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CG-Lock Review: Sit Tighter – Go Faster!

CG-Lock installed

A Reintroduction to the CG-Lock

I used my CG-Lock in my Big White Whale when I autocrossed with it last Fall.  Now, I have already installed it on my “new” 1999 Mazda Miata, Karlino.  It really works to keep you in place, using your feet to work the pedals & not to brace yourself!

But beyond my words & experience, see what the folks at the Evolution Performance Driving School have to say about the CG-Lock:

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The Evolution Performance Driving School, “Official School of the SCCA’s National Solo Program” for 2009, endorses the CG-Lock and confirms it makes fast drivers faster!

The nationally recognized Evolution Performance Driving School has adopted the CG-Lock as an official sponsor of the School and as the official sponsor of the School’s Phase One Program.  Evolution has endorsed the CG-Lock to help drivers drive better and faster and will promote the CG-Lock at its events, schools and seminars.  The under $50 CG-Lock attaches to most factory installed seatbelts to provide about 80% of the control benefit of a racing harness that results in better car control, less driver fatigue and faster laps.    Evolution teaches all levels of drivers how to autocross and drive better and faster.  The motorsport of autocrossing is performed mainly with daily driver cars that have the original factory installed seatbelts.

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Having the proper tool will always help – for autocross (as well as for HPDEs & road racing), the GC-Lock is one of those few tools.  Doing autocross well (as in any learned activity) is an ongoing, lifelong pursuit.  Like the Evolution Performance Driving School‘s tagline says, it’s about “educating autocrossers, one second at a time“!  They offer a thorough program…check them out to really improve your driving.

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Fun Corvette Takes Hot Laps at H2R – Part 2

There was another enthusiastically driven Corvette at the SEA Track Attack at Harris Hill Road.  Bob’s been an active participant this past year that I’ve been documenting regional amateur racing.  Bob has brought his head turning Lister Replica Racer to many past autocross & HPDE (high performance driver education) events.

At this event Bob did not disappoint, bringing his 1999 FRC (Fixed Roof Coupe) Corvette C5.  There is an interesting tie-in from yesterday’s featured Corvette – Bob’s Corvette was previously owned by Jeff.  It was interesting to see them compare notes.

Unlike Jeff’s Corvette, which is relatively stock, Bob’s car has a number of significant modifications & upgrades, some completed by Bob & some by Kevin.  Here’s what’s noticeably different from stock:

  • MTI Racing Stage 1 Engine Upgrade – to allow better/freer breathing & improved throttle response (This car was dyno’d at 420HP, measured at the wheels!  Jeff did this when he was this car’s owner.)

  • the suspension has been completely changed out with that of a Z06 Corvette (Bob completed this over the past winter off season)

One of the “highlights” of this event was a mid afternoon heavy rain & lightening storm.  Bob did just fine in the morning, but was not happy to venture out on the track while it was still drying.  Due to the design of the H2R track, by Bo Rivers, the track was pretty much dry within an hour.  Dedicated Hoosier racing slick tires made the damp running laps an adventure Bob did not want to participate in.  He was able to venture back out on the dry, but green, track later and had more fun.

Bob really enjoys responding to his “racing Jones” on weekends.  It’s great that he is also able to balance this fun activity with his time with family & career.  Also, believe it or not, Bob has been able to get 32MPG on the highway – sounds like you can have your cake & eat it, too!

Racing Ready is dedicated to following & documenting those responding to their racing urges.


Fun Corvette Takes Hot Laps at H2R – Part 1

Jeff is a tried & true Corvette enthusiast.  I met him & his car at the SEA Track Attack event at H2R.  I was introduced to him by fellow SASCA member, Bob, the Lister Replica owner I’ve written up here.  That red Corvette that Bob was campaigning on this day was originally owned by Jeff.

Bob so missed the power of the car that he sold to Bob, that he later purchased this 2004 C5 model Corvette that he brought with him to run hot laps at H2R.

Kevin has only upgraded a few items on his Corvette:

  • the shifter
  • higher performance aftermarket brake rotors & pads
  • but the engine & the remaining drivetrain are stock

This car is part of limited edition run, #572 out of 2025 built.  The series is – Commemorative 24 Heures Du Mans 2 GTS Wins.

Jeff enjoyed his morning laps.  Since he had Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, the wet laps were actually challenging fun, as well.

Jeff appreciates the availability of the Harris Hill Road track & its high caliber, smooth surface.

Racing Ready is there to capture your racing moments.


Strictly European Autosport Track Attack

Today was the Strictly European Autosport Track Attack @ H2R (Harris Hill Road).

Like all HPDE (High Performance Drivers Education) events, this one was well attended & well run.  Harold, a very active member of the Strictly European Autosport club coordinated & facilitated this event.  There were drivers & cars driven (or trailered) from Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin & all points in between.

There was a good variety of cars participating, and not all were “strictly European”.  All the drivers I spoke to were very friendly & honestly interested in Racing Ready.  I think I may have established the basis for some good future alliances.

Be sure to click on these images to enlarge - lots of details!

I found some unique cars & associated stories that I will be documenting here for your learning & enjoyment.  I came across some interesting people & car histories.  Continue to come back here & read more…

One thing different about today’s event was the weather.  In the mid afternoon a heavy rainstorm passed through with very nearby lightening.  Some of the guys went out on track right as the rain changed to a lighter drizzle, many changing to street (grooved, not slick) tires.  Some wanted to see how their car handled in the wet – the consensus?  It was not exactly a fun challenge to experiment with.

