I'm still alive.
Ok. We were keeping pace with Z06's and Cobra-R Mustangs with the Talon. THAT was impressive. Usually we had someone come up to us after a session asking what was done to it.
There was a guy with a newer Corvette that the other driver just killed on the track with the Talon... as soon as we pulled in he wanted to know what we had. He was shocked when we popped the hood to show him his 400hp Vette was just chewed up and spit out by a 2.0L inline 4cylinder.
A friend brought his Mitsubishi Evolution in near stock form:
Evo on left(actual car, just for reference):
FAST car and was keeping pace with just about everyone...
...everyone except a certain guy with certain raw talent that could only be attributed to complete retard strength... and had the opportunity to rip around in a tweaked 2002 Porsche 911 Twin-Turbo AWD(996)... OK, seriously, that car made me sick. That car pretty much read a book on Physics, laughed, and then went about ignoring all it read. Hitting 175 in the front straight wasn't an problem. The brakes were upgraded from the gigantic 911 Turbo brakes to enormous 15" rotor/6 piston caliper Brembo brakes in front and 13" rotor/4 piston calipers in the back. Touching the brakes was equal to hitting a brick wall while someone hits you with a baseball bat. This had much to do with the R-compound 335 wide tires. I'll just stop short by saying, amazing.
Here's the actual car I had a go in:
The owner(Al) has a website for their performance business in Chicago: http://www.gocpt.com/index.php
If you're in to this sort of thing, check it out... lot's of cool stuff.
So the Talon put 136 HARD track miles. It never complained. I had a cool down lap at the end of each session where usually hit each corner like this: Start turning in corner off gas, turn out of corner slightly while punching the gas and cranking hard into the corner doing a 4 wheel power slide... Ha, I have some pictures of it from another photographer that was there. I'll definitely have to share that.
Only one accident in the day. A guy with a Mitsubishi Evo-MR(MR's have even better suspension/brakes than "standard" Evo's). He went through the kink in the back section(turn 11) and lifted through the corner(bad thing to do in a corner with any car, especially one that is AWD) and had the back end skip out and hit the grass. Those that know The Kink of Road America know that if you make a mistake, it's bye bye. The wall is 6 feet off the track. His car slammed the wall at about 110 mph and then spun around like a top hitting the wall a total of 3 times and high speed. The car is absolutely demolished(pictures will be up tomorrow).
Anyways, I could go on and on but I'll just summed up the rest by saying it was GREAT FUN.
Thanks for listening.