Thursday, April 16, 2015

SCCA College Station Championship Tour Recap

We kicked off our 2015 SCCA National Solo season this past weekend in College Station in our C-Street FR-S. C-Street was one of the larger classes at the event with 13 drivers. Overall, the event was a massive success with over 200 entries showing a big increase over the past few seasons. It seems like the excellent courses and site in College Station have finally got the attention they deserve. The forecast was dire, but in the end we lucked out with reasonable weather. We started off with the Evolution Advantage school on Friday where I instructed and my Dad joined 20 other students getting quality seat time before the event. 

On Saturday, we were greeted with a dry track and good conditions to really see where we stacked up with the new car. I was able to start off with a reasonable clean run and take the lead after the first runs. A new variable for us this year is when/where to shift - the ESP Camaro went to 75mph in 2nd and we never shifted to 3rd in any National events over the last three years. I ended up shifting to 3rd three times on this course as I changed my shift points each lap and whittled my time down a 70.384. This was good enough for a six tenth lead heading into Day 2.

C-Street Impound after Day 1
Wet car, damp track in store for Day 2
Sunday would bring a very wet, but drying track as overnight rains soaked the area. Rain was not forecast until later in the afternoon. With us running 2nd heat, we were fairly confident it would become a 3rd-run showdown as the course gained grip each lap and this proved to be correct. I kept the lead with each run until Matt Leach dropped in a class-leading 79.142s run on his 3rd attempt in his BFG-shod RX-8. This put me down 0.3s heading into my last run. I knew I had the pace in the car and the track was improving at a rapid rate, but I still had to put together a quick, clean run to take the win. I was able to get it done with a 78.593s run to take the win by 1.158s overall. It's great to have some high pressure situations early in the season as C-Street looks to be a large and very competitive throughout the season. 

Here is onboard video from my fastest runs:

Thanks to my parents and Ali for the help all weekend. The team heads to Blytheville, Arkansas over May 1-3rd for our first ProSolo of the season. This is a re-schedule of the event that was cancelled back in March. In it's current setup, the car was a bit tight overall and sluggish in slaloms, but gave us a decent starting point for the season. With the newly discovered TRD port-installed spring and anti-roll bar upgrades, I will be making a big change to the setup this weekend. We will see how the car reacts to the new parts (should be good...) and then I can tune around the new baseline setup that we will run in Blytheville. Now for some wrench time in the shop...!

Dad on track getting a feel for street tires and less horsepower!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SCCA College Station Championship Tour Day 1

Been radio silence here for a bit, but will have some updates soon. Today is our first event in the C-Street Scion FR-S and we had a solid field of 14 cars enjoying the Texas concrete. We lucked out with dry weather today and overall I am pleased with how it went. After finding time with different shifting strategies and generally getting used to the car on a higher speed course, I'm sitting in 1st with a 6 tenth lead. It should be a bit lower speed course tomorrow and possibly wet so that may shakes things up!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Updated Price and eBay Ad for the ESP Camaro

The ESP Camaro is still for sale after a recent deal fell through (not b/c of an issue with the Camaro) - come get it for $13,750 or make me an offer I can't refuse. I also have lightly used tires that I can work into the race ready package.

eBay Ad:

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

No Dice: Blytheville ProSolo Defeated by Winter Storm THORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR


Snowy Arkansas after THOR

This was the entry list for this weekend's ProSolo. Pretty solid and we were the biggest class in the field. THOR did not agree and the event has been iced out. It will be moved to a later date if there is a weekend that will work or our entry can be transferred to another ProSolo event.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Update to 2015 Racing Schedule

It's mainly SCCA National Solo events so far. Hopefully I will be adding some track related events later in the year after I get some equipment sold.

2015 Racing Schedule

FEB 21: Teach EVO Phase One driving school
FEB 22: Arizona Border Regional Local AutoX in Marana, AZ

MAR 7-8: SCCA Blytheville ProSolo in Blytheville, AR

April 10th: Teach EVO Advantage at College Station Tour
April 11-12: SCCA Solo Texas Championship Tour in College Station, TX

MAY 22-23: SCCA SpringNationals ProSolo in Lincoln, NE
MAY 24-25: SCCA Spring Nationals Championship Tour in Lincoln, NE

JUN 6-7: SCCA Mineral Wells ProSolo in Mineral Wells, TX

SEP 5-6: SCCA ProSolo Finale in Lincoln, NE
SEP 10-11:SCCA Solo Nationals in Lincoln, NE

*TBD Various local autocrosses and testing sessions

Blytheville ProSolo this weekend.....possibly in the snow

I didn't think it was possible but the forecast for this year's Blytheville ProSolo is even worse than last year. Looks like it may be a one-day affair with the only decent conditions being the Sunday runs after hopefully the snow and ice melt. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

#199 C-Street

Number plate we will use this year for my C-Street Scion FR-S at SCCA National Solo events. Ali made the design and we have the materials/equipment to make it at home. I think it'll turn it out pretty well!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tucson Travellin': EVO School and AZ Border Region Autocross

Rocky Backdrop for Saturdays' Phase One EVO School in Tucson
I flew to Tucson last weekend to teach my first Phase One EVO School at the Marana Regional Airport with three other instructors. We had a total of 24 students which made for a busy but very fun day. There were a wide range of cars at the  - anything from a 700hp Vette to a stock Mini. I'm looking forward to work with Evolution Schools again in the future. Here are a few pictures from the school:

700hp Hennessey Stingray Corvette Leaving the Line - that thing was awesome to drive
FR-S at the Line
Action during the instructed sessions
Who doesn't like CTS-Vs?

Following the Evo school on Saturday, there was a local Arizona Border Region at the Marana Airport on Sunday. I co-drove this beautiful 650hp supercharged Shelby GT500 setup for Street Mod class. The lot is adjacent to two active runways so it sported a nice backdrop of hot air balloons, ultra-lights, and all sorts of small airplanes taking off and landing all day long. The lot is a great size for local events, but the surface is raveling so it can be a bit like rallycrossing for the first few runs. The AZ Border Region does something that I have not seen with other clubs - the first run of the day is an un-timed run used just to clean off the surface. It does mean that the first heat gets an extra look at the course, but does make the course conditions more even for all involved so overall I think it's a good practice.

Overall, the event was a blast so thanks to Bruce for the co-drive! I finished 5th in their PAX class but had a few quicker raw times thrown away since I couldn't stay off the cones in the tight slalom coming back around the hairpin. See below for some onboard footage:

The Flying Shelby

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Our visit to AMA Supercross in Dallas!

The 2015 Monster Energy Cup...nice looking trophy 
Geico Honda Pits

RCH Suzuki Pits

Yoshimura Suzuki Pits

KTM Juniors!

Vintage Motocross to see this at the pit party

Vintage pro Motocross bikes

This Place is HUGE

The view when you walk in is pretty spectacular
A little track maintenance before the races
The view from our seats...check out that screen!

I would definitely recommend going to a Supercross race if there is one near you. The show was great, pit party was fun, and the racing was action-packed as always. There are a total of 10 races (heats, semis, LCQs, and features for 250cc and 450cc) once the "show" starts at around 7pm after the qualifying and practice sessions in the afternoon. As an added bonus, you are truly seeing the best of the best riders out there with the 450cc being an FIM World Championship,

Friday, February 13, 2015

Enjoying WRC+

Good views on my computer screen from the Monte Carlo Rally highlights.