The long summer break ended with the Labor Day Weekend Bash at Motorsport Ranch Houston on September 3-4, 2016.
Since I don't own a pick-up truck, I've become very efficient with packing my little 2-door coupe. 4 wheels, 2 fuel jugs, a cooler with water bottles on ice, basic tools and all my driver gear - no problem!
This was my last weekend of Time Trial before Competition School in October, and the last new track to learn on the NASA Texas circuit. I was unable to attend the Test & Tune session, so Saturday's warm-up was my first time around the track.
I was quite slow and managed to have even those slow times disqualified by mowing the grass at the exit of Turn 8 instead of proceeding around Turn 9.
At the end of the day, I was exhausted from the heat (the same heat that kept my cell phone from recording any lap times) and the tires were down to the cords.
With fresh rubber on Sunday, I was able to get my lap times down into the 1:54's - still 4 seconds off the pace of the fastest Spec Miata's. Unfortunately, the heat was still affecting my ability to record data and video, so the only lap with data and video is a little slower, but will still help me recall the track and think about my line.
NASA Texas heads back to Texas World Speedway in College Station from October 14-16. In the meantime, we're headed to Targa Newfoundland - news from that event in the next post!
Bryan Bursey, driver, founded Underbite Racing in 2015.