WHY ENGINEERING IS VITAL TO YOUR RACING TEAM

Over the last fifty years auto racing has evolved from individuals with general mechanical skills to a highly technical industry.

Today, the competitive edge is more a result of the depth and breadth of a team’s combined skills from many different fields.

Small teams benefit immensely when Engineering is implemented, and large teams strengthen their positions with Engineering.

  John Block  Racing Engineer                                                                                                                                                                           

  RACING EXPERIENCE:

   Engineering Consultant SCCA teams, Trans-Am, GT1, GT3, DSR, EP, FP, FV, FF 2010-13

   Team Engineer, Guthrie Racing, IRL Indy Lights 2007 & 2008

   Team Engineer, CLR Racing, ARCA & NASCAR Cup & Trucks 1999-2005

                               Pole position at Talladega 2000, Pole at Daytona 2001

   Team Engineer, Galles Racing, CART Indy Cars; Pole at Indianapolis 500, 1985.

   Mentor/Instructor, LSU, UTEP, UIdaho, UNM Formula SAE teams, 1996-2006.

   Engineering SubConsultant, Mazda Factory Race Team, Group C Road Racing, 1987-88.

   Engineering SubConsultant, Group C Team using Mercedes Benz 190, 1986.

   Owned shop, doing set-up for sprint car, late model, autocrosser & building stock car '78 to '83.

   Worked his way through college as a machinist and still runs Pop's Prototype Shop today.

   Raced first stock car at age 16 in 1970; built and raced dirt track modifieds from ’71 to ‘74.

 

    Engineer/Developer of                                         Featured and/or Interviewed in           Author:

    Racing Computer Software:                                 the following Magazines:                    Data Acquisition article, SportsCar magazine 8-11.

    Front Suspension Geometry Pro © 2010.            SportsCar, Short Track USA                  Racing Logic column, Short Track USA,

    Honda Engine Builder © 2004.                            Stock Car Racing, Open Wheel,           10-10 to 9-11.

    Mustang 5.0 Engine Builder © 2002.                    Circle Track, Super Stock,                    Data Acquisition articles, Circle Track

    Rear Suspension Geometry © 2002.                    Hot Rod, Car Craft, Turbo,                    Magazine, 12-04, 1-05, 3-06.

    Computerized Chassis Weights © 1996.               On Track, Turbo                                   Cyber Racing monthly column, Circle Track

    McPherson Suspension Geometry © 1995.          Bracket Racing USA,                            Magazine, 1995-1997.

    Engine Shop © 1993.                                           Chrysler Power, 4 Wheeler,                 The Racers Guide to Fabricating Shop Equip.

    Tire Temps © 1991.                                              Mustang Illustrated,                             Steve Smith Autosports, 1985

    Super Performance Software © 1990.                  And many more.                                  Education:

                                                                                                                                             UNM, BA 1977; SDSU, post grad studies Eng 1979

    Suspension Development                    

 

  • Geometric

      simulations

  • Suspension

      analysis

  • Geometric

      development

 

  Besides developing many commercially

  marketed software packages, John has

  extensive knowledge and experience in

  suspension theory.  Very typically, John’s

  suspensions handle better and have better

  tire wear in a race than any other car at the

  race track.

   Chassis Development                             

 

  • Torsional rigidity

      testing

  • Station sensitivity

      testing

  • Element sensitivity

      review

 

  John also designs and develops test fixtures

  for performing chassis tests.  The benefit of

  this experience was demonstrated by one

  chassis’s stiffness being increased by 50%

  with only 9 pounds of tubing.

    Driver Development                               

 

  • Sensory

       evaluation

   • Cognitive

       psychology

  • Total performance

       Engineering

 

  Starting his racing life as a driver, John is

  intimately familiure with the challenges and

  requirements to develop competitive race-

  craft.  At the professional level of racing,

  John has helped improve lap times by

  3 to 4% via driver improvement, alone.

  

    Data Acquisition                                      

  • Data system

       operator

  • Data

       interpretation

  • Parametric

       analysis

 

  John’s experience in creating channels has

  proven beneficial to driver development

  and vehicle development.  Creating

  “Engineered Math Channels” has also

  resulted in monitoring parameters without

  physical hardware, saving money and

   weight.

      Track Testing                                         

  • Directing &

       recording tests

  • Post test

      Analysis

  • Design of

       Experiments

 

 

 

  In addition to standard track testing, John

  designs and develops test fixtures for

  performing (at speed) aerodynamic tests

  on the track.  Also, his experience with

  simultaneous experiments/tests brings

  added value to track testing.

      Wind Tunnel                                             

  • Test Directing

 

  • Data Analysis

 

  • Body development

 

  Drivers, Crew, and retired racers all have

  opinions and explanations about

  aerodynamics.  John’s wind tunnel

  experience shows there is a huge gap

  between popular garage opinion and

  measured scientific fact.

For more information on Engineering services please call (800) 647-2392 ext 201, or send email to John@auto-ware.com .  Mailing address: 7915 Cliff RD NW Albuquerque NM 87120