Plus Weekend Events & Mazdaspeed3 Driver

This was a busy weekend with beautiful weather suitable for motorsport-related activities.

Saturday (yesterday) some plans changed.  But I was able to be involved in 2 events:

  1. I experienced Hill Country shifter karting
  2. I immersed myself in the 3rd Annual Simpson Car Show
    [More later in subsequent posts…]

Sunday’s activity was the SPOKES 2009 AutoX #10.  As is normally the case, it took place at the San Antonio Raceway parking lot.  I decided not to compete due to whacked alignment issues on Karlino’s rear end.  I was able to get back into blogger mode, taking a bunch of pix & talking to some new autocross participants.  There were about 114 competitors signed up for this event, with 106 entries competing!  They ran 3 heats of 6 runs per heat.

Grid overview...

There were some new folks out there, both spectators & competitors, along with a whole bunch of Novices.   One of my co-workers (Jason, that’s him competing last month in his Mazdaspeed 3, below) & I inspired some other co-workers to come to check it out, but they didn’t show.  We’ll see what their excuses at work Monday…

Close-up of Jason @ speed - courtesy of Antonio Morano Photography

This was only Jason’s second event & he did well.  He learned from others & encouraged even newer Novices to have experienced folks do instructive ride alongs with them.  It was good to see someone I encouraged really getting into the sport & wanting to help others.  Jason’s car, a 2008.5 Mazdaspeed 3 is very competitive.

Jason discussing autocross technique...

MSM3 cockpit

Jason waiting by his MSM3 while observing the course

He’s done only a few modifications, but they’ve been very effective:

  • Cold air intake
  • Turbo back exhaust
  • and upgraded Nitto Neo Gen tires on the front stock wheels (he’d already run the the tread of the factory stock front tires)

Jason @ speed !

As usual, there was a good variety of competitors’ cars running today…

Mostly Miatas here, others marques were elsewhere...

Racing Ready is ready to invite more new participants…

Dan

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