This must be a trend! At the 2009 SASCA Autocross #6 Jerry debuted his “new” 1999 Mazda Miata!
Just like my Miata it’s a 1999 model & it has about 110K miles. This is Jerry’s second Miata. Last I heard he still owns his red 1990 Miata that he’s been driving & campaigning in autocross for years. He is enjoying the step up in power from a 1.6 liter, to a newer car with a 1.8 liter engine. Note the 6 (!) autocross stickers (from SPOKES) on the wing window below – a lot of autocross mileage, there!
Jerry is the third owner of this Highlight Silver Metallic Miata. Unlike my car, his has been tweaked to be as best as you could upgrade it, without getting out of the C Stock class. These are the 3 key upgrades:
- Koni Yellow Shocks
- Racing Beat front sway bar
- 2.5″ cat back exhaust
In addition, this Miata has Enkei 15″ wheels & Kumho (very consistently competitive) tires. I think the springs are stock, but the car does look a little lower. Maybe it’s the bigger wheels, an optical illusion… I’m sure this car & driver combination will consistently beat my car & myself in most any autocross situation. Besides, Jerry has many more years of autocross experience. Maybe it’s that the rear trunk spoiler that makes the car look faster. 🙂
Although Jerry competes in the C Stock class, like me, he is competing in the Tire class, which changes things. It kind of makes competing directly with him a mute point. I still don’t really understand the tire class rules, as yet – sorry. But it will be good to see how I compare & to see what these modifications have done to his car’s handling compared to mine.
Racing Ready likes to compare the competition – it makes things interesting.