The company that I work for release a news article quarterly and this time they decided to add a little piece about me autocrossing my Mazda Rx8. Here is the article they published.
After gaining permanent residency in America I purchased my Mazda Rx8 and very quickly found that at there we very few enjoyable roads in and around Sarasota. Not wanting to waste a nice sporty car I looked into cheap ways to legally race it, I discovered Autocross
Autocross is an individual time trial event where each driver takes it in turns to race around a cone course as fast as they can. It is usually located on an old airstrip or in a large parking lot. It costs $20-$45 which includes plenty of driving, instruction where needed and lunch. After going to the first event I was hooked and have been going at least once a month since.
Since starting I have modified my car to make it faster doing all the work myself, learning what to change how to change it and tuning the set up a car to make it as fast as possible. Over time my driving has improved as has the Rx8. I am at the point where I am one of the fastest drivers at each event and my car is relatively competitive especially considering it is a daily driver and also instruct at the Gulf Coast Autocrossers novice school which I really enjoy.
2012 has been a great year for Autocrossing, I have made lots of new friends all over Florida while racing in Orlando, St Petes, Zephyrhills, Sarasota, Ft Myers and Florida Keys I have won about 10 trophies from various events, including being given the cone killer award out of about 300 drivers I hit the most cones in 2012, the yearlong STX class champion in Ft Myers and the year long open class (non-Porsche) champion with the Porsche club.