Road Atlanta June Jam thrash and results.

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we had on hell of a thrash getting ready for NASA-SE June Jam at Road Atlanta. included are suspension changes, engine builds and updates. so if you do follow the Instagram, and ninelives racing facebook page here is the pay off to what you've been seeing.

The story starts with a refresh motor rebuild. 


3 years of hard running and John Burchard's engine rebuild still looks fantastic. A huge shout out to him and redline racing oils. 



So he slapped it back together with some fresh bearings. The wife and I went to go grab it.



This is also the first trip for "Blue" our new tower. Given to us by Grandma. The thing does pulls like a train and sips the gas. 


Brought the motor home and got straight to work. NASA was only 2 weeks away. 


This is the bottom of the front splitter. we noticed that splitter area was a huge deal in downforce. so we wanted to make it bigger. that and the plastic is heavy/flimsy. 


A quick chat with some race team buddies and decided that 1/16's Aluminum would be a good thickness. not too flimsy, and also not be too heavy. 



here it is all together. It grew in area by well over 30% and didn't gain a pound. That plastic was really really heavy.  


the next project was in the rear and it set the Miata world on fire. 600# springs. We changed them from 375# rear springs. so now we have a 750/600 combo. a ton of the West Coast miata people immediately snarked thing it would make the car undrivable. (where have we heard that before)



7 days till NASA!! 

next, we had to knock in the alignment and scale the car. 

 PS thanks to Paco motors for the warranty work on the hub stands. We broke an arm and they repaired it for free. super cool dudes. 


Well, we have a problem in the right rear.
 no matter what we did we couldn't get enough weight in it. 


we even tried adding weight to it. this is a 50# bag of peat rock.

 Eventually, we talked with TJ at OG Racing who sets up miatas on the regular.  He said all Miata's are light there.... oh.. well then. So we removed the pete rock and went back at it.  


2 day to NASA!!! Nismo the cat wants to go with. 


1 days to NASA. 
Show time!! fresh motor, fresh shock package fresh springs. let's give it a go. we decided to do a test day with J-Zilla track days and shake the car out. 


The new springs felt fantastic!! we no longer pushed everywhere. the car was neutral through the turns. although it was a Tiny bit loose. I think we will step it down to a 550 spring. we did need to pull the rear sway to make it feel neutral, and I like having a rear say. that way we have something to remove when it rains.   


0 days till NASA with the drivers meeting. 


Joel showed up too! and then his driver side rear wheel hub shit the bed. so that's all we saw of him on Saturday. he spent the rest of the day hunting parts. 


We went out not expecting too much with some old tires. a 3rd place finish would have been great.


heck, 2nd is good enough for free Maxxis tires. We will take it. not bad for a set of tires that are 6 months old.  

then disaster-ish struck. 


went looking for a 1:36 too hot and apexed too late. plus we found some oil.

Rate my driver excuses below. ;) 


Rocks EVERYWHERE 
This seriously added 50 lbs to the car. 



The only real damage other than pride was the rear hub. We ran over to my crew chief's day job and pressed in a new one.



Sunday we went out and reached for our goal of a 1:36 but came up just .01 sec short with a 1:37.0. good enough for a 3rd place finish and another Maxxis tire. :) 


Time for the thank you's. first off to my wonderful wife Andrea. She was a one-woman band for months as I spent the last 3 months in the garage prepping the car. Without her I would have starved and I love her so much. :) 

The nine lives crew, Jacob, Joel, Alex, John Mcelroy my crew chief, and my dad, Thank you or all the hard work they put in. It takes an army just trying to get to the track, at the track and helping me take tire temps. You are all amazing. thank you 

My sponsors, partners, and friends at Holley performance, Maxxis tire, Grams performance, John Bouchard Engines, and V8roadsters. You guys give me the stuff to go fast. I couldn't do it without your support.   




as we look forward we prep for NCCAR with NASA-SE.com 
  

Home Track,Chasing the Title of Fastest V8 Miata @Road Atlanta. Plus Dyno Video

Road Atlanta.


The home track, for myself. The story begins back in 2015


back then Danny George brought out his Formula drift modified NB and he set the V8 Miata lap record. 1:32.5 was set. 


To this day we chase that time. 2017 with half the car we push to get into the 1:32's  
We run with NASA-Se.com. because they are the best. most track event and most seat time for any TT style event.



starts the weekend off with the Nine Lives gang showing up. Jacob had his "Trans am car" 

Joel had his TTC record holding car. 


Day one was good but not great. Ran a solid time of 1:36.2 very close to our PB but not near the record. 

however, it did bring a win. and with my contingency, I won a Maxxis tire. that's me in the middle. 

Day 2. 


