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Infineon Raceway, formerly known as Sears Point, is one of the more dramatic racing circuits in America. As much as this track’s name makes us want to dress up like Buzz Lightyear and shout, “To Infineon and beyond!” the track itself makes us want to throw on our racing shoes and do our best Gary Sheehan impression around this twisty masterpiece carved into the hillside terrain of Sonoma’s wine country.
Infineon RacewayLocation Sonoma, CA
Track Configuration 2.52-mile, 12-turn, clockwise circuit
Elevation Change 160 feet
Other Facilities Quarter-mile NHRA dragstrip, Motorsports Business Park (more than 70 motorsports-related shops), RV park, Cougar Mountain campground, Grandstand and terraces, NCK Kart racing school, Simraceway Performance Driving Center
“Infineon has to be one of the most picturesque and challenging circuits in North America, and it also happens to be my favorite. In my mind, it has everything a driver could want: a beautiful flow, massive elevation changes, challenging high-speed corners and, yes, a distinct element of risk in some of the most daunting parts of the circuit. And when you are not on the racing surface, the track facilities are absolutely fantastic. It’s a perfect place to practice the art of racing.
“Infineon means business from the very start, beginning with the rollercoaster ride that is the turn 1–2 complex. It starts with a long straight leading into the very-fast uphill left-hand turn 1. This is exactly the high-risk element that makes this place such a wild ride! The entry to the corner is a slight left-hand kink, meaning you have to bleed speed with the car partially loaded up to the right, making braking tricky at such a high speed. Then as you crank in more left steering and really get into the corner as you head steeply uphill, which catches the car and compresses the suspension even more. You have to take a wide line in to avoid the big bump on the left side, but still hustle the car left to set up for the tight turn 2 right-hander. A miscalculation or slow hands will send you off the right side of the track into the hillside at a very high rate of speed.
“Turn 2 is exactly the opposite, but equally sinister. It’s a medium-speed, blind right-hander at the very top of the hill. After battling to get all that front-straight speed bled off in the fast uphill sweeper and muscling the car over to the left, you find yourself staring into the face of a mountain and the track completely disappearing over the crest. Because there are so few visual queues, this is a corner that must be learned and earned through practice. When you turn-in, you still can’t see the apex, so you’re doing it on faith. But if done right, you get the car to climb all over the ultra-wide apex curbing right at the crest of the hill. You still can’t see the apex, but now is the time to get on the throttle to maximize your exit speed. As the hill flattens out, the car gets light and your grip goes away. It’s only then that you can see your exit, but by that time you’ve played your hand and it’s up to physics to decide if you stay on the track or paint your car with tire wall.
“And that’s just the first two corners of a 12-turn track! The rest of the circuit is just as demanding, with breathtaking chicanes cresting hills, daunting blind corner entries and exits, high-speed sweepers with beckoning barriers and tight hairpins that punish the brakes going in and the tires coming out. Getting the most out of a 550+ whp beast like LIC’s awesome STI on this track is not for the feint of heart, but when it’s done right, it is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
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LIC Motorsports was back on the Time Attack scene at this past weekend’s Infineon Raceway/Global Time Attack (GTA) event Finals for 2011. The event was held over the course of 2 days (Friday and Saturday) and it saw an array of interesting weather throughout. Before LIC even made it to the event, they had the cards stacked against them…here is a brief rundown of the chaos and outcome.
In wanting to not rush things and do due diligence the LIC Motorsports race car was fitted with a few new items to get it prepped for an all out war at the upcoming finals. The decision was made to run a new motor case, pistons, bearings, upgraded GTX turbo, equal length headers, custom up-pipe, and higher capacity oil pan (still using last year’s crank/rod assembly). Upon early completion of these items the car was to be recalibrated by Tim Bailey of COBB Tuning Surgeline. The car got its final tune approx 2 weeks before the scheduled GTA event at Infineon Raceway. With about 1.5 weeks remaining until the event, LIC decided to test the motor and ensure all was well as the motor was making fantastic power prior to heading to the event in a few days. The outcome of those results started a whirlwind for the crew. It was discovered that as a result of running this new found power levels, it was too much for the stock case and that the motor would need to come out and be redone. So Adam and Noah made a quick decision, 1- to continue and fight the odds and attempt to make the event, or 2- to call it quits. The decision wasn’t a cut and dry easy one, as SEMA was on the horizon and would tie up 3 days that were very much needed during this time. The crew made the decision to push forward and do their best to make it happen.
