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Old 05-30-2004, 10:48 PM   #1
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Question DC National Tour...

So, anyone have news? How was the weather? What's up with Jesse in the '87 Civic Si taking the win? Doesn't he know he only has 92 hp? Tom, give us an update...

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Old 05-30-2004, 11:35 PM   #2
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...and look at the run Courtney put down today, to take 2nd. Can't wait to get the full story from Tom.

Complete Results Here

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:28 AM   #3
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I got woodshedded

It was a momentum maintenance course, and I had my head up my ass all weekend. I had 3 different people come up to me including corey and strano and say "you were driving and I was thinking, is that really hoppe??, he looks choppy as HELL out there"

Having said that, courtney and jesse drove awesome, they drove the lines and drove the course like it should have been driven rather then cone to cone....

I was about 1.5 secs off the pace of the local people in ES and CS that I usually compare myself too, so I don't feel that bad

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:47 AM   #4
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So, how prepared was Jesse's Civic? LSD? Pretty interesting...but don't feel bad, Tom...we all have those weekends

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Old 05-31-2004, 10:07 AM   #5
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Nope, it was Ryan Thompsons civic from STS. Jesse would have been 2nd behind Andy Hollis if he drove it in S...

I know how you feel mike

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Old 05-31-2004, 10:27 AM   #6
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Let me congratulate Miranda (Midnight_Gold) on bringing home a Subaru victory in STUL. And thanks to Tom for bringing me a chair to let me chat up your fiancee. On a weekend where nothing really went well for me, at least I enjoyed my worker assignment.

Like Tom, I didn't really get that the course was a momentum maintenance course, and I was driving it "cone to cone" on my first two runs on Saturday. Unfortunately, I spun on both my first and third runs -- first time on A3S04s, and I think they do have a ton of grip but they also seem to break loose with a lot less warning than the S03s. After I went off course less than ten seconds into my third run, I drove the rest of the course at about 11/10ths, and was amazed at how much grip the A3S04s have, if you can walk that fine line between sticking and sliding. On the third run, I was doing the slaloms probably 5 MPH faster than I was on the first two runs -- and it was working.

Sunday I woke up with a bad cold, feeling like I'd been run over by a truck. I would have loved to get more seat time with the S04s, but I would have been pretty useless at the event, so I stayed home.

Well, next weekend is the DC Pro -- hopefully I'll do a little better on these new tires with some more seat time.
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Old 05-31-2004, 10:59 AM   #7
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And thanks to Tom for bringing me a chair to let me chat up your fiancee.
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and I had my head up my ass all weekend.
Coincidence? I think NOT!

If you're enganged like this says, congrats!

I was looking at the results and there were less than a handful of people that run with us (NER) that actually made the journey... like 5.

See y'all at nationals.
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Old 05-31-2004, 11:29 AM   #8
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Yeah, speaking of botched driving... That pretty much describes my saturday runs. I guess I just wanted to keep up my record of driving like crap on at least one day of national event. Cones on my first two runs on saturday left me in the horrible position of needing a clean run for sunday. I thought the last one was quick as I cleaned up my line going out... I guess the aggression wasn't there as the time was poo. Left me a monstrous 4 seconds back going into sunday.

I cleaned up a little on sunday (no cones!) and was fast enough to post the 2nd fastest clean A-Stock run of the day but was still a little off the pace. Still made a bunch of errors... as I know the car could have been in the 56s if gotten my act together. There's always next week.

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Old 05-31-2004, 01:01 PM   #9
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I finally made it to a National event and I managed to drive like total crap. Granted I think tha this is due to having run in Heat 6 and having been at the site for over 12 hours before my first run. The metal preparation aspect of the day totally blew it for me. Both days I managed to cone my first run and it's a good thing I got a rerun on Sunday cause that helped me out some too. The whole 3 run thing is totally new to me and I'm going to have to work on that at local events more than anything.

I still managed to go home with a better finish than I was planning on. The speed of the course and the long drawn out day made for an intersting experience. It also put a whole new perspective on autocross for me too.

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Old 05-31-2004, 02:44 PM   #10
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Coincidence? I think NOT!

If you're enganged like this says, congrats!

I was looking at the results and there were less than a handful of people that run with us (NER) that actually made the journey... like 5.

See y'all at nationals.


I think Tom's getting a little excited about moving to Atlanta and getting ready for house hunting! He had one of those "too little sleep, too much beer" moments and asked me. It was actually kind of cute..

Don't worry too much boys.. you haven't lost Tom yet... there's no ring on my finger, and I don't even know if he remembers asking me now!



Anyways...... thanks so much for all the encouragement guys! I don't think I would have had half as much fun had jbrennen, trhoppe, and autowrxer not come give me pointers and spend time chatting with me! I owe you guys big, especially for putting up with me being so sick and coughy!

I'm sorry that you didn't manage to run the second day, j, but I hope we'll see you again soon!

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Old 05-31-2004, 06:08 PM   #11
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DC was my first national event and it was an eye opening experience to say the least...there are a lot of good drivers out there. I learned a lot just watching the STX (and STS) drivers. I honestly did a lot better than I thought I would with my limited experience...but left some time out there sunday for sure, since I coned away my fastest run. Either way it didnít matter, because my third run was good enough to move into 4th and Tom was way ahead of me in 3rd.

Biggest thing that surprised me is, even though any seat time is good, local events just donít prepare you for the speed and size of a national course. Not even close.

