S2K Challenge Series 2010: Auto Club Speedway #7
Original write up by Edward Lee (600rr_rocket)
Our seventh 2010 S2K Challenge event was held on August 15, 2010 at the Auto Club Speedway using the Roval configuration. This was the first time an S2K Challenge event was held on this high-speed course, popular for various time-attack series and W2W racing.
Auto Club Speedway, previously known as California Speedway is a relatively new track built in early 1997 and has been the host for many racing series including NASCAR, IRL, Motorcycle, Grand-Am, and even JGTC.
This D-shaped oval incorporates 11-degree banking on the front straight with 14-degree banking in NASCAR Turns 1 and 2. This track also has a series of infield road-course combinations with the largest and fastest utilizing the oval’s front straight and first two turns before going back down into the infield. This 2.88 17-turn “roval” is a common configuration for everything from Grand-Am to track days. (MotoIQ)
While two opposing camps argue whether the roval is a horsepower or handling track, there is no question that the 14-degree banked turns 1 & 2 are intimidating; especially for most who have never been on banking before. The top S2K Challenge participatants were able to hit 130mph+ on the NASCAR banked turns!!!
Weather: The high temperature of the day reached 91.8°F as many of the S2K Challenge participants (and friends/family/pets) enjoyed the shade in the spacious garages at ACS.
Time trial format of the day was fast lap time of the day. A special thanks to the Series’s newest sponsor, AQ Motorsports who donated CASH prizes to all of the classes!
The Stock Class comprised a very exciting battle between Albert Gavieres and Richard Seegman. The two were battling all day with lap times within ~1 sec during each practice session. In the end, Albert outsted Richard, with respective lap times of 2:03.0 and 2.04.7!
1st Place received $100 dollars from AQ Motorsports and 2nd place received a free alignment from Evasive Motorsports.
Competition in the Street Class was extremely tight with only ~0.5 seconds separating the podium finishers! Congratulations to 1st place finisher Nam Yoon with a 1:59.4 who barely edged out Fil Craciun (1:59.5) who came in second. Ben Rigaud came in 3rd with a 2:00.0, just 0.5 seconds behind Fil.
1st Place received $100 dollars from AQ Motorsports, 2nd received a free valve adjustment from Tony Fuchs Racing), 3rd place received a Speedventures gift certificate.
Times in the Modified Class were BLAZING fast, with oustanding performance from Jim Tway, who clocked in a 1:53.0 for 1st in class! Coming in 2nd and 3rd were Mark Tsai and Mike Tsay with lap times of 1:55.6 and 1:56.0, respectively.
1st Place received $100 dollars from AQ Motorsports, 2nd received a full fluid swap (engine, tranny, diff) from Rising Star Motorsports, and 3rd place received a Speedventures gift certificate.
Hope to see you all at our next event at Buttonwillow on September 26, 2010…cheers!
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