David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/17/05 10:29 p.m.

We took the Civic down to Sebring International Raceway yesterday for SCCA World Challenge qualifying. The on-track activities were canceled due to rain, but we still saw lots of friends and got some stuff done.

Despite the rain, the car--and our BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KD tires--did well. BFG may say they're kings of the dry, but things didn't get hairy, and we never felt the car hydroplane, even when being passed by semi trucks or while navigating construction sites. We also didn't get stuck in the muddy parking lots.

We also kept track of our fuel economy. While it's sort of a straight shot down to Sebring, the trip down included plenty of traffic and stop-and-go driving. We also stopped an bought and umbrella.

We averaged 29.1 mpg while driving down to the track. Traffic was very light for the trip home, and our numbers were a little better: 30.7 mpg. Those numbers still don't match Honda's 29/36mpg figures, but we're not complaining, especially since we were generally turning at least 3000 rpm when at highway speeds.

We also spoke to former Civic racer Randy Pobst, and he said to call him next week for some setup tips. (He's driving two different cars this weekend, so yesterday he was running back and forth.) Randy claimed the 1992 IMSA Firehawk championship in an EG-chassis Civic. You can read his bio here: http://www.randypobst.com.

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