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About Vinnieb

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  1. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. No better person for them to sell to. Kinda funny that the split ended up coming full circle, isnt it?
  5. Gonna kinda frame the season around the HST races that we can make. Right now looks like sebring, cota, road atlanta, either hallett or VIR and june sprints. Will probably still do most NASA events but very low stress... used tires, no practice, no red mist on track. Probably wont bother with local scca stuff. NASA champs for sure. No runoffs because being at a track for a week for one session a day still seems stupid to me.
  6. It was a dreamy year for me! 33 days at the track this year per my count. Feels low lol Whole NASA tx schedule minus NOLA, plus an out of town race at Road Atlanta, and Nationals at Mid Ohio. Goal was to win a regional championship, got it done! Top 10 at nationals was a cherry on top. SCCA, did a COTA super tour event at beginning of year to dip my toe in at big events, and an a majors at msrh because its down the street. WRL- only one event with my usual team. Had some schedule conflicts on both ends. Also still developing an overhauled car. Got invited to drive with a competing team which was fun, let me compare myself against some great drivers and see the gaps on data. Bout 20 tires in the garage. Underestimated the longevity of TOYO RRs Already planning next year. Probably less quantity, more big events next year.
  7. So the lead up to the event was interesting... all year I had no plans of going to Nationals. Maybe 2 Months ago I started looking for a way to get the car there, thinking it might be fun and Mid Ohio would be a track worth ticking off my bucket list. About a month ago my champoinship competitor in SM TX, Phillip decided he could make the trip up to Mid O, so we arranged for transport and trackside support from a buddy of ours and were set up to go. A week before the event, our transport had a family emergency and couldn't make it. We both went through our rolodexes and after coming up empty, Phillip goes out and bought a trailer, gutted it so it could fit both of our cars, we took fellow Texas SM homie Bill's spares up, and Phillip made the trip to Mid O with all of our stuff by himself. After getting pulled over twice on the way up there (trailer looked like a mobile meth lab special, bullet holes and all. Cop thought our Miatas were cute.), he finally rolled in midnight before Thursday morning practice. Thursday morning we hustled into track, to drivers meeting, and miraculously were on grid in time for first session... despite both of us being worse for the wear. After our first session Thursday our expectations were tempered. We both had dreams of top 5 finishes but... Mid Ohio is tough, tough, tough. Tire wise we were both on scrubs and weren't sure if it was fast or not, Setup wise, I wasn't confident or consistent enough to mess with it without improving myself first. We were both about 2 seconds off of the fastest guys and figured we had some room to improve by figuring out a few corners. Thursday at the last session I had some fuel pickup problems which we thought was a pump issue. After having George Clos sauter up a new one for us (thanks again buddy!) we realized it was a relay. Unfortunately when we went to test this I, like a dumbass did not realize the car was in gear and proceeded to damn near run over my dad and bump draft Phillip's car in the paddock. A scary yet fortunately relatively innocent reminder to never stop thinking in the paddock... even if it is 10pm and you're a few beers in. So Friday we roll out to qualify and end up 14 in the first session. Phillips a spot ahead. Cutting down the time to the leaders to a second and a half now, but so are all the other out of region guys. I'm finally consistent enough to try some setup stuff, dial in some cross before the second session, which seems to help but since the track as a whole is slower we stay the same position. It was funny to see the out of region guys slowly catch up throughout the weekend... once again, Mid O is not easy. Saturday qually race is when I finally feel like I got the track figured out. Phillip and I were slowly and patiently moving up the field together with him leading and us picking folks off until I made a mistake and went 4 off heading into Thunder Valley. We lost touch and I wasn't able to follow him through on his next two passes. To make matters worse on the last lap I got greedy and tried an inside pass for 12th... The passing car held strong and two other cars go on his bumper and freight trained by him so I fell back to 15th. This led me considerably annoyed with myself as Phillip was starting in 10th and I had divorced myself from my drafting partner getting greedy. Before the championship race, I hopped in the car to take it to grid and realized we had no power brakes. After the quickest brake bleed of all time (just found a tiny bit of air out the LR) it felt a bit better and I scrambled to grid with 5 minutes to go, praying that the problem was fixed. Thankfully,, the brakes firmed up on the outlap. Assuming we goofed up bleeding the brakes the night before... The championship race went really nicely. After the initial scrum I ended up on Phillips bumpers by the time the first caution came out, which let us get back up to the 2nd gaggle of cars. We worked our way up together to 8th and 9th when he unfortunately was on the wrong end of contact. I slipped into 8th, on J Casey's bumper for the last restart. On the last lap of the race I got a nice run out of keyhole and thought I would try to bump Casey and myself around Dan Williams who was in 6th. Didn't have enough oomph to pull it off so I tried to go outside of casey going into Madness and decided to bail before the apex at the right hander. Ended up in 8th, which all things considered, was within my goal of a top 10. I think we had a top 5 car at the end of the weekend... just not sure we had the driver consistency for it. Mid Ohio is a tough place to pass, I really needed to have stuff figured out on qualifying day and things didn't click for me until qualifying race day. With as tight as things were, working your way through the field in traffic is a big ask. Huge thanks to Phillip for pulling out all the stops to get us there, Chris Shaffer and his parents for being awesome pit buddies, and especially my dad for being an awesome crew chief despite my attempts to kill him. Thanks to Will and everyone at NASA for annoying me until I finally got out there... I absolutely loved Mid Ohio and the area. Us Texas boys are already plotting for our attack at the top 5 at Utah next year.
