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Racing Carpet? Do you need ozite/fasttrack?

Old 11-16-2005, 04:34 PM
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Is it possible to race on carpet purchased from Home Depot or Lowes? Or do you need CRC's carpet made for RC?
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Old 11-16-2005, 04:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Ginsu
Hello,
Is it possible to race on carpet purchased from Home Depot or Lowes? Or do you need CRC's carpet made for RC?
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Carpet purchased from Home Depot or Lowes?
I would think fasttrack for sure.
I did'nt know that those stores sold ozite.
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Ozite in appearance is very similar to some types of indoor/outdoor carpet...

where the major differences seem to be are in the fine details like the strengthof the backing, the density of the weave and the quality of the fibres used.

I've seen tracks try to get away with 'budget pseudo-ozite' and it was a disaster. The cars came off the track full of fuzz, the carpet didn't want to stay glued down...it would ripple and stretch...and ultimately it didn't last a fraction as long as the real stuff.

Any money saved initally was spent..and then some due toracers staying away and the carpet needing premature replacement....

That's not to say that there isn't stuff out there that will work....ther might be...you just need to investigate a bit deeper...
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That is exactly what I was wondering. Thanks for your insight.....I have been to several races where ozite was advertised but as it turned out it was not, and the carpet even so, held up well............
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Why carpet why not some treatment of the concrete floor itself, why not asphalt. If you the indoor outdoor surface was the same solve a lot of problems.
(I assume there is an obvious answer because almost everyone does carpet for indoors.)
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There's a track in Connecticut that started with indoor asphalt, and tried indoor nitro TC. Because it was indoors, the asphalt never really cured right, and traction was horrible. The track owner tried everything, including liberal doses of VHT. He finally gave up and installed carpet, at a consideral expense.

And yes, this is the same track the carpet nationals were held at.
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The reason I asked about carpet because it needs to be set up and then taken down. It will not be permanent. I guess I will contact CRC and get some prices.........
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CRC has the prices on the website. You just have to kinda look for them.
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To add on to what Windsorguy99 mentioned, another plus for the Ozite carpet is it's durability to withstand traction compounds, oils, etc.
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ozite from CRC is about $4.65 a sq foot. or about $650 for a 100 foot long 12 foot roll. now fanfair is a close but fuzzes for the first month or so. but it's a lot cheaper like $2 per sq if you can find it.
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From what I'm told, asphalt, if laid down indoors has to be chemically treated to cure right. It's been done, obviously. SoCal Raceway is indoor asphalt and there was an indoor asphalt track in San Diego years ago. But I'd imagine it'd cost a fortune to have that done. Much more than carpet. Not to mention carpet would probably be easier to install initially (though I know it's very hard work as well.)
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Any idea where to find info/website for fanfair carpet?
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try www.flooringwebsite.com saw it there doing a google search!!!!
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There was an indoor asphalt track in Livonia, MI (closed last week ). I don't know what the owner did but there was no problem with traction at all. However we had some issues with tire wear but who cares if you can race independently of the weather outside
Too bad that "racers" always cried for carpet in the wintertime (they had to practice for the big races ) so he ended up buying carpet...
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The carpet on our track is supposed to be ozite but it looks like trunk liner to me. any one know the difference?
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