Hey everyone, my apologies for the delayed reply, it took me a few days longer than expected to get home to Phoenix after my tow rig broke down in West Texas! Our race weekend at COTA was a roller coaster of events, mainly concerning the weather. The tropical storms were wreaking havoc on us last weekend, and it was very difficult to decide which tires to put on the car each session. Here’s a quick recap:
Friday was warmup and qualifying, the sky was dark and it rained intermittently throughout the day. We had some old Hoosier slicks that have been sitting in my shop for awhile so we threw them on the car just to burn them off for quali. That turned out to be a mistake, the tires were far slower than I’d expected - and with the mixed conditions it was impossible to get a good lap in during my quali session. The best I could manage was a 2:36 which is mich slower than my previous times at COTA, and it placed us at the back of the grid. Dead last place in quali, not where you want to be!!
Saturday was my wife’s day to drive, and she had a warmup session and then a 30 minute qualifier race (no points for this race, but it’s used to set the grid for Sunday). She went out for warmup on a good set of Pirelli slicks and started to get a feel for the car. As we approached the start of the Qualifier Race, tge sky turned dark. We checked the radar and it showed rain coming towards the end of the race so we decided to stay on the slicks. She went out for the formation lap, and before the green flag dropped it started raining cats and dogs. Heavy heavy rain, the track was covered in 2-3” of standing water!! She stayed out for one lap, and then mistakenly followed some other cars into the paddock, thinking that the race had been black flagged. By the time she realized it was still green, she only had time to go back out for one more lap. It was an honest mistake, but she was very disappointed in herself. The good news is that several competitors had simply parked their cars, so with her extra lap in the books we were not starting in last place for Sunday!!
Sunday’s championship race was a 45 minute race and easily my best drive so far in my short career. I started 17th in class and finished 10th which was my goal for the weekend!! I kept a cool head, used a little patience, and then executed some good passes when the opportunities presented themselves. My best race lap was a 2:28.3 which was another goal achieved - getting down into the 2:20’s at COTA!! The car ran flawlessly, brakes were good all the way to the end, and temperatures were in control. I will post the video as soon as I get it edited, but here are some pics!
I also wanted to say huge thanks to FortyTwo for loaning us his street tires/wheels. We didn’t use them (but should have on Sat), and his local track knowledge at COTA is second to none!
Choester also made it out to watch and say hi - I really appreciate the support guys!!
Edited by elf_cruiser, 21 September 2018 - 07:20 PM.
2010 GT-R - Matte Gray, AP/Carbotech, BSE trans cooler, BSE tune on ECUTek, H&R sways, AMSOIL, NASA-AZ TT2 and occasional DD
1976 FJ-40 Rock Buggy - tube chassis, LQ4, 700R4, NP205, Rockwells, F&R hydraulic steering, Fox, Ballistic, lots of 4130, 7068, and AR400
2001 Ford Excursion - V10, DD and occasional tow rig
Do want someday - Radical, 599 GTB w/FHP, 430 Scud, Superlite Coupe, FF Type 65 Coupe