TEAM LEWIS RACING

NewRed Hobbies 10th Anniversary Race

This past weekend was NewRed Hobbies 10th Anniversary and so they put on a special race to commemorate the anniversary.  We got to the track Friday morning and began to get our cars all ready for the weekend.  Landen decided to make the move to Mod fulltime.  In Florida, other than Mod 2wd Buggy, sometimes it is hard to get enough entries to run Mod truck classes.  There were not enough entries in the Mod Truck class, so he had to shelf that truck for the weekend.  However, Brian Kinwald, a legend in the RC Industry had flown cross country to race with us and so Landen got to race with him in the Short Course class.

I was VERY proud of how Landen drove him Mod.  Consistency is the only thing that hurt him this weekend.  He was turning some of the fastest laps and many times had the lead even over some of the Top pro’s in the state.  Making the jump full-time to Mod will take time and patience.  There is NO doubt that this is where he belongs and he wants it.  In the B-Main, he had the lead in the 2wd Mod Buggy race the entire first 10 laps.  He had even got up to a 4 second lead on 2nd pace.  However, one mistake then turned into several more and at the end, he found himself outside of the 2 bump up spots.

In 2wd Mod SCT, he wanted to beat Brian Kinwald.  Of course, beating a prior National Champion is no easy feat but he wanted to soooo bad.  In qualifying, Landen held his own.  In fact, Landen only lost by three seconds in the 2nd qualifying run.  Running his new Kyosho SC6 without any track time to find a good setup, he was on cloud nine.  Going into the Triple A-Mains, all he wanted to do was again try and hang with Brian and somehow try and pull out one victory.  There were times he had the lead and that was exciting but in the end, Brian Kinwald is sooo good and sooo smooth, that he got Landen.  However, it sure was fun watching Landen wheel the SCT.

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With Landen running Mod, it really frees me up to concentrate on the stock classes.  I ran all three stock/17.5 classes:  2wd Buggy, Stadium Truck and SCT.  In stock, we may not have the fastest drivers but the level of competition is extremely high.  I knew that I had the two trucks to make the AMain and I wanted to qualify in the Top 5 with both of them.   In Buggy, all I wanted was to make the AMain.  There were some long time veterans and really fast guys running 17.5 2wd Buggy, so I knew I had my hands full.  After the 2 rounds of qualifying, I was 3rd overall in SCT and 5th overall in Stadium truck.  However, I was less than 1 second from qualifying 7th in Buggy and found myself in the B-Main.   I was not too disappointed because there was one more change I wanted to make to the car and I knew I left several seconds on the track.  In the B-Main, I felt as though I drove my best all day.  It was a very tight race between Collin Cabre and Brian Denmark and myself.  Fortunately, I was able to bump up into the Triple A-Mains which allowed me to reach all my goals.  My RB6 was hooked up and fast.  Recently, I have been trying different setups and such which has broadened my knowledge and I have been able to get my cars better and better at each race.  This weekend, I nailed it.  Unfortunately, my car was better than I was.  If I had done my part, the RB6 was good enough to finish in the Top 3.  I feel as though I am getting much better and understanding how to drive smarter and faster.  I just need more patience and cleaner runs.  I ended up 6th overall on the weekend in 2wd Buggy which was awesome with over 35+ entries.

Thanks to Tom for such an awesome event and I hope you are around another 10 Years!!!

Landen takes TQ at 2014 Cactus Classic

Kyosho RT6 Mid-Motor Debut

Next month, we will travel to Phoenix, AZ for our 2nd time for the Proline Cactus Classic.  Last year, we experienced our first true “Sugar Track”.  It was so different that what we have back here in the south and we were not prepared for what the track was giving us.  It was at the race that the Mid-Motor Buggies got so much attention.  Jared Tebo showed up with his MM and after a few testing hours, the whole Kyosho team was pulling out spare parts to convert all of their’s to a Mid-Motor Buggy.  If was obvious that if you didn’t have a MM Buggy, then it was going to be much harder to compete.  Now, there was those drivers like Ryan Maifield and Ryan Cavalier that can just drive anything and make the A-Main.  However, it was the Mid Motor by Jared Tebo that brought home the win.

This year, the Cactus Classic is back outdoors on the same track being run under the same dry, sugar track conditions.  There is no doubt that we will be running our Mid-Motor RB6 and we have been working on that set-up for some time.  However, we felt that we should be ahead of the game and do some testing on the Mid-Motor RT6 Stadium truck as well.  When I built this truck, I had zero idea where to start as far as a set-up.  I also knew that this might be a total flop.  The Rear-Motor RT6 already has so much rotation and steering, that I was afraid it would add so much more that the truck would be hard to drive and very twitchy.

