I decided to have one more track day for the year and try to figure out what league I wanted to race with next year. I have tried a few different groups like NASA and Speed Ventures over the years, and hadn’t found one that would work best for me and the car. Not wanting to put a roll cage in the car has limited me in my choices. This track day was put on by Red Line Time attack. They have an enthusiast division that would suit me and the car well, it is also run with the Vtech club at a lot of tracks and their sponsors offer a prize at the end of the season.
The Acura was left mostly untouched all summer, I really didn’t feel like battling the heat this year til I figured where I wanted to go with it. The good news is I feel this is the league to run with, the rules are a little looser than Speed Ventures, but I will see how competitive I am when the new season starts.
The day was supposed to be a practice day for the Red Line Time Attack series, but not many cars showed up to practice( I guess they know this track well). Cusco is one of a few sponsors, and they brought their demo car, a Sti with every part they make on it.
This Nissan Versa Note is Tanabe’s demo car it also had the full catalog of parts on it, consisting of a set of SSR rims, intake and exhaust, along with a host of braces and suspension parts.
The only real race car that showed up for practice was the Yimi sport Sti. The Straight through exhaust on the flat four boxer motor sounded excellent.
There where lots of great non professional track cars there. This FRS sported a Innovate Systems supercharger, the first one I have seen not on a demo car. The supercharger adds about 50 hp to a car that needs a good boost. The owner also installed a set of AP racing brakes to slow after all that go. a nice well rounded car.
This track rat miata had a surprise under it’s hood…
A F20 motor from a honda S2000. The 240 hp motor is mostly stock except for a header to make it fit, but added quite a bit more speed to a very lite car.
Another light car with big power was this CRX, it was stuffed with ITR power in the form of a B18c5. The more than 200 hp motor made this a fast competitor in the Vtech club races. I would love to have this motor in my Integra.
My neighbor in the paddock drove a heavily modified Fiat Abarth 500, with upgraded turbo and suspension. He had an off on the first turn of his second stint. with a few minor repairs to his intercooler bracket he was able to return to the track, but will be cleaning the dirt out of his car for weeks.
Big Willow is a high speed track with only a few turns, which means it’s great for powerful cars. The Integra is not one of those cars, and I just couldn’t get a good rhythm going to put a decent lap down. My best time of 1:58 is not that good, and I know there is more time there but the speeds on the corners is so high it’s tough to know when too much is too much and keep it on the track. One little error at a 95 mph corner had me a little gun shy for most of the day. I don’t have a trailer to put the car on and drive home the 4hours. Some suspension is in the works for the winter and will be back out to run in the Vtech Club next year.