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Race Report: The 2015 Pacific Coast Road Racing Championship

The 2015 Pacific Coast Road Racing Championship at Auto Club Speedway

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Chino, California (December 2, 2015) – World leading supercharger experts Jackson Racing win at the Pacific Coast Road Racing Championship in Fontana, CA.

Fresh off a podium finish at the SCCA Runoffs, Jackson Racing heads to the Pacific Coast Road Racing Championship at Auto Club Speedway, to battle the “Best in the West” for the title. The Jackson Racing FR-S was pretty much dialed in for the Roval, so only minor adjustments were needed to be made for the race. Oscar Jackson Jr. set out for the qualifying race and after a good battle with a V8 Mustang, finished on pole.

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The Championship Race was on Day 2, and the Jackson Racing FR-S picked up right where it left off. Oscar Jr. set his sights on 1st place and kept up his race pace to make sure he got it. The FR-S in STU trim, is one of the heavier cars out on the track and Oscar Jr. did a fantastic job getting the car to turn some fast laps. In the end, Jackson Racing took 1st place beating out the rest of the field by a comfortable margin.

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Race Report: The 2015 SCCA Runoffs

Jackson Racing at the 2015 SCCA Runoffs at Daytona International Raceway

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Chino, California (December 1, 2015) – World leading supercharger experts Jackson Racing race to a podium at the 2015 SCCA Runoffs at Daytona International Speedway!

The SCCA National Championship Runoffs is the end-of-year championship race meeting for SCCA Club Racing competitors. Divisional champions and other top drivers from the SCCA’s 112 regions are invited to participate at the Runoffs. This year the racing would take place at the infamous Daytona International Raceway.

Jackson Racing’s own Oscar Jackson Jr. competes in the hotly contested Super Touring category, in both STU and STL. Super Touring features late-model production-based vehicles with a series of modifications to their drivelines and bodywork. These cars are most similar to World Challenge Touring Cars. STU has fast performance cars of 3.2 liters and under, and STL for cars 2.0 liters and under. Each class has rules and weights to fit a certain performance level.

With Oscar Jackson Jr. being a 2 time SCCA Majors Champion (2013/2014), Jackson Racing had its eyes on adding another National Championship to its 40+ already in the history books.

STU:
The Jackson Racing Scion FR-S was put together in a very short amount of time with minimal testing, but Jackson Racing was confident it would be a good package to compete. The car went through a drastic transformation from a practically stock vehicle, to the highly modified, complete race car. The FR-S is also equipped with Jackson Racing’s FR-S/BRZ Supercharger System. That is right! The same supercharger on this car, is the same one you can purchase for your own FR-S or BRZ.

The sanctioning body was nervous about adding the Jackson Racing powered FR-S to the class, so a lot of penalty weight was added to slow the car down. With the car at the required weight of nearly 3000lbs, it was going to be a long week of racing against cars with 500lbs less weight.

Oscar Sr and Jr. worked hard during qualifying week to work on chassis setup and race pace, knowing their outright qualifying speed was going to be hindered by the excess vehicle weight. With some luck, Oscar Jr was able to qualify the Jackson Racing FR-S 6th out of 18, still within shot of the leaders. Oscar Jr. explains “My plan is to have a consistent race pace and be there when the FWD cars burned their tires off. I know our BFGoodrich tires will be there at the end of the race for us.” At the race start, Oscar Jr. was able to leap positions with some spectacular maneuvers in the braking zone for Turn 1. The STU race was tough and had multiple cautions, which allowed the FWD cars to preserve their tires. Ultimately, Oscar Jr. fought from 6th to 3rd and nearly caught 2nd place in the closing laps of the race. A podium finish at the National Championship in the car’s debut, is a great way to start!