I took our current RB6 setup that we have been running for about a month now and copied it over for the most part to the truck.  Several things that I did to help with calming the steering and rotation down is by flipping the front ackerman backwards.  Jared Tebo first did this months ago.  This is to help settle the steering down and make it more smoother through the turn.  The other thing I did was to go back and not run the Wide Suspension holder that most setups call for but rather run the narrow ones.  Here is what I have learned about the use of the narrow and wide suspension holders:

Wide Holders: The wide hangers provide a wider rear track width. A wider rear track width does two things to the rear of the car: a) Provides a bit more stability over small bumps, and b) raises the roll center in the rear of the car – A higher roll center provides more roll resistance – More roll resistance means the rear of the car will roll less in the corners – Less roll means less traction gain throughout the corner. (i.e. use the wide hangers for more steering)

Narrow Holders: The narrow hangers provide a more narrow rear track width. A narrow rear track width does two things to the rear of the car: a) Provides a bit less stability over small bumps, and b) lowers the roll center in the rear of the car – A lower roll center provides less roll resistance – Less roll resistance means the rear of the car will roll more in the corners – more roll means more traction gain throughout the corner. (i.e. use the narrow hangers for more rear traction in corners and less steering)

So, as you can see above, I choose to go with the narrow holders to provide more traction in the fast sweeping turns and less steering.

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Yes, you will notice that this truck has RED Bling all over it.  Landen thinks that the more Kyosho RED it has, the faster it will go.  I worry about him sometimes.  LOL

Anyways, here is the final shot of the Kyosho without the body and with the body.  We took a practice body that we had and always used and cut the holes out for the rear shock tower.  There is currently no body made by any manufacture that will fit the Kyosho RT6 Mid-Motor without having to cut these holes out.  I have been told that both Proline and JConcepts are making them and should be released soon.  Until then, we will have to use a body altered.

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We got up Saturday morning and headed over to Newreds in Ocala, FL.  Newreds is as close to High Bite as we get around here.  I felt that this was the best place to test the new truck out.  We took both the rear and the mid-motor to test out.

First up was the rear motor.  Landen knows how this trucks feels and we wanted him to drive it first so he then could compare.  After about 10 laps, Landen pulled over and said to give him the new truck.  I could tell right away that the Mid-Motor jumped so much better.  It was obvious that it had more steering and rotation but Landen quickly adjusted to it and I was soooo impressed.  He came off the drivers stand and told me that he felt as though he just as much traction but yet the truck would do anything he asked of it.  He was sold and we decided to run it during the club race.

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Going into Round #1 of qualifying, I told Landen to play it safe and just try and get a feel of the truck.  As the round went, Landen looked as though he had been driving this truck for months now.  It looked amazing.  In his heat, there were 6 drivers.  Tracy carver, who is Mr. Blinky Stadium truck himself was also running.  I was glad to see this as I knew this would be a great test to see how the truck compared to Tracy’s.  The results below speak for itself.  Landen was 2 seconds faster almost every lap and was 2 laps up on the field.

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On the day, Landen was able to not only easily take TQ and the Win in Stadium truck but also took TQ and the victory in 2wd Buggy with his RB6.  I honestly feel as though we are moving in the right direction as we prepare for the race in Arizona a month from now.

Here is a link to Landen’s RT6 Mid-Motor Setup Sheet:  https://db.tt/ZYEs2Ps9

I have been working hard to get my RB6 dialed in for myself.  I am no way a great driver but yet I have slowly been getting better as I learn more and more about set-ups. I was able to take my first win in Buggy several weeks ago at Shiverville.  This would be the first time since that race that I have been able to drive it.  I qualified 4th overall and was behind some really fast drivers.  I wrecked in the first turn when I went in to hot and traction rolled.  That knocked me all the way back into 9th place.  I was frustrated but I knew I had the buggy to climb back and so I settled down, took a deep breathe and tried to just worry about one position at a time.  Before I knew it, the announcer said that I was up to 3rd place.  I kept going and by the end of the race, I found myself finishing 2nd overall behind Landen.  I still have not beat Landen in a Head to Head race in over a year but I was so proud that Team Lewis Racing took 1 -2 using our Kyosho RB6’s on the night.

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This week, we have double duty to prepare for.  We head out on Friday for Coral Springs for the 2nd Round of SuperCup.  Then, on Monday, we fly out to Phoenix for the Dirt Nitro Challenge.  We are so excited and blessed to have these opportunities and I know Landen and I will try and represent ourselves and our Sponsors well.

Thanks goes out to all our AMAZING sponsors:  Kyosho, Proline, Airtronics, MIP, LFR, Peak Racing, Stickit1 Racing, KustomRCGraphics, Shiverville Raceway, “TEETER”, and most importantly, JESUS CHRIST!!!