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Captain Buddha

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  1. Oh yes!! Quite the unforgettable experience!! Ready to do it again!! It wore me out though...actually went to bed before 10 pm last night lol!!
  2. A fantastic first Trans Am Series Racing weekend at COTA! My pro racing debut! It was like drinking from a firehose! Finished P21 out of 32 in the #59 Manufacturing News Chevy Camaro, there’s a LOT of room for improvement...will be working on that for the next race...Daytona!! Thank you to Troy and Ed and Rick and Rick, Andy and Emrah of TRB Autosport and Cameron Lawrence for all the coaching!
  3. Sacrilege! The track gods will not take kindly to this! You must pay homage to the tune of monthly pilgrimages...don't mess with the track gods...just saying! 😜
  4. Tomorrow / Tuesday night: Cigars n Racecars at Tap In on Main St in Grapevine (October 1). Come awwwwwwn! I'll be there at around 6:30 pm - have an errand to run first. For those of you that know my buddy Mike, we are having a remembrance of sorts to celebrate his life (ie - toasting him and telling stories...), so pretty much like any other time...
  5. Latest update (some member-specific stuff deleted - let's just say that you'd be REALLY happy with what it says!!).... There are so many things to update you on! We’ll have to stick to the urgent ones and work our way through a few more in the next newsletters. · People: Brad Flack has joined ECR as General Manager. Brad has a been a thoughtful, passionate leader in the DFW Motorsports community for decades. He has driven, instructed, championed and organized more events and people than seems possible. We are so very excited for Brad work with the team to define ECR 2.0. Please… be nice to him – he has no idea what he has gotten himself into, and he will need all our support to make the place insanely great! · Track: Paving of the Italian Canyon is half way done (see picture); three more paving days to go. It will bring the track to a total 2.7 Miles, with a sweeping fast section, a very long back straight – and the new turn 5 and 11 geometry. It will be much more than the sum of its parts. We can’t wait!!! The gods get angry when we give exact dates, so we are just going to keep moving – and keep you posted. We have a million initiatives in the pipeline – and we are stretched a little thin as we manage construction and operations at the same time. Thank you for your support and patience while we fight on !! Best, Your Friends at ECR
  6. Vinnie - headed there for Trans Am, November 12 - 17!
  7. A LOT of folks love to go to COTA...me included - I like to go where the racing is! The entry fee is really one of the cheapest parts about racing...trust me when I say this...I'll be there this weekend competing in the Trans Am Series in the TA2 Class. 165 at Road America is easy/breezy....and fun....that's the easy part....it's the stopping and turning part....and then doing it again and again, lap after lap....fortunately there are a lot of long straights to help cool the brakes! What class / body did your uncle race in?
  8. CONGRATS Jose!!!!! Finishing, driving in the rain....AND....WINNING!!! Awesome!!
  9. That's why it's called testing! Trust me when I say this - I found the limit of every corner! I had to back it off for the last session or two...track temp was 131...my corner minimums were faster than the tires could handle!
  10. Sacrifice 1 to get a run out of 2! Rocking on!
  11. Thank you! I’m EXTREMELY blessed to have a very supportive wife!!!
  12. T1 to T14....the Rollercoaster is a BLAST!! The car tends to weight / unweight there so it can make for an interesting ride! I got a little wiggly there a few times...some changes to the car definitely helped! T1-to-T14.MOV
  13. Start / Finish Flyby... Start-Finish.MOV
  14. Into the canyon...crank the volume! Canyon.MOV
  15. ...at ECR with the TA2 Camaro. This was my first time to actually rent a track and have it available just for my purposes...WOW...why the heck did I wait so long to do this!?!?!? If you want to make MASSIVE gains in both your own abilities and that of your car...you owe it to yourself to do this. Race weekends and track events only give you so much time to accomplish things *other* than racing - it's absolutely AMAZING at what you can do when you control the track! I did ~100 laps the first day and ~60 laps on the second. We got a LOT done, both with ME and the CAR! I am both physically and mentally beat but I learned a MASSIVE amount! The first day started off with a wet track that was drying so I was tiptoeing the first few sessions...running slicks (we had wets in case of RAIN)...I really focused on small inputs and the effect...pace started to pick up as the track dried out and rubbered up...yee haw!! There was rain overnight so we started out with a dry, but green, track...a little slick at first but it rubbered in and the track heated up. Massive gains! The car got prepped today for our next adventure - The Trans Am Series TA2 race at COTA next week/weekend!!! Thanks again to the crew at TRB Autosport, Cameron Lawrence and the awesome folks at ECR!! IMG_0500.HEIC IMG_0501.HEIC IMG_0502.HEIC IMG_0503.HEIC IMG_0504.HEIC IMG_0506.HEIC IMG_0509.HEIC IMG_0514.HEIC IMG_0515.HEIC
  16. Had a blast on the 1.65 Rollercoaster at ECR this weekend! We were there from Friday night to Sunday afternoon. Heading back out Monday night for two days of testing in the pro TA2 Camaro! Date: September 21, 2019, ~9:45 am Lap time 1:14.03 TraqDash Car: 2003 Monte Carlo GTA/GT2 Power 420 RWHP Tires 27x10-15 Hoosier Bias Ply Scrubs Weight 2,930 Conditions nice and warm/humid and windy/sunny
  17. Rain n race cars builds character! Or skid marks.... 😂
  18. The #59 Manufacturing News TA2 Chevy Camaro is featured both on the program for this weekend and the official event poster - quite an honor!! Not something you see everyday, your race car as art!! Wish we were there this weekend but we are testing for future races...
  19. ...in the Full Monte Carlo...anyone else? Planning to put down some sticker rubber...yee haw!!!
  20. There’s more paddock/parking around the corner. Plenty of room.
  21. Very possible that I will be there to issue “stern talking to’s”... 🤣 I mean, instruct....er, help!
  22. No worries running a generator at a racetrack - every track I’ve been to with the motorhome / trailer setup = moho generator running unless there’s 50 amp power nearby (some tracks do have that, usually for a fee). Any big pro-style transporter (ie - 18 wheeler / stacker) is running their genset. I’ve routinely run the genset at MSRH.
  23. Wifey and I cruised out there in the Z Saturday afternoon, looked like a great turnout!
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