Thanks all. This was a good event. Apart from Eric's troubles, and a ridiculously long first Time Trials Meeting, I feel this was one of the best/smoothest run NASA champ events that I've been to, and that's dating back to 2011. They just need to bring back the speedcast coverage, lol. Doesn't feel like a national level event without it...
Fair bit of mechanical troubles in PT this year, as mentioned. That I can think of -> A blown motor, a broken header, misfires on a couple different cars, bad coil pack, CAS failure, alternator wiring failure, blown 5th gear. I was lucky and somehow my car ran great all weekend.
I HAD DYNO TROUBLE. Not with the hp numbers though! Dyno-on-the-go has part of the dyno trailer open in the center (unlike MCE). I didn't realize this. So Wednesday evening I go to get my car checked for hp and I'm up on top of the dyno, walking around to the front of the car in hook up the RPM pickup...and I kinda definitely step through into nothing. Instinctively grabbed my miata's radiator with my left hand to 'catch' myself and my body weight jerked my shoulder out of it's socket, dislocated. Spend 6-7 hours in the waiting room of the ER before the doctor saw me. By that point, from the pain/stiffness, I was not expecting to be able to drive at all for the championships. Fortunately I was wrong, and despite some minor discomfort was able to drive all weekend.
The PTE dyno read a bit higher than my local dyno in Michigan. I had showed up without the air dam, and taking 3 exhaust points. But this exhaust put me too close for comfort on my calculated adjusted power to weight ratio. I opted to install my stock exhaust that makes 6hp less, and also install the air dam. Interesting tidbit, top speed at VIR is identical for both setups, which leads me to believe the airdam is worth a very significant amount of drag reduction. Apparently it is also worth some front downforce, as my car was pretty loose/snappy all weekend, especially in the high speed sections.
NASA did a good job with tech this year. Most cars were gone over pretty thoroughly and inspected for compliance, plus dyno checks. NASA has switched from traqmate to AIM Solo's for performing on-track comparisons between cars. This was used as an additional check to dyno to verify that cars are performing as expected on the track itself. Some of this data was shared with us, and speeds down the back straight were all within 1mph at two different measurment locations for the three cars that were instrumented during that race.
Jason Fitzpatrick (PTD Volkswagon) hosted an all-PT cookout/party on Saturday night. This was awesome, props to Jason for putting that together.
It was nice to meet the other PT competitors and to finally put faces to names!
Also, VIR is a superb facility. Wish I would have had more time to explore and spectate - guess I'll need to come back to visit someday.
My fastest times of the weekend were a 2:14.8 in TTE and a 2:14.9 in the PTE championship race. TTE vid below. I might eventually put together some race highlights, if I get motivated. Heck, I haven't even unloaded my race car from the trailer yet. It may just stay there until the next event at Autobahn Country Club next weekend!
Also, thanks to MazdaMotorsports for their support and for hosting a luncheon, free apparel. Hoosier. Winding Road Racing.