Live Thread | 2022 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports

Colin
By Colin Wood
May 14, 2022 | UTCC, Ultimate Track Car Challenge, VIRginia International Raceway, Hyperfest

Photography Credit: Ken Neher

You don't want to miss any of the action from the 2022 Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports, scheduled for May 13-14. Follow this thread to get live updates from on and off the track.

Feel free to ask questions, share a comment, or even drop an update or two of your own if you’ll be at Virginia International Raceway this weekend.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Grassroots Motorsports in association with Wilwood EngineeringCRC IndustriesDeatschWerksHP TunersSPA Technique and Volkswagen, with trophies from BimmerWorldXS Power BatteriesThe Sensor ConnectionTrack Advantage, Stifflers and Hoosier Tire.

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JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/10/22 3:59 p.m.

my current status: deciding which tires to put it in the trailer on. I feel like if I load it up on the treaded rubber it will keep the rain away better. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/10/22 4:33 p.m.


I'll be camping at the track all weekend, which means I'm starting my trip with some minor RV maintenance. Hooray....

johndej
johndej Dork
5/10/22 5:20 p.m.

Tut tut, looks like rain...

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/10/22 9:53 p.m.
johndej said:

Tut tut, looks like rain...

It does indeed. My tire choices are Goodyear RS-R DOT slicks, or Yok A052 "rain" tires. The Yoks are certainly better in the rain tan slicks, but they're not a true rain tire by any stretch. Generally I'm fairly comfortable driving in the rain—racing in Florida all my life has its benefits—but VIR is a pretty technical and FAST circuit, and things can go screwy even in perfect conditions. So I'm definitely going to be sneaking up on the edge more than attacking if rain is the call. 

johndej
johndej Dork
5/10/22 10:01 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Nice! Going with my extreme contact sport for HPDE, should be good for both wet or dry.

nocones
nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/10/22 10:11 p.m.

Please take and post so many pictures.  Particularly take interesting ones of the LMP3 car and other Protoypes, but pictures from the whole Hyperfest event would be appreciated.   I went and managed to get Covid and my Isolation period does not allow for attendance.  I'm recovering so there will always be next year but I want pictures!!

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/10/22 10:53 p.m.
nocones said:

Please take and post so many pictures.  Particularly take interesting ones of the LMP3 car and other Protoypes, but pictures from the whole Hyperfest event would be appreciated.   I went and managed to get Covid and my Isolation period does not allow for attendance.  I'm recovering so there will always be next year but I want pictures!!

Thanks for doing the responsible thing. i think there'll be at least 4 of us posting from the event, so you'll have plenty to read in your seclusion.

Byrneon27
Byrneon27 Reader
5/11/22 6:50 a.m.
nocones said:

Please take and post so many pictures.  Particularly take interesting ones of the LMP3 car and other Protoypes, but pictures from the whole Hyperfest event would be appreciated.   I went and managed to get Covid and my Isolation period does not allow for attendance.  I'm recovering so there will always be next year but I want pictures!!

Yes this please! There are so many interesting cars in attendance this year please please please cover the hell out of the them! 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/11/22 10:19 a.m.

And we're on the trailer. 

EDIT: Technically, "in" the trailer.

Lof8 - Andy
Lof8 - Andy GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
5/11/22 10:47 a.m.

Wu-Tang!

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/11/22 4:08 p.m.

J.G. just sent this from the road. Unfortunately, we can't confirm if it's also heading to the UTCC.

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/11/22 4:25 p.m.

True story: Oscar Meyer came to our school to recruit Wienermobile crews and, yes, I did go to their talk. smiley

Byrneon27
Byrneon27 Reader
5/12/22 7:22 a.m.

Any chance we can get a walk around the pits or something as people roll in today? 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/12/22 7:27 a.m.

Good morning from somewhere in between Florida and VIR! We'll be at the track around lunchtime. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/12/22 7:27 a.m.

In reply to Byrneon27 :

Sure, that shouldn't be too hard. 

Stampie
Stampie GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/12/22 7:47 a.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

We need a Cribs style video of the camper. It solves the maintenance issues that a little used vehicle has.

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass HalfDork
5/12/22 9:42 a.m.

following!

 

Im only an hour or so away, but my schedule prevents me from coming. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/12/22 3:54 p.m.

jh36 and his awesome bus just showed up:

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
5/12/22 5:52 p.m.

