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NORDA NEWS July 3, 2002 
NO LUNCH TOMORROW JULY 4th !!!

ROAD RACING GRAND BAYOU SERIES ROUND 3 RESULTS ( from Winston Landymore)
More than 200 spectators showed up to watch over 50 cars and shifter karts race last Sunday at No Problem Raceway Park on the Grand Bayou Circuit. Results of the Feature Races:

Super Production #37 Byron Burkhardt Rothmans Porsche 944 Turbo
Vintage V8 #80 Greg Miller 1967 Mustang
Formula #53 David Roland Tiga Sports 2000
Bracket Red Harold Petit CRX
Bracket Yellow Karl Keiger SCCA HP Bugeye Sprite
Bracket Blue William Bates Porsche 911
125cc Shifter Karts #00 Howard Rice CRG Honda
Excellent racing was accompanied by some minor offs, but in all, everyone agreed that the series is on the right track for success, with new racers and new cars at each outing.

DRIVER EDUCATION CARS - ADVANCED DRIVING ON THE GRAND BAYOU ROAD COURSE JULY 27-28

To receive one-on-one instruction, members can take the Porsche Club Driver Education Course. Entries are now being taken. Anyone interested in two days of excellent driving experience are urged to contact John Kennedy (see the address on this email). Also, the Links page of the NORDA website has a lot of info and the links to the PCA Mardi Gras Region website where the forms may be downloaded. Cost is very reasonable and you only need a car (any car) and a helmet.

AUTOCROSS DELTA REGION HOSTS AUTOCROSS AT ALVIN CALENDER FIELD
Check the NORDA site and Links page to get to the SCCA, but hurry! You need to pre register to join in the fun!

DRAG RACING - JULY 4TH BLOWOUT
NPR is offering a discounted 3-DAY TECH CARD for the holiday bracket race event. Quick-16 will be run on Saturday only. $150 SuperPro is only $125 (Upgrade to Q-16 is $10), $120 Non-Elec is only $100, $ 60 Street is $50. We will also host the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League 10th anniversary race on July the 4th. The Jr. racers will be competing in 2 age groups (12 & Younger - 13 & older) for the one-of-a-kind 10th anniversary trophies. For more info, contact Pat at the track.

Friday, Bracket Racing, NPR, Gates open at 4:00 PM Time Trials begin at 5:00 pm Elimination begins around 7:30 pm.

Any drag racers on the List who would like to write something about anything drag related, bring it on! This is your spot!

THE CORNER KREWE CORNER WORKER STATIONS TO BE BUILT BEFORE GBRS ROUND 4
Approval has been received for the construction of the corner stations for the road course. If you are interested in Corner

Working and Flagging, contact Chris Wilken at 985-624-5063 or 504-616-3064.

AROUND THE CORNER
July 4-6 July 4th Drag Racing Blowout - NPR
July 7 Sun RPM M/C Racing School
July 7 SCCA Delta Regional #4 Solo II Autocross, Belle Chasse
July 7 Mardi Gras Region Monthly Meeting Red Steer Grille, Severn Ave, Met.
Jul 21 Sun LKA Kart Races, Eight Oaks Circuit, NPR / SCCA Solo Twin
July 27 - 28, 2002 Mardi Gras Region DE Event at No Problem Raceway
Aug 4 Sun RPM M/C Racing School
Aug 10 Sat Grand Bayou Road Race 4 for cars & shifter karts
Aug 20 Tue SCCA Delta Gen. Mbrshp. Mtg. .
Aug 25 LKA Kart Races, Eight Oaks Circuit, NPR / Whiskey Bay Region PCA, Solo Trials Series, Club Circuit, NPR, Contact James Broussard at 225.216.9556
Sep 1 Sun RPM M/C Racing School .
Sep 17 Tue SCCA Delta Gen. Mbrshp. Mtg. .
Sep 21 Sat Round 5 - Grand Bayou Race Series for cars & shifter karts
Sep 22 Sun Kart / SCCA Solo Twin Events .
Sep 28 - 29, 2002 Mardi Gras Region DE Event at No Problem Raceway
Oct 6 Sun RPM M/C Racing School .
Oct 15 Tue SCCA Delta Gen. Mbrshp. Mtg. .
Oct 18 Fri FCA Madewood 2002 & Track Event .
Oct 19 Sat FCA Madewood 2002 & Track Event .
Oct 20 Sun FCA Madewood 2002 & Track Event .
Nov 3 Sun RPM M/C Racing School .
Nov 15 Fri Kart SW Region Races .
Nov 16 Sat Kart SW Region Races .
Nov 17 Kart SW Region Races, 1.8 mile Grand Bayou Circuit, NPR
Nov 19 Tue SCCA Delta Gen. Mbrshp. Mtg. .
Nov 29-30 Clausen Racing Swap Meet
Dec 1 Sun RPM M/C Racing School .
Dec 7 Sat Grand Bayou Races, Round 6 for cars & shifter karts
Dec 15 Sun LKA Kart Races, Eight Oaks Circuit, NPR / SCCA Solo Twin
Dec 17 Tue SCCA Delta Gen. Mbrshp. Mtg.
Dec 21 Clausen Racing Swap Meet

MEMBER NOTICES AND ADVERTS
Subject: Looking for a transport driver
From: "John Crosby" <john@crosbydevelopment.com>
Looking for a transport driver(s), tow vehicle possibly needed, for the PCA Race at Road America over Labor Day weekend. Over 250 Porsche race cars will be racing at the beautiful 4.0 mile circuit. Practice is on Saturday, Qualifying and Sprint Races on Sunday and a 1.5 hour enduro on Monday. Many social events are included as well as race car concours in Elkhart Lake about two blocks from the Osthoff. All expenses paid with luxurious accommodations at the Osthoff Resort over looking Elkhart Lake. Please reply to John Crosby at john@crosbydevelopment.com For more information on the area visit:
www.roadamerica.com and http://www.osthoff.com.

Subject: Are you interested in helping with the NORDA NEWS?
From: Monte Shalett mshalett@attglobal.net
Looking for anyone who can help put out this little rag over the later summer month four issues only! Contact Monte at 504-831-7779.

Have a great weekend and any of you who are fire-bugs, try to keep all of your fingers, will ya.

See you at the track,
Monte Shalett, Director

************************8NORDA NORDA NEWS - May 23, 2002
Thanks for the help provided by all of you who who volunteered to be Corner workers for last weekend's Round 2 of the GBRS! Also, I have received some helpful comments and some offers of help in response to my note on Monday. Thanks to all.

"A view from the timing tower, by Charles Derbes, Chazz Racing" - A Report on Round Two of the Grand Bayou Race Series

To all those who were unable to attend, let it first be said that the weather and track were perfect. While Saturday was overcast and windy but with no rain it was a perfect day for testing. It reminded one of test days in England. The weather was such that engines, tires, and brakes got up to temperature quickly, but after a run they cooled just as quickly allowing tweaking without being forced back by the heat. In addition, without the sun one could see the adjustments without squinting into the sun. The day was like working at an air-conditioned test track. Test days are the reason the English are to the forefront in road racing, and the weather plays a big role. And Saturday on the Grand Bayou Circuit you could have tuned and adjusted on your car all day long. All those who ran Saturday made great progress both in driving the track and setting up the car for the track. If you weren't there a great opportunity was missed. Bottom line is be there at Grand Bayous Circuit for the June 30 event!
Sunday was an ideal race day, as it was truly a "sun" day; but a "sun" day with ideal temperatures, again the a/c was set to a perfect temperature. Sunday marked the arrival of the very professional SCCA flagging crew. This group contributed to a very smoothly run event. A number of new cars and a large contingent of "shifter" karts supplemented the road racing teams from Saturday.

The first kart practice made an instant impression on those in the Tower. As a gaggle of competitors approached the Grand Bayou's "Le Source" hairpin, the first few made the turn then as a second group turned in and a member of a third group tried a banzai, inside line, late braking maneuver on his group. Insufficient braking resulted in his Tee-boning a member of the second group who was turning in. The Tee-boned kart was put up on two wheels. Then, a most memorable image was the Tee-boned kart's driver pushing off the ground to get righted to continue with his practice.

The two "bracket" races provided good competition throughout the field proving the value of the "bracket" concept. The leader was the Rothmans Porsche pursued by the flaming "vette and the Winston Cougar. A short distance astern was another 944 variant pursued by a Honda CRX. The closest racing group was a 240Z powered by General Motors, followed by a stealthily gray 911, pursued by Tom's Miata. Imagine 350 cu in pursued by 3 liters pursued by 1.6 liters, all running the same lap times. In both sprint races the Rothmans car managed a win. The flaming "vette had to pull off in the second event after the Winston Cougar pushed him very hard, simultaneously the Cougar took to the escape road with terminally indeterminate engine problem. So attention focused on the pursuit of the 944 variant by the CRX. Toward the end the CRX turned in some stirringly quick laps to get right on the tail of the 944 but with traffic Sohirio's machine was unable to get in front of Ferdinand's entry. Meanwhile, the 240Z started to slow a bit and the stealth 911 and the Miata went forward. In first sprint, the Tom's Miata got past on a daring the last lap maneuver to take the 911 at the checker. In the second sprint, the stealth 911 suffered an unspecified problem allow the Mazda to again triumph. The "Rent-a-Ride" RX-7 proved a crowd pleaser with raucous sound and a pilot improving every lap to go on to passing back markers at the end.

