An experiment

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Update by David S. Wallens to the Honda Civic SI project car
Feb 27, 2003

We performed an experiment of sorts during this past weekend’s Central Florida Region SCCA autocross: How does a lack of sleep, increased levels of stress due to an impending deadline combined with wearing the wrong contact lenses impact on-track performance? The verdict: Somewhat, as we initially ran third out of eight cars before falling one spot halfway through the event.

Not our best showing, but we were beaten by a pair of tough drivers: Todd Smith (Acura Integra GS-R) and Bryce Merideth (BMW 328is). Todd ran a fast second-gen Honda CRX Si in CSP back in the day—landing on the cover of GRM in the process—while Bryce is the 19-year-old son of Gary Merideth, a frequent nationals contender (and all-around nice guy). In other words, some really good guys beat us this past weekend, but that just means we need to repay the favor.

Since we were happy with the car during our last event, we ran the same tire pressures (40 psi front, 44 psi rear).

In other local STS news, the 1991 Nissan NX2000 of brothers Bill and Elliott Harvey called all the shots at the weekend’s Ft. Myers National Tour event. Elliott took the win with a combined time of 104.380 seconds, while Bill ran a 106.166. Third-fastest was Matthew Cragin in a 1996 Nissan Maxima with a 109.910, while the rest of the seven-car field couldn’t break 110 seconds.

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