It’s late…I’ll try to keep it short.
From California Speedway – March 5, 2005
My first track day ever was this past Saturday on the infield road course at California Speedway! I DOMINATED the beginner group by easily being the fastest car out there! I had an instructor ride with me and say, “Are you sure you’ve never done this before?” and, “You should be in the intermediate group.” No spins or really scary moments over my 2+ hours of track time over five sessions. I reached speeds of about 105 mph down the front straightaway and almost 100 mph on the back straightaway. I drove the whole track in 2nd gear except for the straightaways where I got up to fourth. I was faster than (the following are cars that should be faster than me in the right hands/feet) at least two Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions, at least one Subaru Impreza WRX STi, a Nissan 350Z, a BMW Z4, a Volkswagen R32, and cars that should’ve been equal or slower to me in speed (before factoring in driver skill of course). In the last session (my best one!) from 4:30-5:00 PM, I was getting really low on fuel and even though my fuel warning light wasn’t on, I still had fuel pickup hiccups once a lap on my last three or four laps otherwise they probably would’ve been in the 1:25’s as well. Someone also kicked up some dirt on the track by cutting the corner leading onto the back straightaway. It was cool that my car’s all-wheel drive would instantly kick in and I could keep my right foot mashed on the gas!
I feel the need…
Setting up a Toyota MR2 for a pass
…the need for speed
Turning a lap during one of the morning sessions…man, I love the fact that palm trees line the oval’s back straightaway!
My buddy Mike in his 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX sedan letting me pass him
Poetry in motion
Completing a pass of my fellow Scooby brother
In the groove (brought to you by The Home Depot)
My lap times over 5 sessions (the first one I only had time for 2 laps behind a pack of cars) – Best lap – Lap 54 – 1:25.58 (almost missed it when recording my lap times!)
Here’s an onboard video shot by someone in the intermediate group with a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STi – HERE (less than 1 MB, Windows Media Video format). I was easily turning faster lap times than the yellow Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in the video because the same car was out during a beginner session as well (beginner 4th session if I remember correctly) and I was reeling him in like a fisherman bringing in a trophy bass!
As much fun as my track day was, I will easily concede that it was not the most important thing going on that day…
1) Continued work at the Wong residence (not my family)
2) Union Rescue Mission volunteering that evening
3) Uncle Chris’ memorial service in NorCal that my parents attended
On the inside left page of Uncle Chris Wong’s (July 16, 1946 – February 20, 2005) program was Romans 8:31-35, 37-39. This post and song is dedicated to him. He was a man who:
-loved his family as a father of five (four adopted! ) and husband
-was a faithful friend
-lived to tell of God’s own Son
-helped others remember the truth of Jesus’ love
When all is said and done