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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.

 

For sure! John (team owner) and I are very excited for the 2015 season!

 

First event has historically been like this. We'll start seeing more sign ups a week before this event.

 

Yeah, look forward to seeing how the S550 performs.

 

Ha, thanks John. We have GTS-5 on order

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

 

Been thinking on this comment, I'm real curious. At MO there are a few spots I can get by with using the brakes lightly to set the front tires, pretty much starting at turns 5 thru 10 & 13, places where I haven't built up enough speed to really need braking. Need to work on maybe even lighter braking, carry more speed in once fronts are set. The stangs have light butts, so i'm a little cautious of that, but keeping in the throttle some should help keep it from dancing out on me?? Looking forward to honing some driving skills better this year. Still don't think I've got the car at its breaking point yet.

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

 

Been thinking on this comment, I'm real curious. At MO there are a few spots I can get by with using the brakes lightly to set the front tires, pretty much starting at turns 5 thru 10 & 13, places where I haven't built up enough speed to really need braking. Need to work on maybe even lighter braking, carry more speed in once fronts are set. The stangs have light butts, so i'm a little cautious of that, but keeping in the throttle some should help some?? Looking forward to honing some driving skills better this year. Still don't think I've got the car at its breaking point yet.

 

It also doesn't mean that you have to compress all the braking to the latest point possible. In some corners, lighter+longer, but shaving off less speed will be more stable and faster entry into the corner.

 

Here is Brain Fessler:

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Yes, carry more speed. Use light brakes to transfer the weight and throttle to balance the car.

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Enjoy watching Brian run, he's smooth and fast.

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Interesting schedule for MO. Like it, especially the 30 min sessions on Friday and 25 min sessions at 350p Sat & Sun. Will the sun even be up for the All Hands Meeting Sat at 715a? It'll be fun running with the TT's. BTW, DiscountTireDirect is having sale on Nitto NT01's, plus $40 off and Free Shipping, just bought another set, at those prices, cant be beat. Looked at the Maxxis Vectra's RC-1's, none in stock for my size. Good price on them, plus the $50 towards an event fee program going on. Read some good reviews on them by BimmerWorld. Got brakes all done today, pads are good, changed out brake fluid, put in new, trying the new StopTech STR 660 this year. Good deal on them thru AutoAnything. Noticed the rear pads, outside pad wearing more than inside pad. Reversed them, but strange. Would think they'd wear even, no? Put on new rear rotors, the OEM's were due to be changed out. Piston boot on drivers side caliper needs replacing, think I'll just replace both calipers, easier than trying to do a rebuild. Car to PAE tomorrow for rear diff service and overall inspection. Get to see Brian's new 2015 Beast finally.

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Interesting schedule for MO. Like it, especially the 30 min sessions on Friday and 25 min sessions at 350p Sat & Sun. Will the sun even be up for the All Hands Meeting Sat at 715a? It'll be fun running with the TT's. BTW, DiscountTireDirect is having sale on Nitto NT01's, plus $40 off and Free Shipping, just bought another set, at those prices, cant be beat. Looked at the Maxxis Vectra's RC-1's, none in stock for my size. Good price on them, plus the $50 towards an event fee program going on. Read some good reviews on them by BimmerWorld. Got brakes all done today, pads are good, changed out brake fluid, put in new, trying the new StopTech STR 660 this year. Good deal on them thru AutoAnything. Noticed the rear pads, outside pad wearing more than inside pad. Reversed them, but strange. Would think they'd wear even, no? Put on new rear rotors, the OEM's were due to be changed out. Piston boot on drivers side caliper needs replacing, think I'll just replace both calipers, easier than trying to do a rebuild. Car to PAE tomorrow for rear diff service and overall inspection. Get to see Brian's new 2015 Beast finally.

 

Yes, more time and 4 has its own run group!

 

Ha, it will be an early meeting. Bring coffee!

 

Normal for floating calipers as the force dispersion is not perfectly equal with the single piston.

 

Just aligned my street Mustang

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Don't like the weekend predictions about the weather. Sure hope it gets better.

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We all need to start the anti-rain dance.

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Well.....the predicted rain % has gone down for Th/Fr/Sa, we're now at 60% vs 90% reported yesterday. Whatever you're doing Mike, keep it up. Wonder if we can catch your anti-rain dance on YouTube??? With all the rain, guess we won't see any Club Course runs. A shame, I like the Club Course. Found some new, not remanufactured, Ford Motorcraft rear calipers. Hope to get them Friday and will put them on Sat or at MO Thur night. Car's been tech'd, by Paul's, so all I gotta do is get my sticker. Almost had a scare. Tech at Paul's said my harness's were expired. I said look again, they're FIA and SFI rated-G-Force, so they're good till 2017. All the Tech saw was the SFI tag. Plan on sending the harness's to G-Force this coming winter for re-webbing, under their Re-Web Program. Will buy a new set for driver and put the re-web set on passenger side.

