It’s been a few weeks since my last post, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been on the road since my visit to Dominion Raceway Park at the end of March. Since then it’s been two trips to Summit Point and a quick visit to VIR.
I started off April 1st with a trip to Summit Point for PCA Potomac Regions first DE event of the year. Since OG Racing is the official sponsor of the Potomac Region’s DE program, I try to make it to a couple of these a year to walk the paddock. Friday was an instructor day with new instructor candidates completing their training and being welcomed into the instructor corps. I had a chance to get a session on the track in a soon to be PCA H Class Cayman S, thanks Vranko! Saturday morning began your typical PCA Potomac DE weekend with instructor and drivers meeting. Since it’s been a while since I instructed (yes I actually have been an instructor since 2000) so I was assigned a green student in a Porsche Macan S. My student did very well and I was very impressed with how capable the Macan was on the track, even while equipped with all season tires. Took rides in two 944s with a couple of hot shoe kids (they’ve already gone racing) and realized I may not be as fast as I used to be! One needed his checkout ride to go PCA Club Racing so I took care of that as well. As usual, there was the typical selection of GT3, several GT4s, Corvettes, BMWs, and even an Audi fully caged and race ready. I made many new track friends and it was fun to get back in the right seat.
Next up was back to Summit Point of SCCA’s MARRS 1. For those of you who aren’t familiar with SCCA racing, the Washington D.C. Region’s annual race series is called the Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) and it was the first race weekend of the year, hence the moniker, MARRS 1. OG Racing is the “Official Motorsports Supplier” to the D.C. Region so it’s important for me to make it to as many MARRS races as my travel schedule allows. Well the weather was a little different than just week earlier. While drivers were enjoying temperatures in the 80s on April 1, it was 43 on April 9th, and windy. I had a helper with me on this trip in the form of my 9 year old son. He loves coming to the track so he asked to come along this trip. The car counts were good and as usual the SSM field was the largest at the event and as usual the battle at the front contained some familiar faces. There was good racing in the big bore group which was made up of a few old stock cars, Mustangs, Corvettes, and even an Acura and a Porsche.
Following the MARRS Race on Saturday, by Monday I was on my way to VIR for the Audi Advanced Drivers School. This special event was for solo drivers only. In addition to lots of track time, participants were treated to a few classroom sessions as a bonus. Professional driver coach and data wizard Peter Krause spoke about driving VIR and shared some of his vast knowledge of the use of data acquisition systems and video to help make you faster. Peter has over 15,000 laps around VIR in many different cars and is has a wealth of knowledge that is loves to share. If you get a chance to attend one of Peter’s seminars, do it. Following Peter’s talk was 2006 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona GT Class winner Michael Levitas, owner of Turbo Performance Center in Jessup MD. Mike covered how your suspension and tires work together to optimize your car’s handling and lap times. He also covered the latest advancements in suspension technology and how the computers in modern cars optimize suspension systems for maximum performance. And lastly, it was my turn to discuss the latest in driver safety gear technology that is helping the nut behind the wheel perform to the best of his/her ability and reduce fatigue. In the past, all us drivers just accepted that fire resistant suits, and under garments were supposed to hot and uncomfortable in order to protect us in the event of fire. Today that is not the case. Advancements in technology from the major manufacturers like Sparco, OMP, Alpinestars, and new innovative products coming from TraqGear have changed the game in motorsports by bringing moisture wicking and compression technology to fire resistant race wear.
Well that’s enough from me for this week. In a few days, I am off to Hershey for the Annual Porsche Club Swap Meet. If you are planning on attending, please stop by the OG Racing trailer.