Posts Tagged ‘Road Course’

Race Technician WRX Build

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

A nice article about two Subaru racing technicians that were asked what mods they would put on a 2012 Subaru WRX for street.

Link: Subaru Drive Performance Magazine

Lucky Squirrel Should Buy Lotto Ticket

This squirrel had his whole life flash before him when a Lamborghini LP670-4 SV passed over him at 100+ MPH.

Driving Pucker Moment

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

A “pucker moment” is the involuntary tightening of the sphincter when one escapes a close call to severe personal injury. You will most likely experience this yourself if you are a track driving enthusiast. I present to you JC Meynet’s pucker moment on Willow Springs International Raceway at Subiefest this past weekend.

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Want To Drive the Nurburgring?

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

I may have to start a Ring fund because it is pricey! I am not sure if I would spend a lot. I would be happy just do a couple of laps just to scratch it from my bucket list. Check out Dave Coleman’s guide on the Nurburgring on MotoIQ at the Source link below!

Source: MotoIQ

Ever Met This Driver?

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

This video could use some editing. You may have run into this type of driver at a track day. Do you have a funny story to share? Please post it in the commments.

American Road Courses

Some American road courses are covered in this July’s Car and Driver Magazine. Check it out for the record laps recorded on there and some info on the tracks.

    Road Atlanta
    Infineon Raceway
    Virginia International Raceway
    Watkins Glen
    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
    Road America

Source: Car and Driver Magazine

New Track Event Organizer in L.A.

Digital Racer

His events are run well. He caters to small run groups so there is no traffic. The next event is on May 29, 2010 at WSIR (aka “Big Willow”) for $200. Click the link above for more info.

Will Brake Override Ruin Your Track Day?

March 15, 2010 Leave a comment

With all of these Toyota Prius cars running out of control, there is more awareness of the brake override feature. New car shoppers that like to left foot brake or heel toe shift should check if the car has brake override. Here is an interesting article from Consumer Reports on testing the thresholds of brake override technology in some newer cars. I agree with one of the comments of omitting it from manual transmission cars. There are too many nanny devices built-in today’s cars that can dull the experience for a performance driver.

Click here for the article.

Big Willow Track Day Photos 3/13/10

March 13, 2010 1 comment

I wanted to practice taking photos of cars on the track. My friend and I headed out to Willow Springs International Raceway to spectate the Speedventures HPDE there today. We camped out at the top of the omega section and started taking shots in the chilly wind. Here are some of my favorite shots.

 Click here for photos!

Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, California

February 22, 2010 Leave a comment

photo by Juan W.


Address: 9300 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335

Previously known as California Speedway this modern race facility hosts racing events such as NASCAR. There are two configurations that are used for HPDE track days.

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Buttonwillow Raceway – Buttonwillow, California

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment


Address: 24551 Lerdo Hwy, Buttonwillow, CA 93206

Event Calendar: Buttonwillow Raceway

Buttonwillow Raceway (BW) can be configured in many ways and can be run clockwise and counter-clockwise. Check the track’s website for the available track configurations. The track can be configured up to 3.1 miles long. This track’s highlights are the chicanes and lost hill (also called magic mountain). There are many elevation changes throughout the track. High speed turns and many straights are present.

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Willow Springs International Raceway – Rosamond, California

February 21, 2010 1 comment


Address: 3500 75th Street West, Rosamond, CA 93560

Event Calendar: Willow Springs International Motorsports Event Calendar

Typical Event Price:  $180
Likes:  Very fast track. Triple digit speeds in turn 8 and the long straights. Long 2.5 mi. track, you can drive without seeing another car. Easy on the brakes.
Dislikes: None.

Willow Springs International Raceway (Big Willow or WSIR) is a high speed track with long sweeping turns. This track is only used in a clockwise direction in one configuration. The track is 2.5 miles long. There are nine turns at WSIR. Highlights are “The Omega” and turn 8. “The Omega” is called this because it resembles the Greek letter omega when viewed from a distance. One can carry triple digit speeds in turn 8. There is a lot of run off space available for off road excursions. The hardest braking occurs before turn 1, after the long front straight, and before turn 3.

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Streets of Willow Road Course – Rosamond, California

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment


Address: 3500 75th Street West, Rosamond, CA 93560

Event Calendar: Willow Springs International Motorsports Event Calendar

Typical Event Price:  about $150
Likes:  Great track for beginners and still interesting for advanced drivers.
Dislikes:  Typically wears either the left or right side tires more than the other depending on direction.

The Track:
Streets of Willow (SoW) is a technical track with thirteen turns in the typical configuration. The typical configuration is with the full bowl and skidpad, SoW can be run in a clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. The track is 1.8 miles long. This track is ideal for beginners due to the low speed and that there is a lot of run off space for unintentional off road excursions. The highlights of this track are the chicane, the bowl, and the skidpad.

Tires tend to get more work on the right side (higher tire temperatures) when driving on this track counter-clockwise, vice versa clockwise. Best to rotate your tires at the middle of the day to balance out wear.

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Racecomp Engineering Tarmac 2 Coilovers Review

February 21, 2010 2 comments

I was in the market for a coilover system for my 2005 Subaru STi. I did not want a JDM brand due to the stiffness overkill for the crappy roads in Los Angeles. I heard great reviews of the KW variant 3 coilovers from many STI owners so I figured I could not go wrong with getting those. But as I was about to drop my hard earned cash on them, Racecomp Engineering (RCE) announced their coilover made by KW to their specifications.

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Welcome to’s new home!

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Since the old site was in blog form, I did not renew my hosting plan and just opened the free account here. I hope you all enjoy the new format!

Please check out the About tab to learn what high performance driving is.

– hpdedriver