Ben, When we got there Friday I felt real good about my car and the handling. The track bite was similar to my home track so no setup changes were needed. Now on to Saturday qualifying. First qualifier was not too bad and I was sitting 2nd I believe in stock sedan. As the day went on and round after round was ran the bite came up extremely high which I was not accustomed to or prepared for. Traction rolls were never an issue with the stiff chassis but boy howdy were the tires stuck to the track. I tried different things such as lowering the roll centers, different springs, shock angles,etc with not much luck so by the end of the third qualifier on Saturday I was sitting 4th. Saturday night was a brain storm session.
After some help from some friends in KC I made an entire setup change for the last chance qualifier on Sunday morning as well as a motor breakin procedure that a fellow racer shared with me that produced great results on my EA Motorsports motors. Also had some tips in battery charging which really woke up my Promatch packs!!! In the last chance qualifier the car was back on step again and I bumped all the way back up to the 2nd qualifier 2 seconds behind the TQ guy. On to the triple A mains. First one was fun as the two of us checked our early and ran bumper to bumper for several laps till the apparent too soft of tires bit me again and the motor got HOT! Made a gear change for the 2nd main which allowed me to run on the bumper of the TQ guy again and push for the lead till the parachute came out again with a 187deg motor temp.
Anyway I finished 2nd again. Going into the third A main I changed motors and tires to a fresh set. The motor had not been broken in well enough and glitched so bad that I had to pull the car in respect to the other racers and to my car as it was out of control for more than half the track. All in all it was a learning experience as I tied for 2nd in points but with the third mains finish it put me in third. Not bad for my first big carpet race and first time on high bite. I did find out that almost all the others in the main were running plaids and purples so I can assure you that I will have a few sets in my box for the next one.
So much for the comments that I have read that the only tire you need are Cyan and Magenta tires. The other PRP chassis at the race was in the hands of Chris Puller and he qualified 6th in 19t sedan and finished 4th respectively as this was his first big race on carpet as well.
In addition to the sedan racing I ran 1/12 for the second time ever as I had traded some motors for a CRC 3.2 two weeks before the race and ran it the weekend before. I TQ'd stock 1/12 and won the first two A mains with my buddies (new to 1/12 scale) finishing 2nd, 4th and 5th.
I would like to thank you Ben for a terrific chassis!
We had a fantastic time and the facility is second to none I have ever been to. I believe the Omaha HobbyPlex is holding the ROAR Region 8 carpet regionals in March so if anybody is in region 8 and have never been to this raceway it would definitely warrant a trip! You will not be disappointed.