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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Formula D Pro2 Round 1 Florida 2015

Peep this video if you haven't, the pre season WG Chronicles:

1 Week before we leave
Scot Fox has looked the car over, we have already addressed some other issues it was having and actually got to test it a few times prior to this. Focused most of efforts towards prepping for the Drift 4 filming. I have also designed and printed custom FD Florida shirts. Feeling pumped.

3 Days before we leave
The 2 car trailer we had lined up was 8 inches too short. The story of American life it seems. Dave and I begged our way into another truck and trailer, I received a large shipment of STR Racing wheels for both Drift 4 and my FD efforts. Hankook decided to up my grip game and sent a few 265/40/18's to test on. I had been on the 265/35/18s and it made a huge difference in grip levels. One more day of testing with the new wheels and tires, car is still solid. Feeling more pumped.

1 Day before we leave
Dave and I have now been up for 24 hours prepping everything, mounting tires, packing, organizing and making sure we have everything needed for a week of FD and a week of filming for Drift 4. I spent a good chunk of the day plastidipping my STR wheels to get them looking fresh for Florida. killed the wrap and sticker game getting errthang done before we left for FD. Feeling exhausted.

Dave, Michaela and I take off for the 36 hour plus drive in separate trucks and trailers hoping for the best. Fast forward to weds, and we make it in time for the tech appointment. Picked Scotty Don't up from the airport Weds night and got a decent nights sleep. Feeling optimistic.

Tech, Practice and Qualifying oh my...
Pull up for tech and immediately back into Dewayne Ramsey's car. #sickrun. No damage but I am an idiot. Pass tech with flying colors, only to find out my name is spelled wrong on my door cards. A quick cut up of Tanner Fousts cards, and the missing T's are now solid. Feeling relieved.

Practice actually went really well for me. The track was really fun, riding the wall with lots of angle to a jump / transition area, to all out top of 2nd burner. I picked up the track by my second run, but due to wrecks and other delays would only get 2 more shots at dialing in the track. Having an actual spotter instead of texts from someone else spotter was amazing. Thanks Dave for jumping into the trial by fire on that one. Car looks waaaay better on the STR Racing wheels. Feeling jazzed.
Photo by David Karey
Headed into qualifying feeling awesome. This one really the first time I had made it through practice with nothing to change on the car. First run hit it hard, 1st.......... 1st still.......... trying desperately to grab second and it finally smashes in right as I go to enter. Did all I could running the whole track in 2nd gear... Bummed, We took a look and the clutch stopper was missing. I was over extending the clutch and couldn't get into gear. Scotty got on it and fixed me up for my 2nd run. 1st, 2nd, 3rd! Yes! Clutch kick to no power combo. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Blew a boost pipe off the throttle body. Twas the first time I yelled an expletive in my car after a run. Feeling super bummed. 

STR Racing 514
The Whiskey Garage Pit all set up and ready to sling shirts
Rest of the event
Watched a little and tried to sell as many Whiskey Garage T Shirts as I could. Did decent, but barely broke even. Shirts will be up on the site soon! It rained and then was sunny, then more rain then more sun and some wind. Picked up camp more times than I really wanted to due to storm threats. I also licked Fredric Aasbo's face. Feeling wet.

He's so dreamy

Huge thanks to Michaela for the emotional support and selling shirts! Dave and Scot from Motiva Performance for coming out to the event with me, Jesse from for being Jesse, Hankook for the tires and support, plus food and AC in the hot hot heat, Turbo by Garrett for getting me a spare turbo shipped to florida, STR for getting me wheels and working with me, pumped to have you guys on board! Radium Engineering for supplying me with spare fuel items and new catch cans for the season. Love you guys! for the graphic touch up on the car, the new vinyl and all the sick stickers everyone loved. Spec for the new clutch and flywheel, PPG for help on the dog box. You guys all rock, thank you for the support.  Feeling grateful.

Drift 4
Wouldn't you like to know? Feeling optimistic.

 And we had a blowout on the way home. The end!

Formula D Round 7 Irwindale

Coming in waaaay late to the party on this one so I will just let Jesse Wood's Whiskey Garage Chronicles tell the tale of the season ender. Huge Thanks to Scot Fox for making the event and keeping the car running, love you man!