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.


Celebrating Little Goals

Making some little milestones along the path to my new business venture. I opened a business checking account, and deposited my first racing related check!

Also from my previous post about starting my business I have been working on getting all my reporting into data studio this will help my highlight the value of having all your marketing data collected in one location. 

On the product development front, I have been working on some code that can use computer vision in simulation.

This weekend I am going out to Harris Hill to get some more video for the YMCA Austin story, and little more seat time.

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Getting it Together

Busy couple of weeks, I am working to get everything together for my next race, tie up loose ends from my previous outing, see if I can get a couple sponsors, and just generally have a lot of “irons in the fire”. Got a chance to get out with the amazing team at Longhorn Racing Academy last week, my parents, and the TPWS crew, came out, it was a blast. This post is going to be me getting my thoughts organized, and trying to get it all written down.

Getting ready for Barber:

  • Ordered another set of wheels from Bilt Racing Services, they are such good people, 
    • They should show up this coming week.
  • Need to order another set of tires from Frisby I want to use my contingency certificates
    • Need to follow-up and get the order in.
  •  I booked my travel, need to get it organized for Chris, and LeAnn, who are coming with
    • Hotel, Airfare.
  • Have to find a panel van/transporter for rent so we can keep all the tools, wheels/tires, and everything stored at the track.
  • Need to get racing fuel 101, or better delivered to the track.
  • Have to find a carrier to move the car, and all of our equipment (fuel bottles, wheels/tires, and tools (jacks, stands, wrenches, etc..) 
  • Have to get the outer rim on one of my wheels replaced, and installed
  • Need to get with Wrap Dynamics, get the new sponsor logos printed, and put on the car

Getting a couple sponsors

I want to get a marketing campaign going with Longhorn Racing Academy, that tells my story, and shows the journey that others could take, something along the lines of a here are our Graduates: I started with them doing one of their exotic driving experiences, I then attended one of the HPDE’s that they organized, following that I purchased one of  their cars :-), I then started taking lessons with Courtney, doing DE’s with PCA, went to Driveway Austin, I joined SCCA, and started going to Track Night in America, drove/drove/drove, took the courses at Porsche Sport Driving School got my PCA license, bought a racecar, and ran my first race at Circuit of the Americas this last month.

The other story that I have is the one regarding my health, I decided in October of 2017 that I wanted to  get serious about the racing, and was determined to be competitive, and enjoy myself, so I started a very tough diet (liquids only, 800 Calories a day), and workout regimen. Over the course of the last 6 months, I have lost 94Lbs, I have 6Lbs more to go, and I will be transitioning back to solid foods. I would like to tell this story with the help of my doctor, and the team at Oak Hill Wellness Clinic and involve Nestle Health Sciences.  

I want to find someone with experience writing to help me get a bio together, and start putting together my marketing package, as I approach this campaign, I want to provide my expertise around marketing data analysis, with all of the tooling.

Lastly, I am super excited to have had Chris from TPWS drive the car, would love to get him his license so we can start working toward a two-man enduro format, here is his video:

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Shakedown, and Setup

Did first shakedown and setup session in the new car, this week, I learned a lot.

First lesson, I have amazing support! Courtney came out, Steve was there, Philip was completely awesome, the TPWS team is incredible. And… I totally made the right decision, the car is bananas! I had almost instant confidence, it drove, and felt just like my Cayman R, but on steroids, still can’t get the stupid grin off my face!

Second lesson,  I still love driving in the rain! It was wet out there, not torrential downpours but a light drizzle, the track (Harris Hill Raceway) was slippery, with some standing water, and I did not have a set of wet/rain tires for the car, I was on scrubs. I had a ridiculously good time working on car control with the slicks, on a wet track, in a new car with no setup! Over the course of the day the conditions got better, the sun peaked out, we got some wind, and by the afternoon the track was relatively dry. I was able to put down a consistent 1:24, with a hot lap of 1:23, so not too shabby. I had TPWS, and Winding Road at the track with me, they were both great, TPWS did a phenomenal (as usual) job getting the car ready for the shakedown, and Winding Road helped dial in the suspension over the course of the day, to the point where the car handled telepathically.

The combination of TPWS, and Winding Road on track was really great,  but off track led me to my Third lesson, which I will have to cover in a separate post.

Fourth lesson, always shake the car down, and always give yourself time to get everything repaired properly, as my dad taught me “prior planning prevents, piss poor performance” (he likes alliteration), or stated differently “Luck favors the prepared”. On the last session of the day, we uncovered a leak in the engine bay, likely an axle seal, and had some issues with leaking around the electric steering pump, hopefully its just the reservoir, and not the pump. So… Goal Accomplished better to find this stuff ahead of race, then at the race!

I am going to run the car again at the MVP event for one day next weekend, so we can do the final setup before the race March 2nd-4th. I completed the last bit of my license requirements this week as well, and have everything I need for orientation, and rookie race school. So, it’s time to send out the invite to family, and friends, so they can join me at my first official PCA club race! I plan to run both of the sprints, and the enduro, wish me luck!

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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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