New personal best of 1:34.9. the record is so close I can taste it.  


as another weekend winds down we are still hungry and still winning to chase that magic number. 
Huge thanks to Maxxis tires, Grams Performance, Holley performance products, and V8 roadsters for the support and to Nine live race team, Jacob and Molu Mosler, Joel and Niko Morrison, John McElroy for the track support and certainly to my wife Andrea Chichowski for letting me spend hours in the garage tinkering, trying to find the missing speed.


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as a little gift. we where dyno classed this weekend. results are below. 

video


video

The Old girl put down 408hp and 380ftlbs. puts us smack in the middle of TT1. we can still lose l20lbs 
Maybe next year we reclass. 


Bucket list track.... Check! V8 Miata goes to Sebring.

NLR goes to Sebring. 
This started in St Augustine at the Mosler Motorsports shop.
If you didn't get a chance to see Jacobs shop check it out below. If that doesn't work check it here

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Do watch it he has a ton of crazy mad scientist cars. 

From there we road tripped Down to Sebring. 


When we rolled in it was absolute Rain. 



 The TTU Miata and  Joel's TTC S2000. The track was absolutely soaked. 


We went out for our first timed Session. and came back to a surprise. 


We were Sitting 1 And 2 overall. a huge shock for a car that had 2-year-old tires. 


Joel's driving was the real surprise. beating out everyone, even the locals, and Andy Hollis. 


We were not so lucky.

The Clutch master cylinder decided to check out. losing all forward drive we had nothing left.


Jacob Even ran out of Gas 100ft from the trailers. and gas cans.


his car is kinda crazy.

We did Get ourselves a few dry laps before the car quit.


We were able to hold down our times for a few victories. 


Andy Hollis beat me out for first, but we took home second in TTU.


Joel was able to claim 2nd after setting the lap record.. and then someone else did too.  


Jacob got 2nd in STU and a case of the "hover hands"


We sat at the NASA South East table. All of us walked away with some hardware. Beard guy is rob esque. Markert motors and E30 driver. 


next event is Road Atlanta. 


Race Update. Nasa Toy Run at Road Atlanta with video.

Race update: 
Nasa Toy run is a charity race as well as the season-ending event. 

It started on Thursday, with a Run to target for toys. OG Racing Donated and NLR matched the donation. The kids will love it. Side note if you go to target and tell them your buying for a charity they will cut you a discount. as you can see we bought multiples of the same items so Target knew it was for a charity. 


Onward. 


Entering this event we were 340 points up over Frank Calhun and his 5.0L mustang. The championship was captured at the Previous CMP race.   




Frank does a wonderful job of avoiding the internet, we cannot find a picture of his mustang anywhere. for a substitute I drew a picture of it, as you can see it's a monster. 




being that the TTU championship was going to be a nice early Christmas gift. We set my sights on Former teammate Devin's Gridlife time of 1:35.1. that would be a new Personal best for me by over 3 seconds. On a personal level, I didn't think I had that time in me, although I knew the car did.   



the RUN. 

The results. The AiM lap timer and transponder will not read the same time. the transponder is actually in the back of my car, the AIM is dead set in the front 1/3. 





We got the 1:35.1 we were looking for but we missed Devin's time by .02 of a second. We'll call that a Tie :D 



The surprise of the weekend was from Cameran Lane. 


This Old school Z car packs an LS1 engine. 

our cars were evenly matched, 
His motor was stock power as mine has heads and a cam.
 He had big ass 275mm tires, compared to my 245mm tires.

On the straights, I would catch him, but on the corners, he would walk away.



IT was one hell of a great fight. the first time out I bested his time by .084 of a second. the second run we weren't able to top him as we ran the best time of the day (1:35.160) but he ran his best of a (1:34.904) a split of  0.25 seconds.  It was one hell of a battle, we'll get him next time 




On to the awards for TTU 
*If you hold things closer to the camera it looks bigger.*




Then it got a little crazy



yep, that propane heater was running. if you haven't partied with NASA-Se ... have you even partied? 


Looking back on 2016. 
 I didn't do it alone. Wehn I say "we" I am referring to those who I am forever grateful. Huge Thank You goes out to the team, fellow racers and support. Andrea Cichowski, Joel Morrison, Jacob MoslerJohn McElroy, Alex Gallardo, my parents Dave Gregoria, Wendy Gregoria, to my partners Maxxis Tires, Grams Performance & DesignHolley Performance Products, OG Racing, Performance Friction Brakes, and to V8 Roadsters LLC


Looking forward to 2017




Goals for next year, 2017 we aren't going focus on the TTU run so hard. Instead, let's go for those tracks that have been out of reach. lets hit the bucket list tracks like Sebring and COTA. 
Let's push to the Miata to be more reliable, and let's clean it up a little. We are the heaviest campaigned V8 racing Miata ever. We need to capture the Road Atlanta V8 Miata lap record set by Danny George of 1.32.548 . keep an eye here for those updates.  

 A huge thank you to everyone who follows.