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Track day at Mid America Motorplex – Pacific Junction, IA

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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 more work, but also more enjoyable. We’ve been really lucky, Clive and Matilda are really good sports when it comes to traveling. Even with the added noise of pulling the car on a trailer and alongside noisy semis didn’t seem to upset them too much. They were in a constant cycle of naps and begging for road snacks.

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This was my first time to Mid America Motorplex and I can say now that I really enjoyed the track. After the massive floods in the area in 2011, I wasn’t sure quite what conditions would be like, but for the most part the track was still in very good shape and enjoyable to drive on.

This particular event was put on by the guys at Find The Line. I got a chance to talk with Find The Line owner Damian Dela Huerta a good bit about the track and how to drive it. Damian has a race car of his own and was a great resource to have, and I definitely took the opportunity to pick his brain about how to find the good racing lines at Mid America Motorplex.

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Mid America Motorplex is a 2.23 mile circuit (about double the size of Gateway!) and as you can see has a lot of really great turns. There is a little bit of something for everyone at Mid America. You have two straights that are good for well over 100mph, you have a couple late apex turns, and you have two sets of slower speed technical transitions that allow the lower horsepower cars to gain some time on the more powerful cars if you get those turns right.

Some of my favorite things about the track would be turn 3 to 4 where in my car I can exit turn 3 in 3rd gear and hit 4th and have the pedal to the floor all the way through turn 4 before braking for turn 5.

Turn 5 to 6 is a sweeper that since the track sweeps outward you can carry a lot of early exit speed because you will not have to worry about going off track there. Turn 7 comes up very very fast!

Turn 7-8 was perhaps the most tricky for me to get right. As you can see you can do a “double apex” on the turn where you hit the turn apex on 7 and then hit the turn apex on 8. OR you can give up turn 7 apex and track out to the left and then late apex turn 8.

9-10-11 and 12-13-14 turns were such a joy to drive and really reminded me of my Autocross days in that if you got these smooth and efficient you could make up so much time on someone who was not very good at those transitions.

Here are some videos of my laps. Sorry about the terribly shaky camera. I tried to dampen the camera mount the best I could but the exhaust note/vibration is just too much for it. I will be ordering a new mount soon that will eliminate this problem for next time.

5-18-2013 Mid America Motorplex Open Lapping HPDE from Kohler Created on Vimeo.

5-18-2013 Mid America Motorplex Open Lapping HPDE – Session 2 from Kohler Created on Vimeo.

5-18-2013 Mid America Motorplex – Open Lapping HPDE – Session 3 from Kohler Created on Vimeo.

Here is a slideshow of the pictures of the day! Unfortunately due to how large the track is, it is quite hard to get good on-track photos so we do not have any of those.

Since there were only around 20 cars there we were able to get over an hour and a half of track time! That is about the most track time I have had at any event. The kind of focus and concentration that is required to keep getting faster and faster on the track and the heat inside the car I was quite tired by the end of the day.

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Packing up is always bittersweet because while you are quite tired and typically feeling pretty accomplished with your day, you know that what comes next is the wait for the next track day.

I hope you enjoyed the post and until the next track day I will leave you with this:

Looking Legit

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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 that this is no small feat, both monetarily and the immense time investment.

There is a good rule of thumb that says when you consider taking on such a project, begin estimating the time and money required, and when you arrive at a total, just go ahead and double it, and you will then be close to the actual time and cost by the end of the project. This has held true here.

I am been proud to say that outside of my roll cage fabrication by the epic fabricator Scott Rhea at Izzy’s Custom Cages, I have done all of the work on the car myself, and typically all by myself (Jes is willing to help if I need it). It has definitely been a labor of love, blood, sweat, tears..

Motivation is often hard to find to get down and dirty and work on the car. Especially with our lives being so busy. I have a regular 8-5 job, and then we have our freelance web development business, time at the CrossFit Gym, yard/house work, cooking, blogging, and my other hobbies such as computer gaming, hiking/backpacking, and social events with friends. It is like I am an ambitious adult or something, how the fuck did that happen?

But anyhow before this post gets too off topic I will say that progress on the car is picking up!

