About

Updated 2018

What started out as a blog strictly for my Mini has become more of a blog about all my current projects and motorsports activities.

A little history to start:

I started autoxing casually (2-4 events/yr, if that) between about 2007-2012. I started in a Tarmac Black 2006 Evo IX GSR in SM, which was always on street tires & not competitively modified – probably one of the reasons I autoxed so infrequently. In January of 2013, I purchased a near-stock Wicked White Evo IX MR with about 22,000 miles to replace my GSR. When I swapped over the rear differential, the shop that did it had actually stripped the fill bolt, leaving the car more or less undriveable until I repaired the differential. This turned out to be something of a blessing in disguise.

I finally decided that it was time to get a daily driver. During March of 2013, I purchased a base 2008 MINI Cooper. It was Lightning Blue, with a 6 speed manual. With the Evo down, I decided to take the Mini for a spin at one of the local autox events – and fell in love with competition of autocross again. For the first time, I was driving a relatively competitive car – though not prepped, the Mini handled well and I ended 38th in index overall, winning the regional HS title.

By the end of 2013, I knew what I wanted to do next. I decided to start from scratch: order a brand new MINI, spec’ed exactly the way I wanted, to be competitive in HS, fully prep the car by SCCA’s new street class rules, and give it a run! The 2014 season proved successful as well. I probably autoxed more in 2014 than all my past years combined. I focused on improving as a driver, locking down sponsors, and trying to develop a system/methodology that would make me nationally competitive. I improved greatly in 2014, getting 17th overall in index.

2015 was a blur, getting about as many runs as I did in 2014 on less events – much to do with autocrossing two cars at multiple events. I had finally started to dial in the Evo, and had a good amount of progress in both cars – especially the Mini by the end. While I finished 18th, I had made a lot of improvements in driving overall.

2016 and 2017 passed with a number of failures and successes. The Mini’s prep is complete, with very little change year over year. I’ve put much more focus on getting the Evo ready for STU and track days, and will be my focus moving forward. The Mini is actually up for sale, though part of me thinks I should just keep it.

Most of the focus of this blog has shifted to my motorsport activity in general, and I’m excited to see how the future progresses!

 

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One thought on “About

  1. Hey Sam, it’s really good to have a fellow mini auto-xer like you.
    After reading your “about” page, I reallized that we have many goals/flavours in common.

    Since you asked about my goal last time,,

    My goal is,
    *Develop my skill as a driver
    *Build my brand/identity/reputation especially in Korea
    *Be in top 3 in Street class at local auto-x cup 2014

    And my ultimate goal with Mini is,, to prove that MINI isn’t just a fashion car for “Gangnam” regidents,, and show them(mainly Koreans) what it capable of at the track/amature road race situation.

    That’s what I’ve been doing for 2 and half years after the purchase.
    Too bad that I have been kept it for almost stock and used lesser tires to prove what “stock” mini can do at track, and to train myself… Said, that was a good idea but killed time to seriously prep it for street class and get into competition at Auto-x events.
    Now I’m planning to move to Korea end of this yeat for more motorsport activity/relationships, only have half of the season left. Incoming baby is another factor.

    Fortunately, having 3 events in this year after setup,
    Im just getting used to my new setup(sticky zii and rsb), starting to make acceptable results(pax 23rd out of 90 drivers, 2nd in street class) will do my best effort to get into top 3 in street class with cup point at end of the season even if it looks hard.
    (I need to beat es miatas with race shocks/more experience than myself)

    So,, keep in touch, it will be helpful for both of us to advance and achieve our goals.

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