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    What's Your 2019 Plans?

    Anyone getting on track, autoX with their FIAT or other car? Attending any races from the local drag strip to NASCAR/INDY CAR/Formula 1?

    I'm kind of thinking I'll do less autoX this year, and shoot for a couple of track weekends with the Abarth. Right now looking at Watkins Glen the first weekend of October with the NASA HPDE driving instructor, possibly with my son coming up too, so that would be a fun way to spend a fall weekend.

    Ideally my work schedule would let me go to the F1 race in Texas in November, so we'll see if that happens or not.

    The Formula E season will end in New York City again in June or July, so since that's close to me it might be fun to attend.
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    2013 Rosso Abarth with 61K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Thanks for mentioning Formula E in New York, I think I'll try and make that! I'm also planning on trying to attend the Montreal Grand Prix in June. Memoral Day weekend at Limerock is a good time too although I haven't gone in a few years.

    I just decided to list my Merkur XR4Ti for sale that I usually do track night in america with. I think I'll pick up a set of 16x7 wheels for the abarth and swap over the 205/45 Firestone Indy 500's I bought for the XR last year. I wasn't happy with them on 6.5" wheels but I had been previously running 215/45/R16 kumho Ecsta XS on a 16x7.5 so it was a little unfair of a comparison. I think they'll serve the fiat well though.
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    I keep checking the calendar and hoping to make an event at Lime Rock, that looks like a fun place to be for a race weekend, much less driving!

    Tires make such a difference, I need to win the lottery!
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 61K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    I ended up not making it to any autocross events last season since they moved the venue further away, between my work schedule and my one-year old I just couldn’t make it line up. I’ll try to get to a couple this season, and I plan to try to hit the National Tour event when it comes through next month.

    I’d like to do at least a couple Track Night events (Road Atlanta and AMP, maybe CMP too), and maybe a rallycross event since the Atlanta Region brought it back this season!

    I’ll also be teaching at the Tire Rack Street Survival course next month at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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    get back into an abarth asap!! thats my plan

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattsnapz View Post
    get back into an abarth asap!! thats my plan
    Hope to get into my first Abarth this year without parting with my beloved '13 rosso 500 Sport (known in various parts as Guido, The Vatican Staff Car and Santa's Sleigh). Filed for Social Security last month (going to keep working for the time being) ..... a "retirement" gift for me. Would like to try my hand at autocross at some point. Rotting in front of the boob tube is NOT an option ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Nixon View Post
    I keep checking the calendar and hoping to make an event at Lime Rock, that looks like a fun place to be for a race weekend, much less driving!

    Tires make such a difference, I need to win the lottery!
    Hope you get to Lime Rock. Grew up in CT and spent some happy days there watching Trans Am (Mark Donahue!) among other things ... it was a great venue for a spectator. A return trip is on my bucket list.

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    LimeRock just looks deceptively simple, but still has enough elevation change to make it fun I bet.
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 61K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
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    Scooby,

    Good luck working your schedule, I know it's tough to get away once you have a family! I'm fortunate to be older and not have kids at home, so that I can even autocross with my son sometimes too! Definitely a fun thing to do with your kids when they can drive.

    I haven't been able to do a Track Night in America event yet, but would enjoy that too.

    Teaching the Street Survivor is a lot of fun, have you done it before?
    2013 Rosso Abarth with 61K miles, Koni yellow shocks, Madness springs, Neu-f rear sway bar, EBC Yellowstuff brake pads, DOT4 brake fluid, K&N air filter, autocross 17 inch Ciao Milano wheels with Bridgestone Potenza RE71R, daily wheels stock 16 inch Dunlop DZ102. 2017 1st place HS Tidewater Sports Car Club: 2016-2015 1st Place TSCC GS class; 2014-2013: 2nd place in SCCA South Carolina Region G Stock.
    My Car blog: http://www.nms-racing.net/

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    The Track Night events are pretty great, you get three 20-minute sessions out on track for about $150 (bigger tracks cost more). It’s easy to forget that it’s a fun event sometimes and you get people that wanna push for a good time and crash, or you have new folks that end up running other drivers off the track because they don’t have a clue what they’re doing (just my experience). I love it though, cheapest way to get on the track.

    I hadn't taught Street Survival before, the email came out asking for volunteers so I figured why not. I do lots of classroom and in-car instruction for my day job but I hadn’t done any teaching for the Club yet. It seemed like it’d be an easy transition, and it was a lot of fun.

    How often have you taught it? I’m always interested in tips and tricks...

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