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Recently Jes and I painted the roll cage with some POR15 brush-on paint. POR15 is an anti-rust paint that is guaranteed to never rust. Installing it consists of 2 parts. The first coat is the POR15, a kind-of sealing paint that bonds to the bare steel of the cage and protects it from rusting. Because POR15 is UV sensitive, it then requires a “topcoat” to finish it off.

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For that purpose, we then installed several coats of POR15 hardnose paint. This topcoat earns its name as it is very tough when it dries, almost like a powder coat. You can literally take a wrench to it and bang on the metal and this paint will not chip. This is ideal for the roll cage because when you are entering and exiting the car you can often ding the cage with the metal harness buckles and other things and cause chips on a traditional paint.

Brushing on POR15 is easy, and it is a “self leveling” paint so even though it may look to have brush streaks at first, it levels itself out and turns into a smooth coat. We think it turned out great!

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This past weekend I spent some time finishing up a few little things. First I added some SFI Roll Cage Padding. This fire retardant padding is intended to soften the blow of your helmet or extremities in the event of a crash. It feels very hard at first, but when you consider the velocity that your helmet or arms may be traveling during a crash you will need something very dense to absorb that energy.

I also added the driver side window net. This keeps your body in the car in the event of a crash or roll over. The last thing you want is your arms flailing outside of the car and getting crushed or worse.

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And there you have it, the car is really starting to look legit now and that even further motivates me to get it finished.

If you got this far reading, thanks, and I hope you enjoyed the post. If you would like to see or know more about my racing or the car please let me know in the comments and I will perhaps make more posts off of the feedback. Also if you like posts like these let me know as well. I always like hearing from our readers!

The Z Transformation pt 5 – Race Ready

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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 a friend, we loaded it into a trailer and took it to St. Louis. The moment I dropped it off, time seemed to stop, and the weeks crawled as I received scary pictures of the messy process involved in welding huge steel pieces into what was once my meticulously clean baby.

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Finished! So what now? Well, there are still a few things left to do. I still have to paint the rest of the cage and the floor, as well as create some brackets for the door handles and switches. Since the car has changed so much now, it will take time to adjust to the new set-up, which will require plenty of  track time. Life has been busy in the Kohler house this year. Freelance business is booming, grad school is being finished, and we are hoping to relocate — all while trying to still have plenty of fun and live life. With all of this, I am not sure how much track time I will get this year, if any. However, my goal is to get the car out a bit at least, and have 2012 be the goal year for getting the car back on the track.

Like any car project, it will probably be forever evolving. The amount of projects and upgrades I would love to do to the car, in addition to all the tracks that I haven’t been on will keep goals on the horizon for many years to come.

This project though was definitely a dream come true for me. I have wanted my own race car since I was a little kid pushing around my little car “knight rider,” and now I have the opportunity to take my hobby to that level. I could not have done it without support from my lovely wife Jessica who puts up with all my silly (read: expensive) hobbies and OCD obsessions. I am truly lucky.

Scott Rhea at Izzy’s Custom Cages did a great job. I will let the pictures do the talking.

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The weather is finally warming up, and the days are getting longer, offering perfect opportunities for  more work on the car, and the events that I look forward to all winter. Stay tuned for updates and posts through the spring and summer! Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my hobby!

The Z Transformation pt 4 – The Build Begins

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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 step and transform your car, your driving, and your hobby into a no-going-back lifestyle? To me it feels kind of like that moment before you jump into a cold swimming pool. You always consider turning back, but the feeling of being in the water and the fun you’ll have once you’re there make you jump in every time.

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For some, taking that leap is too much, and they resolve to play it safe. But for me, I love and thrive being on the track. The feeling is inexplicable. If you have ever been in the driver’s seat on a track by yourself you know what I mean. I often wish that I could put people in my seat with me so that they knew, and could relate to the experience. Maybe it’s too much petrol in the brain but something just takes over you and everything else in your mind just disappears.

The process of transforming your car is definitely not an easy one. Unless you’ve got endless amounts of spending money, making this transition takes a lot of time, patience, sweat, and tears. Since mine is definitely a budget build, I’ve tackled each project in pieces. And the place I chose to start with expanding and upgrading my safety equipment.

