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    by Published on 05-20-2019 11:12 PM
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    Had my second race weekend and I was at VIR again. Still taking in as much as I can and learning more and more with every track session. It was a super hot weekend and the times were a couple seconds higher than when we were there in March. Saturday I qualified 12th out of a field of 23 so I was happy with that! We had a standing start which is definitely something I need to work on! I got ate up on the green flag and dropped to 17th at one point. I settled in and finally got into a groove. The race was stopped after another class car dropped oil on the track. I made up several positions through a pretty hairy restart. The session got red flagged on the last lap because someone's car caught on fire (battery was flopping around in the trunk). That gave me 8th place and if it wasn't red flagged I might could have gotten that 7th place!

    On Sunday I had a much better qualifying session and was sitting 8th on the grid. Had another atrocious standing start (I keep spinning the wheels!). Had two wheels in the dirt a lot and then my hood started flopping around. I decided to retire early because I didn't want my hood to fly off and kill somebody. Turns out the post for my hood pin ripped out of it's base (I noticed it was a little loose before but I thought it would hold). So that sucked, but it was still an amazing weekend! Had an absolute blast out there!

    Highlights below:

    Bump drafting down the back straight.

    Red car in front of me loses it into T1.

    Crazy restart where we get three wide in the roller coaster!

    by Published on 03-30-2019 07:06 PM
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    It's official! I know have my competition racing license! I went to VIR last Friday for competition school with the possibility of racing on Saturday and Sunday if I passed. It took me almost a year of driving with instructors and proving myself in "HPDE" days before I got approved for comp school. Comp school was an absolutely grueling day of classroom and track time. In the classroom we went over race craft and some more advanced passing and driving techniques. On the track we practiced starts, side by side racing, and flag drills. We would do about 40 minute sessions on the track. The day lasted from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm with hardly a break. The day ended with an egress test and a 30 minute written exam. I'm proud to say, I passed! I was so absolutely exhausted, I fell asleep at 8:00 that night.

    Now I was ready to race! They give you a provisional license until you complete four races incident free. That means no wrecking anyone, and no missing flags like passing under local yellow. So this made my goal clear, no wrecking people and pay attention to flags and I would consider it a successful weekend. Saturday we had a warm up session, qualifying, and a race. I managed to take 9th in qualifying out of 18 cars which I was thrilled with! We had a standing start for the race. I've done enough sim racing to know the perils of T1 so I backed way off and let the madness ensue in front of me while I tried to make it through cleanly. I made up a couple of the places I lost in the first turn before I settled into a battle for 9th with Carter Hunt. The most exciting part of my race starts around 10:41 in the video below. That's when a car got by me into Oak Tree and then we bump drafted down the back straight. I tried to follow him through on Carter but didn't quite make it. At the end of the race I managed to get Carter at the line by .05 seconds! It was an epic race! Unfortunately my in-car camera got loose on it's mount so I didn't get video of the end of the race.

    Sunday was a less exciting affair. I qualified 10th and finished 11th which involved some caution laps and a lot of open track in front of me. It was an amazing weekend and I'm super pumped to be officially racing wheel to wheel! My sim experience has helped me so much as I've gone through this process. The situational awareness, knowing what to look out for, and just being comfortable in the car are all things I attribute to sim racing. I think the most difficult thing for me so far in the transition to real racing is braking. Sim racing doesn't quite capture the violence of slowing a car down as fast as possible. Also, I'm much more aware of my mortality when I'm trying to wait until the last moment possible to brake!

    I've got a several more races planned this year including Road Atlanta, Summit Point, Carolina Motorsport Park, and Roebling Road. It's going to be awesome!

    by Published on 01-24-2019 02:29 PM
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    I've just finished up another weekend. This was my first time to Roebling Road, just outside of Savannah, GA. Unlike the other tracks I've visited so far, I had zero laps in a simulator before getting out onto the track. I watched some youtube videos leading up to the weekend but was mostly going in blind. It took a few sessions to start getting comfortable and really getting to know the line. By the end of the weekend I was really enjoying the track! Very long and flowing corners all the way through. As always I learned a ton during the weekend. I got some damp laps in as well as a morning with 30 mile an hour winds! It was a good learning experience to try to learn a track over a weekend without having prior experience in a simulator. After this weekend I can definitely attest to the power of sim racing to learn a track!

    I have a couple more open passing days to run before I'm ready for competition school later this year. Hoping to be wheel to wheel racing by the fall!

    by Published on 12-31-2018 05:20 PM
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    Hi all! Earlier this summer I did my first track day in my 350z at Carolina Motorsports Park. I was instantly hooked and knew I had to find a way to get out there wheel to wheel with other racers. I had always toyed with the idea of spec miata, spec 944, and spec e30, but after spending the weekend with some e30 guys and watching the racing I knew that's the direction I was going to go. I wanted to move quickly on the car so I could work my way towards my competition license in the e30 as I learned the car. I cleaned up my Z really nice and put it on the market. I got a call the same day and it was sold the same week! I talked to some e30 guys and found a guy that was selling his race ready e30 to make room for his e46 build. Now I officially own a race car!

    So now I've done some HPDE events as I work my way towards my competition license. I'm expecting to do my competition license check ride in March. I'm so freaking excited to be starting the journey. I'll do periodic updates and let you know how it goes!

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