: An assortment of videos from my track events

07-14-11, 09:22 PM
I've captured a number of videos and never really shared many of them, so I figured I'd just post a bunch in one thread. These are in chronological order, and you'll see that the videos get more advanced as I add more toys to my video setup. :)

Back in the fall of 2009 I was stationed in Bangor/Bremerton, WA, and made a trek down into OR with Proformance Racing to run at Portland International Raceway and Oregon Raceway Park. Apparently Proformance had been doing yearly trips down to PIR, but it was the first time they also ran ORP, which had just opened that year (or maybe late 2008, I can't remember). At that point my car had a completely stock drivetrain, the KWs, and was running on street tires.



And ORP:


As the descriptions on the videos say, PIR was a decent track, but with no elevation change it just didn't do much for me. ORP, on the other hand, was an absolute blast. It was out in the middle of nowhere - we drove a few miles on an oiled gravel road to get to the dirt entrance to the track - but it is a very fun track.

In 2010 I was transferred to the Pentagon, putting me back in the Mid-Atlantic region within a few hours drive of a number of excellent tracks. The combination of some good tracks in the area and a job that allowed me to take some more frequent leave meant I got plenty of track time I think I did 12 or 14 days on track, which was more than I had done in the previous 3 or 4 years combined.

V Day 4 @ Summit Point Main was one event. I've posted this video here before, but I'll post it again.


I also got to run 3 days (2 days at one event, 1 day at another) on one of the Grand courses at VIR. (I've seen this configuration referred to as both the Grand East and Grand West course, and I'm not sure which is actually correct. It's the same configuration that Car and Driver uses for their annual "Lightning Lap" issue.)

That's a Nissan GTR that points my by at the beginning and then follows me around. Eventually he turned up the wick and pointed him back by.

In the winter 2010/2011 "off-season" I added Chase Cam's DM10 and OBD2 cable to my existing 2 camera setup, so I was able to datalog and do gauge overlays. Unfortunately, sometimes I forget this extension cord or that power adapter, so not all of my videos end up with all the overlays. :helpless: But the gauges and track map make things look way cooler. :cool2:

So, first video of the season I didn't have the OBD2 cable hooked up, so I didn't have all the cool gauges yet. This was a DC Region SCCA PDX at Summit Point Main:


For the second day I got the OBD2 cable hooked up, so I added the gauge overlays. Ooooooh! Aaahhhhhh!


A few weeks later I was down at VIR again, this time on the Full Course running with the Audi Owners Club. I had some technical difficulties with the camera setup at that event (due to user error), so no internal shots, but my brother did get this clip of me blasting by on the front straight:

As I pass by the tire barrier at the end of the pit entrance I'm probably in the 100-105mph ballpark, and as I pass the start/finish tower I'm doing upper 120s.

A couple weeks after that event I was at VIR again, this time with Trackdaze.com, and this time I didn't screw up the video. :p


In June I once again headed to a Trackdaze event at VIR. I drilled a hole in the back of the driver side of the front crossmember so I could mount one of the Chase Cams down there, looking out at the front suspension. That got me some pretty cool video:


Unfortunately, the event was cut short in rather dramatic as the #5 rod and piston decided they didn't want to play anymore:



07-14-11, 09:35 PM
Apparently, having the "Automatically convert links into video" option selected does not actually automatically convert links into videos (unlike every other forum I frequent). And clicking the youtube button in the the post editor puts [HR ][ /HR] tags around the link, which appears to do absolutely nothing. I love this forum!

07-14-11, 09:52 PM
I still say the Summit Point vid with Andy Pilgrim driving your V was one of the best produced, most informative track videos I have ever seen...

07-16-11, 08:52 AM
Well done. You have good hands. ORP does look like a blast. Kinda like a rollercoaster at Great America.

07-16-11, 09:26 AM

I miss tracking cars. Lots of seat time in my heavily mod'ed '01.5 A4 from 2002-2007, but haven't been out much since. ...just a spectator at V-Day IV & V.

You're running about 2:17 range at VIR Full, according to the time on the vid, which is humping it around! I assume that's on the wider Rcomps.

I hope you get it back together soon! Are you rebuilding it stronger? If so, what all are you planning? Are others having issues like this tracking their Vs?? gawd, I hope not.

Maybe see you at VIR with ACNA in the fall ;) FYI -- ACNA will be at Summit Point for a 1-day in Sept., which I'm thinking about...