And the BimmerWorld bus:

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
5/12/22 6:00 p.m.

Everyone starting to line up for tech: 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
5/12/22 6:06 p.m.

Javelin
Javelin GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/12/22 6:17 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

That's not a Camaro/ASA car on the trailer...frown

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/12/22 6:35 p.m.



BimmerWorld is lining up for tech now. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/12/22 6:46 p.m.

And JG just passed tech in the Z06.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/12/22 6:50 p.m.

Uhh...

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/12/22 7:56 p.m.

Cars are still lining up for tech. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/12/22 9:52 p.m.

They have gooses here, too, but their gooses have babies. Feels just like home. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
5/13/22 6:56 a.m.

Good morning, time for our car to car photo shoot. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 7:24 a.m.


 


 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 8:53 a.m.

First warm-up is about to start!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 9:41 a.m.

The BimmerWorld bus!

And Jack's bus!

JG, we need a bus. :) 

 

Cheeks
Cheeks GRM+ Memberand New Reader
5/13/22 10:12 a.m.

love it, keep the pics coming!

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 10:26 a.m.

And here are the results from Friday's warm-up session:

Friday-GRM-UTCC-Warm-Up-Results.pdf

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 10:29 a.m.

Cars are headed out in two minutes for their first timed session:


Track conditions are changing; rain just stopped and a dry line is out there, but it will be challenging if the rain continues as forecast. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 10:38 a.m.

Meanwhile, drifting is in full swing over on the Patriot course:

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 11:02 a.m.

Results from Friday's first timed session:

Friday-GRM-UTCC-Timed-Session-1.pdf

nocones
nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
5/13/22 11:09 a.m.

You guys are delivering on the pictures and such.  I appreciate.

Nicole Suddard
Nicole Suddard Marketing Coordinator
5/13/22 11:21 a.m.

And I'm at the pavilion - come say hi and renew your subscription!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 11:26 a.m.

In reply to Nicole Suddard :

That reminds me that I owe James Clay some merch....  smiley

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/13/22 11:26 a.m.

So far I'm 0-for-2 on tire guesses. Went out in the first session on Goodyear RS-Rs only to have it mist up which ended with me in the grass. Put the  A052s on for the second session only to watch it dry rapidly as a breeze picked up. I think the stickies are going back on for session 3. Sooner or later we'll guess right. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 11:39 a.m.

I still love the way that car looks on the OE-style wheels, even with all the aero bits added. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/13/22 11:41 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

I still love the way that car looks on the OE-style wheels, even with all the aero bits added. 

Yeah the stock C5 Z wheels are classics. 
Also, baby gooses 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 11:49 a.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Awwwww. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 11:50 a.m.
Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 12:14 p.m.

Windshields are optional at the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 12:38 p.m.

The second timed Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge session just went out on track, so we'll see if anybody is fast enough to beat Brian Faessler.

One promising entry has yet to make a single lap: Mark Johnson has been working on his Civic all morning in an attempt to finish it for the UTCC. 

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 12:45 p.m.

And I hear a rumor that a certain magazine is nosing around for a story on that EG. It looks cool, and hopefully it's soon on track. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/13/22 12:59 p.m.

Hello, ladies 

Had some bad luck with traffic, but snuck into the top 10. Probably another couple seconds out there if it stays dry. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 1:03 p.m.

Results from Friday's second timed session:

Friday-GRM-UTCC-Timed-Session-2-Results.pdf

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 1:05 p.m.

Can a street car podium at the UTCC? We'll see. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 1:40 p.m.

Learn more about the GTMore here:

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 1:46 p.m.

Also, a better shot of the E30 in the background.

 

Byrneon27
Byrneon27 Reader
5/13/22 1:47 p.m.

I see the prototype went off  in practice and is absent from any time sheets so far hopefully nothing serious.

 

Rooting for the EG to get on track! 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 2:00 p.m.

In reply to Byrneon27 :

You know, I looked at buying an EG new in 1992. It's been cool watching them evolve and develop over the years. I did eventually get one, and I do miss it. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 2:02 p.m.

Just saw the prototype go by on track; looks like it's all patched up!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 2:05 p.m.

In reply to Tom Suddard :

Good news. Thank you for the update. 

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass HalfDork
5/13/22 2:18 p.m.