With SEMA now behind them, they ran into logistic issue after issue. Which included parts not showing up on time (due to shipping issues with carriers), parts arriving incorrect, and just plain ole running out of time. The crew pushed themselves at 22+ hrs per day for days until finally the motor fired up with about 10 hrs to spare until the event. No sense of relief could be had; as it left another serious issue still at hand…the motor would need to be broken in at the track (not ideal). For those that don’t know, GTA is a no holds barred event, every time a competitor’s car hits the track those times count. There are no practices, no freebee’s that are given just because one isn’t ready. It’s a come prepared or your competitor will have an edge on you. Clearly it was going to hit the track at a disadvantage from the get go and to make matters worse; it was raining for Fridays event. LIC had to resort to using old tires for this event as they lacked a tire sponsor for support this season, so 1.5 year old Nitto NT01’s would have to do; not the greatest for laying down any wet times let alone racing on top tier level with others using brand new sticky tires.
Friday was an absolute mess courtesy of the weather but not all was lost for Friday, as LIC had the secret weapon….driver Gary Sheehan of COBB Tuning. Gary is a very accomplished and skilled driver with tons of seat time in Subaru’s and to top things off; he loves to drive around in the rain. Gary was sent out in the first session to “break-in” the motor only and report back with feedback. The second session arrived and it was still dumping rain, which made for a very wet track but Gary was allowed to add in some more boost and give it a good romp here and there if he was able to keep traction. By the time session 3 arrived the track was about 80% dry but still was a mini lake in a few turns, especially turn 10. Gary was able to pull off an impressive 1:47.723 and put the car into the #2 spot, all while running on used/bald tires from last year’s racing effort. As Friday winded down the decision was made to take the car back to the shop and make some adjustments to the alignment settings (only reason this was done at the shop was because UMS Tuning ran into a transmission issue and LIC offered up the use of the shop to accommodate that team whom traveled from Arizona to be at this event).
Saturday was upon the crew and it was yet another late night in the shop while the UMS crew prepped their car for the last day of the event. The weather had decided to let up fairly early in the morning but the cold temps kept the track soaking wet for the morning session. As the sun came up the track started to dry out for the teams and the notion that it would all be laid on the line came to light. The rivalry for LIC Motorsports and 034 Motorsports was starting to take off. Gary and Christian Miller (034 Motorsports driver) are driving partners in another race series and know each other’s in’s and outs, as well as being good buddies with one another. Session 1 of the day was lead by 034 Motorsports with LIC being 1.2 secs trailing behind. The two teams battled back and forth for all session of the day, literally swapping places with the #1 and #2 spots, pushing each other to drive better, drive faster, and ultimately who would reign supreme. The 3rd session saw LIC move into the #1 spot with a new class track record of 1:41.888, beating out 2nd place by over 1.3 secs. The final session of the day LIC decided it was time to turn things up and go for a deeper track record, if possible. All too often teams talk about using a low boost map, or not using the high boost map…well the boys wanted to test the car in a real life scenario and see what it could do at full tilt. The final run saw an impressive 9 turns from Gary on his out lap but coming off of turn 9 and into turn 10 the LIC Motorsports car suffered its first ever mechanical failure on track, it had rod #3 snap in two; sending a hole through the top of the block and ending the opportunity to improve on the already new track record set by themselves and impressive win for the Limited AWD class.
Even more impressive was the feedback given by driver Gary Sheehan, “I was very impressed with how much improved the LIC Motorsports STI was from last year. The car was so much more refined and easier to drive coming out of the corners. The power was just awesome, leaps and bounds above 2010, pulling hard and clean all the way to redline with no drop-off as a session went on. Engine temps never went above the mid-180’s, and it was clear that the guys at LIC had their thermal-management down pat. The tune by Tim Bailey from COBB Tuning was spot on and it was a thrill to wind out the revs in every gear. The engine sounded so sweet!”