The two "formula" races held interest with formula cars versus sports racers. In the first sprint, the Roland Tiga S2000 car walked the Royale with the beautifully sounding Wade Cooper, the beautifully turned out Texas homebuilt DSR, the SCCA sports racer, and demon red FV chasing hard behind. In the second sprint, the Tiga built up a useful lead as the NORDA director in the FF Royale experienced culture shock after piloting his shifter cart to a victory in the first kart race. However, the Tiga pilot experienced too big a lead and flew off the road momentarily only to be sent to the penalty box after regaining the track. After the Tiga was released from the box he proceeded to make a large dent in the Royale's lead but was not able to overtake our director even though the Royale coasted across the line out of fuel.

In the final kart race, our NORDA director started from the pole as a result of a beautiful drive in the first race. At the start he was jumped going into "LeSource" hairpin by the third grid qualifier and the second qualifier. They finished in this order put all three provided stirring drives, holding the attention of the Tower every corner of the match. The competition down the field was spectacular with many passes at the "LeSource" and some around the outside at the high speed "14" in the manner of Villeneuve passing Schumacher in Spain.

Congratulations to all competitors. It was an "Unbelievable" weekend. A special commendation to the NORDA director for his IronMan drives."
Note from the Ed: Super job of reportage there Charlie - I especially liked the "IronMan bit : )
Formation Meeting set for Louisiana Karting Federation (LKF) Tuesday, May 28

It is official. David Courtney, Hammond, is a former President of the Acadia Karting Club and organizer of the twenty karts on Sunday for the GBRS series. David has set the meeting for Tuesday the 28th at 7:30 pm at the No Problem Raceway Media Center. Please make every effort to attend and bring someone with you. If you do think you know of someone who has an interest in participating either as a competitor (or potential competitor) or a fan, forward this message to them. To join the NORDA List, contact mshalett@attglobal.net or go to the NORDA Website above and send a note.

Track Improvements Continue Part 2
You may recall in March, the first comment about the Timing & Scoring Tower for the Grand Bayou Circuit was almost done - now, see the report filed by Charlie Derbes above. Thanks for the excellent coverage. Our readers will enjoy it, I am sure.
The NPR crew continues to build infrastructure for the new facility. Everyone was very surprised and pleased to see a full "top coat" of asphalt on the entire paddock area as well as clearly marked "Pit In" lines marked in yellow. Good job Pat!
Porsche D.E. coming up on June 8-9 on the Grand Bayou (1.8 mile) Circuit at No Problem

Another reminder about our upcoming DE June 8th and 9th. Registration is scheduled to close May 29th. It is the closest thing to a professional driving school that you can attend, within 5 hours from here, at a fraction of the cost. It is also highly recommended to take one of these to earn your way from newbie to a Grand Bayou Road Racing series license. Besides, it is a great way to get seat time toward that license.

Open Wheel (Formula Car) Report
Two project cars are now in Louisiana, a Surtees TS15 Formula 2 and a Ralt Honda RH6 Formula 2 now reside at the shops of Berlinetta Racing in Metairie. Both cars are a LONG way from being raced, however. If anyone has any interest in a project, please contact Monte Shalett at mshalett@attglobal.net. The Ralt was driven by World Champion Nigel Mansell, his first works car. These cars went on to win the F2 Championship in 1981, 1983 and 1984 with Jonathon Palmer, Mike Thackwell and other works drivers. The Surtees followed the successful TS10 which won the F2 Championship in 1972 with Mike Hailwood.

The Formula Class at the GBRS is thin, but potentially a big class as people realize how much fun it is to drive a purpose-built racing car. Anyone interested in more information should contact Monte.

Other Upcoming events see the Louisiana Motorsports Calendar on the NORDA Website
If you have a dial-up connection, wait for a while, as the Calendar loads from another site and is seen at the far BOTTOM of the page. Also, to go forward, click the appropriate space at the top of the calendar to advance the month. You also can get a "list" of events for a month by clicking the Condensed format at the bottom of the page. Any questions, contact Monte.

For more information on these and other activities, check out the New Orleans Racing Drivers Association (NORDA) site http://nordalist.tripod.com - it has other local Links, information and news, rules for the new road racing series, and you can sign up for this weekly email. I hope many of you fellow enthusiasts will join and make the NORDA and the new track a great success. Cost is only your participation and letting me know you would like to get on the List.

Hope to see you at lunch tomorrow or at the track,
Monte Shalett, Director

HOW TO GET THE "NORDA NEWS" EMAILED DIRECTLY TO YOU - SIGN UP ON THIS SITE OR SEND AN EMAIL TO MSHALETT@ATTGLOBAL.NET
HOW TO GET "OFF" OF THE "NORDA NEWS" WEEKLY EMAIL - REPLY TO EMAIL WITH "REMOVE" AS THE SUBJECT

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NORDA NEWS April 24, 2002 (better late than never)

BLASTIN' THE BAYOU PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA RACES AND DRIVER EDUCATION PICTURES AVAILABLE

To see some photos of the races and the police escort into Donaldsonville, go to the link below: https://www.pca.org/pca/clubrace/2002_results/npr/photos.htm

FIRST ANNUAL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL - You should'a come!

Your director attended Sunday and passed a good time with Pat, Phil, Alice and the gang. Everything was goin' good until crawfish #17 (my wife's) flipped over and crashed, thereby losing the $175 Crawfish Race... No, really it was a great outing for us and if you went, you found something to enjoy. The crawfish were the best, the poster done by Pat Joffrion's sister is worth buying for your kitchen (it is going to be collectible, I promise) and the weekend was extremely well received, I heard. Congratulations!!!

OPEN TRACK DAY AT NPR SATURDAY, MAY 18 IS DEFINITE

Winston Landymore has already received eight emails from NORDA members, so today Winston decided that the event is ON! Great going guys. Like I said last week, he suggested that anyone interested in an open lapping day on Saturday before the GBRS #2 race, contact him at gurneycougar@hotmail.com.

SHIFTER KART CLASS ADDED TO GRAND BAYOU RACE SERIES, RACE #2 - MAY 19 IS NOW NOT DEFINITE UNLESS THERE ARE EMAILS ENTRIES TO CONFIRM AT LEAST 10 CARS

We need at least 10 karts for the next GBRS race on May 19. Shifters should expected to see times from the 125's below a minute fifteen (1:15 - the current record is a 1:15.5!). There seems to be a lot of interest, but NORDA does not have the email contacts for the karters. Anyone who can provide this information is urged to contact NORDA as soon as possible so that this type of news can reach them.

AMRA HARLEY DRAG RACES THIS WEEKEND - April 27-28 - see NPR site (Links)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Red Stick Karting Club Races, Sprint Race #2 - May 4 RSKC Website
SCCA Delta Solo I at NPR - May 4 - http://delta-scca.org
Open Lapping Day at NPR (1.8 mi. circuit) - contact Winston at 985-369-3692 or gurneycougar@hotmail.com
Grand Bayou Race Series, Race #2 - May 19 - contact Winston at 985-369-3692 or gurneycougar@hotmail.com - ENTRIES should start being sent in. For entry forms, rules and more information, check the GBRS Pages on this site.
PCA, Mardi Gras Region, Drivers Education event, June 8 - 9 http://vista.pca.org/mg/
PCA, Whiskey Bay Region, Solo Trials, June 16, 2002 at No Problem Raceway, James Broussard (225)216-9556 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
NORDA NEWS April 17, 2002

BLASTIN' THE BAYOU PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA RACES AND DRIVER EDUCATION REPORT

As expected, the Kelly Moss Team, the only American Porsche professional team to capture the Porsche Cup, was out in force on Thursday with four GT2 and GT3 cars, 3 are 993's, 2 raced at Daytona and 1 at Le Mans! Right away, one car was eliminated from competing when the driver, new to the car, accidentally selected 2nd instead of 4th on his downshift into T1, thereby losing the rear and spinning into the corner workers station 1. The car was not written off in the 125+ mph accident but was NOT repairable in time for the races. The other Kelly Moss cars did compete with one car a 911 GT3RS setting a new lap record for production based cars of 1:13.78! The prior record was held by Eric van de Poole in a Ferrari of Houston - Risi Racing 2002 Ferrari 360 Challenge car.

