3-29-2014 Gateway Motorsports Park NASA HPDE

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Coverage from the weekend elsewhere on the web: All videos of laps from the weekend  Photos from the weekend! FINALLY! After a very, very long winter it is finally here: my first track weekend of 2014! The opening weekend just happened to take place at Gateway Motorsports Park in Collinsville, IL. I am very familiar […]



17 Weeks Pregnant: “Nesting”

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Week 17 was insanely busy. Neil’s first race of the season always sets off a slew of different activities for us, and the things that have to be done each night in order to drive away from the house on Friday evening feeling prepared is daunting, especially when the spring weather doesn’t want to cooperate. […]



How To: Change the differential fluid on a Nissan 350Z

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Today I will show you what you will need to change the differential fluid on a Nissan 350Z. Mine is a 2003 but this tutorial will work for any 350Z and 370Z and will translate well to many other vehicles. Most people do not know that your differential needs fresh fluid bi-annually, especially if you […]



How do I say this…

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I have been toiling over this post for a few weeks now. I’m not clever. I’m not cute. I don’t have anecdotes and although life hasn’t really been that different, it has been in one major way… Yes, true to the sense of humor of these of two IT professionals, I felt this was the […]



How-To: Upgrading OEM 350z brakes to OEM 350z Brembo brakes

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A lot of 350z owners will find themselves desiring better braking performance, either because they are the occasional track junkie, weekend warrior — or just want the peace of mind of having a great performing setup for their daily use. There are many, many aftermarket options for big brake kits, however the OEM Brembo kit […]



2013 Heart of America Affiliate Team Competition

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I started writing a post before Heart of America, only to completely scrap it because I sounded like an wordy, oversentimental sap. Now here I am on the other side of the competition struggling to find the right words to encompass just how crazy competing for the first time was. It was unlike anything I’ve […]



Video and data logging for the budget racer

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Video and data logging are both very useful tools. Not only to help you analyze your laps to learn why you were significantly faster on any one lap versus the other, but its also just plain cool to be able to show your friends and family your hobby in a meaningful way. The issue is […]



2 Year CrossFit Anniversary

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I can’t believe I just typed those words. We’ve officially been doing CrossFit for two years. Major CrossFit love about to happen. You’ve been warned! As of sometime this month (I never wrote it down), we have officially been doing CrossFit for two years. It’s certainly cliché to say, but I feel like I can […]



8-21-2013 Gateway Motorsports Park SCCA PDX

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Another track day down! And boy this was a good one! This time the track day was a 1/2 day event that began around 3:30PM and ran until dark. I have never done one of these half day events but I have to say there are a few benefits to them over a full day. […]



Race Day

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It’s race day! We are loading up the Z and heading to St. Louis to spend some time on the track with the SCCA — well Neil is, I’m just spectating. It’s supposed to be a scorcher, so I put together plenty of drinks, snacks (both healthy and not) and sun block. Fortunately, this is […]