My second track day. This time at world-famous Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. We live about 90 minutes north in San Jose, so we needed to hit the road at 6:30 AM which is super early for me
The weather sucked. Low 50s, occasional drizzle, fog. My wife wasn’t feeling it… but that story is best told over a few cold ones at the pub. Cold and wet is not what you want at the track — I nearly lost it on one occasion. They say Laguna Seca really kicks your brakes’ ass, and that’s no joke. I forfeited the last session of the day because the brake pedal was on the floor. Another car in my group, an Impreza 5-door, boiled his fluid which was now dripping from the caliper. He was super fast, though.
I’ve improved since my first track day at Thunderhill. I’m carrying more speed, braking later, and on throttle sooner. At this point I believe I am over-driving the car. My tires, which I bought well before I considered tracking, are absolute shit. I’ve established that the brakes have reached their limit, and I’m sure a suspension upgrade would go a long way. These 3 factors really affected my confidence in turns. Once I get that all sorted, I’ll be much faster.