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Well.....the predicted rain % has gone down for Th/Fr/Sa, we're now at 60% vs 90% reported yesterday. Whatever you're doing Mike, keep it up. Wonder if we can catch your anti-rain dance on YouTube??? With all the rain, guess we won't see any Club Course runs. A shame, I like the Club Course. Found some new, not remanufactured, Ford Motorcraft rear calipers. Hope to get them Friday and will put them on Sat or at MO Thur night. Car's been tech'd, by Paul's, so all I gotta do is get my sticker. Almost had a scare. Tech at Paul's said my harness's were expired. I said look again, they're FIA and SFI rated-G-Force, so they're good till 2017. All the Tech saw was the SFI tag. Plan on sending the harness's to G-Force this coming winter for re-webbing, under their Re-Web Program. Will buy a new set for driver and put the re-web set on passenger side.

 

Good. We're still awaiting a tech. Thank you for reminding me about PAE. John is in Cinci too.

 

My race Mustang is on its last year as well for harnesses.

 

Haha, it looks something like this:

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Sent you a PM Mike.

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Weather is looking better. Keep dancing people!

 

I will be emailing all today for this event. Stay tuned.

 

Also, my 1998 Mustang GT race car is for sale!

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Pass the word or contact me if you are interested!

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Good weekend Mike and Mother Nature behaved for once. Like the new segregated format, hope we keep that up.

 

Didn't get the RR's dialed in on air presure till 2nd session on Sunday (ended up at 29 psi all around, could maybe go 28 psi in the rear). Think I'm gonna like the RR's, they were beginning to hook up nicely, next MO will be better evaluation of them now that I know the tire pressure.

 

Confirmed, again, I need some changes in the suspension. Kicking in the ABS more often now, with late-hard braking, so gotta get that taken care of and the backend is still wanting to kick out on me, too loose/free. Need to look at sway bar changes, still running stock OEM suspension, except for some minor changes, but sway bars, struts are all OEM-Roush and do not have brake bias adjustment. As one AI driver told me, current setup is OK for street, but inadequate for the track, expecially now that the car is being driven much harder and faster. Need a setup that matches my driving ability. Will have a talk with Paul and see what we can do about the sway bars and ABS at least for the next MO event. Going full race suspension will have to wait for winter project.

 

Been holding off on making big changes in suspenison till I decided where I wanted to go with the car, TT, CMC, SI or AI. After talking to some of the AI & SI drivers, my best move is to stick with TT for a while. Moving into SI or AI, will take lots of changes to the car and lots of $$$$$, especially for AI. TT is less costly. I can keep what I have now and just make the needed changes in the suspension setup, go full race suspension, get it balanced and still be ok for TT. Time to talk to Paul and make a decision.

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Thanks Randy!

 

Excellent.

 

We never got to test the Pirelli tires due to the shifter electronics. Look forward to testing them.

 

Look at the FR500 ABS controller as well. Will help with braking.

 

TT is a great tool to learn how to qualify. And introduction to passing and being passed a lot. Cough, cough -- you know I have a CMC/PTC/TTC car for sale

 

Video from the Cup:

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Nice video. Porsche is quick. Odd seeing you in it, but some changes are good. Know you'll do well. Will you and John be running seperate Porsche's or share the one?

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Nice video. Porsche is quick. Odd seeing you in it, but some changes are good. Know you'll do well. Will you and John be running seperate Porsche's or share the one?

 

Yeah. Seriously quick.

 

Thanks. Look forward to more seat time for sure.

 

We'll be co-driving between TT and GTS.

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Muhahahaha!

 

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Some big brake love for my S197

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What brake pads you gonna run?

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What brake pads you gonna run?

 

Right now I have EBC Yellows as my daily driver pad and Hawk street/race (dtc-30) rears. Will see how the Yellows hold up for light use. Can go to dtc-60s if needed.

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Here is some fun we had in HPDE 4 this weekend

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Congrats on the 1st Place finishes, looks like the stang was running good Was that some gear grinding I heard at the start? Looks like a good weekend, wish I could have been there. Looking fwd to MO in a few weeks. Did you have the Porsche there?

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Thanks!

 

It wasn't a grind but an odd moan. I looked down and it was in gear.

 

John wasn't able to make it due to travel.

 

Looking forward to Mido.

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Thanks!

 

It wasn't a grind but an odd moan. I looked down and it was in gear.

 

John wasn't able to make it due to travel.

 

Looking forward to Mido.

 

You bringing the TT stang? I'm thinking on doing both

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Thanks!

 

It wasn't a grind but an odd moan. I looked down and it was in gear.

 

John wasn't able to make it due to travel.

 

Looking forward to Mido.

 

You bringing the TT stang? I'm thinking on doing both

 

You'd better her times. But it will be there with my brother.

 

I am not sure what I am driving yet.

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