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Daytona - Victory tastes great! (I almost forgot what it was like to win)

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Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:09 pm

Okay guys, here is the rundown from my race
last weekend at Daytona. I entered the car in ITA rather than SM because my car
has always been a turd on the tri-oval due to my engine being 10 years old. The
ITA field was pretty small….3 cars including me. The good news is my good
friends entered their Civic which is actually prepped to the ITA rules and very
fast, so if I could even stay in the same zip code with them it would be a
victory. The SM field was smaller too…about 17-19 cars.






In Qualifying I hooked up and bump drafted with
my good friend in his SM, together we qualified very fast and within the top 10
overall. Here is the breakdown of qualifying:



ITA Civic – 8th overall – 1st
ITA – 2:22.444



Spec Miata – 9th overall – 1st
SM – 2:22.531



Me – ITA Miata – 10th overall – 2nd
ITA – 2:22.661






Next fastest SM 12th overall – 2:25.634





I was stoked about qualifying and by the times
in qualifying it was set to be a great race!






The race went well and I jumped to a lead over
the other SM and Civic immediately, I held the lead for a while until they
worked together to catch up, which was about 15 minutes into the race. I haven’t
uploaded the start of the race yet, just the 2nd portion since there
was a large gap of nothing going on. For some reason the Go Pro films in 33
minute segments. The highlight of the film is at 21:25 when a Spec Racer Ford
gets in the way of our race and I get a nice run on the Civic and pass him into
turn 1. I end up sliding the car most of the lap since my tires are getting
overheated and giving up.






I ended up getting away from the Civic after
pit stops. I pitted later, they changed drivers and I stayed in and cut good
consistent laps. I think I utilized the pit entry and exit a bit better which
helped give me a gap.






Anyway, the race ended up being a win for me
which was amazing since I can’t remember the last win I’ve had. It felt really
good and I’m still on a bit of a high from it.






This may be fun for the sim guys to watch since
we’ve all raced Daytona once or twice! Very Happy






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig-AmUxriPc&feature=plcp
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Re: Daytona - Victory tastes great! (I almost forgot what it was like to win)

Post  vkaifh on Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:32 am

nice video and nice pass Thumbs Up!

After you passed the car I tried to change my view to the other car to see how far he fell behind but couldn't find out how. Guess I have to read the user manual of 'You Tube' again study Razz

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Post  clacksman on Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:24 am

vkaifh wrote:After you passed the car I tried to change my view to the other car to see how far he fell behind but couldn't find out how. Guess I have to read the user manual of 'You Tube' again study Razz

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Post  Forgetful on Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:44 am

Nasal passages, meet coffee lol!

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Re: Daytona - Victory tastes great! (I almost forgot what it was like to win)

Post  group44 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:57 am

Congrats Spec, stellar result. alien
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Post  Wallhugger60 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:03 pm

Nice Job Man! You got a nice camera. I'm jealous I didn't get any vids last weekend:( . 2 Questions...I've seen that ITA referenced before, but what is it? And, what is that little dead animal hangin by the passenger window Smile .

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Post  timneyb on Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:24 pm

Awesome John.

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Re: Daytona - Victory tastes great! (I almost forgot what it was like to win)

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:48 pm

Thanks for the comments and views guys! It was a lot of fun and I'm still a bit buzzed from the weekend.

Wall, to answer your question about ITA. ITA stands for Improved Touring Class A. It's an open class where Miatas, Civics, CRXs, Integras, Saturns, Neons, etc. can race. Many SM's race there so they can race in two separate races in 1 weekend. I chose to race in ITA again because I can remove 25lbs out of the car. The main reason I entered in ITA was because my buddies in the Civic entered and I wanted to be lighter so it would be easier to keep up with them. The Civic is prepped to ITA rules and you can see how much faster it is, it's clearly got a torque advantage in the infield. It's been fun racing ITA, but my heart is still with SM.

The animal....that's Bongo the Monkey. My baby sister gave Bongo to me on my first race weekend as a "good luck charm" to keep me safe. He's done a good job so far, and I wouldn't race without him now. What a Face

Besides....what's more nerve wrecking than having a competitor with a monkey zip tied to his roll cage. It makes my chick car look tough. Very Happy
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Re: Daytona - Victory tastes great! (I almost forgot what it was like to win)

Post  SpecMiata-JSW on Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:10 pm

If anyone is interested in more from Daytona; here is the start of the race, I got a great
start and got squeezed into turn 1, but held position. Later in the lap
you can see my buddy Scott in the Civic almost "eat it" re-entering
NASCAR 1, then a sweet outside pass on the SRF into turn 1.

The race goes quiet for a bit as I get away from my competitors, but at
18:45 they find their way back onto the camera, and at 21:00 you can see
the crazy effects of bump drafting. Tune into the sound difference of
the engine with each big push out of the chicane. It's nutty. Good
times!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGRDW0-y8no&feature=plcp

Thanks for watching!
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