Loving this thread. THANK YOU so much for the updates

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 2:20 p.m.

In reply to hybridmomentspass :

Thank you–and thank you to the away team for just rocking it. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 2:20 p.m.

We're excited to have pro driver Tanner Foust competing, just look for the 2022 VW Golf R.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 2:21 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

Also, a better shot of the E30 in the background.

 

Also, look for something on that E30 in the magazine soon. I have the owner on the other line. :)

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 2:32 p.m.

Results from Friday's third timed session:

Friday-GRM-UTCC-Timed-Session-3-Results.pdf

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 2:39 p.m.

Brian Faessler is still going strong in first place after the third timed session, with a fast lap of 1:49.057. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/13/22 2:58 p.m.

There's cool stuff here. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/13/22 3:58 p.m.

The UTCC field just went out for its final timed session of the day! Roughly half of the competitors are on track (JG included). The rest are staying in the paddock because they're content with earlier times, they've broken something, or both.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/13/22 4:26 p.m.

That last session was suboptimal. Track is just getting too hot and releasing moisture from the earlier rains. I had about half a lap within a couple tenths of my best, but threw it away chasing them. So not much to be gained except a nice afternoon drive. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 4:38 p.m.

Results from Friday's final timed session (please note, this is not indicative of the overall winner):

CrustyRedXpress
CrustyRedXpress GRM+ Memberand HalfDork
5/13/22 4:42 p.m.

Came for the cars, stayed for the busses. 

Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
5/13/22 4:54 p.m.

In reply to CrustyRedXpress :

Forget a project car, I'm going to save up my money for a project bus.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 4:55 p.m.

I just saw a quick video of the interior of the BimmerWorld bus. Wow. It's very, very nice. 

johndej
johndej Dork
5/13/22 7:18 p.m.

HPDE up on the hill with the ponies

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/13/22 7:38 p.m.

Gonna have to hit Home Depot Speeed and Engineering for some repair parts when I get home.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 8:33 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Rubbin' (with the ground) is racing, right? 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/13/22 9:03 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Rubbin' (with the ground) is racing, right? 

I wish I could tell you it happened doing something super cool, but I snagged it while driving it up to our booth in the pavilion. Virginia has more hills than Florida, apparently.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/13/22 9:08 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

You know, you could have said it happened at a buck-85 and no one would be the wiser. 

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass HalfDork
5/14/22 5:59 a.m.
David S. Wallens said:

I just saw a quick video of the interior of the BimmerWorld bus. Wow. It's very, very nice. 

link sir?

Captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
Captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/14/22 9:49 a.m.
Colin Wood said:

J.G. just sent this from the road. Unfortunately, we can't confirm if it's also heading to the UTCC.

 

If Wally ever enters, it needs to be in this. Oscar-Mayer marketing team, you're missing a great opportunity for an excellent YouTube series of setting laptimes at famous tracks around North America in the Weinermobile, I suspect Road America wouldn't allow you to run there, due to Johnsonville, but everywhere else should be a go. Also remember in turn 17 at Sebring, if you bounce it more than 3 times, that you're playing with it. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/14/22 10:37 a.m.

Boy there is a lot going on here. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
5/14/22 10:49 a.m.

Lost and found at VIR. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/14/22 11:41 a.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Purners?

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/14/22 12:34 p.m.

The Knockout Challenge just started! Let's see who's fast, and who's fast multiple laps in a row. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
5/14/22 1:06 p.m.

Congratulations to James Clay, our UTCC Knockout Champion presented by XS Power Batteries!

 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/14/22 1:50 p.m.

Knockout was fun. Very much a game of heat management after it suddenly turned dry. Still did alright, even though I cooked the starter. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/14/22 2:09 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

Nice!!

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/14/22 3:55 p.m.

Starter's fixed. 

ChrisTropea
ChrisTropea Associate Editor
5/14/22 4:55 p.m.

Views from the roller coaster.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/14/22 6:30 p.m.

In reply to JG Pasterjak :

So you like unplug it and then plug it back in again? 

Jpf
Jpf New Reader
5/14/22 9:06 p.m.

Quick question.  Is there any chance of a Friday only/UTCC ticket in the future?  I enjoyed attending UTCC before Hyperfest moved to VIR and have been a few times since it became part of Hyperfest but prefer just the UTCC part.

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