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Old 05-13-2012, 10:21 AM   #1
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KaleidoLINKS Racing in the 2012 OLOA

Hey everyone,
I meant to update a thread on here like last year, but we had a lot of spotty internet connections in the mid-west and it was all I could do to keep Facebook updated.

The 2012 OLOA was really rough for us. We caught on fire during the first road course, the next day I was able to drive the tires off the car at Mid-America and get us back into 1st in class and about ~20th overall which is not bad coming from 45th overall after the fire at Autobahn.

Unfortunately after that the electrical gremlins started in on us. Even going into limp mode twice I held onto second in class. We thought we'd solved them and at hasting I got us to within 30 points of the Roush Performance team's Mustang, but at Brainerd we had a huge electrical failure which forced two DNSs on us which put us in 4th in class with no hope of getting back into 1st.

One of the GM Performance Engineers and I literally ripped the entire cars electrical system apart to find 1 wire that was chaffing and seemed to solve the majority of our electrical issues. At Road America KL Racing manged to recover and thoroughly trounce the Roush Mustang team with a 1st in class and 17th overall finish. We also killed everyone else in class the next day on the dry skidpad with a 1.01G run that was about .11 G higher than anyone else in class and 15th overall! It got us back into third in class and almost up to 2nd in class.

It was a brutal year, but all in all we were successful and I'm very proud of all of the kids in KaleidoLINKS and the KL Racing team. Here are some of the videos from the event. Enjoy!



KaleidoLINKS 2011 Camaro SS 2012 OLOA Mid America Time Trial - 1st in Class - YouTube

KaleidoLINKS 2011 Camaro SS - 2012 OLOA Motorsports Park Hastings Time Trial - 2nd in class - YouTube

Kaleidolinks 2011 Camaro SS - High Plains Raceway Time Trial - 2012 OLOA 2nd in class - YouTube

Kaleidolinks 2011 Camaro SS - Road America Time Trial - 2012 OLOA - 1st in Class - YouTube
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Re: KaleidoLINKS Racing in the 2012 OLOA

I can never figure out how to post youtube videos here... not sure why only one preview popped up, but all of the links should work. Definitely check out of the Road America vid (last one) That was a great drive!
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Re: KaleidoLINKS Racing in the 2012 OLOA

Cool! Looks like a good exercise in patience!!
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Re: KaleidoLINKS Racing in the 2012 OLOA

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Cool! Looks like a good exercise in patience!!
I'm guessing you're talking about the skidpad video if you're mentioning patience. Yeah, it's actually a lot harder than it looks, especially when we do the wet skidpad. It seems simple, lol, but... it's basically getting the car to the absolute edge of adhesion and then keep it there while turning the smallest circle possible and keeping the car balanced so it doesn't spin or wash out. Again, sounds so simple, but...
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Re: KaleidoLINKS Racing in the 2012 OLOA

100% skidpad for sure! lol
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Re: KaleidoLINKS Racing in the 2012 OLOA

GM put out a nice little blog for us... apparently my name was the only one they left out, lol.

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