” set of rims and tires so I can see if I am capable of running in the low 12 second range with my Z06. Some kids there were telling me about a super-charger I could bolt on to take myself to 450 hp. Or I could just wait for the 2006 Z06 to come out – rumor has it that it will be 500 hp out of the box… That sounds nice – an ’06 Z06…

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This post was originally published on LiveJournalLiveJournal in March of 2005.  In June of 2006 I did, in fact, purchase a 2006 Z06 Corvette with 505 HP.

Ted Cahall

Ted Cahall 2001 z06 Corvette