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Chin Motorsports Rentals (and other awesome deals)!

Chin MotorsportsMost of ya’ll know I’m a big proponent of helping others out, especially local businesses… well, Chin Motorsports may not be local, but they’ve got a local putting on their events in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana! Close enough! So, I’m proud to announce a deal from me to you, fellow racer/track enthusiast! If you put a deposit on a rental down by April 1 on ANY rental for Chin Motorsports’ April 12-13 event at Texas World Speedway, I’ll PAY YOUR ENTRY! That’s right, your entry fee is on Chris Taylor Racing Services! SRF, RX7, or Miata rentals all qualify, and I’m not even marking rentals up by the entry amount!

April 12-13 Chin Motorsports at TWS rental fees:

  • SRF, $2200 for the weekend
  • Miata, $1100 for the weekend
  • RX7, $950 for the weekend

Don’t believe me? Rental for the RX7s at the NASA event at TWS later that month are the same price! That’s how excited I am about Chin Motorsports coming to Texas. If that isn’t a personal testimony, I don’t know what is! They’re also running at MSR-Houston May 17-18; so help give me the best birthday present ever and get ALL my rentals at the track for that weekend! They’re coming back to TWS in August and NOLA, so head over to Chin Motorsports’ website to check out their schedule!

LMS_7062I’m in such a giving mood, I’m even offering 20% off shop rate for the entire month of March! If you’re a fan of ours on Facebook you’ve already seen it, but I’m posting it here now, too! If you’re not a follower on Facebook, go give us a like and stay tuned for more sweet deals like this! If you’re into Twitter or Instagram, you can find me on there, too! It’s a little look into my personal life with updates and pics from daily activities. There’s links at the top of the main page to all my social media sites! @CTRacingServ on Twitter and racerchristaylor on Instagram!

Thanks, and see ya’ll at the track!

-Chris

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MotoGP Camping, Shop Updates & more!

COTA racecar rental, MotoGP CampingWow! It’s been a crazy couple of months… lots of new and exciting things happening in and around the shop! So here’s a quick update:

MotoGP Camping

We’re VERY excited to be hosting 50-100 of our fellow enthusiasts for Moto GP camping April 19-21! With 17 acres there should be plenty of room for everybody to spread out and keep off each others toes. We hope the weather will cooperate, and that we’ll get enough rain before then to get this burn ban lifted so we can have a good old fashioned, Texas-sized bonfire! But fear not, for those attending, we’ll have some grills available for you to cook on and hopefully a “burn ban approved” fire pit/area so we can gather ’round, roast marshmellows and listen to some FANTASTIC local, live music from our friend Matt A. Foster!

If you’re one of the folks doing MotoGP camping with us in a few weeks, stay tuned –we’ll be sending out a confirmation email with some maps and info about local amenities and landmarks.

Racecar Rentals

Harris Hill SRF Racecar RentalsAt this point I’d like to send a public thank you to all our rental customers so far this year! It’s great that we’ve got a world-class, several hundred million dollar racing facility across the street… and even greater that we’ve had so many wonderful customers that have been able to experience it in our equipment! But more importantly I’d like to thank Harris Hill Road for their continued support of our program. Without them we wouldn’t be able to get on track as quickly and as easily as we do! It’s because of them we can do full day and half day rentals and driver instruction pretty much any day of the week, any week of the year!

Shop Stuff

Lastly, I’ve been hard at work re-organizing the shop to handle all of our rental and customer cars… and I’m running out of room! I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to break ground on a bigger, newer, nicer shop here soon, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Interested in an investment opportunity? Shoot me a message! I’m looking to expand shop rental as well as F1 and MotoGP Camping facilities!

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SCCA Rentals at TWS in May!

SCCA RentalsWhew it’s been a busy couple of months… Taylor Rotorsports is building a new SpecRX7 for a client, we’ve had a ton of rentals in the last few months, and have a ton more coming up soon! But, there’s still a few cars available for SCCA rentals at TWS in May, as well as Eagles Canyon in April.

