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Mike - great to hear that you'll still be instructing group 4 this year.

 

This may have been covered elsewhere, but now that group 3 and 4 are running separately, can you clarify if there are any changes? I only ask because last year I ran a Mid Atlantic Region event and their structure was to run group 3 with 100% open passing, and group 4 was reserved for instructors. The open passing sessions were incredible! Though I would have preferred one warm-up session with limited passing...

 

I've been running an NB Miata (BRGreen) the past few years, and in December I pulled the trigger on an E46 M3! I'm a little apprehensive about the 1,000 pound weight increase, along with the increased running costs associated with it, but I can't wait to unleash its anger on the track! (also I'm looking forward to learning about the lower half of the traction circle that is currently only explored in my dreams)

 

Can't wait for another season!

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Smike
Mike - great to hear that you'll still be instructing group 4 this year.

 

This may have been covered elsewhere, but now that group 3 and 4 are running separately, can you clarify if there are any changes? I only ask because last year I ran a Mid Atlantic Region event and their structure was to run group 3 with 100% open passing, and group 4 was reserved for instructors. The open passing sessions were incredible! Though I would have preferred one warm-up session with limited passing...

 

I've been running an NB Miata (BRGreen) the past few years, and in December I pulled the trigger on an E46 M3! I'm a little apprehensive about the 1,000 pound weight increase, along with the increased running costs associated with it, but I can't wait to unleash its anger on the track! (also I'm looking forward to learning about the lower half of the traction circle that is currently only explored in my dreams)

 

Can't wait for another season!

 

Thanks!

 

Yes. 4 will be open passing. We will have a warm up for the first session with the DE3 group every morning. Then split off to have our own sessions.

 

Nice. You'll love the M3. Very fun to drive! Ah, might be a little more weight...but don't forget about the 425hp that goes along with it!

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427R

I'm soooo tired of winter. Got another 5" of white stuff yesterday. Hopefully, this is the end, supposed to warm up this weekend and be in the 50's next week. Need some warm weather so I can get in the garage and start getting the car ready. Looking forward to spring and MO.

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I'm soooo tired of winter. Got another 5" of white stuff yesterday. Hopefully, this is the end, supposed to warm up this weekend and be in the 50's next week. Need some warm weather so I can get in the garage and start getting the car ready. Looking forward to spring and MO.

 

Yeah, why do I live in the rust belt?

 

Going to focus on getting my S197 TT ready for this season for now. I'll also be working with a friend in TT1 too. My SN95 has some work to be done to get it ready. But there is also a "want to do" list for that car. S197 just has normal upkeep to get it back to track ready.

 

Randy or Roy - do you have a diff cooler on your S197/SN99? Every session I drove mine, I boiled the fluid and forced it out of the axle seals. Going to install a Bobs Auto Sport Axle Reservoir soon as I can drive the car again. I have the Ford Racing veined diff cover already. This reservoir uses the driver side vent port and goes back into the diff cover top fill port. Giving the fluid somewhere to go when its hot and cool back down some.

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I'm soooo tired of winter. Got another 5" of white stuff yesterday. Hopefully, this is the end, supposed to warm up this weekend and be in the 50's next week. Need some warm weather so I can get in the garage and start getting the car ready. Looking forward to spring and MO.

 

Yeah, why do I live in the rust belt?

 

Going to focus on getting my S197 TT ready for this season for now. I'll also be working with a friend in TT1 too. My SN95 has some work to be done to get it ready. But there is also a "want to do" list for that car. S197 just has normal upkeep to get it back to track ready.

 

Randy or Roy - do you have a diff cooler on your S197/SN99? Every session I drove mine, I boiled the fluid and forced it out of the axle seals. Going to install a Bobs Auto Sport Axle Reservoir soon as I can drive the car again. I have the Ford Racing veined diff cover already. This reservoir uses the driver side vent port and goes back into the diff cover top fill port. Giving the fluid somewhere to go when its hot and cool back down some.

 

Can't remember maker, but I am running a diff cooler with a thermostatic control pump on the SN99. I mounted it horizontal under the rear most part of the bumper support. With the IRS this was pretty much a must have due to the lack of the axle tubes to act as a heat sink and the close proximity of the exhaust tubes.

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Royster

Mike: I also have a fan pack installed on the diff cooler. I had it all mounted outside under rather than inside the rear truck area for better cooling.

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427R

I do not Mike. I'm only running the FRPP finned diff cover. Paul's installed the FRPP T2R rear diff 2 years ago and no mention of needing a cooler....yet. Change fluid every 3-4 events and so far no problems. Do have a 6" rubber tube attached to the axle vent breather, mounted up high to prevent any leakage.

