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Monday, May 24, 2010

NASA Honda Challenge Willow Springs 5-2010

Greetings again my friends,
I have always had good news each race, and of course, I am mortal.It has been a tough weekend and will keep this report short and sweet.
Reaching the halfway point of the NASA Honda Challenge season,we stopped in Rosamond CA at Willow Springs raceway May 22-23rd.Normally a warm place being in the desert,it is sometimes known for snow in the winter and this race was a taste of the latter.Extreme winds,showers and very cool temps were in the area reminding us more of March than May.
Saturday's race was a good close race with many cars,though in the end few survived as a surprise tech inspection served disqualifications to several cars.Unfortunately I had my own car issues in the #64 H1 civic coupe,and could not capitalize on my competitors misfortune,since we did not start the race. Sunday I managed to get the car somewhat functional and went of for some practice and qualifying laps.After trying to adjust driving style to a dangerous front brake lockup issue from a poor pad selection,I chose to not race Sunday for safety reasons.
This weekend showed to me that making changes to the car and not testing prior to a race weekend can be a severe set-back.I also learned that a car and driver can hit a plateau and I am in need of a little push to get the car's development to the next level so I can get the seat time I need.
Hopefully we can sort things out for the next event at Buttonwillow Raceway park next race.
I want to thank all of my supporters and sponsors
Justin W.