Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New (to us) DD for Ali added to our stable

It's a 2012 Subaru Impreza Wagon. The blue Subie should provide much better fuel economy than her daily driving the F150 and still enough room for the dog/gear on weekend trips.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

SCCA TX Region Solo at Lone Star Park last weekend

I took the FR-S up to Dallas last weekend to run a local autocross with the TX Region at Lone Star Park. My friend Stefan co-drove with me and we had Ali and our buddy Taylor as our pit crew. This was my first autocross since Solo Nationals so it was good to be back between the cones with the FR-S. I ran the BFG Rival S tires that I tested before Solo Nationals mainly to save my Bridgestones for next season and to continue to get a feel for how these tires work on my car and on different surfaces/conditions.

We started off working course during Heat 1. The course was very gravelly which was made even worse by a rain shower in the middle of the Heat. C-Street ran during Heat 2 and we had a drying course (mostly dry) for the first three runs, then a brief rain shower for the 4th run, followed by decent conditions as it dried for our 5th and final runs. The weather was up and down all day as it poured during Heat 3, but luckily we were able to sneak out for lunch and avoid the majority of the wet weather. 

Taylor rode with Stefan and I for a few runs to get the feel for the sport of autocrossing. For my 3rd run, I took it solo and was able to drop in a 57.1s time. I only bettered it on a re-run at the end of the Heat after a timing error on my 5th run. This run clocked in at a 56.9 which was good enough for the C-Street class win and top PAX for the day by 1.4s. For sure the course conditions and weather shook up the PAX results, but I was still happy to have the FR-S take 1st and 2nd overall. 

Here are the results:

Class Results
Overall PAX Ranking....certainly effected by course conditions

Onboard Video:
56.9 run helmet cam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jGgVYVQocM
57.1 run helmet and pedal cam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWOqApehfTE

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Solo Nationals Article in SportsCar Magazine

Once again, SportsCar did a great job recapping the SCCA Solo Nationals. Here is the C-Street write-up in this year's magazine. Thanks Buck for the nice words!

New hardware for the trophy cabinet