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  1. Just my $0.02 Nick, unless you are competing nationally or at the tippy top for the regional class that you are running, you would probably be fine staying in the street class. I know that I wouldn't mind it. There is going to be an ever-so-slight performance advantage removing the cat, but shouldn't be more than a tenth of a second on the last course. Just a guess and my opinion...
  2. So Grassroots tested it and found it was worse than the RT660 when hot lapping but better on first lap pace. Also, Hoosier mentioned in an interview that they were working on a different Extreme Contact for the autocross market. https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/articles/continental-extreme-contact-force-200tw-tire-test/
  3. Looks good Nick! I usually enjoy the "don't get greedy" sections, and I'm seeing 3 of them. Should be fun!
  4. I just had Mufflers and More do some work for me and they did a really good job. So another point to them, but they are in East Gilbert and the waiting area is 3 pop-up chairs in the shop.
  5. So I will kick things off for the videos. Pretty happy with the run, though there was a bit more time left in the back two corners around stations 4 and 6. Still good enough for 3rd overall. As we are looking for 2022 to come around, I did a quick top 10 PAX comparison to see where things will move next year.
  6. I am going to have to second Nick on this one. People can also change a lot in 16 years. A quick Google search shows that Phoenix Raceway is still under the same ownership since 1997, if anyone's interested. Anyways, it never hurts to ask and explore the potential options. I also did some research into the new Gilbert Public Training Facility off of Power Rd and Pecos Rd, and the skid pad is small. Like 500x350 feet where AMP is 800x800. So area wise the Gilbert facility is 27% the area for the skid pad. Yes there are small tight roads as well , but a lot of them have signs right off of the road. Probably won't work out very well. In all honesty, the old Fiesta Mall site might be a better option to explore. The mall is effectively closed and may re-develop at a later date, but nothing is announced yet and the site lost the Amazon bid. Plus, there is a 2 story car park on the West side. SSS's would probably never approve a 2 story autocross, but that would be fun. Just think of it @Kim, nations only 2-story autocross region! https://www.google.com/maps/@33.3889417,-111.8606493,1065m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4 Dimension Financial & Realty Investments currently owns the site that was Fiesta Mall. Mesa Marketplace Swap meet might be another idea. https://www.google.com/maps/@33.3822296,-111.6034768,725m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4 This may sound odd, but the BNFS auto distribution center may be a possibility. It's not like they are super busy yet. https://www.google.com/maps/@33.6161507,-112.319272,367m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4 Tempe Diablo Stadium https://www.google.com/maps/@33.401065,-111.9688868,291m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4 Okay, last idea that I had written down. The Nissan Technical Center.https://www.google.com/maps/@32.9520529,-111.9800031,611m/data=!3m1!1e3!5m1!1e4
  7. Honestly, because those cars look like they would be a blast to drive.
  8. I’m going to paraphrase what Jay Leno said about the EV versus the ICE cars. Our main transportation will eventually be some form of EV, but our weekend hot rods and toys will be ICE cars from the years past. I think in 10-20 years the SCCA classes will be split between EV an ICE/hybrid cars, the NSX is already winning in SS. Meanwhile, the CAM classes will expand to account for ICE cars that were phased out of competitiveness. Don’t worry Monte Carlo owners, there will still be a class for you.
  9. Justin, So I know of you from your Youtube content and I have a competitive STX car that I would normally not have a problem with you co-driving. The only issue is that the tires on it have the possibility of chording at this next event, maybe. So I would feel bad if your ride for the event was cut short due to tires reaching the end of their life. They are a 70 run set of A052’s including a Fontana Champ Tour. Have you had any offers for a co-drive yet?
  10. Chuck and Scott, I think your both right in the EV classing issue, it’s a bit all over the place. A good argument for EV’s being placed in the normal street categories was Nationals 2019. A Tesla Model 3 won in B street just beating Daddio by 0.070 seconds after both days, so the Model 3 in BS makes sense in that argument. Then at the ProSolo Finale, same drivers and cars are separated by 1.367 seconds. If that Tesla was in either SS or AS, David (Tesla) would have finished 6th in either. So in this case, the Tesla is a wringer in BS but may not be top level competitive in AS or SS. All in, I think an EV class, wherever that eventually leads was the best solution within the SCCA classing boundary for now. I believe that is due to the only real EV people are currently considering is the Model 3 Performance.
  11. Nick, I trust your not designing courses for your own gain, and yes it was meant as a bit of a joke. Mostly it was a bit of a swipe at myself for not learning to down shift properly, leaving me hunting for a gear while coasting around track. So, there maybe some Tesla envy on my part as well. In all seriousness, I really liked the course and your designs.
  12. Definitely a good course. Maybe I should have bought a Tesla without a 2nd gear rev limit instead of a STX car. Or I suppose I should learn how to shift properly. Either way, good course with plenty of ‘don’t be greedy’ sections, which I always enjoy.
  13. Here is the best clean run that I did all day. It's in the TO section, but was still a 40.222 in STX and more importantly clean. I can see multiple seconds where I am on the limiter, especially at the finish. Still pretty happy with it though.
  14. I'm about 95% sure that the countryman is not legal to run. Because all the street/stock class's don't allow anything that would lower the car or widen the track width, we usually go off of the OEM specs. So on that note, the manufacturer states that height is 61.5" and the track width is 61.1" in the rear and 60.0" in the front. An example of a on the edge of legal car is the Ford Fiesta ST with a height of 57.2" and a track of 57.7" front and 57" rear. The regular Fiesta is not allowed to run. There have been Fiesta ST's that have rolled over, more than once. I know that you want to run, and that's great to hear, but having fun with autocross isn't supposed to include a chance of a roll over... Another option to consider for cheap autocrossing, is a Miata. No not some lightly used 2017 or something. A mostly sorted NA or NB Miata. Parts are cheap and they are scattered everywhere. Plus they can be super easy on tires, unless you pull a Kevin and flat spot a new set of Rivals... I guess it depends on your personal situation if you can add another car, mostly dedicated to autocross.
  15. You pose an interesting question there Banner. If you are driving into work or to a store, you can still practice looking ahead to where you want to go. We all should be looking ahead on the road anyway but bad habits are easy to form. The more tricky thing with autocross is fine adjustment of your line is done with your peripheral vision. If you are looking for more seat time and have a little bit of money to spend, Octane raceway is an option. Karts don’t translate into car driving techniques very cleanly, but getting comfortable pushing harder without making mistakes will translate. I’m talking about systemically pushing a little harder into a turn, or carrying a little more apex speed. Looking a little further ahead at slow pinched corners (more important than looking ahead on fast corners lap time wise). The way I have stayed sharp is mostly studying my previous runs. I save all of them and watch them section by section. There is some good reeding on this and other things at Beyond Seat Time https://www.beyondseattime.com Hope that helps a little.
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