First off I must say that everyone I met were extremely nice and cordial. Reminded me when we use to run in the Viper Days series, great people, great fun, everyone helping each other out. Wish I would have felt better to hang out with everyone and have some nighttime smack activity.
Jeff, Chris, Scott and myself came down in a borrowed cargo van and trailer that we bolted 2 bench seats in from a Chevy Astro van. It wasn’t so bad of a ride but it was definitely limited in the luxury department. I called it the Frozen Fuselage Tour. I got sick on the way down while slamming red bulls and staying behind the wheel for 12 hours straight. It was a Sudaphedrine weekend. The guys all got a little sick also. Guerilla Racing at its finest.
Ron Sr. Don Sleik and Paul Nicotra all had flights in on Friday.
We wanted to go to the dyno but everyone had to get some rest.
Ron Sr. - Jeff - Paul
We came down to San Antonio with the 6 speed in the Stryker. We wanted to compete in every event that we could and also test as much as we could. After running in the street tire shootout, I learned that I needed a gas pedal feel that has greater resistance than the one in the Stryker. The spring that is in the car is way too weak to gauge slippage and be able to compensate quick enough. Also my 6 speed skills need a lot of work and I understand what everyone talks about on the boards about Drag Racing the Viper with a 6 speed. It sure is an art that takes time to learn. The 2 speed? Well that’s like going out for groceries. The best time we pulled with the 6 speed and street tires was an 11.1 @ around 146 or 147mph.
We wasted beautiful testing time Saturday afternoon trying to run in the street tire shootout. When we finally got a chance to put the slicks on and test with the 6 speed it was around 8:00pm and F was it cold! I think it was in the 30’s.We made a couple of passes and I was spinning the tires all the way through third gear. During these runs we also started to test our launch control. The best time with the slicks and the 6 speed was a 10.1 @ 143mph. with a 1.38 60ft. My first 6 speed passes with slicks and testing in over 4 years. Not so bad. We figured the track had went away and we had to leave quickly to install the 2 speed.
6 speed / slicks / launch control testing / 10.3 @ 137mph
6 speed / slicks / launch control testing / 10.1 @ 143mph
We packed it up and arrived at North Star Dodge in San Antonio around 9:30pm. Len McDonald (Viper Tech and one hell of a great guy ) at North Star was our savior allowing us to utilize the facility to change out the 6 speed and install the 2 speed. I really enjoyed talking with you that night Len. If you ever get up around Chicago it’s entertainment time for sure. Jeff and Chris (SVS Tech’s) did such a good job this weekend that if it wasn’t for your guys hard work we wouldn’t even get to the line. We finished up around 2:00am and headed back to the Valencia.
Sunday we arrived around 12:00 noon and unpacked. No time for testing just straight to racing. We went up for qualifying and pulled the fastest time of the weekend on our first run. 9.16 @ 154.32 with a 1.37 60ft. We made 3 runs after that, 9.27 @ 150.96mph, 9.22 @ 151.57mph and 9.25 @ 150.20mph. The best 60 ft. was a 1.34. I was wondering why the track closed so fast and didn’t allow us time to test? Oh well we will get another day.
We removed some weight from the Stryker TT by placing a carbon fiber hood from our 96 RT10 Road Race Viper. Other weight came from removing necessary equipment needed for racing at the salt flats. We removed 180lbs total.
Len McDonald helped keep me in the right frame of mind and gave excellent coaching.
I love my job!
Notice anything strange going on during the InCar Video?
In Car / 2speed / 9.16 @ 154.32
Side angle/ 2speed / 9.16 @ 154.32
What happened to the 8’s ?????????????? Believe me I’m scratching my head and wondering the whole time I was there. Many people wanted to see it. I’m not really interested in bragging rights only progress. I can tell you that we took 180# out of the Stryker before coming down to San Antonio. We made improvements in our torque converter. We utilized launch control to build the boost on the line. We think we have figured out some of the data and will continue to formulate a plan until next time.
I didn't have a group picture but this is from the standing mile in Nebraska.
Front is Paul, Jr. and Chris - Back is Jeff, Don and Jim H.
Very cool Trophies!
Thanks David Boggs for putting on the event! Everyone was a winner for showing up and having a great time.