2024 Open Wheel Series, Round 3: A Record Setting Day

Yep, Round 3 of the 2024 Open Wheel Series was a speed fest.

The big story is George Peters (GP Sports). George is a consummate builder, master tuner, and gifted artistic talent when painting and detailing car bodies.

George put down the fastest lap with a “SPEC STOCK” Viper V-SPEC platform, clicking off a 4.270-second lap in the SR3 Orange lane during Round 3 of the 2024 Open Wheel Series.

Sportsman driver Jerry Pearson clicked off a new lap record with a MegaG+ 1.7 Modified car in the IROC race in the White lane. Jerry won the individual MegaG+ Modified race, so he has some special skills with this platform, which suits his driving style well.

Aaron Castro continues to build his legacy at Stewart Raceway, setting numerous lap records in our individual classes. In our current premier Viper class, Aaron was just .139 seconds off George’s blistering record time and in the Blue lane!

Class Lane Time Driver
Viper V-SPEC SPEC STOCK Lexan 2 4.432 George Peters
Viper V-SPEC SPEC STOCK Lexan 3 4.320 George Peters
Viper V-SPEC SPEC STOCK Lexan 4 4.270 George Peters
Viper V-SPEC SPEC STOCK Lexan 5 4.409 Aaron Castro
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified 2 5.347 Steve Stewart
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified 3 5.233 Aaron Castro
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified 4 5.146 Aaron Castro
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified 5 5.328 Steve Stewart
Viper V-SPEC F1/Indy 1.7 (i) Lexan 3 4.826 Steve Stewart
Viper V-SPEC F1/Indy 1.7 (i) Lexan 5 4.668 Steve Stewart
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified (i) 2 5.921 Jerry Pearson
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified (i) 3 5.553 Aaron Castro
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified (i) 4 5.552 Aaron Castro
MegaG+ 1.7 Modified (i) 5 6.017 Steve Stewart
MegaG+ 1.7 (Scooby Doo) Vans (i) 2 7.680 Steve Stewart
MegaG+ 1.7 (Scooby Doo) Vans (i) 3 7.339 Steve Stewart
MegaG+ 1.7 (Scooby Doo) Vans (i) 4 7.530 Steve Stewart
MegaG+ 1.7 (Scooby Doo) Vans (i) 5 7.459 Steve Stewart

These drivers are crazy fast!

Track Day Report, February 17, 2024

Aaron and Kevin working on little cars.

What to do on a rainy day? Play with slot cars, of course!

We had no Junior drivers in the mix for the first time in a long time.

Eric “Fast” Lane was the first driver to show up and the first to leave but not without testing out some tweaks to his IROC fleet of “Scooby Doo” vans. Eric and I did one race with those and the tweaks appear to have improved these already fun-to-drive cars. It was just the two of us but we did a full rotation with all six cars to flush them out.

Shortly after Eric departed, Webster Motorsports and then Aaron Castro of Team Forza, showed up. Kevin and Aaron worked on a few MegaG+ cars before racing broke out. The three of us ended up doing about five fuel and tire wear races, running well into the night.

Aaron’s 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang on a MegaG+ chassis, very cool new AFX/Racemasters offering.

The highlight of the day was adding Tire Wear to the racing formats. This is a feature of SlotTrak that we hadn’t used before. Similar to Fuel Allocation in the Race Management settings, Tire Wear is an additional factor that can be injected in addition to fuel stops. We found out that it works pretty much like the fuel allocation, when you wear out a tire, power is cycled just like running out of fuel. Fuel races make things more interesting, for sure, but adding tire wear into the equation and things get even more interesting and challenging.

New Lexan F1/Indy bodies for the Open Wheel Series fitted to the Viper V-SPEC “SPEC STOCK” chassis in the standard wheel base configuration.
Top: Lexan Sprint Car bodies for a, hopefully, Round 2 Tyco 440-X2 IROC set being prepared by George. Bottom: New Lexan for our “SPEC STOCK” Vipers. Hopefully, we’ll have enough to go around and debut them in Round 2.

