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IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN.

2022's going to be a wild ride, as we're having 2 separate series happening over the summer. I'll just cover both series in this one thread, in the interest of keeping things all under one roof.

In addition to the regular weekend points events, we'll also be having a completely separate weekday night race series. The "PAX Challenge", as they are calling it, starts on May 11th, so time is running out to prepare. Since the Cougar is still in progress, the Bullitt will be the night series competitor this year. And since I hadn't driven in in anger for a number of years, I shook it down this past weekend at the pre-season text & tune day at Fortress Obetz.

The Bullitt is a real crowd-pleaser. It gets nothing but love, all the time, from anyone and everyone. It's a super-fun car to drive anywhere, even if it isn't fast. It looks the business and makes all the right noises - and that's half the battle, innit?


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That's a Roush 427R parked right next to me (which finished 3.56 seconds behind me, BTW), and Matt Schnelle's unbelievable M3 - built, supercharged, caged, the works - in front (which finished 1.5 seconds ahead of me - albeit in a different class).

ANYWAYS, so since I have lowered the Bullitt, I can't compete in Street class anymore. I could enter Street Touring or CAM - and the PAX index is way nicer for CAM class, so that's where we are. CAM is a really wild class full of really fast cars, so it's tough. I'm competing directly with all the new S550 Mustangs, with their 150-horsepower advantage and their independent suspension, and many on sticky race tires, so it's a given that I'm not going to be winning any trophies here without ruining the car for street duty - but I've made my peace with that. I'm just out here to have fun with it.

4 runs today. After watching the first heat, my brain goes to where I should be running if I were in the Cougar. And my brain tells me the Cougar would probably be running mid-to-high 35-second passes. In the Bullitt, I was shooting for something in the 36's.

First run was TERRIFYING - the Michelins don't have a lot of miles on them, but they are 4 years old, and they really needed this to get the crust off them. The car was sliding and pushing all over the place, and the brakes were also very unhappy being cold. By the end of the first run the grip started coming in, and the brakes started to bite well, so I figured I'd pick up time throughout the day. 38.559 to start; I would need 1.5 seconds or more to not embarrass myself.

Second run was indeed better, as they are. 37.616 - almost a second better.

Third run I tried something different - the first hairpin comes up quick, so I tried holding first gear through there, and shifting after getting out of the turn. I did come out of the turn with a lot more grunt, but kind of biffed the shift, losing a couple of tenths. 37.838 - it was all going to come down to the last run.

Final run was indeed my best of the afternoon, and apart from a pretty lurid understeer moment in the final hairpin, everything seemed to work. 36.911 - mission accomplished.

18 entries in the CAM class, and I finished exactly in the middle - 9th place. The 96 Mustang PAX'd me even though I was marginally faster around the course. Final standings are here - it says 22 entries, but there were 4 no-shows. Also not sure why there is a CP Boss 302 in the list, but I was faster than him anyway, so whatevs -

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OVERALL RESULTS -
28th overall raw time out of 92 drivers
29th overall PAX time. Not too shabby!

Video if the final run of the day -


Next event will be the May 11 PAX Challenge with the Bullitt again, and then POINTS EVENT 1 on May 22 - hopefully in the Cougar!
 
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You are living my dream..... the 05-09 Mustang is my dream car and its also a Bullit.... and then you also track it!!!! I would kill to be able to do that.....
 

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You are living my dream..... the 05-09 Mustang is my dream car and its also a Bullit.... and then you also track it!!!! I would kill to be able to do that.....
Haha! Thanks very much. It is a ton of fun on the street, even though it's not as quick as my Cougar around a track. I hope to be able to move up the rankings a good amount throughout the season, as I get the hang of the handling of the car. First event is this Wednesday night! I'll have more updates and videos then.
 

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Yes, unfortunately all the holdups now are administrative issues with plates/registration. Hope to have these resolved before the 22nd...
 

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PAX CHALLENGE #1 -

So last night was the first mid-week night race. Very hot, and only 4 runs per car - and we still didn't get out of there until 10pm. But it was a ton of fun, even with all that against us. The course was SUPER SHORT and SUPER FAST, since we didn't have much time for setup beforehand. Fastest laps of the night were in the high 21-second range. Fastest of the bunch was an STU Civic Type R at 21.729. The first 23.0 was in 20th place, so the top 20 was some tough competition.

The event was capped at 70 entries, and there was a wait list. So in the end there were 72 drivers altogether.

The Bullitt DOES NOT like hot weather. 2 of the 4 runs were seriously hampered by some of the worst heat-soak I've ever encountered anywhere. Once you get rolling, and the Ford Racing intake gets a breath, all Hell breaks loose, but from a dig in the heat, it's shockingly bad. So needless to say I was not too competitive; I could only muster a 24.649 - 47th of 72 Raw time, and 44th in PAX time.

Judging from some times from other drivers that I always benchmark, I estimate the Cougar would have pulled a 23.1 on a good night; 23.5 if I just couldn't get it together. Still not good enough for top 20, but darn close. So it's a way better car around a corner than the Mustang, but then again, being 1100 pounds lighter will get that for you...

I do have some video, but have not uploaded it yet. I'll add it here once that's done.

Next points event is a week from Sunday, and it's looking like the Cougar won't be road-worthy by then - so I might just sit it out this season and campaign the Focus ST in Street class this year. Frustrating.
 
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