Published on 2013-09-16
LatemodelRestoration.com employee Tyler decided to see what all the fuse was about when it comes to road racing. He also used the opportunity to make some upgrades to his Compitition Orange 2004 Mustang GT.Watch the video as Tyler talks about his first time road racing. Be sure to click the link above to see more videos as we show you how to install all the mods Tyler installed on his New Edge Mustang. These included
SVE 13" Cobra Brakes
SVE Rear Control Arms
SVE Lowering Springs
SVE Caster Camber Plates
Tyler's first trip to road racing was at the Mid America Shelby Meet in Tulsa. OK. He got the pleasure of racing with some amazing Mustangs around him at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit.
Tyler's Stang Features the following mods:
** SVE Cold Air Intake
** Pypes Off Road X-Pipe
** Borla Cat-Back Exhaust System
** SVE Rear Lower Control Arms
** SVE Lowering Springs
** SVE Caster Camber Plates
** Tokiko HP Series Struts
Brake & Tire Mods
** Nitto 275/45/17"
** SVE 13" Cobra Style Brakes
** Hawk HPS Brake Pads
** SVE Mach 1 Chin Spoiler
** SVE Mach 1 Grille Delete
** SVE Short Antenna
** 2003 Chrome Cobra Wheels
When they first asked me to go race Tulsa I was kind of skeptical, because I've never road raced before. Never driven my car that hard before. But I figured I'd never get a chance like that again, so I went ahead and took it. When I first did the parade lap, Scotty rode with me. He's done it before. He's done it year after year.
Kind of showing me where the apex was, what lines to run. So he gave me a lot of instructions, and after that, I felt pretty confidence. When I pulled up to the starting line on my first race, I was really nervous. Heart was racing. Hand was sweating. But as soon as they dropped that flag, I just put it into gear and went, and started getting passed by cars. Kind of lowered my confidence a little bit.
But as soon as I started getting towards the back, then I could go and feel out the track for myself. I got more confidence, and started hitting them a little harder, taking more curves, and started getting used to it. When Scott took my car for three laps, it was pretty crazy. He's been doing it for about 10 years or so. And he was passing GT 500s, brand new Bosses. And we're basically [INAUDIBLE] 2004 Mustang GT. And he was just tearing my car apart.
And I was in the edge of my seat. And he would hit the corners harder than I'd ever expected my car would do. He was jut like, pedal to the medal. It was just crazy. On the second day, after riding with Scott, I was way more comfortable driving. I could hit the corners harder, come out in the right gear, pass cars on my own, and just drive it a whole lot better.
The whole race experience, I was pretty nervous at the beginning. But after that, I just was super excited. My adrenaline was pumping. And I just couldn't wait for the next event, so I could take my car back out. On the second day, I took the Fox body out. It's built for road courses. And that was way better than taking my car out. That felt way more comfortable.
Being in the Fox body that's built to road race, it's almost like being in a go cart. You can just pretty much throw it all over the track, and it'll stick. You don't have to worry about the wheels coming up. You don't have to worry about spinning out, or anything like that. It just really feels panted to the ground.
To anybody who's wondering, if you want to road race, or is it fun, or anything like that, I would definitely recommend it. I was skeptical at first, but I would definitely say go forward and try it out. Push the limits of your car, and really see how good you can drive. The people at the track, they're real helpful. When we got off the track, they would tell me, oh, you should do this. You should've done this. And that really helped me learn about the curves, learn how to drive. When somebody's coming up behind you, and the faster you let them by. And they were just really helpful.
Before we took the car to the track, we put some supporting mods on it. We did the 13 inch SVE cover breaks. We did the low control arm, new springs, new shocks. All those modifications, they really helped out at the track. The tires, the shocks. They made the ride more comfortable. The springs. The SVE lowering springs. They kept the car on the ground. Kept all the wheels on the ground.
The SVE breaks, they really helped out to reduce brake fade. There was no kind of brake fade at all. Going through the corners, I was able to slow down just when I needed to. No tires screech, or anything like that. Overall, it was really fun. I really tested out my car. Pushed the limits of it. Saw what I can do. Really learned a lot about my driving skills, and really had a lot of fun with all the guys from work, and just looking for the next event.
When asked if I wanted to road race my 2004 Mustang GT at Hallet Motor Circuit, I was a little skeptical. I had never been on a road coarse and I didn't want to possibly ruin my daily driver. After watching a few videos of some of our employees racing on the same track, I knew I had to try it out. As I pulled onto the course for my parade lap, I could feel the mix of excitement and nervousness. I listened closely as Scotty instructed me on what lines to follow and how to enter/exit the corners. After a few paced laps, I was ready to see how far I could push my Mustang road racing.
After my class was called to the starting line, I lined up in the grid and the nervous feeling returned. I was sitting in my lightly modded 2 valve Mustang, surrounded by veteran racers in 500+ horsepower GT500s and Boss 302 Leguna Seca race cars. With my heart racing and hands shaking, I rolled onto the track and slammed the gas. As I went through the first turn, I realized this might take some getting used to. Over the next few turns I was getting passed by just about everyone. While I really didn't like getting passed so easily, it allowed me to have an open track to get my lines down and figure out how to properly drive my Mustang. Throughout the race I got progressively better, going faster into turns and using more of the track when cornering. Before I knew it, the checkered flag was waving and I was already itching to get back on the course.
The next time my class was called, I let Scott Springer drive my car to show me just how much my Mustang could take. When we came up to the first turn, he was still accelerating where I had previously slowed down. This is when I realized I was in for a crazy ride. He rode the corner all the way to the apex and shot right into the straight away where we passed a 2010 GT500. Was I dreaming or did my 200 horsepower car just overtake a Shelby Cobra? We went through turns 2 and 3 at speeds I would have never thought we could. As we made a few more laps we continued to pass Boss 302s and GT500s. At this point I was ready to take my car back out and see what I could do.
On the last day of road racing, I was ready to give it all I had. As soon as I hit the track that morning I could tell I felt way more comfortable. Although I was still getting passed by the same cars I did on Day 1, I was able to get through the corners faster and even passed a couple of cars. When the day was over I was more than glad I raced my car. It was an experience I will never forget and am looking forward to doing again!
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