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Schroedinger

Hello everyone, wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 43yo biomedical engineer with a car hobby, and I've decided to take the next step and get on the track.

 

Back around 2000, I did a 2 day beginner race school as part of a work event. Had a great time and learned a ton, but didn't have a trackable car at the time so I didn't stick with it. In 2016, I bought a 1992 Miata as a wrench toy/mountain runner. I've put a ton of work into it since then; complete maintenance baseline, suspension upgrade, Hard Dog M2 roll bar and higher-backed OEM seats, wheels and tires, Megasquirt, intercooled T3 turbo and exhaust, etc.

 

I've had the Miata on the track a few times this fall, it ran flawlessly. I also got some experience at Road Atlanta in December (I like my Miata a lot better than the Buick Lesabre we were driving...). Was a good excuse to buy all the correct SFI/FIA homologated fireproof safety gear.

 

I signed up for HPDE1 at Road Atlanta on March 10-11, and I'm really looking forward to it. I have a few questions:

 

- will a detailed schedule for the weekend be published? I haven't been able to find one.

 

- with respect to tech inspection, can I just certify it myself? I've been through the tech form, the car is 100% right. If I need to take it to a mechanic, can I get a tech sticker that gets me through more than one event?

 

- anyone interested in instructing me? I'm a mature/reasonable driver that doesn't want to orphan his kids, and a pretty quick study. I've driven RA, but I wouldn't say that I know it well.

 

Thanks in advance... look forward to meeting some of you soon.

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brkntrxn
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First, welcome aboard!

 

Second...

 

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

 

- Tech Inspection: UPDATE: DE can self tech, TT and Race must have a tech station perform the review. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E1hSnCDTqZyJom1-DtVQ4dDCOA5KjpQvsFydw1ODAvE/edit#gid=0.

 

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

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Schroedinger

That clears it up. Many thanks for the quick reply!

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Welcome!

 

Turbo miatas are a lot of fun on track! I'd offer to instruct you, but I've already got a turbo miata student lined up I think there will be several miatas(more than usual) there at this event - https://www.miataturbo.net/local-meets-events-tech-days-41/nasa-road-atlanta-march-10-11-a-95592/#post1459938

 

Hope to catch ya there!

 

Yep... I'm one of the posters in that thread! Looks like we're going to have a good showing. Some of those guys have absolutely amazing cars... taught me everything I know about turbos.

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Lucid Moments
First, welcome aboard!

 

Second...

 

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

 

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E1hSnCDTqZyJom1-DtVQ4dDCOA5KjpQvsFydw1ODAvE/edit#gid=0.

 

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

 

A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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First, welcome aboard!

 

Second...

 

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

 

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E1hSnCDTqZyJom1-DtVQ4dDCOA5KjpQvsFydw1ODAvE/edit#gid=0.

 

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

 

A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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First, welcome aboard!

 

Second...

 

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

 

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E1hSnCDTqZyJom1-DtVQ4dDCOA5KjpQvsFydw1ODAvE/edit#gid=0.

 

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

 

A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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First, welcome aboard!

 

Second...

 

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

 

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E1hSnCDTqZyJom1-DtVQ4dDCOA5KjpQvsFydw1ODAvE/edit#gid=0.

 

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

 

A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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First, welcome aboard!

 

Second...

 

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

 

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E1hSnCDTqZyJom1-DtVQ4dDCOA5KjpQvsFydw1ODAvE/edit#gid=0.

 

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

 

A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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First, welcome aboard!

 

Second...

 

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

 

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1E1hSnCDTqZyJom1-DtVQ4dDCOA5KjpQvsFydw1ODAvE/edit#gid=0.

 

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

 

A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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Lucid Moments

Sorry for the multiple posts.

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Schroedinger

Well, I like the news that you're giving me so feel free to post it as many times as you'd like.

 

After reviewing the HPDE tech form, it's all visual stuff, no real mechanical inspection. Seems completely reasonable to self-inspect.

 

Are we 100% sure that this is the case though? I don't want to show up on Saturday morning ready to drive, only to find out that I don't pass and my expensive track weekend is a bust.

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Well, I like the news that you're giving me so feel free to post it as many times as you'd like.

 

After reviewing the HPDE tech form, it's all visual stuff, no real mechanical inspection. Seems completely reasonable to self-inspect.

 

Are we 100% sure that this is the case though? I don't want to show up on Saturday morning ready to drive, only to find out that I don't pass and my expensive track weekend is a bust.

 

I am 100% sure, but I am also capable of being 100% wrong on occasion. To get real official answers you can email Jim Pantas (jimpantas@nasa-se.com) or Julie Pantas (registration@nasa-se.com). Or you can find them on the National Auto Sports Association Southeast Region Facebook page

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brkntrxn

I asked Grand Pubah Pantas to chime in on this. I'll update my post once I see an official response. Not that I don't think Mikey is not official or anything, LOL.

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Lucid Moments is right (sorry brkntrxn) - for HPDE, anyone who feels comfortable as a mechanic can tech the car and sign the HPDE Tech form. It is always a good practice to have another mechanic look it over as well since you'll be traveling at high speeds and want to make sure everything is in good working order. Also, make sure your car has some type of rollover protection that clears the occupants heads with helmets on (ie. "Broomstick test")

 

But brkntrxn is correct when it comes to race cars and some time trials cars that want annual inspections. He is also correct about the schedule, we will post it about a week before the event because we try to maximize the amount of track time that everyone gets and juggle sessions based on participation. Case in point, we are combining race groups next week at Roebling so they get 4 races - although one will be an IFU for fun.

 

Here is a link that explains everything you wanted to know about Tech Inspections:

http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/

 

And you can find this link on many of the NASA-SE webpages near the bottom.

 

Hope this helps, and as always if you have any questions the fastest response will be by simply emailing registration@nasa-se.com

 

See you at the track!

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2 outa 3 ain't bad!!!

 

 

I'll update my original post.

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Schroedinger

Thanks for the help everyone. I look forward to meeting you guys at the event.

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Lucid Moments
2 outa 3 ain't bad!!!

 

 

I'll update my original post.

I agreed with you on 2 outa 3

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2 outa 3 ain't bad!!!

 

 

I'll update my original post.

I agreed with you on 2 outa 3

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