Friday, December 19, 2014
I had the opportunity to rent a seat in a car that my team has competed against a number of times. The early 90's car is based out of Kansas. The race was held by World Racing League at Texas World Speedway. This event gave me a couple opportunities. One, to race a Miata (might as well start figuring out how to race one) and two, this race track it to be torn down and developed into town homes or other such nonsense; the very last race at TWS will be another WRL event in early summer 2014.
This was actually my 2nd time at TWS, the first time was for the inaugural Formula 1 race at COTA (Circuit Of The Americas), we went down early and Joey Todd, the track manager let us use his playground. Thanks again for that Joey! TWS is roughly 2.9 miles and 15 turns.
I believe the final count was that 56 cars took the green flag on Saturday, 12 of which were Miatas. Our little Miata would do about 110mph on the main straight, while Corvettes and Porsche Boxers would do about 140mph, however both cars would stay in the Miata's field of view until the next time on the main straight.
This one was taken the very last lap Sunday, sadly I got passed just under the checker flag! :'(
Car owner Rodney in the foreground...notice the matching shirt!
Smoke'em if you got'em! :)
Checker flag Saturday.
We ran a good race both days. Saturday we got hit with two penalties for passing under yellow. Saturday was a 9 hour race. The Miata was about to get roughly an hour and 50 minutes per fill up. There would still be over a gallon of fuel in the tank, but it would fuel starve soo bad in the turns we had no choice but to pit. I was the last driver on Saturday, and the decision was made to keep me out for the remaining 50 minutes or so of the race, a quick pit stop was made just for one jug of fuel and back out again. I don't have the official standings but we finished like 10th in class and 17th overall. Somewhat ironically we more or less finished in the same position on Sunday as well.
One of our drivers, Marcus, whose home track is TWS was able to muster a 2'09" lap time, much faster than any of us. In comparison there was one Miata that was able to do a 2 minute flat time, which was about even with the Corvettes and Boxers. That Miata had more tire, aero, suspension, less weight than us. Oh and they run a Spec Miata shop! Soooo!Here is a picture album on FaceBook
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Practice day...proof Kent got a black flag! :)
Green Flag Saturday
Green Flag Sunday
Checkered Flag on Sunday! 3rd in class, 7th over all!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Judy S photo....yes that is a Crown Vic that has had 24" chopped out of it!
Here are the broken bits that kept us from taking the checker flag.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
With bitter sweet emotions, I say good bye to the Neon. It is going back to the Detroit area, its new home track will be Waterford Hills, where many other Neons still race.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
....work in progress......
Fiesta lost a rear wheel on turn 3! Doh!
Front right outer pad, decided it had enough and decided to leave the car! Paul continued to race this way for 30 minutes!
A view of the damage that was caused by the #99 BMW attempting a low probability pass.
Hour 7, Day 1
Hour 13 Day 1
Lining up for Day 2
1st place Saturday and 2nd place Sunday awards.