UPDATE: Broken right rear shock was the handling culprit. D'oh.
See more info below ("show more") - 2011 SCCA Runoffs. Class: SCCA Enterprises Spec Racer Ford (SRF)
Driver: Denny Stripling
Qualified 23rd, ran as high as 9th, finished 11th. Earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award. Rear-facing camera in upper left hand corner.
Welcome to my Runoffs experience. I didn't qualify where I wanted due to missing half of the week, having mechanical issues during my two qualifying sessions, and subsequently over-driving my ill-handling car trying to make up for lost time. Nevertheless, making up 14 spots during the race was certainly exciting and enjoyable. Before the race I made a fuel pressure adjustment that turned out to be ill-advised as I felt like I had less straightaway speed than I had during qualifying the day before. I made significant changes to try and loosen the car up and it worked... too much in fact in the carousel which killed me on the longest straightaway.
Overall a very fun weekend and some pretty entertaining video as a result. My brake pedal started to soften about a third of the way into the race so I had to push my braking zones way back (like an entire marker in some spots).
2012 SCCA Runoffs GTL Jim Hargrove
Flag to Flag in car video of thrilling GTL race from pre-grid to the podium. A mistake at the very end of lap 12 costs me a shot at the win, but I still cross the line only 0.5 seconds behind in 3rd place - on the podium!
2nd try. First upload missing video of last 2 laps.
CoTA SRF Race 1 85 cars!
Circuit of the Americas, Spec Racer Ford race from Saturday, March 9, 2013. 85 SRF's took the green flag and almost all of them saw the checkered. This was the first ever SRF race on the track. The facility and the track itself are amazing. Instant classics and among the best in North America.
This battle is between the top 4 cars, Stripling (camera), Verges (blue/white), Futrelle (blue/black), and Harris (red).
This video shows all but one lap (Stripling leading, not much to see) including all of the passes and near-passes.
Around 23:45 is where it all goes wrong for me. Radiator fluid on track, I lifted when the leader hit it which caused me to tank slap badly, putting me off the exit. That was compounded when my downshift to 3rd became a momentary upshift to 5th. Then I thought we could go 2-wide into T20 but that wasn't to be, putting me off on the astroturf for braking, which is never optimal.
From there I just had to put my head down and run the top 3 back down in two laps... you can see the results on the vid.
Hopefully the thought bubbles aren't too much.
If you have any questions about SCCA or the SRF class, feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Comeback at Laguna Seca: SCCA STL / Spec Miata Racing
Hit twice at the start and got spun around just before turn 2. Half the field goes by. Time to play catch up!!! One of my best drives. Version w/o music here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXF1vsf8Sj8
10/02/2011 SCCA Race at Laguna Seca.
Driver: Doug Makishima
Car: Spec Miata #52 entered in STL class.
Music by: GNR, Go Home Productions, DJ Dosvec and DJ Earworm. I do not own the music content.
Note: Search for "The Comeback at Laguna Seca: STL/Spec Miata Racing (Sans Music Track)" to watch the version of this video without the music.
March 11, 2012 Road Atlanta Miata Crash - NASA HPDE 2 group
This 2003 Miata Shinsen Edition was a brand new build by OPM Autosports in Cumming, GA. They installed cage, seat, Schroth 6 point harness, SPA AFFF 6 nozzle fire suppression system, radiator, brake lines, tow hooks and much more. They also oversaw the painting of the interior and hard top. Their workmanship is beyond reproach. It really was the coolest looking track Miata I had ever seen -- which makes this story so sad (OPM also did ride height, corner weights and alignment for Spec Miata class and provided track side support for this NASA SE event). I was in HPDE 2 group (one step above beginners).
I waited three months for the build to complete. I promised myself I would not wreck on the very first weekend I had the car back but ... I did. I hit the inside wall after T3 pretty hard. Personally, I think I went to full throttle too soon at T3. If I had just waited a few tenths longer until the right rear tire had cleared the curbing before mashing the throttle, I think I would have been ok. It's a painful lesson.
Here are pics of car after repairs - better than new!!
Loshak 2010 DSR SCCA Runoffs Race Road America GSXR1000 Suzuki
Every thing just came together after such a hard season. My crew gave me an awesome car to drive and I made sure not to make any mistakes. Best lap was a 2:03 in the opening couple of laps and then went into conserve mode to make sure we crossed the finish line and to claim our 2nd national title, this being our first in DSR.
Special thanks to:
Moon Super Cycle
My Championship Crew, Friends & Family
Thank you, without any of you, none of this would have been possible.
Racing Mayhem - BFG Super Tour SCCA TWS
Texas World Speedway BFG Super Tour Major/National, March 11, 2012, SCCA
Driver: Denny Stripling, Class: Spec Racer Ford
Record rain day in College Station leading to some interesting racing.
Started on the pole, chose outside for quicker line through T2, got hit and spun off on first lap. As I sat off track waiting for the field to stream by (half the field was gone due to weather concerns - qualifying had already been cancelled and fast times from the previous day were used for grid), I was hit by another car in the LF wheel. That impact bent the steering shaft significantly and caused a large toe disparity between front wheels. This is clear in the video as the steering wheel is no longer straight. After getting the car refired, it took about 10 minutes to move back up through the field into the lead, which I was able to hold after a double yellow and another 20 or so minutes of racing. A very entertaining win in very challenging conditions.
All racers should note the steering wheel whip at the 00:55 mark. Even though the impact is very slow speed, had I not let go of the wheel I could have seriously injured one or both thumbs/wrists (this happened to me in my first race ever where I tore a ligament in my thumb in a similar event). ALWAYS let go of the wheel if it looks like your front wheels will take any sort of hit (at least once you know you are past the point of saving the car from the spin).
Thanks for watching!
2011 SCCA Runoffs H Production race
2011 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Road America. H Production race 9/25/11. SportsCar magazine project Toyota Yaris picks up third place.
Road America - 2003 SCCA Pro Racing Spec Miata Cup
Without the help of a drafting partner, Webb still managed to post a time that put him 18th on the grid for Sunday morning's race. By concentrating on smooth driving and consistent lap times, Webb was able to make the most of the short seven-lap race, finishing in 14th position, right behind San Dimas Auto Racing teammates Andrew Fernandez and Johnny Kanavas.
World's Greatest Drag Race!
With an empty airstrip and eleven of the best driver's cars in the world, we put on the world's greatest drag race.
Read the entire 2011 Best Drivers Car story here: http://www.motortrend.com/features/performance/1109_2011_motor_trend_best_drivers_car/index.html
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Shot by: Jim Gleason, Gordon Green, Duane Sempson, Corey Denomy
Directed by: Mike Suggett
Edited by: Jim Gleason