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Captain Buddha

Captain Buddha

Member Since 09 Jul 2014
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#111892 ECR improvements - can we get regular updates in here?

Posted by Captain Buddha on Yesterday, 04:39 PM

Drove out there to get some tires from the race shop a few days ago....oh my....it is a THING OF BEAUTY!!! NO SEAMS>...oh....so.....purty!!!

#111888 New TA2 Camaro Build!

Posted by Captain Buddha on Yesterday, 10:54 AM

LOL...she's a tough girl!! I love the new livery too!

#111874 New TA2 Camaro Build!

Posted by Captain Buddha on 17 January 2019 - 03:53 PM

Sebring pix, some good ones here....notice the weight transfer....that's what this car is all about...getting the weight transferred to turn and then to get on THROTTLE!!





































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#111862 Goals for 2019

Posted by Captain Buddha on 17 January 2019 - 02:29 PM

Race more!!


Already on track for that goal...2 race weekends / 4 races so far and it's only the 17th of January!!!

#111645 Ready to Race for 2019!?!?

Posted by Captain Buddha on 06 January 2019 - 09:18 PM

And another P3/Podium today!! Will be loading in to Sebring this Wednesday!!

#111629 Ready to Race for 2019!?!?

Posted by Captain Buddha on 05 January 2019 - 03:12 PM

I was fortunate to drive the Manufacturing News #13 to P3/Podium!!! Thank you Troy Benner, Andy Tagg, Tim Repka and crew at TRB Autosport/Derhaag!!! #mfgnewsweb #scca #manufacturing #racing #podium

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#111467 TrackJunkies: The 12 Step Program (Introduce yourself)

Posted by Captain Buddha on 30 December 2018 - 10:53 PM


#111466 SCCA Winter Festival Majors @ Cresson Jan 25-27, 2019

Posted by Captain Buddha on 30 December 2018 - 10:52 PM

Sam, thanks for the info.  With only one session, sounds like the TT guys get to wait (and wait and wait) for very limited track time during the weekend.  No thanks.  That sounds exactly like what I got away from after 35 years of drag racing - make a run, then wait forever for your class to come up again.  If SCCA is trying to expand the Time Trials participation on a national basis, it should be a showcase class and a regular, integral part of events like the January one at Cresson.

Have you even looked at the schedule, seriously?

TT guys get 80, yes, 80, that’s EIGHTY minutes of track time on Saturday....us racers get 50.....

And for Sunday, TT guys again, get 80, yes, 80, that’s EIGHTY minutes of track time...us racers get 60....so what was the issue again?

Also look at the number of sessions that the TT guys get...the schedule is there for you to see, look it over, you’ll see you get quite a bit of track time. Used to drag race...this is nothing like the hurry up and wait game...club racing does have a whole lot of waiting...especially for the Super Tour...and the runoffs...oh...and then Trans Am as well...time to prep/repair/tweak the cars between testing, qualifying, racing, etc...the TT guys, especially at this event, are getting preferential treatment...and that is A-OK with me!

#111424 Going in the Transporter for FL!!

Posted by Captain Buddha on 28 December 2018 - 07:49 PM

Homestead then Sebring...yahoooo!!!









#111413 ECR improvements - can we get regular updates in here?

Posted by Captain Buddha on 28 December 2018 - 12:41 PM

Update from ECR, gotta say, it brought a tear to my eye...or maybe a bug got in there....



It’s been a remarkable year at ECR; but 2019 will be even more special. 