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STL:
The 2nd car in the Jackson Racing Runoffs arsenal was a Honda CR-X, that was built in collaboration with Hasport Performance. STL is a more balanced class, and with Oscar Jr. behind the wheel, the chance of taking the win was looking good. The car received a refresh by Hasport before heading to the Runoffs, so a lot of testing was done during the qualifying week to get the setup right for the high banks of Daytona. “I was not too concerned about qualifying. I knew if we were in the top half of the field with the chassis setup correctly, I could race myself to the front.” said Oscar Jr. With the team confident in the car setup and the CR-X ended qualifying week 9th in the stacked 37 car field. With all the times very close, things were looking good for the team. Oscar Jr. explains, “We worked on our tire setup for the race, and our BFGoodrich tires are looking really good.Our long run pace will be very good.”

At the STL start, Oscar Jr leapfrogged multiple cars, and over a 2 lap span had worked his way from 9th to 4th before a caution flag was out. On the restart, the CR-X made its way to 2nd in turn one, behind the lead 2.0L Factory Honda Civic Si. “Once I was in 2nd, I knew I had a shot. I could run with the lead car and I was better in a few areas. I figured we would run away and settle this between us.” said Oscar Jr. Unfortunately, the 3rd place 2.0L Factory Honda Si missed the Turn 3 braking zone. From two car lengths back the Civic hit the Jackson Racing/Hasport CR-X broadside, and drove up the right front fender. This folded the fender into the tire, cutting the tire down. The Jackson Racing/Hasport CR-X was forced to retire from the race.

Be sure to keep a eye out for these cars in the upcoming 2016 season, as they will surely be taking home many wins!

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Race Review: 2012 Racing Recap

Oscar Jr. piloting the Team CRE Catfish in the early morning hours of the 2012 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Oscar Jr. piloting the Team CRE Catfish in the early morning hours of the 2012 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

2012 was again a very busy year of racing for the “Jackson’s”. Racing has always been and always will be a part of the DNA here at Jackson Racing. Whether it’s Oscar Sr., Oscar Jr., Landon, or Spencer; one of us or a combination of us are racing to perfect our product and certify that “we race what we sell”.

SCCA Nationals 2012
Oscar Jr. was very busy in 2012 so finding time to get his SCCA National Championship races in to qualify for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs proved to be a challenge. Because of scheduling conflicts Oscar Jr. missed both of the local SCCA National events at Buttonwillow Raceway and California Speedway and had to travel to Portland International Raceway in July and to Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, Utah in August to get his needed points and races completed.

Oscar Jr. seems to adapt to new tracks pretty quickly and it showed at the July 13-16, 2012 race at PIR by setting a time quick enough for Pole Position in the Super Touring Lites (STL) class and finished the weekend with wins on both days of the Double National event.

Three short weeks later Oscar Jr. was on his way to the lovely Miller Motorsports Park for another SCCA Double National event. Miller Motorsports Park is a World Class facility with excellent garages and a very challenging racecourse layout. When you add the 100ºF temperatures common in August to the challenging layout and 40 other screaming cars all vying for the same piece of tarmac going into the first turn the outcome doesn’t always turn out good. Fortunately for Oscar Jr. he easily navigated his way to the front, and scored two wins and two new track records over the weekend in the tough summer heat. Combined with his double wins at the Portland round, Oscar Jr. was awarded the SCCA Divisional Championship for 2012.

Unfortunately the SCCA decided to demote the fresh STL class to an “Exhibition Class” for 2012 just weeks before the Runoffs, which would make it a Non-National Championship race. We decided it was not a wise decision to make the trek back to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin to compete in a class that didn’t award the National Championship. Oscar Jr. had a good, if very quick, year of SCCA Racing and came away with the Divisional Championship. Maybe this year he can go all the way and win the big one!

SuperStreet Magazine FF Battle 2012
Each year SuperStreet Magazine invites some of the best tuners of front drive Honda’s to compete in their FF Battle Championship. This year Oscar Jr. was hired by Sportcar Motion to drive their Honda CR-Z with a K20 engine swap. Sportcar Motion did an extremely gorgeous engine swap on the car and it looked like Oscar Jr., the 2011 FF Battle Champion, had a chance to repeat as champion in 2012. Unfortunately some wiring issues kept turning on the VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) in mid-corner and kept the little CRZ from it’s full potential.

