Home Track,Chasing the Title of Fastest V8 Miata @Road Atlanta. Plus Dyno Video

Road Atlanta.


The home track, for myself. The story begins back in 2015


back then Danny George brought out his Formula drift modified NB and he set the V8 Miata lap record. 1:32.5 was set. 


To this day we chase that time. 2017 with half the car we push to get into the 1:32's  
We run with NASA-Se.com. because they are the best. most track event and most seat time for any TT style event.



starts the weekend off with the Nine Lives gang showing up. Jacob had his "Trans am car" 

Joel had his TTC record holding car. 


Day one was good but not great. Ran a solid time of 1:36.2 very close to our PB but not near the record. 

however, it did bring a win. and with my contingency, I won a Maxxis tire. that's me in the middle. 

Day 2. 


New personal best of 1:34.9. the record is so close I can taste it.  


as another weekend winds down we are still hungry and still winning to chase that magic number. 
Huge thanks to Maxxis tires, Grams Performance, Holley performance products, and V8 roadsters for the support and to Nine live race team, Jacob and Molu Mosler, Joel and Niko Morrison, John McElroy for the track support and certainly to my wife Andrea Chichowski for letting me spend hours in the garage tinkering, trying to find the missing speed.


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as a little gift. we where dyno classed this weekend. results are below. 

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The Old girl put down 408hp and 380ftlbs. puts us smack in the middle of TT1. we can still lose l20lbs 
Maybe next year we reclass. 


Bucket list track.... Check! V8 Miata goes to Sebring.

NLR goes to Sebring. 
This started in St Augustine at the Mosler Motorsports shop.
If you didn't get a chance to see Jacobs shop check it out below. If that doesn't work check it here

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Do watch it he has a ton of crazy mad scientist cars. 

From there we road tripped Down to Sebring. 


When we rolled in it was absolute Rain. 



 The TTU Miata and  Joel's TTC S2000. The track was absolutely soaked. 


We went out for our first timed Session. and came back to a surprise. 


We were Sitting 1 And 2 overall. a huge shock for a car that had 2-year-old tires. 


Joel's driving was the real surprise. beating out everyone, even the locals, and Andy Hollis. 


We were not so lucky.

The Clutch master cylinder decided to check out. losing all forward drive we had nothing left.


Jacob Even ran out of Gas 100ft from the trailers. and gas cans.


his car is kinda crazy.

We did Get ourselves a few dry laps before the car quit.


We were able to hold down our times for a few victories. 


Andy Hollis beat me out for first, but we took home second in TTU.


Joel was able to claim 2nd after setting the lap record.. and then someone else did too.  


Jacob got 2nd in STU and a case of the "hover hands"


We sat at the NASA South East table. All of us walked away with some hardware. Beard guy is rob esque. Markert motors and E30 driver. 


next event is Road Atlanta. 


Race Update. Nasa Toy Run at Road Atlanta with video.

Race update: 
Nasa Toy run is a charity race as well as the season-ending event. 

It started on Thursday, with a Run to target for toys. OG Racing Donated and NLR matched the donation. The kids will love it. Side note if you go to target and tell them your buying for a charity they will cut you a discount. as you can see we bought multiples of the same items so Target knew it was for a charity. 


Onward. 


Entering this event we were 340 points up over Frank Calhun and his 5.0L mustang. The championship was captured at the Previous CMP race.   




Frank does a wonderful job of avoiding the internet, we cannot find a picture of his mustang anywhere. for a substitute I drew a picture of it, as you can see it's a monster. 




being that the TTU championship was going to be a nice early Christmas gift. We set my sights on Former teammate Devin's Gridlife time of 1:35.1. that would be a new Personal best for me by over 3 seconds. On a personal level, I didn't think I had that time in me, although I knew the car did.   



the RUN. 

The results. The AiM lap timer and transponder will not read the same time. the transponder is actually in the back of my car, the AIM is dead set in the front 1/3. 





We got the 1:35.1 we were looking for but we missed Devin's time by .02 of a second. We'll call that a Tie :D 



The surprise of the weekend was from Cameran Lane. 


This Old school Z car packs an LS1 engine. 

our cars were evenly matched, 
His motor was stock power as mine has heads and a cam.
 He had big ass 275mm tires, compared to my 245mm tires.

On the straights, I would catch him, but on the corners, he would walk away.



IT was one hell of a great fight. the first time out I bested his time by .084 of a second. the second run we weren't able to top him as we ran the best time of the day (1:35.160) but he ran his best of a (1:34.904) a split of  0.25 seconds.  It was one hell of a battle, we'll get him next time 




On to the awards for TTU 
*If you hold things closer to the camera it looks bigger.*




Then it got a little crazy



yep, that propane heater was running. if you haven't partied with NASA-Se ... have you even partied? 


Looking back on 2016. 
 I didn't do it alone. Wehn I say "we" I am referring to those who I am forever grateful. Huge Thank You goes out to the team, fellow racers and support. Andrea Cichowski, Joel Morrison, Jacob MoslerJohn McElroy, Alex Gallardo, my parents Dave Gregoria, Wendy Gregoria, to my partners Maxxis Tires, Grams Performance & DesignHolley Performance Products, OG Racing, Performance Friction Brakes, and to V8 Roadsters LLC


Looking forward to 2017




Goals for next year, 2017 we aren't going focus on the TTU run so hard. Instead, let's go for those tracks that have been out of reach. lets hit the bucket list tracks like Sebring and COTA. 
Let's push to the Miata to be more reliable, and let's clean it up a little. We are the heaviest campaigned V8 racing Miata ever. We need to capture the Road Atlanta V8 Miata lap record set by Danny George of 1.32.548 . keep an eye here for those updates.  