Every one I talked to was enthusiastic about the event, especially the visitor from the north and Texas. One racer told me that about 15 Houston racers had not come and said, "but they will next year - they really missed it!"

The highlight of the weekend for me was watching the two fastest Porsche's approach T1 nose to tail at 160 mph during the Saturday sprint races for Group 2. Unfortunately, one of the drivers who set the lap record had to leave before both the Group 2 and Feature race, which was a 25 lapper!

The PCA format also had 15 new students in its Driver Education class and another 15 or more in the advanced DE
classes. All up, there must have been 60 or 70 cars on track during the weekend, not to mention the free touring laps during lunchtime! The paddock was filled with racers, motor homes and big rigs from the professional teams supporting some of the Porsches.

Race results follows ( and photos should be online sometime soon as well) :
Group 1 Qualifying
Group 2 Qualifying
Group 1 & 2 Qualifying
Group 1 Sprint Race
Group 2 Sprint Race
Groups 1 & 2 Feature Race

TESTING SESSION PLANNED THIS MONDAY, APRIL 29th

John Crosby has planned a test session (about two hours @ $150/hour) for Monday on the 1.8 mile Grand Bayou Circuit.

John has asked NORDA to see if others want to attend and share the cost. Please immediately email John john@crosbydevelopment.com or call him at 504-909-2767 (Area code may be 985?).

FIRST ANNUAL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL - This Weekend

Saturday, April 06 2002 @ 02:58 AM CST
Contributed by: pat
Come Join the FUN!!!
General Admission is only $5.00
Kids under 5 free
FRIDAY:
3:00 - 7:00 Bayou Buckets featuring FLOYD BROWN
6:00 Celebrity Crawfish Eating Contest
8:00 - 12:00 Don Rich band
SATURDAY: Gates open at 9:00 am
11:00 - 12:30 Hai Karate Band
12:00 Crawfish Eating Contest
1:00 - 4:00 Trilogy Band
2:00 Crawfish Races
5:00 - 7:00 Run Tell Otis Band
8:00 - 12:00 Boogie Kings Band
SUNDAY: Gates open 9:00 am
12:00 - 4:00 Kane Glaze Band
No Ice Chests or Bottles Allowed
CRAWFISH, CAJUN FOOD & CARNIVAL RIDES ALL WEEKEND
For more information call (985) 369-3692

TENTATIVE OPEN TRACK DAY AT NPR SATURDAY, MAY 18

Winston Landymore has suggested that anyone interested in an open lapping day on Saturday before the GBRS #2 race,
contact him at gurneycougar@hotmail.com. The track will host the event.

SHIFTER KART CLASS ADDED TO GRAND BAYOU RACE SERIES, RACE #2 - MAY 19

Troy Talamantez has promised at least 10 karts for the next GBRS race on May 19. This follows the announcement that
the SCCA has teamed up with SKUSA, Shifter Kart USA, the national organizers, for future races sanctioned by SCCA
and SKUSA. With at least four new professional purpose-built karting facilities under construction in the US, this is great news. The sport of road racing will now see a real growth, I predict, as karters can flow directly to cars, as they do in Europe (brothers Schumaker, Barrichello, Kimi Raikonen, and most of the F1 and CART grids were karters). Expect to see times from the 125cc karts below 1:15 - the current record is a 1:15.5!

UPCOMING EVENTS - for more information, check the NORDA Motorsports Calendar on the NORDA Website at the top of this page.

AMRA Harley Drags - April 27-28 - see NPR site
HSR Walter Mitty Challenge - April 26 - 28, Road Atlanta - http://www.hsrrace.com/events_atlanta1.htm This is a great
event if you have never been!
Red Stick Karting Club Races, Sprint Race #2 - May 4 RSKC Website Open Lapping Day at NPR (1.8 mi. circuit) - contact Winston at 985-369-3692 or gurneycougar@hotmail.com (tentative as of 4/17/02)
Grand Bayou Race Series, Race #2 - May 19 - contact Winston at 985-369-3692 or gurneycougar@hotmail.com
SCCA Delta Solo I at NPR - May 4 - http://delta-scca.org
PCA, Mardi Gras Region, Drivers Education event, June 8 - 9
http://vista.pca.org/mg/
PCA, Whiskey Bay Region, Solo Trials, June 16, 2002 at No Problem Raceway, James Broussard (225)216-9556

NORDA NEWS April 10, 2002

(sorry again for some reprints from last week - taxes are due Monday !!!! aaaagggg!!!!)

Come to lunch tomorrow for the scoop on the races.

NORDA TAKES POSITION AGAINST "SPEEDWAY" IN NEW ORLEANS EAST

Last week, NORDA wrote a Letter to the Editor from our Associate Director, Chris Wilken. The letter was
also directed to the entire State Senate. Whether the NORDA position contributed is unknown, but the "slush fund" used by local politicians for pet projects was effectively wiped out according to reports in the Times-Picayune. For the time being,racers can concentrate on making our existing NPRP facility a success instead of worrying about the fallout from a potential speedway failure which might tarnish the sport which is just starting to be appreciated in our area.
See the article linked below about the WERA races.

FIRST 2002 WERA NATIONAL SUPERBIKE RACE COMES TO NPRP NEXT WEEKEND - APRIL 5-7

"By MATT SAMUELS, Special to The Advocate

BELLE ROSE -- One year ago, it would have been easier to link sugar cane to Belle Rose than
motor sports.
After this weekend's Western Eastern Racing Association motorcycle racing, the community may have found
itself another money crop. Hotels around the area were booked as more than 2,000 spectators came out to the No Problem Raceway Park to watch more than 100 of the nation's motorcycle riders compete in the first national racing event held in Belle Rose.
Organizers called the three-day event a success and said both participants and fans enjoyed themselves
throughout. The series concluded Sunday evening with 12 10-lap races, ranging from 125ccs to Formula 1 experts."
For more of the story and Class Results covered in great depth on the Baton Rouge Advocate website, and the article
appeared on the front page of the Advocate's Sports Section - to see it, just touch the link:
http://www.theadvocate.com/sports/story.asp?storyID=19024

BLASTIN' THE BAYOU THIS WEEKEND WILL BE THE FIRST NATIONAL ROAD RACE FOR CARS AT THE GRAND BAYOU CIRCUIT AT NO PROBLEM RACEWAY - APRIL 12-14, PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA COMBINED WITH THE PCA DRIVER EDUCATION, A VERY LARGE FIELD IS
EXPECTED
With the head of Porsche Club of America Club Racing from Louisiana, make your plans to attend this event and see what road racing looks like with 35-40 cars on the track racing! John Crosby is looking forward to some great
racing and growing this event to next year!

The Kelly Moss Team is already at the track with four GT2 and GT3 cars, 3 are 993's, 2 raced at Daytona and 1 at Le
Mans! Practice and qualifying are on Friday and Saturday and the races are on Sunday. For more info:
Porsche Club Racing Home page and Mardi Gras Region club racing page

FIRST ANNUAL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL - April 19-21

NORDA supports the Track in every way it can. If possible, let's try to get out on April 19 - 21st. No Problem Raceway is the site of the First Annual Belle Rose Crawfish Festival with 10 bands, every type of conceivable
crawfish dish, rides for the kiddies and special stuff you see at festivals including crawfish races, crawfish eating contests and more. Check the track website for times and dates. If anyone is interested in going out, let Monte know at mshalett@attglobal.net. We may make a party out of it.

UPCOMING EVENTS - for more complete information, check the NORDA website above.

SCCA Delta General Meeting - April 16 http://delta-scca.org/
AMRA Harley Drags - April 27-28 - see NPR site
Red Stick Karting Club Races, Sprint Race #2 - April 28 RSKC Website
HSR Walter Mitty Challenge - Road Atlanta - http://www.hsrrace.com/events_atlanta1.htm
SCCA Delta Solo I at NPR - May 4 - see link above

For more information on these and other activities, check out the New Orleans Racing Drivers Association (NORDA) site http://nordalist.tripod.com - it has other local Links, information and news, rules for the new road racing
series, and you can sign up for this weekly email. I hope many of you fellow enthusiasts will join and make
the NORDA and the new track a great success. Cost is only your participation and letting me know you would like to get on the List.

Hope to see you at lunch tomorrow,

Monte Shalett, Director
504-831-7779

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NORDA NEWS March 27, 2002

Come to lunch tomorrow for the scoop on the races.

Apologies to anyone trying to sign up for the NORDA email letter and the NORDA LIST on the NORDA Website. I discovered that there is a glitch in the system. If you have not been able to sign up, i.e. if you filled out the website form and never heard from me, please just send me an email to mshalett@attglobal.net. I have not had time to develop a fix, but I will asap.

