Figured I would put this here since there isn’t a NOLA region forum. I think I am the first SpecE30 to run at the new track in NOLA. There are two configurations open right now, a 1.8 mile and a 2.6 mile I believe. We ran the 1.8 mile setup this weekend, but they plan to alternate throughout the year. The format was 30 minutes morning practice, 20 minute qualifying, 20 minute heat race, and 30 minute feature race on both days. Hard to beat 200 minutes of track time for $300 for the weekend. I however, would have preferred a 50 minute race as after the 20 minute race I was already spent. I skipped the feature race on Sunday to head for home a little earlier, and I don’t care about points. The NASA Texas region donated one of their race directors, and the racers meeting was held before qualifying and was very short. It was very different than any other meeting I have been to because we didn’t have grid sheets and we didn’t discuss how to line up or if there was a pace car and what to do if a double yellow comes out. Luckily we had no double yellows and we just kind of fell into a double file start behind the pace car. Here are the videos from the three races. The most important thing is I was able to beat the PTE CRX and the 4 or 5 Spec Miatas in each race. I got to pass at least one car in each race which was nice and ended up the meat in a Spec Miata sandwhich on Sunday due to qualifying poorly thanks to trying 4th gear in turn 1. Luckily I was able to beat the three of them to turn 1.
Saturday Heat Race:
Saturday Feature Race:
Sunday Heat Race:
As always I am open to criticism to try and improve. I got fuel starvation towards the end of the Saturday Feature race as I forgot to fill up before the race. It only occured in the final corner, and by taking it easy and changing my line I was able to keep the fuel where I needed. I didn’t actually know that the fuel gage red area lit up when we get low on fuel. :lol: I also noticed that my temps are still not where they were prior to overheating the motor late last year. The motor still runs good, but I am assuming something is wrong and is pressurizing the cooling system or something as I have bled it multiple times. Would be nice to get at least 3 SpecE30s out to a NOLA event next year so we can show the decent Spec Miata contingent how to put on a good show.