Signed up for Sebring!

Registered for Sebring, Feb 01-03 really looking forward to driving at this track, I plan to run the Triple Trofeo this year: Sebring, Road Atlanta, Road America, plus a couple others: COTA, and Watkins Glen (Barber didn’t make it on the schedule for 2019). Time to start getting ready, I am going to get the Ross Bentley, and David Murry webinars. Need to get going in iRacing as well.

Preparations for 2019

Continuing my work on track notes, I have a working prototype, just need to clean up the UI, and then start working on the iPhone cross-compile, I hope cordova works well for that.

I started a new 6-week workout block with two HIIT days, it is pretty rough from a recovery perspective, I do 45-minutes of HIIT cycling on Monday/Wednesday with 30-minutes of weight training, on Tuesday/Thursday I run, and do weights for 30-minutes each, on Friday I swim, and then do endurance focused weight training. Talking to my nutritionist about a Ketogenic plan to go with my training platform.

I keep adding to the backlog of reading materials, going through the bibliography of Michael Krumm’s excellent:  Driving On The Edge: The Art and Science of Race Driving

I have made some significant breakthroughs on my upmarket product, currently building out the underlying development platform, and pipeline using the cloud credits from FFL.

I am dying to get out in my car for a test day, looking at the next edge addicts event, or maybe just a session out at Harris Hill (which would be my preference). Hopefully, I can get that setup over the next couple weeks.


Gearing Up

I bought the car, we are doing race prep, going through every nut, and bolt, from front to back, fixing some issues, and getting it ready for a shakedown this coming week at Harris Hill. I am getting really excited, this will be my first chance to get some seat time before the club race.  We are fixing some of the ducting on the center cooler, and going through all the fenders, front clip, and doors to start, will have to test the cool suit, radio, telemetry, and get a baseline setup dialed in. The amazing team at TPWS  continues to knock it out of the park. They have everything needed equipment, tools, scales, laser alignment, a great team, attitude, and exacting standards.

The other thing, I need to make sure about is safety equipment, more specifically my safety equipment. Helmet, Shoes, Suit. Here is where I landed with the help from Winding Road, I purchased much of this individually, and over time as I progressed. Winding Road has bundles that include everything you need to get started. On top of what I linked below, I purchased a nomex balaclava, and socks. All of the equipment needs to meet minimum safety requirements of SFI, or FIA as spelled out in the club racing rule book.

Image of Sparco Victory RS-7 Racing SuitImage of Alpinestars SP Racing Shoe

Image of Sparco Tide RG-9 Racing GlovesImage of CoolShirt Cool Water Shirt

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Car Transportation – Part1

Such a big topic, how to move the car from one place to the next, lots of options. I am going to outline my plan for exploring the various options: buy a truck (what kind of truck, what is the best tow vehicle) and trailer (what kind of trailer open/closed, steel/aluminum), use some type of service like a car hauler, or through an arrive and drive program.

Almost all of the research that I have done on tow vehicles point to a diesel Hemi as the way to go for a reliable solution to towing pretty much anything. This is where personal preference, budget, and other factors come into play. Right now I do not have a car capable of the towing capacity needed for my car, or possible future trailer. My budget will not allow for a dedicated towing vehicle so if I decide to go down this route, I will need something that can serve as a daily driver as well. Which is steering me more toward a gas, rather than diesel truck, or possibly an SUV. For options around trailers, an open steel trailer is the most economical but will weigh more, and may play a factor in tow vehicle selection, a open aluminum trailer is the next best option as it is lighter and would not require as much towing capacity. Depending on space and storage options, an enclosed trailer seems to be the best options but, storage (where to park it when not used), weight, and cost become the primary factors. The above are examples of what I found on racingjunk.com

The next option would be to find a dedicated car hauling service, the above is one provider unitedroutes.com you would contract with them directly, and are typically charged for a per mile fee. I have been quoted anywhere between $1.50/mile to $0.80/mile, there is generally a nominal load/unload fee as well. I have not explored this option too deeply but may look into it further as things progress.

The current solution I am exploring will be an arrive, and drive it includes the per mile fee, and the load/unload fee but is also bundled with a crew per day cost. I am going to try this out next weekend with Winding Road for a trip down to Houston for an LSR DE. As I am not fully committed with a full blown race car, this allows me to explore multiple options, before committing to purchasing a car transportation solution.

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