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Planning to Race your STi???

ScoobyDo
09-29-02, 01:56 PM
Anyone out there planning to race your STi? If so, please reply with the type of racing and typical locations.

ScoobyDo

Marine06
09-29-02, 11:07 PM
Well i plan to street race my sti :P I most likely will install a strut bar if not already included, slap on some Zrated bad boys and add some water wetter.

I believe Subaru gives out a one year membership to the SCCA with the purchase of an wrx.

Typical locations: any street :P, and Ortega Highway.

super_bean21
09-30-02, 02:07 PM
When we get an STi, (may be 2nd year) I plan to auto cross, and do open track stuff @ qualcomm, willowsprings, buttonwillow, laguna seca would be nice (as would a road trip to road atlanta!). Also heard they open up the infield road course that goes up on part of the oval (US F1 G.P. style) at california speedway @ fontana (that grand am uses )from time to time. Still undecided if i will ever run at a drag strip, i probably will, just try to watch the launches. We'll be out with 2 cars, the new STi for me, and my wife will be racing our WRX wagon, when we end up w/an STi, we may be able to make our '91 MR2 hardtop into a dedicated race car. that'd be nice! Great family cars for a young family of four eh!?! :P


I'm sure I'll probably fall to temptation for the occasional impromptu street light battle, but I wouldn't go out looking for a big "F & F" style street race. Ortega hwy is a little too crowded for me, there are plenty of other mountain roads out there, you just need to know where to look!

MKIVSupra
10-01-02, 09:15 AM
More than likely I will do some road racing and I might try some rally crossing. Since the STi will be my daily driver I don't want to risk wrecking it or breaking something. I have another car for racing but it will be nice to not have to worry about the weather when I sign up and prepay for the events. I will prolly be visiting Gingerman in Michigan and I might drive down to Puttnam Park in Indiana. There is also a track here in Illinois called Blackhawk that I heard is not that great due to the track conditions. Maybe it will be more tollerable with an AWD rally car. If I really get motivated I might drive up to Road America. I also heard about a rallying school that sounds interesting. Don't know if I would need my own vehicle or not though. I am real interested in seeing how an AWD vehicle performs on a track since I have only experienced RWD vehicles on tracks.

I remember someone mentioning a while back about the possibility of an STi meet or something once we all get our STis and break them in. Maybe we could all meet at a track and have a track day while we are at it. Since most of us will have to drive a decent distance we will prolly want to stay a couple days instead of just one day. We could have a track day on one of those days.

beast464
10-01-02, 11:03 AM
MKIVSupra,

There was an article in the Nov 02 issue of Grassroots motorsports comparing FWD, RWD and AWD. The AWD got faster times in every event.

As for racing my STI, starting out it's going to be my main car. I'll race it in a few years when I have a replacement for it. Right now I'm just looking for a AWD Plymouth Laser or Toyota Celica to do Club Rally. This winter I'm am going to a three day rally class at Team O'niell. I've heard that they are better than the one in florida.

chawklit
10-01-02, 09:35 PM
I don't know about racing; all I can say is I am going to enjoy the abilities of my new STi.

super_bean21
10-03-02, 12:57 PM
I'll never rally my car(s), pay too much $ to go out and ruin them. (ok, bring on the hate mail) I'm no rich boy, these will be my family's primary transportation. I will do other stuff as previously posted. How about you Scoob? You started the thread and never said yourself!

alfredob1
10-03-02, 01:31 PM
I'm mostly interested in carving up the twisties in a civilized manner. For those in the S.D. area, I'm referring to the Alpine/Julian roads, maybe even the Otay Lakes Road headed towards Tecate. Anyone have more suggestions?

I'm go for the meet 'n greet.

ScoobyDo
10-03-02, 09:36 PM
Since, people on the streets are:
1) putting on make-up
2) reading maps
3) half asleep
4) shaving (I have actually witnessed this)
5) eating
6) talking on the phone
7) scolding the kids
8 ) adjusting the radio
9) arguing with the passenger
10) and let's not forget the peds & bicyclists
In short people on the street are concentrating on everything but their driving. Therefore, it is safer to drive hard at the track. I am no rich boy, so I will have to take it easy. I may not be very competitive, but I will have fun and get plenty of adrenaline. I want to tear up the twisties at Willow Springs Raceway. I also like the idea of a meet & greet, I just don't like the idea of unsanctioned racing. Call me what you like; I am afraid of racing on the street. It is too dangerous.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. I plan on autocrossing at Qualcomm Stadium on weekends, just amateur stuff.

ScoobyDo :D

beast464
10-04-02, 09:22 PM
You'll like this then. Jay Leno has people send in ads every week on his headlines. He had one to attach your laptop to your steering wheel. I think our driver education is severly lacking and this kind of product stupidity doesn't help.

