It’s like GranTurismo, but in real life!
It was like a dream come true… Well sort of.
I finally got a chance to drive the world famous Laguna Seca (no I’m not going to call it the Mazda Raceway, it was Laguna Seca when I was little, and it will remain that way), home of the infamous corkscrew.
This was definitely one of the more challenging portions of the track. You can even see me spin it in my 2nd video here. You see, if you enter the turn sloppy or don’t commit (lift the gas pedal) to it, you’re going to have a bad time. Fortunately this only happened to me once. After that first time, I decided to concentrate around that corner.
The team this time consisted of:
We got to Monterey on a bright and sunny day. Laguna Seca was definitely perfect, weather wise. Unfortunately, that’s where the day started to go a little gray for me.
On our first session, I got meatballed (mechanical failure flag) and had to come back into the pits. Apparently 97 db was way too loud for Laguna Seca (the sound limit that day was 92 db). Unfortunately for me, this meant that I had to either quiet my car down by replacing parts, or just let off the gas by the mic. Since I didn’t bring any parts I went ahead and throttled off for turn 5.
As you can see from the map above, turn 5 is a on the right side of the track. I was pretty paranoid after getting my second flag (second flag was for spinning on the cork screw), so I started throttling off around turn 4 and I didn’t get back on the gas until turn 6. I know this was unnecessary, but I really didn’t feel like getting kicked of the track at the beginning of the day.
I ended up with a decent, but not outstanding lap time of 2:03 around the track. I don’t think this is a horrible time, but I could of easily broke into the 1s if I didn’t have to let off.
Before I come back to Laguna Seca, I must have a plan for quieting my car down.
The Mustang on the other hand broke well into the 1:50s. That thing is a beast and sounds the part. Unfortunately a cheap and rather stupid automatic transmission really killed it for track use. I’d like to see what a manual can do.
Go ahead and check out my sad, sad videos above and let me know if you think you can be faster than me! (PS — I know you can’t.)