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|09-03-2011, 08:21 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Valparaiso, IN
2011 Autocross Season Summary
My first acquaintance with Autocross was in 1984 when Dodge/Chrysler brought a Laser to the IU foot ball stadium parking lot and let delinquent college students drive around some cones with the shifter locked in first gear. Great fun, but I had no idea what I was doing. Next was in 1988 when I noticed that the SCCA was holding an event at my old high school. I brought out my 1987 Shelby Daytona Turbo Z and had a lot of fun driving erratically (and slowly) around a 1-minute parking lot course. My driving left everything to be desired, yet a veteran driver of a Cavalier Z24 (also in G Stock) broke into a cold sweat when he realized that my Daytona had an intercooled 174 hp Turbo II!
As an old fart with a 2010 Camaro LS looking for a competitive outlet, I have again turned to Autocross. This year was my first full season campaigning the Arnell Motors/Weaver Boos Consultants Camaro. Modification and preparation of the car for 2011 included the following parts installed by Arnell Chevrolet as a sponsorship contribution:
Event #1 April 27, 2011 Tire Rack Test Track, South Bend SCCA South Bend Region
First in the Novice Index Class of 6 drivers, 23rd overall in the Tire Rack Index class of 53 drivers, and 3rd of 3 in the Class Street Touring Extreme (STX), bested by two drivers in the same 2011 Mustang GT 5.0. The Mustang was quick! My best raw time was 47.848 seconds, which was good enough to take a 2010 Camaro SS by more than 2.5 seconds. This event was the first Autocross on the Tire Racks brand new pavement that was laid just before the snow began falling in winter 2010.
Event #2 May 2, 2011 Tire Rack Test Track, South Bend SCCA South Bend Region
First in the Novice Index Class of 6 drivers, 36th overall in the Tire Rack Index class of 71 drivers, and 1st of 1 in Class STX.
Event # 3&4 May 14 & 15, 2011 Majestic Star Casino, Gary SCCA Indiana Northwest Region (Great Lakes Divisional Series Event)
This event was held on the Lake Michigan shore with light, but horizontal rain driven by 48 degree (F) gale-force winds. I placed 20th overall in a poorly attended PAX class of 29 drivers, and 2nd of 2 in Class STX, bested by an excellent driver in his 2004 Subaru WRX. I learned how to drive competitively on wet pavement during this event, which is quite interesting by the way.
Event #5 June 4, 2011 Grissom Airforce Base SCCA South Bend Region
First in the Novice Index Class of 7 drivers, 31st overall in the Tire Rack Index class of 59 drivers, and 1st of 1 in Class STX.
Event #6 June 26, 2011 Portage High School SCCA Indiana Northwest Region
32nd overall in the PAX index class of 47 drivers. My best raw time was 51.280 seconds. I placed 3rd of 3 in Class STX, bested by two drivers in the same well-prepared 2011 Mustang GT 5.0 who posted a raw time of 47.434. I always like tearing up the parking lot at my old high school.
Event #7 August 21, 2011 Majestic Star Casio, Gary, - SCCA Indiana Northwest Region
35th overall in the PAC index class of 45 drivers. I learned what it means when tires get hot and greasy at this event. Turn the wheel and nothing happens! The best thing about this event was that I nearly took a green driver of a 2011 Mustang GT. Unfortunately, he got me by 0.4 seconds on a 55 second course. His car was also highly prepped, including a Watts linkage on his rear axle and Advan tires.
Interesting Camaro-specific things that I learned this season include the following:
K&N Typhoon, Spohn sway bars, Pedders front radius rod bushes, BMR cradle bushing inserts, Enkei Tuning Raijins (20.7 lbs ea.), Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Specs, -2 front camber, -1 rear.
|09-03-2011, 10:38 PM||#2|
SoCal C5 Family Member
Drives: 2SS/RS IBM M6-when she lets me
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Riverside, CA
We have attended a few autocross events this year and my wife and I can't wait for the next!
Hurst Short-throw Shifter, CAI Intake, Borla ATAK Cat-Back Exhaust, Hotchkis Race Pack Sport Suspension
|09-30-2011, 11:12 PM||#3|
Member NHRA GoodGuys ICE
Drives: 2011 CGM 2SS/RS
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa
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