Putting together a racing program
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread:
Putting together a racing program

  1. #1
    member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    520

    Default Putting together a racing program

    Myself and couple other guy's on the boards are going to try and make some of the SDBA events this year. Any advice from the racers that will make our learning curve quicker will be appreciated. Starting with an unknown boat do you put it in river racer and see what it does? What advice do you have for the rope and cutting good lights? We have all the correct safty equipment and have been racing on the river but are ready to take it to the track. Any and all input will be appreciated.

    Can you give me an idea about a boats performance by mph? Two examples,
    1. Gullwing 110 in 660' leaves hard,what is est e.t.
    2. 18' v bottom 85 to 90 mph leaves good est e.t.
    Both boats are played out well before 880'. Thanks SJ

  2. Remove Advertisements
    PerformanceBoats.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    546

    Default

    welcome to the show. go have some fun, the first boat should run in the 9s the slower boat 11-12 bracket, there will nothing to take the place of seat time on the rope, river raced for years-then raced for years with the various org. no comparison, the adrenalin on the holding rope is a rush, motor runiing, boat squirming, idiot moved to close to you on the holding rope talking to his new friend beside him and not lifting the rope. all a blast. cutting good lights will come with experience. the holding rope will be [placed where it is easy to install not necessarily an exact amount from the starting clock. when the lights starts the world goes into slow motion takes forever for the sweep hand to move, when the hands move the world goes to hyper drive, what a rush, made it all worth while, cut a .001 light, all luck. had a ball, put it on the bucket list and do it-good luck get the trophy.

  4. #3
    member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    520

    Default

    Thanks man, you make it sound kinda like I expect it to be. At SITC bp298 told me there is nothing like it. SJ

  5. Remove Advertisements
    PerformanceBoats.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    520

    Default

    Can you guy's give me the run down on how the event goes for a racer? Do most or all of the sdba events have test and tune with the clocks a day before qualifying or ? I just wan't to be as prepaired as possible.

  7. #5
    Member Jet Hydro's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    41

    Default

    No not all events have a T&T. The best thing you can do is check out their website http://www.sdbaracing.com/
    Another good place for racing info is www.dragboatalley.com
    Better to be an "Innovator" than a "Duplicator"
    Precision Speed & Marine
    Aggressor Jet Drives



  8. #6
    member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    520

    Default

    Thank you for the reply. SJ

  9. #7
    Senior Member Cheyenne 372's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    378

    Default

    SJ....

    I am your jet class rep for SDBA....

    If I can answer any questions you might have, please don't hesitate to call.

    As for how a race weekend works, typically, it is advisable to register online so that when you get to the track, all you have to do is check in and pick up your packet with parking and people credentials.

    Registration and Tech are both open on Friday so it is advisable to get there early so that you can get parked and teched so that you're ready to go Saturday morning.

    The running order is usually Driver's Tests and Safety Passes followed by PWC, RR, S/E, PM, M/E, T/E and so on up through the ranks and normally begins at 8:30 or 9:00.

    Those are not set in stone and get moved around as conditions dictate.

    If you didn't get teched on Friday or early Saturday morning, you will stay in your pit area until your class is called and then get teched on the way on the way to the water at a designated tech area.

    Every effort will be made to get you two qualifying passes on Saturday, most times we get three, but consider that third one a bonus as boat counts hopefully continue to get bigger.

    I'd highly suggest that you go to www.sdbaracing.com and click on the rulebook and read it from cover to cover. You'll get a hardcopy of the Rulebook when you join the association as a full race member.

    Hope that helps. See you at the races.

    .
    .
    ...

  10. #8
    Senior Member sturat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    797

    Default

    I am still a bit confused on what saftey equipment is reqired for 11-12 class.
    I read in the book that ALL jets must run a rachet or pop off? But then i have heard from several people that it is not required? I would love to run my pile a little this year but do not have the room for the ratchet as this is a family weekend boat and I need the back seat. Does the 11-12 class require Lifeline with shorts?
    Legalize the Constitution!

  11. #9
    Senior Member Cheyenne 372's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    378

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by sturat View Post
    I am still a bit confused on what saftey equipment is reqired for 11-12 class.
    I read in the book that ALL jets must run a rachet or pop off? But then i have heard from several people that it is not required? I would love to run my pile a little this year but do not have the room for the ratchet as this is a family weekend boat and I need the back seat. Does the 11-12 class require Lifeline with shorts?


    Ballistic Shorts are required for all boats running quicker than 11.99.

    The ratchet / pop off issue was discussed last year and it was discussed that it should be left as is but language was left in the 2010 rulebook requiring it for all jet boats except for River Racer (12.00 and slower).

    We have a meeting with the SDBA Board on the 19th and I have already been talking to our President as to how the language got left in there as it appears in the 2010 book.

    We'll have a better answer for you after that meeting.

  12. #10
    Senior Member sturat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Houston TX
    Posts
    797

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheyenne 372 View Post
    Ballistic Shorts are required for all boats running quicker than 11.99.

    The ratchet / pop off issue was discussed last year and it was discussed that it should be left as is but language was left in the 2010 rulebook requiring it for all jet boats except for River Racer (12.00 and slower).

    We have a meeting with the SDBA Board on the 19th and I have already been talking to our President as to how the language got left in there as it appears in the 2010 book.

    We'll have a better answer for you after that meeting.
    Thanks for the info Cheyenne, I will contact you later this month to get the clairfication on the rachet / pop off issue.
    Legalize the Constitution!

+ Reply to Thread

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Digg This Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95