August 3, 2020: Autobahn Country Club II (Joliet, IL) [Full 3.56 Mile Course] - “Monday at The Bahn”


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My friend and I are signed up for this, anyone else thinking about going or signed up as well?
 
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Feffman Feffman I had a quick question for you.
 

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What are the requirements for the cars, Safety-wise? I know I have to specify for all the wise guys out there.
 
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Up to date helmet, clear fluids for the brakes, nothing leaking, no loose ball joints or any of that shit. Tech is kinda meh right now because they want to minimize interactions with people, at WMHM you fill out your own tech form, basically stating all of your shit is good to go and they just trusted us. I think the most important part is the helmet being up to date and checking the TQ of your lugnuts after every session.
 

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Noice. So I don't need to remove or tape up headlights, have a roll cage, and all that stuff? Time to look for a new helmet I guess.
 

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In the past you were able to download the inspection form. They allow you to take the car to a shop to have all the areas visually inspected. The shop fills out the firm and signs it. Then you don't have to wait in line for tech and know you are good to go ahead of time. It's an added cost but not a bad idea if it's your first time HPDE or don't work in your own car.

If you are capable of checking all the systems in your car, download the inspection form and go through everything yourself. So you know you are good to go when you get there.
 

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I've only ever done an AutoCross thing once. I want to mix it up with a bit more with the mini, and I'm not too far from AutoBahn now. Just not sure if I'll have everything done by 8/3.
 
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Don't you have an ITR?
 

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I'm not serious about the peeing part. But I am serious about preferring to go wheel to wheel with the Mini.
 
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But ITR... MVP might not allow us to race like that, but I am DOWN asf.
 

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After the mini is done, I have to get a civic sorted out and sold, then it's onto some McLuvin for the type r.
 
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WTF did you do to it? An OEM Honda needs no sorting.
 

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I think i might sign up for intermediate next time. So many cars were getting stacked up, especially in the early sessions. I’m not that fast but I know I could go under three minutes. Here is a video of a lap that I didn’t get held up too much.
What kind of lap times are people running in thermediste?

 

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it is more about etiquette than lap times. eg. you see people coming and let them by and they do the same for you, so you don't end up stacking up into trains. with full track there is so much space that there should be minimal disruption to any laps. was that your first time there? great lines if so! if looking to compare potential, ideally you can find someone else with your same car and maybe some similar mods to get in the ballpark of lap times. there is a tcg lap time thread here, occasionally visited - https://www.thechicagogarage.com/threads/the-chicago-garage-top-ten-lap-times-road-courses.149869/
 
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This did happen... Parts store axle came apart so randomly on my cool down lap.

 

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It was my third time out there this year. Its been a learning experience everytime. First time in early June i did a lead follow. Second time i had instructor in car but only had a couple sessions before mechanical issues. This time i was on my own.
My second time out i had bad brake pads. I wore through them in two 30 minute sessions. Yesterday i had good track pads, good motul high temp fluid and felt way more confident in the brakes. However, my rotors were cracking up so i missed the last session. I had drilled/slotted rotors from powerstop. They said they are fine for track use. They were wrong. Luckly i brought the "track day" rotors which are just beefy solid rotors with me so i was able to change them out and get home.
I ran out of gas on the cool down lap :oops:. This was embarrassing. I brought 5 gallons of gas with me. I was thinking about putting it in before the session but I was showing just over a 1/4 tank. when the car shut down the needle wasn't on the E line. So lesson learned there...don't push it. I don't think the computer really calculates usage right when you are getting 5 mpg. Thankfully they were able to get me pulled back with little damage to the car which was lucky because i'm lowered and there was no good place to put the strap. I'll be installing some tow hooks before the next event.
I haven't gone off the track yet. I did come pretty close once yesterday. I got a point buy from an instructor doing a lead follow late going into turn 5. The track kinda goes down hill there and i took the inside line and got onto the throttle to aggressively and did a 75mph drift. Thankfully i got it collected and all was well.
 

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this was my almost off track moment. Drop box sucks for playing back files...sorry if the quality sucks.
 
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Man, you gotta be careful right there, this could have happened to you.

 
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Now that I see the video, that had to have been you behind me leaving the track yesterday.
 

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Man, you gotta be careful right there, this could have happened to you.

damn, yep thats the spot. you can see in both videos that there is a lot of rubber down on the track from people going off there.
i'm sure it was me behind you. I was the only white charger out there.
 

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