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Old 04-30-2017, 10:02 PM
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Our 2017 Seatac RC Raceway campaign began strong, with robust mains for our core touring classes, enthusiastic novices, F1 fanatics, and even a budding Modified 1/12th effort. With 46 entries, on a day when many were looking up, questioning whether a rainout was imminent (it stayed dry, right to end), I have to think that our season has launched with conviction. Outdoor racing, in Seattle, in April!

Rather than a class by class report, I want to make a couple observations of the program as it ran.

Jake sprayed on Friday, during the warm afternoon. That set us up for a simple track setup come Saturday morning, Mike Boyle blew it off, with an assist from Ken, and Stuart and I set out the lane dividers. It was simple, with no anxious waiting for the track to dry. I would characterize the grip as medium low. A good tire choice made for an enjoyable day, while those on 36's were waiting for the grip to come in during their runs, to my eye into the fourth minute. Too long. I think 32s, 28s, were the fast choice. That said, Brian Shook looked pretty good on Team Powers 34s, but Brian may be the ultimate asphalt dog in our pack. He makes do on carpet, but come the outdoors, well, there is a reason he is a double national champion on both rubber and foam tires. He just clicks with it. Anyway, in these early weeks before summer, I think this is a smart approach to spray on Friday, race on Saturday, provided there is no overnight rain.

I saw more guys pitting directly across from me on the back side. That will be an important area to continue developing over the summer. We will have to come up with an amusing name, “The Pasture,” “The Back 40,” “The Landfill,” something to distinguish it and throw off the out-of-towners. Imagine: “You, yea you, go pit in The Landfill, streetside is for locals only. I'll cut you.” Something like that.

Self-sufficiency is the way to go. Providing our own power is proving to be not a problem. The ethic suits us. One of the tidiest setups I see is a brick lipo powering an iCharger. A couple of guys have those, and it's sano--clean, quiet, and simple. If I could power race central with a big lipo I would!

We race again in two weeks. Cultivate good karma, and offer hekatombs to Apollo, Ra, or whichever solar deity speaks to you.

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