|In Grid on the West Course (photo credit Vitek Boruvka)|
West Course On-Board Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6Kt9SMR-t4
That night, it was a little tough to deal with the fact that I thought I had already thrown away my opportunity to win my first ESP jacket. 0.013s is a lot easier to overcome than 9 tenths! It turns out than none of the RWD cars would have an answer for the Greg McCance's pace in his 2002 Subaru WRX on Day 2's East Course. He dropped in a ridiculously fast 72.285s run on his final run to take the win over the ESP King Mark Madarash who held a 0.019 lead (or something like that) after his 73.057s 3rd run. I finished with a 73.826s run on the Sam Strano designed East Course. This was good enough for 3rd quickest on the day and moved me into 4th place overall. The cone on the West Course cost me 3rd place, but I was happy with my pace on the East Course and to be one of only four cars running sub-74s times.
East Course Onboard Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3LSFH-s8Ls
My Dad had his best finish at Nationals with 19th place out of the 34 ESP drivers. He was only 1.5s out of the trophies and capped off a season of big improvements with his best event. He continues to get better and better with each event. Trouble is he only gets to drive the Camaro at a few events per year and then drives his STX Mini Cooper at locals back home in Virginia. We are looking to correct this with co-drives in RWD cars for locals next year. So those of you out there in the VMSC with RWD Mustangs, Vettes, etc., please help a brother out and offer a co-drive!
Full Final Results Here
|Final ESP Results|
|My 3rd Trophy at Nationals out of 4 trips to Lincoln|
Ali ran her first autocross ever in STSL class at the Solo Nationals co-driving with Kim Whitener who won her third consecutive STSL National Championship. Ali had practiced twice before in the Whitener CRX. She did really really well her first event - she didn't get lost, only spun once, and came home in 4th place.
And now for the most important part, I have many people to thank:
- My parents for continuing to support me and for an epic last second drive to Kansas City for a new master cylinder.
- Ali for always helping out and keeping things fun even with the stress of running her first autocross. She always makes sure I don't forget the most important part of racing....Fun.
- Sam Strano for the continued support of my racing, talking shop between sessions, and for the private trackwalk on the East Course.
- Courtney Cormier for helping with the master cylinder swap and for continuing to be the nicest guy I've met in racing.
- Mark Madarash for helping me troubleshoot my braking issue
- Lane Borg and Josh Pu'u for helping make the Camaro faster throughout this season.
For another inside look at the Solo Nationals, check out the Oversteer Garage recap of their efforts in CP: http://oversteergarage.com/2013/09/08/2013-solo-nationals/