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FullSolo – Competition At Speed

At last, it’s here – FullSolo !

I started a dialogue in earnest with both Truong & Steven last December 2008 about this social networking, autocross community project.

Finally it has come to fruition!  And here is what I posted as a blog entry on the FullSolo site & why I believe in this!!!

Supporting FullSolo Through Racing Ready

I have been in conversation about this project since the end of last year with both Truong & Steven. This community will establish a foundation of interest & growth in the amateur sport of autocross (Solo). This has been something lacking in the past, and although physically based in South/Central Texas, will move across the country fast. I know this will grow virally & soon!

I see this as a win-win for the local autocrosser to get some well-deserved recognition, as well as increase the popularity and awareness of this sport we all enjoy. All will benefit!

I support the shared vision & initiative of FullSolo & pledge to help it to grow though my blog, RacingReady.com.

We’ll see you out there (& also, in here!) … 😉

Racing Ready Dan

Steven Johnson will be officially launching the site at the upcoming Divisional style 2009 SASCA Autocross #5.  He will not only be recording videos of autocross runs, but plans to video interview participants, as well.  It will be good to see more of the human element in this sport!

Racing Ready supports this community & will continue to promote it!

Dan

Capturing Amateur Motorsports’ Best

This afternoon, I spent some quality time with Truong, with Flocasts.  In fact, we talked for about an hour and 1/2!. He is beginning to work in cooperation with Steven, the owner of the 350Z I posted about recently.

On that posting Truong left this comment:

I was referred to your blog by Steven, cool write up on him!

I’m the web tech guy that will be supporting Steven next year as he travels the nation.  Would love to meet with you sometime and discuss our shared vision!

Truong & I coordinated back & forth by e-mail & this afternoon’s meeting of minds was the result!  This next year Steven will be competing in various autocross events.  Initially he will be autocrossing throughout Central Texas, then eventually across the country.  Steven will be competing, interviewing, capturing video, soliciting local contributors & so on.  He will be a very busy body on these weekends!

Truong will be coding, coordinating and helping to drive the flow of all this content to be posted – on a weekly basis.  Racing Ready might somehow be involved as a part of this process – we shall see.  More discussions to follow…

One point that Truong stressed is that they want to capture information and inspiration from the greatest minds within the autocross discipline.

Racing Ready is excited in the prospect of this motorsports exposure initiative.  In the next few weeks we plan on talking in further detail.  This will be exciting!

Dan

Nissan 350Z Racer Quest Continues

Yesterday, I started the description of Steve’s 350Z Touring edition Nissan sports car.  Little did I know he & his car were at the first event I attended & blogged about – small world.

Steve provided me plenty of information.  Let me logically present it to you here…

Steve’s racing bug bit when he started bracket racing in the 1/4 drag in Ennis, TX – at age 16.  He was on a team called Relentless Racing.  He says straight line racing is fun, but the real driver’s skill is in the curves.  I can’t agree more; I’d like to add that the curves need to go in both the left & right directions!

This has been Steve’s first full year doing autocrossing with both the SPOKES & SASCA clubs.  I’ll quote Steve some more:

My first event was a crash course to how to class your car properly. My second autocross for spokes I got first in Novice. My 3rd event I got first in Novice at SASCA. Then I won first a second time for SPOKES and another for SASCA, so I was kicked out of the Novice class for both groups.

Ludicrous Speed Racing is a team of guys that have given me valuable insights on how to drive. Ed (a newer Nissan 350Z), Wei (2000 Honda Prelude SH) , Shane (2000 Subaru 2.5RSC Impreza), and Jay (2003 Corvette Z06) are helping me through my first year. Those guys are great!

In the 2009 racing season Steven will be racing in B Stock for a company in Austin called Flocasts.  This company will be offering a website for autocrossers and car enthusiast a place to post their videos (sounds like a great future cross promotional opportunity!).  He will be traveling across America to promote grassroots motorsports and hopefully give local racers a place to gain national recognition.

Steven started at Harris Hill Road as a part-time corner worker last summer.  Once the business gained some traction, the management recognized his spirit & passion, and he was moved up to the track coordinator position.  Steven also does billing paperwork during the week.  In addition, he currently attends Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, as a management major with an entrepreneurial focus (a future business racer).

He says H2R has been a great place to work (boy, am I jealous!). Steven continues saying that Bo Rivers and Eric Beverding are the coolest bosses you could imagine to work for.  The laid back environment and positive attitudes make for a fun place to spend his days.

Autocross is where Steven plans to get his start.  Eventually he wants to move up to Pro Solo and Solo2 Nationals in the SCCA.  He also plans to compete in NASA time trials and super lap battles.  Steve finishes by saying:

After that, who knows! All I want to do is race, and race I do!

Here are some more details of Steven’s ride.  He’s added a Sparco Harness Bar that’s given him the added benefit of increasing the car’s chassis stiffness – he was both surprised & impressed.

In the “go” department he’s installed a K&N cold air intake FilterCharger, and a Cobb Tuning system.

One thing I enjoyed about Steven’s car was the throaty roar of its exhaust.  He’s put in an Invidia exhaust system.  It had the unique sound of a big angry cat, purring with a vengeance!  Very unique – it made you turn your head to see what was coming…

As to other improvements under the car, this past spring Steven went though a series of progressive modifications: D-Spec Tokico Adjustable Shocks (helps to better control the factory induced oversteer), Ground Control coilover springs & Eibach springs, upgraded swaybar, Cryo Rotors, Hawk Performance Plus brake pads & more.  Unfortunately, he warped the rear rotors at this autocross on 11/23/2008.

Steven adds:

Thanks for the site.  I appreciate the opportunity for exposure, I need all I can get (me too!).  It gives me something to do in class, and a heads up on the competition!

Racing Ready really appreciates Steven’s enthusiasm.  It would be great to partner up with him to help promote his cross-country racing experiences with Flocasts next racing season.

Dan

P.S. – Here’s the subsequest meeting information with Truong.

Nissan 350Z Owner On A Racer Quest

Steven is an upcoming racer with a plan.  I met him at the CBR PCA event at H2R back on 11/8/2008.  We talked briefly about his working at Harris Hill Road, being a student at Texas State and his autocrossing & track driving his 2003 Nissan 350Z Touring edition.

Quoting from the team website of Ludicrous Speed Racing that he’s a part of:

This is my 2003 Nissan 350z touring edition.  The touring model just means that I get all the luxury features, but no cool Brembos or STM.  This is my first year in autocross, but I plan to continue in TBS for the 09 season.  This car sees a lot of track time not only in autocross, but at Harris Hill Road and SAR.  The car handles great thanks to the Tokico D-spec 16 way adjustable shocks.  I also have a Nismo intake and Tanabe GF springs but I can’t use them just yet.  It ran a 13.6 at San Antonio Raceway.  My best lap time so far at Harris Hill clockwise is 1:38.6.  Future mods are Cobb tuning front swaybar, Tanabe exhaust and eventually some nice tires and rims.

These images were taken at Harris Hill Road in the winter & spring of this year:

I have a significant quantity of more pictures & information about Steven’s ride & his future goals in racing.  I will continue the next post with all this about Steven & more about his 350Z.  Stay tuned for more about Steven’s quest…

Racing Ready thanks you for your patience.  So tomorrow, for the rest of the story.

Dan