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Monday, August 24, 2015

Formula D Pro2 Round 2 Seattle 2015 - "Sleeveless in Seattle"

Enjoy the newest episode of the Whiskey Garage Chronicles by www.JWoodMedia.com

So we spend two weeks prepping for FD Seattle at Motiva Performance here in Albuquerque, NM.
We actually have time to go out and test to make sure things are good to go. We encounter a rather severe overheating issue 3 days before we are supposed to leave... Assuming it was a head gasket, $460 bucks later and I had me an overnighted GH from FRsport. Socttie don't spent all day and night shoving it in, then the lengthy process of bleeding the cooling system on an RB started.

I had planned to leave for Seattle on that Monday and casually drive up, enjoying some scenery solo mission. I had to get on Facebook and recruit some helpers to drive since we ended up leaving super late tues night. Huge thanks to James and David for helping out with that nasty 24 hour straight drive to get there as the drivers meeting was starting. Could not have done it without you.

We set up the pits and and head out to practice. I did a killer first lap and was super excited to work with my spotter Dave to get dialed in for qualifying.

I was getting back in line for another run and realized my car was still smoking like i was on the bank. Back to the pits I went.

Compression test showed low on 2 pistons, the oil looked like a milkshake, and my exhaust was filled with oil.

Turns out this is the damage we did in seattle

We shut it down and waited for qualifying, by the end of the bank in my first run the water temps were a balmy 260 degrees so I shut her down, on my second run I just lost power coming off the bank. We tried, but hey sometimes your motor decides to implode.

Spent the weekend filming funny stuff for the chronicles and had a good time. Stopped by the STR Racing warehouse to pick up my new signature wheels on the way home. We also had a photoshoot out there as well. Super pumped to have them on board this season, stay tuned for another blog post about the flow formed goodness that is the officer d 903!!!

On to pics!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Formula D Pro2 Round 1 Florida 2015

Peep this video if you haven't, the pre season WG Chronicles:

1 Week before we leave
Scot Fox has looked the car over, we have already addressed some other issues it was having and actually got to test it a few times prior to this. Focused most of efforts towards prepping for the Drift 4 filming. I have also designed and printed custom FD Florida shirts. Feeling pumped.

3 Days before we leave
The 2 car trailer we had lined up was 8 inches too short. The story of American life it seems. Dave and I begged our way into another truck and trailer, I received a large shipment of STR Racing wheels for both Drift 4 and my FD efforts. Hankook decided to up my grip game and sent a few 265/40/18's to test on. I had been on the 265/35/18s and it made a huge difference in grip levels. One more day of testing with the new wheels and tires, car is still solid. Feeling more pumped.

1 Day before we leave
Dave and I have now been up for 24 hours prepping everything, mounting tires, packing, organizing and making sure we have everything needed for a week of FD and a week of filming for Drift 4. I spent a good chunk of the day plastidipping my STR wheels to get them looking fresh for Florida. Oneclickstick.com killed the wrap and sticker game getting errthang done before we left for FD. Feeling exhausted.

Dave, Michaela and I take off for the 36 hour plus drive in separate trucks and trailers hoping for the best. Fast forward to weds, and we make it in time for the tech appointment. Picked Scotty Don't up from the airport Weds night and got a decent nights sleep. Feeling optimistic.

Tech, Practice and Qualifying oh my...
Pull up for tech and immediately back into Dewayne Ramsey's car. #sickrun. No damage but I am an idiot. Pass tech with flying colors, only to find out my name is spelled wrong on my door cards. A quick cut up of Tanner Fousts cards, and the missing T's are now solid. Feeling relieved.

Practice actually went really well for me. The track was really fun, riding the wall with lots of angle to a jump / transition area, to all out top of 2nd burner. I picked up the track by my second run, but due to wrecks and other delays would only get 2 more shots at dialing in the track. Having an actual spotter instead of texts from someone else spotter was amazing. Thanks Dave for jumping into the trial by fire on that one. Car looks waaaay better on the STR Racing wheels. Feeling jazzed.
Photo by David Karey AMDrift.com
Headed into qualifying feeling awesome. This one really the first time I had made it through practice with nothing to change on the car. First run hit it hard, 1st.......... 1st still.......... trying desperately to grab second and it finally smashes in right as I go to enter. Did all I could running the whole track in 2nd gear... Bummed, We took a look and the clutch stopper was missing. I was over extending the clutch and couldn't get into gear. Scotty got on it and fixed me up for my 2nd run. 1st, 2nd, 3rd! Yes! Clutch kick to no power combo. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Blew a boost pipe off the throttle body. Twas the first time I yelled an expletive in my car after a run. Feeling super bummed. 

STR Racing 514
The Whiskey Garage Pit all set up and ready to sling shirts
Rest of the event
Watched a little and tried to sell as many Whiskey Garage T Shirts as I could. Did decent, but barely broke even. Shirts will be up on the site soon! It rained and then was sunny, then more rain then more sun and some wind. Picked up camp more times than I really wanted to due to storm threats. I also licked Fredric Aasbo's face. Feeling wet.