The reason I chose safety first, for a lack of better wording is that as you become more skilled as a driver, you move faster and are continually pushing the limits of both your car and your own ability. The more risks you take, the more your instruments need necessary upgrades and expansion to meet the needs and use you are putting them through. Some of these include:

  • Roll Cage: “a specially constructed frame built in (or sometimes around) the cab of a vehicle to protect its occupants from being injured in an accident, particularly in the event of a roll-over. Roll cages are used in nearly all purpose-built racecars, and in most cars modified for racing. There are many different roll cage designs depending on the application, hence different racing organisations have differing specifications and regulations. They also help to stiffen the chassis, which is desirable in racing applications.” – via Wikipedia

    Being that welding is not my forte, I oped to save money over time  and outsource the build to a specialist. I chose Izzy’s Custom Cages in St. Louis, Missouri. Scott Rhea does awesome work and is quite the perfectionist. I felt that he would treat my car just with just as much care and concern as I do.
  • Racing Seat: A racing seat is built with high bolsters to hold the driver in place when turning. It is not good to be slipping around in your seat while trying to focus on driving. A racing seat also has holes for 4, 5, and 6 point harnesses. Some racing seats also have padding around the head area so in the event of a crash your head is contained in place. I opted for the OMP RS-PT2. It was a great value for the money.
  • Harness: Unlike a 3 point seat belt (one point at your shoulder attachment, one point at your buckle, and one point at the floor attachment) a racing harness is meant to not only attach at more points, but also is meant to be worn very tight. Think of when you ride a roller coaster. Most strap or tie down across your chest. This works on the same concept as racing harnesses. After a lot of research, I chose a Schroth Clubman 6 point harness.
  • Fire System: I have yet to purchase a fire system, but it is on a mile-long list of things I still need to purchase. There is no reason not to install a fire system in your car. In the event of a crash, or even in the case of engine fire, you really want to have a system available to put it out quickly. Most fire systems have 2 or 3 nozzles in the car that can be activated from a pull cord easily accessible from the driver position. Needless to say, a fire system is high on Jessica’s list of things to purchase for the car.

These four upgrades cover major areas of racing safety concern, however there are a good handful of smaller items that can be added to support and add to their function. These can include, but are definitely not limited to cage padding, engine kill switches, window safety nets, and special fire resistant clothing.

But enough with all that, lets check out some before and after shots of the progress since last Fall!

Before:

It is time for all that to come OUT!

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As you can see here there is a good amount of sound deadening material on the floor of the car. This roof shingle tar like stuff is used to dampen and minimize road noise and vibrations. However in a race car it is only makes for added weight and therefore needs to come out.

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It is a nasty, nasty job removing this stuff. I used a heat gun to soften and make the  material pliable, then scraped it off using plastic scrapers. Goo-Gone was my best friend for this sticky tar mess.

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I slowly filled a plastic grocery bag full of it.

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Another popular method to removing some of the more stubborn and stuck material is to use dry ice. The dry ice makes the material so cold that it turns brittle and you can then chip it away with the plastic scrappers and/or a rubber mallet.

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It is not a short and easy job, and I split it up and worked on it over several days. Once the material is removed, the clean-up can begin.

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Driver side stuff out

The scene from the herb garden…

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After a lot of work the material is removed and all cleaned up.

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And finally ready to be transported to the builder (Izzy’s Custom Cage) for cage fabrication and install!

Up Next: Cage, racing seat, harness, and a new steering wheel are in the car and things are looking sweet! Stay tuned….

The Z Transformation pt 3 – Road racing and Track Days

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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 and Track Days

Wikipedia has a good description of road racing:

Road racing is a general term for most forms of motor racing held on paved, purpose-built race tracks (i.e. “road courses”), as opposed to oval tracks and off-road racing. Temporary facilities built on paved airport runways and closed-off public roads (such as street circuits) usually are included in the definition also.

