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Old Wed, Apr-24-2013, 01:59:53 AM   #1
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Default Autobahn Country Club - NASA GTS/TT/HPDE - 04.20.2013

One of the blessings of being a BMW fanatic in the Chicago-land area is that the BMW community here is not just vast, but close knit. Over the years, I have met many forum members who later became incredible friends. Many of these friends were either competing or attending the NASA season opener at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL.

Due to other engagements, I couldn't join in on the HPDE fun, but I was able to stop by to support my friends and take some quick snaps.

Congratulations to Stefan (ZimaMotorsports) for taking first place on both weekends in GTS3! Qualifying second and taking the win was well deserved. It's going to be an exciting year to say the least!

Congratulations to Ryan (TeamWIN Racing) for taking third place in GTS3! What a great start to not just a new track year, but your first time wheeling the E36 M3 in competition!

Congratulations to my good homie Chris (abad46) for placing in TT3 and taking his newly transformed MONSTROUS beast! Once we get that bad boy tuned, there is no doubt your track times will continue to plummet! I felt bad for the fully modified E92 M3s that just couldn't keep up

Nick (nickpiper12), great to see you out there having a blast on the track and gaining a newer appreciation of your E46 M3. After the several track days you've completed recently, I think it just proves that all the endless prep you did throughout the winter was well worth it!

Much props to Hans of Deans Performance for doing SERIOUS pre-season setup and upkeep on these cars. Your wizardry is unparalleled!

Enjoy the pics!


Waking up abad46's beast...








flipm3 and nickpiper12 basking in the morning sun




nickpiper12 warming up for the first session






Ryan's insanely built E36 M3 GTS3...seriously ONLY top shelf parts!












ZimaMotorsports E46 M3 GTS3 prepping to DOMINATE as always!


















Some on-track pics from my other friend's camera!















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Default Re: Autobahn Country Club - NASA GTS/TT/HPDE - 04.20.2013

there's just one ///M missing here....

Alex, get to the track!

Thanks for sharing btw. Awesome to see a bunch of members all hanging out at the track
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^ what he said!

Glad to be a part of it though. Really a great group of guys.

abad46's car is a rocket. Absolute rocket. All I have to say.

LOL at that Jet Black's drop...

Also thanks again Alex for putting this together. Thought it is worthy to be in this thread.

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Default Re: Autobahn Country Club - NASA GTS/TT/HPDE - 04.20.2013

thanks for posting Alex!
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Default Re: Autobahn Country Club - NASA GTS/TT/HPDE - 04.20.2013

Nice pics mang!
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Default Re: Autobahn Country Club - NASA GTS/TT/HPDE - 04.20.2013

Thanks for posting the pics, Alex! Also, thanks for coming out, I am glad you could make it!!

We will go back for a testing day soon enough and you WILL be going on track!

Well, for as cold and windy the weekend was, it still was fun! Makes me wish we lived in Cali with those guys that track year round! lol
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Default Re: Autobahn Country Club - NASA GTS/TT/HPDE - 04.20.2013

Cool pics. Looks like so much fun.

P.S. Forgive me if this is a noob question. Is there any benefit from racing with the windows down? i know that in a 1/4 mile it negatively affects your time since it creates somewhat of a "parachute" effect. But my guess is that it's much better for cornering.

Good stuff fellas!
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Cool pics. Looks like so much fun.

P.S. Forgive me if this is a noob question. Is there any benefit from racing with the windows down? i know that in a 1/4 mile it negatively affects your time since it creates somewhat of a "parachute" effect. But my guess is that it's much better for cornering.

Good stuff fellas!
It is a requirement for front windows to be down... From DE to Race groups.
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It is a requirement for front windows to be down... From DE to Race groups.
Ahhhh ok.. gotcha.
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Default Re: Autobahn Country Club - NASA GTS/TT/HPDE - 04.20.2013

Great pics and thanks for sharing!

Maybe one day I could see these amazing cars in person in one of our meets
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