Last Saturday NASA Arizona kicked off the 7th regional race at Arizona Motorsports Park in Litchfield Park, AZ. The track has a colorful past….built in 2003 next to Luke Air Force Base, it was shut down just a few short years later due to noise complaints. Luckily for the local and regional auto enthusiasts it was reopened in 2015 for public motorsports events once again with a 94 decibel noise limit. Last weekend’s Honda Challenge race was only the 2nd race at the facility in the last ten years. The lack of seat time for most of the drivers on this track added an interesting challenge for the drivers and teams to try and set the cars up with very little data or experience to go off of. Couple that with many of the drivers and teams having to use sound muffling intake and exhaust modifications to ensure the cars would safely pass the decibel restriction while ripping by the sound meters at 8,000+ rpms, and the field was truly leveled for this event.
Honda Challenge camp – kicking back between sessions
Saturday April 9th the NASA-AZ gang descended on Arizona Motorsports Park for a day of Time Trial, Racing and HPDE. We got a very lucky hole in the weather with rain showers both Friday and Sunday. But on Saturday it was cool, clear and the track had dried.
And what a great track it is. By far the best track within the Phoenix area and certainly a top track in Arizona. The asphalt is in great shape, curbs are well defined and the tarmac is large and well designed. There is a noise limit, but I was able to get well under the noise limit with just a scabbed-on Camry muffler which I can remove and install in 5 minutes. I swear I think the car was faster WITH the muffler.
Good morning Drivers! Hoping everybody had a great time at our last event a few weeks ago at Wild Horse Pass East marking a successful 1st Quarter of 2016 NASA driving action. It was an action packed weekend at our local track with all race and training groups well attended.
As always we like to send a special thanks to our new Cadre of HPDE1 drivers for coming out and driving with us. All reports were glowing with some future Time Trial and Race drivers in that group! Thanks to Nicholas Bocchicchio, Vlad Gordiyenko, Clifford Hicks, Jon Hight, Brandon Ideen, Leo Kalisz and Tyler Michelson.