So what is the difference between autocross and road racing? Well for starters, the speed. In a typical autocross track you will rarely even reach highway speeds, however in road racing speeds well above 100mph are not uncommon. The speed increase is not only more demanding on the driver, but also mcuh more demanding on the car. Then there is the amount of time spent racing. In autocross most tracks take less than a minute to complete and you only get half a dozen runs at most. In road racing and track days you are often driving for 20-30 minutes at a time  with 5 runs in the day.

The closest road racing track to Columbia where we live was Gateway International Raceway, located across the river from St. Louis in Collinsville, IL. I was intimidated, but after doing my research, I took a deep breath and signed up for an event!

Gateway International Raceway (GIR) – Road course is in bold.

The particular program at GIR I signed up for was called the “Performance Driving Experience” (PDX). The event is classified as a performance driving education more so than a competitive event. The PDX program focuses on preparing novices as well as allowing experienced drivers to practice in a safe environment. What does that mean? Well, new drivers get a professional instructor that rides along with them. The instructor can communicate to the driver via a small headset in the helmet. Professional instruction is great, and it really allows you to learn the proper driving lines, breaking, and throttle techniques. It also means that there is no lap timing, as well as no competitive passing of other vehicles on the track (much to Jessica’s relief!). All passing is done in the designated passing zones, and only allowed when the driver in front of you gives you the “point by” to pass. Typically this is where many drivers that want to eventually participate in competitive racing start.

So wait, isn’t this really dangerous?

Some may think that road racing is quite dangerous, however I think it is quite the contrary. Imagine a controlled environment where everyone is focused and aware of  both safety and what is going on around them, versus driving on the street with teenagers texting, people driving+eating, moms disciplining kids, and people possibly driving intoxicated. I personally feel much safer on a track going 125mph down the back straight than I am on the public roads.

Needless to say after my first session at GIR I was wide-eyed, and all smiles. I thought I knew everything about my car and how to drive it, but road racing made me realize I had a ton to learn and there were a lot of new skills I would need to practice that I had never needed in autocross. The speed, the amount of time on the track and adrenaline really wear you out, and by the end of the day all I knew is that I wanted more seat time and more racing time, but wow was I was beat. The two hour drive home from St. Louis after a track day is certainly one that requires some coffee!

I could ramble on all day about what it is like experiencing the track and racing, but here are a few videos that will probably put it in a better perspective. You know what they say, a picture (movie) is worth a thousand words. Below are some videos of my driving my car around GIR.

You can also check out some of my thoughts from an event at GIR here.

05-08-2010 STL PDX 3rd Session from Kohler Created on Vimeo.

4-25-2009 STL PDX 2nd Session from Kohler Created on Vimeo.

Safety and precaution

After 3 years of doing track days on the road course I began to get faster, and faster. Of course when you begin pushing the limits of your ability and of the car, the margin for error gets smaller and smaller. I felt that I owed it to myself, Jessica, and my family to begin the process of installing the proper safety equipment in the car in the case that worse did happen.

Up next…

The Z makes its transformation from weekend racer and street car, to full out racecar!

The Z Transformation pt 2 – Autocross and Racing

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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 several autocross events!

What is Autocross?

Well Wikipedia describes autocross as:

Autocross is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. An autocross is a timed competition where drivers navigate one at a time through a temporary course marked by traffic cones, rather than racing on a track with multiple other cars, as inroad racing or oval racing. Autocross tends to place more emphasis on car handling and driver skill than on sheer horsepower, and events typically have many classes which allow almost any vehicle, from economy sedans to purpose-built vehicles, to compete. Speeds are slower in absolute terms when compared to other forms of motorsports, usually not exceeding highway speeds, but the activity level (measured in discrete turns per minute) can be higher than even Formula One due to the large number of elements packed into each course. Autocross courses are typically 40 to 70 seconds in length, with speeds limited to 70mph for insurance purposes. In addition to being a national-level motorsport in its own right, autocrossing is a good way to learn skills that transfer to road racing, as drivers learn vehicle control and club ethics.”

So after seeing footage of some of these events, I began attending the local events myself. Here are a couple videos of my runs!

Autocross is a great sport that allows you to have a lot of fun in your street car at a very reasonable cost and very low risk. It’s also entirely legal too! Anyone who is wanting to learn some great driving skills, but are kind of on the fence as to how far they want to take it, should really start with autocross.

