While I'm still considering all of my goals for 2015 as we approach the new year, one is for certain; learn how to drive on a race track.
|My view of Corner 1 at Road Atlanta between sessions. Pit exit on the right. Lots of great elevation changes.|
This weekend was the first major step toward that goal. I volunteered with NASA (National Auto Sport Association, not the space guys) and worked the flagging station at corner 1 at Road Atlanta this weekend. NASA has a pretty cool program where you can volunteer to work for them in exchange for credits. One credit per day worked, and you can trade in two credits for a free day of driving. The general formula here is to work two weekends to earn one free weekend of driving, so I'm half-way to earning free track time!
|From paddock, you can see the bridge and control tower at the Start/Finish line and turn 12.|
NASA runs lots of different sessions on track, starting with the High Performance Driver's Education (HPDE) sessions for those of us who want to learn how to drive on a track with with instructors provided at the lower levels. There is also a Time Trial program, where drivers compete to bank the fastest lap as well as a few different wheel to wheel race series they run with tons of classes. Check out their national site
and if you're in our area there's the South East
|Even the crazy-cool Mosler super car has to start somewhere. This driver was in HPDE 1.|
So it all started this weekend working at turn one. Over the next few months the 99 Miata will get a rollbar, suspension upgrades, and a set of performance brake pads for the track so stay tuned as that car progresses.
|Friday night track walk in the light rain. Looking down into turn 6. |
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