With Redline Time Attack and Super Lap Battle coming up in apprx 1.5 months, Toyo Tires has decided to jump on board with the boys over at LIC Motorsports for the remainder of the race year. This is a great opportunity for Toyo and LIC Motorsports to continue to push the tires that have always been run on the race car and add more exposure to the Toyo brand.
For those who don't know Toyo offers the most competitive 100 UTQG tire in the marketplace. The tire of choice is the Toyo R888; with competition stretching the limits of how wide they can go, LIC Motorsports was no exception to this as well. LIC spent the better part of 4 months coming up with a creative solution to fitting wider wheels and tires and still keep the integrity and aesthetics as well. The answer which one might think is as simple as putting "bigger wheels/tires" is far from that. The Subaru frame and its interferences pose a serious amount of troubleshooting and creative thinking to come up with an outcome like seen on the LIC Motorsports Time Attack car.
LIC Motorsports is proud to welcome aboard Toyo Tires and this new endeavor together as LIC pushes for end of year podium finishes.
Tyson Griffin had one of the most impressive fights of his UFC career Saturday, defeating Hermes Franca by second-round knockout at UFC 103 in Dallas.
The fight wasn't quite as fast-paced and action-packed as expected in the early going, and the Dallas fans even began to boo in the first round. Franca, in particular, was taking his time in the first round and letting Griffin control the action.
But in the second round it turned into the kind of brawl that fans expected, and the crowd went wild as Franca and Griffin exchanged a flurry of strikes. And then, with two minutes left in the second round, Griffin landed a powerful right hand that sent Franca flat on his back. At that point he pounced, landed several more hard strikes on the ground, and eventually knocked Franca out.
"I had to worry about getting knocked out, and that kept me at my best," Griffin said afterward. "My corner told me between rounds be patient and you'll get him."
Griffin has often been criticized for going to decision too often, but that wasn't the case Saturday night, with a big win that improves him to 14-2 in his MMA career. For Franca, who falls to 19-8, it was just the second time he's ever been stopped.
LIC Motorsports would like to congratulate Tyson Griffin on his impressive UFC 103 win!
Import Tuner has mentioned LIC Motorsports in its 11-2009 issue (page 18). The issue is already on news stands and making the rounds.
The blurb pertains to LIC Motorsports outing at last month's event at Cal Speedway.
"Super Lap Battle's fourth of five time-attack Qualifying rounds recently went down at Fontana, CA's Auto Club Speedway (full course), and bore witness to the emergence of a new competitor. Subaru specialists LIC Motorsports shookdown their newly completed '05 STI in competition against vetern JC Meynet and his infamous Harman Motive-built STI, with LIC wheelman Russ Warr posting a time of 1:45.69 to JC's 1:43.563-good for second place, and also enough to make us wonder if an upset is in sight"
Keep an eye out for the boys here at LIC Motorsports as they make a push for end of year. Are podium finish's in sight? To be determined in the coming months!
LIC Motorsports is proudly sponsored by Deatschwerks Injectors on their 2004 Time Attack prepped STi. The release of the 1000cc injectors for Subaru has been a long time in the works and the time has finally come. These 1000cc injectors are for sure to give the fuel supply needed in the harshest of environments/competition. LIC Motorsports is proud to be a part of the Deatschwerks team
LIC Motorsports has gone main stream and offered a sponsorship to veteran fighter of the octagon Tyson Griffin for UFC 103. The fight is scheduled for this coming Saturday 09.19.09 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The card is stacked and it's already a sold out arena.
Tyson Griffin (record 13-W, 2-L) will be going up against the very talented Hermes Franca (record 20-W, 7-L).
Tyson thoughts "Hermes Franca, outside from being a real nice guy, I think he is the most dangerous fighters I have fought yet. He has KO power in his hands and great jiu-jitsu."
Hermes thoughts "Tyson is an excellent and well rounded fighter who likes to push the pace. It should be an exciting fight."
This fight is big for both these lightweight talents (155lbs class); Tyson is coming off a win over Rafael Dos Anjos and a very close loss over Sean Sherk. Hermes just beat Marcus Aurelio after serving his 1 year suspension from "performance enhancing supplements". The lightweight division is getting stronger and more energetic as time goes by and these two world class athletes are the ones to watch come this Saturday night.
LIC Motorsports is proud to represent a world class athlete in a world class organization...
Be on the lookout for our LOGO on Tyson's Banner and fight shorts.
Weigh in results are in:
Rich Franklin 195 lbs. vs. Vitor Belfort 196.25 lbs.***
Junior dos Santos 236 lbs. vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic 226 lbs.
