NASA track day at MSR Houston (pictures)

The start of the 2017 track season went off very well! The weather was very chilly with morning temps in the low 40s. This was first tracking in the cold weather and was interested how the car is going to handle since it might take longer for the tires and brakes to get up to temp. MSRH Jan 2017-42 I invited my friend Alex from Street Form to come by and see what a track is all about. This was his first time attending a track day and I hope to make it a good one. Kinda shows a different side of the the car since which isn’t just trailer queens. MSRH Jan 2017-04

MSRH Jan 2017-01 Some of my track friends also joined in on the fun. Nick currently drives the silver Miata and runs in the Time Trial classes. His fastest time was 1:48 second range and won 2nd place in his class. MSRH Jan 2017-03

Lenard’s BOSS Mustang, this is his 2nd track event but his first time at this track. By the 2nd day he managed to move up to DE 2! The track mods already starting, with a spare set of BBS wheels with Hankook RS3 tires just for the track. He even removed his seats haha.

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Speaking of rear seat removal I also removed mine haha. I didn’t really feel much of a difference at the track but it sure look more race car.

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My other track friend Kaina tracked his Silver RSX and he managed to clock under the 2 min range with street tires! His mods might not be much but its really the driver and not the car that make you better. More seat time is the what helps you improve. Before tracking, he was about the stance life.

MSRH Jan 2017-05 Greg Smith Racing and their all white E92 M3. I met the owner and the rest of the crew and they were really nice folks. I got some tips on future track mods for my e92 M3. The sure know how to set up an M3 because they placed first in their class. MSRH Jan 2017-13

Even the trailer/mobile home set up is pretty legit.

MSRH Jan 2017-06 Lots of races going on at NASA. A GT3 Porsche pulling in the pits. MSRH Jan 2017-07

You have different race classes going all at once. Kinda like how Le Mans series is.

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You have open wheel racing to time trials. All highly competitive.

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There was some few incidences. The Porsche was competing in the German Touring class another type of open wheel racing. I wonder what caused it break down.

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Miatas are a very popular cars to track because of its low maintenance cost but a Honda CRX is another great alternative.

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This radical had exposed carbon fiber as the body. The set up on this must be crazy and the owner must have deep pockets.

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I happened to be in same run group with this black Corvette Z06 supercharged. Man that thing hauls and passes cars like they where not even moving. Sounded soo mean. It nice seeing people actually use their car they way it was supposed to be and not doing stupid stuff in the streets.

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More American muscle for ya.

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Two different styles but both track built.

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Beautiful yellow Porsche, worth north of 100k.

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The brakes on the GT3 RS is art. I can tell it has seen some track days too because you can see the rubber pick up on the side skirts and lower fender.

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The GT3 RS was parked next to the Mills racing trailer/tent. Did you know that Mills racing team actually races professionally and I was told that BMW wants the driver to race their M6! Their set up at the track was crazy and just goes to show even pro drivers will show up at amateur events. He is even selling his old race cars. Including this M3 GTR chassis with the S65 motor (the e9x m3 V8 motor)!

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It selling for a cool $55k including spare parts. Man a real E36 M3 GTR powered by the S65 motor is bargain at $55k. Who wants to pitch in and start a race team?

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Here is another more mild E36 M3 with some track mods. I actually met the owner and was kind enough to share the garage! He car was built by the guys at Greg Smith Racing. The engine and drivetrain is all stock for reliability but almost every suspension component has been replaced and the rear interior striped with a half cage. The E36 M3 pulling decent times in the 1:55 second range.

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The office of the E36 M3.

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Very nice 370Z Nismo, and lady driven too.

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The spec Miata class. One of the most competitive open wheel racing that NASA offers. The rules are very strict that the cars are evenly match. Its mainly a drivers skill at this competition.

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Brand new Lotus Evora.

MSRH Jan 2017-43 I managed to talk to the driver of this S2000 and he was in my run group in a couple of sessions. Those time trial drivers are super fast. He blasted by me and I couldn’t keep up! He ended getting 2nd place in his class.

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His mods where pretty minimal compared to the other TT cars. I did notice he i on Federal RSR tires which was a tire I was interested in becuase of its cheap price. He gave some good insite on these tires. Anther reason that its the driver the makes the car fast.

MSRH Jan 2017-45Some race team spend a lot of money just on traveling but makes sense since NASA has race events all over Texas. Even though its just amateur level, you get a sense of kind of money people spend to go racing.

Thats it for now… Next track day is in March which gives me time to do some maintenance on the M3.


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