ScoobyDo
10-04-02, 11:53 PM
:o Spooky :o

LOL :D

Marine06
10-05-02, 01:49 PM
beast464, that reminds me of someone i knew!

An old friend's brother invented one of those labtop conversion kits for an automobile. But it went over the center dash and it was made primarily for the police. Wow that was a while ago.... Thanks for the reminder! :P

SnowmanFX
10-06-02, 09:08 PM
ScoobyDo & super_bean21

You don't need to worry about screwing up your car because it will handle like a dream. I have a stock WRX now and i have taken it around normal turns at about 60mph. I have also drove down dirt roads with washouts at about 60mph and it handle's great. The only thing i worry about is chipping the paint but i haven't found a scratch yet.
I can only imagine how the STi is going to handle. I am gonna try and payoff a lot on my WRX and trade it in for an STi.

CONECRUSHER
10-07-02, 12:33 PM
Since I plan on using the Subaru warranty, if needed, I hereby declare that I will never drive it in any way other than gentlemanly. :wink:

ScoobyDo
10-07-02, 09:28 PM
Well said. :(

SnowbordrWRX
10-07-02, 11:05 PM
As it goes in that song by Nelly, "I see you drivin, sportscar, aint hittin the throttle..."

what's the point of getting the car if you're not gentlemanly once in awhile? :wink:

SnowmanFX
10-08-02, 08:31 PM
Sorry, but what is the point in getting an STi if you are not going to use it for what it was designed for. Other than keeping it out of someone else's hands that would put it to work.

SnowbordrWRX
10-09-02, 01:30 AM
SnowmanFX, exactly. I have no problems "babying" the car, esp during the break-in period, but when some cocky kid driving an F&F wannabe civic with a spoiler that looks like it came out of high school machine shop, then I gotta educate the fool. I got my WRX for snowboarding reasons so you know it's gonna see harsh conditions. The same will go for the STi whenever I can get my hands on one.

91TB78
10-17-02, 09:11 AM
Well, since this will be my primary driver I am gonna baby it. I do think I will take it to Nurburgring track here in Germany since it is only about 20-30 mins away!! I won't drag it. I will never rally it (even though that would be sweet), but looking at the budget you need to rally on a nice car like that is UNBELIEVABLE!!

On the streets I am gonna challenge people no doubt..but not to the point of being foolish. Basically..I'm gonna LOVE :P my STi

ScoobyDo
01-19-03, 06:54 PM
Those of you interested in a bit of info about Autocross, Street Touring, Solo 2, etc. Check out the following link:

http://www.streettouring.com/WhatIsST.htm

FasStAsS_sTi
01-20-03, 06:55 AM
In reply to MKIV, I live in milwaukee and all and honestly this place suckx for the STI, theres really no nice roads besides the up north roads. But honestly this car will be my daily commuter, so i need to take care of mine!!! But into contrast as to some ideas floating around about a meet, i think probably the best place in the nation is ROAD AMERICA, in elkart, Wisconsin. This track is one of the best tracks i have ever seen!!! :o So i honestly think we should gather there for a wekkend event over the summer, becasue when i owned my Rx-7 they had a very big gathering from all over the nation to meet there for a weekend. It was probably the best experience Ive ever had!!! i think the races that were going on were the GT2 class wiith the vipers, porches, corvettes, and ferraris!!! So i think the only racing i will be doing is on that track, and maybe a few of the cruising and showen off the car driven, and a few drag races!!!! otherwsie shes my baby and i know i have to pamper her :D

So thats my lil idea!! tell me what you guys think, maybe we can start to organize such a thing in the late summer!!!! and get a group discount, becasue then we can have JJ think about a grpoup gathering......!?!?!?!?!?!

CloNeGTS
01-20-03, 07:21 AM
I can feel the people wanting to take care of their new babies and at the same time wanting to 'use' the car. Mine will also be a DD and I want it to actually run when I need it to (not that I think it will break). Same goes for my current car. I dragged the Celica once and I won't do it again. I wanted to try it, but I don't see the need in having to rip up the clutch and shudder the CVs with wheelhop just for fun. I wanted to try it and I got it out of the way. Now autox...I'll do that all day long, as long as the funds for new tires are around. But...all at the same time, the car is going to be parked at the back of the lots away from the soccer moms, it will always have a fresh coat of wax, and there will never be a week that she doesn't see a nice warm bucket of bubbles.

You can do both.....it's just being smart about it! Use the car, but keep her in near show condition is my goal.

YBnormal07
01-20-03, 02:55 PM
I raced last winter in the Philly region SCCA Solo II in STX class. Had a blast :P and was actually fairly competitive (WRX of course).

