Gridlife Chicago 2021 – and a Podium!

A crazy comeback this week led to a podium at Autobahn Country Club, for the Grid Life Chicago event. Rewinding 2 weeks, I had to deliver the Evo from ASM to RS Motors, as the latter had an OEM shortblock assembled and ready to go, if it had to come to that. It did have…

Gingerman and a Blown 4G63

Been dragging my feet on this post for a bit. The Evo recently blew at Gingerman Raceway, and we’ve been running around trying to fix it ever since. Now that it has been fixed, a short debrief: I had Tom take a quick spin in the car at Gingerman, and after a quick hotlap something…

Red Line Oil – 2021 Sponsorship

Though the Evo remains in storage likely until late February or early March, wanted to give a special shout-out post to Red Line Oil for sponsoring me once again, through the 2021 season! I am excited to continue the partnership and I’ve got high hopes for the Evo in time attack this year.

2020 Season Recap (Evo)

Major changes came during the 2020 season in the form of an E85 tune, and wow – hard to believe I held off on doing it. With the introduction of the tow car, life on E85 has been very easy, with 20 gallons on board the Sequoia, along with all tools needed to service the…

2020 Wrap-up & Future Plans (Sequoia)

I’ve only had the Sequoia for 3 months now, which is incredible to think of because of how much driving we’ve done in it. I’ve driven the car a total of 5,500 miles so far, and I’ve towed the Evo 4 times now, twice to Wisconsin and twice to Michigan. Towing has been easier than…

Weathertech Mats (Sequoia)

As customary, I ordered a new set of Weathertech floor liners for the Sequoia. Especially as this car is going to be the “bad weather” car, I wanted to make sure I can keep it as clean as possible. Unfortunately, while the front liners fit, neither the second row nor the 3rd row fit –…

SCCA TT 2020 (Autobahn South, Evo)

Getting a lot of seat time here in quick succession – last weekend at Road America already feels like an eternity ago. With my last timed event of the year being GLTA’s Midwest Festival at Gingerman, I decided I wanted to get a little more seat time prior to the event so that I could…

New Sponsor – Falken Tires

Proud to announce Falken Tires as my newest sponsor for the Time Attack Evo. They have been very openly sponsoring drivers in the Grid Life Time Attack events, and were generous enough to give me a shot as well with a set of RT660s. I have driven Falkens once before – the predecessor to this…

Introduction – 2011 Toyota Sequoia

Introducing my 2011 Toyota Sequoia! Most of the details of the build can be found here. In this post, I’ll go over some of the reasons why I got it and what the plans for the car are. My specific desire for a second gen Sequoia started in 2012, evidenced from notes I had been…

Intake Valve Cleaning (Golf R)

Direct injection cars, and Audis/VWs in particular, seem to have issues with carbon build-up on the intake valves. As fuel is directly injected into the cylinder, the fuel does not get a chance to clean the valve & port. Below is a good image of the difference between the two: This means that no matter…