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Drove in my first Auto-x today... my impressions...

Holy crap it was a ton of fun!

I could not believe how well my bone stock 09 Mazda 3i rotated. No alignment or anything done to it. I just took the spare tire and all usual stuff out of the car for the event.

I have some Goodyear GT all-season tires. Not ideal but decent tires for a daily driver... that is the only thing not stock.

I started out with 42psi front and rear... after the first run, the front was still rolling over a bit more than comfortable, upped it to 46psi... improved but still not ideal, ended up at 49psi front and 42psi rear. I never felt a need for more rotation from the rear so I never messed with it. It still rolls over a bit, but I know that is because of the craptastic lack of camber up front that is inherent on these cars.

I ran a best time of a 67.539 on my first run... and that same exact time again on my third run... haha. Second run I pushed too hard and missed a gate because I wasn't looking far enough ahead. 4th and 5th runs I hit a cone or two but was running much faster.


There was a progressingly shrinking slalom on the back stretch right before the finish timing lights... that is what screwed me every time, I was doing well up until then on most of the runs.

[img width=576 height=768]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v294/flatlander757/Auto-X/2012-04-15%20Wilmington/DSCF2871.jpg[/img]





And a short video that my wife got:



There was another Mazda3 driver there... He had been doing this for a while, though was new to the Mazda3 itself, he was also bone stock on street tires. He ran a best of 63.121.


I finished 82 in PAX overall of 113 cars, but 4th in PAX in the novice class of 21 cars. I feel pretty good about that.

Final results:
http://cincyscca.com/wp-content/uplo...PE1/pe1fin.htm

Summary:
http://cincyscca.com/wp-content/uplo...PE1/pe1sum.htm

PAX Results:
http://cincyscca.com/wp-content/uplo...PE1/pe1pax.htm


Can't wait to go again!


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Re: Drove in my first Auto-x today... my impressions...

Sounds like you had a blast. I'd like to find one near me and try, but I'm nervous that I would get lost in the cones or something. Not sure why, but I think just looking at the pictures people put up I'm just like "how the hell do you know where to go?".


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Glad you had fun! Keep going back!
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[quote author=Mindless link=topic=209416.msg4218096#msg4218096 date=1334544616]
Sounds like you had a blast. I'd like to find one near me and try, but I'm nervous that I would get lost in the cones or something. Not sure why, but I think just looking at the pictures people put up I'm just like "how the hell do you know where to go?".
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It's not as hard as it looks. Just need to look ahead and not out-drive your eyes.

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[quote author=PZ link=topic=209416.msg4218251#msg4218251 date=1334587109]
[quote author=Mindless link=topic=209416.msg4218096#msg4218096 date=1334544616]
Sounds like you had a blast. I'd like to find one near me and try, but I'm nervous that I would get lost in the cones or something. Not sure why, but I think just looking at the pictures people put up I'm just like "how the hell do you know where to go?".
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It's not as hard as it looks. Just need to look ahead and not out-drive your eyes.

At most clubs, if you ask, they will find an instructor to ride with you and help you.
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and it's normal that you'd get lost on your first runs, I did that too, we all did it and even the best drivers did it


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Sounds like you had a blast. I'd like to find one near me and try, but I'm nervous that I would get lost in the cones or something. Not sure why, but I think just looking at the pictures people put up I'm just like "how the hell do you know where to go?".
Yeah, I felt the same way too, but ride along with somebody first(if possible... kinda tough if you are running or working the first heat) and it will give you an idea of what to do. I got there early and walked the course about 2.5 times.

I had a pro driver(Kent Weaver... great guy) ride with me and gave me a few tips on seating position and how to take certain parts of the course, etc etc. Taking off with both hands on the wheel for instance helped a lot in cutting near as possible to the first few cones before the chicago box... shift to second and back on the wheel.

I ran my first run pretty slow-paced I felt like, but it was my best time because I didn't hit any cones, which I did in every other run.

The second run I tried going as hard as possible and I missed a gate so got a DNF because I wasn't looking far enough ahead. Run your first time kinda slow just to put a clean time on the board, then work on improving your speed.

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and it's normal that you'd get lost on your first runs, I did that too, we all did it and even the best drivers did it
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I've never gotten lost - just suggested a new course design while driving.

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and it's normal that you'd get lost on your first runs, I did that too, we all did it and even the best drivers did it
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I've never gotten lost - just suggested a new course design while driving.
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LOL that's a great way to look at it


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[quote author=shawn1980 link=topic=209416.msg4218341#msg4218341 date=1334598240]


and it's normal that you'd get lost on your first runs, I did that too, we all did it and even the best drivers did it
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I've never gotten lost - just suggested a new course design while driving.
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LOL, been there, done that!
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[quote author=shawn1980 link=topic=209416.msg4218341#msg4218341 date=1334598240]


and it's normal that you'd get lost on your first runs, I did that too, we all did it and even the best drivers did it
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I've never gotten lost - just suggested a new course design while driving.
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I tend to enjoy doing that backwards!

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