Motorsports

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Having a ‘V. Fun’ Time: Two Days at Cadillac’s V-Performance Academy

Many manufacturers offer some sort of performance driving school as part of a “high performance” vehicle purchase. Ford has their ST Octane Academy, Mopar runs the SRT Track Experience, and even Land Rover offers the Land Rover Experience Driving School. Cadillac has joined the mix with their “V-Performance Academy,” held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort …

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Winning the HPDE: Five Years in a Mazda Miata

As I prepare to start my 10th year (really) working with NASA Mid-Atlantic, and seventh year behind the wheel on track, it only feels appropriate to give a little nod to the equally-little car that set me down the path of autocross, Hyperdrive, HPDE, Time Trial, and eventually, racing.

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2013 Honda Fit on Track: Winter Circuitcross Fun

For motorsport enthusiasts winter is usually a sad time — events are fewer and motivation to get out in the biting cold isn’t there. I was feeling it particularly strong myself. Thankfully Twitchy Racing and Get Fast have been putting on an annual “circuitcross” series along with BSR at Summit Point Raceway. Summit Point consists …

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Jake’s First Time on Track: November 2008 at Summit Point

Apparently, as part of some SMAD class at JMU my sophomore year, I had a WordPress blog. I forgot about it until this morning, when WordPress emailed me, requesting I change my account password to something stronger. The blog contents are mostly nothing too special, but I did find this gem, recounting my first-ever time …

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NASA’s East Coast Championships at Sebring – Jake’s Final GTS2 Race for 2017

I usually try to write up race weekends a few days after getting home, but NASA’s East Coast Championships left me exhausted both physically and mentally, and I’m only now finding some time to review the week of debauchery. The event ran from Thursday to Sunday, but I left Tuesday morning as Sebring, Florida is …

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Oktoberfast at VIR and 2017 Review

NASA Mid-Atlantic wrapped up the 2017 season last weekend at VIR, with their annual “Oktoberfast” event – always a favorite. Three of us piled into my newly-acquired 2010 Range Rover, hooked the trailer to the hitch, and set off south down I-95 on Friday afternoon.