“Weather and circumstances kept us off the track as much as we would have liked, and we only got about four timed hot-laps on a dry track all weekend. With a little more testing and chassis tuning time, I think this car easily has another second or two left in it. I am very excited to see how far this car has come along and glad to see all of Noah and Adam’s hard work pay off. They deserve it!”
The team really looks forward to getting the car back together and replacing the failed component with a stronger beefier part that will withstand the rigors the team plans to run from here on out. The data collected and future for the LIC Motorsports Time Attack car are one to be on the lookout for.
LIC Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors:
COBB Tuning / Hawk Performance / Wheeldude / WORLD Racing / RallySport Direct / Lost Summit Films / Go Pro
As LIC Motorsports heads into the home stretch of completing the race car, lots has happened over the course of the last few weeks/months. One of the major changes and hurdles has been to finally add power to the setup. In the past we were one of the lower horsepower Subaru’s competiting in the field, which can be seen when another car with big power stretches its legs at a track like Willow Springs. So we felt the need to at least get on par with others in our field.
The final event is being held at Infineon Raceway, which is not a horsepower track (yes HP plays a role but it’s not as big as say WSIR, Buttonwillow, LVMS, etc...), this track is going to be about a well rounded setup and driver confidence. For those who don't know or have never run there....THERE ARE WALLS, it’s as real as it gets and one mistake can/will put an end to your vehicle. There has never been a day that we have been at Infineon for an event that we haven't seen a totaled vehicle, it’s one of those things that comes with the territory. The track will find the weakest part of the setup and capitalize on it.
Some of the major changes we have done is to put in a fresh motor case (still using our rods/crank from last season), new pistons, and of course new bearings/seals. The other items we upgraded were the header to an equal length, a custom up-pipe to work with our new GTX35R turbo, and new extra capacity oil pan. For those that hear all the chitter chatter on these turbo's, it’s all true. This turbo is pretty darn amazing and we truly believe it will become the norm for everyone involved in racing using a Garrett turbocharger. Making these adjustments to the setup has netted in excess of 150+ whp over our setup from our 2010 season.
In the process of us finding new limits we have also found limitations of specific components. Currently we are swapping out components for others that can handle new pressures we are seeking and demanding on the system. I wish we could say it’s been an easy going process but it seems we hit every road block, shipping errors, and parts arriving incorrect (even today is an example of this, as of this moment we have to wait until tomorrow to finish our short block, more incorrect parts were received today). At the end of the day this all falls on our shoulders and we will do everything in our power to make it all happen, as we always have.
In better news we have brought in a seasoned veteran driver for this event. Driver Gary Sheehan of COBB Tuning will be at the helm of the LIC Motorsports STi, back in 2010 we utilized Gary for driver feedback, setup, and adjustments. We at LIC Motorsports are honored to receive the continued support of COBB Tuning and feel we are putting both feet forward with this joint venture at this final event of 2011.
We would like to say "see you there" but as of this moment, we need to finish off a build. So to say it accurately, we "hope to see you there"!
LIC Motorsports has worked long and hard to bring these to market but finally they have arrived. There is a slew of options to choose from in regards to what will work best for your application, be sure to review all options below.
We at LIC always listen to feedback (good and bad) and because we value our customers/fans opinions we are constantly looking to you for more personal inputs into our business as a means of bettering it for your experience.
Well here it is folks; LIC is running a T-Shirt design contest. Are you interested in being the one responsible for LIC's next signature design T? Here's your chance. Until August 31, 2011 LIC will be accepting design renditions and will be offering up a $200 cash prize and of course a shirt in your size to the winner.
Things to keep in mind during this process. Must include LIC Motorsports logo on the front of the shirt (see image below for logo), must include the Get LIC'd slogan on back, keeping the design unisex works good but can also be submitted as 2 separate designs for Men/Women, and if you're a bit unsure of the design look LIC likes be sure to check out the Men's past designs and the Women's past designs.
