Yo yo fellas!!!
Wow, what can I say? I couldn't have asked for anything more out of the Type R at the IIC. Larry and I spent soo much time testing at Horsham, which we were very lucky to get that practice time. That helped us soo much to have a baseline for Vegas. I have to thank the Young family and Jeff Cuffs for that.
Now onto the race itself. Practice started rough. The carpet was fuzzing up really bad and cars were literally losing traction as the runs would go on. As more cars processed through practice, the track surface got much better. It was pretty much pointless to make changes since the track needed time to "come in". I had 2 cars setup for this race, 1 for stock and 1 for 19t. After practice finished up, I decided on running my 19t car for both classes.
Needless to say, the car was top fuel. I had a car fast enough to TQ stock, but it wasn't quite as good as Dumas' car in 19t. Of course, I would rather be slower than Dumas than anyone else. I ended up qualifying 2nd in both classes.
In the mains, it was tough to know what to expect. We had to run 2 races after a rubber class, which made the track slower. My car didn't seem phased by it. I had good starts in both classes, but as most of you already know, I didn't finish either main. I crashed out of the 19t main having a 2 second lead on Dumas, which was COMPLETELY my fault.
In the stock main, I basically went for broke. I wanted a win and got greedy. I overdrove the car and made a mistake in the same corner as 19t and broke the car there too.
I only have myself to blame on my finishing results. I'm still kinda in shock and angry with myself with what happened.
I have to thank Larry though for keeping me calm and giving the pep talk. It was also great to work with the team too. It's a small group, but they are all great racers. We all worked together and the setup compilation helped Brian Lutz make the stock A main and Haynes was definitely quick enough for the 19t A main, but missed it by such a small margin.
All in all, it was a great event for my first real big race on the Type R. I personally know of a few fast guys pondering going to a Type R now. The car is the real deal and it showed!
Oh ya, for anyone that wants to know... I broke caster blocks in the mains. I have to cut my axles down since it seems as though they caught the wall when the wheel was turned and just snapped the blocks. I will also work on posting the setup sometime tomorrow once I get everything unpacked.