cap't. solo: It was a $50 class held by the local autocross council.
cieg: Never before have I wanted a stick in my Vibe as badly as when I was tossing her through the cones. I ended up trying a few things, including turning overdrive off (it helped... better power) and keeping it in 2 instead of D. Kinda worked. I revved high, and tried to push into D to find third gear, only to slip into neutral.
Did you beat the 'vette and Viper outright, or was it indexed time? How does your GT fair against similar hot hatches (if you can call the Vibe GT a hot hatch) like GTIs, or Mazda 3s?
They say my technique is great, but the underlying truth is that the car isn't as capable. If there were a faster steering rack out there, I'd throw one in to help me out. Going from 1.5 turns right to almost two turns left, and back again is crazy. Better brakes could help. I already have Canuck lowering springs (which puts me into a highly-prepared class... which stinks), and I have energy motor mount inserts to put in. How much of a difference did they make just in how the car generally performs?
Just for reference, here's what over twenty runs did to my front tires:
Passenger side (from back)
Driver side (from front)