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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:33 pm 
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Hello everyone, wanted to introduce myself. I'm a 43yo biomedical engineer with a car hobby, and I've decided to take the next step and get on the track.

Back around 2000, I did a 2 day beginner race school as part of a work event. Had a great time and learned a ton, but didn't have a trackable car at the time so I didn't stick with it. In 2016, I bought a 1992 Miata as a wrench toy/mountain runner. I've put a ton of work into it since then; complete maintenance baseline, suspension upgrade, Hard Dog M2 roll bar and higher-backed OEM seats, wheels and tires, Megasquirt, intercooled T3 turbo and exhaust, etc.

I've had the Miata on the track a few times this fall, it ran flawlessly. I also got some experience at Road Atlanta in December (I like my Miata a lot better than the Buick Lesabre we were driving...). Was a good excuse to buy all the correct SFI/FIA homologated fireproof safety gear.

I signed up for HPDE1 at Road Atlanta on March 10-11, and I'm really looking forward to it. I have a few questions:

- will a detailed schedule for the weekend be published? I haven't been able to find one.

- with respect to tech inspection, can I just certify it myself? I've been through the tech form, the car is 100% right. If I need to take it to a mechanic, can I get a tech sticker that gets me through more than one event?

- anyone interested in instructing me? I'm a mature/reasonable driver that doesn't want to orphan his kids, and a pretty quick study. I've driven RA, but I wouldn't say that I know it well.

Thanks in advance... look forward to meeting some of you soon.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:44 am 
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First, welcome aboard!

Second...

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

- Tech Inspection: UPDATE: DE can self tech, TT and Race must have a tech station perform the review. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0.

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:03 am 
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That clears it up. Many thanks for the quick reply!


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:19 am 
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Welcome!

Turbo miatas are a lot of fun on track! I'd offer to instruct you, but I've already got a turbo miata student lined up :lol: I think there will be several miatas(more than usual) there at this event - https://www.miataturbo.net/local-meets- ... ost1459938

Hope to catch ya there!

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:35 pm 
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flier129 wrote:
Welcome!

Turbo miatas are a lot of fun on track! I'd offer to instruct you, but I've already got a turbo miata student lined up :lol: I think there will be several miatas(more than usual) there at this event - https://www.miataturbo.net/local-meets- ... ost1459938

Hope to catch ya there!


Yep... I'm one of the posters in that thread! Looks like we're going to have a good showing. Some of those guys have absolutely amazing cars... taught me everything I know about turbos.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:08 am 
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brkntrxn wrote:
First, welcome aboard!

Second...

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0.

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.


A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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brkntrxn wrote:
First, welcome aboard!

Second...

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0.

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.


A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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brkntrxn wrote:
First, welcome aboard!

Second...

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0.

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.


A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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brkntrxn wrote:
First, welcome aboard!

Second...

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0.

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.


A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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Spec 944 on the way


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brkntrxn wrote:
First, welcome aboard!

Second...

- Schedule: Julie will publish the details of each event AFTER the previous event is complete. So don't expect to see the March Road Atl schedule and details until mid-to-late February.

- Tech Inspection: You cannot self-tech, so you will need to coordinate an inspection with one of the official inspection stations or have it completed at the track the evening before the event. Inspection process is here: http://nasa-se.com/tech-inspection/ and the Tech Stations are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/ ... edit#gid=0.

- Instruction: Laura is the Chief Instructor and she pairs all DE1 students with an instructor. She will look at your experience as well as your car (for size issues) and assign you an appropriate instructor.


A quick correction here. In HPDE you absolutely can self inspect your car. There is no need to pay a shop for that. Racing has different requirements but you aren't there yet. Look forward to seeing you out there.

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Spec 944 on the way


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