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Old 04-14-2008, 06:11 PM   #1
GaryS
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First Autocross (In the Focus)

So I go into the garage early Sunday morning and decide that as cold as it is I won't put the race tires/wheels on the Miata (the car I've autocrossed for the last ten years) and just run on the 15" Falken Azenis that are my street tires since it's in the low 30's and spitting snow. I jump in and...it doesn't start. Looking through the open garage door I see our 05 Focus ZX3 and have an epiphany. After a few minutes cleaning all of the wife's junk out of the back seat (why does she need three umbrellas and a raincoat) as well as the spare, jack and jack handle out on the hatch. I slap some of my magnets on it and it's off to the races. Now I have been autocrossing the same rear wheel drive car for ten years and even though I drive the Focus several times a week to work and such I have never driven a FWD car in Solo. The Focus has 16" Enkeis and Falken Ziex ZE-512 tires that are not a high performance tire. On top of that the chilly temperatures made most any tire rock hard and slippery. So, how was it? I had a blast. I finished second in STS out of four after slipping and sliding (who says you can't drift a fwd?) and burning out at every start. Now, if I could find some lightweight 17X7.5 wheels to put some real sticky "street tires" on I just might be doing this again. Any suggestions?

Oh, the new weapon:


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