07-16-11, 09:34 AM
I've actually been down into the 2:15s at VIR, and yes, that's on the 275 Hankook Z214s.

Rebuild plans just took a kick in the junk last night, as I broke my left foot playing indoor soccer. Just in a splint for now, but the doc said I'll probably be in a cast and on crutches for ~6 weeks. :( That's going to make working on the car a real pain in the ass.

That aside, my plan is to at least do a cam and all the valvetrain stuff, and maybe do the heads, too. Haven't really decided on that yet.

07-16-11, 09:54 AM
oh, cripes. left or right? going to make clutch work interesting...

valvetrain = ? I assume at least springs and rods -- options?

06-19-16, 01:09 AM
Catching up for the last 5 years or so... :rolleyes:

After taking much of 2012 off due to work scheduling, I got to an event at the end of the year in November 2012. Unfortunately, the alternator died on the first day, so I got very little useful video. :bang

In March 2013 I signed up for an event in the V, but I waited until the last minute to finally do my oil cooler install, had a leak that I couldn't resolve, so I took my Subaroo instead.

Finally, in mid April I got the V back on track at VIR with the Potomac-Chesapeake Chapter of the Audi Owners Club. They run a couple of great events at VIR every year, so whenever the Navy has had me on the East Coast I've maintained an Audi Club membership just so I can go to the PCC events. :)

Here's some footage from the last session on the first day:


I ended up running with that red and orange Boxster in a few different sessions during the two days - we were actually pretty evenly matched for lap times, with me being a little bit faster so I would gradually pull away. He stopped by where I was parked in the paddock at one point and said something along the lines of, "How am I going to explain in my videos when I get passed by a Cadillac in my race car?" :lol:

My brother was attending the event in his 2004 BMW 330i sedan, and for the first time we were in the same run group. I had him go out ahead of me on the second day so I could get some footage following him. Here's the short clip of him letting me by on the back straight after I followed him for a couple laps. (Unfortunately the clip proves once again that the biggest weakness of the GoPro cameras is the crappy audio - you can hardly even hear my car on the video.)


A clip from my first event of 2014, at Summit Point with the Audi Club:


June 2014 @ VIR with Chin Motorsports:

First, just a generic video of some laps:


From the same event, chasing down a new Z/28. And by "new" I mean "brand new" - I talked to the owner after this and he said it had "100 miles plus whatever I've put on it today". Oh, and it was his first time @ VIR, so that tempered my enthusiasm about catching him a bit. :p


June 2014 @ Summit Point. This was the weekend after the event above. I had picked up a ReplayXD 1080Mini HD camera while I was at VIR, and had fiddled with it a little bit at that VIR event, but this Summit event was the first opportunity to really play with it. So, all of the data (GPS, g-sensor, OBDII inputs) are embedded in the SD video file that I get from my older Chase Cam DVR, and then the HD video comes from the ReplayXD camera. Those then get combined in Dashware, which is Chase Cam's video processing software. When I initially did this event back in 2014 I hadn't figured out a good way to combine the two sources; I have now figured out that it's actually pretty easy to sync up the HD video and the data file in Dashware, so I actually went back and re-captured this video clip to get the HD.


November 2014 @ VIR with Trackdaze. I try to get to this event every year, as it's one of the few opportunities to run the longer Grand Course. This clip is from the start of one of the sessions, so the run group is still pretty bunched up and I was picking people off left and right. I'll warn you now that the audio sucks - very choppy due to a low mic battery.


2015 was a slow year for track events. I'm pretty sure I got to an event or two in the spring, but if I did, apparently I didn't capture any video. So, nothing to report from 2015.

Which brings us to my first event of 2016 - June 2016 @ VIR, once again with Chin Motorsports. I was in the advanced group, as I normally am, but this seemed like an exceptionally fast advanced group! There were 2 open-wheel cars, a couple of Viper ACRs, a couple cars (Cayman & 911) from the Rebel Rock racing team (an IMSA team), an Ariel Atom, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHNF1iunNbI (I messed up and didn't upload this one as HD)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__0CfTmoSew (this one is HD)

Next up is a trip to Summit Point the first weekend in July, and after that I'm not sure. I'm hoping to get up to Watkins Glen this year - I haven't been there since 2001, and that was in a ~185hp Subaru, so the V would be an entirely new experience. I actually got a ride-along in a new C5 Z06 at that event, my first taste of LS powah! :D