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Old 02-26-2010, 07:55 PM   #1
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This weekend at Infineon

Signed up for the HPDE racing classes through NASA and will be up there racing around the track with some pro driver instructor. Just curious if anybody else is signed up!

Should be fun
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:42 PM   #2
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Have fun man! You gonna come out wednesday if it's not raining?
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:51 PM   #3
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Wow.. its already going to be the third.

Yea I'm definately up for that.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:26 PM   #4
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How much for the HPDE? Id love to get in on that
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:05 PM   #6
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Its 180$ a day after becoming a NASA member (which is free).

My first day up there was absolutely incredible. Without a doubt the most fun I have ever had in my car. The crowd of people is so appreciative of the car, and I spent the entire time I was off the track just shooting the shit with other car lovers. Guy in a blue SRT8 chally, a dude in a black M5, a guy with a red Z06. It was just a great atmosphere and the instructors are cool as hell. None of them were pricks either, other then one guy driving a brand new GT3 who was actually the slowest guy in out bracket. lol >_>

180$ gets you one day (2 days being 360$) which ends up being about an hour and 20 minutes of track time, with a professional driver telling you when to brake, what gear to be in, when to accelerate.. anything. On my offtime I went around the track in his Miata in whatever class of racing he was in. Towards the end of the day he took me and the M5 guy up into the track supervisor booths which was absolutely amazing.

Started out sliding all over the place, and ended the day doing 100-110mph on the straights and turning hard at 60 mph into some of the turns. It was just an absolutely amazing experience and it was MORE then worth the money that was paid for it.

I'm going again tomorrow, and I strongly encourage ANYONE who wants to do it to sign up.

I PROMISE YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT D
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Try driving a GT3 fast at Infineon and you won't laugh. It is very fast car but it is a rear engine car and Infieon is a very challenging and technical course. Those two combined with an inexperienced driver can = disaster. If you can drive a Porsche fast at Infineon you can drive just about any car fast on anytrack..

NASA puts on a good event . Jerry Kunzman who owns NASA is a great guy. NASA sponsored me last year when I raced at the 24 Hours of Dubai and bought me a very nice drivers suite

Hope you had a great time . Wait till you go drive Thunderhill
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:35 PM   #8
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I wasn't laughing at how he was driving so much as just being astonished at how much people spend on cars to start learning a track with. There was tons of Porsches there though, and it was great seeing all of them.
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Its 180$ a day after becoming a NASA member (which is free).

My first day up there was absolutely incredible. Without a doubt the most fun I have ever had in my car. The crowd of people is so appreciative of the car, and I spent the entire time I was off the track just shooting the shit with other car lovers. Guy in a blue SRT8 chally, a dude in a black M5, a guy with a red Z06. It was just a great atmosphere and the instructors are cool as hell. None of them were pricks either, other then one guy driving a brand new GT3 who was actually the slowest guy in out bracket. lol >_>

180$ gets you one day (2 days being 360$) which ends up being about an hour and 20 minutes of track time, with a professional driver telling you when to brake, what gear to be in, when to accelerate.. anything. On my offtime I went around the track in his Miata in whatever class of racing he was in. Towards the end of the day he took me and the M5 guy up into the track supervisor booths which was absolutely amazing.

Started out sliding all over the place, and ended the day doing 100-110mph on the straights and turning hard at 60 mph into some of the turns. It was just an absolutely amazing experience and it was MORE then worth the money that was paid for it.

I'm going again tomorrow, and I strongly encourage ANYONE who wants to do it to sign up.

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Sounds AWESOME, is your car completely stock?
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:39 PM   #10
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I wasn't laughing at how he was driving so much as just being astonished at how much people spend on cars to start learning a track with. There was tons of Porsches there though, and it was great seeing all of them.
We started a group called the Porsche Racing Club (PRC) and we have our own run group with NASA so there is usually a good contingent of Porsche race cars and street cars .

It may be the only sports car the guy has so he has no choice. Personally I appluade him for tracking the car. That is what Porsches' were meant for going back to the 356... drive it to the track , race it and drive it home.

I get what you mean I was just sayin......

I almost went up to my shop at Infineon this weekend . Kinda sorry I missed it. Glad you had a good time.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:51 PM   #11
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Sounds AWESOME, is your car completely stock?
Pfadt sways.
DMH low profile cutouts
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Put the sways on the tightest setting for the second day and my god what a difference.