The Mod Bug

Of course once you start racing, you almost automatically get the “mod bug” and find ways to improve your car to enhance its overall capabilities and the driving experience. I immediately began saving money for parts and reading tutorials so that I could save money by doing all the work myself.

I started by first adding lowering springs, then sticky tires, then wheels, then some racing adjustable coil-over type shocks and struts, then exhaust, then more motor stuff and brakes. I wont bore you with the details, but the list goes on and on and on. It was a lot easier back then to stash money away for the car. I was single, making plenty of money and only had myself to worry about. I do not really regret any of the money spent in my car, but I do fully realize just how much money it was and that can make you cringe a little!

Here are a few pictures from some of the days and nights of part installs:

Brand new brake pads, rotors, and stainless steel brake lines

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New NISMO exhaust/y-pipe

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Jess modeling one of my coil-over shock/struts

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Me installing the coil-overs

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The “G”

One of the problems I ran into while modifying my car to become more faster, stiffer and more agile is that it became uncomfortable to really drive. The car was certainly taking on more of a “fair weather” role. Driving it in the rain or snow was now out of the question and even simple tasks like entering a moderately steep driveway or parking lot became more difficult if not completely impossible.

So I broke down and bought a daily driver (beater) of course. Meet the “G”, my 1992 Infiniti G20.

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Jessica and I were dating long-distance around this time, with a three-hour, 140 mile drive between us. The G took me back and forth to see her every other weekend for two years without a hiccup. Like an old friend who never let you down, it was a true hero and will be forever remembered for its service. Just last year I finally sold the G because I felt it was time to get something that was a little nicer.

Up next:

Moving from Autocross to performance driving education and track racing!

The Z transformation pt 1 – Prologue

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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 to not only document my story, but perhaps interest and educate some people in the world of auto racing.

The Beginning:

A lot of people find it silly when you talk about a car like it is a member of your family. But most car enthusiasts however don’t.

Sure, its just a bunch of nuts, bolts, metal, plastics and other little things, but when you put them all together you can have as much character as a human being. After all, this car has been a large part of my life longer than most people, aside from my high school friends and family. It can also be argued that this car got me to where I am, considering that Jessica and I met at an automotive event.

Couple all that emotion with the fact that when you race a car, you and the car literally become one functioning machine with which to be successful you must learn every aspect, quirk, and characteristic of your car. Now you have a piece of metal that does seem to begin breathing a little life.

Naturally the beginning is a good part to start.

The Mustang

I have never been a stranger to sports cars. My first car was a 1965 Mustang Coupe, 3speed on the floor.

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That car was very rough but it sure did define the quintessential relationship between a boy and his first car. I knew that I had to hit the bright switch (on the floor no less) twice to get the hi-beams to go, and that it had a bad pull to the right under hard braking (thanks drum brakes). I knew every little quirk about that car.

It got me through high school and through it I learned how to drive a standard. My family and I picked it up in Arkansas and my dad plopped me in the driver seat with a friend in the high school parking lot. Knowing nothing about driving a standard I learned nearly everything on my own. The scariest, but most perfect way.

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Next came a 1991 Mustang GT, and then a 1991 300zx twin-turbo (below).

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So really it was very little surprise that when the 350z debuted in 2002 that it was a dream of mine to have one. After a bit of waiting, and saving, I purchased one in 2004.

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Day one. This is a picture the day I brought it home new. Of course being the OCD person I was, this was immediately after a wash. I picked it up  in St. Louis after I caught a great deal and decided to jump on it. My instincts told me this was a little impulsive, but when you are buying a sports car, isn’t all just a little bit bonkers?

Naturally, I was into autosports almost immediately. With my other cars, I merely dabbled in quarter mile drag racing here and there. To me, straight line autosports are somewhat bland. Pushing the “Go Pedal” and holding a car straight just wasn’t doing it for me, so I began to research my options.

The safest, cheapest, and most importantly, 100% legal driver-based racing a newbie can begin with is Autocross, so that’s where I started.

COMING NEXT POST – Part 2 – Autocross, modding, racing.

