Track Daze Summit Point Shenandoah Circuit May 16-17 2009
Track Daze HPDE event on Summit Point's Shenandoah Circuit, May 16-17 2009. ( trackdaze.com )
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!
TCUSA at Summit Point Shenandoah Circuit
My favorite session of the weekend, lapping with friends. Kevin, Roger,
DaveP, ChrisP, George, JeffW, and others have appearances in this video.
Best lap was a 1:39, but after seeing how the yellow BMW takes the turns at
Pit In/Out, the data says I could have gone a couple tenths quicker!
RX-7 reliability and you
Explore the basics of Mazda RX-7 reliability. Great video for beginners to
understand the initial steps when buying a used twin turbo RX-7.
No Brakes! RX-7 at Summit Point Shenandoah Circuit
Mark saves the day on Summit Shenandoah in 2006. The vacuum check valve for
the brake Booster in the 3rd
generation "FD" Mazda RX-7 is known to fail open, leaving the driver with a
rock hard pedal after hard acceleration (no vacuum, you know). Mark dives
for the inside of the Training Loop turn to scrub off speed, and succeeds
brilliantly. No damage to car, driver, or passenger, though I did have to
check my shorts.
Big HPDE Crash at Pocono East Course Driving School on 5/5/06
Inexperienced driver in an Evo loses control when he takes two tires off
the racing surface and overcorrects. Slams into a NSX and G35 that were on
pit road waiting to go out in the next session. My brother and I were the
first two cars that DID NOT get hit...missed his front bumper by about 18
inches. Track officials staged cars way to close to the track and should
have kept us behind the wall until after session was completed.
Fortunately, no one was hurt bad. More than $60k in damage to the three
cars! After the wreck happens there are a few expletives (i.e holy s**t!,
holy sh**t!, holy sh**t!)...my apologies for leaving them in...couldn't
figure out how to edit audio track.