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 […]

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


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 […]

8-21-2013 Gateway Motorsports Park SCCA PDX


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. […]

Track day at Mid America Motorplex – Pacific Junction, IA


As Jessica mentioned on Friday, that afternoon we loaded up the trailer and Jeep and headed to Omaha, NE. For what? A track day of course! At about 5 1/2 hours drive time, this was the furthest we have traveled to do a track day. We also took the dogs, which always makes a trip […]

Looking Legit


It has been a while since I did a car post, so I guess I will take a moment to explain why. In 2011 I took the year off of racing to transform my 2003 Nissan 350z from a street car into a full-time track car. If you are an automotive enthusiast you will know […]

The Z Transformation pt 5 – Race Ready

If you’re new to my posts on the Z’s transformation, check out the lead-up here, here, here, and here. After scores of weekends prepping the Z and even having to take a day off work to get it done in time, it was finally time to send it off to the cage builder. With help from […]

The Z Transformation pt 4 – The Build Begins

I think that any amateur racer, or weekend track day warrior eventually comes to a decision point in their hobby. Do you continue down the road of using your street car to do track days, maintain the status quo and stay within your comfort zone,  or do you jump in head first, take the next […]

The Z Transformation pt 3 – Road racing and Track Days

If you are new to my little series, check out Part 1 and Part 2 After a couple years of autocross I was totally consumed with racing fever. Autocross was fun, but I was wanting more. I did my research and found that the next step up from autocross would be Road Racing. Road Racing […]

The Z Transformation pt 2 – Autocross and Racing

As I left off in my previous post of this series, I wanted to continue my hobby in motorsports but I was very bored of straight-line quarter-mile racing. So I began to research my options. Thankfully, Springfield, MO had its own autocross chapter, so I joined the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and went to watch […]

The Z transformation pt 1 – Prologue

Photo via Austin Strifler A quick note: This winter, not only my car, but also myself, will undergo a transformation from dabbling in auto sport racing into a serious hobby of chasing my dream to one day compete in a professional race as an amateur. I thought I would write a series of blog entries […]