Showing posts from May, 2011

Rain At Putnam

While the car made a successful return to the track without losing any important pieces, the weekend was dominated by rain, an absolute killer for TT. Saturday started dry, but by the time I had worked up my confidence in the mechanical soundness of the 109 by the afternoon, the rain came and there wasn't a dry a session the rest of the weekend. My best time on Saturday was a 1:52.740, seven tenths behind Aaron, the class track record holder, and good enough for second place in TTC out of a field of seven. My best time in the wet on Sunday was also good enough for second, scoring me another pair of tires for the weekend.
Despite the rain, I accomplished the goals for the weekend of shaking down the repaired car, running under 1:20, and bringing home the tires. I'm looking forward to swapping on some new springs, replacing a sway bar, installing some camber adding front balljoints, and finally getting the car aligned for the first time since the impact at Mid Ohio (oops!).

Wider Fenders

I got the car back from the shop on Friday with repaired door and rear quarter panel. They also painted my trunk lid and a new set of VIS carbon fiber +30mm fenders. I finally finished installing everything today!

Here's a comparison with the daily driver to see how wide the new fenders are. Both are on the exact same tire with the exact same sized wheel. Notice how the tire extends from the fender on the left bit is swallowed by it on the right! The time trial car is pretty slammed, though; hopefully there will be enough clearance.

I received new numbers and letters in from iZoom Graphics that I need to put on this week in addition changing the engine oil and transmission fluid. I'm thinking I should also get the car up on the alignment rack to double check everything after the impact. Then I'll be ready for Putnam!