He's so dreamy

Huge thanks to Michaela for the emotional support and selling shirts! Dave and Scot from Motiva Performance for coming out to the event with me, Jesse from JWoodmedia.com for being Jesse, Hankook for the tires and support, plus food and AC in the hot hot heat, Turbo by Garrett for getting me a spare turbo shipped to florida, STR for getting me wheels and working with me, pumped to have you guys on board! Radium Engineering for supplying me with spare fuel items and new catch cans for the season. Love you guys! Oneclickstick.com for the graphic touch up on the car, the new vinyl and all the sick stickers everyone loved. Spec for the new clutch and flywheel, PPG for help on the dog box. You guys all rock, thank you for the support.  Feeling grateful.

Drift 4
Wouldn't you like to know? Feeling optimistic.

 And we had a blowout on the way home. The end!

Formula D Round 7 Irwindale

Coming in waaaay late to the party on this one so I will just let Jesse Wood's Whiskey Garage Chronicles tell the tale of the season ender. Huge Thanks to Scot Fox for making the event and keeping the car running, love you man!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Formula Drift Rd. 6 Texas

This one is gonna be short since the video pretty much explains it all! Enjoy the JWoodmedia.com edit of the Whiskey Garage Chronicles. As always, make sure to like and subscribe!

Put in the new RB28 stroker motor and got her dyno'd at Motiva. Sheered the timing ring off the harmonic balancer, and had to tear the entire front off the motor to get it fixed in time to make the show. On a positive note, got to put on my fresh Raw Brokerage, Performance fuel injection, Turbo by Garrett GTX35r and Turbosmart USA goodies on the car, so super pumped on that.

Upon arrival at TMS, we got a great run of practice, car felt amazing!!! My Hankook RS-3's were making tons of smoke and I was so pumped to get some more practice in. Second run up, 10 feet off the line, the car turned off, I had snapped a cam in two places :(

Scottie from Motiva, and Alex from NM Imports were godsends when it came to getting another head on the car on the quick! Scottie spent all night putting the new head on and it was being started as I was walking back from the drivers meeting.

I can't thank Scottie and Alex enough for the help getting to Texas and trying to keep me in the game.  As always thanks to Jesse Wood for always being there.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Forza 4 Replica of my car by Iox BOSS xoI

So here it is in all its glory, Matt killed the game as he always does and spared no detail. Can't believe how accurate it is.

First, go like his FB page https://www.facebook.com/M1ADesigns then go check out all his other epic designs. There are only going to be 100 of these available so first come first serve. Go get it!

The camo is spot on, as are all of the sponsor logos. He even created the trunk vents that look better than we did them. From the FD name plate to the whiskey garage logo, this thing is spot on. It even has the wheel color I wanted to use but didn't have the time or money to make happen. This thing is right at 1000 layers, I cannot imagine doing this in the in game editor. Huge thanks to him for taking the time to make this!!!

On to some pics!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Formula Drift Rd. 5 Seattle (machine gun glory)

This post is very late, and I have been slacking! Too much going on with the car to scribble down notes about events, so here is a quick rundown of FD Seattle! This trip was with Jesse Wood, Andy Barrow and myself. Here is the video if you haven't seen it, or don't feel like reading :)

Seattle was a 28 hour drive, so we had to leave early to get there by Thursday, we made a few stops along the way to do some touristy type stuff to break up the monotony of the drive.

First stop was at Arches National Park in Utah, where JWood took some rad shots of us long exposure style.

Then we hit up Twin Falls Idaho... It as Twin Falls Idaho.

Next stop Seattle, and swung by my old Bosses boss's house from T-Mobile, Krissy where we got fed like kings and relaxed looking at an amazing view of a lake.

Fast forward to Thursday and we are setting up and getting ready for practice. Typical fashion 3rd run out I break an axle, which Andy fixes post haste and gets me back out for the much needed practice. Something else doesn't feel right with the car, it's down on power and I can't shift into 4th to do the bank. Turns out the car isn't firing on cyl. 2, so we try and swap the coil pack with matt fields and still no go.

Being down 100 or so horses, 3rd gear it is, wide open hard as I can go, making 0 smoke around the bank and barely able to reach the end of it. It was still my favorite track ever.

Pro 2 goes by and i get 17th for the 2nd time, still can't figure out the power issues and now we have developed something new. Anti Lag. The AEM decided we needed it all the time and wouldnt turn it off. Accel, decel, idle WOT, anti lag all the time. #gunshots.

Needless to say it blew out part of the ex. manifold gasket and melted my hood, wires and anything else near the leak. Pro qualifying was no different, with all the issues stacked against me, I did what I could to not wad it into the wall, and was happy we didn't.

After that we filmed a rad drift trike video in Portland, rode a mini ramp at JP from Radium Engineerings house and then headed back home.

Time to put the new motor in for Texas and give it another try :)

On to lots of pics!