NORDA RECOMMENDS TAKING PUBLIC POSITION AGAINST "SPEEDWAY" IN NEW ORLEANS EAST

Monte Shalett, Director of NORDA, is suggesting that NORDA write letters to the Times-Picayune and Baton Rouge
Advocate newspapers citing NORDA's position on the "proposed speedway project" (underline "project") that $80
million dollars is too much, far too much, for a any speedway built in the marsh on soft ground when no race dates will be available and public funds will be squandered. New Orleans already has a racetrack at Belle Rose, Louisiana, the No Problem Raceway Park, less than one hour and fifteen minutes away (which in racing parlance is still "in" New Orleans).

NPRP was built for less than 5% of the proposed speedway with private financing and is successfully operating in its first year. Comments are welcomed tomorrow at the meeting or by email.

FIRST GRAND BAYOU ROAD RACE AT NO PROBLEM RACEWAY PARK BIG SUCCESS!

Around 40 cars entered the First Ever Grand Bayou Roadrace, the first of the six race 2002 GBR Series. A wide variety
of cars, from small Formula Vee's to big tube-frame V-8 SCCA GT-1 monsters greeted the fans on a beautiful Saturday, March 23.

Racing action was better than the organizers had hoped with the Bracket Classes putting on a great show with nose-to-tail racing and multiple passes.

A few incidents on the first day reminded everyone that there is a little ways to go before the "no bent metal" rule from Chief of Course, Brad Bradford will hold, but only egos, a little fiberglass and some tin were actually hurt. The Race Committee was formed in both cases of contact, ruling in each case that the overtaking drivers had caused the incidents and handed out the first part of the 13/13 Rule, a 13-month probation period, during which the drivers will have to remain incident-free.

Brad Bradford also handled double duty by announcing the races from the new Timing and Scoring Tower, which was
used by many of the racers during the qualifying sessions (the AMB transponder system was not available, nor did many
racers have the transponders available). At times, Brad showed his true talent as an entertainer.

Chris Wilken in the tower kept control of the times and, surprisingly, no bracket racer broke out of his bracket.

By the end of the day, everyone had enjoyed themselves fully including the Corner Krewe headed by Tom Miller, who
reported that the first race had been, by his judgment, a fine success and that the CK was developing into a reliable and steady group of workers who volunteer their time so that the racers can actually race. Special thanks to the Corner Krewe, Tom, Brad, Chris, John and Kristy Kennedy, whose lovely directions were adhered to religiously by all when time came to report to the grid <g>. The first race also offered the Corner Krewe an opportunity to develop systems before the National Porsche Club Races to be held next month. For some race results, go to the No Problem Raceway site.

Pat Joffrion may not know it yet, but he has a monster growing out in the cane: Road Racing Louisiana Style, read that HOT! Bracket Road Racing is here to stay.

If you are planning to enjoy the next GBRS race, it is in May. Remember that drivers needing track time may drive two days during the D.E. to be held in conjunction with the PCA Club Races. See Links on the NORDA site for more
information.

FIRST 2002 WERA NATIONAL SUPERBIKE RACE COMES TO NPRP NEXT WEEKEND - APRIL 5-7

WERA, the national superbike sanctioning body, in conjunction with RPM Race Club, hosts the first National Superbike race held in the US for 2002 at No Problem Raceway! Practice is on Friday, endurance racing is on Saturday and sprint races are on Sunday. The existing 1:15.8 second superbike track record is expected to fall with the larger, more talented field expected to show for the first WERA National. For more information, check www.rpmraceclub.com.

FIRST NATIONAL ROAD RACE FOR CARS - APRIL 12-14, PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA COMBINED WITH THE PCA DRIVER EDUCATION, A VERY LARGE FIELD IS EXPECTED

The head of Porsche Club of America Club Racing is from Louisiana! Long-time autocrosser and road racer, John
Crosby hails from the North Shore. John has brought the full show to NPRP on April 12 - 14st. Make your plans to attend this event and see what road racing looks like with 35-40 cars on the track racing!

Drivers are expected to begin showing up as early as Thursday to test at the new (to them) track before the race weekend. Part of the package for the PCA event was the installation of various safety modifications, the new Timing and Scoring Tower, and installation of a timing strip in the track near the Start/Finish line for the AMB transponder system which the PCA uses at all of its events. Eventually, all cars will run the AMB system. The superbikes also use this system.

FIRST ANNUAL CRAWFISH FESTIVAL - April 19-21

NORDA supports the Track in every way it can. If possible, let's try to get out on April 19 - 21st. No Problem Raceway is the site of the First Annual Belle Rose Crawfish Festival with 10 bands, every type of conceivable crawfish dish, rides for the kiddies and special stuff you see at festivals including crawfish races, crawfish eating contests and more. Check the track website for times and dates. If anyone is interested in going out, let Monte know at mshalett@attglobal.net. We may make a party out of it.

UPCOMING EVENTS - for more complete information, check the NORDA website above.

Red Stick Karting Club Races, Sprint Race #2 - April 28
For more information on these and other activities, check out the New Orleans Racing Drivers Association
(NORDA) site http://nordalist.tripod.com - it has other local Links, information and news, rules for the new road racing series, and you can sign up for this weekly email. I hope many of you fellow enthusiasts will join and make the NORDA and the new track a great success. Cost is only your participation and letting me know you would like to get on the List.

***************************************************** NORDA NEWS March 20, 2002

THIS IS IT! FIRST GRAND BAYOU RACE SERIES OPENS THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 23!

Anyone entering the first race of the season should send in your entry tomorrow so that registration will be easier for all concerned. You can fax a copy of your late entry to Winston at the Track at 985-369-1157. Forms for Pre-race Tech and Entry Forms can be obtained on the No Problem Raceway site. Other forms are included below. Just print the pages and fill them out, send in your check for $75.

Entries received to date are up to around forty including 6 in the Formula Class. Lots of racers are still building their cars at this point, so the turnout is about right where organizers expected it for a first race with five hundred miles to the next closest road course! With wide open access to drivers and cars, it should be exciting for racers and fans who have never seen a road race before.

SPECTATORS FOR THE GRAND BAYOU RACE SERIES OPENER ARE WELCOME !!!!!

Spectators for the new Series are cordially invited. Entry costs only $10, but this weekend, persons wanting to assist in organizing or working will be free. Contact Winston Landymore ASAP at 985-369-3692.

March 23 Grand Bayou Race Schedule (REVISED 3/20/02)

Warm-up

9:30 9:40 10 Minute Warm-up: Super Production, Vintage V8, Camaro/Mustang Challenge
9:45 9:55 10 Minute Warm-up: Formula Cars
10:00 10:10 10 Minute Warm-up: Bracket Classes
Practice/Qualify Session
10:15 10:30 15 Minute Practice/Qualify Super Production, Vintage V8, Camaro/Mustang Challenge
10:40 10:55 15 Minute P/Q Formula Class
11:05 11:20 15 Minute P/Q Bracket Classes Heat Races (15 Min.)
11:30 11:45 Super Production
11:55 12:10 Vintage V8
12:20 12:35 Formula
Lunch 12:35 - 1:05
1:15 1:30 Camaro Mustang Challenge
1:40 1:55 Bracket Group 1 (2 Classes)
2:05 - 2:20 Bracket Group 2 (2 Classes) Feature Races (20 Min.)
2:25 2:45 Vintage V8
2:55 3:15 Formula
3:25 3:45 Camaro Mustang Challenge
3:55 4:15 Bracket Group 1
4:25 4:45 Bracket Group 2
4:55 5:15 Super Production

A "HOT LAP" OF THE GRAND BAYOU CIRCUIT AT NO PROBLEM RACEWAY by Ted Haas [from an email February 13, the car is a SCCA Spec Ford, which will run with the Formula group on Saturday]

"Here's a lap
> Reach 5th gear about 150 -200 feet before first cone going in to one (chicane)
> Tap brake down shift to 4th going into one, complete braking before turn in, hard on gas thru chicane down to two
> Tap brake before turn in to two (I can make up time here)
> Turn right in to two, moderate on gas, tap brake right after apex at two to set up for turn in to left hand three,
> hard on gas all the way to four
> hard brake and down to 3rd for very tight four, slow in medium out, ( I can make up time here)
> wide set up for late entry to hidden apex at five, medium brake to maintain speed going in to back straight,
> hard on gas thru right hand five, hard on gas thru left hand six,
> catch 4th just before right hand sweep seven,
> all the way to right/left eight/nine
> tap medium brake going in to eight
> stay in 4th, straightforward apex at eight,
> hit the white X apex exiting nine and you wont hit the concrete wall,
> hard brake down to 3rd then late turn into left hand ten
> hug left side of track, hard brake late turn in for hidden apex at right
> hand eleven, hard on gas thru eleven to build speed for left hand sweeper twelve,
> tap brake medium to prepare for huge right hand sweep thirteen all the way
> to front straight (I consider it one big decreasing radius turn to apex which then widens out),
> maintain speed, all the way to left side of track, outside two pylons
> marking track exit to set up for late hidden apex, close to second left hand pylon marking track exit, hard turn to right to hit apex marked by pylon,
> hard on gas at least two car lengths before get to that pylon, get close
> enough to pylon and you wont hit the stack of tires guarding left side tight entry leading back on to the main straight
> (I can make up time here),
> close to tire stack and all the way to left side wall, 3rd, 4th, 5th,
> lets do it again
> Got it on video tape, camera mounted on roll bar
> I did about three sessions only three or four clear fast laps in last session which is where I did the 25.5
> Course is real tight and passing will be difficult for a pack of Spec boats
> One will be the scene of much carnage as aggressive driving will be necessary to get to the front
> Cant wait for a real SCCA race
> Track is beautiful and smooth and only 1.5 hrs from home, shaves at least 5.5 hrs off trip to Memphis, 7.5 hrs off Road Atlanta, and 10 hrs off Daytona/Sebring
> Gotta love it
> I'll be a regular as long as the money lasts
> Ted"

RACERS NOTES FOR FIRST GBRS RACE

Racers, as this first race will be semi-experimental in some respects. We are all going to be learning how to "bracket road race", so here's some info and thoughts.

