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Friday, September 30, 2016

Well forgive my forgetting to update....my how things have come full circle. . 2015 was national e class champion 2016...rough year. Will update soon

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Update .... Getting ready to start the season

2015 Sebring 48 Hours countdown….Well getting close to the beginning of the 2015 season, took the car into Intersport for a checkup and tightening of all bolts for Sebring’s infamous bumps. Found the dreaded leaking front caliper but otherwise the #37 fired right up despite the cold. Decided it was time to get a new seat with some side impact protection and headed out to OG Racing. Mark Francis was able to help me out and ended up with a new Sparco Circuit 2 since it actually has some Halo protection. Then Charlie was nice enough to help mount the new seat which took a lot more work than I was hoping…but it’s in there nice and snug now minus the sliders for head clearance. Bob Woodman Tires will as always be down there supporting the race and providing tires, I big thanks to that entire team for all their work. We should be loading up the cars this Saturday for the trip down. We have 9 cars going down on this transport. Will update with some pictures once they are all loaded up. As always a big thanks to all that make this possible: Karen Close Century 21 N1ew Millennium http://karenclose.com Intersport Performance www.intersportautosales.com Behe Performance www.beheperformance.com Ken Hills Photography http://kennerh1.smugmug.com Bob Woodman Tires www.bobwoodmantires.com

Summit Point 2014 PCA Club Race

Sprint 1- 1st in class, 1st overall Sprint 2 – 1st in Class, 1st overall Sprint 3- 1st Enduro- 1st overall and 1st in class What a great event as always, had a HUGE showing from Intersport, Karen Close and the Century 21 team brought out several visitors who got to enjoy the track experience and root me on. Behe Performance was there making sure all went well, as well as Ken Hills Photography taking some GREAT pictures. OG Racing had Mark Francis there for all the parts needs as well as him trying to race himself (unfortunately mechanicals prevented him from getting many laps in). PCA Potomac had a great event and great dinner as well, always one of the best club races of the year. Sprint races all went well, was able to take the overall wins in each sprint and keep a good lead on the field. Clarke Simpson had some hilarious laps behind me trying to catch me going 4 wheels off MANY MANY times. Was fun to watch in the mirror (hopefully it stays that way in the future). Had only one real issue, early on in sprint 2 I think it was I had my gas pedal start sticking….if I went full throttle it stuck to the floor until I tapped it enough to release….if I went partial throttle it went to probably ¾ throttle right away….had enough of a lead I figured lets see if I can limp it home for the win…Sure enough I was able to take the win, had to coast in cause on the cool down lap it got stock on full throttle so I had to shut if off…Charlie popped open the tail and right away noticed the throttle return springs had broken…easy fix luckily..new springs and was ready to go. The Enduro was a good bit of fun as it added higher class cars to the mix. Clarke actually got around me on the 3rd lap into turn 1 but I was able to do an over under and take it back on the exit. Rest of the race I spent keeping the gap to Clarke and ran some nice consistent laps…..pit stop went well no issues or drama….came out and ended up seeing the checkered flag drop …for me….somehow had passed 3 or 4 cars in the pit stops and took the overall win as well as class win.

New Jersey Motorsports Park PCA Club Race 2014

Sprint 1- 3rd in class, Sprint 2- 1st in class, Sprint 3- 1st in class, Enduro- 2nd Overall and 1st in class Got off to a slow start on some very old tires and then ran into the CV boot and axel issues again. Big thanks to Intersport for keeping me on track all weekend, Art and Jimmy busted their butt on all of the cars in our camp….Clarke Simpson had his E stock 911 out for the fun and was driving the wheels off the thing…actually he technically drove the exhaust off the thing with his collector falling off on the main straight and making it all the way to turn 3 by the end of the race. 1st Sprint - was interesting, came from way back and worked my way up into 1st place, then got caught out in traffic back to 2nd place, then was run off the track twice which left me back in third place …which I was happy with because I laid down a good race lap that was fastest in class by about .7sec which would put me on pole for the next race. 2nd Sprint – had a pretty good start and kept the lead in E class, sat up front the hole race, put down another good lap to secure pole for the 3rd sprint. Clarke put up a good fight sticking with me for the entire race, I thought I had a plenty good time and then found out that Clarke was only a tenth behind…..and I had set a new track record ….so had to step it up next race. 3rd Sprint – Had another decent start and then got bogged down the second lap, but then was able to put in a few good laps and make my way through some traffic. Unfortunately was a fairly uneventful race just maintaining a lead on Clarke. Ran another good race lap just slightly slower than the record and secured Pole in class for the Enduro. Enduro – qualified on the front row in second place overall and had a fair start with only 1 faster class car getting in front of me, was able to nock out some consistent good laps and took 2nd overall after the pit stop and first in class, Not much drama in the race just had a good run overall. Again great end to the weekend, big thanks to Intersport and Karen Close C21 New Millennium for the consistent support