 A huge thank you to everyone who follows. 











Hold that pressure on a budget: The cheap way to Dry Sump your GM LS engine.

Full disclosure: I am not sponsored by any company listed below. this is just the easiest way I found to go dry sump. 

It's well known that the Achilles' Heel of road-racing LS engines is oil pressure during hard turns.



A quick explanation of what the problem is:
During hard turns, the oil in the pan is kicked away from the oil pickup.The oil pickup is unable to bring in oil, and brings in air instead, resulting in a loss of oil pressure.





Above is the result of low oil pressure.

What should we see? Recommended oil pressure from John Bouchard Racing Engines is 10 PSI per 1000 rpm. So at 5000 rpm you should have a minimum of  50 PSI; at 1000 rpm we need at least 10 PSI.

Before we start the project, let's cover some common oil starvation myths with LS engines.



"Oil starvation is only a problem with LS3 engines."
Nope! Our little LS1 was seeing 20 PSI at 4500 rpm, which is 25 PSI less then what we need. This was while pulling 1.4 Gs at Turn 12 of Road Atlanta.



"A bat wing will fix everything." This is the myth that early C5 corvettes didn't have oil starvation issues due to their "bat wing" oil pan.
Nopes! Vengeance Road Racing reported on their bat wing-equipped C5. They had 7 PSI on some corners at Barber Motorsports Park.


For those that don't know, this is what a bat wing oil pan looks like. It came on early C5 Corvettes.



"It's OK I have an Accusump."
Kinda. The Vengeance C5 and our car both ran oil accumulators. The Accusump did keep some pressure, but not enough. If we did not have Accusumps, the engine would have failed much sooner.

If you're looking for a Band-Aid, this is a good one, but it's still a Band-Aid.



ALRIGHT!! On to the build. This is how we did it. 





Step 1: The tank.

Tanks are chassis dependent. If you have a lot of room, get a big tank. If you have less room, get a smaller tank. I'm testing an 8-quart Z06 tank in my car. This tank is a bit small, and nobody should go smaller. We will report back if we run low on pressure.


If you run the LS7 tank, get yourself a set of these fittings. They adapt the factory fittings to an AN-12. You can buy them here: http://www.hotrodlane.cc/


We found the LS7 tank for 300 bucks. If you have room for a larger tank, go for it. We also found used NASCAR tanks on ebay for the same money. Search for "nascar drysump."


Step 2: The pump.


We went with an Aviaid LS-A pump. We did this for a few reasons.

  1. It's considered a "Stage 1" dry sump setup. It uses the internal OEM oil pump for pressure. This is fine for LS engines running under 6000 rpm like our car. The pump itself is a two-stage  scavenge pump (meaning there are two places where oil can be drawn in) that mounts to the cylinder head.
  2. It came from Aviaid for with everything we needed for $852 and does not need any special crank pulley.
  3. If this setup ever fails, we can just bypass the dry-sump scavenge pump and run it home on the OEM pump.




This is the mounting point for the LS-A Aviaid kits. It sits way up high.



Here is the pump mounted to the main serpentine belt. All of these pieces are included with the Aviaid kit.

Step 3: The pan. 

In our car the oil pan is critical. Our chassis is very small. We could buy a pan from ARE but it wouldn't clear the steering rack, so our only choice is to modify ours. That was also the cheapest option.


We took our pan over to Vengence Road Racing for some modification. It cost around $300 in labor plus $140 for two Peterson aluminum pickups.  


They did an excellent job adding in two pickups and a baffle that will push the oil to each pickup dependent if we are braking, accelerating, or turning left and right. 

Step 4: The install.




The next thing we need to do is get the oil from the tank, through the pan and to the main pickup. Vengeance welded the pickup tubes to take an AN-12 line, We ran Earl's caps to a flared piece of 3/4" aluminum tube we bought on Amazon.  


We ran all that tubing to a 90-degree AN-12 bulkhead out of the side of the block. 



Aviaid recommends screens on the oil pick up. This is in case a large object gets into the pan (think trunnion bearings) that those items won’t screw up your nice fancy little pump. We got ours from Earl's. These are part number 23012ERL

  
You can see how the filters are hooked up to the pan’s scavenge ports. 


Then we built the lines using Earl's AN-12 hose. It’s important to use AN-12 to get adequate flow. Some Trans Am teams told us to run this size, let’s not fight them. 




To finish the plumbing we followed a diagram much like this one.

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Here Is the pay off video. It holds steady pressure. We will report back after the first race weekend. 




Total Costs
AVIAD pump, brackets, bets and fittings ----825
Vengeance modifying a V8 Roadsters pan -- 300
Earl's lines assorted ----------------------------- 200
LS7 oil tank and fittings ----------------------- 400
Grand total    $1,725


Up Date 10/17/2016

Oil Starvation is gone. now we can push the car to the limit without worrying about Premature engine failure.