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Old 04-06-2006, 01:04 PM   #18
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06STI 09STI 09LegSE 99RS

At the Track


It was pretty fun, though since everyone bailed I ended up being the ONLY stock/closed-wheel car on the track.

You guys left me to fend off 3 SCCA Formula cars (2 Formula Fords & 1 Formula Atlantic) in my relatively heavy, slow, stock STI --so, needless to say, I got to play back marker/lap traffic all day.

There were so few cars that halfway through they opened it up to bikes since some local club showed up, so we each ran 1/2hr sessions. Cars on the top of the hour, bikes on the bottom.

All in all, for the day, I probably should have brought my track bike instead

The track's smaller & tighter than I'd imagined for a 2.2mi course. Or, maybe I'm just too used to the bike, where 23' wide tracks seem huge.

In the STI the track felt small, with tight turn-ins and heavy, heavy braking--my fronts are hammered while my rears are 90% untouched.

(Plus, I admit I was driving the STI too much like it was a 363lb/600cc bike, and I'll need to adjust my driving style in the future to compensate for the big, heavy piggy of a 3300lb car on a tight course. )

The weather was great (83!) until the very end, at 3:45 or so it began to sprinkle and the winds picked up.

I actually brought my camera but forgot to charge it, so it was dead weight the wole damn time (D'oh!). Maybe I'll take a pic of what's left of my fronts to give you an idea of the cornering/braking loads I put on the front.

Oh, FWIW, leave the DCCD in Auto, at least for me, I was quicker and there was less push out of exits when the DCCD'd throw more power to the fronts to pull you out.

In full-rear, you just pushed the front wider than you'd want (and also scrubbing the tires more in the process). The track was too tight to really get the rear cranked out drifting sideways to compensate. YMMV.

Overall, it was OK. It definitely would have been more fun had more people been there, especially some other Subies/NASIOCers--something other than 1700lb, 350HP open wheel Wings&Things cars that just made me feel like I was a beached white whale.

I'm definitely up for trying again, and trying to get more people to go. We just need to see what days the track has available, and try to pick one far enough away to get people together for it.

Also, they run FAASST Racing Schools @ the track, the schools can be for Driver Improvement or for actual SCCA Licensing, has the details and dates.

Judy, who runs FAASST, (retired SCCA Formula Ford racer) was actually there learning to ride an R6 on the track, and she said she'd cut NASIOCers a 15% discount and/or we cold organize a day with her if enough people wanted to do a school.

Anyway, if anyone wants to organize another track day, just let me know...
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