There is plenty to do and see in the Monterey Bay area. My personal favorite spot is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, between Monterey and Salinas. Of the nine race tracks I’ve run at speed, Sonoma Raceway is the only one I think is more fun. Continue reading “Run to Monterey, Featuring a Track Day at Laguna Seca”
The COCSD Racing Team completely dominated the sixth K1 Speed Challenge, held Saturday, March 4th at K1 Speed – San Diego. COCSD swept the top three positions, finishing with 75 points. The BMWCCA San Diego Chapter won 16 points and the San Diego Miata Club had 10. Continue reading “K1 Speed Challenge VI”
Seven members of the COCSD Racing Team made the trek to Pahrump, Nevada for a weekend of track time at Spring Mountain Motor Resort. Several members of the Corvettes of San Diego also participated. The track days weekend was held on November 12 and 13 and was hosted by the Las Vegas Region of the Porsche Club of America.
Lisa DiSabatino, Leah Johnson, Bob Michels, Craig Moya, Randy Standke and Kevin Tagle all hit the track. Ray Provencio drove his new 2017 Z06 convertible to Pahrump and served as the chief photographer. He also hosted the group dinners on Saturday and Sunday evenings.
One big advantage of attending the PCA events is the free instruction that they offer to first-time students. There weren’t any first-timers in our group. But Randy is a certified PCA instructor, so he rode along with Leah for a few sessions and allowed others to ride along with him while he was on the track.
The fifth K1 Speed Challenge was held on Saturday, February 20. The competition pitted members of COCSD against members of the San Diego Miata Club (SDMC) and Corvettes of San Diego (CoSD).
The race format was the same as previous Challenges, using K1 Speed’s mini-Grand Prix. Each club had its own 14-lap qualifying session. Because CoSD fielded only three racers, they were joined by some SDMC members for their qualifying session. Once the qualifying sessions were completed, the competitors were divided into three race groups. Qualifiers 17 through 24 ran the first 16-lap race for position as the “Fast” group. The racers were grided on the front straight, with the fastest qualifier in the group at the front, the second qualifier behind him, and so forth. Each race began with a standing start.
Following the “Fast” group race was the “Very Fast” group, with qualifiers 9 through 16. The “Ridiculously Fast” group, made up of qualifiers 1 through 8, ran the last race of the event. The top three finishers in each group received K1 Speed medals.
The race results:
“Ridiculously Fast” group
1. Craig Moya, SDMC
2. Randy Brown, COCSD
3. Nima Abrahim, SDMC
4. Jeff Wilkinson, COCSD
5. Randy Standke, COCSD
6. Greg Lee, SDMC
7. Aurora Williams, SDMC
8. Tristan Gale, CoSD
“Very Fast” group
9. Ed Griffin, CoSD
10. Eric Gatley, COCSD
11. Ken Hurd, SDMC
12. Jake Taylor, COCSD
13. Robbie Meyer, SDMC
14. Buddy Griffin, CoSD
15. Bob Van Hook, SDMC
16. Gene Streeter, SDMC
17. Mark Booth, SDMC
18. Daryled Bristol, SDMC
19. Greg Magill, COCSD
20. Steve Waid, SDMC
21. Bill Belt, COCSD
22. Howard Kendall, COCSD
23. Denis Meyer, SDMC
24. David Pelsue, SDMC
Because COCSD beat the other two clubs so convincingly last time, and since Lisa and I are members of SDMC (no, we don’t own a Miata, but they don’t care), I chose to add a bit of fun and “drama” by racing for SDMC. Yes, they did offer a couple of bribes. They’re on the hook to have at least 25 entries in Main Street America this year. And one of them owes me an apple pie. It turned out to be a pretty cheap investment, as I was able to come out on top. Check out the video from my perspective. Based upon the Formula 1 points distribution (what else would you use?), SDMC came out the winner with 54 points, followed by COCSD with 41 and CoSD with 6.