Just over a year ago, we started the impossible journey of re-thinking, re-engineering… re-imagining ECR. 
The goal was never to just bring it ‘back’. It was, and is, to express ECR’s full potential and set a new benchmark for what a track and community of driving enthusiasts can be. 
We made incredible progress ; we still have soooooo much to do. We will need your continued support and help to make more magic happen. 
As of December 22nd– we had almost all of the Base 2 Asphalt course (1200 LF to go) done. High winds prevented us from doing the last stretch, but it will only take one day in the new year. 
The 2ndof three asphalt lifts for Phase 1 is basically done. It was paved in Echelon (pavers side by side - see picture), so you will struggle to find a seam. 
It is not the final product… one more very special layer to go…. but it is already amazing to drive on (ask me how I know – it will be our secret). 
Hard to describe in words how much more fun ECR is on a smooth, predictable, properly profiled, cambered and mono-sloped surface. Its game-changing. ECR is now also engineered and set up to drive in both directions – even more game-changing. And the new crossover (5C) is sure to help redefine your max heart rate. 
Like you – I can’t freaking wait. 
The good news is – heat always comes to Texas, and we need 3-4 days of 70+ to put the final coat down. For those that missed the last update -- the surface coat is a special granite aggregate based super-pave design, conceived by our friends at TSIT labs. They tell me it will be even smoother, better riding, stiffer and grippier than Base Coat 2. 
If the race gods are with us, we will continue construction on Phase 2 and should be able to pave the surface coat on both Phase 1 & 2 together -- probably in April. We will then start Phase 3 and some work on the off road tracks. I realize some of this scheduling is confusing. We will provide some more technical updates for those of you that like the detail. Suffice it to say -- we pave the surface coat... and can drive the snot out of it while the rest gets more and more awesome. 
But the track, the facilities, the grounds – are just the hardware. 
The passion of each and every one of the members and staff is what will continue to make the real difference. 
Thank you for your support – and fasten your seatbelts for a fast 2019!!!! 
Your Friends at ECR. 

#111369 SCCA Winter Festival Majors @ Cresson Jan 25-27, 2019

Posted by Captain Buddha on 26 December 2018 - 10:17 AM

TX Region SCCA Winter Festival Majors

SCCA - Texas Region - Club Racing

Saturday, Jan 26 — Sunday, Jan 27, 2019

Motorsport Ranch - Cresson, Cresson, TX


Registration/more info:



Come awwwwn! Going to be fun! I'll be running The Full Monte there....

#111320 lobster car or how to choose seats?

Posted by Captain Buddha on 22 December 2018 - 05:09 PM

No matter what you do (with the exception of a rear view camera mirror, my Dad’s CTS-V has one) visibility just plain sucks in Racecars...yours may be better than most as it’s a production car but once you add a containement seat, harnesses, cage, helmet, Hans, etc then your visibility drops ways down...that’s ok though....don’t drive your mirrors! You glance at them as part of your routine sweep (left mirror, gage check, rear then right mirror)...and by glance I mean a millisecond...look forward...loooooong vision, look all the way through the corners, etc...and if someone faster is coming up on you then it’s their responsibility to pass you safely...just drive your line!
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#111278 Ugh, not a car....but something just as good--Looking for a Ford shop-DFW

Posted by Captain Buddha on 21 December 2018 - 10:32 AM

You might try Scott Isferding at Diamond Offroad Customs - back when I was into rock crawling we used to go get crazy....he had a full size bronco like yours, all tricked out....



#111248 Ugh, not a car....but something just as good--Looking for a Ford shop-DFW

Posted by Captain Buddha on 20 December 2018 - 05:04 PM

S L O W speed chase....LOL!

#111170 Tires! old solo driver, racer wanna be, noob all over again

Posted by Captain Buddha on 18 December 2018 - 02:25 PM

I believe NASA offers a Time Trial (TT) License (aka HPDE 5 jokingly) once you go through the ranks of their HPDE program, a NASA member will have to confirm that - for going true W2W I believe they have a comp school held at various times throughout the year. Again, a NASA racer needs to confirm that.


With SCCA, if you want to get a racing license you must go to a comp/racing school (unless you have a racing license and experience from another organization, i.e. - NASA).


Here are the steps from SCCA, Getting an SCCA Competition License:



Here's a list of driving schools (if you did not want to do the upcoming January MSRH school):



Ok see...I didn't know about these comp license school weekends.  I was under the impression that the path to a license was many weekends "through the ranks" of HPDE.  Am I missing a catch here somewhere?

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