As you know, transponders are not yet required, but we still have to time the cars. If requested, racers may have to help time qualifying and races for a Run Group other than the one they are running in. For example, if you are running a SuperProd Car, you may have to time the Qualifying and Race(s) for one of the other groups in which you do not participate.

Stopwatches will be furnished at the Timing and Scoring Tower, which has now been completed. We also may need crews with Suburbans or other large vehicle to transport timers to the new T&S Tower.

Second, races will be started between Turn 9 and Turn 10 to avoid the possibility of a high-speed accordion at Turn 1 if races started on the front straight. This may also allow faster qualifiers in lower powered cars to establish some breathing room prior to the front straight, allowing them to retain their starting position.

Third, blue flags will be used as deemed necessary. Repeated and unheeded blue flags will result in a black flag.

Fourth, after the completion of Qualifying for the Bracket Class(es), all cars who have recorded a qualifying time will be shown on a Qualifying Timing Sheet posted on the wall of the Ferrari Garage showing the Car Number and the corresponding Qualifying Time. This Timing Sheet will also show Run Groups (and Classes within Run Groups, if necessary) as determined by the Race Committee following completion of Qualifying. Drivers are required to review the Qualifying Time allocated to their Car Number after posting and prior to removal by the Race Committee, which shall be not less than 20 minutes prior to the first Heat Race. It is the responsibility of the Driver to notify the Race Committee and/or Chief Steward of any discrepancy regarding any Qualifying Time so posted not later than 20 minutes prior to the first Heat Race. During the period
between the posting of Qualifying Times and the removal of the posted times, any Driver wishing to change his/her assigned Run Group may do so by indicating the change on the Qualifying Time Sheet and initialing the change. All changes so made will be final after removal of the Qualifying Time Sheet by the Race Committee.
Fifth, as you can see, the Schedule has been revised but still may be changed. Even if we have to alter the times or Run Groups or something else that, let's all get out there and try to make this a GREAT TIME with the most fun we can pack into a sixteen hour day.

And, racers need to try to contact as many friends and relatives who may be interested in watching them so that
Winston and Pat will have something to shout about when the $$$ are totaled up. Remember, if the Track doesn't do well, neither will we. So, come early, come often and come with friends and buy some beer, a hat and license plate, or whatever and show your support. This has been a long time coming for all of us!

CORNER WORKERS & THE FIRST GBRS RACE, MARCH 23, THIS SATURDAY - Flagging and Communication Education

The Flagging and Corner Working (F & C) class held Tuesday night hosted by Tom Miller and Chris Wilken was well attended and very informative. John Crosby of the PCA was on hand to give his input regarding the drivers perspective. Over 14 people attended and we are going to do it again the first week in April. We will post more info as it becomes available. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Corner Krewe (corner workers group), contact Chris at 504-616-3064, or grandprixmotorsports@earthlink.net or The Corner Krewe, Tommy Miller. Tom plans to formally train all new workers using SCCA instructors as soon as possible, so please call him right away: MILLER TOM 888-534-9361, 225-751-3819, 225-229-3819, or tlmclm@aol.com

RED STICK HOLDS FIRST SPRINT RACE ON LAST SUNDAY, MARCH 17

The RSKC kicked off its first season of kart racing on March 17, their first race of 10 races. The first race was won by Arnold Bodenheimer of New Orleans in his CRG Heron Plus 125cc shifter against a good field of 125 and one 250cc shifters. Troy Talamantez expects larger fields as news of the series is publicized. The next race is scheduled for April 28th on the 8 Oaks Circuit using Turns 1 - 8 and turning right at the entry to Turn 9 going backwards on the dragstrip return road to get back to Turn 1. The last two races include the November 15-17 road race on the full 1.8 mile circuit (current 125cc record 1'15.5" or 84.8 mph) and endurance races on December 15, 2002. Contact Winston Landymore at the track or Troy Talamantez for copies of the rules. Troy's number is 225-252-0552.

WERA NATIONAL SUPERBIKE RACES COME APRIL 6 & 7

WERA, the national sanctioning body, in conjunction with RPM Race Club, hosts the first National Superbike race held in the US for 2002 at No Problem Raceway! Endurance races are on Saturday and Sprint Races are on Sunday. For more
information, check www.rpmraceclub.com.

FIRST BELLE ROSE CRAWFISH FESTIVAL

April 19 - 21st No Problem Raceway is the site of the First Annual Belle Rose Crawfish Festival with 10 bands, every type of conceivable crawfish dish, rides for the kiddies and special stuff you see at festivals including crawfish races, crawfish eating contests and more.

SOME OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS - for more complete information, check the NORDA website above.

Porsche Club Races (National) - April 12-14
Porsche Club Driver Education Event (DE) in conjunction with Porsche Club Races - April 12 - 14 link: http://vista.pca.org/mg/DEEvents/DE%20Events.htm
Red Stick Karting Club Races, Sprint Race #2 - April 28
For more information on these and other activities, check out the New Orleans Racing Drivers Association
(NORDA) site http://nordalist.tripod.com - it has other local Links, information and news, rules for the new road
racing series, and you can sign up for this weekly email. I hope many of you fellow enthusiasts will join and make
the NORDA and the new track a great success. Cost is only your participation and letting me know you would like
to get on the List.

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

NORDA NEWS - March 14, 2002

Reminder - Lunch is tomorrow at Ragusa's on Severn Ave. in Metairie, 11:30 to 1:00. We will have Winston Landymore to discuss the new Race Series. Ya'll come!

there are 541 members on the email list today

Corner workers needed for this weekend! Porsche Club Driver Ed - on the job training provided.
Chris Wilken has asked for workers. Contact Chris at 616-3064, or granprixmotorsports@earthlink.net.

The Corner Krewe (corner workers group) gets more interest.

Tommy Miller worked the crowds at the racing car and boat show at the Lamar-Dixon Expo on Saturday and reported
getting twelve new people who showed interest in becoming corner and grid workers. Please, if you have some interest
(or any interest at all), contact Tommy Miller. Tom plans to train new workers with SCCA instructors soon, so call him right away: MILLER TOM 888-534-9361, 225-751-3819, 225-229-3819, or tlmclm@aol.com

March 23 Grand Bayou Race Series Opener Looms Large

Winston Landymore, Marketing Director of the No Problem Raceway Park, plans to attend the NORDA Luncheon tomorrow to review the GBRS 2002 rules, field questions, and fine-tune remaining rough areas. If you plan on running the Series, make yours plans to attend the lunch tomorrow. Ragusa's is off 17th St., one block towards the lake on Severn.

Forms for Pre-race Tech and Entry Forms can be obtained on the No Problem Raceway site. Just print the pages and fill
them out, send in your check for $75 or give them to Winston tomorrow.

Results of NORDA Members at Porsche Club Racing at Sebring

I inadvertantly forgot to publish this item last week. According to Chris Wilken, with 205 racers plus 62 Driver Ed participants, local members did quite well in the Orange State:

GT3 Byron Burkhart 1st Rothman's 944
E John Crosby 1st 944T
Ken Laborde 4th 944T
F John Scheuric 4th
I Chris Wilken Qual 1st in class
Fin. 9th after blowup on lap 8

And in the DE, both Gary Small & Scott Foremaster in the DE broke 3 minute barrier on the last run on Sunday .... or did he say they HIT THE BARRIER??!!cxsff

Open Wheel Group (Formula racing cars) formed.