SRF, STL RX7 and SpecRX7s are all still available — and we’re still looking for more season leases as well as arrive-and-drive customers! Our past customers have always commended our Texas hospitality, and our 48 foot trailer can hold any amount of tools and spares needed for speedy repairs! Contact us today for pricing and availability.

SCCA Rentals and more!

Whether you’re on a budget or looking to win races and championships, Chris Taylor Racing Services can help you out! Our affiliation with Harris Hill Road allows for easy and affordable track testing pretty much any day of the week and for days at a time. Driver coaching, data acquisition and video analysis or just good old fashioned seat time — we’re your one stop shop for racing in Central Texas! SCCA, NASA, PCA, BMWCCA — we’ll go anywhere, any time!

COTA in-car SCCA Rentals

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Onboard at Harris Hill from a SRF!

Harris Hill onboard YouTubeI’ve been trying to shoot video like crazy so I have some fun and cool stuff to post on YouTube, and I got a couple laps onboard one of the SRFs at Harris Hill! The camera angle is pretty cool to watch, you can see me sawing on the wheel and having a good time (as you can see from the screenshot here). If you want to kill some time check out the YouTube channel, or go straight to the video! Hint: There’s a similar one from COTA with a customer driving!

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COTA Walkthrough!

COTA walk through

Everybody that hasn’t been on track at COTA yet is foaming at the mouth, and everybody that has is in a daze from how amazing, fast, and technical this brand new, $400 million dollar facility is. I’ve been around it a couple of times over the last few months, and though I’ve probably got 20 laps on it I still don’t have a firm grasp on things… but I do think I know a good start to running a quick lap, and here it is.

But first, a disclaimer! I’m not a “pro” driver trying to fund a Grand-Am ride. I’m not holding out on this in the hopes that you’ll pay me to tell you my secrets. I’ve always been a budget racer, scraping money and sweet talking my way into track time to learn new tracks, and that’s why I’ve written this — for the beginners or budget racers that can’t afford a spot on a test day or a $50,000 track rental. If you’re on a budget but want somebody to help coach you, I’d be glad to help — I can promise I’m a lot more affordable than a guy that’s trying to pay for a mortgage and a Pro ride! If you’ve got a bunch of laps and think I missed something — feel free to add anything in the comments!

This is all from my experience in one of the Spec Racer Fords and would be most applicable to a low-power momentum car. If you want to know the braking points in a Porsche 997 please write your questions on the back of a $100 bill and mail them to me at the address in the contact info page!

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Turn 1

Probably the most famous and talked about turn on the track, I place little importance on “nailing” this corner. It leads into the Esses which are pretty fast, but it’s so wide you have to decide whether you want to take a wide arc and get the power down for T2 or protect the inside line in a race. The only advice I’m going to give is in a low-power car, I brake at the white line painted across the track and don’t clip the curb as it unsettles the car too much — but get as close to it as you can. On the power shortly after turn in, and I shift to 4th before turn in for 2.

Turn 2

I usually enter Turn 2 about mid track. In something with less than 150HP you don’t need the width of the track so you’re running the shortest distance between 2 points, and getting to the far right side of the track for the entrance to Turn 3 and the Esses.

Turn 3-4-5

Look closely at your track map and you’ll see that the esses become wider and there is a shorter distance to complete them in. So what’s our plan for that? Early apexes! You can’t straighten them out because they’re different shapes and arcs and timing is everything. You’ll have to feel this one out on your own, but keep in mind that if you lose a few mph through these it’s not as big of a deal as that same couple of mph in T8…

Turn 6-7-8, 9 & 10

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The Esses are really these 6 turns, leading onto the kink (Turn 10) and short straight into the second hard braking zone, Turn 11. Now if you’ve read Ross Bentley’s books, before even reading this primer you’ve printed out your track map, studied it, and circled a couple of important turns to focus on — those that lead onto the longest straights. Why do I bring this up now? Look at your track map again. That section from Turn 8-11 is a long section of track, so while it’s not THE most important corner, it’s definitely in the Top 5, and I’d say it’s the third most important, simply because it’s the most likely to be overlooked.