Martin Kampmann 169.5 lbs. vs. Paul Daley 170 lbs.
Josh Koscheck 170 lbs. vs. Frank Trigg 170.25 lbs.
Tyson Griffin 155.5 lbs. vs. Hermes Franca 159 lbs.**
live on Spike TV (9 P.M. ET)
Efrain Escudero 157 lbs.* vs. Cole Miller 155 lbs.
Drew McFedries 185.25 lbs. vs. Tomasz Drwal 185 lbs.
may not be televised
Jim Miller 154.5 lbs. vs. Steve Lopez 154.5 lbs.
Rafaello Oliveira 155.25 lbs. vs. Nik Lentz 155 lbs.
Ricky Story 170 lbs. vs. Brian Foster 170.75 lbs.
Eliot Marshall 204.75 lbs. vs. Jason Brilz 205.25 lbs.
Vladimir Matyushenko 205 lbs. vs. Igor Pokrajac 203 lbs.
Rafael dos Anjos 155.5 lbs. vs. Robert Emerson 155.5 lbs
Tyson Griffin KO's Hermes Franca in the 2nd round
Very little is known about LIC Motorsports in the Time Attack world, only competing in 3 events over the last 15 months. LIC Motorsports is a maintenance/performance shop located in Novato, CA. In addition to our general day to day operations LIC Motorsports also runs a race program for various events like NASA, Redline Time Attack, and the upcoming Super Lap Battle.
3 months ago the judgment call was made to redesign the shops 2004 STi (from its previous configuration as seen at last year’s Modified Magazine Tuner Shootout). When approaching this daunting task we sought the expertise of Crawford Performance in Oceanside, CA. Crawford was a good choice for LIC Motorsports as the working relationship goes back 5+ years, being a dealer, running the product previously, and the countless happy customers with their products. Besides, what better way to support the product you sell than by running them for oneself.
After careful detail was given as to what events we anticipated attending we came up with a calculated plan to get ourselves on the path to qualify for the prestigious Super Lap Battle (known as the super bowl of Time Attack). In order to qualify for Super Lap Battle you must place in top 3 at a NASA TT (Time Trial) event. With advice and path laid out, we went on our way to making the NASA TT event at Cal Speedway in Fontana, CA; which was the last chance to qualify (before needing to go out of state). The event was to be 07-31-09 to 08-02-09 and this was our chance to qualify. Knowing we would be up against a lot of great teams we sat down and calculated out what it would take to place top 3 and attempt to break the “Modified AWD Class” record, which was 1:47.60 from the previous year. How great would it be for a little company/team to come from nowhere and pull that off? This is what we aimed for and kept motivation to charge forward.
The first step we took was to fit larger tires under the car; this meant we needed fender flares and address the clearance issues that come with it. The largest tire that could fit last year was a 255 Toyo R888, knowing that we couldn’t compete on a racing level with that small of a tire, we sought the advice of LIC Motorsports fabricator; whom is an affiliate shop located in Northern California. But not just any fender flares would be allowed, never would some rubber mounted slammed on hokey looking part be okay and acceptable; we wanted a show quality functional piece that would be easily fixed if damaged and would still be light weight. Its one thing to only think of function but it’s another to spend the time, money, and energy to build/design a show quality piece of functional art work. This was the task handed to the Fabricator and a daunting one at minimum.
In addition to the fender flares we wanted a switch panel for push button start and auxiliary fuel pump, lights, etc… On top of that list, a mounting solution was needed for the newly purchased APR widebody wing (the mounting brackets provided were not as efficient as wanted, as we wanted the energy to be forced onto the chassis of the vehicle not on the trunk as the brackets provided would do). If that list wasn’t large enough, we also needed a solution to front/rear and underbody Aerodynamics. After hussling to make an insane deadline, the car was given back to LIC Motorsports with 3 weeks before the NASA event.
Upon getting the car back to LIC Motorsports, it was now time for Motor build/assembly and mock up of additional components with some special attention to detail being added in. When we decided on doing our motor build we had the option of a complete stroked race motor (as seen in most the competition we would be up against) or more of a street orientated/everyday package; one that more of our customers would/could afford. With customer service and product placement always in our mind, we choose to go with a Crawford S3L-I short block and factory STi heads w/ supertech valvetrain (and utilizing the factory STi cams). In addition to this platform the decision was on the power proven Gymkhana 1 GT35R setup. This would sustain the abuse and is capable of the 500whp mark for consistently as well as for longetivity purposes would be a good fit for the goal of the car. Seeing the need for some more show quality and functional items, we decided on the Crawford Surge/Air Oil Separator tank setup (as seen in Gymkhana 1 and 2). Knowing we were going the e85 route for fuel, we needed more fuel delivery than before, so we called upon the good guys over at Deatschwerks Injectors. These guys are a true professionals and top notch, they made us a custom set of injectors and had them overnighted and in our hands within 48 hrs from request.
