Car #: not sure yet
Year : 2002 Posts: 4
Hellp guys/gals, I am new to the forum and see that you guys have provided a real wealth of knowledge here on the forum, so, I say thank you for that.
For the past 5 seasons, I have been running around the country like a mad man autocrossing, mainly in a Mini Cooper S. My cousin as well as my uncle both run in SCCA Formula Atlantic, so, I have been to the runoff's watching as well as attending several track events. Bottom line is, I really have had a burning desire to Road Race for a couple years and feel like now is the time.
Last month while working in California on business, I purchased an 02 5-spd Miata(just happens to have sport package) thinking I would like to run SM next season if things work out as I hope they will(financially with potential sponsors and such).
I bought my 02 for an unbelievably good deal, so, I don't have much in it and it only has has 34K miles and runs as new. The body is not perfect, which is why I got it so cheap, but, its just a few imperfections here and there. That leads to my question......
What, in your opinions, would be the best thing to do, build a SM with my 02 or buy a pre-built SM? My goal would be to work my way up to being nationally competitive(of course, in time). So, would an 02 be the way to go or should I sell it and build/buy an NA?
Also, what would be the best wheel offset for an 02 SM? I assume there is a range that works best and I also realize that you can change handling slightly with different offsets, so, I assume I'll probably get a couple sets of one offset and a couple sets of another offset. I was able to bring my wheel sponsor(18Racing.com) over from SCCA Solo, so, I'll be running Rota's, and, they have tons of Slipstreams in 40mm offset 15x7's. However, I can possibly get them to special order whatever offset is optimal, so, I could start with 40mm and just use spacers if its not optimal. After doing a search, I see the Slipstreams are 13# in 15x7, so, I guess that would be the wheel I'll get. They also have a slightly heavier Rota RB which is 25mm, 30mm as well as 35mm offset
thanks for the input, hopefully I'll see some of you at the track in the coming years. :-)