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Cool Another good day out on the track...

Damn, I love this car.

Had a great day playing with (mostly) high-powered American Iron out at Willow, with the Open Track Racing organization. I ran in the "blue" run group, the middle one. (The red group was mostly 400+HP cars, and they didn't invite my little VW to play.)

There were quite a few "offs" and several cars suffered damage. No car-to-car impacts, but certain areas at Willow do not have friendly runoff. One Z06 Vette got its front lower bodywork chewed up, enough to need a flatbed home. One Viper bent up his suspension. A Mitsubishi BROKE a front brake rotor into pieces. (NO idea how he did that.) And the really classic one, a guy in a RENTAL Mustang un-beaded 2 tires. Peeled 'em clear off the rim. I dunno if he was 20PSI down on pressure, or what.

I am really, really happy so far with how my car is coming together. I was able to hang about in the middle of the middle run group. I passed quite a few people including 4.6L Mustang GT's and 1.8T Audi TT Quattros. I hung pretty well with the ITS RX-7 (with an incredibly obnoxious rotory exhaust sound). And I had the absolutely lowest HP car at the event. The only thing close power-wise was probably the MINI Cooper S, and a couple of the rice cars, but most of them were in yellow group.

Only problem, so to speak, is that we haven't gotten around to the front oil cooler on my car yet...so it wanted to cook itself. They ran 30 minute sessions, and I typically came off between the 15 and 25 minute mark. The cooler will get done within the next couple weeks. More suspension tuning (bump steer, play with rear springs etc) and Hoosiers will come soon too.

The other bummer is that I haven't had the time/money to get a HotLap timer yet, so I have no clue about lap times. It "felt" pretty decent though. From turn 1 thru 5 or 6, I suspect I was quicker than a whole lot of people. Of course from 7 thru 9 and up the front straight, I'm barely pulling 120-125mph pedal-to-the-metal, so definitely no threat to the big V8 cars.

PICS -- oh yeah, can't forget that. They are still uploading, which will take a while, but will be here:

http://www.nosubstitute.org/events/OTR15Jan03
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Excellent, Chris. The event snuck up on me and I forgot about it completely. Nice weather today, eh? Maybe a little windy in the desert. I WILL be ready for next month's event. Any problem with getting a resevervation? Did they fill up each run group? Turns 1 thru 6 are the driving part of the track. But are you taking 9 at 125mph? If you are, you've got gonads and a good set up. Hah!
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Turn 9 at 125...um, no I was tapping the brakes and dropping to 4th for that one, then getting back into fifth pretty quickly after the exit. Especially for a non-competitive event, I have no reasons to soil my driving suit or trash my car.

I was slow in 1 also. Still getting used to the new brakes etc, and had trouble finding the appropriate braking point. I tend to brake too much and too soon for that turn. Felt great in 2 all the way up the hill and onto the back section though. The car hooks up nicely.

No wind at all today. It was gorgeous.

The events do fill up, or close to it. I actually registered a long time ago.
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