Wednesday, July 23, 2014

GRM Ultimate Track Car Challenge!

Last Friday, I drove in the Grassroots Motorsports' Ultimate Track Car Challenge in my Dad's daily driver and autocrosser, the 2009 Mini Cooper JCW. We were seriously outgunned by some high-dollar racing cars but it was still fun track time. After some tire fitment issues in the morning sessions, I was able to get down to a 2:18.8 on the VIR Full Course in the 3rd and final timed session which put me in 38th place overall. This is the first time we have run race tires on the Mini and it was a learning experience. The balance was off (too tight) but it was decent enough out of the box to set a lap time. Definitely needs some tuning though. It's definitely the hardest I've worked to get beat by 30 seconds on a single lap! This event was less about competition and more about getting to race for a day as a family, which was great. Thanks to my Mom coming to the track to hang out, my Dad for lending the Mini, and Rich Schollmann and Sam Nixon for making the trek to VIR and helping sort the issues we had early!

In-car video here: LINK

Getting ready in pits
A little tire rub up front....
Coming through Turn 3
Nice panning shot

Photos Credit: David Ogburn

See more of my Dad's photos here: LINK

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