There are now around ten members who have open wheel cars or would like to race in a formula car. WE REALLY
NEED MORE! With a five car minimum for a race group, the Formula car guys need to all show up. Current open wheel
members are:

BEAN TOBY Lotus 22 Formula Junior
BYRNES TOM Vintage Formula Vee
DERBES CHARLES Brabham BT29 Formula B
EVANS ELLIOTT Lotus Super Seven (w/ fenders removed,
it's an open wheel!)
GLORE MIKE Lotus Super Seven
HAAS TED & TRACY SCCA Spec Ford (small enough to run with us!)
ANGRISANO PAUL Writer for National Karting News and FV fan
McDONOUGH DARREN Mysterion Formula Vee, active SCCA racer
MINTZ STEVE 1969 Alexis Formula Ford
OLIN LOYD ex-Michael Andretti Ralt RT5 Formula Super Vee
ROLAND DAVID 1969 Alexis Formula B
SHALETT MERIT Lotus 32 Tasman Formula 1.5 liter Twin Cam
SHALETT MONTE will run whatever I can get my mitts on!
SUNKEL STEVE 1972 Royale RP16 Formula Ford
WADE JACK Cooper T83 Formula 2 1 liter - races vintage
WILKEN CHRIS Interested in Formula Vee racing
WHITE BEN Zink Formula Vee, active vintage racer

Do you have an interest in joining us on the Open Wheel List, let me know.

For more information on these and other activities, check out the New Orleans Racing Drivers Association (NORDA)
site http://nordalist.tripod.com - it has other local Links, information and news, rules for the new road racing series, and you can sign up for this weekly email. I hope many of you fellow Vette owners will join and make the NORDA and the new track a great success. Cost is only your participation and letting me know you would like to get on the List.

NPR on WLAE TV
Monday, February 25 2002 @ 10:47 PM CST

Contributed by: poissant

A couple of weeks ago when we were racing at NPR there was a film crew taking shots of the race. We found out that they were with WLAE TV which is a local PBS station. They were filming a seqment on No Problem Raceway for their long running show , "Louisiana, The State we are in". Some of our kids who were racing Jr's managed to get interviewed on camera. I don't really know if they will make the show or not but any exposure for dragracing and our great new track @ NPR is worth the look. I called the station and after doing some checking they told me the show should air on Friday March 1st at 8pm. So check your local listings for the channel that broadcasts WLAE in your area and check it out. Hopefully we may get to recognize a few faces...

Thanks

Karting this past weekend.

Troy Talamantez hosted around 20 karters and several dozen spectators on Sunday past. High air densities and long wide open throttle straights for the karts equalled stuck pistons on several, but a good outing was had by all. My 125cc CRG Heron worked OK until the front tire wore through the cord. In truth, I was trashed by that time anyhow. The next event will be April 17 for the first Red Stick Karting Club race at NPRP facility. Contact Troy Talamantez through www.geauxkarts.com or kartmart@hotmail.com.

SCCA-Delta Regions hosts Solo Trials this past weekend.

Also, on the other end of the track, the Club Circuit hosted around 28 cars. Check the Links section of the NORDA Website for more information or go to http://delta-scca.org

Upcoming events.
Porsche Club Driver Ed (DE) - this Saturday, March 2
Red Stick Karting Club Races - March 17
Porsche Club Races (National) - April 12-14
Red Stick Karting Club Races - April 28

 
NORDA NEWS
New Orleans Racing Drivers Association

May 5, 2004

Lunch at "27 hundred" Thursday

May 6, 11:30AM at

  2700 Metairie Road corner of Labarre Road

For a map check this link: 27 hundred Restaurant


Visit the website and NORDA links at http://nordalist.tripod.com

"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming  --  WOW--What a Ride!"  from Ginger Leah

GENERAL NORDA NEWS
NORDA PLANNING A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES - IMAX NASCAR 3-D


I'd like to see that IMAX thing but I'm out of town next Tuesday nite.  Ya'll
                           want to do it Wednesday?  Maybe meet for a little social activity and then take in the movie.
                           
                           Let me know.  Joe Lagarde
                           
                           We talked about this last luncheon - how many could get together for the races, maybe meet at Kerry's Irish Pub or some other
                           convenient location near the Aquarium and then go to the show?  Not this Wednesday, but May 19th, so we can talk about
                           it at Thursday lunch!  Are there any conflicts?  Let Monte know or just come to the
                           meeting tomorrow.    
                           Read below!

N A S C A R  3 - D

I WENT!!!     THIS IS TRULY NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!

Now at ENTERGY IMAX Theater
- NASCAR in 3D!  Up to 8 stories high, 12,000 watts of sound!!  800 x 43 = 34,400 horsepower !!

The racing footage (filmed from outside and inside the cars) is nothing short of astonishing, and the film can be seen as the sole reason IMAX 3D was invented. The 3D effect (which audiences see through very comfortable wrap-around glasses/head gear) surpasses that of T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous and other recent LF efforts. Theatres will no doubt be advised to crank the digital sound up to 11!

Now Showing at    http://www.auduboninstitute.org/imax/showing_nascar.htm

ENTERGY IMAX Schedule at         http://www.auduboninstitute.org/imax/showing_schedule.htm

ROAD RACING NEWS

2004 Subaru Dealers of Louisiana Grand Bayou Race Series dates are:


May 8
 SATURDAY
October 2 - 3
with 90 minute Enduro
November 13 -14
with 90 minute Enduro 
December 4


GRAND BAYOU RACES ARE THIS SATURDAY

Now in its third year the Series supported by Subaru Dealers of Louisiana is growing!  Winston Landymore reports that more than thirty cars are already pre-registered.  Brent Mosing will have Mike Immel driving his new Formula Mazda in the Formula car classes which should shake up the troops (Dave Roland and myself included).  And Harold Petit will bring his new IMSA BMW M3 racecar out for this event in the new GTO class which will be a group within the Super Production race group.

Expect a lot of Bracket racing in Red, Yellow, Blue and Green classes and then throw in the Vintage V8's and you have a great day of racing at the ole Grand Bayou.  Plan on coming out around 9:30 if you want to watch the action develop or stop by after lunch for the big races.

For directions and informational flyer try these links:  Directions to the Track (http://www.noproblemraceway.com/general_information.htm) and Grand Bayou Race Series Information  (http://www.noproblemraceway.com/general_information.htm)

RACE RESULTS ONLINE FOR ALL NPR ROAD RACES - CAR, KART AND MOTORCYCLE

Full race results for the weekend's raaces are NOW AVAILABLE online at www.mylaps.com thanks to our own Tom Walters.  To find the results, type in "Subaru" in the Search box.

If you have a transponder and your number, AMB will let you see laptimes. 

DRAG RACING SCHEDULE & NEWS

Wednesday, May 5  - tonight

Test N Tune

Friday, May 7
$$/Trophy Bracket Race

Saturday, May 8 -same day as the GBRS races
Midnight Madness

Sunday, May 9  - MOTORCYCLE ROAD RACING ON THE GRAND BAYOU CIRCUIT (1.8mi)
Church of Speed Practice Day

Wednesday, May 12
Test N Tune

Friday, May 14
$$/Trophy Bracket Race

Saturday, May 15
Coors Light Quick 16 $$ Bracket Race #8/King of the Track #3/Good Guy #3

Sunday, May 16
LKA Kart Race

Wednesday, May 19
Test N Tune

Friday, May 21
$$/Trophy Bracket Race

Wednesday, May 26
Test N Tune

Friday, May 28
NO $$/Trophy Bracket Race due to AHRMA M/C Race

Friday-Sunday, May 28-30 - BIG TIME MOTORCYCLE VINTAGE ROAD RACING - Memorial Day Weekend
AHRMA Vintage M/C Race   American Historic Racing Motorcycle Assoc

PICS OF O'REILLY'S EVENT by Curtis Bosarge

If interested, you can see my gallery of photos from the NHRA O'Rielly Nationals held in Houston April 15 - 18th.
sincerely, Curtis

AUTOCROSS NEWS

SCCA DELTA- POINTS EVENT #2, BELLE CHASSE, NAVAL STATION

MAY 16 - Belle Chasse Naval Air Station
                              
                              http://www.delta-scca.org/TLAC%2004/tlac04.htm  PDF Flyer
                           
                           SOME INTERESTING FORUMS AUTOX FORUMS
                              http://www.autoxforum.com/
                           http://www.sportsnimports.com/
                           http://www.nolarides.com/
                           

SCCA CENLA - TLAC II PICS

Thanks to Glenn and Kerry Coughlin for the great pictures they took
                           at TLAC II.
                           
                           Pics can be found at
                           http://www.delta-scca.org/TLAC%2004/tlac04_results.htm
                           
                           Gail

CLUB NEWS - BAYOU CHAPTER, BMW CAR CLUB OF AMERICA

INSTRUCTORS  NEEDED!!!!

Hi Chris & Ken-
The local BMW car club is seeking help to put on a safe driving/car control clinic for teen drivers 16-19 years old on Saturday, June 12. Please see the details below. This is a terrific program that is being put on across the country in conjuction with BMW NA, BMW CCA, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Tire Rack, ZF Technologies, and our local dealership, Peake BMW. Visit streetsurvival.org for info.