This special episode of the Underdogs returns to LIC Motorsports as the Levys gear up for the inaugural race of the Global Time Attack series. Watch as Noah and Adam reflect back on the last six months, bring home a new project car, and attempt to raise the Subaru to its full potential for the brand new race series. Are The Underdogs back?
To celebrate the release of the 2011 Special, we are offering a limited-time discount on The Underdogs Season 1 DVD & Blu-Ray. Until August 31st, 2011, you can order the DVD for $19.95 and the Blu-Ray for $25.95. Your support will help towards the production of future episodes.
Well LIC yet again has acquired another shop vehicle...ever since we've been working on Subarus we always have been on the look out for one of these. We know they are hard to come by and ALWAYS need work, if they even run at all. We finally found one, it runs, its decent, and will be a fun project car for the shop.
The immediete plans are to become familiar with the interworkings of it, find parts, and correct some of the minor things going on with it. Its going to be a work in progess, doing little by little over time. The worst part is, its very hard to find parts for these things. Being that its darn near 42 years old, nothing is made anymore...so here comes eBay (just the sound of that gives me heartburn, I'm not a fan of doing stuff like that. I'd just perfer to know where the parts are, click, buy, and be done with it but that's not what we got when we got this car...we know its a process to get things).
The car heads to the body shop tomorrow for paint (need to correct some rust on the roof and get that taken care of before it ends up with a hole in the roof. Next on the list and is already being worked on in the shop is the brake lights, currently the right rear is not working (Adam is already chasing wires and trying to fix it). Other items to address immedietly is tires, these are a must and need to happen very soon as the current ones are cracked and not safe. Did you know this car has a 2 piece wheel, with a tube...yep its like a trailer tire, ha ha. But even those aren't the easiest to get, they are a random size (4.50-10).
We will be doing a build up on this and do updates on our progress...Have a look at our 1969 Subaru 360 Van. Yes its that tiny!
Some fun facts: 5' tall, 25 hp, 65 mpg, top speed of 59 mph, 2 stroke/2 cylinder with 356cc
LIC Motorsports is constantly looking to bring their knowledge of what they’ve learned in transforming a street car to a full blown track car to the masses. Here is another part that was instrumental in being able to eradicate the common issues with inferior 5x100 wheel bearings used for track use.
The LIC Motorsports ABS/Speedo Ring Spacer is designed for folks looking to convert their front older 5x100 inferior wheel bearings to the stouter 5x114.3 ones. In undertaking this process there is lots of items that need to be taken into account. One of the major ones being how to space out the ABS/Speedo Ring gear and get it back into proper alignment with the ABS Sensor. Well we have the solution. This spacer has 2 different variations available, the first being 6mm, and the second one being 8mm. The reason there are two choices is b/c there are 2 different size ABS/Speedo Ring gears across different models. Just like with the OEM ones these will be a must when used with the LIC Motorsports custom front knuckles which are due out shortly (also be on the lookout for custom rears being offered by LIC).
These spacers are made from 6061 T6 Aluminum and they maintain a strict tolerance of 0.005-0.001. A professional installer is recommended as the need for various tools is mandatory, which includes but is not limited to: various tools, heat/cold treatments, and a press.
This past weekend saw the LIC Motorsports crew back at its first race of the 2011 season. As many know the future of LIC racing this year looked very grim but after a new racing organization, Global Time Attack (GTA), approached LIC they decided to charge full force in preparation to make the event. With only about 5 weeks of time before the event the Levy boys went hard at work to make some subtle but efficient changes to the vehicle.
First on the list was to get some weight out of the car and get the center of gravity lower. Given the limited time frame it was decided to swap the 4 doors, trunk, rear fender flares, and roof to all lightweight dry carbon components. These new LIC Motorsports dry carbon pieces only weigh in at 35lbs in total. In addition the front and rear knuckles were all redone and over 8 lbs were removed vs. the previous version. These new LIC Motorsports components carried incredible weight savings vs. the older parts used. The rear rotors were also swapped out to lightweight ones, which saved an additional 12 lbs from previous ones. Other items were replacing the side windows to lexan, putting in a larger race seat and swapping the steering wheel, new fire suppression system, head restraint, and additional supports for the roll cage. Only items touched on the motor was the new WORLD Racing TBC-1 boost controller and having Tim Bailey, from COBB Tuning Surgeline, retune the vehicle. Very last on the list was to adjust the livery to one that was more fitting for those involved with the effort for the 2011 season.
