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Hi, I'm Ian. I'm preoccupied with cars and driving them to the limit.

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1999 Mazda MX-5 turbo (NB)
1999 BMW M3 (E36)
2001 BMW 530i (E39)

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A lap of Atlanta Motorsports Park in a Ferrari

I must say that I was really impressed with this brand new race track. I had been keeping tabs on AMP since before construction started, and I was a bit worried because the track was designed by Tilke & Co.  I feared it could be as bland to drive as a new-generation Tilke F1 track. I could not have been more wrong.

Imagine a racetrack that truly moves with the land - every single brake zone and corner happens during a camber or elevation change, and the main ‘straight’ is only straight at the end. Modern F1 cars could never race there, and that suits me just fine.

(Source: youtube.com)


November 01, 2012, 10:57pm  Permalink  

Taking to the track in a Ferrari F430
First time in this car, first time on this track, so driving fast but not at 10/10ths.

PS - We had been instructed in the driver’s meeting not to bother with shifting the cars because none of us had seen the track before and we would be carrying plenty of speed already.

(Source: youtube.com)


November 01, 2012, 10:48pm  Permalink  

And what better way to learn a new race track than from the cockpit of an F430?

And what better way to learn a new race track than from the cockpit of an F430?

October 24, 2012, 2:15pm  Permalink  

Any day behind the wheel of a Ferrari is a good day.

Any day behind the wheel of a Ferrari is a good day.

October 24, 2012, 2:12pm  Permalink  

Good times at the Petit Le Mans


October 22, 2012, 2:22pm  Permalink  

We really enjoyed this year’s Petit Le Mans. Thanks to Peachtree BMW CCA for the gracious hospitality!

We really enjoyed this year’s Petit Le Mans. Thanks to Peachtree BMW CCA for the gracious hospitality!

October 21, 2012, 12:43am  Permalink  

New milestone for my dirty grrl

New milestone for my dirty grrl

October 12, 2012, 10:19am  Permalink  

Third Time, Still Charmed

The bad news:  I bruised a rib during a race at the kart track last night. Hurts like hell.

The good news:  I set the fastest time at the event, improving my personal best by .8 sec. I’m less than two seconds off the lap record now. Sweet!


October 11, 2012, 10:52am  Permalink  

Scratch one more off the bucket list
Mixing it up in the Rotary Racing RX-7 at this weekend’s ChumpCar World Series double-header at Road Atlanta.

Thanks to Rick Halston at MotorSportMedia for taking such great photos this weekend.


February 13, 2012, 2:43pm  Permalink  

Successful Chumpcar debut at Road Atlanta
"I need more practice strapping into a race car."
That was one of a hundred nagging doubts going through my mind yeserday morning. Not only was I climbing behind the wheel of a car that I was completely unfamiliar with, but I was preparing drive it in my first ChumpCar race. I was about race side-by-side with more than 60 other cars, on one of the most intimidating road courses in America.
Luckily I found that I was able to get comfortable quickly and was soon turning competitive lap times. When the checkered flag waved after ten hours of racing on Saturday, we had placed a solid 26th of 63 cars — not bad considering that of the five drivers on the team, I was the only one who had previously driven this track and three of us had no prior seat time in the car.
Sunday’s race ended in a DNF when the RX-7’s motor siezed, but by then each of us had driven two stints. We were more than happy with our weekend. Unlike many of our competitors, there were no tire rings worn into our doors or crushed fenders from hitting other cars or running off track. We had raced hard and raced clean. Now it’s time for a beer.
Thanks to Rick Halston at MotorSportMedia for taking such great photos this weekend.

Successful Chumpcar debut at Road Atlanta

"I need more practice strapping into a race car."

That was one of a hundred nagging doubts going through my mind yeserday morning. Not only was I climbing behind the wheel of a car that I was completely unfamiliar with, but I was preparing drive it in my first ChumpCar race. I was about race side-by-side with more than 60 other cars, on one of the most intimidating road courses in America.

Luckily I found that I was able to get comfortable quickly and was soon turning competitive lap times. When the checkered flag waved after ten hours of racing on Saturday, we had placed a solid 26th of 63 cars — not bad considering that of the five drivers on the team, I was the only one who had previously driven this track and three of us had no prior seat time in the car.

Sunday’s race ended in a DNF when the RX-7’s motor siezed, but by then each of us had driven two stints. We were more than happy with our weekend. Unlike many of our competitors, there were no tire rings worn into our doors or crushed fenders from hitting other cars or running off track. We had raced hard and raced clean. Now it’s time for a beer.

Thanks to Rick Halston at MotorSportMedia for taking such great photos this weekend.

February 12, 2012, 8:39pm  Permalink