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Thanks for your input. maybe I'm being misunderstood. I'm not looking for a way to cheat, but I am looking to get the most out of the car. I didn't think that getting clarification of a rule would be a big deal or make me a suspect of being a cheater. I've found over the years that doing what everyone else does, does not win races.
 

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Thanks for your input. maybe I'm being misunderstood. I'm not looking for a way to cheat, but I am looking to get the most out of the car. I didn't think that getting clarification of a rule would be a big deal or make me a suspect of being a cheater. I've found over the years that doing what everyone else does, does not win races.


So do something else with the rest of your car. After all, the flat restrictor plate is only one component and there's plenty of room for innovation to get more out of your Z.
 

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Saw the results from the SCCA majors race at COTA. A 370Z won the Saturday race in T3! That´s an encouraging sign!
 

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Just to put up another post on this site (not an ad), it looks like I'll be racing in Touring 3 this year. We plan to start the season at Heartland Park in Topeka after the Denver Auto Show next month. How about any other Z racers on this site? Where are you kicking off your 2020 season at?
 

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Another racing update nobody cares about. My 350Z racecar will not be at the Denver Auto Show this year, as it was cancelled for April 2-5. But I have entered two SCCA races after that, beginning with a SCCA Majors at the 205-mile circuit at Heartland Park, Kansas. I expect to have competition in Touring 3 from BMW, Porsche and GM competitors. Should be a good race if COVID-19 doesn't cancel it!
 

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Latest COVID-19 update: the Heartland Park SCCA Majors on April 18-19 has been postponed. This Kansas race would have been run in cool (if not downright cold) conditions, but was rescheduled three months later when HOT and HUMID July weather will make Kansas downright miserable. Phew! Who knows when will we get the 2020 racing season started anyway?
 

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Another race postponement for 2020- the Rocky Mountain SCCA opener at LaJunta Raceways in Colorado has been scrubbed for the first week in May. The COVID-19 infection rate/curve continues to rise in Colorado and this led to the postponement. This unfortunately, is looking more and more like what the 2020 racing season is becoming.
 

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Finally got the first races started at LaJunta Raceways in 2020. With Pueblo Motorsports Park closed for May, the SCCA majors was moved to LaJunta for Memorial Day with a entire slate of Covid-19 precautions. After a successful season opener, we returned two weeks later for the next race in the Rocky Mountain Division Championship race. For 2020, I've installed two hood vents that comply with SCCA rules for Touring 3. Here's a pic:

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July update: competed in another SCCA Majors at High Plains Raceway and finished second in both races. Temps were hot both days, but the first race was worse as my Z was overheating. Fortunately, one of my team found a small problem with the upper radiator clamp and after repairing that and getting out all the air, the car performed much better the following day. Used the same tires I had a LaJunta and that had my lap times off by a couple of seconds, so the leader (in a turbo Solstice GXP) put in a good drive to take both races.

Currently, the Z is in second place in the Mid-America Majors standings and in first with the Rocky Mountain Divisional Championships. My aim is to support all the races in my local area, and that means trying to concentrate on the 2020 RMDiv races. I've qualified for the SCCA Runoffs at Road America and have one more SCCA Majors to run In August, so it's time to buy some competitive tires.
 

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August 2020 racing update- the last SCCA Majors race in the Rocky Mountain Division (RMDiv) is coming up in three weeks. We'll be back at High Plain Raceway and it looks like a good entry coming up in the Touring 3 class, with Nissans, Porsches and a turbo Pontiac Solstice entered. While my 350Z is second in points coming into the 2020 Mid-States Majors series finale, I've only done two of the six races so far. There's an outside chance I could steal a title there, I'm hoping for two good, solid races at the season finale.

Also qualified and entered the SCCA Runoffs at Road America in October, but we'll have to see how the Covid-19 onslaught goes by then.
 

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More competition for the upcoming SCCA Majors race next week. Another 350Z and a BMW Z4 M-Coupe have entered T3 and there may be more before we start. Here's a recent photo from where the race will be held at High Plains Raceway.

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More entries for this weekends SCCA Last Chance Majors at High Plains Raceway in Colorado. Between a pair of BMW Z4 M-Coupes and Nissan 350Zs, there's also three Porsche Boxsters and a turbo Pontiac Solstice GXP. With eight cars in a 24-car mixed class field, we may even request a split start to make things even. Wish me luck!
 

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My fortunes at the Last Chance SCCA Majors took an abrupt nosedive when the ECM crashed at the start of qualifying. After scanning the Z, we got the dreaded P2128 and P2138 codes for accelerator pedal position. We swapped out the accelerator pedal sensor, the relay that controls it, checked the fuses and grounds to no avail. After checking the ECM, we determined it was having problems reading the ROM files and was nothing we could address at the track.

Sometimes racing is a cruel sport, and I packed up the trailer and headed for home. Looked like some good racing and I could only look on wistfully.
 

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Rechecked my codes today and found TEN (10!} of them; including P0605, P2128, P2138 and P1421 showing up and not being reset. I'm in deep do-do and these are NOT good signs!
 

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Just read through this whole thread. Im looking to purchase an 03/04 350z solely to get into club racing. Im thinking a t3 class is all im gonna be able to fit into. The general rules are very vague however and im not entirely sure on what modifications are allowed. Im gonna run koni shocks/ eibach springs, Hotchkis sway bars and source a brembo bbk from a track model. Besides radiator, oil cooler and full cage, is there anything else im missing?
 

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Just read through this whole thread. Im looking to purchase an 03/04 350z solely to get into club racing. Im thinking a t3 class is all im gonna be able to fit into. The general rules are very vague however and im not entirely sure on what modifications are allowed. Im gonna run koni shocks/ eibach springs, Hotchkis sway bars and source a brembo bbk from a track model. Besides radiator, oil cooler and full cage, is there anything else im missing?
Welcome to racing the Z. Do you have any prior racing experience? It sounds like you're asking the right questions. As for SCCA competition rules, the 350Z is classed in T1-3. My Z started out in T2 and has won races and championships in T1 and T3 as well. For your parts list, be sure to add a LSD, fire system and race seat with mounts to your list. I also recommend a six-point camlock harness, SFI15 helmet, HANS device and multi-layer nomex suit/gloves to your list.
 

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2021 Z Racing Campaign

As April comes to a close, here's the dates, circuits, and series I plan to race at for 2021:

April 30-May 2 LaJunta Raceway IceBreaker Rocky Mountain SCCA Divisional
May 14-16 Heartland Park Topeka KVRG SCCA Majors
May 29-30 Pueblo Motorsports Park Home of Heroes SCCA Majors
June 18-20 Worldwide Tech Raceway St. Louis SCCA Majors
July 2-4 High Plains Raceway Freedom Sprints SCCA Majors
August 20-22 High Plains Raceway Last Chance SCCA Majors
Sept 25-Oct 3 Indianapolis Motor Speedway SCCA Runoffs
Oct 15-17 LaJunta Raceway Pumpkin Sprints Rocky Mountain Divisional

Beyond attempting to win as many races as possible, the goals are to win the 2021 Mid-States SCCA Majors, Rocky Mountain Divisional and SCCA Runoffs titles.
 
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