Eastern State Championship by Tom Panzarella

Finally posting our update. We had run hard to get all of our customer's cars ready for this one. It was the first time a NASA championship was run at our home track. We wanted to make a strong showing for our Florida Region. Preparation began months in advance. With three Spec E30s flying under our shop banner we had a lot of work to do. The #44 Bellanger car was first on the list. It received a new engine and transmission. We broke the engine in on the dyno and were very happy with our class limit wheel horse power. The #3 Mckay car was also under the knife to extract the most from the car. The net result was again at the limit of the class rules. David Wiley's #21 machine was in for a general look over after already receiving a Panzer built engine early this season. All 3 cars underwent corner balancing on our in house scale setup as well as receiving PFC brake pads and fresh Liquimoly oil

The team cars

The team cars

Thursday

Thursday with all the teams arrived. We ran the Bellanger hard for two and half hours throughout the day. We wanted to shake the car down after a lot of set changes. The results where a drop of 1.4 seconds in lap time. With 33 cars in our class from all over the country lap times where getting faster by the hour. 

Friday

The first real test of the weekend was upon us. The full field headed out for qualifying. Mckay drove the #3 to pole and Bellanger drove the #44 to 11th. The data showed the top 15 cars all within 1 second of each other.  With starting ordered shuffled after p2 and p3 were disqualified due to  track width. The cars lined up for a standing start. The first lap resulted in Mckay still in P1 and Bellanger up to P6. As the first race of the weekend continued Mckay began to pull a gap and Bellanger fought hard to try to advance. By the end of the race Mckay had secured a solid P1 and Bellanger ended with a P9. And not a straight panel on the car. 

friday.jpg

Saturday

We could see our plan working. Scott Mckay drove to a commanding P1 in the race and Olivier Bellanger better his result with a P8 after being up to P5 in the race.  After the race all the cars got a looking over and were prepared for Sunday's Final. 

scott grid.jpg

Sunday

Sunday....Sunday was the definition of Racing. Everything looked great for a real strong shot at a double podium National for us. Until turn 1 of the opening lap while leading. Scott drove a severely wrecked car from last to p11.

Olivier had driven the 44 hard and longer this weekend than ever before. The car and the driver made massive strides.Start P7 and fought hard to P2. Then a tiny piece of the throttle cable left the party and so did our podium chances.

We were all upset and disappointed without a doubt. We can take away a lot of positives from the weekend. We had a great time until it wasn't so great. But major shouts to Carlos for bringing home the big win. Florida had to win the Sebring National and he pulled it out .

Time to plan for the next Nationals at Cota.

 

 

How important is oil? by Tom Panzarella

Here at Panzer Performance you will see mainly Liqui-Moly oil on our shelves. Many people never put much thought into the oil they put in their vehicles. Nowadays you can buy oil almost anywhere and get an oil change while shopping at Walmart. The facts are oil has come a very long way from where it started. Back when foaming was concern in the 60s Castrol was a gold standard since it didn't foam like its competitors. Now the vehicle manufacturers set the standards. With the engine tolerances, operating conditions, and  extended drain intervals , requirements are more intense than ever.  The main two things we stress at Panzer are using the correct oil that meets or exceeds manufacturer's spec and to check your oil level every thousand miles.  That may sound excessive but considering that oil is literally the thing that keeps everything moving.  When you think about it like that would you want to run a subpar oil? So how important is oil? if you don't have enough or sometimes even the wrong type it can be a costly lesson to learn.  At Panzer Performance we have preached the  importance of quality oil for years and we personally use Liqui Moly in our own vehicles and service many vehicles with it. 

This is what happens when you don't change your oil for 23,000 miles. The oil filter disintegrates. 

This is what happens when you don't change your oil for 23,000 miles. The oil filter disintegrates. 

Track days by Tom Panzarella

Not only do we love our work, we also love racing. Track days are a great way to test your car and test your skill in a safe, controlled racing environment.

Our locations proximity is less than 2 hours away from America's oldest road course, Sebring International Raceway.  Together with our Florida weather allows the track to be open year around.

So the steps are simple:

  • find a club
  • sign up
  • get your car inspected

Sebring is a big, fast, and bumpy track. It will put your car's systems to the test. We at the very least recommend a brake fluid upgrade, oil change, and replacing anything questionable before heading out. Once out there, you will be setup with an instructor. Some of the skills that one would expect to acquire and/or hone would be car control, braking points, and apexing. 

It is truly a unique experience that will leave you wanting more!