gallery > Autox 04/16/23

I decided to go autocrossing at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, LA today.

I trailered my RS again to this event. This keeps the miles off the RS and eliminates the need to swap from street wheels/tires to my autox setup. I arrived at NOLA Motorsports Park around 8:15am. I then registered and passed tech. This was the April/Lirpa race where racers ran the course forwards 3 times in the morning, then ran the course backwards 3 times in the afternoon. The best morning time was added to the best afternoon time for an overall combined time. For the morning course, my group ran first then worked. After lunch my group did the same for the reverse course (ran then worked). I ran in the Xtreme Street (XS-A) class.

Weather started with 64F in the morning and a wet track from recent rain, then peaked with a high of 72F. Wind gusted all day around 20mph with peak gusts of 28mph. Easy AWD launches for both forward/reverse courses.

Click on the pictures below to see the raw results and run results. Out of 53 drivers I placed 4th in RAW combined time just 0.902 seconds behind FTD. In the morning course I was only 0.040 seconds behind FTD. In the afternoon course, however, I was 0.862 seconds behind FTD. As you can see in the second video, the reverse course didn't flow well for me. I could not get heat in the rear tires either, but in the morning it seemed ok. Insert XYZ excuse, but sometimes the course doesn't click.

Notes for my 35.382 morning (forward) course and 37.986 afternoon (reverse) course runs:

All racers got 3 runs for the morning course, and 3 runs for the afternoon course.

1. Tune+ W400 kit, full exhaust, JBR motor mounts, JBR shifter
2. Launch control ON at 4500rpm. ESC + Traction Control OFF. Track Mode. Sport Dampers off (MCS TT1 suspension).
3. Programming = RDU module programmed to Stock, ABS module programmed with Soft Drift to eliminate Ford's Brake Assist.
4. 275/35/R18 Falken Azenis RT-660 tires. Final hot pressures = 36 psi front, 25 psi rear. Camber = -3.1 front, -2.9 rear. Zero toe F/R.
5. Front MCS shocks at 15 out of 18 clicks, and the rear at 9 out of 18 clicks.
6. 3/8 tank of E31 from Racetrac.
7. 302.44 lb of weight reduction.
8. Hawk HP+ pads, MCS TT1 suspension, Whiteline F&R sway bars, Pierce Motorsports F&R subframe braces, and Massive (Rear) Strut Brace + Camber Arms + Toe Arms.
9. Estimated vehicle race weight 3170 lb.
10. Odometer on RS passed 7,026 miles today.
11. Odometer on F-150 passed 57,993 miles today.
12. Total runs on the Falken Azenis RT-660 tires so far: (25).