Date: January 2nd, 2005
Location: World Arena, Colorado Springs, CO
Mods: bone stock 2003 Pontiac Vibe GT
Results: 62 of 75 drivers
1. | 94/ESP | PAUL LEONARD | 01 FORD COBRA VERT | 54.196
62. | 68/GS | JOHN BARTON, N | 03 PONT VIBE | 63.277
75. | 420/STS | DEVON JAMES, N | 85 TOYO COROLLA | 67.694
I'm not sure what happened here...My first autocross run *ever*. I felt good about the run, but apparently missed going around a cone someplace. *sheepish grin*
An interesting point is that the 8200 RPM limit allowed me to stay in 1st gear around the whole course... There was one spot where I was banging off the rev limiter for about a half a second, but other than that, the course was "slow" enough that I was able to stay in lift for the whole course.
Had a rider in the form of one of the X class guys (Former National Champs). Learned that I *did* have the course down pat, after all.
Ran this one alone, had a halfway decent time, though I overdrove a couple of corners resulting in a horrible push, and I'm sure that slowed me down a lot. I am surprised at how *neutral* the car's handling is under load. I figured that it would be a handful of push with the engine over the drive wheels, but when I took it out to Second Creek Raceway on the 31st of December, I found that the back end was loose and squirrely when braking hard and turning into a corner. I was pleasantly surprised to see how the car would go pretty much where I wanted it to go, and there weren't any bad surprises.
Took a rider again, and learned that a rider costs me about one second on my lap time.
We also ran 3 Fun Runs at the end of the day, which got me still more seat time...
I'm writing this on the 21st of December, and I have Winter Session #2 on Sunday. I'm going into it more confident, and will post the results here.