I hope that everyone is enjoying the new year so far. It has been a while since I posted and I wanted to catch up on some of the racing Team Pursuit has been up too these past few weeks.
At the begining of the year Terry and I headed out to Ft. Myers, Florida for the FORGASS season opener. There were quite a few drivers from different parts of the US getting ready for the Winterntionals. This was my first time to this track and it was pretty impressive. Since this would be the first major race with the PT1, their would be a lot of learning to do with a fairly limited time frame. I was working on chassis setup as well as learning what the clutch needed.
The track felt loose on Friday afternoon and by Sunday the traction had come in pretty nice. I managed to get a pretty decent setup by the third round of qualifying and while on what would be my best qual of the weekend I managed to clip the wall on the back straight taking out the right front upright. That was the first time I had hit anything all weekend and they are not lying when they say you do not want to hit anything here! But what could I expect, I was full throttle when I hit. Fortunately, I didn't break anything else the rest of the weekend. In the end, the weekend ended up being a test and tune more than anything else. The car was responsive to the changes that were being made to it throughout the weekend and in the end we had come up with a good balanced setup as well as a clutch setup that worked well too. Team Pursuit will head back to Ft. Myers in a couple of weeks for the Winternats and hopefully with what we learned on our first outing we will have a good run.
Last weekend Terry and I were off racing again but at two different tracks. Terry was back in Houston for a club race and I headed out to Vegas for the Airtronics GP. I felt more confident after having just come from Florida with some more knowledge about the car. Thankfully, the weather in Vegas was not to brutal. It was a bit chilly on Friday with a steady breeze blowing through but Sat and Sun were really nice. The track was green on Friday but like Florida, the traction gradually became better. I spent most of Friday dong some R&D, trying out some different setups and by Friday afternoon, the car was working pretty good. By the time qualifying started, I had found a nice setup for the car. I was having a problem making run time in the heats and ended up qualifying sixth overall.
The main started out good for me. I was sitting in third after a couple of laps. The car felt good and I thought that it would only get better as the tires wore a little more. Just a few minutes into the race I ran into someone who had stalled on the back straight. My car went airborne and landed upside down. Just as the car landed someone came by at full bore and drilled my car. As I drove the car back to the pits, something felt wrong. I ran down to see what the damage might be and didn't find any. It wasn't until I came home did I find the front bumper had been bent down and was dragging causing the car to feel different than it had been before I hit the parked car.
I have to say that I was impressed by the durability of the car. First with me driving into someone and second with my car getting hit by someone else.
By the end, I had driven some good hard laps after I got used to the car again. I was able to put the car anywhere on the track I wanted. After the crash on the backstraight, I just wanted to finish the race. I believe I finished 5th overall. Good job to Terry too. I spoke to Terry after the race and he told me had finished third over in Houston.
The Vegas race showed me that the PT1 is adaptable to different track layouts and surfaces. And after running both Vegas and Ft. Myers I learned that the setup is fairly easy to find too. I will get the setups for both tracks posted asap on www.pursuitracing.com
I wanted to tell Gus from Utah Thank You for pitting me in the main. Thanks also to Walter Diaz and Mark "I only wear shorts in the winter" Cruz for their help and congrats to Walter and Mark for taking the wins in Vegas.