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Old 07-30-2009, 04:34 PM   #1
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The Big Sky Subaru club put on a track day at Lewistown last weekend, and I have some pics and videos to share. As some of you know, Clark sponsored me for One Lap of America this year and my car is e-tuned only, due to a lack of local tuning options. The car survived One Lap and performed better than expected all around.



I was curious to see how it would hold up to extended track sessions (One Lap is 3 consecutive hotlaps). Lewistown put the car to the test, and if you ask anyone from BSS they will tell you I pushed my car harder than anybody else out there. The back section was a WOT 3rd gear into 6th gear, the front straight ran 2nd gear through 5th gear and there isn't much time or distance on the track between these two sections, so the car is basically WOT the entire time. The car is a typical stage 2 setup with 3" catted H&S exhaust, 850cc injectors, Walbro 255 and Clark's tune. The car took the beating and begged for more, despite the 100 degree heat. I will be adding an oil cooler next at Clark's suggestion, to ensure long term reliability under these conditions.

Now for some pics and videos!


Morning session where we had an autocross portion on the track, and cones for the noobies:




Afternoon session open track:




120mph flyby:



Turning onto the front straight:



Kumho's squealing:

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Old 07-30-2009, 04:34 PM   #2
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This was filmed in 1080 HD, but I can't seem to process it properly so this will have to suffice for now:


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Old 07-30-2009, 04:35 PM   #3
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Here is a little fly-by compilation, again sorry for the poor processing it made the video choppy in spots:


And here is Billings local "DOUGY FRESH" as he is known, strutting his stuff and giving his wrx-swapped RS a serious beating:


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Old 07-30-2009, 10:03 PM   #4
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Nice! Funny stuff man. Sounds like a blast. I would love to come out for that next year!

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Old 07-30-2009, 10:16 PM   #5
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What type of track is this? It looks like a open highway or empty air strip with some cones.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:20 PM   #6
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The next one is Sept 19th- just think, you could tune my car ALL DAY!

It's a great setup for a track day- nothing like being at a major road course, but there is no BS and unlimited track time. It's just a cool group of dudes who get together and rent the place out for some antics. And have you ever heard of a track day for $30/person? You can go sun up to sun down at that price. Hell, we could probably do a 24-hrs of Lewistown if we wanted.
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Yep the cones were set up early in the day, with an autocross course on the track's skidpad area (track runs right through it), and cones on the back twisties to keep people in check while they were learning the track. I think a lot of the guys there had never been on track before.

This is the course, it is the closest thing we have to a race track in MT unless you are willing to drive 600 miles in any of 3 directions!

http://www.opi.mt.gov/PUB/PDF/AdvDriver/Drivemap.pdf



To put it into perspective, I can go flat-foot WOT from turn 5 (coming out of turn 5 in 3rd gear) until I brake hard for turn 10, hitting right around 130mph.


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Old 07-30-2009, 10:50 PM   #8
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What type of track is this? It looks like a open highway or empty air strip with some cones.
It's an old bomber base from the 50's that went defunct. They built a dragstrip which is just west of the satellite photo. A few years after that the Montana DOT built up a driver training facility of which you see the latest iteration. MUCH nicer than what I ran on back when clubs first started using it for DE back in the early nineties. The most recent repave added a few feet to the width and made it much nicer.

Being that it's a DOT education facility a lot of it is lane change based stuff and the track mimics it along with a couple of decreasing radius turns.

2.2 miles long. Fastest laps have been in the 1:30's.

I've hit 160 on the backstraight in a seriously prepped Z car (back when turn 9 was very much on the edge for a prepped car and a slow down for those that weren't). VERY fast in spots. Nothing to run into if you do have an issue and go off course.

I have way too many laps there to count. Bang for the buck is unbeatable. I remember when the track rental was 150 for the weekend. That was the cost of the track, not the cost to enter.
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It's an old bomber base from the 50's that went defunct. They built a dragstrip which is just west of the satellite photo. A few years after that the Montana DOT built up a driver training facility of which you see the latest iteration. MUCH nicer than what I ran on back when clubs first started using it for DE back in the early nineties. The most recent repave added a few feet to the width and made it much nicer.

Being that it's a DOT education facility a lot of it is lane change based stuff and the track mimics it along with a couple of decreasing radius turns.

2.2 miles long. Fastest laps have been in the 1:30's.

I've hit 160 on the backstraight in a seriously prepped Z car (back when turn 9 was very much on the edge for a prepped car and a slow down for those that weren't). VERY fast in spots. Nothing to run into if you do have an issue and go off course.

I have way too many laps there to count. Bang for the buck is unbeatable. I remember when the track rental was 150 for the weekend. That was the cost of the track, not the cost to enter.
Awesome! I didn't know any of that. I just recently moved out here (a year ago) and was a little disappointed that there were no road courses in the area. I wish I had the power to hit 160 on that back section!!!!
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It were a fast car. You should make it out to the PCA even in Sept, there should be some quick cars there. I may be out there if tickets get a bit cheaper.
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