I plan on taking the Sti into SOLO II also, but I hear they may be putting it into a much more agressive class :-? ...so I guess I'll have to wait and see. I highly recommend this racing forum as it really teaches you about the car characteristics and above all, tremendouslly increases your driver knowledge. You may think you know how to corner, but when you get beat by an '02 Mitsu Eclipse (mostly stock), you just know there are a few things to be learned. I know..you're all thinking "no way YB must be crappy driver". All I can say to that is show up in Camden and we'll see then <grin>. Believe me...the driver is the main ingredient given non-rediculous car mathups (you know....not a Z06 against a Gremlin).

Of course, the light to light challenges will be met, as long as the conditions aren't stupid :o . Havn't been beat at that yet...can't imagine how it'll feel in the Sti. wheeee.... :D
Cheers,
Scott

deneed4spd
01-20-03, 05:28 PM
I race STS in Solo II and know for a fact driver is the prime ingredient. In an automatic 328is I beat out a twin turbo Porche, a 205 hp supercharged Honda civic, and a MR2 Spyder Turbo, but I got beat by a Ford Escort Station Wagon with no mods but racing tires...The Ford only had 78 hp...

But Solo II really teaches you how to handle your car especially in emergency situations like high speed turning and swarving... I am definately going to race my STI. In solo II and track racing!!

jp233
01-20-03, 06:21 PM
I'd love to race my STi after I get to know her a little bit... if I still live here in ATL I could do SCCA and Road Atlanta, drivers school, something....

I'll be racing bike next year so I'm sure I'll squeeze some weekends in on the STY !

2003STI
01-22-03, 06:04 AM
MKIVSupra and FasStAsS_sTi -

I would be up for a track day or meet anywhere. Gingerman in MI is a perfect track for an STI. I am a member of the Windy City BMW club and I usually do their driving schools at Road America.

In short - I am going to drive the car like it was meant to be driven!

1LapGTi
02-13-03, 06:45 PM
Anyone out there planning to race your STi? If so, please reply with the type of racing and typical locations.

ScoobyDo

YES, YES AND YES!!! I will be racing the heck out of it. I will hopefully be doing my fourth One Lap of America in it in 2004. I will also have it at most of our local track events.

http://www.aarrf.com

It will make at leat one trip to the drags to see what it can do.

Check out http://www.racingforthechildren.org

if you want to see what I was racing before....

Later,

MKIVSupra
02-13-03, 07:25 PM
MKIVSupra and FasStAsS_sTi -

I would be up for a track day or meet anywhere. Gingerman in MI is a perfect track for an STI. I am a member of the Windy City BMW club and I usually do their driving schools at Road America.

In short - I am going to drive the car like it was meant to be driven!

Hey, I just saw this post. Yeah, we will have to set something up. I have been to Gingerman a couple times with my Supra. I would not mind taking my STi out once or twice, but nothing I can do regularly since mine will be my daily driver. Can't risk wreaking it and it needs to last... at least till the next generation STi comes out. :wink: I wouldn't mind trying something in the dirty too. Nothing crazy where I catch air or anything though.

WRX_XB9R
02-17-03, 02:31 PM
I will be doing some local autocross around the KC area. Also may join the lapping club at Mid America Motorsports and do plenty of hard driving up there.
Of course the local stoplights will also see some occasional action.

Sniper007
04-24-03, 10:10 AM
I plan to take my STI out to the Cali speed way for a speed trial weekend of racing!

you can find the dates here

www.speedtrialusa.com

WRX_Mundi
04-24-03, 04:05 PM
Autocross, in stock class (probably AS, but we'll see) for a while, then perhaps do some minor mods to go to SM (seats, ECU, Prodrive package, we'll see). Of course I may end up driving it stock for years.

I doubt I'll do any real road racing, but I plan to do some High Performance Driving Events and schools. No local tracks, so maybe Spokane and PIR. I've never done anything like that before (my Miata has no roll bar or hardtop, so most tracks don't want me), so it should be fun.

It is the daily driver, so it will see a few 0-60mph runs every day. Arguably I should ride my bike the 1 mile to work instead so I can fit in aftermarket or JDM seats...

masti
06-20-03, 08:44 AM
Track time at Watkins Glen July 9-10

Autocross every other weekend

Maybe drag it around E. PA or NJ

ayS
07-29-03, 06:59 PM
SnowmanFX, exactly. I have no problems "babying" the car, esp during the break-in period, but when some cocky kid driving an F&F wannabe civic with a spoiler that looks like it came out of high school machine shop, then I gotta educate the fool. I got my WRX for snowboarding reasons so you know it's gonna see harsh conditions. The same will go for the STi whenever I can get my hands on one.

pretty much sums up what i am going to use my STi for, chumps on the road and getting through traffic! it's getting busy down here these days.