Atlanta Motorsports Park Winter Car Tune Up Race, February 18 2018: Sunshine and glimmers of greatness

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Hanging out with the cool cars at AMP.

Because I’m either crazy or a total badass (or both), I decided to run this race at Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) the very next weekend after my race at CMP. To tip the scales a bit to the crazy side, this event was on a Sunday and I had hardwood flooring installers scheduled to by at my house at 8:00 am the next day to start installing new floors in my whole second floor. This meant I spent the day before the race moving three bedrooms’ worth of stuff downstairs to clear the way for the new floors. But Brad and I needed to make a trip to AMP that weekend anyway, because we needed to drop Brad’s race car off at Racing Analytics (whose shop is at the track) to diagnose the mysterious misfire that developed at our last event. Why not get a few races in while there?

Fortunately, this one-day event was pretty easy to squeeze into my schedule. AMP organizes this really handy race series for Spec Miatas and other momentum cars with a manageable schedule and lots of track time. The day starts at 9:00 a.m., (which is super late compared to most amateur race series) and includes a practice session, two qualifying practice sessions and two races and is all wrapped up by 3:00 p.m. I’m planning to squeeze in as many of these AMP races as I can manage this year.

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July 23, 2017 AMP Car Championship: My first Spec Miata race ever!

I knew on my very first track day that I wanted to be a race car driver. In pursuit of that goal, I’ve climbed the ranks of NASA’s (National Auto Sport Association, not  the space NASA) HPDE program and got approved to attend “comp school” to get my NASA pro racing competition license  and run my first wheel to wheel races in September.

However, as luck would have it, my racing debut came a little earlier than expected! My friends at Racing Analytics invited Brad and I to participate in the Atlanta Motorsports Park (AMP) Car Championship series. Even though I don’t quite have my license yet, Racing Analytics offered to write a letter of recommendation to the race director which would allow me to participate as a rookie!  I signed up for the two race event on Sunday, July 23rd.


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