Which is why after you’ve early-apexed 3, 4 and 5, you want to get track left, left foot brake and late apex so you can corner and stay track right for 7. There’s a lot happening in this short section so bear with me. We’re throwing away 7 to make sure that we carry as much speed as possible THROUGH Turn 8. There’s also a STEEP rise in the track, and we’re coming in here in the middle-top of 4th gear. Unless you’ve got some torque beast, I don’t think you’ll carry 4th over the hill, so we have to downshift too, but none of these turns are slow, on the brakes, heel-toe to 3rd turns. So what do I do? After about 40 late apex turns, a lot of throttle steer and left foot braking, stay track left out of T7 and shift to 3rd before turn in for 8. On the throttle immediately after shifting, through 8 and 9, over the crest of the hill, flat through 10 and down the short straight to 11.

Turn 11

Turn 11 is THE MOST important turn to get right on the entire track because it leads onto the longest straight on the entire track with a slow turn at the end. If T1 was a sweeping turn I’d focus on it, but all these long straights have acute angle turns at the end of them. Beyond that, 11 isn’t that tricky of a turn. Learn your braking points, decide whether you want the widest arc or protect the inside line, and get on the gas as soon as humanly possible. The curbing at track out is smooth, but be careful of the astroturf — that stuff has ZERO traction and you’ll go nowhere in a hurry if you hit that.

If you’re in a low-HP car, once you get to 5th gear it’s time to bust out the book or Kindle or iPod and wait for the long trip to 12.

Turn 12

I kept coming out of 12, 5+ feet from the curbing thinking “damn! I could’ve carried more speed through there!”. Every. Lap. I don’t know how much speed one can feasibly carry through, but I can say you’ll find your braking markers are close to the 150-100 range than the 300 I started at.

Turn 13-14-14a?-15

Fairly straight forward. 13 is a late apex (noticing a trend?) to 14 and the kink after 14 before 15, which I guess is 14a. My brain wanted me to stay wide for 14A so I could have a wide arc and late apex 15, but I don’t have a firm judgement on this yet. My best judgement is least distance through this, getting the best run possible out of 15. And don’t clip the curb, without fail despite a good line clipping the curb even a little unbalanced the car and found me off the throttle at track out every time.

Turn 16-17-18

This is actually 4 “turns” if you look at a map, but they’ve labelled it 3. Getting your timing right key otherwise you end up sawing at the wheel and making corrections the whole time. With good grip and low-HP this is all on-throttle with a little throttle steer and sissy left foot braking to set the nose. I combine 16 and 17, get as far track left as possible on the tiny straight section, power down for 18 and get ready for the last 2 corners!

Turn 19

What a corner… off camber, as wide as a “your momma” joke and fun. Another corner that always had me thinking “I just scrubbed 10mph off I didn’t need to”. Hit the apex right and I think this is a lift, left foot brake set the nose and GAS GAS GAS. Carry a ton of speed in and do it right and you’ll be rewarded with a huge drive to Turn 20. Miss the apex 2 inches and you’ll find yourself so far off course you’ll be dancing around a hat at the tejano club down the road.

Turn 20

Surprise! Late apex! Whatever you do, don’t turn in early. This is another one of the most important corners, so if you’re going to sit yourself down and concentrate on a few, this is one of them. Like 15, I found clipping the inside curbing incredibly detrimental. The oustide is smooth so you’ll want to wait, wait, turn in and track out to the curb, then get your waving arm ready for all your fans on the front straight.

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COTA Racecar Rental – MVP Track Time!