Most importantly we need instructors, about 20 total, and workers to assist with miscellaneous tasks throughout the day. The 1-day program will include typical car control exercises, such as accident avoidance, braking, wet skid pad, etc. In addition to the regular PCA instructor pool, my feeling is some of the advanced/solo students may also be experienced enough to teach this sort of thing.
 
We will provide an outline to instructors prior to the event to get them familar with what will be taught.
 
Could you all please forward this to your instructor e-mail list, plus to any other folks you feel are qualified?
 
And...if you have any teen drivers in the family, I encourage you to sign them up! Registration info is on the Street Survival website.
 
See you at the May DE -
 
Thanks much,
Kerry Tully
BMW Bayou Chapter DEC
 
 
If you feel you are qualified to instruct teen students in handling/braking/accident avoidance/wet skid pad, Bayou Chapter BMW CCA needs your help for one day - Saturday, June 12.
 
Read the info below, and then we hope you will reply that you are available to help us instruct as many as 40 students.  We will need one (1) instuctor for every two (2) students.
 
STREET SURVIVAL SCHOOL FOR TEENS AGED 16 - 19
 
What:  Presented by the BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA) a 501c(3) public Charitable Foundation in partnership with the BMW CCA Bayou Chapter
Where:  New Orleans Police Department Driving School, 13400 Old Gentilly Road, New Orleans 70129
When:  Saturday June 12, 8:30am - 4:00pm
Cost: $125 includes event fee, lunch, and a 1 year membership in the BMW Car Club
 
To register: Visit www.streetsurvival.org 
 
Event Schedule:  8:00am   Registration and car safety check
                             8:30am - 9:30am   Classroom instruction to familiarize students with the day's events and language
                              9:30am - noon    Hands-on car control instruction on a closed course
                              noon - 1:00pm  Lunch
                              1:00pm - 4:00pm   More hands-on car control instruction on a closed course
                             4:05pm   Short party for instructors and worker


CLUB NEWS - PORSCHE CLUB - MONTHLY MEETING SET FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY, MAY 12TH
at 2700, the NORDA Luncheon site


DRIVER EDUCATION RESERVATIONS NOW BEING TAKEN

Welcome to the Mardi Gras Region PCA website!  Mardi Gras Region

*** Our monthly meeting place has changed.  Our new host restaurant is 2700 which is located at 2700 Metairie Road in Metairie, LA.  It is located at the corner of Labarre and Metairie Road.  Mark your calendars, our next meeting is April 14th. ***

Registration is now open for our next Driver's Education Event!

 http://www.pca.org/mg/DEPictures/NovRaceDE/DE%20Events.htm

May 22-23, 2004

 Cajun BBQ
2-Day Driver's Education Clinic
Registration Now Open

KART RACING NEWS

Louisiana Karting Association  APRIL 17 LKA Races at No Problem on the 1.8 mile Grand Bayou Circuit

Full race results are NOW AVAILABLE online at www.mylaps.com thanks to our own Tom Walters.  To find the results, type in "Subaru" in the Search box. If you have a transponder and your number, AMB will let you see the laptimes.  The site has changed somewhat.  I was not able to see my laptimes this time as I rented my transponder.  Monte

For more information on karting at No Problem Raceway and in our area in general:  DAVID COURTNEY :  codykart@aol.com

CALENDAR OF LOCAL KARTING EVENTS

AKA & LKA Events Calendar

Acadiana Karting Association

Karting website:  http://www.cyberspeedmedia.com/aka/

LIGHTER NOTES, by Robert Von Dullen

YES, I REALLY Said That 

The speed of light being superior to that of the sound, makes some peoples look intelligent until they open their mouth.

YES, He REALLY Said That

Gerry Kennedy after his heat race win at Mobile International Speedway said "I don't know who lit a fire under Stick Boy (Tommy Barrios) but he was hauling a$$"

At the MIS race during the three-wide miata salute to the spectators one was overheard saying " Oh Lord they're going to start three wide" 

Also at the MIS race during thursday practice a spectator asked "Whats that?" to that i said a Miata. he said " A what?"  A Miata, i said, "Oooooh".  "Look honey they got a camera in that car. Hey what's that for?"

While talking to my dad I said, some things never change. He said  "we don't like change around here. "Whenever something changes it's always worse"

Jeff Gordon, on spectators throwing beer cans on the track after his win at Talladega: "My fans are drinking Pepsi, not Budweiser, so that automatically puts them into a different mode when it comes to decision-making."  

VINTAGE ROAD RACING - THIS WEEKEND IN BRASELTON, GA, THE BEST VINTAGE RACES IN THE EASTERN UNITED STATES AND THE OLDEST !!!!  YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO GO!

Apr. 30 - May 2 HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing) Walter Mitty Challenge Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA

AROUND THE CORNER

May 22-23 Porsche Club of America Driver Education (DE) at NPR


See you at lunch tomorrow! 

Monte C. Shalett, Director, NORDA
New Orleans Racing Drivers Association
504-831-7779
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NORDA NEWS February 20, 2002

February 17 Corvette Clubs Drags / Road Course Day Huge Success

Laddie Roussel reported the turnout far exceeded my expectations. I told Pat I expected between 75 & 125 cars & 200 people... Well, we had over 600 people, over 250 cars & we teched somewhere around 180 cars.... This was 3X the size of our last event at State Capital Speedway back in June....

On the road course portion, more than four times the expected turnout caused a bit of a jam for us instructors, but a good time was had by those who stayed.

To enjoy the road course more fully, everyone should log onto the Porsche Club Website ASAP to register for the one day Drivers Education event on March 2, Saturday. The cost is only $75 for the day, and you get to use your Corvette or whatever. The site is http://vista.pca.org/mg/Forms/forms.htm

For more information on these and other activities, check out the New Orleans Racing Drivers Association (NORDA) site
http://nordalist.tripod.com - it has other local Links, information and news, rules for the new road racing series, and you can sign up for this weekly email. I hope many of you fellow Vette owners will join and make the NORDA and the new track a great success. Cost is only your participation and letting me know you would like to get on the List.

Karting this weekend.

On the far end of the dragstrip, Troy Talamantez and his mad group of karters will have a test and tune on Sunday. The circuit is composed of the pits (the shutdown end of the dragstrip), Turn 1 thru Turn 8 of the Grand Bayou roadcourse, and then the karts turn hard left to go the wrong way up the return road, make a U-turn on the the far end of the dragstrip shutdown area and go back up Turn 1 it's a 0.9 mile circuit and the record is just below 50 seconds. You figure it out, it's plenty fast on a 125cc shifter - around 115mph going into Turn 8! Cost $100.

SCCA-Delta Regions hosts Solo Trials this weekend.

Also, on the other end of the track, the Club Circuit is used this Sunday for Solo Trials. Just reminding everyone of the Solo Trials this Sunday the 24th at NPR. Registration begins at 8:30...first car out ASAP. http://delta-scca.org

AutoCross at Lamar-Dixon with racing auto & motorcycle show this weekend SCCA-Central Louisiana (CENLA) Region is hosting an autocross at Lamar-Dixon. The autocross will be at the exposition center in conjunction with an racing oriented auto and motorcycle show being held there this weekend. Check out the Delta website http://delta-scca.org for the link to Cenla's event under the Feb 2002 calendar. Looks like a great weekend for autocross fun. (from John Hartsock)

Lastly, I would like to thank Laddie and Mike and all of the Corvette Clubs for their participation in the weekend event. I enjoyed it immensely and welcome any and all to come to the Driver Education events.

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Mardi Gras Madness a huge success
Contributed by: pat

The 1st Annual Mardi Gras Madness race was held under a beautiful sky, full of sunshine, and hundreds of racers. The gambler's race proved to be quite interesting in non-electronics with JARROD GRANIER defeating David Guidry in the money round. The winner collected $840.00, the runner-up $220.00. Not a bad day's pay for a Tuesday. ROBERT COOL beat Randy Hicks in $$$ round of SuperPro, and MARK TRAHAN beat G.T. Tonglet for the cash in the Motorcycle action. The day's events included several Pro Stock Bikes making time trials in front of over 1,200 spectators who lined the fences. If you missed it, you'll have to wait until next year. If you made it, you get to tell everybody about it 'till next year.

Grand Bayou Race Series (road racing) starts March 23

Anyone out there curious about racing on the Road Course at No Problem Raceway? Did you know that during the average raceday, you will have around 60 to 80 MINUTES of on-track racing? Gee, if the cost is around $80 dollars, that sounds pretty cheap to me. Now, the GBRS rules are available on the NORDA site and soon will be on the No
Problem Raceway website. If you read them, you will see that to run you need 1) any old car, but properly prepared
safety-wise, 2) 4 hours of on-track time (see below for how to get it), 3) signatures of three experienced drivers (see
below for how to get them), 4) race suit and helmet, etc., 5) application filled out and entry paid. Did I miss anything?

