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Vinnieb

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    '94 Poopra

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  1. Eco stock? Aka get a saturn and cage it?
  2. New surface was money in the wet. Literally didnt change anything. Old stuff was a mess. particularlty T11 and T20 By the time we went out Sunday afternoon we were all on slicks but it was definitely still moist out there and wet line was in effect on the old stuff. Very fun. Got my first Super tour top 10s, P10 and p9 Sat and Sun respectively, very happy with that, particularly because no one had rain tires on them for Sunday. Only folks in front of me on the weekend are national level big dawgs. Still need to figure out how to trade blows with those guys...
  3. I'll be there but getting in Friday night, No practice, no problem, hopefully...
  4. In Dallas there are alot of quality brains to pick. Terry Fair at Vorschlag helped guide me through TT stuff. Obviously the regional director Chase ( who I think is on here) is a great resource. Best part of NASA TT is that you can pretty much guarantee that your car slots in somewhere, and is not far from being competetive with correct decisions on tires.
  5. Nothing to add except that a BRZ probably wont be different enough for you once you've sunk the money into it. A well sorted Z chassis can rock. BMW- Id leave it at an E36, but thats certainly in the ballpark My winner? Vette. C5 or 6. High consumable costs but parts are reasonable and plentiful. Perfectly nice to drive to the track and can be made up like a grand tourer
  6. Talley, my reference is a Scion FRS on Slicks, a Spec Miata, and at the absolute fastest a Cayman GT4. So yeah, my advice won't really apply at 140 and 3000 pounds... The way I've seen that tought is to change direction of the car headed to apex of sweeper, threshold brake in a straight line towards the apex, and then lift off and do your rotation.
  7. Diamonds edge, sweeper, and gut check are all these scary corners that you will be losing grip and dancing and fighting the car. But guess what? You're about the bomb the brakes, so everything that the car was doing before doesn't really matter. in a GT4 going into diamonds edge I lift, get the nose to bite and apex 3 way late. I'm usually carrying too much speed to do anything past some maintanance throttle to keep the back end from washing out. Its sketchy and divey. And then I bomb the brakes at the appropriate vector and everything is okayl. Same thing with sweeper. A bit of a lift to move weight nose to the of the car. Maintanance throttle to keep the back end from under you. You're fighting, fighting, and right before the car washes out from under you, bomb the brakes. Same thing with Gut check. Flat, maybe a lift at the beginning as a speed adjustment, but you really dont need it to plant the nose. What helps here a bunch (and with all 3 of these) is lifting your eyes so that your brain is less concerned with the unsteadiness and speed of the car under you and more focused on a point on the horizon that you are braking towards. In Gut check the garages work well. Back to carousel- I like to scrub speed with the wheels through T1 and track out pretty much all the way before lifting big to move weight to the front and steering into the first curbing. That also makes for a big scrub of speed, and now im rotated, facing the first set of curbing, and I can pin it, brushing the first bit of curbing, forgetting the second entirely, because im headed to the exit pavement.
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    Goals 2020

    Top 10s in Super tour. Looking at 3 of those Top 5 at NASA Nationals Win a race at every NASA TX weekend I go to. Keep improving in data use/prep/notekeeping Win a WRL race... been on a drought since last year.
  9. Real happy with how it went, but tbh attrition in the Texas Spec Miata field may have given me some false positives. Definitely got out of the kill zone. Qualifying top couple rows pretty consistently in NASA Won NASA regoinal championship . Definitely in top 1/3 there. Only ran one SCCA regional race weekend but I was up there in the top 1/3,. Super tour only ran one race, and it was a weird weekend but at my fastest I was right there in the top 1/3. Finished in Top 1/3 at NASA nationals. Very happy with on track results this year. As far as data and systematization I I got a little better but I'm still not there. All I can gleam from data right now is that after 10 minutes of screwing with the software, "oh hey if I go faster, I save time, like I did on this other lap." But, we did take a step this year as far as being able to work on the car and note taking after sessions. Still not where I want to be or need to be but there was some progress made in that department.
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    New Spec NC

    So I gave it a hard look and finally decided not quite yet 1) The big series races were either on the East Coast or West Coast. Towing costs woulda been bananas which woulda left me running in mixed class NASA or SCCA locally or paying $$$ to go out to the coast. 2) Just didn't see other people interested... 3) The build costs were getting close to an ND1 MX5 Cup car. Once I'm in that neighborhood I'd rather go get free tickets to an Indycar weekend at the same time. If I ever wanna make a more expensive step than spec miata, it'll be there. NC prices just aren't down there quite yet when you consider the cost of the donor.
  11. Give jim berg at the msrh shop a call. He has used a bunch of people locally and could provide feedback
  12. Intriguing. I think I like this better as a direct competitor to SRF. NASA Prototypes I think ended up being past the price point for alot of people.
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    Racing Suits

    Winding road probably has the most suits of different manufacturers anywhere in TX. Thats where I went when I was trying to get sizing done right. Alpine stars does run a little small but that ended up fitting me best. Performance Stop at MSRH also has a nice selection in their showroom.
  14. I ended up going Saturday. Got T15 grandstand tickets for like 90 each and it was great, got to actually see and understand what was going on with Qually. Sunday I was picking up my SM from storage and couldnt imagine finding a place to park so I went home. F1 puts together a great experience and with sell outs saturday and sunday, it looks like they arent losing momentum due to the Mexico race. I was able to take the lady to all of my favorite viewing spots on track and she was really into it. Matt good to see you on Saturday! Awesome pics!
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