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Smike

Thanks Roy and Randy.

 

Randy - sounds like that 6in extension on your vent port helps some. I'll take some pics once I get the car out and start working on it.

 

Roy - if this doesn't do the job, the next step is something like yours. Pumped system and fans.

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Royster

I needed it because of the IRS diff has no place for the heat to go.

 

I would attach pictures of the install, but have not figured out how.

 

If you got an email I can send the two pictures.

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Smike

Thanks man!

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Smike

Something else I am working on:

 

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427R

and this is going on what?????

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Smike

S197 BBK upgrade to ditch the crappy OE GT floating calipers with phenolic pistons that I turn to ash.

 

On my second set of calipers with my TT Mustang. I brake hard and late! Pistons literally turn to ash and crumble under the heat and load.

 

14in GT500 rotors and calipers

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427R

That should do the trick. OEM can't handle the weight n speed of our pigs. Working on late braking, got some help from SI driver Dominy last season, it helped but can do better. That'll be my main objective this year. Rebuild my front calipers every 2 years. Need to do the rears, its been a while. May just be cheaper to buy new rear OEM calipers.

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That should do the trick. OEM can't handle the weight n speed of our pigs. Working on late braking, got some help from SI driver Dominy last season, it helped but can do better. That'll be my main objective this year. Rebuild my front calipers every 2 years. Need to do the rears, its been a while. May just be cheaper to buy new rear OEM calipers.

 

Agreed. I might grab the GT500 rear 13.8 rotor kit too if my axle seals need to be replaced.

 

http://www.vorshlag.com/product_info.php?cPath=141_142_280&products_id=606

 

You have to pull the axles to install the larger brackets. Hopefully, my axle seals are OK though. Since they did not leak with my brother driving it or any street driving, I am sure it was just the boiled super viscous fluid sneaking past them.

 

Not just late braking! It's also braking less! We can work on that

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jcindric

Mike and I believe in the same concepts for corner exit speed. Know the characteristics of the corner, faster in and faster out!

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Mike and I believe in the same concepts for corner exit speed. Know the characteristics of the corner, faster in and faster out!

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427R

Nice article Mike, keep us apprised. Is this the "new venture" you spoke of earlier?

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Nice article Mike, keep us apprised. Is this the "new venture" you spoke of earlier?

 

Thanks! Yes! I will be driving for Mauro Motorsports this season with John. And we're ready to rock!

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Well, the weather isn't gonna be that great this weekend, but gotta start getting the car ready. Take it to the shop next week for rear diff service and overall inpsection, so gotta get the things I can do done this weekend. Got the new trailer home last week, and got the WD hitch all set up properly. Loaded the car to find exactly where I have to set it for balance. No room to get out by door, so crawling in and out of window is the trick...the NASCAR guys make it look soooo easy, being half my size may help them too....except for T. Stewart ha ha. Took trailer loaded with car for a little spin around town, to be sure the Expy could handle it and it did fine. Only added an exera 1000# to what I was towing with the open trailer and the Expy is rated at handling up to 8900#, so all is good. Learned a trick from my neighbor, who tows an mobile home trailer, that is to open the roof vent when towing. Helps reduce the air pressure inside and relieves some of the "suction" created when the semi trailer go by. I now feel what the NASCAR cars feel when they're side by side. The semi's I thought would push me, but instead, suck me in. Different driving habit I'll have to learn. Put 500 miles on the trailer bringing it home, so gotta do some preventive checks on it as well. Re-adjust the brakes, check the lug tq, air pressure is good, checked it last week. MO will be first trip in new trailer, should do fine.

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Smike

Sounds like its coming together! Jon and I have a great curriculum together for you all.

 

Same here. Meeting the John and WMS next week to do the rundown on the car.

 

Ordered my helmet cam. Have to stop over to Summit for a new head balaclava and fire resistant undershirt.

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Smike

Just 21 days to Mid-Ohio!

 

New camera installed. Have 5 other mounts too. Great setup and very clear picture.

 

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Look forward to getting some POV from this beast!

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Looking good Mike, know you are anxious to get the season going. Will you be running the "beast" at MO in a few weeks? Will be odd seeing you in porsche vs. stang.

 

Kinda surprised with the registration. We're 21 days away and still have registration open for DE3/4. Hopefully more will sign up as we get closer. Plan on shaking off winter cob webs Friday, get back into the groove and then have good Sat & Sun sessions.

 

Anxious to see some of the new 2015 stangs hit the track. Know PAE and POE racing have been working on theirs this winter. PAE will be using a lot of carbon fiber. Will get eyes on it next week when I take my car to them.

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John Graber

Don't forget your GTS stickers

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