Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Team Up TwoMountains Busy over the Mid Season Break!

September 25, 2007
New sponsors, upgrades, and Stage Rally events…

The last three months have been ‘summer break’ for the 2007 FRX/CRS rallycross season, but the Up TwoMountains Team has continued to be busy. First is FOUR new sponsors for the rookie team! Local sponsors Fine Line Imports (Santa Rosa, CA) and Metropolitan Motors (San Francisco, CA) have offered their services for pro-tuning, upgrades, tire mount/balancing and alignments. Subaru specialty vendors GrimmSpeed and ProjectSoloGear have offered skid plates, ceramic coated headers and intercoolers and other high performance parts.

“Any little bit helps, free labor and parts, or even at a significant discount means we can go faster cheaper and, even better, attend more racing events with the money saved on parts.”

Driver and team captain, Jon Burke, also designs some of his own specialty parts. This summer’s main project was full underbody protection. Without a lot of affordable options in the market place, Jon utilized .25 inch bulk sheets of UHMW polyethylene plastic to plate the WRX’s underbelly, gas tanks, and rear suspension for ultimate protection. Custom Swift springs were also swapped out on the Bilstein PSS9 suspension, the custom spring rates and lengths should help with the bumps on the dirt, while maintaining aggressive cornering abilities. This weekend at the Thunderhill RallyCross will be the test event for both custom modifications.

Jon also had the opportunity to attend and support the Gorman Ridge Stage Rally held this past August in Hungry Valley, CA. Jon was part of the service crew for driver Eli Gilbert and co-driver Mindy Delodder in car 334, a full rally prepped 2002 WRX. Eli’s team finished 13th overall, a great start for another rookie stage rally team.

The rest of the 2007 season consists of two main race weekends, JohnsonValley RallyCross on October 22nd, and Laughlin Rally Cross on November 10th and 11th. In the meantime Thunderhill RallyCross (Septeber 22nd) and Antioch 2 (September 30th) will be good refreshers after a long time out of the saddle.

Jon getting some practice seat time at Thunderhill Raceway RallyCross (Willows, CA) this past weekend.

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