Racing Through California... part 2
After the Buttonwillow race, I had a few weeks of down time before the second race at Laguna SECA. I'm sure you're wondering what I did to keep myself busy out there. Well I was fortunate enough to spend a ton of time in Lake Tahoe. If you've never been, I highly recommend it. The views were the most impressive I've ever seen! The colors were so crisp and bright, it was like looking at a picture. The landscape even inspired me to do a bit of walking and hiking while out there. It's not a bad place to be stranded at in California.
Besides getting a bit of fresh air and tasting the local seafood cuisine, I also stayed busy working on a client's Porsche Boxter Spyder. These vehicles are cool but this one is a special light weight model. I updated the headers, the exhaust Rss9 billstein coil overs, gave it an intake upgrade, fab speed headers and a GT3 master cylinder. I also prepped the Gulf Cayman S for it's appearance in the Laguna SECA race by installing a new aim MXG and HD camera, opened up the front radiator inlets and made stainless steel mesh for protection and did a corner weight and alignment.
The Mazda Raceway Laguna SECA
track located in Salinas, CA, was the second race of the California trip. The track was built in 1957 when the road races of the early 50's outgrew public roads. The most famous section of the Laguna SECA track is The Corkscrew and it is considered a one-of-kind in motorsports. The hard-left, hard-right combination with steep elevations make this one hell-of-a fun track for the PCA Club racers.
Our driver Keith joined us on the track in the Gulf Cayman S for a spirited race and both did a great job in the hot Southern California conditions. The GTB1 group we were running with was very courteous and welcoming to the Pulse Racing team. Our drivers came in 1st and 2nd in all three races and Rodrigo yet again beat the local track record with a 1 min 36.643 second lap time. We had a great few days at Laguna SECA and we will certainly keep this one on our race calendar!
Following the race weekend, I made a few other stops through California before making my way back East. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience getting to drive through the state and enjoy it's beautiful mountain ranges and amazing coastlines. While the Pulse Racing Services team will be back for more PCA Club races on the west coast, I may not have the opportunity to spend as much time checking out the sites again. This was definitely a trip for the record books!
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