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rico750sxi_2 Reader
5/23/20 7:46 p.m.

Spring time track maintenance was performed as normal with oil/filter, brake fluid, and rear differential fluid changes. I also added a transmission fluid change to Redline D4 ATF which did seem to make shifting a bit smoother although I replaced the lower shifter box this spring too which made a difference too. In addition as I mentioned, I added stage three front and rear aero to my car and changed out the front brake rotors which had quite a few heat stress cracks in them. One last thing I did was add the duct to cool the power steering motor.

First the brake rotor change:



Power steering motor duct and front undertray:


Oh, and I bought a QuickJack which is just awesome. It has been flawless with no leakage from any fittings or other issues of any kind. I am very pleased with the unit and would recommend it to anyone. Got is at CostCo online for $1099.


rico750sxi_2 Reader
6/19/20 3:08 p.m.

I had another very fun track day this past Monday (6/15/20) at New York Safety track and set another personal best. My buddy Dan joined again and he set a personal best too. I am so impressed with his 1LE Camaro, it handles so amazing for a 3600+ pound car. So, my new personal best is either 0.8s faster than my last or 3 seconds faster depending on what you trust. I was using the built in PDR to lap times and also using the HotLaps app with an external GOS received. My best through PDR was a 1:35.1 and my best with HotLaps was a 1:33.7 which is flying and doesn't match any other lap recorded using the app. I'm going to say that it is bogus although it looks really good. 

In the final session Dan and I went out together and played follow the leader for the session allowing each one to take the lead every two laps, it was a blast. Here is the video from both our in car cameras for that session:


My best session was actually the second of the day and I actually had two laps in the 1:35 range in this session. I improved a lot regarding staying on the gas longer, not costing as much, and braking harder. I still have a long way to go in this regard but it was an improvement. My lap data from my previous best showed I was on the gas for 17.5% of the time and the best lap this time showed me on the gas for 21% of the time.

Here is that session, my PB is at the 3:30 mark:


Other things to note from this track day; my new front brake rotors are starting to show tiny, heat cracks after two track days. I will have to keep an eye on that. The car needs to be stiffer, I am eating up my front fender liners and doing some research it is pretty common on non Z07 cars so I will probably be switching to Z07 springs in the off season. 

Other than that(which is made worse by my slicks being slightly wider in front and slightly taller) the car has been flawless on the track. It just runs and runs and eats it up without issue. My next days are July 17th at NYST, August 2nd at Pocono, and August 29th at Watkins Glen.


rico750sxi_2 Reader
1/22/21 11:10 p.m.

2020 was a great year (says no one!!) at the track, I went to NYST 3 times and each time I set a personal best, since my very first time there I have knocked 8 seconds off my lap time.



Went to Pocono again which was supposed to be the Mega but was changed to IMSA double infield which I actually loved. Oh, my wife did a ride along with me which was awesome, she is such a good sport. I had a GoPro pointed at her and her expressions say it all!!


Here is my best session of the day which was on SuperSports, it poured while getting the car off the trailer and while I switched off of the slicks and it poured when I loaded the car on the trailer too. 


Had a great trip to Watkins Glen again with my buddy Dan, we had walkie talkies for the ride out and back and its amazing how much that changes things, Stupid fodder ensued for sure. 
I improved a lot at WGI compared to last year but there is a long way for me to go still. Those walls still are in my head!!


I finished the year up at NJMP on Lightning which was such a fun day. 

Video of my best lap, and much to the current theme of all my laps, there is much improvement to be made. 


I have to say that I have not met one bad apple at any of the track days I have attended thus far. Everyone in the pits are always so nice and helpful. I have learned a lot since I started three years ago and continue to learn each time I go. I have learned a lot about how to have a successful track day too and none of that has involved on track learning. For example, I used to have a huge headache by midday at each event. I now may much more attention to my water intake and try to have a small snack between each session. I've learned to check the car more often too between sessions. This is because at Lime Rock I had to miss a session due to changing tires when I discovered a front tire was corded 5 minutes before I was due on track. This was also after a 2.5h break for lunch and a NASA race. Very dump on my part for sure. Also, I really enjoy working on the car off the track too and planning for the new year's track season helps me stay out of a winter funk. 

Also, thanks to the wonderful guys on here on the Corvette Forum I continue to learn and I've got my car set up properly. My car as it sits now at normal ride height:

Thanks for reading if you've made it this far, I really appreciate it!! 

rico750sxi_2 Reader
1/22/21 11:32 p.m.

This past season I also upgraded the sway bars to Hotchkis sways both front and rear, the rear is adjustable. I'm very happy with this change and how the car reacted to it. 


Thus far the only thing I've done is get a new tow rig(!), 2021 GMC Sierra AT4. It has diverted my attention a bit as I have installed a Gibson exhaust, roll up soft tonneau, tinted the windows, and swapped the wheels out for MotoMetal MO970's. I've also leveled it an inch and along with the factory two inch lift has the ball joint angle a little more than I like. That, along with a friend just suffering a ball joint failure has me installing a set of Cognito upper control arms. This will ease my mind a lot especially when towing the Vette. 

Here it is when I brought it home:


Here it is now, I love the looks of this truck!!


so far I've purchased one set of slicks for this upcoming season and have selected 4 dates I want to definitely hit. Regular fluid changes will come this spring and I may look into a few durability type mods. Oh, and a new front splitter because mine is sandblasted from the track. I'll have the new one PPF'd before the install. 
Thanks again everyone for reading!!

rico750sxi_2 Reader
1/22/21 11:41 p.m.

I got a chance to do my first tow with the new truck when my daily beater died(2004 Volvo XC70) so I dragged it off to the scrap yard. I then went and picked up this beaut:


a very clean 2004 Grand Am GT that was lovingly cared for and has a log of all repairs and maintenance performed. It's been a great car thus far for the two weeks I've been driving it. 

oh, and the editors at the CorvetteForum wrote an article about me, I was very flattered!!




rico750sxi_2 Reader
3/25/21 6:53 p.m.

Not too much to report other than my first two dates are booked, May 14th at NYST w/ S2k Takeover and then May 16th at Pocono (mega) with HOD. It’s a busy few days but I want to go on the Mega layout at Pocono and they canceled the July date due to a conflict. 
Also, this year I will be swapping to 2018 and up auto radiator and 2017 and up supercharger. Everything is ordered and will be here by the middle of this week. I’m not sure when I will do the install, it might wait until April because I’m on vacation for a week then. 
I have also but a full set of Pirelli scrubs, a new RF inner fender and spat because both were destroyed before I corrected the ride height. We will see how long they last at the correct ride height. 
The rear diff fluid and brake fluid arrived this week and I already had the oil so all of that will take place in April too. 
Finally, I ordered AirRide airbags for my truck to keep it level when towing. Those have also arrived but I’m not sure when I’ll install those either.

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