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:06 PM   #12
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Congrats to Everyone who went. My friend told me last night he won his class. His first National Win
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Old 05-31-2004, 09:39 PM   #13
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Hey, guys, I may not have been driving a Subie this weekend, but my car ran (granted, Pat was driving it), and I ran (in CS, with Steve Telehowski warming my tires!). I drove like crap on Sunday -- Jack already covered half of it, but the other half was finding out that a friend of mine, Ron Katona (BMW M3 driver in BSP/SM), had succumbed to lung cancer Saturday night. Needless to say, autocross seemed like a very small thing at that moment.

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:49 PM   #14
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The Civic was an '89 and prepped pretty well for STS. It was the first time I'd ever driven an 89-91 Civic, and it was a hoot.

with a diff, it'd get faster IMO. I don't know if it'll touch Tom on a good day though...

Thanks to Ryan for letting me drive it on short notice. Civics and Street tires are fun....I had almost forgotten.


Also, of note....

if Ryan Thompson, Andy Hollis, and myself were all clean both days...It would have gone:

Ryan: 124.659
Me: 125.813
Andy: 126.069

Ryan is scary fast...

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:53 PM   #15
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Jesse, awesome job! Definitely the weekend upset.. STS car whooping STX class ...

You and Joel drove well in that car..


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Hey, guys, I may not have been driving a Subie this weekend, but my car ran (granted, Pat was driving it), and I ran (in CS, with Steve Telehowski warming my tires!). I drove like crap on Sunday -- Jack already covered half of it, but the other half was finding out that a friend of mine, Ron Katona (BMW M3 driver in BSP/SM), had succumbed to lung cancer Saturday night. Needless to say, autocross seemed like a very small thing at that moment.

I took some pictures. Please don't link directly to them or use them on your own site without permission (which I am likely to give, if you only ask!).

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Old 05-31-2004, 10:11 PM   #17
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So, anyone have news? How was the weather? What's up with Jesse in the '87 Civic Si taking the win? Doesn't he know he only has 92 hp? Tom, give us an update...

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Keep in mind that an STS Civic is easily faster in a straight than my MR2.

112whp in 2080 lb car for the Civic
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Old 06-01-2004, 07:53 AM   #18
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Well, I hate to sound like a broken record... as many people have said this before in this thread...

I DROVE LIKE CRAP!

End of story. Still came home with wood, but that was by far my worst National event yet. I thought I learned something watching STX run and talking with Tom before I ran... then I sucked it up. The car was scary loose in the transitions and I had no confidence.

That said, the top speed on the course wasn't as high as everyone at the event was saying... I usually shift to 3rd at least once. I didn't have to shift all weekend. The course just didn't slow you down for any tight stuff, it allowed you to go fast everywhere.

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Old 06-01-2004, 08:09 AM   #19
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Oh yea... and before the event, the press release reads as follows...

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Ian Stewart (shown here in a B Stock BMW at Houstonís Solo Tour stop) will be on hand with other top drivers at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2004) Ė The nationís capital hosts The Tire Rackģ SCCA Solo National Tourís Memorial Day weekend stop at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. beginning Saturday.

Itís the first action in almost a month for many soloists, and that, along with plentiful sunshine and warm temperatures forecast for the area, has pushed the entry list to nearly 370 entries.

Street Touring leads the classes with 26 entries, and both the Street Modified and G Stock ranks have 24 competitors ready to go. Overall, 89 names are entered in Street class competition, which is almost one-fourth of the field overall.

One name to watch for in STS this weekend is Corey Ridgick, of Allentown, Pa. Earlier this season, Ridgick, in his silver RedShift Motorsports 2000 Subaru Impreza RS, won the first Honda Street Challenge (the top finishing Street class competitor) during the Hawk Performance Super Challenge in Atlanta, Ga., in February.

Street Modified 2 competitors Ian Stewart, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Robert Palmblad, of Orlando, Fla., are set to see whoís faster in Stewartís Maitland Importers Inc. 1999 Mazda Miata. The pair finished one-two, respectively, in the class at The Tire Rackģ SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries event in Atlanta.

It is a Chevrolet Corvette-laden Super Stock field that goes into the weekend. Led by the familiar yellow Jungle Cat Racing/Soul Speed 2004 Corvette driven by Erik Strelnieks, of Austin, Texas, others such as Jerry Onks, of Smyrna, Tenn., in his Ecklerís/VetteSport/RAFT 2002 Corvette, will also put on a show as their mechanical monsters devour the pyloned course.

The event begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. when the first of five heats hits the course, and will wrap up with the completion of the last heat Sunday afternoon.

For more information about The Tire Rackģ SCCA Solo National Tour or The Tire Rackģ SCCA ProSolo NationalSeries, visit www.scca.com.
I bet that's the last time they put MY name in print. Talk about botching that call.

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local events just donít prepare you for the speed and size of a national course. Not even close.
Also being my first national event, I was a little intimidated. Yeah, my two course walks sat. weren't nearly enough to understand the course. I was much more prepared for sunday, I studied the course well, and I can still recall the line that I wanted to take.

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He wasn't watching the right Tom

39 STS
3rd place STS

G/F Cheryl took 1st place in STSL
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Very nice Keith

My brain has filtered out the fact that this event ever happened. The spaces from 6am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday have turned into 1 big blank spot. Its like as if I blacked out for 12 hours both days.....

Onto the Pros....

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Jesse, awesome job! Definitely the weekend upset.. STS car whooping STX class ...

You and Joel drove well in that car..


- Miranda
Good job Tom H. Weve been working so hard to keep STC out of the top spot in STX all year and you had to break the streak.... oh well, just don't let it happen two weekends in a row!
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Yes it is.

And Tom, we have photographic evidence of your presence at this event, so don't try to deny it!

Karen

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