We started with 25-lap heats and then upped it to 50-lap heats with a 25-lap fuel allocation and a 75-lap tire allocation, with each driver starting the race having one tire 25% worn. Made for some interesting but exciting pit strategies and seemed like more competitive racing. We’ll try this out in Round 2 and see how everyone likes it. Might be a bit too much for the Junior drivers, we’ll see.

New Lexan Sprint Car body on a Tyco 440-X2 narrow chassis.

Okay, Round 2 is currently set for next Saturday, February 24. Stay tuned for more details but this round will be on the SR3 Oval.

Okay, shut up and drive!

Open Track Day Video: January 27, 2024

Another cool open track day on the 27th. We had a great turnout of junior and team drivers in the AM session and then another great turnout of Sportsman and Expert drivers in the afternoon.

We recorded a lot of the days action but only captured three of the fun races with the SlotTrak screens and these three were late-in-the-day and only three drivers remaining.

New camera view of SR3.

Still, for those interested, below is a link to those races on Rumble. I edited each video as much as possible but didn’t have time to reduce them to the nitty-gritty, so you’ll have to fast-forward through crashes or just grin and bear it. And, yes, we crashed a bunch.

The main reason for posting these particular videos is to show everyone a new video shooting scene setup. If you have time, please check it out. This setup utilizes two cameras above opposite corners of the track and switches between each view throughout the video, showing the SlotTrak scoring screens in one of the two whole-track scenes.


Please feel free to comment below. The next step in this video venture is to get some close-up video of various areas of the track and be able to produce slow-motion shots of the action.

Thank you all for showing up and supporting another very fun track day.

SR2 Straight Road Course

Next Saturday will be another open track day, if enough interest. Our racing season-opener will be February 10th. Stay tuned for more details on our first racing series of the 2024 season. It’s all open-wheel cars and probably three oval events and two road course events. Hopefully, one of the oval events will be held on SR2’s oval or road course.

Okay, shut up and drive!

Updated SR2 and SR3 Track Records

Since we have a new driver in the mix and we’ve changed the layout of SR3, I’ve updated the track records for both SR2 and SR3.

We also ran Round 5 of the last 50/50 series back in July on SR2, which resulted in several lap records being set or broken on the SR2 straight course layout.

When you’re testing and tuning, you can use this data to see where you are regarding lap times with a particular car or course layout. It’s a bit clunky but it works. Go to http://stewartraceway.org/track-records/ on your phone or other device and use the query bar to find a particular track record. Just type in “stewart raceway II (straight” for example to see lap records for SR2’s straight road course. I know, I need to work on the track naming to make this a lot easier.

The current Driver Statistics are also outdated. I’ll get those updated as soon as I can. I’m also working on a single table per track layout that lists the fastest laps on each lane.

If any of you are SQL query experts, please chime in, I’ll gladly let you have access to the databases to work on some other cool and helpful queries.

Have a great T-day!

“Official” 2023 Season Points Standings

Below is a summary of the current points standings for all “official” racing to date for the 2023 racing season.

Who will take home the Season’s trophy?

Place Name Laps Points Total Time
1 Kevin Webster 2773 735 26066.3
2 Aaron Castro 1015 401 8840.121
3 Jordan Walker 1980 385 15915.75
4 Jerry Pearson 1511 336 14395.3
5 Eric Lane 1440 183 12701.97
6 Shaylin Maddox 637 173 4788.795
7 Abe Maddox 550 153 4541.577
8 Fred Ebert 189 79 1658.412
1 Steve Stewart* 3382 1202 26227.38
2 George Peters* 2753 705 18209.27

* Denotes Expert ranked drivers.

The trophies shown are not the actual 2023 trophies.

With just one or two more races possible this season, it looks like Sportsman points leader, Kevin Webster (Webster Motorsports),  has a very good shot at the 2023 Season Championship trophy.

Based on his performance in Round 3 of the 50/50 Xtreme Series, Aaron Castro has a mathematical shot at the trophy. However, Kevin would have to miss at least one remaining round and Aaron would need another stellar day like he had in Round 3 to pull it off.  I guess we’ll just have to see if we can complete one or two more rounds before the end of the year.

Jordan Walker, also a championship contender, is expected to miss at least the next round, which, unfortunately, will take him out of contention for the championship win.

Okay, shut up and drive!