I am trying to think of the best way to start this post and the best word I can think of is WOW! WOW summarizes the 2010 IIC. WOW what a great event. WOW what a great job our team did. WOW what a fantastic response from our Sponsors. WOW what a fantastic job Dusty did again with our shirts and I think the final WOW goes to all the racers for making this maybe the Best IIC to date! It was a great surprise to have 3 time World Champ Marc Rheinard there with Viktor and Pumpy. They told me all summer that they could not make it, but the joke was on me as everyone else knew they were coming. Nice one guys.
As I read all the wonderful posts here after the race, it makes me so very proud that so many if not all racers who attended feel it is the best event in the world and everyone looks forward to it each year. Your comments truly make all the sweat and hard work worth it. As I say each year, it is the IIC TEAM that makes the event what it is. I have tried to surround myself with the best team I could and it is because of them that the IIC is what it has become. Boomer, Jamie, Jeremy, Showtime, Rehberg, Kraig, Charlie. It is these guys that make the IIC the best!
Special thanks to the gang at Trackside for holding down the fort as we put on the IIC. Kenny, Buck, Sarah, DSP, for keeping things going.
As each year approaches for the IIC, there seems to be some new issue that faces us directly that we need to address and face. After last years Speedo situation, we were faced with trying to bring some sort of separation of the classes. Christmas day last year, I sent an email to the speedo companies stating my feelings of us needing to get some control in this quickly changing situations. I am thankful that all the companies worked together for the greater good to try and get some balance back into racing and they all came up with a profile for their ESC's to bring this all into check. I applaud them all for this. Next up for us was to arrange classes that fit all skill levels and and abilities. Last year the mid level class was the 13.5 which many of the Pro drivers participated in and it worked out fine, but now with the speed of the new ESC profiles, 13.5 is modified. So we needed to find a balance of classes to offer the racers both stock classes and faster classes. We did catch some flak when we posted our class structure for this years event, but I think as everyone looks back at the race last week. The breakdown of classes worked extremely well and gave drivers a choice to what they wanted to run be it Stock, Super Stock or Modified. The Super Stock class with 17.5 unlimited was spot on as the correct choice for this mid ground class between Stock and Modified. I will mirror EA's comments on the Pro's running this class, It was exactly what I had hoped for, the best Stock drivers and Mod drivers going at it. It was perfect!
I have read through all the comments and I wanted to thank each of you personally for your kind words, but It is to much to do, so I just want to say a heartfelt thanks to each of you for your kindness, support and for sharing the same passion I have for this wonderful hobby we all love so much. Thank you all for supporting the IIC.
But a few special thanks I need to say. To the Las Vegas hommies for what you guys did. I know that came from the heart and I am doing all I can to make sure that goes to the proper use it was intended.
Josh from Canada...ehh For the shirt and the kind words. That was a special thing and I appreciate what you said.
Of course to all the sponsors for without them, the IIC would not exist.
Jaco/SMC. The IIC is because of Jack Rimer and Danny Sullivan and their support since the beginning. You have heard it for 6 years and it still rings true. Thanks for believing in me!
TEKIN, THUNDER POWER, NOVAK, MUCH MORE, PARMA, CORALLY, SPEED PASSION, CRC, XENON, TEAM ASSOCIATED, RADIO POST, HOT BODIES, X RAY, PROTOFORM, SPEEDMERCHANT, TOP, YOKOMO, KO RADIO, SWEEP, RACERS EDGE, WWW.LIVERC.COM
, RC SCORING PRO, McMONEY DESIGNS.
Shane Archer and the crew from AMP DRAW HOBBIES. 6 years of being a team with us and they again did a great job supplying the racers with everything they needed for a great event. Thanks guys.
The racing at this years IIC was second to none! after 5 years of the IIC, I did not think it could get better, but it did! Some of the best and closest racing we have ever had. Congrats to all the winners. You should be very proud of your wins. Winning a class at the IIC, That is about as big as it can get! And to those that think the Pro's don't take pride in their wins or that they don't mean anything to them anymore. I hope somebody got my interview with Josh Cyrul on video after his masterful win in 1/12th Mod. The emotion that overcame him amplifies the want these guys have to win and what a win at the IIC means to even the best drivers in the world.
2010 IIC Winners:
World GT 13.5: Brian Bodine
Expert World GT 10.5: Brian Wynn
17.5 1/12: Brian Bodine
13.5 1/12: Donny Lia
Mod 1/12: Josh Cyrul
Amateur 17.5 Sedan: Jerry Perez
Stock 17.5 Sedan: Dustin Layne
Super Stock 17.5 Sedan: Atsushi Hara
Mod Sedan: Atsushi Hara
So as the sun sets on the 6th year of the IIC, the talk is... will there be a 7th. As everyone knows the devastating set backs we faced the past 2 years with the theft of all our equipment forced me to decide this would be the final year of the IIC. But after some very encouraging words from our sponsors this year and a few changes we did this year to our system of the IIC, there is a chance that the IIC will continue. We are talking to the hotel to see if we can move the date to October 10-15th which will help move it away from the start of school and be in the heart of indoor season. But there are many issues that need to be worked out on all levels to see if it can happen. I will of course keep everyone up to date as soon as I can and I hope as many of you do, that the IIC can continue. So keep Oct 10-15th 2011 open and if there is a 7th IIC. We hope we can count on all of you for your support.
Thanks to all of you for your support and kind words and I hope that no matter where you finished, be it first or last, you walked away from the IIC with a feeling of that is how a world class race should be run, fun! on time! and with passion!
Thanks and Best Wishes to all of you.
Scotty and the IIC Team.