VIR 2014 PCA Club Race

Sprint 1- 2nd in class, Sprint 2 – 2nd in Class, Enduro- 1st in class Very good weekend, had a bunch of mechanicals this weekend from stuck gas pedal (screw behind the pedal) to my rear hub breaking. Luckily we were able to locate a spare and borrow the correct bearing from my friend Jack Strifling (also a competitor) and save the weekend. Also had some of the same CV boot issues (think we got a bad batch cause they seemed to be breaking far too often) In Practice I came up on Jim Buckley and was able to pass him, this does not usually happen….and I think it woke him up case the next few laps he reeled me back in and ended up qualifying just ahead of me. 1st Race I ended up second behind Jim Buckley who as usual was out there flying around the track. I set a new track record this session but unfortunately was not able to stay close enough to Buckley in the race itself to make it fun for him. Got to see his line a few times and I think that helped me gain some time at the oak tree. His car is sweet to watch with so little body roll, he really has his suspension dialed in. 2nd Race Jim took the lead early after missing a gear in turn 4….did not get the greatest start and just kept a consistent gap with him out front for pretty much the entire race. Enduro….had a good start and kept in contact with Buckley this time, tried to run hard but consistent and keep the pressure on Jim. He had a good gap on me the whole time but I would real him in then he would step up the pace…so it was fairly entertaining chasing his white rabbit (white beautifully built 911). At some point he went into the pit, ended up throwing a fan belt, so when I came in to the pits a lap or two later he came over and let me know he was out of the race…..a few laps later he was back out on track hunting me down….unfortunately after my pit stop the gas cap had not been put on correctly…I was DUMPING fuel out of the filler….watching my gas gauge go down the last 5-6 laps the car was hiccupping in certain corners and my lead went from a little over a minute down to just under 20 seconds at the end I think….But was able to limp in for a first place finish…Jim set a new track record during the race and I set my new personal best just .2 off his time. >Great end to the weekend.

Watkins Glen 2014 PCA Club Race

Watkins Glen…..lots of things going on Sprint 1- 1st in Class, Sprint 2- 1st in Class, Enduro 4th in class Had a new sponsor come on board with Century 21 New Millennium, brought out some very nice new scheme and are very happy to have them on Board, as always www.karenclose.com for all your real estate needs in the Northern Virginia area. You don’t have to trust me, check out the website or just search her name and you will see she is one of the best in the area. Here are some pics of the new stickers going on.
Would like to thank Van Svenson for the new stickers and all the work that went into them. He did a great job helping with the concept and the stickers quality and timing were great…not to mention the pricing was great. Probably the best race ive had in a long time. Fred Constantino (a great driver) came back to E stock in a new to him 911 and we got to run nose to tail for some time as can be seen from inside his car here. Big thanks to Dave Scott (VeloceRaptor on Rennlist) who I hired for some coaching on Friday, he walked me through the basics of looking at the data my Racepak collects and how to apply it to my driving. Also gave me some track pointers that helped the overall attitude of the car. He was very easy to work with and clearly communicated what he was trying to get me to do. Wish I had some more time to work with him as im sure I could have found more time (just look at how fred catches me in the toe of the boot) but only so much in the budget. Just want to again say thank you for the help and recommend him to all looking for a coach. Had a clean sweep of 1st in all the sprint races, set a new personal best time as well Intersport and Dan Jacobs Hairy Dog Garage really came through, had several issues with CV boots and axels. Ended up getting a spare axel from Dan Jacobs (my main competitors mechanic) and cannot thank him enough, without this I would not have been able to run the enduro. Art, Jimmy, and Charlie helped get the axel and CV boots all sorted out and I was able to run…these guys are amazing in what they do. Also the fact that Dan Jacobs is more than happy to help anyone he can out really says a lot for this community. Big thanks to you all. Then came the enduro. Had a very comfortable lead going into the pit stop….had some snafu with the watch and left the pit less than a second early…less than a second….UGH…black flag came out and had a stop and go…literally as soon as I stopped I was told GO GO GO by the scruit…NOW IM MAD AT MYSELF…..came back out in 5th palce in class…..So I start to push…..next thing I know im smelling gas in the corners….start seeing it seeping out of the filler…gas cap not on right…oh boy…start seeing the gas gauge going down faster than the time left and start thinking im either going to make it or not but I need to push….got myself back into 4th and was reeling in 2nd and 3rd….with 2 laps left I catch them and I notice first place is just in front of them as well…at the rate I was catching them I really could still win this…so im pushing haaard….am able to pass 3rd after the bust stop, then get 2nd in the laces….i can see first and am seriously catching him fast…get through the toe and im probably 4-5 car lengths behind….Car hiccups for gas…almost shuts down….so I pull right and have to give up 2nd and then 3rd…get gas flowing again and finish the race just behind 3rd place now in 4th….SOOO mad with myself for the short pit stop….but what can ya do…that’s racing…and am still happy to be in the top 5 with my car in one piece

2014 Sebring PCA Club Race

Sprint 1 – 1st in class, Sprint 2 – 2nd in class, Enduro – 1st in class 1st Sprint - Had a great start to the year. Qualified fair for the first race and got a great start, eventually clawed my way up to first place 2nd Sprint – Had another good start and ended up in first, was passed by Mark Hupfer after a bobble in a turn….unfortunately he ran into engine issues and I inherited the lead (I guess last year was my mechanical year). Had a good lead over my competition and was able to just run a pace to stay out front….late in the race had a higher class car holding me up in sever corner to then accelerate away down the straight letting my competitor draw me in….Then last lap turn 1 same higher class car makes a mistake and I take action to avoid rear ending him, loose 1st place….attempted to regain the lead and well…the video speaks for itself… not sure if he saw me make the move to the inside or not but im glad to have come out of it without incident…though I was not happy and came in second with fastest lap in class so gridded well for the enduro Enduro was great, kept a lead the entire time….then at the end after a double yellow got caught…and I mean CAUGHT in traffic…ended up a drag race out of turn 17 to the finish…I believe there was less than a half second between 1st 2nd and 3rd …I ended up taking First and was very happy. Car ran great all weekend which was great and then we loaded them all up for the trip back home