As has become our tradition, we had the “official” awards ceremony at the Corvette Diner afterwards. Ed Griffin won the “Sandbagger Award” for winning the “Very Fast” group race after not being quite fast enough to qualify for the “Ridiculously Fast” group. Greg Magill was given the “Hardest to Pass Award” for holding off a SDMC racer for at least six laps before finally being passed. COCSD “ringer” Jake Taylor won the “Needs More Seat Time Award” for finishing just off the “Very Fast” group podium, despite having no prior time in a kart at the San Diego K1 Speed. Jeff Wilkinson was unanimously chosen to receive the “Most Dangerous Racer Award” for bumping more tails than a disco queen. Steve Waid won the “Too Much Ballast Award” for complaining about having to race against lighter competitors.
The fifth Challenge was the most tightly contested in the series. We expect next year’s Challenge to be just as close. Which club will I represent? It’s kind of fun being a free agent. In the mean time, we’ll go back to running our K1 Speed Fridays (on the second Friday of the month) and K1 Speed Saturdays (fourth Saturday of the month) just for fun. The track day season is also just around the corner. If you’re not yet a member of the COCSD Racing Team, come join us and see how much fun it can be!
Craig Moya, COCSD and SDMC
Photos by Mark Booth, SDMC
The fourth K1 Speed Challenge was simply no contest.
12 COCSD racers took on 12 from the San Diego Miata Club (SDMC) and two representatives of the Corvettes of San Diego (CoSD) at the San Diego K1 Speed on Sunday, November 23rd.
We used the same format as previous Challenges, with SDMC and COCSD each getting their own 14-lap qualifying session. To keep the size of the qualification sessions relatively small, we also had a “mixed” group, with 4 COCSD racers, the 2 CoSD racers and 2 SDMC racers. After the 3 qualifying sessions were run, we broke the field into 3 groups – the “fast” group, which consisted of the 9 racers with the slowest qualifying times; the “very fast” group, with the middle 9 qualifiers; and the “ridiculously fast” group, with the fastest 8 qualifiers.
The “fast” group was made up largely of SDMC racers. Alan Atha and Bob Swanson were also in the group, along with Matt Arena’s friend, David. They ran the first 16-lap race for position. SDMC swept the top 3 positions, with Daryled Bristol winning.
The “very fast” group was also largely SDMC racers, with two notable exceptions. Eric Gatley and Matt Arena failed to qualify for the “ridiculously fast” group, but they both ran well in their group race. Eric won it easily and Matt came in third.
The top “ridiculously fast” group was completely dominated by COCSD racers. Seven of the eight who qualified for the group were COCSD racers. Aurora Williams – the only female racer from SDMC, qualified seventh fastest and was the only SDMC racer to make it to the top group. She finished the race seventh, only after causing Lisa DiSabatino to spin out.
Randy Brown was the top qualifier, beating me by 3/1000ths of a second. He led the group race from start to finish. Our K1 Speed buddy, Rudy Iribe finished second and Randy Standke was third. I struggled with a crappy kart for the race (it happens), but still came in fourth. Jeff Wilkinson was fifth, with Travis Adams in sixth and Lisa D. in eighth. Be sure to check out my video of my perspective of the race.
After the races, we drove up to the Corvette Diner for lunch and to hand out the special awards. Eric was given the “Sandbagger” award – a filled sandbag, for failing to qualify for the top group, then dominating the “very fast” group. Lisa qualified eighth, but was hampered by a kart with a failing battery (that happens, too). She was given the appropriate “Dead Battery” trophy. Randy Standke could not get past Rudy or Randy, but in trying to do so, set a new COCSD single-lap record, becoming the first in the Club to break the 22-second barrier. His effort earned him the “Drive It Like You Stole It” award. SDMC did not go home empty-handed. Daryled is an experienced autocrosser and he tried to pass his knowledge on to his teammates. Apparently, it only served to make them slower. So at the request of an anonymous SDMC member, has was given the “Just Plain Nuts” trophy.
Overall, COCSD took 9 of the top 11 places. It was the most lopsided Challenge to date. All of our Friday practice sessions clearly paid off. We’ll see if the Miata Club is willing to try it again next year, or if we will have to find another club to battle.
Photos by Dawn Standke and Mark Booth