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Gas $455.60 dollars. about 40 mpg. Final

Lodging $480 dollars 60. x 8 Final

Food $105 dollars 15 per day x 7 days Final

Misc spending $610 dollars ---- $240 camera $120 clothing. $250 Radio Final

Car Repair $325 dollars Final $17 trim ring repair, Air filter $20, Gas treatment $8, $210 Tires, $20 wheel balance, Oil & Filter 55.00, TBA, Tail light.

EZ pas tolls TBA.

1705.60 total final minus ez pass
 

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04 May first 2 events are done. Skid pad in South Bend where these cars



waited on this line



to do this.



while some of us have work to do



a fluid check



Wet Skid pad completed





then drive 80 Miles south for a Timed auto cross course at Grissom AFB

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its 250pm I should have left at 2pm but was tweaking on the car a little bit. I would like to run with the pack but must stop in Columbus. So I am on my way one stop for gas.
 

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Got up made it to both events and got to Columbus area to pick up radio. Shout out to Bailey for meeting me there. Sorry couldnt spend more time with fellow Smart owner. By that time I was pretty wiped out. So during the first event I re secured my fender better an put my trim ring back on. On the way to 2nd event I thew off the opposite rear trim ring this time as it flung off it cracked my tail light so with that when I got to Grissom Air Force base I pulled all the trim rings off. Fearing if the fronts blow off it will damage the side of the car. So black rims the rest of the run.


the last photo with trim rings.


the rest of the run with out them.

So I grabbed another Hotwire room and watched the NBA GS Warriors lose game 3.



Still about 2 hours out from Nelson Ledges. And I need a set of tires In hind sight it would have been a good idea as suggested to get them while at tire rack. My rear tires are bad on the inside and is what is causing the vibration above 75 mph. I'd like to cruise at 85 much smoother. So at some point I will put on no less the two rear. Oh and I picked up an air filter from Advanced auto. Car ran great today. I will install it at Nelson ledges. The Go pedal is worth it for the low pedal input when cruising at high speed. There are Three Dodge Durangos Competing they are insanely fast ... and very loud.



Highlight of the day ...Brief Chat with Mr Brock Yates. Its a great show.
 

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5/5/2019 540 am up and ready to move out. About 11 hours of driving to day 3 hours to nelson ledges then 8 hours to road america. that means I have to keep up with time and leave ledges early to get all driving in during day light. no worries.
 

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IT IS INSANE! ABSOLUTELY INSANE!


(two white Durangos and a purple Jeep are in the same group. All are Powerful, Loud and Fast.)

Both on the track and when the second white Durango is passing you on the highway at 85mph pulling a town house sized RV trailer. What a piece of work.. First session here a Nelsons Ledges Pursuit ran down the Mustang GT in front of it.



I dream of owing and operating a track and Nelson's Ledges give a ton of encouragement for that dream. I small spot of land, sparse amenities. Pave in a track and that is that, and it is fabulous. Now the ambient noise of continuous gun fire from a apparent gun range with in a mile of the track could be left out. But this is so do-able.



To get into the track parking area is a muddy path leading to a crossover bridge. So the Smart is a muddy mess. It will be that way a while as it is now 11:30 and after having a fantastic Sausage and onion sandwich I and about to leave the will give me an hour and a half jump on the pack. Headed from here to Road America.. Suddenly I am sleepy. Must be the. Was no way to work in the mud and wet grass here so moving on intact. Decided not to install new radio. Worst case scenario would be new radio don't work and old radio stops working.



This event would not be nice to the Smart car unless we can get one to go 150 mph. Why not?.

Well off to Wisconsin.
 

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May 6 2019
The drive from Nelson Ledges was Road America was 526 miles One of the Camaros and the McLaren happened to make the drive at the same time they seemed hindered in regular traffic could be wings and narrow rear windows cause blind spots. But they look fantastic lol. Smart struggled with a vibration issue higher then 70 mph. The traffic flow was about 80mph so I wasn't the happiest camper. Especially the Chicago area. They were the fastest local traffic drivers I have ever experience. No fear every one was over 85 mph. Passengers cars to school busses all of them its a toll road and they seem to say if we gotta pay we gonna get our moneys worth. I stepped it up and ran with them through there. I know the Smart won't last beating it up like that though, the vibration is too much. Waze sent me on a traffic avoidance that took through some bad streets and and across train tracks. Might have worked but the train came through. So I followed the local traffic around until Waze got me back to the highway. I changed that setting next time I got gas lol, stay on the highway. Got to the hotel about 8:30pm. Sat and watched about 20 cars pull in after me, while Hotwire booked me a room down the street. A one lap competed car was that hotel lot......



