Much like I did for Saturday, this post will just share the photos that I took on Sunday.
Sunday started off great for me, as I was moved from D group to C group. Definitely a great accomplishment for me! All of us rookies had an instructor ride with us for at least the first session, just to be sure we hadn’t forgotten all we worked on the previous day. After that, if you were signed off an instructor was optional. (Though highly recommended.)
After a few sessions on the track, my Bridgestone Potenza RE-11s were looking very well used, I have never seen my tires look the way they had before! I was quite proud as it showed we were out there and giving it a good go. By the way, I do really, really love these tires. Great street and track tires!
A friend of mine, Larry, was my instructor for the morning. Everybody at the track calls him Crazy Larry…. And he’s well known for giving people rides in his very distinct 911 and scaring them, haha. He even got my husband! And having him for an instructor definitely got me feeling nervous! With him, I was pushed well out of my comfort zone, and even found my S2000′s traction limit at one point when she kicked her back end out a tiny bit coming out of one corner. While it was uncomfortable for me, it was probably the best part of my whole weekend. I learned that I could do way more, and knew to be more trusting in the S2000 as she proves quite the capable track monster.
During that session, we ended up having a great time playing with a fellow BMW CCA member and his gorgeous blue ///M Coupe. At the beginning of the day, I joked that the car would probably eat me… On the track I was quite surprised at the outcome. While he easily overpowered me in the straights, I quickly walked away in the corners. No matter which one of us was in front, it wasn’t a help. It was all fun and games, though, and for both our benefits we tried to keep apart while on the track. I think she was quite happy to have a playmate out there, and I had great fun with it.
A new friend of mine showed me his Mini’s talent of using only two jack stands and the jack and being perfectly level. What a talented Mini he is, no?? If you looked at a different angle he appeared to be floating, haha. Very amusing.
I went out for the second session of the day by myself. Having been pushed so hard in the morning I wanted to go out and see what I could do on my own. I knew where my weak spots were and what I needed to work on and wanted to get out there with just the S2000. We had a great time, albeit much slower paced. I didn’t want to keep pushing her too hard, as she had never been on the track before and I had no idea how she’d handle it. (She did great, though! Really great.)
After that came lunch, and I was just wore out. I decided I was done for the day and sat out on the two afternoon sessions I could have done. I was just exhausted from the morning, the day before and a rather long Friday before that. I felt that I wouldn’t be mentally sharp enough to keep pushing it without risking the possibilities of mistakes. Instead, I elected to hang out and be social for the rest of the day.
I definitely enjoyed hanging out with my friend and his brother, the owner of the floating Mini. They’re both track guys and have driven many other tracks other than just Spokane. Hopefully one of these days I’ll get to do more tracks too.
Of course, now it’s back to being addicted to the track… I’m hoping to get out for at least one or two track days next year. Hopefully there’s another driver’s school in the spring, though that would be a chance for my husband to get out with her instead of me. Hopefully, if all goes well, that could work out and my 911 and I could go in as support. Fingers crossed for all that!