July 8, 2012

Fresh Rubber For NER!

Mmmm... Fresh Hoosiers
Nothing beats the feeling of running some fresh Hoosiers on the car, don't you think? Since our last set of Hoosiers A6 tires were completely useless at this point, John had picked up a brand new set to last us the rest of the season (Thanks again John!). Time for me to stop driving slow and make a come back!

Resting in the paddock
The course required some patience at a few specific points, but other than that, it was very fast pace. The last section had made me nervous after my second run, as I somehow managed to nearly lose the car in 3rd gear… Not something that was going to help me for the rest of the day.
Photo by Ed Savage - NoWin Photography
In terms of car setup, we actually were able to move the front swaybar back to full-stiff and did not suffer from any unwanted understeering. The car stayed neutral, with a slight touch of rotation where we wanted it. The car still felt "off" at higher speeds though, which was a feeling I was never comfortable with. That being said, hopefully aero will help with that problem in the near future, so keep an eye out for that!
Photo by Ed Savage - NoWin Photography
Though I tried, I managed to take home 3rd place, coming in with a '52.681 clean, and a fast raw time of '52.527 +1 cone. John took the lead with a blazing fast run of '52.113 clean, and an even faster raw time of '52.079 +1 cone. Nate Whipple was able to sneak in a single run in my car for opinion purposes dealing with the whole RX-8 from BSP to DSP debate (which I will blog about in the near future). Nate got down to a '51.923 on just one run, with plenty of time still left on the table he said. All in all, John was able to overcome where I lacked confidence, but it's something I am working on. For the rest of the results, be sure to check out NER's result page.

Below are John and I's fastest dirty runs (they were silly cones that just barely fell over... Honest!), as well as Nate Whipple's single run he took in my car.

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