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Old 06-04-2001, 04:48 PM   #1
Joel Gat, 1.8L
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Post USTCC Race this weekend at buttonwillow...

Hello,

Gary posted this in the motorsports section, but I think this is appropriate for the locals, too...

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GarySheehan
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posted June 04, 2001 02:09 PM

Well, we're just about ready for the second USTCC race of the year. It will be held at Buttonwillow Raceway in Buttonwillow, California. We intend to do significantly better than our debut race at Las Vegas!
For anyone driving at the Open Track days the same weekend at Buttonwillow, stop on by our paddock. We'd be glad to meet more people from this list that are track enthusiasts.

See you at the track!

Gary
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I responded, and wrote:

Hello,
Anyone in the SF Bay Area or anyone coming to the track have a mountable video camera available to borrow? It'd be kind of nice to get some in-car cam footage for the team to study on Saturday night if we want to do any last minute car setup stuff... Race should be at 1 pm on Sunday.

Joel - email me at joelgat@visto.com
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Old 06-05-2001, 11:52 AM   #2
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Hello,

Wow, so much interest in Scooby WRX racing Well, if it's any added incentive, I have an extra spot for the HPDE, so if you want a day (saturday only, though you might be able to upgrade to both days if you want) at the track, let me know. I need to get rid of this spot...

Joel
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Old 06-05-2001, 11:59 AM   #3
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i am interested in racing my car at the track, but unfortunately i have no financial backing right now, and my car is completely stock, right down to the RE92's. BTW, what is HPDE?
pj
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Old 06-05-2001, 01:12 PM   #4
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I will actually be leaving from the Central Vally area, but if you would like to try to meet up somewhere along I-5, that might work.

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Old 06-05-2001, 02:05 PM   #5
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Hello,

No fee to watch the race, but Buttonwillow charges a $10 gate fee. I think it's per car, but it might be per person. I'm always showing up in my own car so it's always been $10. I'm not 100% sure.

Joel
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Old 06-05-2001, 02:57 PM   #6
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I've driven many bone stock rental cars at track events. They do just fine
Oh no!! Its Joel and his flying Outback!
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Old 06-06-2001, 12:08 AM   #7
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I will be coming down for the Sunday race.

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Old 06-06-2001, 12:18 AM   #8
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Hello,

I've driven many bone stock rental cars at track events. They do just fine If you're super aggressive, you can destroy stock tires, but my experience has shown me that most beginners are not hard enough on tires at their first event for them to have to worry about that. Just inflate them to 45 psi cold and keep 'em at 50 hot...

An HPDE is a High Performance Driving Event. NASA (sanctioning body and track event organizing body) HPDEs are well organized, well managed events. There are almost always plenty of professionally licensed instructors at these events (something you will NOT find at Scooby track events or most other track events - licensed instructors are rare).

This is probably the absolute best way to get into track running your car. You will learn an immense amount about car control and you'll have more fun than you can imagine. Buttonwillow is one of those tracks were you will surely see 100+ mph on the straight and you will carve sweepers at speeds you never thought possible. You'll run through turns so tight that you'll have to learn whole new turning techniques (entering a 90 degree right turn after peaking at 100 mph and probably using your ABS system for all its worth, etc).

And you'll be there to observe some real racing. The USTCC (United States Touring Car Championships) is having its second race this weekend. The Spec Miata, BMWCCA, Spec RX7, and many other racing series, including the new American Iron series will have cars on the track during the race sessions. No matter what your fancy, there will be cars representing that on the track. (heck, our WRX should be reason enough to want to see some real racing) .

The cost of typical events is between $100 and $180 for one day, and $180-$300 for two days. Nasa events are almost always $140/$210.

Anyway, come one, come all, see some real racing, learn some real driving...

Joel (bored at work)
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Old 06-06-2001, 12:39 AM   #9
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how much just to watch the USTCC race on Sunday? maybe me and you(Philip) can caravan there.
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Old 06-06-2001, 12:46 AM   #10
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For a NASA race weekend, spectator admission is typically $5. There may not be any fee at this event.

Gary
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Old 06-06-2001, 12:50 AM   #11
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ok, cool. well Philip feel like going up there with a car chasing after you?
pj

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Old 06-06-2001, 02:17 PM   #12
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Hello,

Oh man, that's no fair. That's the only car I've ever managed to get 6 or more feet into the air at a racetrack... And the outback is designed for flying off road, isn't it? I was just copying Paul Hogan...

Joel
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Old 06-06-2001, 03:38 PM   #13
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Im going, any three of you rats wants to go cool...how-about a little help to with the very expensive gas you three(whever you be) will help suck up?

Ken
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Old 06-06-2001, 11:00 PM   #14
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Hello,

For those of you who want to come to see the races, only, Alex (Imprezer) is going to lead a pack of cars down in the wee hours of Sunday. Alex, post the details of your caravan!

Joel
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