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  • Andrew 12:24pm on Monday, May 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Autocrosser, , Gulfcoast,   

    Gulfcoast Autocrosser and Performance Driving 

    UPDATE: here is a link for a training run I did with an instructor. It was a lot of fun. The tires were starting to squeal which is the sound you want to hear running running at its limits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUqDWvjsx9c&feature=youtu.be

    The hard part is learning where the imaginary rod lies in relations to the cones. As for the car, it handles very well with stock tires. My swaybars were upgraded to GWR RoadsterSport brand, a medium upgrade for swaybars. Its helps to reduce, but not eliminated the strong roll of the car.

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    For anyone interested, I will be out at the training ground this coming Saturday, June 1st for another round of novice training. Its a great learning experience, well worth the drive there and nominal cost for about 2-3 hours of driving practice through cones on a safe airfield. You can drive the car as hard or soft as you like. For me its about learning the feel of the car, its handling, braking and threshold of grip.

    Preregistration is going on now: http://rollbase.gulfcoastcloud.com/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=142720&p=144437&g=211172 You pay the $25 at the event, helmets are available for free use.

    This is the last session for the summer and the program resumes in September. Pretty much everything you need is on site for nominal cost: food, drinks/water, paper signage for your car. Do bring lots of sunscreen, hat, proper clothing for direct sunlight as there is no shade.

    The novice program starts at 9:30 AM sharp, I expect to be there around 8AM.

    Your car will need to be inspected (tires, brakes, engine for loose battery and anything loose) and cleared by the officials at the site. The facility is broken down into two parts for Saturday use: novice school and 1/2 mile test/tune track. Novice school is in the morning then they break for lunch around noon and give you 3 runs (tokens) for the test track. You can earn more tokens (more runs) by working the cones (people stationed to reset the knocked down cones). On Sunday the entire field becomes a 1 mile race track.

    Contact me for any other questions.

     
    • Robert Burr 2:52pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds great!

    • Anonymous 3:23pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Where is this held…Google map?

    • Andrew 5:15pm on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The address is: 3987 Sunset Road, Lehigh Acres, FL 33971

      Also see this link: http://www.gulfcoastautocrossers.com/gcacmap.html

      Its about 140 miles (one way) from West Broward County, a straight run on I-75, exit 138 then a couple of miles east. You will/should refuel off the exit. There are a couple of gas stations there and nothing else near the facility. One tank of gas was more than enough to have made the trip and back and do the various runs. Between gas, registration, paper decals, food on site, you will probably spend around $70

    • Frank Falcone 11:09am on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like fun, Do you know how to register for the novice class? I tired registering at the site, but don’t know what to put in for the car number and class.

      Also, My tires are getting close to needing replacement, think that will be problem?

    • Anonymous 12:25pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Andrew, i can’t make it this Saturday but would like to do the event in September. Please keep me informed.

      BTW, I’ve done two of the Equipe-Rapide autocross events at the St. Lucie Fairgrounds this year. They won’t start back up until October but I’ll post the date when it becomes available.

    • Andrew 5:24pm on Thursday, May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Frank,

      Go onto the website and register. You will need to first create a car/person profile and class. Pick a car number from the list available; that is your number from now on. I picked CS as its a basic stock class. Then when you register click on the button for attending the novice class. Its only offered on Saturdays. I don’t compete so I only go for the training class. Need to do it by NOON Friday as you can’t register at the site (as far as I am aware).

      That is basically it. You pay when you get there. Bring cash, makes thing easier. There is a $1 entry fee, paper numbers costs $0.50 each or $3 for a set of 6 numbers, three on each side. $25 for the novice class, sodas are like $1 or $0.50 for water. There is a food vendor making hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and some other meat sandwiches for like $5-$7.

      As of 5:23PM, the site seems to be running slow and I could not get onto the registration page. You can always send an email to the contact person listed.

      As for the tires, not unless they are bald and showing wire or have obvious physical damage. Note, what ever you bring in the trunk will have to be emptied at the site (tools, spare tire, etc.). Not a problem as everyone does that and I have been told that nothing has been stolen.

      I inflate my tires the night before to 34 PSI for this purpose only, although they have compressors on site for use.

    • Frank Falcone 10:14am on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, I was able to register for the class. I used the CS car class as well, but it might be wrong, since I have the supercharger installed.

    • Anonymous 4:49pm on Friday, May 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Frank,

      For purpose of novice training, I don’t think it matters as you are not competing. If you were to race on Sunday, then it would make a big difference.

  • Doug Quara 1:39pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: International, , ,   

    SCCA Track Night In America November 6 

    We are hatching a plan to attend SCCA Track Night America on November 6 at Palm Beach International Raceway.

    At least a couple of us have registered, and we encourage all Miata peeps to come out to at least drive the parade laps on the track, or if you are more adventuresome, enter the event as a novice and drive at speed, uninhibited by a pace car.

    https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/events/1991278-track-night-2018-palm-beach-november-6

    Track Day at Palm Beach International Raceway

     
    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 7:24pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll be there, with a white 2016 ST. I’m at pretty much all TNIAs if anybody wants to come out.

