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Old 03-17-2007, 07:45 PM
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Albuquerque Track Day

April 29th....a Sunday. Starting at 1pm...we will have the track and perhaps as many as 4 instructors.

We are doing just the afternoon. For first time drivers the afternoon will be more then enough time to use up all your gas and some of your tires. We have the afternoon, and will be sharing some cost with a morning racer group.

Costs remains at about $200 per person. We can accommodate 8-10, perhaps a few more, so lets get as many to commit to this date as we can so that we still have enough participating to help offset those who find they can't make it at the last minute.

We will be the only cars on the track so we don't have to worry about a ton of other people getting in the way.

More on what you will want to bring and do for track day as we get closer. If you don't have a helmet, you will need one so start looking around.

Right now the following have signed on for track day:

Kewl
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NMOcho
Charaka
MadDog (maybe)

Who else will want to join in on the fun?!!
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Old 03-19-2007, 02:12 PM
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Kewl,
Thanks for doing the leg work on this event.
You can count me in....I can hardly wait!
Keep us posted on the details as we get closer to the 29th.
Hasta,
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Is no one else interested in attending the Track day at Sandia Motor Speedway???
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Old 03-22-2007, 09:20 PM
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I nominate for Stinger for the award of most creative use of bold, colored and captialized fonts. Anyone care to second the nomination?

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i second that
and i am also in
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Old 03-26-2007, 01:23 AM
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I am in!

I am in! What about tires, are my Avons okay? What kind of helmet?
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Old 03-26-2007, 04:56 PM
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I just looked at the www.swms.org web site and this is what I found for the Helmet requirements

Drivers Safety Requirements:

Automobile racing helmet with a Snell Foundation SA 1995 or later approval. Full-face helmets are very strongly recommended.

Goggles or a face shield are required.


As for tires? As far as I know they are all right. As long as there are no cords showing and such I would guess any street legal tire is ok.
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:14 PM
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Everything is still on track for track day. I don't see anyone else signing up since Aug03-rx8...is this all that are planning on having a grand day at the track with their 8?
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How does everyone feel about non RX8 folks coming?

Not that we should encourage or allow posting of this thing all over the place, but what bout direct friends of RX8 owners that have other cars?
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Old 04-04-2007, 03:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Chakara
How does everyone feel about non RX8 folks coming?

Not that we should encourage or allow posting of this thing all over the place, but what bout direct friends of RX8 owners that have other cars?

Well I don't have a problem with it myself. We were looking to get 8-10 people for the day and so far there is only 7 confirmations w/ MadDog being still questionable as far as I know at this point. I know Ronnie (SikRedRX-8) was also interested as well though he no longer has an 8. I am easy it does not bother me either way.
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As long as they are cool like all of us... LOL then i'm ok with a few non 8's there. But sounds like its best to keep the group at about 10 to 12 cars at most. For most track time.
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Old 04-04-2007, 09:05 PM
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Well I think if someone reading this forum wants to participate in track day that would be good. I mean if they are reading this, then they can't be all bad....can they?

Post in if you want to participate....

More information on track day soon....like things to bring...and not. And some of what you can expect.
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Old 04-06-2007, 06:47 PM
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There is some interesting information you might like to read before track day. It should provide you some insight into what is going on with the car while on the track or for that matter the roads.

http://www.miata.net/sport/Physics/
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Old 04-08-2007, 04:02 PM
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There really isn't a whole lot you need to do for track day. The most important is to take to the track only what you need/want. Everything else should stay home. Whatever is not strapped down will go flying and you don't want that kind of distraction.

Tire pressure should be at least 40 psi...and the instructor might want you to increase it even more. There should be air pumps at the track, but try to leave the house with at least 40 psi just in case. Top off oil and just before getting to the track top off fuel. I'd do the fuel before you get past Coors and Central or I40. Not much else available after that. The Flying J is at 98th/I-40, but getting in and out of there can take some time.

Helmet and if you have gloves for driving, bring those.

Tires...most any tires you have on the car are fine. However if they are near the end of their life you might want to replace them before track day. Same for brake pads. If they are in good shape that shouldn't be an issue. I find that the brakes on the 8 are very good for the track...they don't get that hot.

Remember you will want to do a warm up lap and at the end a cool down lap. You will NOT want to set the hand brake once back in the pits. You can hot spot the rotors (brake) doing that.
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One of our instructors for track day is willing to get together with us before track day to review a video of the track and answer questions. I've seen the video, which takes you around the track from inside and outside the car, and I think you will find it very useful and helpful especially if you haven't been there before

There has not been much posting here about track day so I don't know how interested everyone will be in taking advantage of this offer by our instructor host.

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I would like too
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I would also like to see the video. I tried to watch one they had on their website but my computer wasn't cooperating that day.

Kewl, when does he suggest we meet with him to watch it?
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I definately want to see the video!!! When does the Instructor think he will be available to show us the video??
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Hey everyone I just wanted to say I might be able to go and I might not...My grandfather just passed away and im not sure how long everything will take and if I will have enough money for this. I will write back on here for sure to let you all know.

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Old 04-15-2007, 05:03 PM
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I'm hoping to get a copy of the tape Monday and I'll ask what day might be best. Will let everyone know here what I find out

Ace1810 sorry to hear about your grandfather...family comes first. If things work out that you can make it we will be glad to have you join us.
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Originally Posted by Ace1810
Hey everyone I just wanted to say I might be able to go and I might not...My grandfather just passed away and im not sure how long everything will take and if I will have enough money for this. I will write back on here for sure to let you all know.

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Sorry to hear about your Grandfather, Ace. Best wishes & prayers to you and your family.
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:39 AM
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I have the track video so we just need to select a time to get together to view it. Anyone have a combo VHS VCR/TV we can use to watch it?
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Yes I do but it is a 27". Do you have an idea of what time and where Kewl?
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I am reposting this here as well...............


Originally Posted by Kewl
stinger....what's status of your 8? Got it back yet?

No time for video viewing...I haven't heard back from anyone on the track topic as to when is a good time for anyone...
Sad to say NO! I did call Mazda North America today though, to complain about the fact that they were not providing a rental/loaner car & that the bill for such was coming out of my own pocket. Well the lady I talk to was very helpful & contected Univ. Mazda. The next thing I know the Service Manager Phillip calls me and apologizes and now Mazda is picking up the tab for the rental car. It turns out that under the extension for the engine & power train you are supposed to get a rental.loaner car. As it stands right now the new motor is not even in New Mexico. When will it arrive? No one can seam to tell me this now. If I am super extra lucky I might get the 8 back by mid to late week. If it is at all possible I am going to try and put as many miles on the car & hopefully make track day & drive. If I can not get enough miles on it I still plan on attending no matter what!! If I can not drive @ Track Day does any one have room in the back seat????
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sorry to inform you guys but i had an emergency and am now broke i wont be able to make it to track day (no helmet eaither) so maybe i will be able to make it to the CA meet
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