Miatas at the Gap 2011
Here is footage I put together from my trip to MATG, miatas at the gap. It
was my first time at tail of the dragon and it was by far the most fun I
have ever had!! I will for sure be there next year!
C5 Corvette at Road Atlanta - NASA-SE March 2011
More HPDE at Road Atlanta. I thought I would try following the gray Honda
S2000. Street tires and a greasy track made for some entertaining moments
(see 2:24 and 2:41) and the honda gets away. I need sticky tires. (data by
Road Atlanta 2012 HPDE
Road Atlanta, March 4, 2012 w/ Peachtree BMW CCA.
GoPro cameras on the roof, rear window and left rear panel.
1:47 open lap at 8 min.
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
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!!
Crash at GIR
Cold slicks on a cold, greasy track and throttle mismanagement lead to an
intimate encounter with the tire wall. Probably the least fun I've had at
Troy's Z06 running at Road Atlanta
Troy's C6 Z06 at Road Atlanta
Shot with a Chasecam HD
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Race car driver heel-toe & footwork - Spec Miata
Click here to see how the race went that weekend:
My footwork in the Spec Miata race car at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The
car is prepared by Ed Railton and Premier Auto Service.
This footage was taken at the end of a long test day, during which I
seriously burned off my tires. As a result it was hard to get a 1:51 lap
time, which is about 2-3 seconds slower than it should have been. I did
mid-1:48s when I got fresher rubber. In the video I'm feathering the
throttle more than usual.
You'll notice the shift from 2nd to 3rd is slower. The 3rd gear synchro is
weak in first generation Miatas, and if you shift too fast it hurts the
You'll also notice copious left-foot braking in turns 3 and 10. I start the
video during braking for turn 11.
I was surprised I could find a spot for the Contour down there, but it's
got a lot of mounting options and it was pretty simple to get a good angle.
Some quick settings changes on the lap top and it was good to go.
I like watching the dirt in the footwell shooting back and forth. With
nearly 1.5 G, it's like upending a bucket.