Really was a ton of fun
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:54 PM   #12
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We started a group called the Porsche Racing Club (PRC) and we have our own run group with NASA so there is usually a good contingent of Porsche race cars and street cars .

It may be the only sports car the guy has so he has no choice. Personally I appluade him for tracking the car. That is what Porsches' were meant for going back to the 356... drive it to the track , race it and drive it home.

I get what you mean I was just sayin......

I almost went up to my shop at Infineon this weekend . Kinda sorry I missed it. Glad you had a good time.
It was great, such an awsome environment. There was about 3 or 4 GT3s and a Lamborghini Gallardo up there today. Oh how I wish I had the money for these expensive toys.

Also, I had my car inspected by S-Car-Go. Another great few guys there had nothing but good things to say about my car.

All in all, a very homey/family like crowd of people there.
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DAMMIT your making me wanna go BAD, I need to get springs/sways ASAP!
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Old 03-01-2010, 12:15 AM   #14
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DAMMIT your making me wanna go BAD, I need to get springs/sways ASAP!
Join NASA and SIGN UP!!!

I'm probably going next month as well!
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It was great, such an awsome environment. There was about 3 or 4 GT3s and a Lamborghini Gallardo up there today. Oh how I wish I had the money for these expensive toys.

Also, I had my car inspected by S-Car-Go. Another great few guys there had nothing but good things to say about my car.

All in all, a very homey/family like crowd of people there.
I go way back with NASA.. great people there and they provide a great program for people who want to run thier cars

I raced out of SCARGO for 8 years. Rob King is the owner. He makes awesome parts for the Porsche's and they built their own stainless headers , CAI and a host of parts in house that are incredible workmanship . I wish he would get into the new Camaro because he would produce excellent parts that work.

Racing with SCARGO at Road America .. shifter broke in qualifing so started DFL out of 50 cars... finished 4th overall second in class including being taken off track in an accident (not my fault) and set a new track record for GT1 and set fastest lap of the race by over 2 seconds .Best of all we got the Corner Workers Favorite Award.
Maybe you recognize some of the SCARGO crew

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I'm glad you had a great weekend. You were so anxious to put on the sways, so I'm happy everything worked out for you! Congrats!
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:15 AM   #17
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"100-110mph on the straights and turning hard at 60 mph" I do that on my way to work, but glad to hear you had a good time.
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:43 AM   #18
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I go way back with NASA.. great people there and they provide a great program for people who want to run thier cars

I raced out of SCARGO for 8 years. Rob King is the owner. He makes awesome parts for the Porsche's and they built their own stainless headers , CAI and a host of parts in house that are incredible workmanship . I wish he would get into the new Camaro because he would produce excellent parts that work.

Racing with SCARGO at Road America .. shifter broke in qualifing so started DFL out of 50 cars... finished 4th overall second in class including being taken off track in an accident (not my fault) and set a new track record for GT1 and set fastest lap of the race by over 2 seconds .Best of all we got the Corner Workers Favorite Award.
Maybe you recognize some of the SCARGO crew

The picture is a little bit low res, and I wasn't there long enough to really get a good grasp on who everyone was but the owner was there and we talked about the whole NASA and HPDE thing while one of their techs was doing the pre track inspection on my car. The building they do all their work in is so cool, so many pictures and trophies and random porsche parts.

You should get back into the whole Porsche racing deal :P.
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I'm glad you had a great weekend. You were so anxious to put on the sways, so I'm happy everything worked out for you! Congrats!
Thanks mang, can't wait to see your car this weekend. Sorry I couldn't make it down to dinner last night. Everything ended up at the track and I was just absolutely exhausted, and I wouldn't have made it down early enough anyway. I'm sure I'll be seeing it this weekend anyway though (assuming you are still going to the treasure island meet?)

Side note: there was a IBM SS up there when it was sunny. The whole glittery sparkle paintjob in the sunlight looked absolutely amazing.
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"100-110mph on the straights and turning hard at 60 mph" I do that on my way to work, but glad to hear you had a good time.
I'm sure you do, but I guarantee there isn't a fully tuned M3 riding your ass going down turn 6 before you slam your brakes through the floor for turn 7.
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