Monday, September 6, 2010

Solo Nats Day 1

Today was our first day at the 2010 SCCA Solo Nationals. I registered, did tech inspection, and then we had our first sessions on the slippery Lincoln Air Park (LAP) concrete. The LAP is an amazing site - huge paddock area and enough room for two 60+ second courses and a 40 second test and tune course. The concrete is definitely taking some getting used to. It has fairly low grip levels and has quite a bit of rocks and marbles on all courses. With 1,175 competitors racing on these courses, marbles are everywhere! Tire pickup will be an issue and we have already scraped excess rubber off of our tires once.

My Dad and I had a 2-hour practice session with the EVOLUTION driving school today. It was a great learning experience for both and we mainly focused on getting up to speed with the new surface and the new car. We adjusted the setup slightly, but it had good balance from the get go - a big too much oversteer, but we will work on that in tomorrow's test and tune. We each ran 10 runs around the practice course and I was able to run consistent laps at my max pace which I was pleased with. Mike Johnson, owner of the EVO driving school, gave me good feedback and drove our car which will help us greatly throughout the week.

Tomorrow will be an important day because we have our last test sessions and both Nationals courses open up for walking. Hopefully, I'll have time to post some videos and photos tomorrow. Time to get sleep.

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