2020 Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car wrap-up (NCM + OUSCI)

Well, this past weekend was the last regularly scheduled racing date for me for the year. I trudged 100 miles down the road to NCM Motorsports Park for round 7 of the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car. I really enjoy this series, and if you remember from my post last December unveiling the …

Big brakes on a Probe? Yes!

So, after doing an HPDE at NCM, Optima events at AMP and Road America, and the DriveAutoX and UMI King of the Mountain, it was getting to be time to replace the brake pads on the Probe. I’ve never been very confident in the braking on this car. The previous owner had repaired some rusted …

Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car – Road America!

Put on your big boy britches, because we hit a big track this weekend. Round five of the 2020 Optima Search For the Ultimate Street car was at Road America! I’ve never been to Road America. I’ve run countless laps of the track in sims, and I knew it would be fun and fast. I …

Optima at Atlanta Motorsports Park!

Round four of the 2020 Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car was at Atlanta Motorsports Park this past weekend. The Probe was in attendance, making it’s USCA debut. Let’s talk about Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP). This is a country club, but instead of a golf course, they have a race track. It’s carved out …

All kinds of updates!

So lots to unpack here. DriveAutoX Round 2 at Traders’ World, just north of Cincinatti. I did not win. Not even close. Yet, still close. The SCN class was much more competitive than it was at UMI Motorsports Park. Eric Brown showed up with is SCCA STR prepped ND Miata, and just laid waste. It …

This Probe is pretty quick!

This past weekend I ventured to UMI Motorsports Park in beautiful Clearfield, Pennsylvania, for the first round of the 2020 DriveAutoX season. DriveAutoX is autocross from the same people that bring us the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car. The series features simple rules, a small class count (just five!), and LOTS of runs. …

We’ve reached the end of April

As I write this, tomorrow will be the first day of May. You’re probably reading this on the first day of May. We’re still stuck in COVID-19 limited contact rules, but things are looking up. At the top of things, my state of residence, Kentucky, acted aggressively back in March, and it seems to be …

Probe: Stage 1, suspension and clutch

A seven day thrash complicated by illness and my day job has ended. The original suspension has been replaced by Tokico Illumina shocks with ground control coilovers, 500lb springs, and a new clutch. The suspension was mandatory for what I’m going to be doing. The clutch was optional. I didn’t know the condition of the …

Probe Stage 0 Complete!

We’re at what I’m calling “Stage 0.” I have a car that can be driven safely on public roads. Even highways at speed. As long as the temperature is above 40 degrees. Work since the last update has been more extensive than I’d planned. I’d hoped to be cleaning it and moving it outside so …

January Probe update!

She’s been together, then apart, then together, now apart again. It’s sitting on all four wheels most of the time now. The priority this past week was fixing the rusty tailgate so the car would be watertight again, and I could reattach the factory spoiler. The repair started with a trip to Cody’s. He has …