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Waterford Hills June 10, 2012 Sunday morning, Group 6 from Ryan Wise on Vimeo.
That’s me. The car is a Reynard 90SF, built to the SCCA Formula Continental rule set. This race was run at Waterford Hills, which is a little 1.4 mile road course about an hour north of Detroit. I purchased this car last fall and have run it four weekends now. I’ve been running SCCA now for three seasons. All of this is done out of my own pocket, but I’ve also got a full time gig and am out of school. I’ve got less than 20k in the car, but I beg borrow and steal my way to race. Also, I’ve given up some things to make it happen. I don’t go out drinking much on the weekends and try to avoid eating out too often. It takes a lot of dedication to prep the car for each event.
I’ve been using both a Contour and a GoPro. Both are new and I’ve been struggling with keeping the Contour operating (it replaced a ContourHD that took a shit earlier in the spring). I got sick of losing all the footage so I made a quick swap to mount the GoPro facing forward. The car creates a lot of vibration and I didn’t have time to really work on the mount so there is significant movement of the camera. The track is bumpy and you can hear the camera bounce off the roll hoop a few times, but the vibration from the engine is by far the biggest culprit. I used to shoot all the forward footie from my old Contour and the results were pretty good. More race footage here: http://contour.com/users/2bwise
I got started back in college with Formula SAE. Resources were pretty much free back then, but I also autocrossed my street car all summer. The more seat time the better. Once I graduated I got my SCCA license and began road racing. The first two seasons I ran a Formula Vee, then a Formula First, and now the FC. May never be going pro as a race driver, but I do get to test drive vehicles every day at work. Its not racing, but I guarantee I spend more time driving cars than 90% of the pro drivers out there.