One Lap of America - Pittsburgh International Race Complex
May 1, 2016
One Lap of America - 2016
May 23, 2016
What's Next: Full 24 Hour LeMons Race
July 6, 2015
For the first time in over 5 years, the Toyota LeMons team will compete in a full 24 hour race. With record interest and participation from our student Co-ops and full-time production engineering team members, we will run 2 cars: the MR2 and FX Corolla. The race at Autobahn in Joliet, Ill. on July 25-26 will be like the real Le Mans completed this past weekend, in that we will have two cars running for 24hours non-stop. With increased attention to our safety systems and increase in training, we aim to finish well with no mechanical breakdowns or penalties.
The Team is excited about the challenge of a full 24 hour race, as only 4 members on the team have completed this feat before. The combination of day-and night-time driving adds another dimension to racing that is interesting to us. Other dimensions that will be a first for us are brake, rotor, and wheel changes on the fly.
To prepare for the race, we will have two Co-ops and two PE team members brush up on their driver skills with instructional training at Putnam Park in Greencastle, Ind. and the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Ky. This will add to improving safety on the track. The two PE team members are Steven Byington, who was a co-driver in the One Lap of America and is joining the LeMons team, and Dave Shuele, a current LeMons driver. Co-ops Luke Brophy and Chastity Massengil have spent 3+ terms as Co-ops, and participated in LeMons and One Lap of America opportunities throughout.
Now that summer is here, we have a new group of Co-ops, as well as some veterans helping get the MR2 and FX Corolla ready for raceday. Both vehicles are undergoing a lot of rebuild to prepare. The Co-ops and PE team members are getting their hands dirty with some sort of car part disassembly/rebuild/installation.The return for the blue surf board machine (the FX Corolla Hatchback) means we have to fix all of the suspension as the last race ruptured our strut inserts and sheared suspension bolts from all the impact and harsh Gingerman road conditions last year. The focus for the MR2 is its engine, specifically rebuilding it to ensure no more overheating.
Co-ops also received manual transmission training in the Celica.
Here are a few photos from a recent weekend work session: