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Fellow MR2ers!

I wanted to share with you the excitement and exhiliration of driving at Laguna Seca. Of course this account is tainted with the point of view of a mere novice - since this was only my second time on any track.

Track map can be found here:
http://www.laguna-seca.com/GeneralInfo/index.cfm?FuseAction=TrackMap


First let me say the most impressive part of the track is not its speed, or corners, but rather the change in elevation - its enough you feel the change in pressure due to elevation from the top of "the cork screw" (turn 8) to the 110* turn just before the main straight. The climb from turn 2 up to turn8, is gradual, mostly flat on turn 2, 3, 4. Then slight almost imperceptible rise to turn 5, steeper yet to turn 6, and from there it was a 3rd gear 6-7k rmp climb to turn 7 which is about the same elevation as the top of turn 8. Awesome!

From the top, there is a very fast drop to turn 8a, and less steep but equally impressive drop to turn 9.

OK, that ends the "literary" part of this post.

Pics:
all cars - listed by car number (I'm 761):

My fav's:
GT3 in pursuit at corkscrew - http://gotbluemilk.com/web050131/761/HT4U5144.jpg
911T in pursuit at corkscrew - http://gotbluemilk.com/web050131/761/HT4U5113.jpg
NSX (my instructor) following - http://gotbluemilk.com/web050131/761/HT4U5187.jpg
hitting an apex - http://gotbluemilk.com/web050131/761/HT4U4711.jpg

Setup:
Suspension: Azenis, H&R springs, KYB AGX settings: 1(F) 3(R), TRD front bar, stock rear bar, classic AUTOX alignment, carbotech panther+ pads, stock calipers and rotors, ATE super blue brake fluid.
Engine: TD06, mbc, 15psi, Greddy IC, WI (fuse blown :(), 91 octane :eek:

Hilites:
:thumbup The club I run with classified me as "restricted" up from "restricted with instruction". (this means I can now go on the track without an instructor)
> My MR2 kept pace with an NSX, somewhat slower than a GT3, but mostly passed many other cars - not a bad track car at all!!
> got compliments from instructor and others who watched me "drive the line"
> The MR2T seemed to thrive under full acceleration - turbo wistling wickedly!

Lolites:
> after about 3 sessions, I checked my IC water level - it was only slightly lower than when I started - checked the IC fuse and it was blown. Still need to investigate the cause.
> screwed up turn 11 a couple times - (1) went "too deep" into the turn, locked up the fronts while braking, but recovered and exited the turn at a crawl - pointed a couple cars past me... (2) almost lost the rear upon exit under acceleration, but recovered.
> lots of missed apex's - I'll get those suckers with more seat time!
 

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I loved Laguna Seca when I worked/raced there in 1982.

The Corkscrew is definitely the ultimate blind vertical drop corner (at least that I've ever experienced).
 

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cool good job!
I've never driven there, but sure sounds and looks like fun
 

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Lucky you... my dream is to run my 2 there! Thanks for sharing your experiences. Nice pics!
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"see ya' on an Apex,"
Fabio Vlacci
 

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Thanks for sahring the pics :thumbup

ME = JEALOUS! That really is awesome.
 

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MR24RE, J&H - I see you're out in PA. You guys are welcome to make a trip out to Cali and check it out! If you're ever in the area or are planning travel arangements, look me up! (I'm probably the only "velandia" this side of the mississippi). It was not cheap to run there (~290) but it was definitely worth it - this was done via Northern California Racing Club as an HPDE - its a very well run club.
 

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Pics:
all cars - listed by car number (I'm 761):
... I noticed I never posted the link to all event pictures - here it is. each dir is named after the car number. 12 is very nice: Ferrari 355F1, several NSX at the very bottom, 001 is a gorgeous mustang, 25 is a Radical, 791 is a gorgeous ford <dont know> replica kit car. 1047 is a yellow porsche GT3.

http://gotbluemilk.com/web050131/
 

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i hear that track is TONS more fun in real life than a game could ever come close to...

its one of the tracks on my "to do" list :)
 

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rumble strips?? Assume you mean the berms are apex of turns. Thunder Hill is the only other track I ran on - berms were flat, not bumpy like those at Laguna. If you're driving the corner correctly, you should just touch the berm, and it wont make a rockus because your inside tires should be pretty much unweighted. I think the advantage of bumpy berms is you know just how well you hit the apex: a barely audible "brrrrrrump" and you did it right; a bumpy ride through it means you could have carried more speed through the turn.
 
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