David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
10/13/17 3:47 p.m.

One more example of how easy it can be to run track events: our experience with the latest Mini John Cooper Works. During last year’s press introduction, the Mini staff boasted how the car was track- ready right off the showroom floor. The press event even included laps at New York’s Wilzig Racing Manor.

Was that all marketing talk or the honest truth? To find out, we borrowed one for a spell and ran it locally–a mix of SCCA PDX track events as well as one hosted under the SCCA’s Track Night in America program.

Pre-event prep was simple: We checked the tire pressures and loaded up our usual gear. For this exercise, that meant a helmet, torque wrench, tire pressure gauge, drink cooler, magnetic numbers and, to fully secure them, some racer tape. Since Track Night in America doesn’t require numbers, we had even less to pack before those events.

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HapDL New Reader
10/13/17 5:02 p.m.

Yeah, pretty much what I do with my new Mustang.  Cars are just phenomenally good these days.

akylekoz HalfDork
10/14/17 7:48 a.m.

I drive my now vintage 92 mustang to and so far from all of the track events.  One tote of driving gear and one small toolbox fits in the hatch.

When you build for HPDE with road trips and DD duty in mind reliability trumps another two tenths off my lap time.  


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