Maxxis Supermiata Cup!
Last month, prior to the beginning of the 2018 Maxxis Supermiata Cup, I got in touch with Adam to gain an inside perspective on the series. I've known Adam for a couple years now, and I thought he'd be the perfect guy to throw some questions his way. The Supermiata Cup has become ever so popular for those looking to get involved in competitive racing. The Miata in its own right, is a popular choice among track day enthusiasts and offers a great opportunity to go racing. Those who are already part of the Speed Ventures family may find this as a great way to get more involved. Grab a cold one, put your feet up, and see what he had to say.
Photo Cred: Larry Koh (Thank you!)
In two sentences, describe the Super Miata Series.
If you want to race, we want to race with you. If you want to get faster, we want to help you get faster so we can race with you (and beat you).
Specif to the cars, what are some of the items that make it spec? What are the differences between the classes?
I'm not a technical guy, but you can start by looking at it this way: S3 is a 1.6 Spec Miata with Maxxis RC-1s. S2 is a 1.8 Spec Miata with 5-10 more horsepower and mild aero. S1 is turbocharged to 220whp with more aero. We are a spec class but things are much more open than other spec classes. We have a horsepower cap, but leave a lot of powertrain mods open. In our experience, this allows for broader participation—because it's easier to make an existing car fit into the rule set—but the cars are still very, very close to the same performance. It also tends to discourage expensive engine modifications, because you will get to the power cap with a healthy motor, simple I/H/E, and a tune.
What is the large front fascia that I see most of the cars running?
The airdam is simply a piece of plastic bolted on and supported by a simple undertray. It's cheap, and affords a slight improvement over the stock fascia. Plus it's looks racey!
What do you like about the cars? Any negatives?
Well, the negative is they don't have 600hp. But there are a LOT of positives. These include the fact that they are plentiful and cheap to acquire. Parts are cheap. Consumables are cheap and not consumed very quickly. There is a huge aftermarket. And overall these cars are very reliable and easy to work on.
Which tracks does the series run at?
In 2018 we're running Buttonwillow, Auto Club Speedway, Big Willow, Chuckwalla, Las Vegas Motor Speedway (the Outside Road Course), and Sonoma Raceway.
Which track is your favorite?
Sonoma is my favorite race track, and it's probably also my favorite for racing. Close second is Chuckwalla. I should add that Auto Club Speedway is great because bump drafting on the front straight adds a whole new level of strategic cooperation among competitors. We have not raced LVMS yet so we're all looking forward to that in April!
Which track do you wish was on the series schedule?
All of them!! Would be great to add Mazda Raceway, but the sound restrictions make it hard. We have run Spring Mountain in years past and that's a spectacular facility. Hopefully we'll be back in 2019. Arizona Motorsports Park looks fun, and we've never made it up to Thunderhill but someday I think we'll make that happen.
I’ve often seen BBQ pictures taken at race events; it looks like you guys make it a lifestyle event rather than only racing. Why do you think that’s important?
It's been said that our weekends are a great BBQ with some racing on the side. Tracks like Buttonwillow and Chuckwalla have such great camping, that it does turn into a big social event. The racing just gives us something to talk about while we eat good food and drink beer.
Any sweet saves or epic fumbles?
During my very first race weekend at Chuckwalla, I had an epic off after T12 (going CW). I swore I felt a tap from the guy behind me, and I was pretty hot thinking I had been punted in my first race. Upon reviewing the video I realized there was no one to blame but myself! I realized I need to up my game when it came to saving oversteer situations. The improvement I've made since I started the series in 2015 is incredible. My fastest lap in my first race at CVR was a 2:11, and earlier this year I did 2:06. At ACS I've gone from a 2:05 to a 1:59. That's all thanks to the willingness of other drivers in the series to provide coaching anytime. We always have a big TV setup in the pits, and folks are constantly popping in SD cards to review video with other drivers.
Thanks so much dude, good luck this year!
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