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This weekend my customer drove his Turbo escort (my old white car) in NASA's PTB class at Cal Speedway. This was his very first race ever, after succesfully completing the Driving Concepts school just last month. I've been coaching him at a frantic pace the last 6 months getting him up to speed as quick as humanly possible to get him ready to take the school/get him to his first race---what a relief to finally have this one done and over with!!!

Saturday he ran a short practice, qualified 3RD in class, started around 10th overall in the field. He got eaten up at the start, and then worked his way back to the podium, finishing 3rd in class and 6th overall!!

Sunday morning practice went smooth and then we boosted up for qualifing (whopping 9lbs---we usually only give him 4.5lbs...) and he went about 3 seconds faster with the HP, but the field was deeper and he still qualified 3rd/12 overall. Only one RX8 got him at the start and then he held his own, had a nissan get by him and then he got an Acura at the end for 3rd and 9th overall. No dents or scratchs, everyone's stoked.

The start

The RX8 got him into Nascar one

Catching the Acura on the infield

Got a good run at him onto the banking

Got him easily by the end of the front straight

The Checkered flag!!
 

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damn, I would LOVE to do that! It looks like a lot of fun. Was your customer happy with his finish? I know I would be!
 

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You know you can do this and you don't even need your license---NASA has HPDE where you show up with a helmet and a car and drive---it's like $150-$200 a day, they give you 4 run sessions, and will provide you with instructors/ after session downloads/critiques to get you up to speed. If your ever interested I'll put something together for you where you can fly in and do an arrive an drive at one of the local tracks. I'll bet the owner of the white escort would even rent it to you for the day if you like!

He was stoked!! There's a lot of pressure on you your first couple weekends and he handled it well...he's a best selling author, was in special forces, has a few pro kickboxing wins, races roadrace motorcycles, is on TV all the time doing financial reviews...quite a resume the guys got!!!
 

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Great pics, glad to see she is still running and kicking. Casey told me about it Saturday night when he came over. Sounded like he had some trouble with a Miata on Saturday. lol

Glad its gettign soem drive time again.

Now cant wait to see your new one when finished.
 

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All right everyone, this is Woodsish, Pierce Motorsports customer and the driver of the EGT in this post. This weekend was awesome! The car was great, Jim Pierce was great, and being on the podium twice didn't hurt either.

Oh, and jsut for the record, I got around that Miata and left his ass in the dust well befor the race was over.

I encourage anyone that wants to race their Escort to call Jim Pierce and have him hook you up.

Cheers,

W
 

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Thanks Hugh!! It'll be good to get the new one going---so much motivation watching the escort podium---now to find the time!!!

Mr. Jim Woods makes an appearance!!! He smoked the Miata at the end and at day 2 the guy was in a different zipcode by the end...I'd be curious to see what times that Nissan was running---I'll bet you turned a quicker lap...It only gets better from hear brotha---see you soon!
 

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sweet man, and congrats on making the podium!!

Jim, my wife said she will let me do it if I want... but I have to wait til sometime down the road, as I just made a rather large purchase :p
 

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Getting the wife on board is 3/4 of the battle...now I'll have another woman hating me because of their husbands hobbies/addictions---I'm infamous all over North America in the Rally/Roadracing/Offroad communities for causing "issues" in the household!! JK let me know when your ready---maybe we can get a bunch of people from the board at once...
 

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heheh, my wife is really cool. She lets me have my fun, because she knows I do the same for her. I'll definitely let you know when I get the thumbs up.
 
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