Practicing what I preach

You see me talk a lot about safety. But if you saw my car a few weeks ago you'd be right to ask why haven't I done more to keep myself safe?

No, I was not racing in a garden chair taped to the floor boards, but to be honest, there was a lot left to be desired in the safety area.

Not any longer.

As of today, my car is proudly sporting a Sparco Circuit composite seat and a strong TC Design roll cage.

 NOTE: Pictured is another TC Design customer's car, because I did not have the presence of mind to take a picture when I was there for seat fitting at 7:30 am this morning
The seat has nice and deep hip, rib, and shoulder protection, and comfy halos that I can lean the head on in high-G turns, and which will also protect my head in an impact.

My harness had just aged out, so I got myself a nice HANS-compatible Schroth Profi II, which will be basically just like the one that I had before, only with narrower shoulder belts to accommodate the HANS.

While we were in there, I asked Tony at TC Design to also update my rear view mirror from Wink to a panoramic Longacre one, and remove the passenger seat and harness.

That's right, no more passengers in Wasabi. While I am a bit sad about not being able to give rides to friends anymore, this step also is an important symbolic milestone on my way to becoming primarily a racer, and not a TT or HPDE driver.

As I have been progressing on my journey back to racing, I knew that I would need a better seat and cage before I compete in a wheel-to-wheel event again. Now that I have reached my lap time goals to make racing fun again, it is not unlike a snake's shedding of an old, smaller, and tighter skin. I have to shed the old constraints so I can grow further.

I will be putting my new skill level to the test this Saturday at Thunderhill. Wish me luck.


  1. Wishing you the best of luck and have fun! Sounds like great improvements. Way to move ahead with your goals! Geoff

  2. Those are great upgrades and, better, a great plan forward. I hope you have fun, success, and good luck (in that order)!