..... so of course I parked next to it lol.
Soaked in the tub and fell right to sleep.





Next morning at Road America the idea of running a Smart car next year began to unravel. The final conner is tight and then a huge hill climb to the front straight s/f line. Wow that's a not to ask. Lol. It rained the morning session as a result. 4 competitor cars sustained heavy damage. 2 of them are out of the completion for now. A third managed to pull its rear end back in place. The forth I did not see and do not know its status. Its fun, but you can break them. The sun came out for the afternoon session. The Durango pursuit was again so impressive. But the McLaren ..... well its a McLaren and once the tires hook up all else is negated.



Lots of fun. But I had been on the phone trying to find tires for the Smart. 195/40 17 a dying breed not in stock in any city we are stopping at except back in South Bend Ind at tire rack. I'm not gonna drive it this way the whole event. So plan B. I got a shop that could get 205/40 17 Hankook tires today 15 min from the track by 3pm.



So I got them and was on my way to the Brainerd track at 430 pm. As my smart sits 205/40 17 would rub in the front. Up to 80 mph really nice ride and very different road noise. But at 85 shimmy. There had been hope that a shop in Brainerd could get two 195 tires let's hope. Reached Brainerd OK Hotwire book me a room and I went right to sleep.
 

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Discussion Starter #38 (Edited)
May 7th 2019.
Last nights drive was 458 miles but seamed a lot longer maybe because more of it was in the night. I could just be getting tired.

The Brainerd track is a road course similar to Nelson Ledges in that its is relatively flat where as Road America has huge elevation changes. The front straight at Brainerd is also used as a drag strip.





The Pursuit Durango, again insane. Its just so big loud and fast and its got grip. The best of the strong fast football line backers is how it looks tearing after the smaller cars. They may have even shot a TV commercial for Dodge with it today.. It had some rain but it went away the sun even came out so they were able to let them cars rip today. I stayed for the two road sessions. During that time I also cleaned a buffed out the Smart really good. checked oil and changed the air filter.




My hotel mate had some engine trouble today.

I will get an oil change in the next few days. Their was a White Smart at the. Brainerd track with 2018 Brainerd 50th Anniversary stickers on it. The McLarern after sitting at the green tree light for what seemed like forever, hooked up and shot down the drag track at 142 mph down the. Wow!

Had to go as there were no195/40 15 tires to be found. Plan B Again. Let's just re balance the front tires. Ties shop called me said if I could get there before 5pm they could fix me up "what time is it" 3:50pm". "On my way". Was there at 410 pm. Fixed up for 20 bucks and back at the track by 5pm.



Then Waze navigation couldn't route me to Hastings NE. After a15 min plan B again google maps....... It took me down some nice smooth country roads 20 mins in it says turn right . it was some ones drive way. Then it redirects and want me to use a closed road and could never direct me with out insisting I use this closed road. Finally got Waze to get me to an interstate where it was then able to plot me to Hastings. An hour and a half playing around and 550 miles of night driving ahead of me in pouring rain.
 

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The great news is the Smart was now as smooth as butter at any speed. I never let the gas tank get to half a tank on that run. Between fatigue and rest room breaks I needed every stop. I got to The Hastings Hotel at 530 am. Snapped a few photos of my Smart with the big boys in the parking lot. By that time it was time to head to the track lol.



Here I am at the track its raining hard but they are out on the track kicking up huge rooster tails of water. .



Motorsports Park Hastings Road Course very enjoyable track day. I did however take a nap in the Smart. Now know that I can get just as comfortable in the Smart drivers seat as I can a living room easy chair so it was a very good nap. A better then adequate rest room and shower area at the track made freshening up decent. Some photos and first group is starting to head out to nest stop. Another 8 hour between tracks. I am a little tired, so the plan is to drive at least halfway.

The car is running fantastic now. I still have the Go Pedal at Sports plus +2. I am doing around 40 MPG at speeds of 80 to 90 MPH. 42 MPG at 70 MPH
I could use an oil change on this trip I am around 3,300 miles to this point. I believe the fenders have enough adjustment room to go with the 205/40 17s up front then will put 205/45 17 Hankooks in the rear.

Well the McLaren is on the move that's my cue to head out form Hastings to Blackhawk Farms.
 

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Heh, that's Chicago for ya. If there isn't traffic everyone's going as fast as they can. During the summer you'll see sportbikes doing well over 100 on the same roads.

Your high speed vibration may be a displaced wheel weight or abnormal tire wear. I can get to and sit at top speed without any vibration. :)
 
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