So, we went to the rain date for the Shootout over the weekend. Despite cold temperatures all weekend, there was still an incredible turnout, which makes one wonder how big the event would have been if it could have been held on the original date.
As usual, I flogged whatever car I happened to drive out there at the track. I made the mistake of entering "Evo Stock Appearing", which turned out to be a pretty big mistake; I was the slowest car there, because I wasn't just stock-appearing, I was stock (sans catback, intake, and flash). As seems to be my style, my best run of the day was my first: 13.353 at 102.77mph, with a lousy 1.843 60' (I later discovered that I was running 40 psi up front and 35 psi in the rear, not exactly condusive to a good launch; at 25psi and a couple of tries, I was at 1.832, so I definitely need to work on getting this car off the line). I've transcribed the full timeslips, if anyone is curious.
Things learned? First, the tires on the Evo suck, but can be made slightly less sucky at lower pressure. Second, the constant 85% injector duty cycle I was seeing is about as high as I want to go; I have a set of 950cc/min injectors ready to go in (as soon as I find a few minutes to dial them in), and I'll get a pump ordered shortly. Third, I really want to run E-85. :D Race gas for the price of regular 93 octane? Yes, please.
Overall, it was a pretty good weekend; we froze our butts off Saturday night after the racing with Shep, Shearer, Yusuf, Mike, Adam, Vernon, Keith, and a bunch of other folks randomly popping in and out, and just generally relaxed (as much as we could in 35F weather, anyway). Good times.