COTA racecar rentals

SRF in COTA F1 garage

Whew, what a weekend! A few months back, I got a call about a COTA racecar rental for a 3 day event in February with MVP Track Time. Well, it ddin’t start off like that! But rather than hassle with dragging his racecar down from Michigan, my customer decided an arrive-and-drive program would suit him better! Arrangements were made, both SRF’s were prepped, and we loaded in Thursday evening! Ted got a garage which we shared with Motorsports Southwest, the US importer of Wolf Racing Cars. What a treat to be in an F1 garage for 3 days! And Dean and his crew were a pleasure to share a garage with — and being a fellow local, it was astounding the number of common acquaintances we had!

Day 1

COTA racecar rentalFriday dawned clear and cool. The drivers meeting saw more familiar faces than I was expecting, including some hot-shot pro drivers!  No issues for us in the morning as Ted got used to the SRF. Before lunch a couple of dudes found me and asked about the car in the trailer. “Is it for rent?” Of course! They were having problems with their GT2 and wanted to salvage the long weekend. The  black car just ran nonstop all day the last time it went out, so it looked to be a fun and profitable weekend… Until the first session, when the car developed an issue on the long straight. 3 days later I still don’t have it completely solved, but it seems to be an electrical issue from being full throttle for that long a period of time.

COTA racecar rentalDay 2

One Porsche into the fence, Keith Verges had a lower control arm bolt snap and ended up in the gravel trap in T1. No serious injuries though, just some broken parts! A long day of twiddling with things and chasing cars around. Red #34 just keeps chugging along!

Day 3

Bigger issues with black car… stopped on track completely, wouldn’t refire. After sitting a minute, started immediately in the paddock. I think it’s a coil pack. I unplugged and plugged it back in and checked all the plug wires just before it started. So some unknowns. And guess what? The red car just kept chugging along all day!


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Family race car rental day at Harris Hill Road

Race Car Rental & Driver Training

Back before the holidays, some customers wanted to get the family together and drive some racecars and get the younger folks some time in a stick shift and on track, and I was more than happy to help with an SRF race car rental! It was an enjoyable afternoon for everybody, and many thanks to Harris Hill Road for the facility and loaner Mazda’s for the younger folks to get used to before hopping in the SRF’s!

If you need an SRF race car rental to hone your driving skills or racecraft I’ll happily meet you anywhere in the continental United States! Although to be honest, it’s best if you can meet me at Harris Hill Road or Circuit of the Americas… diesel is expensive! All kidding aside, whether you just want to try something different, need help getting quicker in your own car or want to learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to equal-equipment racing; you’ve found the right place! With 2 identically prepared Spec Racer Ford’s we can work on your driving, racecraft, or just have a fun afternoon away from the office! Head over to the Contact Page to inquire about a  race car rental today!

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COTA Rentals!

COTA RentalYa’ll have asked, but here’s the answer: Yes, we DO have COTA rentals available! Whether it’s for a track day, photo shoot, TV segment or anything else, we’ll gladly provide a car or cars for you! It’s a short trip, so as long as everything is prepped and ready to go we can be there with as little as 24 hours notice! Pricing depends on availability so Contact Us today to find out!

COTA Rental Availability:

Any of our rental cars are available for events at the Circuit of the Americas. This includes Spec Racer Ford (SRF), any of our RX7 racecars, and our bone-stock 1991 Miata with a hardtop. Pricing varies depending on duration, lead time, and how many drivers expected. For more specific info on the cars, head over to our Rentals page. For track days and photo/TV shoots we have  more options with tires and grip. I cannot guarantee acceptance of cars for classes or groups other than those they’re intended for — if your track day group doesn’t like purpose built racecars with no passenger seats, the RX7s are probably a better choice than an SRF. Without writing a novel here, your best bet is to shoot me a message and I’ll gladly work with you to find a suitable car for your event!