05-08-2010 St. Louis PDX at Gateway International Raceway

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This is my 5th track day and my 3rd year of doing these after about 4 years of autocross.

These are just a few photos of the day. I suggest you check out the rest of the photos too.

My cousin took these. He is only 14 years old and takes amazing shots, you really should check out his other photos in his albums.

Here are my photos, we really don’t spend much time on photos because I am so busy with racing that there is little time for other mental thought.

I really encourage any one who is interested in these events to watch the videos! Yeah, they may be long, but they all give a real candid insight to the track and how a typical session goes. I warm up, I make mistakes at times, but in the end I get faster and faster. You will too if you do these events.

Write up of the day.

To sum up the day is to say that I love how my car is set up, and I love how much I am progressing with it. The day was a good day.

The morning started out COLD. Getting up at 4:00AM and to the track by 6:00AM is certainly not easy. The brisk morning wind reminded you of the first laps you would take under a lot of tension with the Hoosiers cold and traction limited. Nevertheless, after a safety tech inspection, and you more cars arrived you begin to feel the excitement grow.

The day starts and I take it slow. If you have raced on Hoosiers you know that its do or die when it comes to cold Hoosiers. After warming them up I eased back in to the familiar groove of the track and my line.

So, in all my videos the first lap will be slow and mostly a warm up lap for the tires and my mental readiness.

Second Session

Below is my second run since I did not record the first, but in this run was pretty no drama. While I was still getting in my groove as far as speed, I kept ahead of the pack with no one in sight and then caught up to a Volskwagen R32 GTI that was fairly modified and eventually passed him and a Pontiac Solstice.

05-08-2010 STL PDX 2nd Session from Neil Kohler on Vimeo.

Third Session

Below is my third run and perhaps the most exciting from a viewer’s standpoint. Behind an Austin Healey kit car, around 2:45 in the video he goes off the track. I check my mirrors and since there was no one behind me I slow to see if he comes back on the track or not. He does not and I move on.

I finally caught up to my friend James in the black Supra. Slowly gaining on him we were both pushing it pretty hard. I was loving the excuse to focus and execute on the track but unfortunately at about 10:00 and shortly after my friend James brakes too late on the end straight and has to bail out on turn 1. Turn 1 is a pretty scary turn as you are coming down it at typically over 120mph and your brakes are put to the test. Thankfully he had no damage and no problems and did what was right in that situation and took the safe route.

05-08-2010 STL PDX 3rd Session from Neil Kohler on Vimeo.

4th Session

Below was my 4th Session and it was a short one due to lunch crunch. However I did pass a chevy colbolt SS and a honda s2000 CR. I was moving pretty well through my lines and this session felt good, but short.

05-08-2010 STL PDX 4th Session from Neil Kohler on Vimeo.

5th Session

Below was the 5th session and starting out I always allow the tires to heat up. But after the second lap it was apparent that the R32 Golf was moving a lot faster than I was comfy with at that time so I pointed him by. Eventually a new Subaru STI came up on me and I decided to point him by as well and I would chase him the rest of the time. He would certainly take me through some turns that the AWD and superior power he had allowed, but I would catch him decidedly in some turns and really well in the hard braking areas. It was a LOT of fun having him challenge me.

05-08-2010 STL PDX 5th Session from Neil Kohler on Vimeo.

6th Session

Below was the 6th session of the day and I was rolling pretty quick through this since through the day I had been perfecting my line and driving. Unfortunately this run was cut way short because a Colbolt SS went off the track and into the wall and then resulted was a black flag to end the session. I am proud of this session as I feel that this session and perhaps the 5th session I was really getting into my fastest laps.

05-08-2010 STL PDX 6th Session from Neil Kohler on Vimeo.

I hope this was enjoyable to those who watched the vids and looked at the pictures and read the thoughts.

-Neil

Track day!

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This weekend is finally here!  Track Day! There is something about getting up at 4:00am and being at the track when its still dark, the peacefulness before the roaring motors that will fill the rest of the day. I always get video and pictures of my events so stay tuned for that next week! If you want something to check out now, check out my vidoes of me racing on my Youtube!

Wish me luck!

-Neil