August 31, 2013

The Road To Lincoln

Loaded up and on the road!
Here we are, on the way to Lincoln, Nebraska for the Solo National Championships! So far we've hit a lot of rain, minor tow vehicle trouble, but nothing has stopped us yet. Thanks to everyone for the support and good luck to us on our journey! As I post this, we're about 13 hours away. We'll be meeting up with Charles and Jennifer from Black Halo Racing at the site, unload the trailer, and then rest up at the hotel for Monday. I wanted to give a quick post about what you can do if you would like to follow along during race time.

August 27, 2013

Prepping For National Championships

Only a few more days before I saddle up and am off to the "Mother Land"... The "Holy Grail" for autocrossers. The great, week-long "Summer Camp"; The 41st TireRack Solo National Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska! The car and I have both come a long way, and I can't wait to see how far we can take it at Nationals. Thanks to Charles at Black Halo Racing that I'm able to even go to Nationals this year, and I can't thank him enough for his efforts and support this year. John unfortunately will not be able to make it out there with me, but I will be going with long-time racer Brian Levesque; the good friend that taught me how to autocross long ago. I think it will be fitting so that the teacher can see the student come around full circle, don't you?

August 21, 2013

STX Battle: RX-8 vs. BRZ

Hurst RX-8
I got to catch up with a fellow RX-8 racer from New York, Jeff Hurst. I was checking in with him to see how his racing season has been going. He did a post recently that I wanted to share on the blog, as it's been a hot topic as of late. A Street Touring Xtreme (STX) built RX-8 vs. a STX built BRZ. Jeff and Eric Simmons got to compare their two cars back to back at an event. Jeff had this to say about the test.

August 17, 2013

Last Race Before Nats @ NER!

Photo by Michael Siergiej - Michael Siergiej Photography
This is it. After this event, I have a weekend off, and then off to Lincoln Nebraska. John was unable to make it to the event, so I took this opportunity to really focus on getting more intuned with the car. Seeing how far I could push it through different elements, at what point I needed to dial it back, played with a few minor settings, etc.

August 11, 2013

John Takes Top PAX @ NHMS!

Photo by Michael Siergiej - Michael Siergiej Photography
Race Against Leukemia weekend over at New Hampshire Motor Speedway! We didn't have a lot of people this event, only having about  54 registered to run. If there was a time to shine and get that PAX glass, it was now. Fortunately for John, he had figured out the secret to the course where I had struggled, and went for the goal!