It’s been a busy two weeks for Project STR.
Our first outing took us to Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI for the CENDIV Divisional Championship. This area has been a hotbed for street tire competition with plenty of fast drivers to help us gauge our performance. GRM/Tire Rack drivers Chris Harvey and John Rogers traded fast times both days. Chris pulled out the win with really quick times on his fourth and fifth runs.
Fast forward one week to the Great Lakes Divisional Championship in Peru, IN. This site is the best simulation of the Nationals course surface we can find east of the Mississippi. The battle was tight all weekend, with Chris Harvey out in front after day one by just 0.060 seconds. The course on day two was fast and hard to visualize in a few spots, but that didn’t slow down team STR. John Rogers threw down a crushing second run that no one could match, but it wasn’t enough to make up for his deficit from day one. Chris Harvey was second-quick for the day just 0.4 second back with autocross legend Jim McKamey less than a tenth behind.
Nick Jackson experimented with a wing on his S2000, and ultimately went faster without it. After two days, the three trophy spots were covered by a scant 0.078 second, with Chris Harvey, Nick Jackson and John Rogers finishing first through third respectively. Tire Rack driver Angie Rogers also got her first taste of the MX-5 this season, winning the STR Ladies championship and getting primed for Nationals next month.
If the competition at the Tire Rack SCCA Pro Solo Finale and Solo National Championship in Lincoln, NE next month is this tight, it’s going to be a heck of a battle to see what driver/car/tire combination comes out on top. We think we’re ready for the challenge.
Our efforts to fine-tune the suspension set-up on Project STR are paying off, as shown by our recent success in competition. A close look during maximum cornering shows just how well the KW Coil-Overs and Hotchkis Anti-Roll Bars maximize the footprint and cornering power of the Dunlop Direzza Sport Z1 Star Spec tires on our MX-5.