The event was to be Saturday and Sunday but LIC wanted to test the car on an open test day that Friday to ensure all was working as planned. Friday's test day was somewhat flawless, only major issue was a broken windshield from debris which caused the crew to scramble to get it replaced first thing AM before racing began. The fellas from Snail Performance were able to get Safelite on site for early install, a big thanks goes out to them for the help. This chaos didn't help being very tired from driving through the night to make it to the track on time but that's racing, at least at LIC. As Saturday rolled around lots of familiar faces were present from the previous years. Also a nice overall change was to be seen as well as GTA has partnered with NASA; which brings a whole other level of fellow enthusiasts and all tiers of competition. GTA's new format is one to get used to but has its advantages and disadvantages. In previous competition it was typically Saturday that was a test and tune day and Sunday was competition. In GTA it's the opposite, every lap counts on Saturday and Sunday so you must be able to gauge your competition as well as, weather, time of day, etc. It's more of a strategic chain of events now; you must really think about when you should go and lay down your best lap times.
Saturday was uneventful for the most part, Russ Warr (Driver for LIC), was just getting acclimated to the car and being in the driver seat again. Russ had not driven on track or in a race car for just about 1.5 years prior to this event, so he needed to come up to speed and quickly. Russ was able to get his lap times down to a 1:25.943 for GTA and as if that wasn't enough LIC was having him pull double duties and running in NASA's time trial racing circuit. They were entered into TTR, which is fully unlimited vehicles and crazy built machines, for example Chris Rado with WORLD Racing was running his FWD Scion in it. The crew took a 2nd place win on Saturday running R-compound tires in TTR and closed out the day and got prepared for Sunday's race schedule, which was to be as chaotic as the previous day.
Sunday everyone had awoken to pretty hefty winds and a very cold early morning track, this was expected according to the projected forecast. LIC continued to push on and better their times throughout the day, constantly doing a tad better and only with making small incremental changes to the car. LIC finished out the GTA event with a time of 1:25.423, which was good enough for a 2nd place win in the Limited/AWD division. When it was time for TTR, LIC decided it was time to fight a fair fight and threw on some Hankook Z214 C91 tires to go attack the class and see if they could better there times over the inferior r-compounds from the day before. With only 2 laps to get it done, LIC was able to pull off a 1:23.136 and good enough for a 1st place finish.
The car, crew, driver, and motor from last season worked fantastic. The LIC Motorsports team endured 3 rigorous days of abuse on track laying down over 60+ laps in total, which is unheard of for any Time Attack team. There is a good sense that the team is on the right track as the car will see continued subtle changes and more effective time dropping components until it reaches its projected goals.
LIC Motorsports would like to thank its sponsors:
COBB Tuning / Hawk Performance / Wheeldude / WORLD Racing / RallySport Direct / Lost Summit Films / Go Pro
LIC Motorsports Time Attack STi Specs
Model: 2004 STi
Weight: 2781 lbs. (Wet), 3011 (Loaded w/ 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, WORLD Racing TBC-1 Boost Controller
Injectors: Injector Dynamics 2,200cc
Drivetrain: ACT Clutch, Cusco LSD (Rear)
Suspension: Triple Adjustable JRZ (Custom), LIC Front/Rear Knuckles/Control Arms (Custom)
Brakes: Front Brembo 6 Piston 350x34mm BBK, Rear Brembo (stock), Hawk Performance DTC-70 Pads
Exterior: G-Stream 68" Rear Wing, LIC Fender Flares/Splitter (Custom)
Wheels: Wheeldude.com Rota T2R 18x9.5 +38 5x114.3
Tires: Nitto NT01 275/35ZR18, Hankook Z214 C91 275/35/18
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