NASA HPDE 2 from 06/16/2015-05/17/2015

Utah's weather has been unusually wet lately, Saturday and Sunday were no different.

 I was nervous to race on the East Track, I have never been on the East Track before. I watched a few YouTube videos but it wasn't clicking like it did when I watched videos for the West Track. I learned the East Track is way more technical than the West Track.

My first go-around the East Track I let others pass me to see the lines they were taking. I was doing "okay" but that wasn't enough for me I wanted to master it. I had the pleasure of having Alex Whetman instructing me. He was awesome! He told where I was breaking too late, turning in too late etc. He reminded me of THE most important  part of racing LOOKING AHEAD.This is the fundamental of autocrossing. How did I forget this? No clue, but once I started looking toward the exit of a turn I naturally started taking the right lines and doing the right things.

As I was driving down the pits after my instructional I heard a thump, thump, and when I stopped I heard this awful grinding noise. I seriously thought the differential was done. I slowly crept into the garage told my husband I didn't know what was wrong with my car. I am sooo glad my husband came to my race this weekend. He looked at the car and showed me how the caliper was resting upon the wheel. The caliper housing bolt was barely hanging by a thread! Some very nice people let us use their tools and my husband was able to put it back together even though it was ridiculously hot. He also checked the other side and all the bolts were loose too. Very weird, we torqued them to Subaru's specification before the race. I am assuming that the temperatures are getting really hot in there and the metal is expanding causing the bolts to come loose. I have to thank my lucky stars that I didn't crash and maybe killing Alex in the process.


Damage to my wheel from the brake caliper

After everything was fixed I went back out there and did everything Alex said to do. I felt confident that I was improving. Going into turn 7, Agony, I remembered Alex telling me that most people usually break too early, and that I was braking late. Hehe little did he know that I love going fast and have a hard time stopping. Maybe I should try Formula 1 racing where they can brake at the last minute. That might be my scene.

Sunday wasn't as rainy and cold, I was excited to get back on the track to revisit what Alex taught me. In the second session Alex came along to see how much I remembered from yesterday. There were two turns I still had to work on, Tooele and Clubhouse. Everything else was good. he said I was more confident, faster, and looking ahead more often. I improved so much that he signed me off to be in HPDE 3!!! Woohoo!!! I definitely got faster, in my videos my fastest time was just shy off  under two minutes, 1:59:47! Sadly on my last session I had to pit early because I almost ran out of gas, lol!




I'm getting closer and closer to getting my racing license.  This weekend was quite the experience!

Chillin' with my subie friends
The following are stats from this weekend's session:

SATURDAY
  • Morning Temp: 43 F
  • Afternoon Temp: 54 F
  • Track: Miller Motorsport--Eest Track
  • Front Tire Pressure: 38 psi cold, 40 psi hot 
  • Rear Tire Pressure: 37 psi cold, 49 psi hot
  • Tires: Dunlop Direzza ZII
  • Brakes: Hawk DTC-60 (Front) HP+ (Rear)
  • Rotors: Centric Premium Brake
  • Brake Fluid: ATE Type 200 DOT 4
  • Rear Sway Bar: Whiteline Adjustable 22 mm
  • Rear Endlinks: Kartboy


SUNDAY
  • Morning Temp: 48 F
  • Afternoon Temp: 60 F
  • Track: Miller Motorsport--Eest Track
  • Front Tire Pressure: 33 psi cold, 43 psi hot 
  • Rear Tire Pressure: 32 psi cold, 40 psi hot
  • Tires: Dunlop Direzza ZII
  • Brakes Hawk DTC-60 (Front) HP+ (Rear)
  • Rotors: Centric Premium Brake
  • Brake Fluid: ATE Type 200 DOT 4
  • Rear Sway Bar: Whiteline Adjustable 22 mm
  • Rear Endlinks: Kartboy


Ciao!

Ciao!