Originally Posted by chicagokenji
hey Lee? Not to throw a wrench into your works but when you run at Trackside and a bunch of other people have run or are also running uisng Scotty's preferred Jack the Gripper aren't your tires picking up some compound from the other cars? When you go to Asia those carpets aren't going to have any compound at all.
Do you think other racer's traction compound on the track surface is a factor for you?
Acatually I don't pick up any traction compound at all. I see a little oil in the tire warmer cans but that could be from the Motor spray
When i clean off the tires with motor spray they are usally very clean except for the front that have a little blister build up. The tires are very well perserved. they arn't all that worn out very much.
At the tamiya world's i saw a video of the track with a deep groove on the carpet. What I believe Tamiya has a dry rubbery grove. At trackside There is a JTG groove but it is a oily groove which could be bad for traction if not used properly
When i first drove the car. It was a very new and challenging expierience. But it was also fun. your car ins't as fast with traction compound but hte rear end just wants to whip around on you aggresivly loose and if the tires arn't heated right your car will be C*** for the first two laps. Which isn't something you would want inthe A main of the World Championship i suppose.
But when the car gets the tires heated up it really is pretty fun to drive it isn't as fast with JTG but the car wants to turn in harder and you have to be smoother with the wheel. WHne i got the inserts down. the car was muhc better to drive but it still wasn't as fast as Brian Lutz or Nick Stampfel (i was right on par with them at the beggining of the day but at the end of the day they were able to pull away from me and i was not as consistant.)But i was albe to handle James Newberg pretty good
They say in the tamiya world cup the track changes and trackside doesn't. All i have to say is They're full of.....well you get the idea. In many club races at trackside even with JTG eveyoen else was much faster in practice than in qualifying and the main's. we would be doing 13.2's and the track would be great and grippy and by the A main's we would be doing 13,7's and the track would be loose (on many days in many months and years) even today. there were many cars running trying to lay traction down on the track and as the day progressed on there the speed went slower and slower my first run i was able to get 13.9's and two 13.8's on par with Nick. By my last run I was only able to sqeak out a 14.0. I never used JTG. my car was good to control but it was still quite loose. You 30 of the time ahve to pitch it around the corners. And it's alot harder not to make any mistake witj just tire warmers than with JTG. If you drive to hard and your not careful. you will be banging the boards like it was the latest trend. Yes it's important to get around the track as fast possible but you have to keep off the boards as well. If Brian, Nick,and James were all running with no traction compound i would be able to hang with them throughout the day and maybe beat them. But noone knows for sure but it could of been a even game.
I would like to know how race as well on carpet with no traciton compound and tire warmers as well as i race with JTG. I'm not talking about fast lap times but my car being better than and my driving being on par with the best at the tamiya world's. Even without JTG it still think it's fun. and would be cool to have a dialed Tamiya World's Carpet Setup. Before If I win the Tamiya nats. Next week i'm going to try my GT1 415 and see how that works