Porsche Club March 1-2 Drivers Education registration closes February 22.

If you are like me, a lot of you will wait until the last minute to sign up for something, but DON'T DO IT this time. As everyone who is planning on running a car in the Grand Bayou Race Series (GBRS Road Races) should know by now, you
need to have some time on track and get signed off by three experienced drivers in order to run as either a Novice or be issued a Provisional License.

Be sure to check out and download the application, send it in for the March 1-2 event, get your car tech'ed and ready to run, and be there!

SCCA Delta Solo Trials and Go Karts Test Day February 24, Sunday.

SCCA members only should be interested in the Solo Trials (no cones!), contact John Hartsock 504-947-0980 or Bob
Maggio 504-486-7070 or http://delta-scca.org for more details.

Red Stick Karting Club, Troy Talamantez is putting on a karting test day on the same day. Call him at 225-252-0552 for more information.

Baton Rouge Corvette Club reserves track for this Sunday, February 17.

Drag racing in the morning, road racing in the afternoon, ah ..., my kind of day. If you are interested you had better contact the Corvette Clubs ASAP, check the Links section of the NORDA Website.

I have heard from some of you who have open-wheel cars. Please call me at 504-831-7779 if you have a car, even if you do not intend to race it! We are trying to form a registry of the cars and racers in our area.

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NORDA NEWS - FEBRUARY 5, 2002

I was out of town last week for the regular Ragusa's bash, but stalwart charter member and most-organized of us all, Chris Wilken reported that we had five at lunch, including Jack Wade and two new members, one from the Ford Perfomance Club and another guy, but the real important fact is that

THERE WILL BE NO ORGANIZED NORDA LUNCHEON ON THURSDAY DUE TO MARDI GRAS.

GRAND BAYOU RACE SERIES (GBRS) FINAL DRAFT ON NORDA WEBSITE

Check out the final draft and get your comments in ASAP if you think something is broken. Otherwise, see you at the track.

OPEN TRACK DAY THIS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2002

Contact track marketing guru, NORDA charter member, and inventor of the track and GBRS, Winston Landymore at gurneycougar@hotmail.com until the track email is working or better yet call the track. Numbers are on the Links section.

TRACK WEBSITE MUCH IMPROVED AND GROWING

Check out the No Problem Raceway site.

DO NOT FALL OFF THE FLOAT AND SPOIL YOUR RACING
Many NORDA members are now preparing cars for the new race series. One member just bought a prepared Triumph GT6 that know about.

NORDA GUYS GOING TO SEBRING THIS WEEKEND FOR PCA CLUB RACES

Chris Wilken will be off Thursday with Gary Small to the PCA Club Races. Good luck guys. We'll guard your beads!

DIRECTOR RIDING ON HERMES

Look for Monte on the last spot, neutral ground side, on Float 4. Beads for breasts or beers, in that order <G>. If I fall off, you promise to take me home.

See you at HERMES or at the track on Saturday,

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NORDA NEWS - January 23, 2002

Luncheon Tomorrow - 11:30 - 1:00PM. Discussion: NPR Roadrace Series Rules 2002 & Input from Drag Racers.
As usual, lunch from 11:30, meeting to follow. Ragusa's Sicilian Deli, 3363 Severn Ave, Metairie.

As you have heard, NORDA and the Louisiana Motorsports Council are working on the final draft of the NRP roadrace
series, six races scheduled in 2002 starting March 23. Come hear about the latest version and air your thoughts.

Check out the new NPR Website.

No Problem Raceway introduced their new website last week. Check it out from the Links page of the NORDA website
or go to www.noproblemraceway.com.

RedLine Productions Cajun Drag Bike Shootout.

Although rained out on Saturday, the RedLine folks came back on Sunday and held their bike drags. No other information is available at this time.

NORDA Northshore Meeting last week great success.

We had 14 people show up at Morton's Seafood Restaurant in Madisonville last Thursday. And 5 more showed up at Ragusa's on the southshore as well!

NORDA Approaches 500 members - NORDALIST to be available online.

With the addition of 80 signups from the World of Wheels added to the existing list, we are approaching a big milestone.
Let's keep it up and talk it up - more members means more things we can do. NORDA plans to maintain a membership
database on-line as soon as possible.

Racing Car Show in Gonzalez with SCCA Cenla Autocross February 23.

SCCA Delta hosts Solo Trials on February 24 with Red Stick Kart Club Open Kart Day at the track on February 24.

Mark your calendars for back to back events. The Autocross is set for the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on the same day as the Performance Car/Boat/Motorcycle Show. No further information avail at this time on the Show. For contact info on SCCA Cenla and Delta, go to the NORDA website Links page.

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NORDA NEWS - 1/16/02

PLEASE NOTE - NORDA LUNCHEON IS NOT AT RAGUSA'S TOMORROW !
WE ARE TRYING THE NORTHSHORE TOMORROW
Our luncheon for tomorrow is at Morton's Seafood Restaurant 702 Water St. Madisonville, LA 70447 985-845-4970.

Map to Morton's Seafood Restaurant

MOTORCYCLE DRAG RACING THIS WEEKEND
The Redline Motorcycle Drags are Saturday at NPR (or rescheduled to Sunday due to rainout).

NEW TRACK WEBSITE IS UP
The new track site is great. Check it out at www.noproblemraceway.com

ROADRACER'S SPECIAL LATE NEWS -

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN LAPPING AT THE TRACK THIS SUNDAY?

The track may be available this Sunday 1/20/02, subject to Rainout of the Redline Motorcycle Drag Races scheduled for Saturday, 1/19/02.
If you are interested and have previous track experience, the cost will be $75 per car, maximum of 30 cars (due to a track requirement of a maximum of 5 cars on track simultaneously).

First come, first served - contact Winston Landymore at the track, 985-369-3692 or his cellphone 225-425-3762 or as soon as you can commit. Only confirmations from Winston are approved; others are subject to being turned away if rosters are full. The track (and you ) will not know if the Lapping Day is available until after 3PM Saturday. Check the track Website www.noproblemraceway.com after 3PM
to find out if the event is on. As of 3PM Wednesday 1/16/02, his new email isn't working, but you can try Winston later at roadracing@noproblemraceway.com.

NPRP HIRES WINSTON LANDYMORE AS MARKETING MANAGER

Last week No Problem Raceway Park named Winston Landymore as Marketing Manager and director of road racing at the Grand Bayou Circuit at NPRP. We wish the best and welcome our friend, NORDA member and the track designer to his new post.

WORLD OF WHEELS - GREAT SHOW

World of Wheels was a great success for Wade Nunez, NORDA's exotic car broker member who share his Fortune Motors space with NORDA and No Problem Raceway Park. Winston Landymore and Monte Shalett and the drag racing contingent from the area including David Boudreaux handed out more than 1,500 flyers promoting the track and showing both the drag and road racing schedules.
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January 11, 2002
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Continuing on the first two NORDA Luncheons of this year, Monday, January 14th, the Louisiana Motorsports Forum spent the evening formulating and discussing the proposals relating to the RACE SERIES for sports and touring cars (road racing series). It seems that the "bracket racing concept" can be adapted to road racing, with cars and drivers being placed in brackets by lap time - if you break out, you lose any points scored. Brackets will be formed formed day from times recorded in qualifying. The proposals are likely to take some written form to be published here next week.

LUNCHEON MEETING JANAURY 16 IS NOT AT RAGUSA'S-
NORDA GOES TO THE NORTHSHORE

The next Lunch, Janaury 17 will be on the Northshore at Morton's a seafood restaurant around NOON to allow southshore members to get there on time, meeting to follow. For directions, either go to MapQuest.com or call 831-7779.

On the promotional side, NORDA got more than 80 new members by joining with stalwart member, Wade Nunez of Fortune Motors in his booth at the World of Wheels with four Ferraris, Monte's Lotus 32 and an Altered Anglia racecar. We were next to Bigfoot, the monster truck on the "main drag". If you missed the show, you missed something special as never in the history of the World of Wheels have there been more than ONE Ferrari!

Winston Landymore has joined the No Problem Raceway Park as head of marketing. His new address will be roadracing@noproblemraceway.com. Welcome, Winston.

As for the track itself, it is almost ready to start its first full year, NPRP is preparing its new website and has FINISHED the newest building at the apex of Turn 14. The 5,000 sq. ft. building, will house a 1,250 sq. ft., for-rent, hospitality suite facing the track while the end closest to the rental garages and paddock house the new mens/ladies rooms with showers for drivers. The center 2,500 sq. ft. is a privately-leased area which will be used to prep and store of racecars.
The second meeting of the LOUISIANA MOTORSPORTS COUNCIL is set for Monday, January 14, 2002. The LMC plans to help all motorsports groups and car clubs plan and execute their activities at the NPR track and to create a longer term plan for growth of motorsports and racing at NPR and other sites in Louisiana. If your club would like to participate or for more information contact NORDA.

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