  • Doug Quara 7:55pm on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Track Driving   

    SCCA Track Night America 

    SCCA Track Night – Here are two links to the Autoweek article I mentioned at June 2018 monthly meeting. If you’re interested in trying track driving, please review these links.

    http://autoweek.com/article/other-motorsports/scca-track-night-america-flat-out-150

    http://autoweek.com/article/other-motorsports/9-things-you-need-know-about-scca-track-night-america

     

     
  • Mark Gilbert 2:13pm on Monday, April 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Road And Track, track days   

    The Miata Is the Perfect New Track Car For Novices 

    Track day novice from Road and Track Magazine takes the new RF to Lime Rock for a day of racing.

    https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/a19732471/nd-miata-rf-club-track-test/

     
  • Doug Quara 7:20pm on Thursday, August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Track Night PBIR September   

    Track Night at PBIR September 19 

    My stepson Danny Davis heard about the positive experience at the SCCA Track Night in America event Steve Dillon and I had this past Tuesday. Not a bad deal for a fairly low entry price for an hour’s worth of track time. So I’m hatching a plan to have Danny drive the Track Rat Miata in Novice (he’s had experience at PBIR but on a bike – he’s a pretty accomplished “knee dragger” road racer on a bike), along with me in the Advanced Group. My son DJ might come in his ’99 (member Brian’s former car now sporting a similar VVT 2001 motor and same suspension). So we might make it a family affair. Of course, we’d love to see other SFMiata Club Members come out either as participants (c’mon, YOLO!), or for sure to do the no-charge parade laps which usually happen around 6pm.

    Check it out. Here’s a link to the event site on September 19:
    https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/events/1987564-track-night-2017-palm-beach-september-19

     
    • Steve and Tracy Dillon 3:45pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in,
      Tom or any other first timers, feel free to ask Doug or I what you can’t figure out. Things that I had questions about a few months ago:

      Helmet? (I bought one on amazon, PBIR might have a rental) RollBar? (Not needed for NC and ND Miatas with the built in roll hoops). Insurance (Google ‘lockton HPDE insurance’). Discount Code: (Ask Steve or Doug for $25 off code)

      The car inspection, which you or your mechanic does is here:
      https://dk1xgl0d43mu1.cloudfront.net/user_files/tracknight/downloads/000/002/998/TNiA_Tech_Sheet.pdf?1491947146
      SCCA won’t go over your car, you sign that you have looked at it all.
      Go over your car, check the brake system, take all the lose stuff out.

    • Doug Quara 4:11pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It appears that Danny won’t be able to make September but is shooting for the October event. So I’ll be skipping September. Sorry if that screws up anyone’s plans. I’ll advise if anything changes.

  • Tom Hall 2:50pm on Thursday, August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Track Day   

    Track Day at PBIR 

    It was a great time. I attended the Novice meeting which explained safety and track rules. Yes, I did exceed 90mph on the back straight as I was doing my best to keep up with the BMW in front of me. I had no idea where the lead train was as I was focused on being safe and cautious, accelerating hard on the straights and extra cautious in the corners. This may not have been the norm, but I had a blast!

     
    • Robert Burr 2:57pm on Thursday, August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing your experience and your video. If you first upload future videos to YouTube or Vimeo, you can easily add that link to your post here on the Miata we site and share the video with all.

    • Doug Quara 7:25pm on Thursday, August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Tom. Sorry I didn’t have more time to spend with you after you came off the track’s parade laps. You caught Steve and me right when we were trying to switch cars and go out for the next session, apologies if we kind of ran off on you. Glad to hear you had a great time. I just posted about the same event scheduled in September. Hope you will consider entering as a novice to feel the Full Monty experience!

  • Steve and Tracy Dillon 1:55pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: TNIA Track HPDE   

    Track Night in America July 18 report 

    At the beginning of the day Tuesday I was worried about the track day. It had thunder-stormed all day Monday, and the forecast called for a clear morning and afternoon rain. By 11am we had thunderstorms coming from the south and coming through. Just before I left for the track, another cell had just rolled through Palm Beach Gardens on its way north. I threw an umbrella in the trunk — which is not a good thing to pack for a track day.

    I arrived and it had just finished raining at the track. Luckily, that was the last heavy rain of the day. We had some small drizzle on the low speed practice lap. You get four sessions: the first is a pace car guided low speed 25 minutes on the track. It was drizzling for that, but that was the last of i. By the end of the afternoon, the track was dry.

    Here is an excellent write-up here about how the format works and what to expect.

    https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/forums/1963286/posts/2159258-scca-track-night-at-pbir-8-23-review-long

    I’m very new to this club and the website so I didn’t recognize anybody, but there were half a dozen Miatas there. Pictures from the Track Photographer: (I am Mazda/White) http://www.photosbyjuha.com/ALL-2017-EVENTS/ALL-TRACK-NIGHT-IN-AMERICA-EVENTS/SCCA-TRACK-NIGHT-AT-PBIR-JULY-18

     
    • Doug Quara 9:09pm on Thursday, July 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Nice! Have you had much track experience? Was this your first time at PBIR? Because it sure didn’t look like it. 🙂

      May I be so bold as to offer a few suggestions?