Arriving at the track a little late and missing the first 2 sessions and sitting out the 3rd, we set the car up to run the 4th session of the day (Friday was just a test/tune day, not a TT event).
First lap out the car makes a pass across start/finish looking really strong, the driver whom had been suggested to us and we agreed for shakedown was Dr. Russ Warr; a local favorite and a very accomplished driver and a resume to back it all up. Russ was no rookie, taking it easy to get a feel for the car, being that he does this often he completely understood and was very much appreciative to be given the opportunity in the LIC Motorsports STi. After making through the warm up lap Russ pulled in for a vibration that he felt/heard. Upon careful inspection the assumption was the new aero on the back of the car was catching air and banging around a bit, with that conclusion Russ was let back on track making a decent pass across start/finish again when he heard/felt the noise/vibration again; at this point Russ was flat out in 5th gear at 7000 RPMS when he lifted off throttle and BAM the aluminum driveshaft snapped in half.
After being towed in the damage was accessed...immediately the work began to source a OEM driveshaft (and ironically it was off Russ’s personal STi). Gathering the parts late at night and getting back to a much needed hotel room we turned in for the night and for once it was only around midnight. No rest for the weary, 6am it was time to roll and get back to the track as the gates opened at 6:30am and I had a driveshaft to install before the 8:40am 1st session rolled out.
With driveshaft installed and gear fluid changed it was time to hit the track for some actual testing; bummer is all of Friday was lost and now these sessions were being timed. Not being discouraged the team rallied on in hopes for a brighter day. First session, Russ was able to turn 3 laps and turning out a best time of 1:52.213, apprx 6.5 secs off the fastest car of the group and capturing 4th place for the session. Session 2 a turbo hose blew and the session was lost due to time constraints. Session 3, with fixed turbo hose Russ was able to knock out a 1:48.457, shaving darn near 4 secs off his fastest lap thus far. Session 4 some adjustments were made to the camber and toe, and incorrect they were, a 1:50.071 was turned and the car had developed one heck of a push (understeer) leaving the LIC Motorsports car in second place for class. Now onto Sunday, this would be final day of the event.
Sunday was set for high hopes, seeing that the ability to go even faster and possibly break the previous track record for class was on the fingertips of the team, the guys aimed high and set standards at nothing less than capturing the record (Record to beat again was 1:47.60). Prior to the first session out a series of adjustments to the camber, toe, ride height, and doing everything to ensure the hose did not pop off again under pressure was dealt with. Session one for final day had begun. 3rd lap out Russ turns an amazing 1:46.110 and breaking the track record set by him the year before….the team was elated and felt there was even more to be done but Russ still had a complaint of a terminal push with the front end as he was pushing harder and hotter into the turns. More adjustments were made to the suspension to soften it up and get some more weight on the front to keep it planted.
Session two had begun and with an impressive line up; Crawford Performance’s 08 orange STi was gridded 1st, LIC Motorsports was gridded 2nd, and driver for Harman Motive JC Meynet was gridded 3rd…3 subarus all going for it.
Coming around the track on lap two Crawford Performance lays down a 1:39.15 (time was not official due to Crawford just testing the car for time purpose and not running tires that were allowed under Super Lap Battle rules but were under NASA rules), LIC Motorsports lays down a 1:45.699 @ 158.4 mph (yet breaking the record again), and JC Meynet laying down an impressive 1:44.641…what an impressive finish as 123 were all Subaru’s and none of the cars lost position but JC was able to make up a second on the LIC car on the oval, only after the session was over did we learn of JC wining the 2nd place spot (1st in Modified/Limited AWD Class) and new lap record for classification.
What an amazing moment and a great feeling for the day. Subaru’s are in so many of us folks blood that it was a memorable moment none the less. Session 3 had arrived upon us and the LIC Motorsports car had lost some ground as the ambient temperature had raised 6 degrees to a sweltering 96 and the track tarmac was at 126 degrees, the best the LIC Motorsports car could pull off in the heat soak of mid afternoon was a 1:47.001, still fairly impressive for conditions. With session 4 arriving upon us, Noah of LIC Motorsports called it the day and didn’t want to push the car anymore as the goal of earning the way to Super Lap Battle 2009 had been obtained. With motor running strong and feeling good about what had been accomplished; the crew packed it up and headed back to good ole NorCal for some much needed R&R
LIC Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors for being instrumental in getting the car up and running and sticking behind the team over the last year.
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