Magnus Ohlaker | Club DSPORT Manager | 2012 Mazda MX-5

nasa-hpde-auto-club-speedway-134-006The last time I piloted a car on a track was back in 1988 when I raced a Formula Ford back in Sweden. Since then, I have been building engines for racecars. Although I thoroughly enjoy building high performance engines, I must say that I really miss my racing days. Knowing this, the crew at DSPORT helped me get behind the wheel once again. nasa-hpde-auto-club-speedway-134-007With the D’GARAGE MX-5 rolling on some sticky tires courtesy of Maxxis, I headed out early to Autoclub Speedway in Fontana, CA. Once there, it dawned on me that I would get to relive the racing driver dream. After a thorough drivers meeting and tech inspection, I headed out with the HPDE 4 group for my first run of the day. My excitement got to me for the first session as I completely forgot to check my tire pressure prior to the run. Despite running a higher than ideal tire pressure, the Ohlins suspension provided excellent stability and dampening to keep the vehicle planted. The combination of the Stoptech brakes and Maxxis RC-1 tires allowed me to brake late without breaking loose. nasa-hpde-auto-club-speedway-134-008Aside from the D’GARAGE MX-5, I didn’t know what to expect of the other vehicles in my group. To my surprise, a wide range of vehicles, some fast, and some not quite as fast made up the HPDE 4 group. Thankfully in HPDE 4, the vehicles are seeded based on best lap times so I didn’t need to worry about holding up traffic. I didn’t know what to expect for the event, but it is clear that NASA really knows how to organize a proper track day. Paired with a couple of good friends, fun cars, friendly staff and lots of water, I had a great experience at the track. I know a lot of people say this, but I really can’t wait to go back again.

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