A good time was definitely had by all. Great cars and great people, which is what I like best about the car hobby!
I made five runs, all in the 12s. As noted, weather conditions were not going to let us obtain the best from our rides. I've been in the high 11s twice, and I've seen Kevin run a 12.18 (while watching his taillights), so I know what these cars can do. My best time for the night was my last run, which was 12.69 at 111.6 MPH. I tried several different approaches to the burnout (which is critical for my car given the amount of torque it makes) but could not get the 60' lower than 1.90. In the end, using my old burnout method and brake torquing at the line produced the best results.
On my first run, the car handled weird and did not seem to want to go straight. Back in the lanes, we discovered that the left DR was really low on pressure. I had checked the tires at home before going to the track, so this was a surprise. Turned out to be a loose insert in the valve stem. Once tightened, the tire held pressure and the rest of my runs were uneventful.
We should definitely do this again, but preferably in October so the SVO cars can show their full capabilities.
1997 Thunderbird Sport
5.0L-2V PI S/C
540 RWHP / 492 RWTQ
11.28 @ 123 MPH
Last edited by MikeB; 05-20-2012 at 04:16 PM.