Detecting Under-Driving

Pushing oneself and one’s car to maximum performance is the goal of any podium-caliber driver. However, maximum performance can be elusive. We are constantly treading the line between driving too hard and not driving hard enough. Under-driving is safe but slow. Over-driving feels fast but is actually detrimental to lap times and can have potentially catastrophic consequences. Added to our

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Justin Crickenberger and Ryan Pond Split Wins at Chuckwalla

We had 30 Spec Miatas take the green flag for the race on Sunday and only one less on Saturday. Eleven NASA Arizona drivers, 18 NASA SoCal drivers and one very fast NorCal driver showed up in the middle of the desert in February to a track that could be considered one of the top 15 in America. Maybe that’s the draw. Maybe it’s the fact that it’s only three hours from Phoenix and most of L.A.
In Saturday’s clockwise racing action, Justin Crickenberger was the immediate frontrunner, with blistering times in the mid 1:06s during warmup and qualifying, but Keith Dees, Ryan Pond and Justin Hall were in the mix too. When the flag dropped for the race, 29 Spec Miatas safely made it through Turn 1 with just the slightest of friendly fender rubbing. For a bunch of SM drivers who don’t normally race together it was one of the more “polite” Spec Miata race starts.
True to form, Justin Crickenberger won it with

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