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Corey    73

This is the big one. Someone described it as the Burning Man of autocross. Last year there were 1304 competitors! It's hard to grasp how big this event is until you see it. The smooth concrete lot is an old parking lot for B-52 bombers. It's so big that you'll want a bike to get around! 

After a few changes and a bit of luck, I may be able to go down for this event. Anyone else interested? Details here:

https://www.scca.com/events/1987148-2017-tire-rack-scca-solo-nationals

I'll run on the Tuesday/Wednesday, September 5/6.  So I'd travel on Sunday, do test&tune Monday, then back home on Thursday. I believe Mark is there too, but he runs Thursday/Friday. 

SCCA has changed their pricing - there used to be a large penalty fee if you hadn't done any National Tours that year, but it's gone now. Entry fee is $175. 

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MRS Joe    76

There hasn't been a add on fee for no tours in the 2 I've been at. 

175 for the event and 70 for a scca membership. 

If I had the spyder still, I'd be going. 

This is a amazing way to spend a few days in a great atmosphere, in a great town, doing what we all love.  

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Corey    73

Clearly I haven't been for a while. I recall sometime around 2012 the 'penalty' fee was larger than the entry fee. That cured my desire to go. 

But that's all gone! 

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justkickin    29

I am out for this year. Too many parts to buy. 

Planning to do Spring Nats and Nats next year though. Should even have a trailer by then. 

The lot really is a blast to drive on. If you have never been, it is highly recommended. Not only is the lot awesome, but you will meet some great people and see some of the best built racecars you could imagine. Instagram has nothing on SCCA car porn at Nationals!

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conebasher    20

We are registered and our hotel is booked. I am shooting for top 3 in EMod and think I have a good shot at it, or the new diff and stiffer springs will be a complete disaster and I'll be lucky to get in the trophies-one way or another ;)

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JT_TT    1

I will be driving down Sunday just to hang out with people and coming home some time Tuesday most likely, maybe Wednesday. A large group of eastern Canadians are RV'ing and camping in grid, so going to snag a spot, or set up an air mattress in a trailer or my tent in paddock.  It's worth just going to see and hang out!! I have gone twice just to hang out and it's worth it! If anybody wants to make a long weekend out of it let me know, it's about a 9 hour drive if you do it in one shot. 

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Corey    73

Thanks guys! My co-driver and I are in the ballpark of others in our class based on 2 runs in the T&T course. Of course, the big courses are different! 

Every time I come down here, I'm amazed at the scale. So many people, so many awesome cars. So much line selection on the courses. 

Today's course (plane side) is the flowing course. One big 180-degree sweeper is about the diameter of turn 1 at Gimli, but a tight slalom leads into it. They even put in a pin turn just for Mark and I! LOL! Except it has an incredible amount of room before and after, so you need to balance speed/turn diameter with driving too much distance. 

There are so many cool dedicated autocross cars that you could spend days just chatting with owners. What an awesome experience, and I haven't even turned a wheel on the big course yet! 

I run 4th heat, so sometime around 2 PM. You can follow all of you favorite classes live here: http://sololive.scca.com

I'm in CM today and tomorrow. Mark is running EM Thursday and Friday. 

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Magner    69

Just finished following Corey's heat, 2 to 7th are seperared by under 0.25 sec Corey is literally in the thick of it. Good luck tomorrow!!!

 

Ryan Clark in the Cayman is in the lead for BS, (Calgary local)

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Corey    73

Wow, such a wild day.  First off I got to see SSR finishing up their runs right behind my work station while we were changing heats.  They look beautiful trail braking through a decreasing radius corner and then laying down the power towards the finish.  

Then I worked for FS and DSP.  Wow, some amazing drivers hustling those muscle cars around.  DSP was interesting with BMW's like Jeremy's and RX-8s.  

Then we got to drive.  Today's course was a test of your bravery and ability to look ahead.  If I could have turned my head over 90-degrees, it would have been beneficial in a couple of spots.  Back for more tomorrow!  I'm processing videos now and will try to get one up tonight.  

 

 

 

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Corey    73

My 3rd run: 

Fast and LONG sweepers.  I'm in heaven.  Given how close all the trophy spots are, seeing those errors hurts.  LOL!  

