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LIC Motorsports recently made it's final track appearance of the year at Auto Club Speedway for the 2010 Redline Time Attack Finale.
The long and demanding season had taken a toll on many teams, evident in a below average competitor turnout. Only the best prepared teams remained to fight for the last remaining Season Championship points. The reliable LIC Motorsports prepared Takata Impreza was in top form and ready to finish the season with a good result.
"After making steady improvements to the car throughout the year, we were anxious to return to Auto Club Speedway to evaluate how much faster the improvements have made the car", said Noah Levy. "We were pleased to see James set a personal best lap time during practice on Saturday, indicating that the car was clearly faster than before. Furthermore we were running our engine at a conservative power level, so we expected even faster times during competition. Our practice day was relatively uneventful as we only made minor setup changes to the car and James was very satisfied about the car's behavior."
During Sunday's first Time Attack session James struggled with traffic yet was able to post a time worthy of 3rd in class behind two Nissan GTRs. The Nissan GTRs were clearly taking advantage of their long legs by generating incredible speed on the front straight. The second Time Attack session yielded no change in the order. As the sun began to set on Sunday evening, the event's fastest cars took to the track one last time to compete in the 5 lap sprint race. James started in the second row for the rolling start and drove a smooth and uneventful race to finish in 2nd in Modified.
"Although we weren't fast enough to take the win this weekend, I am excited that we were able to improve upon our best lap from last May by over 1.5 seconds. This was accomplished only with suspension, brake, and aero tuning. Power levels were identical. The car is easily the fastest, most confidence inspiring, and fun car I have ever driven. Without a doubt it is one of the fastest track Subarus in the world. It was a real pleasure and an honor to pilot the car this year and it is very exciting to experience the incredible progression it has made at the hands of the Levy brothers of LIC Motorsports."
With the points tallied, the Takata / LIC Team claimed 2nd for the season in Redline Time Attack's seven race West-Championship. Despite leading the Championship for the first 4 races of the season, Brian Lock piloting the Cobb Nissan GTR surpassed the Takata / LIC Team in points to win the Championship by a small margin.
Noah Levy, Adam Levy, and James Elterman would like to thank friends, family, and sponsors for support of the Takata Time Attack / LIC Motorsports 2010 racing season.
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LIC Time Attack STi Specs
Model: 2004 STi
Weight: 2850 lbs. (Dry), 3050 (Loaded w/ fuel and driver)
Motor: LIC Motorsports 2.5L Longblock
Turbo Kit: GT35R Turbo w/ LIC Motorsports Custom IC Piping, Perrin FMIC
Fuel Supply: Fuel Safe 12 Gallon Cell, Turbo XS Surge Tank, Dual Bosch 044 Pumps, Aeromotive Fuel Rails
Tuning: Cobb Accessport
Injectors: Injector Dynamics 2,200cc
Drivetrain: ACT Clutch, Cusco LSD's (Front/Rear)
Suspension: Triple Adjustable JRZ (Custom), M1 Front Knuckles/Control Arms (Custom), LIC Rear Control Arms (Custom)
Brakes: Front Brembo 6 Piston 350x34mm BBK, Rear Brembo (stock)
Exterior: Aeromotions Widebody Wing, LIC Fender Flares/Splitter (Custom)
Wheels: Wheeldude.com Rota DPT 18x10 e35 (5x100/5x114.3)
Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35ZR18
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