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Old 06-30-2007, 06:45 PM   #11
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I wish I could afford to go with ya Doug!! You BETTER bring me back some video I'd give my left nut to go...LOL
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I wish I could be there!

SHLBYGT is a great instuctor and we've logged a few hours together at Summit Point.

He knows his stuff!

As for the tires, my recommendation would be to start out on street pressures to form a baseline and go from there.

You will find that the big tracks are far less onerous on tires than an AX.

Smoothness is a bonus always, but I think you will be surprised at how quickly you pick up the line.

There is an old adage that states...

"Great autocrossers make great road racers. Great road racers make LOUSY autocrossers."

Take your time, don't let the "red mist" get the better of you and I think you will have a VERY rewarding experence!

Can't wait to hear the stories and see the pictures/video !!

Good luck and keep the shiny side up!!!!
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:38 PM   #13
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Thanks for the tips!
I was just going to ask about air pressures.
I'm also going to dial out some of the toe out I've got up front.
I have a hunch that 3/16" toe out is going to be a bit touchy to say the least at speed.

Smoothness is the name of the game while on track.
Smoothness is a bonus always
Sweet.
Just ask Steve (focusedaddiction)
(Yes...I wish you were heading down as well. )
"Mr Smooth" is my middle name.

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This camera mount will be OK won't it?
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...9&#post1623719
I didn't see anything on the Tech Sheet about camera mounts.

I'm getting pretty stoked!
I've got quite the "To Do" list to get completed before I take off.
And, shlbygt; I am seriously considering showing up for the Sunday 1/2 track sessions.
Looks like my Evolution Driving School got trumped by the Saturday Night (NASCAR) Bristol race.
^^^I've always wanted to see a race at that track.
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Old 07-02-2007, 07:13 PM   #14
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A mounted camera is fine. There just can't be anything hand held or loose in the vehicle. You'd be surprised at how many passengers have tried to sneak a camera phone in to get some shots. Remember the corner workers see all..
Personally I like a hard tire ~35 front/32 rear on the street and then adjust up or down at the track according to how far the sidewalls roll over.
Thanks for the kind comments WeeAsp.
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Awesome time shlbygt!!
That was a LOT of fun, even with the SAAC situation.
I'm still going to be an avid AutoCrosser....
But...it will never be the same after navigating a 4.5 mile / 24 turn road course for 20-30minutes at a time.

Thanks for the ride along, tips, and brake inspection as well!

I'll have some vid and pics to post in a couple days once I get caught back up at work.
Oh, the vids turned out great. Got just shy of 3 hours recorded.
You should see the one of me doing 110-115mph on the front stretch...and then this Ford GT goes by me like I'm standing still.
Or...there's the one of me pointing a certain lead SVTOA instructor past...and then...
watching that same instructor head off into the dirt about 3 turns later.
Woops! Though...it was a "mechanical", not driver error.
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Glad you had a great time,
can't wait to see that video.... I want to do a track day soooo bad.
I love autocross too, but everyone i've talked to on most boards say there is NO comparison to an open track day!!
we need to make it to a redline time attack some day, like a G2G!!for next summer.
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Glad you had a great time,
can't wait to see that video.... I want to do a track day soooo bad.
I love autocross too, but everyone i've talked to on most boards say there is NO comparison to an open track day!!
we need to make it to a redline time attack some day, like a G2G!!for next summer.
X2 Glad that you enjoyed it!!!

I didn't realize that the track was THAT LONG !!! That is awesome!!

I'm like you. I REALLY enjoy the big track stuff, but I will never be able to get out of AX.

Not that the big track isn't intense, but with AX, everything is so compressed in many ways it makes it more of a challenge.

The difference is the pucker factor...

"OH MY GOSH, I'M DOING 100 MPH IN THIS CORNER !!!"

I hope the tires hold. Did I take the right line....*puff* *puff* *puff*

I am glad that you got the experience and hopefully, you might have "caught the bug" enough to try some of our East Coast courses...

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I am glad that you got the experience and hopefully, you might have "caught the bug" enough to try some of our East Coast courses...
Oh...I caught the bug allright...enough people told me so after they saw my face.
East Coast though...that's a mega trek from here.

Here's a couple scans/crops of my 2 track photos I bought at the event.
1st one is flyin' around the track somewhere...still can't figure out exactly where though.
2nd one, I'm setting the Cobra up for a pass on the short straight leading to turn 15 "Tooele Turn".
This particular area was especially suited for the Foci.
Actually, it was one of the very few areas where I was the one getting pointed past for a change.
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I don't care what anyone says...

Cobras don't want any part of their foci brethren..

They want to come tot he track with us, they better bring a lunch because it is going to be a LONG day !!!!

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The SVTOA event was a blast. There weren't many cars on track and the track was so long you literally had the pavement to yourself. My car didn't care for the heat, altitude or gas though. It felt dead exiting corners or pulling down the straights. I saw ambient temps of 104 and intake air temps of 134+. I had to conserve as much speed going into the corners as I could because car responded to the throttle like a suggestion rather than a command. My studentís 07 GT500 on the other hand didnít care what the altitude was, the blower more than makes up for thin air. People complain about the weight and price of the GT500 but Iím sure they have not driven or ridden in one at speed. It is a very nice package.
Miller is a pretty technical layout that rewards you for getting a good line and keeping up speed. There really werenít too many hard braking zones except for the end of the 3/4?? mile long front straight. If you could screw your courage up to not lift entering many of the corners or figure out some corners with incredibly late apexes you would do well.
The facility itself is freakin' amazing. The garages along the pit wall had individual restrooms, AC, heat, regulated compressed air, water and I believe epoxy floors. Race control looked like something at Mission Control in Houston. Even the gift shop was huge and housed a museum full of historical Shelbys and Fords. The go kart track was a work of art as well. Someone in our group mentioned a price tag of $94 million for the facility and I wouldn't doubt it.
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