As is usual, the folks at Harris Hill Road were wonderful hosts for this event.  In addition, the lunch that was part of the event was catered by Milt’s Pit BBQ – a wonderful South/Central Texas plate of brisket, sausage, potato salad & beans, with refreshing ice tea.

Racing Ready is hungry for more of these kinds of events…


Performance SpeedTech, Keeping You on Track

Performance SpeedTech provides a very useful service to The Drivers Edge events.  At the recent The Drivers Edge high speed driving awareness school at H2R, their trailer was noticeably present on one side of the Harris Hill Road parking lot.  At first I wasn’t sure if this was the trappings of a super prepared student driver participant, or what.  So, I asked.  I ended up speaking with AJ Peterson, the Manager of Performance SpeedTech.

Performance SpeedTech provides a variety of services & other items, mostly responding to break/fix situations, to get the student’s vehicle back on the track in a timely manner, not specifically as a pro-active purchase outlet.

  • Hoosier tires, properly mounted & balanced
  • Performance Friction Brakes, with pads & rotors
  • Motor oil & other vital fluids for your performance car
  • Arai helmets
  • Cool shirts (they actually cool you under your racing suit!)
  • Race shoes
  • A variety of colors of racer’s tape
  • …and other items & services

Performance SpeedTech makes available these services at each of The Drivers Edge events, every month there is one.  They also are the resident on site pro shop at MotorSport Ranch, near Cresson, TX (just southeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex).

AJ is the Performance SpeedTech Sales Manager.  He has an extensive racing support background, working as a lead mechanic in the Trams_Am series.  He also specializes in Moton and JRZ shocks, as well as Stack Data Acquisition.  Here’s his PST business card.  Go ahead & give him a call if you want to take your competion car to the next level.

AJ explained that at these events, people don’t come by the trailer to simply buy stuff.   They are there for triage.  Their service is to respond to situations which decommission a car’s proper use, such as replacing a destroyed tire or spent brake rotors & pads.  Later they get referral jobs & follow-up business from drivers to better tune & balance their cars for the next high speed event, at their race shop.

Their mobile operation is quite complete.  They get things done properly that are absolutely needed by the weekend racing learner.  During the week they also tweak race car setups & alignment analysis.

Racing Ready wants to hook up a cooperative agreement with the likes of racing performance companies like Performance SpeedTech.  It is something I would like to work toward.


The Drivers Edge School at H2R

This report, about a recent The Drivers Edge school event, demonstrates that Racing Ready is revitalizing its approach – to provide information & resources for the reader to become a successful racing competitor.  This 2-day drivers’ school took place over the April 18-19, 2009 weekend at Harris Hill Road (H2R).

The Drivers Edge is a respected, affordable, high speed driving awareness experience, well-organized since 1995.  In this environment an amateur driver can learn & work at his pace to grow his “at speed” driving abilities.  There is both classroom instruction & plenty of track time.  Based on a driver’s experience (or a lack thereof), the student driver is placed in run groups by color.  Green, Blue, Yellow or Red – from inexperienced novice to those advanced enough to be ready to race.

The Novice & Intermediate students always start out with an instructor in the car (the vehicle is student provided).  You really have to prove you have learned the appropriate skill within your group, before you can advance to the next color group.  In this way you are building on a stable foundation of skill & demonstrated abilities.  I was told that many students are able to progress at least one run group level over the course of a weekend school.

I met and spoke with Rick Schwalenberg, The Drivers Edge President & founder.  Although he was very busy, he graciously took the time to visit with me.  He explained the basics of the  teaching/learning process that one goes through with The Drivers Edge.  He even proudly acclaimed that this is the only school that starts off Sunday morning with a prayer/church service.  This is a good indication of the sincere foundation Rick & this school is based upon.  Here’s what he has to say:

“Our events are presented in a fun and challenging way, with the most important element being safety. Our passion to teach performance driving is what keeps the customers coming back for more. Our goal is for everything drivers learn here to translate into better, and ultimately, safer driving everywhere—on the street and the track. God has truly blessed us with The Drivers Edge.”

Although I arrived late at this session (after attending SPOKES 2009 Autocross #4) I was quite impressed by the organization and professional attitude of the instructors and the way things were being run.  This was their first teaching event at H2R.  It sounds like they enjoyed working at this venue and will be back.  The following week there were going to go through a lessons learned review to improve the next school they conduct at H2R.  They also teach these same 2-day driving courses at other Texas road tracks, such as:

  • Texas Motor Speedway
  • Motorsport Ranch
  • Texas World Speedway
  • Eagle’s Canyon Raceway

This, obviously, is a Texas-based performance driving school.  But there are others throughout the States (and also internationally), teaching at this same professional level.  I plan to find out more of them to profile here.  This is all part of getting this site to be a well-rounded reference the the up & coming amateur racer.

Racing Ready enjoys the sport & skills learned through participating in autocross, but the next big step is participation in HPDEs (High Performance Driver Education events) like those put on by The Drivers Edge.  We need more of this!


P.S. – In talking with Rick, I told him that I’d like to become an instructor.  Without hesitation, he enthusiastically asked me to send him my teaching/racing creds!  Well whoops, I forgot to include the word someday…  I happily told him I’d take a raincheck on his offer.  Something to push forward to… 🙂