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So I rented a Formula Mazda yesterday at the Willow Springs Int'l Raceway big track in Rosamond, CA, mostly to check it out to decide if I wanted to buy it. The first run session was terrifying, because I had never driven an open-wheel car before, had only driven a straight-cut gearbox once before, and was driving in an advanced group with lots of fast 3,000+ lb. modified streets cars, while I am trying to figure out how to drive a 1,140 lb. formula race car.

I got better as the day went on, and was flying around the track in the afternoon. This thing is amazing, and I have a long way to go to learn how to drive it well enough to go W2W racing with SCCA and HSR West. The experience of having your butt that close to the track and it feels like you could just reach out and touch the front tires is just crazy.

So I bought it!!! It is being stored at a shop at WSIR that will be providing me trackside support and maintenance in the beginning. I will be running open test and tune days there and getting some coaching over the next few months, and after the summer break, I plan to start racing in Sept. 2012. This is the next logical progression in my racing and open track obsession. I could just pee myself.

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very nice, just curious…what's the engine/hp in that and what does a setup like that go for?
180 bhp from Mazda 13B rotary in car that weighs 1,140 lbs. I bought from a friend and got a great deal, look at www.apexspeed.com Formula Mazda Classifieds for an idea of what it costs.
 

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My first W2W race day in an open wheel race car.

Buttonwillow in SoCal 5-19-12 with SCCA/Cal Club. Race Group #5 (open wheel cars). Qualified 2nd out of 2 cars in class, and 3rd of 19 cars in open wheel race group. Finished 2nd in class and 4th overall. Bought a CD of photos and a framed print from Vanhap, which I never do. Drove in qualifying and race on a brand new set of Goodyear Eagle stickers, after doing all my practicing over the last 4 months on scrubs. The grip was phenominal.






 
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