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Well. THAT was interesting.

SNAP! Just like that, the 2013 season has come and gone. We (obviously) didn’t write/post anything here over the course of it. Mostly because we were very very busy. I’ll give a psuedo-quick, highish-level recap here (Jim has some awesome stuff to cover too, but I’ll let him do that).

April 5-6, PPIR with NASA Rocky Mountain (NASA RM)
The first event of the season. Attendance was light. First event with the TraqMate… and I couldn’t get it to record more than my out-lap before it turned itself off. Oh well, this was meant to be a shake the car (but mostly the driver) out type of weekend. Cody Overcash dominated!

May 3-4, Pueblo with NASA RM
The TraqMate is with TraqMate and I was grumbly about it. The majority of the GTS field was there with us. And I got served an entire Humble Pie the first race Saturday. You see, I knew I wasn’t going to podium… I was sure I wouldn’t be LAST though. {gulp} I had to rejigger things in my brain and force myself to remember THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN. I screwed my head on the right direction Sunday and had fun. I wasn’t first, but I wasn’t last! Go figure.

May 25-26, HPR with BMW Club Racing
Got the TraqMate back – it even turns the cameras on! Went out Friday for lapping and was working with Mark Baer from SCR on a few things. Qually Saturday morning found my ass-end out in T6 on my first hot lap. Tried to save it, Save It, SAVE. IT. DAMMIT. Nope. And oh-so-ever-slowly rolled backwards. In gear. Ka-plunk-thunk. Stall. Restarted the car but something was definitely amiss. Hustled back around to turn it over to Jeff… who took a listen and confirmed I’d blown an engine and shredded the motor mounts. Hardly as dramatic as I’d thought that would be like. Weekend over.

<queue crazy circus music> Found and bought a completely unknown junkyard S52 in Brighton with supposedly 120K miles on it. Bought ourselves an engine hoist and stand. Installed engine #2 and got it started after some angst over finding out the hard way we needed a new starter. Dyno’d with ~20 hp and 10tq less than engine #1, June 18.

Engine 2 DynoJune 21-23, Miller with NASA Utah

Rented a day garage and hauled out to Utah. They were running the same course as would be run at Nationals in September (outer loop). Per my goals, I wanted to skill myself to learn new tracks quickly and this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up since the car was up & running. Practice Friday was good. Warm up, qually & race Saturday were tons of fun, even if power was low. Qually Sunday… the dreaded “money-shift” two turns before track exit. Got the car to my hot pit lane box, where it stalled. For good. Shoved the car into the trailer and headed home.

At this point, I was pretty sure my season was over. Tears were shed. I headed out to HPR with NASA RM to instruct and watch racing from the sidelines July 12-13. It was at this point that I emailed NASA and BMW out in California to let them know my plans to race at Sonoma and Laguna Seca were cancelled. Bitter pill, swallowed.

Engine<queue crazier circus music> Then I took a peek at GTS points standings. WHAT THE WHAT??? I’m 3rd in points?!! I found another engine in California out of a Z3M with 53K miles on it, posted on ebay. Transmission included. Video of it running. It arrived and we began the tear-down. We borrowed time on a lift and installed engine #3. It started right up, dyno’d with about the same hp and tq as engine #2 but with a much better looking vanos, September 24.

September 28-29, PPIR with NASA RM
Again, attendance was light. Again, we were there to shake the car and driver down. The schedule was wonky because we were sharing track time with SPEARS. Qually went well. So well that I was on pole for the race and led the group through the green flag! And took the checkered flag for GTS3 Saturday. My first Win! I should’ve had chicken dinner. But I didn’t and ended up with food poisoning and a busted differential bolt Sunday instead.

Winner!October 26-27, HPR with NASA RM
Last weekend to race and the weather couldn’t have been better for it. Sunny, 60′s, no wind. And I had my first set of Hoosiers to fall in love with. Saturday we ran the north course, Sunday the west course. It was two solid days of good, clean, hard racing. I could not have asked for a better ending to the season.

I’ll end by saying I could NOT have done it without the help from our partners and sponsors!! Turner Motorsport answered the phone and shipped us goodies for each engine. Mark at SCR Performance gave much needed mental support. Hammer Nutrition made a huge difference on race days and kept me alert, energized and hydrated. Thanks to everyone who supported me and MW3 my rookie season!!!

We’re already making a list for 2014… it’s gonna be GOOD. How was your 2013? What’re your plans for 2014?

PPIR Roundup

Hiya from all of us at MW3! Hard to believe, but it’s already been ten days since our opening event at PPIR in Fountain, CO with NASA Rocky Mountain. So how did it go? It was a great start to what is sure to be a fantastic season!!

You may remember Jim installed new suspension (MmMmmm…. Motons!). He also decided to try a new tire that’s been getting good reviews: the Hankook Z214, C51 compound. So PPIR was the weekend to shake it all out and see where the car landed. It would be an understatement to say things went well. Jim reset his personal best time by 0.7 seconds… on a one mile track! The competition in the newly formed TT3 will be fierce, but Jim just keeps getting faster. Awesome!

Jeff wasn’t driving, but was motoring around the paddock nonetheless. He took time off from working on the E36 racecar here & there last winter to restore a 1969 Honda Mini Trail Z50. It’s totally retro – and it took Jeff everywhere in style all weekend. There were several offers to buy it… but we aren’t selling. When we could pry him off the new pit bike, Jeff was busy keeping Christina’s car ready for practice, qualifying and races. In another testament to the solid car he built, tire pressures were the main thing that needed close monitoring throughout weekend – even though the ambient temps didn’t get above 65F.

Christina was busy keeping it clean in all four GTS races so she could finish off her provisional license with NASA. (Yes, the orange R’s are off!)  It had been three years since she’d driven PPIR clockwise (the reverse configuration) and so this was essentially a new track. So she spent quality time before and after every session, developing goals and then evaluating how she did in comparison to them. One bummer from the weekend: the newly installed TraqMate with the TraqData Pro (an add-on module that controls the GoPro’s and syncs data with video) didn’t seem to be functioning. She managed to get data, but no video, Sunday only. A review of the system and data acquired is underway.

Are we ready for Pueblo in a few weeks? Not quite, but we know what we need to do. What were your successes? What did you learn that you’re carrying forward to the next event?

SCR Performance

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Hammer Nutrition

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