  8. About ready to go to go do COTA as a spectator and be that annoying guy who won't stop talking about himself and how great COTA is in a miata when we're at the track to watch an F1 race. Anyone else going? Anyone got extra tickets? I've gotta do some suit shopping so I was gonna swing by Winding Road Saturday morning and then go see Qualifying at 4 and the concert after. Pretty sure going up there with my girlfriend, parents might join too. Sunday I'll be there for race day. Probably doing GA both days but haven't gotten any tickets yet so if anyones looking to sell hit me up!
  9. Brad- if you ever go to Daytona for SCCA, I'd like to join. Need to get that off of the bucket list...
  10. Man thats great. I need to do that. Even on my "practice days" on race weekends I tend to be focused on setting up for that particular track so I don't work enough on the car or myself.
  11. Car is almost there. Got pulled over, cop thought the miatas were cute... no questions about the not at all sketchy paper plates. Meanwhile my flight managed to escape this tropical whatever that just got through houston and im in the air and en route... Land in columbus at midnight. Drivers meeting at 730 and tomorrow, on track at 830, probably alot of unloading to be done before then... And im wondering if I completely setup the crossweight on the car back asswards.
  12. So on Thursday morning we learned that our transport/ trackside support couldn't be there anymore due to a family emergency... Spent all Thursday calling everyone in the ole Rolodex trying to find someone to take the cars... no dice. Finally decided the best call was to find a 2 car hauler and Phillip take the cars himself from ATX. Thursday night he goes and sees one but it's too small Finally on Friday he hit paydirt and bought a hauler off of craigslist... he's rehabbing it at his shop and it'll be out the door Tuesday with my and his equiptment in it... been a whirlwind of a weekend man... racers pulling out all the stops to make it! Also, anyone wanna buy a lightly used 40 foot hauler?
  13. I'm a huge fan of the virtual track walk series. COTA's is good, but your mileage may vary in a low HP car. Turn 8 for example, is done very differently by the top dogs in SM.
  14. Definitely, more PDS Friday of WRL events. Mixing race cars and street cars in the same paddock is a nice way to bridge the gap and create racers out of HPDE folk. Oh, and I'll be there in the Bahnstormer 147. Got alot of miles under the car at the Colorado 24 so hopefully all of the engine swap issues are sorted out and we can last the race. Definitely got the speed to win.
  15. I had always heard negative reviews about the TMS road course. The spec miata guys who had run the apron before even said that that was fun and the high banks would take away what little fun was to be had. ...Yeah they were wrong. Drafting on the high banks is crazy fun. And the infield was fast, but more importantly super technical. You really, really had to pay attention to your inputs and just love on the middle pedal just right. Facility was obviously awesome, but the little town down the road was really fun as well and there was alot to do around the track. Also buccees burritos all day. Just experience wise, one of my favorite NASA events all year. Friday practice was just trying to figure out what we had. We were chasing cooling shirt issues, cooling system issues, just little nagging stuff but we were getting the place figured out at a good clip. Taylor Ferranti looked like the guy to beat after Friday and Saturday practice so I attempted to hook up with him to qualify. Saturday qually it just didn't work out, folks got between us on grid and he took off as I worked through traffic. Still managed to get into P2. In the race, I started off behind him but after bumping down the straight he caught me off guard by braking early into T3 and I went wide and cocked the whole thing up, letting McCammon and Agha on by me. Got back into P2 and McCammon and I were working together to chase Taylor down but we caught an RX7 before the chicane. and he Put like 10 cars on us. Its insane how catching traffic near that chicane would make or break your race. After trying to catch him again McCammon and I decided that we would start to fight for 2nd, so we swapped positions and dogfighted like crazy. He came out on top. NASA official asked if we were mad at each other afterwards and we just laughed our asses off. Love racing that guy. Video below Day 2, Taylor and I finally got to work together in qualfying some and I ended up behind him by .005. Nice session though, we went out, did a lap together, came in, and watched the rest of the sessoin as people got slower and slower. Race 2 We took off and gapped the field, but werent quite close enough where I could bump him. Unfortuantely his car developed a stutter and he had to slow way down. Dad was telling me that McCammon and Agha were working together and coming to catch me, but Agha had an off and after they lost contact we all were running the same lap times so I was able to take it home for the win. Race 3, I started on Pole with McCammon on my outside. The whole race was us two dogfighting. 2 laps from the finish he made a mistake trying to pass me into T3 and we both thought that would be how we finished. On the last lap though after the back straightaway draft I saw him catching up to me , got nervous, protected the inside, and blew it. He came roaring on my left side into T4, I outbraked myself and all the sudden I had blown the lead. Managed to get a good run onto the straightaway and somehow the draft pulled me past him before the finish line.
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