Saturday, February 26, 2011

(131) Ground school

Today I trekked down to Redwood City to attend Ground School, which is basically the pre-school for SCCA driver licensing school.

I wasn't required to attend, since I already have my license, but I decided to go anyway, just to make sure I didn't miss anything. It was a 3-hour classroom session with instruction ranging the gambit from how to register on arrival to how to pre-grid and read flags. I'm glad I went, because, in addition to meeting some of my competitors and the volunteers, I also got a number of things cleared up regarding specific operations and regulations.

Since this is a short post, I should probably add some more content eh? But I can't really think of anything I want to write about at the moment.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

(130) Seated

Good news! I have a car to drive for 2011.

I ended up staying local. Ed Railton owns a pair of Sealed Spec Miatas in a nearby town called San Ramon. One (a 1.6 liter) was available for the season, and it's in prime condition, so I jumped on it. The other car is piloted by David Allen, who will be my team mate.

I'm really excited to work with Ed. I know I'm in good hands and I'm positive this year's going to be a blast.

My first outing in the car is going to be in mid March, when I go back to school in the SCCA Licensing school. I already have my SCCA license, but the school is going to be held at Thunderhill raceway over 3 days. Thunderhill is the only track on the schedule that I haven't driven. So it will be good to learn the track (and the car) in a more controlled environment. SCCA is running a special program for licensed drivers anyway, with 1-on-1 instruction. It should offer me plenty of track time for a reasonable cost. I'm going down to the shop a week before to get the car fitted.

Then the season gets underway good and proper in April. There will be 13 rounds over 7 weekends at Thunderhill raceway, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and Infineon raceway.

Having already driven the Spec Miata on track, briefly, I know more or less what to expect.