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S2000 challenge round 6 OR How I learned to stop worrying and love Laguna seca.


Sooo on June 30th the S2000 challenge went to Laguna Seca raceway. Yep THE Laguna Seca raceway, home of the infamous turn 8 corkscrew.

What this really meant is I was going to drive a tiny sports car 400 miles then whip the snot out of it all day on one of the most famous racetracks in the world, then, god¬†willing (OK maybe not god, ill go with Carlin on this one and worship the sun but pray to Joe Pesci), drive it 400 miles back home to LA. Now as someone whose sum total of racing experience revolves around tracking a thankless JZA70 Supra (I still love it, but British car owners have a laugh at my expense on the reliability side of things) and running a LeMons racecar which should come with a prescription for meds to ease the post-traumatic stress disorder it will induce, this had the makings of an epic story that would some day involve the phrase “And then it all went wrong”…..and here I sit, back at home still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

For the curious out there in internet land here is what a lap around that track looks like from the point of view of a rank amateur (or if you prefer, from the point of view of the bug smeared on my windshield)




Sword of Omens….Show me the path to more camber!


Seriously, our LeMons racer needs camber in a bad way (think Lindsay Lohan in search of cocaine and vodka). The problem is the car as Toyota designed it was never designed to have approximately 1200 lbs cut off of it in a crash diet (insert another Lindsay Lohan joke here). Oh sure there are dozens of after-market parts that can make all our handling dreams come true, they will lower our car, stiffen our ride and make us go all night long (see a doctor if suspension stiffness persists for 4 hours or more) but this is LeMons and those parts all cost way more than we are allowed to spend so we have to get our camber for endurance the way our forefathers used to (you know….think about baseball when things get too intense to avoid early-apexing….) by modifying the OEM parts to do what we need them to.



Quenching the thirst for competition…leaves a salty aftertaste


So I have decided, against my own better judgment and against the advice of friends, financial advisors and loved ones to enter into yet another racing series, the S2000 Challenge. This was really more of a way to twist my own arm to get my lazy ass up to the track at LEAST once a month, wreck some tires and try to improve upon the a-rhythmic gyrations and accompanied swearing that I loosely refer to as driving.

I figure the best way to do this was to do it just like the way I learned how to swim. Stay up late the night before drinking, then show up completely unprepared and jump into the deep end. Man 7 was a weird age for me….but back to the car thing….So I took my car to the 2nd track event I had ever driven it at, and promptly entered it into event number 1 for the 2012 S2000 challenge, in the stock class.


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