Monday, May 26, 2008

Zip ties, Duct tape and a Race Win

What a team!!! At Flamboro we unloaded the car and set the pace for others to follow. Dave, Jim and Scott had the car all tuned up and flying. Our starting position of 10th had us making a charge to the front passing 1 car per lap. The plan was working until lap #2 when a car came from the outside pushing us into the infield. We drove the best we could from last to 9th at the checkers with some major vibrations. We only had 30 Min's to piece the car back together, we aligned the front wheels and used zip ties and duct tape to hold the front end on. Starting on the pole we went flag to flag for the heat win. The feature was next and we started in 8th. Trying hard all race long and passing into 4th position with 1 lap to go, more contact from another car turned us into a third car. We ended up pushing a car across the finish line sideways. The fans loved it and said it was an exciting finish. We finished in 7th. Up this week is ,welding, electrical, body work, alignment and lots of new parts. Thanks to all who pitched in to get us back on track so quickly. See you at the shop for some quality O.T.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

2008 Starts off with a Bang

The team rolled into Sunset Speedway expecting great results. First heat action had several cautions in which we sustained front end damage. We kept the car on the track and pushed hard for a 9th place finish. After repairs in the pits we came back in heat #2 with a strong 2nd place finish. The feature event went by with a blur. We passed several cars en route to another 2nd place finish. At the checkered flag we were all over the leaders rear bumper. We head to Flamboro 4th place in points.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Ask the experts "About Skilled Trades" on the radio

It was great to get on and discuss the trades with such a large listening audience. As a racer it’s great to get exposure from outside the usual racing radio and magazines. For those of you who didn’t know, my race team uses skilled trades people throughout the year as a pit crew and general race support. Whenever we go testing, each individual brings different skills to the track. From our welder, electrician, machinist, small engine tech, bricklayers and even our hairdresser everyone helps out. (I forgot that my mom was a hairdresser) Probably the most important part of the team is that they are all professionals, when a problem comes up (crashes etc) they all jump right in and go to work. We communicate well and are back on the track in a very short time, and the car works the same even after heavy damage.