Good news, Tokico products should be available at Racing Beat within the next few weeks. Recent conversations with Tokico’s new US distributor indicated that product was being sent from Japan with an estimated distribution date of early May. We’ll post more news at it becomes available.
Sevenstock 16, held on 11/9/13 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA, was a great success and a ton of fun! Mazda ran several of their historic 4-rotor race cars on the speedway oval/road course, while the infield paddock area was packed with rotary-powered street cars and vendors. Racing Beat brought along a FD drift RX-7 and a Renesis-powered REPU. Here’s a panorama photo of the infield, can you spot your car?
Looking for replacement shocks for your 79-85 RX-7? We now offer KYB’s GR-2 replacement strut cartridges and shocks for these early applications. Great replacements to restore the ride quality of your RX-7 to the original new-car ride.
Jeff Kiesel in the 2014 KFR / RKR Avon Tire / Racing Beat rotary-powered Turbo Sprite brings home his 8th consecutive Title in Lincoln Nebraska at the September SCCA Solo National Championships. SCCA Solo National Championships (9/3-9/6) Kiesel crushed the 18 car E Modified field yet again earning his 7th straight National Championship in E Modified and his 8th straight National Championship win (longest active streak). Kiesel took the win by 6.048 seconds over his co-driver in the same car. Kiesel’s wife Shawn Kiesel crushed the E Modified Ladies class by 11.139 seconds earning her 5th E Modified Championship and 6th Overall Championship.
After the event Kiesel elaborated on his success this year, “The car has never handled so well, we have worked on balance all year long and we are very happy with the set up. This year we switched to Avon tires and I have never been happier with the car. We finally have a tire with multiple compounds to choose from to ensure great grip in all conditions. Along with set up and tires we worked on the new bodywork and did some more aero development with the help of Rennie Clayton of Dauntless Racing. It was a good thing we made the car handle so well as we ended up having electrical issues which pulled the power output of the motor down and only allowed me to take 2 runs per day skipping my last run each day. We have some development plans in the off season and look forward to what the new year will bring.”
A big Thanks to our sponsors who helped make this another successful year:
Roger Kraus Racing / Avon Tires
Maxima Racing Oils
Bogart Racing Wheels
Ankeny Racing Enterprises
Sevenstock 16, the world’s largest gathering of rotary vehicles, will take place at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA on November 9th, 2013. Early news mentioned a salute to the the 1993-95 RX-7, track demos of Mazda’s historic 4-rotor race cars, and more! More info at Sevenstock’s Facebook page, keep checking back for more info.
Racing Beat is back again in the just-released Xbox game, Forza Horizon. Unlike a typical racing game, Forza Horizon is an open-world game which allows the game player to explore, race, and drift along the vast highways of Colorado while attending the fictional Horizon Festival. The goal of this game is to earn fame by competing in various competitions while driving fast, destroying property, avoiding traffic and causing general mayhem along the way!
The R1 Pro Championship win this season will make it 6 straight Pro Championships for Jeff in the competitive R1 class. Jeff did not stop there, 2012 SCCA Solo National Championships Kiesel crushed the E Modified class yet again earning his 6th straight championship win in the E Modified Class and his 7th straight National Championship win! Kiesel took the win by 5.419 seconds over his co-driver in the same car. As if that was not enough, Kiesel’s wife Shawn Kiesel crushed the E Modified Ladies class by 5.091 seconds earning her 4th E Modified Championship and 5th Overall Championship.
“The car performed flawlessly and we had no issues at all,” stated Jeff. “We chased some set up issues at the Pro and really got the car to work well by our third session. Could have dialed a little more push out of the car for Nationals and potentially found some time but overall I am very happy with the car. We did have some frustrations while out there with the new rule changes that were put in place banning most of our new aero development. These new rules came out 12 days before our first event out there, so we did a lot of last minute scrambling to get the car in compliance with the new rules. Once again our sponsors came through for us and made this another successful year, our sponsors are: Goodyear Tire, Racing Beat, Pilot Air Freight, Garrett Turbo, Carvin Guitars, Maxima Racing Oils, Injector Dynamics. I was also real happy to see such great driving from my Wife Shawn and my co-driver dad Mark.”
Racing Beat sales associate Bruce Kress is quite the sports enthusiast, but not in the traditional sense. While attending high school Bruce developed a love for both surfing and ice/roller hockey. While surfing certainly fits the image of a home-grown So Cal boy, longing to play competitive ice hockey was a bit more unusual. After spending a short stint playing junior ice hockey out of high school, Bruce soon returned back to So Cal to resume a more traditional lifestyle.
When Mazda recently announced they were forming teams for a local roller hockey team and were seeking experienced players from both Mazda’s employees and corporate partners, Bruce jumped at the chance. Since joining, Bruce has lent his extensive experience to MazdaSpeed’s-B team and helped them secure a first place finish in league play and a first place finish as league champions!
While rummaging around the Racing Beat archives we discovered a behind the scenes video of Racing Beat’s 1983 winning effort at the 24 Hours Of Daytona. This video shows never before seen images of qualifying and complete race footage of the the event. Visit the LATEST VIDEO link on the home page and access “Beyond The Checkered Flag – Racing Beat’s IMSA RX-7” to view the video. This vintage footage gives the viewer a great insight to the glory days of RX-7 racing in the IMSA series.