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Old 05-03-2013, 10:26 PM   #511
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Whoa - insane couple days.

-Wednesday night: sand EVERYTHING. got all the front end parts cleaned up and ready to go, and install my defog fan:



-Thurdsay morning: paint! Everything gets black:



Ducting & reassembly:







-Friday morning: last touches, get the tool cart in the trailer:










Friday evening: Awesome times at the track! oh and red wheels:

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Old 05-04-2013, 06:17 AM   #512
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Track went well then? Awesome paint scheme!
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:54 AM   #513
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First weekend of the season was EPIC!

Friday night we were running the full track at calabogie. The car/tires were fantastic, except for a little bit of excessive low-speed understeer (not enough to be disappointed in, but enough to notice). Chris and I were running essentially identical times - around 2:19.

For saturday's race, I reconnected the rear swaybar (I had it disconnected from last year because the car was VERY tail happy), and increased my wing angle. My hopes were to maintain the high-speed stability I had using the aero, and to get a bit better low-speed rotation. It was perfect - the car was amazing during practice/qualifying, and I was able to qualify on pole with a 1:17.0. Super happy

Debrief from the race coming soon
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:10 AM   #514
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You went 1 minute and 2 seconds faster! WOW!
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:31 AM   #515
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LOL full track vs. stadium track

last year my stadium track times were about 1:19s-1:20s
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:32 AM   #516
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AHHHHHHH lol. Can't wait to see some vids.

Did you feel the aero in the high speed corners?
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:50 PM   #517
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That's a hard question to answer. Do I feel it? i think so... Does it make a difference? YES, absolutely.

Given that I haven't driven the car for about 6 months I can't really say whether it feels much different - but my lap times are much faster, and I know I'm carrying more speed through the corners. So yeah - it definitely makes a difference!

The biggest change is that it gives me the confidence to carry more speed in the corners, and to get on throttle sooner. Could I have done it without the aero? maybe - but I was too chicken. Now that it's there, and I know it's "supposed" to help, I push a bit more to see what happens... turns out, now I can push even harder



edit: the more I think about it - yeah it made a huge difference. When I get on the throttle mid corner to corner exit, the rear end just "sits" and grips and launches me out. The car is nuts - I love it
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:01 PM   #518
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This thing still running my tune?
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Old 05-06-2013, 11:52 PM   #519
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Aero stuff looks nice and aggressive! Good work dude!
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:10 AM   #520
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This thing still running my tune?
Yessir! It's running strong! Finally got a new o2 and my AFRs are very safe. We could probably lean it out a bit for more power lol

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Aero stuff looks nice and aggressive! Good work dude!
Thanks Rudy! I have to say this is probably the first time I've been proud of how my car looks lol!
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:37 AM   #521
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Got my video from the lapping night uploaded. Chris and I were playing chase in the last session we went out:

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Old 05-07-2013, 10:17 AM   #522
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you guys are doing that really quick!! car sounds great btw!..... you think a v8 e34 would be good for the track?
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:04 PM   #523
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there was a hyundai accent and a ford crown vic out there this weekend at the AISA school. pretty sure your car will be fine

Got my video from saturday's race posted:



What an awesome battle! I got stuck in traffic at the beginning and could see Greg (buddy in the black corvette) building the gap! ugh! I need to be THERE. Once I got by that civic, I started slowly reeling him in until we caught traffic, then bam - on his bumper! There were a couple great open laps there of "ok shawn, don't make a mistake - just be consistent - you're closing in - focus, hit your markers..." So intense, and so awesome.

Get the point by, same thing "ok shawn - he's right there - don't screw up - focus, focus!"

He stayed right behind me the whole time. We kept getting stuck in traffic, but as soon as we found some open track, I gave him back the lead - he was still there after all! Man that vette pulls on the front straight! At one point I outbraked him going into "1", then heading up into 9 I track out a bit too much and drop 2 wheels on the outside. OMG. whoa. focus buddy, focus!

A bit later he gave it back, and then it was traffic again. At that point I just wanted some open track to really battle it out. Could I build a gap or would he stay there? Then, he was gone? wut? He was right there coming down 9 into 10... weird... figured something went wrong. To bad we couldn't do a photo-finish, but man was that intense!

After the race was hilarious - Greg pulls up, face full of dirt... "dude, I went off behind you in 10!!!"

haha awesome, glad you stayed safe buddy


Couple slow point by's but all in all a good race, and lots of fun Can't wait to do it again!!!
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:14 PM   #524
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Thanks for the afternoon ride Shawn. Still can't believe how much grip your car had. I hope mine will be similar, but the extra 200 lbs and street tires might not help much.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #525
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Video from Greg (finished 2nd) from saturday's race. Spent a lot of time looking at my a$$ LOL:


http://vimeo.com/65724009

And some pics from friday's practice:
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