Sunday, May 17, 2015

Autocross Drift in the FR-S

I took a little break from testing back in April at Mineral Wells to punish the set of tires that was slowest...

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blytheville ProSolo Recap

Two weeks ago (a bit delayed on this post....), we kicked off our 2015 ProSolo season in the C-Street Scion FR-S. I had some new suspension bits to try out for this race as I installed the newly-discovered TRD springs and ARBs that are port-installed options for the FR-S. It would also be my first time driving the FR-S to an event...and I picked a 1,600mi round-trip journey to try it out....

New TRD Springs and ARBs for the FR-S
Got decent MPGs on the way to Bville....

We had consistent dry weather throughout the weekend so it was a clean battle in the 12-car C-Street class. I started off the first heat in 2nd place with a not-so-great 0.7s margin to Chris Harvey and his 2009 MX-5. The tire sizes that we tested and decided on at the practice course the day before did not translate to the transitions-heavy ProSolo course. The car was very out-of-phase and imbalanced in slaloms especially. I decided to go back to the tire size I ran in College Station and go up in overall damping to account for the stiffer roll rates from the TRD parts. It was instantly much much better and I moved into 1st place after the 2nd heat. On Sunday, I had my work cut out for me as Chris Harvey immediately chopped off large chunks of time to take the lead by about 0.5s before the final runs. I dropped in a 45.8s on my last left side run which brought me to within one tenth of the lead but still in 2nd. On the last run, I need to improve on my 46.082 right-side run to win. I came in with a 45.846 and was able to take the win by 0.161s! It was a very tight battle that I fully expect will continue throughout the year.

On to the Challenges and the highlight of the weekend which was my Dad getting picked for the Bonus Challenge and then marching through to take the win! He drove great and the extra seat time I think really helped to "seal" the improvements he made over the weekend. My attempt at the Super Challenge ended in the first round unfortunately. On to the Spring Nationals in Lincoln over Memorial Day!

Dad staged for his runs on Sunday
Our FR-S in impound at my class win

Thanks to Yaw Moment Racing's partners:

- Evolution Performance Driving Schools:  "Building Champions since 1993"

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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.

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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