It has been a busy past few months. I put about 1000 break in miles on the new motor. The only problem was a VVT actuator that failed a week before a track day at Atlanta Motorsports Park on Memorial Day weekend. So an overnight delivery the day before the event got me back in running order. The new found power really made a difference. Unfortanely I still haven't setup a lap timer in the car. That and running on 6 year old Toyo R1R's really put a damper on the lap times (somewhere in the 1:37-1:38 range based on following others with lap timers).
Also during that time I officially joined a Chump Car team. My first task was to turn it from a "red Miata" to something more recognizable. After some discussion we decided to play a little psycological game and paint the car different on opposite sides of the car. With all the late night hours I forgot to get good photos of the car before it was finished.
This weekend was our first race of the year and the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park for a Double 7. On Friday I got in for the 2nd stint. With only 4 laps in the car at the AMP track day, never driving the track, and first time wheel-to-wheel racing, my only goal was to keep from making an *** of myself and keep it clean. After about 30mins I was within 1 sec of the teams fast times last year. At the end of the day we finished up in 5th place (with 6 place right on our bumper) and a Class A win.
The 2nd race started smoothly. I took the 2nd stint again and was able to move us up a few spots in the ranking and take over a second off my personal best (1:46.33). The last 45 mins of my stint I was keeping the lead car behind me (without any dirty moves, just using traffic to my advantage). After my stint, our 2 fastest drivers got in the car and moved us up to 3rd place. We pushed hard but just ran out of time and pulled back to save the car. The only contact of the weekend happened in the last 30min when the 5th place E30 didn't see us along side and they went mirror to mirror and messed up my fresh paint job. Then in impound the leading car was bumped to EC for running Ford EV injectors, so officially we finished 2nd. Our best finish ever for the team.
Next up is Barber in August. We are planning on leaving the car alone and improve the driver comfort with a blower system and drink system to battle through those hot Alabama summer days.