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Below is a recounting of various car events I've attended along the years, from car club meets, autocrosses, track events, and enthusiast drives.

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2020/06/14 First Covid-19 Track Day at Laguna Seca with the 650S
π 2020-06-14 01:01 in Cars
I ended up doing one of the last track days before everything shut down for Covid-19, and I was able to get a spot for one of the first track days after Laguna Seca re-opened. It was with speed ventures, and they nicely allowed me to buy 2 rungroups, so I had a pretty packed day for the single day I went, Sunday.

I was not able to get my racecar back, as it was up for sale, so I had to take the Mclaren.

Unfortunately, McLaren had an issue on my service that week (they were a bit overwhelmed, and I'm sure difficult conditions), and they did not fix an undertightened leaky valve, which forced me to stop twice during the drive there to add air as my tire was getting empty. I arrived there, uncertain that I'd be able to drive.

made it with a bit of air in my tires
made it with a bit of air in my tires


with Covid-19, no drivers meeting
with Covid-19, no drivers meeting

everyone had masks and we mostly kept social distancing
everyone had masks and we mostly kept social distancing







a couple of teslas were there, that's dedication
a couple of teslas were there, that's dedication


It had been a while since my car saw the track:



as always, the car was wasting my time with alerts when the tires were fine.
as always, the car was wasting my time with alerts when the tires were fine.

that said, one lap my valve failed and I lost almost all my air, barely made it out
that said, one lap my valve failed and I lost almost all my air, barely made it out

turns out all it was, was a valve that was never tightened right
turns out all it was, was a valve that was never tightened right

Thanks a lot to BR Racing for helping me with my car when the valve of my tire popped out and I lost almost all my air. Thanks to their help, I was able to get back on track, but by then, my tires had lost their grip, and my brakes had sadly also gotten a lot more worn than they should have.

All in all, it was a bit vexing, I started with 1:39's in the morning with my tire issues and my not remembering the track much, and as the day went by and the track and my tires got slower, I got faster and finished with the same 1:39 until my tires and brakes gave out.

the front sensors melted and went to metal without any warning, as usual
the front sensors melted and went to metal without any warning, as usual

rear brakes were not happy
rear brakes were not happy

Oh yeah, and I got a reminder that my Mclaren is not as stable and planted as my racecar, along with cresting a small hill, getting the car light, not having the wheel completely straight, a bit of coolant on the track left by the previous car, and my using too much of the track with differential grip between the track and the runble strip, didn't work out indeed (jump to 11:45):


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