: 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 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?