      In general, if you use more of the track you’ll be able to exit faster. That goes for entry and exit. Also, again, in general, you can move your turn in points back a few feet. The Miata does not have a bunch of power, and changes direction well, so you don’t have to use such a late apex as you would in a heavier, high horsepower car. Miatas need to maintain momentum.

      I know most HPDE groups encourage late turn in and apexes since it reduces the chance of running out of room at the exits, but here are some suggestions.

      You can turn in sooner at T1. You were turning in at the last yellow cone. If I recall correctly, you can turn in half way between that cone and the previous cone, just use slow hands. That segues into the next comment: you can use more track out at T2. If you turn in sooner at 1, you’ll naturally use all of the track out at 2.

      The two times I ran PBIR I noticed there was more grip half-track entering T6, rather than going all the way wide from the left side of the track, at least that’s how the track was seasoned when I was there. I was actually able to have higher entry speed into T6 from mid-track than I was from the classic very wide entry into T6.

      I notice you didn’t get down to the apex at T7. Turn in sooner, get down to the apex, then accelerate and use all the track just touching the left curbing at T8.

      Ditto using all of track out at T11.

      Your lines were really good. These suggestions are tweaks.

      Couple of other ideas: If the tach in the display was accurate, you were shifting at 6k. You’re giving away plenty of ponies, After the first out lap every session, after the engine is all the way warm, wind that baby out to redline, what is it in the ND, 7K? You won’t hurt it.

      Do try to practice heel-toe on the street (not at the track!). Your clutch and synchros will thank you and you’ll be able to go in deeper under braking, and concentrate better on turn-in point without having to worry about how you are clutching.

      Anyways, thanks for the video! Hope to talk with you in person at a meeting or gathering soon.

      Doug Sr.

      • Steve and Tracy Dillon 4:14pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I really appreciate all the feedback, I’m new at this and absorbing information like a sponge and appreciate all the advice I can get. I didn’t know HPDE events existed until my wife bought me 3 laps at PBIR in an Audi R8 V10 in February of this year. That was pretty fun and I turned around and bought 3 more laps in a Porsche 911 GT3 on the spot. That started the addiction, I then did just parade laps at a TNIA and have participated in 2 Track Nights since.

        I like the turn by turn advice. I was doing the late turn-ins cause that’s what a lot of the cars where doing, but a lot of them are very high horsepower heavy cars. I’ll try all the advice offered on each turn.

        My current two problem corners are the carousel’s T4 and T9. I’m fighting a lot of understeer getting to the apexes. Aside from the obvious like slowing down, keeping off the throttle until the apex and being a patient learner. I keep thinking I should change the car setup a bit. Googling said I should put more air in the tires for track day, so I went to 32 psi cold (door says 29). I think I’m going to stick to 29 all around next time, or at least leave the front at 29. I’m also on the factory alignment, which is reported as pretty variable by the people on miata.net, but I don’t want to blame the car yet.

        Intentionally shifting at 6k on advice of instructor who said not to bother red-lining for what we were doing. I think as I get better, I’ll probably get more aggressive. I only get out of 3rd on the straights now (almost running out of 3rd at T4).

        I’ve been playing with heel toe on the street for a couple of months, but the car is a DD for my wife, not me so it’s a slow learn. (And finding a corner to practice on is tough in s florida, I’ve been caught blipping the throttle slowing down for red lights).

        Thanks for all the advice, look forward to meeting you at one of the events.

        • Doug Quara 5:23pm on Friday, July 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Oh, OK, sorry about contradicting your instructor. I get it.

          Regarding understeer, yes, do play with the tire pressures. I don’t know what tires you’re running, and I’m not too familiar with the ND. See if you can find recommended track tire pressures on roadster.net or Miata.net. Don’t be afraid to experiment, too. Try dropping pressures 1-2 PSI on either end of the car (start with the front), and if it gets better you’re heading in the right direction.

          Another way to reduce understeer is to brake deeper, easing off the brakes as you initiate turn-in. You probably know this is known as trail braking. BUT HUGE caveat: this is an advanced technique and if done wrong can VERY EASILY result in a spin because of the weight transfer from rear, which goes light under braking, to front, which will turn in harder if staying on the brakes while starting to turn. Keep this in your back pocket for later after you’ve got a bunch more track days behind you.

          (P.S. I think you meant T4 and T10, not T4 and T9. T10 USED to be called T9 when it was Moroso.)

          I taught myself heel-toe in regular traffic. (It doesn’t need to be done only approaching a turn.) Problem is normal traffic doesn’t require much pedal pressure for braking unless you want to get rear-ended. But if you can learn the dance when it’s hard to reach the gas pedal because the brake pedal is fairly high since you’re not standing on it as you would heavy braking on a track, it will be relatively easy on the track. When you do start trying it on the track, do it in low- to medium-speed turns and only where there is really good runoff, and without anyone else following you. A bad heel-toe downshift can result in missed brake point, an unbalanced weight transfer, and even a spin.

          Don’t worry, it WILL come. Based on your initial video posting, you’re well on your way. Welcome to the hobby!

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