May 9, 2012 update to the Ford Fiesta project car

Easy Track Prep for the Fiesta

Our Fiesta, ready for its first real outing.
Instead of the high banks, we'll be running Daytona's Driver School Course.

Our pre-event prep was minimal: add some magnetic numbers, pop off the hubcaps, and give the car a full bath.

Now that our Ford Fiesta has a bit more rear bar, we wanted to see how it works for extended periods. We made plans to run it at the SCCA PDX driver school at Daytona International Speedway.

A note, first: This isn’t the full 24-hour track but rather the Driver School Course. This layout uses the east horseshoe and the infield’s kink but adds a few tight turns before rejoining the 24-hour course part-way through the west horseshoe. Just before the banking, the school track then cuts back across the infield and rejoins the 24-hour course at pit-out. Each lap is only 1.2 miles, but it’s a busy trip.

Our pre-event prep was minimal: add some magnetic numbers, pop off the hubcaps, and give the car a full bath. We also torqued the lug nuts and checked all fluids. We retained the same tire pressures from our previous test day. That’s all there was to it.

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