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Racing' in the rain

Thought you all might like to see my recent track day. To say it was wet is an understatement. It started rating the afternoon before and didn't stop. There was standing water on the track. Most folks bailed (smart) but I figured I'd try to get my money's worth. Great learning experience, but I'd rather not do it again!

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Thought you all might like to see my recent track day. To say it was wet is an understatement. It started rating the afternoon before and didn't stop. There was standing water on the track. Most folks bailed (smart) but I figured I'd try to get my money's worth. Great learning experience, but I'd rather not do it again!

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Very cool... thanks for sharing!


One thing I noticed was that your car seemed to lose rear grip quite easily...was this from you hitting the brakes mid corner or just going into the turn too quickly? Or is it setup related do you think?


I have zero rain experience while autocrossing (so far)... so I am not sure if this is typical or not.


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Yeah time to repave that track to proper standards; even in my VERY wet sessions (probably worse than how that looks) I was planted hardcore

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$10 says check those tires on the civic... get some skinny ass wheels and tires like that and you're SOLID in the rain hahahahah

My slip looks weak compared to all of yours (@3:45)
But I think I may..? Have been going faster? hard to tell.

It was scary as crap when it happened that's all I remember LOL
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Very cool... thanks for sharing!


One thing I noticed was that your car seemed to lose rear grip quite easily...was this from you hitting the brakes mid corner or just going into the turn too quickly? Or is it setup related do you think?


I have zero rain experience while autocrossing (so far)... so I am not sure if this is typical or not.
My car is set up so the rear is loose (shocks 90%, Hotchkiss sway bar) which is perfect on normal, dry surface. Changing the rear on our cars is such a pain I left it - I'm getting really good at recovery though!

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$10 says check those tires on the civic... get some skinny ass wheels and tires like that and you're SOLID in the rain hahahahah

My slip looks weak compared to all of yours (@3:45)
But I think I may..? Have been going faster? hard to tell.

It was scary as crap when it happened that's all I remember LOL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ghyU1P3jg8&list=UUbqDpriBilmvNAHNDQppeFw& index=3

Nice, I give that sphincter factor 6. The civic had re11's, I was bummed! I think you're right about the track - it's overdue for resurfacing

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Haha looked like an awesome day.. We don't have a track half as nice as that .. We use an abandoned circle track and infield

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That's it. I have to a move to another state. No good driving roads or twisty mountains. Only one or two small tracks and the car scene is practically none-existent (although there are several very nice rides in town. People just don't drive them).

I should have stayed in Cali and had never moved back here.

On another note, it was raining on my very first AutoX event. I was nervous at first but after my first run, I was addicted. I was running conti's at the time and the rain helped me kick the back end out easier to make those sharp turns.


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That's it. I have to a move to another state. No good driving roads or twisty mountains. Only one or two small tracks and the car scene is practically none-existent (although there are several very nice rides in town. People just don't drive them).

I should have stayed in Cali and had never moved back here.

On another note, it was raining on my very first AutoX event. I was nervous at first but after my first run, I was addicted. I was running conti's at the time and the rain helped me kick the back end out easier to make those sharp turns.
Yeah, I remember my first truly wet autocross (SE Louisiana, torrential downpour before, and light drizzle the whole time we raced). My Miata wasn't setup to be tail happy, but she sure as Hell got that way in a hurry. It's quite a life affirming experience to be banging off the revlimiter in second gear, 15 yards from the finish line, and while one half of your brain says "let go of the gas pedal" and the other screams "but this was such a good run!!!"

I went through that finish line sideways, with corner workers running. After a talking to from the marshall, he admitted he wouldn't have bailed on the run either.

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