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Old 05-24-2000, 07:56 AM   #1
Bassem
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Smile Scoobys are NOT just rally cars...

First track driving school this weekend (VIR). My little underpowered scooby was playing with the big boys and their 3rd gen rx7s and miatas (some turboed). BUT...I had the hoosier tires (205/40-17s)

The one run that I had when I was the first on the track (had been signed off for solo already) was great. I was only caught by my brother's car (350 rear wheel hp and hoosier tires). The other RX7s (some of which were running slicks) as well and two turbo miatas (also slicks) did not catch up to me through the 10-12 laps.

MAN DO I LOVE AWD. You just point the friggin thing and hit the gas!! Even when my borther's car was following, I just had him in the sharp esses, but he caught up quick through the sweeping ones. But it was great. The car was so confidence inspiring!

Not bad for a car with stock suspension (except 20mm rear bar) and slicks. I was thoroughly impressed with the at the limit control. I even had the tail squirrel twice on me but I just kept my foot down for balance and the bloody thing carved the corners. I honestly figure I was maybe using 60-70% of the grip of the tires. I couldn't use more because I ran out of balls and the fact that I was halfway out of my seat on the sharp turns didn't help my confidence any.

But this car will make a great great great road racer with the tires, turbo and TEINs. Bye bye civics (most at least).

Overall, not bad for a car that had just left the body shop two days before, eh?

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Old 05-24-2000, 08:11 AM   #2
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How was VIR? I'm scheduled for 2 days in July and I'm *really* looking forward to it. Was just curious how the track surface was, etc. Also, a heads-up on the facilities would be great, too.

Thanks!
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Old 05-24-2000, 08:13 AM   #3
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Lucky SOB!! I wish I had Laguna Seca in my back yard! That's my favorite track (second to Mid Ohio) in the US!

EDIT: Steve, VIR was great. The surface is brand spanking new. Beautifully smooth. we ran the north course since the porsche club was running the south track. But man it is all great. Wonderful off camber turns nice hard concrete curbs (use them!!!) uphill off camber turns and great downhill esses! You'll enjoy it a lot.

On the north paddock they have a gas station (114 leaded and 104 unleaded I believe). I used 89 octane pump gas (why spend all that money on useless gas??). They also have an air compressor in a "barn" in the north paddock. Make sure your pressures are not less than 37psi in the rear and that you pressure your tires BEFORE you take your pit spot. One side will heat up in the sun making hard to guess what the pressures are really like. I ran 40psi F and 36psi R and my rear tires overheated (nice melted strip of rubber down the center). The front pressure was spot on though.

Bassem

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Old 05-24-2000, 08:29 AM   #4
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I Wanna Go to Driving Scool ...are there any close to bethlehem, PA?
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Old 05-24-2000, 08:36 AM   #5
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Faraz, you've got Nazareth right up the road - check them out.. I'm also positive I remember there being something there.. I THINK that there's one associated with one of the Andretti's there.. They live in the ABE area..

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Old 05-24-2000, 08:46 AM   #6
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Faraz, depends what you define as close. You have a few within a couple hundred miles. I had to drive for 7 hours each way for this one (but it was also to see my brother). Summit point is near DC (couple hours ride out), Watkins Glen is a little far north but there nonetheless, and of course Pocono raceway up in the Poconos. MSCW (mazda sportscar club of Washington) is running Summit point July 1,2. They allow other car makes on the track. I believe I'm running out to that one as well. Check out the website (www.mscw.com) and check under the MADS driving schools.

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Old 05-25-2000, 12:14 AM   #7
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brucelee,

do they actually do driving schools at Laguna Seca that let you drive your own car? I'm definitely interested in that one!!!

Are you going to to the Thunderhill school in July?
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