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