Welcome to Blackdog-racing.com. The name is basically a joke: the black dog in the logo is mine, and I do not race. I do take my cars to the track as often as I can.
The black dog in the logo is Rick my second Portuguese Water Dog. My first was Pete who lived 14 years, 12 of them blind and all of them happy. Rick lived 6 years and eventually died of cardiac tumor. Turbo, the third Water Dog, died at age 4 of a malabsorption disorder. After 3 genetic problems in a row my wife and I are over Portuguese Water Dogs. Too bad; they are lovable clowns but with a mind of their own. I am expecting to pick up a Weimaraner pup in 2 months. Please see Greydogracing.com for details.
Currently I have 4 track cars (which is stupid, so one is for sale). They are a 1992 turbocharged Mazda Miata, a 2005 C6 Corvette with headers and exhaust upgrades and making 400 rear wheel horsepower, a 2007 C6 Corvette with a Blueprint Engineering LS engine making 640 bench hp, and a 2002 Honda s2000 with suspension and multiple other upgrades. In the past I have also run a 2000 C5 Corvette that met an untimely end at a concrete barrier at PBIR, and occasionally a 2008 Mitsubishi Evo X which was highly modified and made 632 all wheel hp and which I wadded up on a wet road on the way to Sebring.
The black C6 is finally back on the road after a drivetrain failure. I was on the long back straight at Sebring when I felt and heard a massive clunk. At the same time it literally tore the shifter out of my hand and threw the shifter knob somewhere in the cabin. It turns out the entire torque tube broke loose. There are photos in the photo tab under Wrecks and Other Badness.
The turbo Miata is being repaired after another fluke. I lost some power at Sebring and pulled it in to figure it out. We pulled the plugs and found on one plug the bottom electrode (the L-shaped one) was essentially gone. It didn't vaporize as I hoped, instead it broke off and went through the cylinder and then the turbo. The cylinder survived but the turbo got banged up and is being replaced. That's two failures in a row where I didn't do anything wrong. I suppose that's comforting.
On the other hand, the 2005 orange C6 was entirely my fault. I got loose in the 3-4-5 complex at Sebring and hit a tire wall at about 60 mph and crashed the front driver side. A photo is also under Wrecks and Other Badness. The black strips are racing tape holding the door panel and fender together. There is significant suspension and steering rack damage and it will take some time and some bucks to get it back on the track. There was a bright side, however. We took the torque tube out and put it into the black 2007 C6.