BPR King track
It's SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe time. Paul Sterrett and Mike Steube conduct Tech Inspection while Mill Conroy (L) Roger Uusitalo and Dale Yamashita look on.
Oscar Morales on the left and John Cukras on the right join in the process.
Today's LeMans Coupe field was ready for another fun day after last weekends big F1/Can Am raceday.
Pete Zimmerman's car on the left (Zimmerman chassis). John Cukras' car on the right (Cukras chassis).
Dale Yamashita's car on the left (Yamashita chassis). Doug Matthes' car on the right (Matthes chassis).
Mike Steube's car on the left (Steube chassis). John Wakamatsu's car on the right (Cukras chassis).
Terry de los Santos car on the left (Jeff Easterly chassis). Paul Sterrett's car on the right (Sterrett chassis).
Mill Conroy's car on the left (PdL chassis). Jeff Easterly's car on the right (Easterly chassis).
Oscar Morales' car on the left (Cukras chassis). Dennis Samson's car on the right (Samson chassis).
Keith Tanaka's car (Steube DVD chassis).
D3 LeMans Coupe Concours podium. Left is Dennis Samson's winning car ("Realistic category"), right is Dale Yamashita's winning car ("Presentation category").
Dennis Samson with another great looking car.
Even the driver detail is excellent.
Dale Yamashita's "typical" excellent presentation.
Keith Tanaka ready for LeMans Coupe qualifying. Keith's Steube DVD car is about to be retired soon after taking too many wall blasts due to questionable driving skills!
D3 LeMans Coupe qualifying results. Congrats to Pete Zimmerman on a sizzling TQ of 4.286 seconds.
The field for the D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main are ready to go. Notice Mill Conroy's nice appearing TSR porsche body with the PdL "cow catcher" front.
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main racers, L-R, Oscar Morales, Jeff Easterly, Dennis Samson, Terry de los Santos, Keith Tanaka, John "Cubbie" Wakamatsu, Mill Conroy.
"B" main race in progress.
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main podium, L-R, Oscar Morales 2nd (funny looking Coupe Oscar), Mill Conroy 1st (Porsche body was shedding white paint continuously), Dennis Samson 3rd
D3 LeMans Coupe "B" Main race results. Congrats to Mill Conroy on his win with Oscar Morales 2nd and Dennis Samson just edging out Terry de los Santos for 3rd.
D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main cars line up for start of race.
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main racers, L-R, Mill Conroy, Mike Steube, Dale Yamashita, John Cukras, Pete Zimmerman, Doug Matthes, Paul Sterrett
SoCal D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main podium, L-R, Dale Yamashita 2nd, Doug Matthes 1st, Paul Sterrett 3rd
D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main race results. Congrats to Doug Matthes on his win with Dale Yamashita 2nd and Paul Sterrett just edging out John Cukras for 3rd.
D3 LeMans Coupe "A" Main podium cars, L-R, Dale Yamashita, Doug Matthes, Paul Sterrett
"A" Main podium cars, L-R, Dale Yamashita, Doug Matthes, Paul Sterrett
Dale Yamashita's 2nd place car. Dale's latest chassis is based on a design by Paul Sterrett.
This is a typical Yamashita built chassis, displaying excellent craftsmanship.
Dale has been improving with each D3 race and has made it obvious he is one of the best racers in SoCal D3.
The motor bracket is a Sterrett design. Dale also used the metal crown gear that Paul Sterrett uses with this motor bracket.
Doug Matthes' winning car. This is the same chassis Doug has raced for many previous Can Am and Coupe races.
Doug's chassis is lightweight (94 grams?), yet handles great.
Paul Sterrett's 3rd place car.
Paul's chassis design is also the basis for Dale Yamashita's chassis.
Paul designed/built the wide/short motor bracket to position the inline motor closer to the rear axle.
The front end incorporates these "pinchers" to help protect the chassis during crashes/collisions.
Paul favors using metal crown gears on his cars. The tubing on the sides of the motor bracket are used to secure the side rail/floppy hinge. This allows easy replacement of the side pans.
D3 NASCAR concours podium. L-R, Jeff Easterly 2nd, Dale Yamashita 1st, Oscar Morales 3rd
Jeff's Zombie car (painted by Jeff Bigelow) alongside Dale and Oscar's Cyclones.
D3 NASCAR is ready to start.
SoCal D3 NASCAR racers, L-R, Paul Sterrett, Jeff Easterly, Dennis Samson, Oscar Morales, Terry de los Santos, Keith Tanaka, Dale Yamashita.
SoCal D3 NASCAR podium, L-R, Keith Tanaka 2nd, Dale Yamashita 1st, Dennis Samson 3rd
SoCal D3 NASCAR race results. Congrats to Dale Yamashita on his win with Keith Tanaka 2nd and Dennis Samson 3rd.
NASCAR podium cars, L-R, Keith Tanaka, Dale Yamashita, Dennis Samson
Keith Tanaka's 2nd place car
Keith's car was too heavy with lead (134 grams). Too lazy to remove the lead. Didn't matter.
No, the lead wires are not shorting.
That doohickey on the rear was a last minute addition to keep the rear of the body from being sucked under by the rear tires.
Dale Yamashita's winning NASCAR.
Another excellent chassis by Dale Yamashita.
Dale's car was the class of the field, easily passing everyone in the corners.
Combined with Dale's excellent driving skill made this win quite easy for Dale today.
If your looking for a fast NASCAR chassis to emulate, this one would be a good choice.
Dennis Samson's 3rd place NASCAR
This is a typical Samson chassis, well designed and built.
Dennis uses a plastic drag racing spur gear which worked quite well.