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 MSR-H Jan 30/31 2010 with NASA
 
 2/1/2010 1:19:33 PM
kbrew9194
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MSR-H Jan 30/31 2010 with NASA
 (United States)

Here's what I wrote over on the main NASA forums, figured I'd share with you guys as well in case you don't read that one

My event went ok, could be better but could be way worse.  Didn't get much TT time or any real solid super-competitive laps, but did get out some to check out how people were driving and get some results in for season points none the less.

Racing-wise, well, lets just say that old Hoosiers aren't as good as fresher ones.  Saturday Qualifying & 1st race were on a 30-40 heat cycle set.  Didn't go to well, laptimes weren't that hot either at 1:56s but still better than the 58s and 59s I did in TT earlier in the day. 

Race 2 went alot better since I bolted on my ~12 heat cycle set - despite my best efforts to screw myself on the start I ended up having a race long battle with Tony Lee's SpecRX7.  I had let him by early in the race in the hopes that with both of us paired up we could run down the other SRX7 of Matt Sternenberg but that didn't work out.  My last lap pass attempt in Diamond's Edge failed when I spun to keep from pushing wide into Tony and I came in 3rd.  Did learn a few things though.

Qualified in the same spot on Sunday, even though I improved almost 4 seconds over Sat Qual.   With the Allison Legacies spacing out PTF it was a little rough at the start to stay in contact with Tony & Matt at first.  Car was hooked up well at first but the tires started going away later, especially in the big carosel sweeper (T2).  Ended up battling with Matt a few times, really made him work for the pass and then kept the pressure on when he was in front so I could capitalize on his spins, offs, and mistakes.  It was all for not in the end though when I started running low on fuel.  The fuel mileage specialist (me) didn't do the fuel consumption math correctly and shorted the driver (me) about 10 minutes worth of fuel.  Was a shame too as with the early 1:53 laps and 1:55s later in the race with dying tires I might have been able to pull off a 2nd place instead of a 3rd.

Ended up with a 5.794 second improvement over my times from 2009 and had the chance to really mix it up and work on racecraft so all things considered even with a 1st of 1 both days in TTF, and a 3rd of 3 in all 3 PTF races I still think I could call this weekend a mild success.

On to the next round at MSR Cresson in March (or maybe earlier for you guys since you run SCCA as well)


Ken Brewer 1994 Toyota MR2 - #6 PTF
 2/8/2010 11:30:19 PM
kbrew9194
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Re: MSR-H Jan 30/31 2010 with NASA
 (United States)

Race 1 (kinda boring):
http://www.vimeo.com/9312709

Race 3 (bit more action):
http://www.vimeo.com/9312264


Ken Brewer 1994 Toyota MR2 - #6 PTF
 2/9/2010 1:08:09 PM
uppul
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Re: MSR-H Jan 30/31 2010 with NASA
 (United States)

Ken,

haven't seen your videos yet but i hope my sloppy driving wasn't showing...   it was good to meet you finally.  was a fun weekend even thou we only had 3 cars in class and it was friggin cold.  (excuse time ahead) Changed tire pressures the wrong way for race sunday which made me a bit loose.... but as i have heard before 'loose is fast but on the edge of outta control"  which i was.  still fun and great door to door stuff with ya!    

btw, we were all moving quick & shaving lap times as i turned a 1:52.7 in my attempt to catch tony after my 1st, 2nd or 3rd 2 or more wheels off - pretty sure its a new track record for us!    might need to paint the car green again! 

 2/9/2010 4:32:12 PM
kbrew9194
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Re: MSR-H Jan 30/31 2010 with NASA
 (United States)

yeah that 1:53.8 I turned that last race was only ~5.8 faster than I went last year.  Track was smokin' fast for everyone on Sunday, alot of my TT guys broke records plus I think even some really hard fought stuff like AI, CMC, etc fell as well. 

Your driving wasn't much more sloppy than mine was, haha!  Nice to catch up with you and hope to see you at some more of the NASA races.  I'd do some SCCA stuff to get more events in but I'm not quite 100% ITA legal (interior bits) nor really that prepared for that class (suspension, power), plus their membership + license + entry fee gets pricey quick


Ken Brewer 1994 Toyota MR2 - #6 PTF
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