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Rough Start to Racing Career Leaves Tremendous Upside Potential

Bryan » 19 December 2010 » In Race Report » No Comments


From SpecE30


From SpecE30

My first NASA SpecE30 race was in October 2010 at Infineon, and with a weekend crushing incident at the start of the Saturday Race I would say it didn’t go so well. See the videos below for convenient documentation of all that happened, I’m in the red car at the back kindly opening Rick Row’s trunk for him…

Video Link: Vimeo of incident
Video Link: YouTube of incident

The result included a bent up left frame rail, bumper, and surrounding bodywork, along with a punctured radiator and broken tranny mounts. As my first event on a Provisional License I was subject to increased scrutiny and was disqualified for the remainder of the weekend. 

After scrambling for what seemed to be 8 months straight to get the car race ready, even up to late Friday night before the event, piling on another 4 weeks of scrambling to make the season closer in November felt like an unnecessary stretch on my dwindling time resources. After a good four evenings of work  I pushed the next race back to the 2011 NorCal season opener in February.

Event: NASA NorCal SpecE30 Race
Location: Infineon Raceway, Sonoma CA
Date: October 09-10 2010

Saturday Qualifying: 16th out of 19 cars, best lap 2:02.038
I went out for a short session and was working on getting used to the car. Running a 2:02 put me about 4 seconds back from the front runners, and without much history using a transponder for lap times it also marked a personal recorded best.

This was the first time out with an LSD and it felt like a big improvement. Overall the car feels as solid as ever and I’m looking forward to getting some seat time to get comfortable behind the wheel.

Saturday Race: DQ
Incident in turn one (not me) calls for a restart. Incident on restart (me) ends my weekend early.

Sunday: DQ
Saturday wreck meant a Sunday DQ

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