AMA Endurocross Series
Like his father, Oscar Jr. is a very good motorcycle racer as well as a great car racer and will jump at any opportunity to race a motorcycle or a car. Enter the new sport of Endurocross and Oscar Jr. was hooked. Endurocross is a motorcycle race held inside sports arenas with huge obstacles like logs, boulders, sand and water crossings. Riders compete on motocross bikes that have been highly modified to be able to conquer these extreme obstacles. Oscar Jr. had a great season learning this new sport on a new machine and is looking forward to competing again in 2013.

Oscar Sr. about to head down the salt in the twin Rotrex supercharged Hondata/Jackson Racing Acura RSX
Oscar Sr. about to head down the salt in the twin Rotrex supercharged Hondata/Jackson Racing Acura RSX

Bonneville Salt Flats Land Speed Racing
The third week of August every year is the date for the worlds fastest cars and motorcycles to test their engineering against the laws of physics at the great Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah. Jackson Racing was again teamed up with Hondata in an attempt to capture even more World Records just as they have since 2008. But this year things were different. Doug Macmillan of Hondata decided it was time that Oscar Sr. see what two Jackson Racing/Rotrex superchargers on a K20 engine and 800whp felt like at 200+mph. So this year Oscar Sr. climbed into a borrowed Bonneville legal driving suit and went out and drove to 198mph to receive his unlimited Bonneville racing license. The Hondata/Jackson Racing Acura RSX already holds numerous speed records and has gone through the speed traps at over 236mph, but for licensing purposes Oscar Sr. wasn’t allowed to go over 200mph during his license runs. And although any speed over 175mph but less than 200mph would have qualified him for his unlimited license, the racer in him pushed the envelope to reach a speed of 198.84mph! Oscar Sr. proved there is still a lot of Racer left in him and he still wants to race what he sells even if it means driving at 200+ mph!

The NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Endurance Race
The 25 Hours of Thunderhill is the longest race in North America, and is now legendary in road racing ranks as among the toughest, most challenging endurance races in the world. It is the greatest challenge to man and machine that you can imagine. Drivers are pushed hard for up to 5 hours at a time; the crew deals with a lack of sleep as they have to be ready for a pit stop at any moment during the entire 25 hours of racing and the Crew Chief has to endure the entire race with no rest whatsoever. In 2011 Oscar Jr. drove and Oscar Sr. was Crew Chief to the rookie team from 949 Racing and brought them a commanding win in their first attempt.

For 2012 Oscar Jr. and Oscar Sr. teamed up with AIM Tires to campaign a brand new “kit car” called the Catfish under the new Team CRE/Jackson Racing/Achilles Tire banner. The Catfish is a tube frame racing chassis with a flowing fiberglass body powered by a stock 1999 Mazda Miata engine, transmission and differential. Although the car only had 140whp it was very light, nimble, went hours on a single tank of fuel. The new Achilles racing tires that were being used for the first time proved unstoppable and provided excellent grip deep into a long driving stint. Because this is a purpose built car and not a production car it was required to run in the Unlimited ESR class against ultra-fast Radicals, LeMan type cars like the Norma, and other exotic racecars. When the checkered flag finally fell, the Team CRE/Jackson Racing/Achilles Tire Catfish CB01-R had finished a very respectable 3rd place in its first outing. For 2013 Team CRE/Jackson Racing/Achilles Tire will be racing the entire WERC Championship and the 2013 25 Hours of Thunderhill. We look forward to another dominant season as we smooth out the rough edges of this great new car and vie for the WERC Championship and a win in the prestigious 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

2013 will be another action packed year for us at the racetrack! Follow along on Facebook and Twitter to receive all the track updates!

-Jackson Racing Team