NASA Recap – March 2014
[dropcap style=”style1″]I[/dropcap] wake up in the morning and the first thing I think is “race day is coming…” That’s right, I have an addiction. Its really comes to no surprise that my addiction, the one that haunts my every thought and moment, is racing.
Several months ago I had the opportunity to go for a ride along With Jim Cozzolino in his Acura NSX around the track during a National Auto Spots Association (NASA) event. Needless to say… I was hooked instantly. Shortly after that I found myself with a NASA membership and a track day scheduled. My first race was at Indie Raceway in Wilcox Arizona. Racing at Indie really gave me more confidence in my driving and in my car. It sparked my interest in buying performance parts rather than just things that look good and has further ignited my desire to be speeding around on the track.
In preparation for the March NASA event, I had been glued to my car and giving my credit card a work out. New short tube headers went on the car, and I had my single exhaust converted to a duel exhaust.
When I got to the track early Saturday morning, I went through the tech inspection and then set up camp for the day.
This was my first time on the Wild Horse Pass East Track, and really in HPDE2. My last race, back in October at Wilcox, I made it into the second class but I had only been around the track a few times by myself. This was a new track, new environment, it was a little scary.
My first session for the day was slow and kind of all over the place. It was a little challenging establishing the race line all on my own.
My second session was a thousand times better. I knew how to better take the turns, where to put my car on the track. I had a blast. I still had on the tires from my previous session in October and I slid around the track. Before any NASA experience, my car sliding around at such speeds would have terrified me, but having a better understanding of my car and more confidence in my skills, I was at ease and enjoyed myself.
As the day went on, I got better and better. My smile grew bigger with each lap. At the end of the day I was happy. Marilyn performed well and I am eager to get back out on the track.