PIR HPDE Events

PIR calendar is up. I’m sure it’s been up awhile. One interesting thing is that there are a bunch of Hooked on Driving events for July, August, and September that do not show up on the HoD PNW event listing. Strange.
 

SCCA Just Posted TNiA Schedule

Complete current schedule posted here: https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/articles/2013442-track-night-2020-event-schedule

Summary of PNW events:

  • Portland International Raceway; Portland, OR

May 15, June 19, July 31, August 14

  • Ridge Motorsports Park; Shelton, WA

May 14, June 18, July 30, August 13, September 16

Sadly, no Pacific Raceways events for 2020 (probably the end of SCCA’s TNiA events there).  No SCCA TNiA events at ORP.

 

Site Updates

It’s been awhile since I actually added resource content to this site, so I figured I would cleanup that page.  There was some old BMW Puget Sound links that are no longer live.  Now gone. The stuff here now is all accurate.  No bad links.  Hah. We’ll see if they are still good in 2030.

July 17: 2 for 1 SCCA TNiA Pacific Raceways Offer

I got this in the email today:

Track Night in America

We still have some space left on the track for our Pacific Track Night event coming up. Guess what that means? We are super excited to offer you our Buddy Pass Special! We want to see you and all of your favorite people out there!

That means that when you register, you can get a FREE entry for a friend, spouse, co-worker, neighbor, or… well, pretty much anyone who would enjoy driving on track, has a driver’s license and access to a track worthy car. How does it work? Glad you asked!

  • Sign up for the event here: https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/events/1993807-track-night-2019-seattle-south-july-17.
  • Make sure your buddy has an account with a unique email address (i.e. not your address) on TrackNightinAmerica.com.
  • Reply to this email with your buddy’s name and email address and we will send them a code to register with.
  • It’s up to you to figure out who owes who money/dinners/beverages/whatever.
  • Offer sound too good to be true? There are only a few catches:
    • This offer is only valid for the July event, and only until the event sells out.
    • This must be your buddy’s first time on track at a Track Night in America event.
    • You need to contact me before the event to get your buddy pre-registered to participate, so give him a call now. Buddy passes will not be processed on-site at the event.

Have any questions? Just ask!

See you at the track!
-Jack
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Jack Track
Lead Factologist
Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack

Find a track buddy and get in three sessions for $80 each.

Tough to beat that!

 

Proformance 7-4-19 Event

First time back to Pacific Raceways since I went on hiatus from track days after 2011.  I have been many times to Shelton and Portland since returning to the hobby in 2015, just not Pacific Raceways.

Really enjoyed it,  but I am still left with the same uncomfortable feeling due to a lack of runoff (safety areas) around the track.  It’s a fun track, but now that I have a car that can get up to a bit a higher top end, some places on the track are a little more concerning.  In particular, the little right hand bend at “Turn 1.” It’s quite tame at 115.  But my car can now pretty easily get to 130 if pushed.  At this event, I have one successful Waylens video that clocks my top speed at 126 and I was not even pushing at all.  I have to be on my toes making that turn at that speed.

What made this day especially enjoyable was the integration with test and tune for the vintage racers in front of the weekend’s SOVREN races.  So many interesting cars.  I caught some on-track photos, but after so long away from action photography and with a “new” camera (new for this use, but not particularly new), it was a bit of a struggle.  I’ll need to relearn setting up target focus zones ahead of panning and tune the shutter speed.

Some photos here: https://archive389.smugmug.com/Proformance-7-4-19/

SCCA Posts 2019 Events

Not really sure when this appeared, but I had been poking the Track Night in America (TNiA)  events page periodically (through this morning) and this is the first that I’ve seen of postings for nearby 2019 events.

Link:  TNiA 2019 events listing

I’ll be adding candidates from this listing and the HoD listing to my personal “possibles” calendar that I post here:  My track day Google watch list

Happy hunting.

2018 Club Lotus Track Day Notes

Club Lotus NW track days at Portland International Raceway are always really great days.  This year’s event (last weekend) was no exception.  It was an amazingly laid-back day with really only a handful of street cars.  It’s a test-and-tune day for the vintage racers in front of their fall race weekend.

In recent years, there have been fewer and fewer street cars at these events.  There were almost no actual Lotus cars running with us. Very strange. My nephew Alex and I ran our matching white 2016 Focus RS cars in the street car group with about 7 other cars tops out on the track at the same time.  There was a very fast factory-built racing Mustang GT350 (I think), a couple of BMWs (one lovely M2), a race-prepped spec Miata, a BMW 2002 vintage racer, a slowish exotic that I cannot remember what it was, and a couple of vintage Cortinas that tested in our group, one very fast Europa, and one Exige.  That’s it.  But all those cars were never out on the track at the same time. The last two sessions involved maybe 4 or 5 cars total.  Lots of nice practice time with virtually zero pressure from passing vehicles and very little traffic. And perfect weather.  Ah. With that in mind, Mark set it for passing on all the “straight” parts, even the very short bits.  Very nice.  Thank you so much to Mark Viskov for running these days.

The emphasis at the vintage events has been on Formula Ford of late, so there were a number of small-bore open wheeled cars in a run group devoted to them.  Then there was a separate closed wheel race-car group — and our group.  So good.

There was one car that I really wanted to see run around, but apparently it had just been assembled and did not do anything more than take a little parade lap around the paddock. That was a Ford Sierra RS500 (really a Merkur XR4Ti dressed up like an RS500 as was suggested by one Focus RS forum member). I did not get a chance to talk with the owner, but I did snap some photos. It had a big turbo and was probably rear-wheel drive, although I could not tell by inspection.

Pictures of a lovely Ford, no matter what you want to call it:

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Public Service Announcement: Fire Extinguishers

If there is one thing that you should add to your track day car, it’s a fire extinguisher.  I’m on my third (and probably last) track car and they’ve all had fire extinguishers — although I’ve never had a reason to use one.  Thankfully.

The SVT Focus had a Spa Technique fire suppression setup, activated by pulling a handle mounted on the dash that was attached to a long cable (and the bottle). That cost some $$$. The Fiesta ST has a Safecraft bottle mounted with a custom bracket attached under the passenger seat, so that it travels as the seat slides.  It stays out of the way nicely for a passenger. It is very slick, but pricey to get done.  I really liked the quick-release mounting assembly provided by Safecraft, but that was also expensive.

So, now with the Focus RS, I’ve made a compromise.  I liked the quick release concept and the Safecraft PB2 bottle, but I was not keen to spend so much on mounting the thing.

I found a Scott Drake quick release mount that I mated with a Kap Industries bracket specific to the MkIII Focus.  I got all the parts this week and, with a little help, I was able to adapt it all today and here is the result:

 

 

Thank you to Paul at Tacoma Screw in Kirkland for a couple of free fasteners and to Jon at TLC Auto Care for snipping the excess t-bolt threading so the thing would actually fit flush to the floor as intended.

No affiliation whatsoever to the mentioned vendors.  They’ve just treated me well.  So, thank you, all.