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I thought you guys might enjoy this. Just in from Mike.




For Immediate release: BF Goodrich Saturn Storms to Super Tour T3 win at VIR


ALTON, Va. (April 17, 2011) – Nearly 250 of SCCA Club Racing’s best drivers took to the technical ribbon of asphalt at scenic Virginia International Raceway for Sunday’s BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour Round Three event, part of the North Carolina Region Oak Tree Double National. The Group 2 contest featured a 40-car field made up of SCCA’s Touring 2 and 3 classes along with the “swarm” called Spec Miata. On a cloudless Sunday afternoon, Mike Kramer pushed his BF Goodrich/Carbotech Brakes wrapped Saturn ION Red Line to the Touring 3 (T3) class victory over a stellar field of competitors including; the Nissan of Rob Hines, the Honda’s of Chris Puskar and Jeremy Lucas and John Heinricy’s Chevrolet Cobalt. The victory netted BFG a big win in its own Super Tour Victory Circle and Kramer his second SCCA National win of the 2011 season.


Kramer almost made it back-to-back wins, but finished second in Saturday’s primer race to Bill Steinhoff’s Nissan 350Z. Kramer, Heinricy, Steinhoff and Puskar had a spirited battle with Kramer taking the early lead of the 14-lap sprint. First Heinricy, then Steinhoff managed a turn-one pass under hard braking to wrestle the lead from Kramer. Kramer got back by Heinricy on the same lap and spent the rest of the contest chasing Steinhoff. At the stripe Kramer flashed under the checkered flag less than 3 seconds behind the Nissan. He was followed by Puskar, Hines, Lucas, then Heinricy. For Steinhoff, Saturday’s win came at a price, as he damaged his rear differential beyond repair and was unable to start Sunday’s BF Goodrich Super Tour event.


“I am absolutely thrilled with the car’s performance today,” explained Kramer. “I was really hard on those BFG skins trying to get past Bill, and they stayed stout to the end…and those Carbotech Brakes were absolutely awesome,” smiled Kramer. “We’ve worked really hard to get the Saturn to this point, and it has taken a team of partners, family and friends to make it a better piece; BF Goodrich Tires, Carbotech Brakes, Jerry Onks at VetteSport; Red Line Oil; Jeff Myers; Tim Myers; Tim Hund, Joe Leonard and Kolin Aspergen and finally my family Ralph and Carol Kramer, Amber, Alex, Joey and Jack. “


For Sunday’s event, Kramer qualified on the outside pole behind John Heinricy’s Chevy Cobalt with a speed of just over 87 miles per hour. Hines, Puskar and Lucas qualified 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively.


At the green, Kramer took advantage of an inside opening and throttled past Heinricy entering the first corner. Though pressed from behind by Hines and Puskar, he would not relinquish the lead. Kramer’s BFG Red Line took the checkered flag almost 2 seconds in front of Hines’ Nissan. Hines was followed by Puskar, Lucas then Heinricy.


“Any time you can win a race with the caliber of competition we had here this weekend, you are having a great day,” beamed Kramer. “This was a strong field of cars and drivers, and this is a really big win for us and our partners for sure! I absolutely tortured my BFG R1’s all day and man are they tough…and fast! The guys at Carbotech told me to “go deep” with their brake pads…deep indeed! There are a couple of turns here where I was "over-the-fence deep" – good, stout stuff! My heartfelt thanks to all of our partners and friends, especially Doug, Peter, Paul, Tony, Gary, and Bob from BF Goodrich; Mike, Danny and Chris from Carbotech Brakes; and Jerry and Debbie from VetteSport.


The #19 Saturn ION Red Line was built at GM's Spring Hill Manufacturing assembly plant in Spring Hill, TN and is supported by: BF Goodrich Tires, Carbotech Brakes, VetteSport, Red Line Oil and TN Host.


SCCA's Touring 3 class is the racing battleground for America's most popular new performance cars including; Nissan’s 350Z, Mazda’s RX-8 and Mazdaspeed 3 and Miata, BMW’s Z4, Subaru’s Legacy, Audi’s TT, Honda's S2000, Chrysler Cross Fire, Chevrolet's Cobalt SS Supercharged and Saturn's ION Red Line.


Mike Kramer is a five-time SCCA Southeast Divisional Champion with 48 SCCA National victories. Each of those 48 wins was earned in a Saturn racecar. In 2003, he piloted a 1997 Saturn SC2 to the Showroom Stock C, SCCA National Championship - a first time achievement for him and the first for a GM front-drive car in SCCA's 40-year history.


The BFG/Carbotech Red Line heads to Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA for the SCCA National on May 21 and 22, 2011. For more information visit: Saturn Racer or SCCA Sports Car Club of America for BFG Super Tour news. Check us out on Facebook at: Saturnracer on Facebook.

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damn, I would have liked to have gone and watched if I had known about it.
 

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I'm interested in what they were allowed to do to the cars...

Looks mostly stock engine wise with a fully stripped race interior, light suspension work, sticky tires and I hope its a typo but a 4" cat back exhaust
 

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Wow. You guys are hard to please lol
The Saturn kicked ass!

T3 is pretty much a stock class for a lot of the newer sport compacts.

Prep is limited per car. I think the press release explains most of the stuff done to the car.

It is unfortunate that scca club racing doesn't get tv coverage. Just not enough demand I guess. Now you know and you can follow.
 

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Red Line T3 mods

As Al describes the mods are limited. Safety gear - full eight-point roll-cage - fabbed up my our own QwikRedLine and his boys at Powell Motorsport. Recaro Seat, Schroth Belts, etc. Engine mods - GM Stage 2 kit, Stock intake with K&N filter. Stock manifolds, Exhaust is 3" Corsa - cat back. We don't run catalytic converter anymore...Stripped interior. Stock Mu3 transaxle with Quaiffe LSD, stock clutch, axles etc. GM T3 spec'd springs front and rear. Aftermarket dampers - ours are triple adjustable Ohlins - very nice. CCW wheels wrapped with BFGoodrich 235/40/17's. Stock brake components - with Carbotech pads front and rear. Not quite stock - but nothing real exotic. It's a good class to showcase these cars. The vid is up on my website - we'll probably move it to youtube or vimeo pretty soon. Some pics are up there too and on our facebook page - saturnracer.

Sorry we missed the shout out to guys in the VIR area. Would have been very cool to have had you there. the Car was quick and the racing was really good.... great actually from where I was sitting.

We'll be racing at Road Atlanta in May - we'll have another date sometime in August somewhere to shake the car out in preparation for the Runoffs at Road America in September.

I'll do a better job of keeping y'all posted, and appreciate your support very much!

Warm regards,
Mike
saturnracer.com
 

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Qwik -
Thank ya' for the props - John had a problem with his Balt - qualified just a tick faster than the field to set the pole. Early in both races, he lost something with the turbo - intercooler plumbing maybe...not sure. His races were both pretty much over three laps in. In the seven years we've been massaging the silver hot rod, this was the best it has ever been coming off and going back on the trailer. We've still got some fitment issues with the shock package, but we are light years ahead of the past.
Talk atcha in a bit!
Mikey
 
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