Friday, April 15, 2011

NASA Great Lakes Season Opener at Mid Ohio

Well...the first weekend of the season was a qualified success. The good news is that I took home the win for TTC on both Saturday and Sunday and earned my free tires from my great contingency sponsor, Hoosier. The bad news is that the track was wet all weekend and even the driest conditions had a stream of water across turn 1 and puddles in the bus stop.

The further good news is that I was getting the flow of the track down and the car felt so good that I actually turned a lap time during the third session on Sunday that would have been good enough for the TTC record for the Club Course configuration we were running (as well as the shorter Pro Course), despite the track conditions. The worst news, however, is that later that session I dropped the rear left wheel off the outside of the track into the wet grass in turn 7 and spun the car across the track into the tire wall, ending my day and DQ'ing the record time.

The body on the driver's side of the car is pretty banged up. Mechanically, it seems good to go, thankfully. I hardly felt anything inside the car (data showed the impact was under 2 g's, the tire wall seemed to do its job), so I was very lucky and got off relatively easy. It's not going to be cheap, but I'm hard at work getting everything back together and should be ready to go for Putnam next month!

Here is video of that 3rd session before the spin. The last lap on the video would have been the TTC record at 1:41.713 had I not DQ'ed myself.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hardtop

Time to get ready for the 2011 Time Trial season! In a "controversial" new rule, all non-OEM style hardtops have been banned from NASA Time Trials this year. I won't go into any arguments here about the merits of the rule, but either way the result is that I had to ditch my old top in favor of a Honda OEM. This was not a cheap switch, but at least it looks good!

Over the off season (read: one week ago) I moved from St. Louis to take a new job in Sidney, OH. Thanks to Jeff from hardtopguy for making the drive out here to deliver my new top. Just in time for Mid Ohio next weekend! The car is pretty much ready to go. The top is installed and the Hoosiers have been mounted to the RPF-1s. Time to change the oil and get weighed in.