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Magner    69

I don't have Joe's level of analysis but I would you say that looked like an exhilarating run. Car looks pretty neutral and responsive, go get'em!

 

Protip for eveyone who wants to watch or follow along, download the SCCA Nationals app, it will notify you of heat changes (great to follow at work)

https://www.scca.com/articles/2007610-download-tire-rack-national-solo-app-today

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Corey    73

My hands were shaking so bad I was spilling water out of my water bottle while trying to drink.  So. Much. Fun.  

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MRS Joe    76
1 hour ago, Corey said:

My hands were shaking so bad I was spilling water out of my water bottle while trying to drink.  So. Much. Fun.  

Awesome. 

Only thing I can ask you about your run, were you looking through the elements at the line, or at the elements ahead at the 45 second mark? I almost feel you could have been accelerating earlier there (I don't know course condition if something prevents it) 

The slides are obvious but your quick to correct and you are attacking the course, in a controlled manner. 

Great job! Get it done tomorrow. 

Side note: You can tell the ES guys I miss them lol. This is where I regret selling the spyder. Michael Ron put 9/10 of a lead to second on a class 64 deep. 

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Magner    69

Corey hangs on to finish in the throphies, coming in 7th in an extremely tight group, well done Corey! 

Sounds like Corey had to stop on the last run for downed cone, and got a rerun. I'm sure theres an interesting story.

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evolv    6

Way to go Corey...  look forward to hearing the story on the rerun...

Okay Mark, your turn, bring it home... 

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Shawn    36

I was listening to some of the live audio streaming and got to hear Corey's 3rd run. Those announcers have a lot to keep up on at the pace everything goes but I like our announcing better when we have it..it's a little more fun.

Good job Corey! 2nd through 7th were so damn close.

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Corey    73

Today had a lot of suck for me, but it came together on a lucky re-run.   I just couldn't 'see' the course.  I was struggling to think far enough ahead.  It was a very cone-intensive course, and they were all clustered together and you're going fast.  Visibility was a common complaint from the C Mod, F Mod, and kart drivers. I made a big mistake on my 3rd run, so I knew it was all over.  But, like we say in the schools, keep going! 

As I came around the one corner, I could see course workers scattering.  As I got to that area, something wasn't right, and I saw the missing cone.  Oh baby, rerun!  Here's what I saw:  (This also shows the drive from grid to the course)

Ok, 5 minutes until my rerun, so I stayed in the car and my co-driver put the tire blankets on.  I've just been given a gift - use it wisely!  I ran through the course many times in my head.  5 minutes felt like a LONG time.  It was my best run of the day, by far.  Not great, but the other runs all had very large errors.  Here's that 4th run:

I didn't cut the footage from the end of the run, over the scales, and back to grid.  I was pretty emotional after a frustrating first 3 runs that gave me much self-doubt.  

The OPR (Other People's Rubber) buildup is legendary at Lincoln.  It's a mix of seam sealer and tire dust.  It's soft and gooey, but gives less grip than tire rubber, so you end up scraping it off between runs if you notice it building.  Watch the front right tire in the second video build it up quick as I go through the right sweeper at 0:42 to 0:46, and then it gets scraped to the inside and flies off in the next left.  I hadn't seen that before!  

By the way, we worked course for an epic DSP battle!  We could hear the announcer whenever he got excited, and he got excited a lot with all the lead changes.  Some top notch driving in BMWs and RX-8s!  We could hear bits of the SSR battle (Corvette's, 911s, and a Viper) on the other course, but we couldn't pay attention.  

Regardless of your expected performance, the Solo Nats are a bucket list item if you like driving and seeing cars driven with aggression and control. 

See you all on Saturday!  

 

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Corey    73
On 05/09/2017 at 10:33 PM, MRS Joe said:

Only thing I can ask you about your run, were you looking through the elements at the line, or at the elements ahead at the 45 second mark? I almost feel you could have been accelerating earlier there (I don't know course condition if something prevents it) 

Going back to this comment: I was battling power-on understeer at the point mentioned. I lifted to stay on line. 

I'm impressed you can tell that from a video! Nice. 

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