A couple weeks back a bunch of friends and I went to MAPerformance's Proving Grounds out at Brainerd International Raceway in MN. We started going to this event last year and are hooked! Its a 3 day event that has drag racing, roll racing, drifting, autox, road course, burnout contest, camping, partying, etc. Just something going on at all hours or the day and throughout the night each day.
Out of the 3 times I've been there I've roll raced every time, but this was the first time I drag raced at Proving Grounds and the first time drag racing on the turbo setup. I ended up racing all 3 days.
Friday I left the cabin we rented, put the slicks on, and went to tech inspection. Got in line and knew that I was going to have some work to do to beat my old personal best of 12.23 @118.2mph back on the TVS setup with over 200whp less than what my car makes on party mode now. My WOT box also died so I was launching with no 2-step, so I made a dead spot in my timing map for launching so I could at least build a little boost.
I ended up running some mid-low 12's @126-128mph as I started turning the boost up after a few runs. Ended up Friday with a 12.2 @128 with a 2.1x 60' IIRC. Saturday was a nicer day with some more traffic so the track was getting some more heat in it, and I was working on my burnouts and getting better 60' times. Had the boost around 30-32 lbs and clicked off a [email protected]
with another 2.1x 60'. I spun through 2nd every run, but with the better burnouts I didn't have to pedal it quite as much, and I could tell I was getting quicker and trapping higher each time I got the tires warmer throughout the days as more of the power was being put down. My next run I missed 3rd after getting my best 60', and I had my first pass in the 11's! So I made one more pass for the day, and this video captures those 2 runs.
My passes in the 11's at Proving Grounds at BIR - YouTube
Finally a mid 11 second pass! I stopped there for the day since I was happy enough and I didn't want to get grief if I went under 11.5, not until next year anyways
I did want to trap a little higher though since I know the car should be well into the 130's, but that will come with practice and traction to get me moving forward better.
My friend Alex (SPDDMN36) and his brother Zach and their dad came to the event too! Alex ran a 12.6 @117 on the limiter in 3rd for a few passes to feel the car out. The car is running strong and he's ready to chop those times down!
Our turbo LSJ's cooling off.
Here's the early bird Friday Bismarck crew before all of the rest of our friends came that night.
And my favorite view from 4 stories up on the tower after the burnout contest.
All in all it was the best proving grounds yet, and I was very pleased with my car. I ended up making about 20 passes down the track between the days without a single major issue, and even got a laugh when some people wouldn't race me when I showed up to the roll races on slicks
I loaded my car in the trailer and towed it home very happy knowing I could drive it home if I wanted to, even after all the abuse it took all weekend.
I apologize if this got a bit long, but I haven't made a post like this in a while
Until next time Proving Grounds