Honda Challenge Auto Club 8-1/2-09
Greetings again my friends,
This past weekend Aug. 1st and 2nd was the final leg of the summer portion of the NASA So Cal schedule which was held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California.Friday was a test and tune event where we could dial in the car and I could get acquainted with my racing lines again.The car was running strong and I had a good feeling about the racing Saturday.
Morning practice Saturday was fun,especially when I was atop of the lap time chart with my #64 civic at the end.I managed my best lap times to date at this track and was very happy with a 1:57.3.I qualified 4th however with a 1:58.6 and began to plan a strategy for my race.Saturdays rolling start was close and I was able to push to 3rd overall position after a few laps.After maintaining a steady pace I caught and passed for 2nd overall out of 22 cars and when the checked fell that's where I ended up and also 2nd in my class to my Mentor Jeff Owen from Special Projects Motor sports.One of my best drives of the year!
With the result from Saturday,I had high hopes of doing the same Sunday.I qualified 6th and from the standing start I jumped to 5th.Keeping up close in the draft with the top 4, I was gaining momentum to gain 4th.Suddenly on the back infield straight,my car lost power and I coasted to a stop.I did manage to idle into the pits and retired with a failed Throttle position sensor.My only DNF of the year so far.The second time at this track this year,so we think it is from radiator heat and will fix the issue.Thanks to Church Automotive testing for giving me great power,and thanks to The Progress group for finally nailing my shock settings for my new setup. Great work!
I hope to continue with my progression in driving and hopefully I can get a few more wins before season ends in November.I want to thank all of my sponsors and friends for your support and to all who read this.Thanks!!