Mountain Motorsports Park, Pahrump, Nevada
Mother's Day Mom! Love, Mark
awoke at 6am after a restless night of
sleep. I actually awoke first at 4am, and as
a way of putting myself back to sleep, I drove the
track in my mind. Even though I had never
set foot on this track, I have studied some in-car
7am we were at Spring Mountain Motorsports Park,
which was carved out of the desert floor outside
of Pahrump Nevada. Everyone calls it a
"technical" track, which means it has a
collection of turns that try your patience.
It is very tight in places, and contains a few
challenging turns that require you to brake while
turning while downshifting while... I think
you get the picture.
Isbell and Gary Morrell are driving this
supercharged Taurus SHO, which also competes in
T4, our class. Unfortunately they are having
mechanical problems right out of the chute, which
prevented them from fully competing today.
is a Lotus Elise Race car which runs in the
Unlimited Class. By running in the unlimited
class, they can use full race tires, and they can
also tow their vehicle from track to track.
Which is required in this case, since this car is
far from street legal. We chose to run in a
Touring class, which means we must use a less
aggressive tire, and must drive our car from track
to track. Since our car is stock, doing this
should not be a problem.
car that is in the same class as ours - a
turbocharged Mazda RX-7, with a few modifications
we think this is the class leader in T4.
This is the Honda-from-hell. In addition to
having the power-to-weight ratio close to a
Corvette, it is rumoured he is running a nitrous
oxide injection system. Nitrous can add an
instaneous 50 horsepower! This would explain
what I saw in one of the run sessions. I was
keeping up with him reasonably well, then we hit a
straight and he just rocketed away!
There is certainly nothing in the rules that
prohibits running Nitrous, so he is welcome
to do so (even if the rumours are true).
of a couple Acura NSX's that is competing.
Subaru WRX 4WD Rally car! This is a treat to
see, but it didn't spend as much time on track as
the drive would have liked, because Race Gasoline
was not available. This car came with its
own factory mechanic.
can see that we have added a few more decals, like
our names, and some additional Mini-Mania.Com
decals. If you have a Mini old or new, this
is a website you must visit, for the latest in
high performance parts. Mini Mania provided
valuable advice to our team in the preparation of
the Cooper S, such as the selection of tires and
very nice BMW M3 of the most recent vintage.
of course, the infamous Flame Mobile.
Hard to believe that this was once a street
car. This Acura NSX now sports fiberglass
doors (and other body parts, I'm sure), as well as
a supercharged motor pumping out around 375+
rear-wheel HP, while weighing less than our
Mini. You can read about the
exploits of the flame mobile and its owner Doug
Hayashi at his Pulp
Racing website, which is THE BEST racing
website on the internet, bar none.
view of the Acura NSX "flame
mobile". Notice the carbon fiber
splitter on the front. Unfortunately
the way I like to bounce off the track curbing,
I'd have to replace it once a weekend...
view of the engine bay, through the rear
window. Yes, the engine is behind the rear
seats, making this a mid-engined car, like many
Ferrari's. The difference is that this car
this Ferrari F40 no longer does (run that is), as
we prepare to push it into its trailer. The
owner wasn't thrilled about me taking this
picture, due to the humiliation of having your
$300,000 racecar being pushed. But heck you
have to let us poor schmucks that run mortal cars
feel a little superior once in awhile!
we end this day, we do not yet have results from
all of today's heats. So we will let you
know how we did tomorrow. We know we didn't
finish first in class because of the Honda from
Hell, so we'll just have to wait and see how we
did. We are quite possibly the only stock
vehicle in our class, and certainly one of the
very, very few in the whole event, so we shouldn't
expect too much. We put tires
and brake pads on the car, and went
should know that we are feeling fine, however we
are tired and extremely sunburned after only 1
day! We must find a store in the morning to
pick up some aloe and sunscreen.
would write more, but we left the track at 5:00pm,
then arrived at our hotel at 10:30 pm after
driving to Lancaster, CA, so we are quite
tired. I am driving the F250 pickup as a
support vehicle, and Pat drives the Mini Cooper S,
which gets more than its share of attention, as
you can imagine. So this means I can't do my
normal amount of writing like I did last year
(when I wrote from the passenger's
seat). But I do hope you enjoy the