Track Daze Summit Point Shenandoah Circuit May 16-17 2009

Track Daze HPDE event on Summit Point's Shenandoah Circuit, May 16-17 2009. ( ) Some highlights from my weekend with bloopers at the end. The car is a 1993 Mazda RX-7 Twin turbo, mostly stock with reliability modifications. It is still running on 17 year old OEM suspension with street tires. It runs at stock Boost levels on the original turbos and a stock motor. Brake hardware is original with Hawk DTC-60 race pads, which by the way, I am very impressed with. Despite its age, the car still holds its own against much newer hardware. The crash on the wet skidpad was caused by the ABS system which prevents the car from stopping quickly in a spin. The car sustained no damage and the ABS was subsequently disabled so more skidpad and track fun was had by all ;) Thanks to the Track Daze staff for putting on an excellent event and thanks for watching!

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