Firebird East shutdown! That’s right, last weekend the Snail Performance team hit up Firebird East with NASA Arizona. This is the third event of the year so far for us! Got to love that west coast living. Of course because we brag so much, it snowed in Arizona just yesterday. Good news is, the weekend of racing was perfect sunny warm weather!
I would like to take this time to mention proper planning for Markos “The Hipster” Mylonas who planned ahead and made it to both days with the team for the first time this year! ( #properplanning #Markoshashtagseverything #hashtag)
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Saturday the team broke out early for the 45 minute drive from the westside and headed to Firebird Raceway East. When we arrived we were greeted as always by Russ “The Toolbox” Whelan, and his JDM tent full of awesome! (Be sure to check out Russ’s Silvia that will be competing in the Modified Magazine Shootout next month!) With Markos now stepping up to Time Trials, we all went out for our first big bore session of the day. Travis immediately went for the TT-U jugular and set down the fastest class time for the day securing his win early. My first session set the bar for TT2 but ultimately a tired set of NT01 tires would secure 2nd place behind Wes in his GTR. Markos grabbed 3rd place in TT2 on Saturday. At least that is until we noticed Gabe of Ortega Tacos snuck a quick lap in and bumped Markos from the podium.
Saturday night the party was at the Club Snail Trailer. As always you can find us here after hours providing hours of entertainment to all competitors. With the cooler empty, everyone headed off to get some sleep for the next day of competition. Everyone but me that is, I made a late night stop at the shop for another set of wheels with another set of takeoff tires on them. This was a great decision as the next day my times immediately dropped almost a full second. In later sessions I found more time and secured 1st place TT2. Markos ran very consistent times all day taking 3rd place TT2 before parking it behind a corner station for the day. Travis thinking he had a little competition threw on a fresh set of Hoosiers looking to better his .59.970 time. Fortunately the Porsche cup car that looked to be stealing his podium was classed wrong giving Travis 1st place TT-U. For Time Attack we lined up to take 4 laps and see what damage could be done. Rolling out in group 1 Travis and I secured 1st and 2nd place TA-C respectfully.
Firebird East was another great event in the bag. We now focus our sights on March. March is going to be quite a busy month with four events! First is the Modified Magazine Tune shootout. This will be our third year competing in the event, this year rocking Markos’ 2006 WRX. Each year we have moved up the podium and hope to continue that trend this year. Next is NASA AZ annual one day night event!... which will be held during the daytime over 2 days? Either way it is always a great event with huge coverage, lots of spectators, and of course great racing. Don’t forget the UMS Tuning Time Attack which tags along with every NASA AZ event. Finally, March will bring Global Time Attack Pro Series round 1! We are very excited to have a GTA event right in our own backyard.
The best thing about all the March events is they happen on the same 2 days! Combined this means we look to be on track for a possible 17 sessions over the course of the weekend! That’s a lot of track time, even more E85, and definitely means no sleep. With that busy of a schedule I think I am going to start catching up on sleep now. Until next month everyone, we will see you…ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
Written by: Taylor “Dr. Koby D.” Wilson
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