Sunday, March 1, 2015

Tucson Travellin': EVO School and AZ Border Region Autocross

Rocky Backdrop for Saturdays' Phase One EVO School in Tucson
I flew to Tucson last weekend to teach my first Phase One EVO School at the Marana Regional Airport with three other instructors. We had a total of 24 students which made for a busy but very fun day. There were a wide range of cars at the  - anything from a 700hp Vette to a stock Mini. I'm looking forward to work with Evolution Schools again in the future. Here are a few pictures from the school:

700hp Hennessey Stingray Corvette Leaving the Line - that thing was awesome to drive
FR-S at the Line
Action during the instructed sessions
Who doesn't like CTS-Vs?

Following the Evo school on Saturday, there was a local Arizona Border Region at the Marana Airport on Sunday. I co-drove this beautiful 650hp supercharged Shelby GT500 setup for Street Mod class. The lot is adjacent to two active runways so it sported a nice backdrop of hot air balloons, ultra-lights, and all sorts of small airplanes taking off and landing all day long. The lot is a great size for local events, but the surface is raveling so it can be a bit like rallycrossing for the first few runs. The AZ Border Region does something that I have not seen with other clubs - the first run of the day is an un-timed run used just to clean off the surface. It does mean that the first heat gets an extra look at the course, but does make the course conditions more even for all involved so overall I think it's a good practice.

Overall, the event was a blast so thanks to Bruce for the co-drive! I finished 5th in their PAX class but had a few quicker raw times thrown away since I couldn't stay off the cones in the tight slalom coming back around the hairpin. See below for some onboard footage:

The Flying Shelby

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