NASA Racing: Spring Rumble

Words: Mark Aquino @dheanswer

I always love to push my car to its limits, to see what it can do, to be one with the car. I’ve done Hyperdrive sessions for the past 2 years during Hyperfest at Summit Point Motorsports Park. I was a little upset when they moved the event to VIR, a track that’s 6 hours away.

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Fortunately, NASA Racing had an event at Summit Point. I barely held a slot because the registration filled up within a matter of weeks. I had 2 weeks to prepare for my HPDE (High Performance Driving Experience). The first thing I purchased was a set of Raybestos ST-43 brake pads after noticing that my Project Mu NS400 Street Pads began to fade after a few laps on a shorter circuit. With the help of Toyo Tires, I was got a set of wider R888s. My previous sets were in 275/35/18, this time I got them in 295/30/18. These tires gripped a lot more compared to the other tires I’ve run on. For a change, I had my SSR GTV02 powder-coated Satin Bronze at AWRS in Baltimore. They turned out really nice, I’ve always loved bronze wheels on my Evo. With less than a day to go, I rushed over to Moore Automotive in Fairfax, VA to get my extended studs installed because I had to run a slip-on spacer for the tire to clear the strut. I wanted to reuse my close-ended lug nuts so I went with 60 mm studs.

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When I got home, I still had to install the pads and bed them. When all was said and done, I had less than 4 hours of sleep before driving up to the track.

As soon as I reached Summit Point, I had to check-in and bring the car in for tech inspection – I passed. After attending class, I got my track pass and was ready to meet my instructor. David Marshall greeted me on the grid, pretty cool guy and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot from him over the weekend.

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To summarize, I had a blast at the track. The Evo performed really well. Everyone was very helpful and nice. It’s a different culture. I wish the car scene was the same.

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I’d like to thank Chris at Moore Automotive for the last-minute track prep, Josh Arnold for guiding me at the track, Joshua Baum for the constant support and the Go-Pro footage and to everyone at NASA Racing for organizing an amazing event.

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Here’s a video of one session:

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