Auto Club NASA Honda Challenge 7-31/8-1-2010
Greetings to all,
Another update from the JW Racing camp. This past weekend at Auto Club raceway in Fontana,Ca was the final NASA So Cal event before the Nationals at Miller motorsports park in Utah next month,and was a good chance to make sure our car was solid. This was the first complete weekend we had since I converted my #64 civic coupe to the H2 class and the summer weather was on par with temps in the 90's.
Saturday was a good run for me qualifying 4th and I would likely have finished there,however a rare black flag stopped the race mid way.While stopped in hot pit lane,I was discouraged by tons of oil and dirt accumulating on my windshield.Not sure if it was my car of the car ahead of me,I chose to be safe and pull off and into the garage to examine my car.It turns out it was the car ahead of me and I could have finished the race once the black flag condition ended.Bad break and a lesson learned.
Sunday I qualified 5th after a heated qualifying race, with the top 5 H2 cars all with in about 2/100ths of a second! In the main event I got a great start and unfortunately got slowed up by a car from another class which set me back a few seconds.Since the top 5 were so close in speed,it was nearly impossible for me to make up the gap I lost.Just a 1/4 mile away from the pack I could not catch the draft which is very important at Auto Club.Thus in the end I had the same gap and in 5th position behind Winner Edik Stepanyan,2nd Steph Papadakis,and 3rd Greg Neuwirth.
I am very happy about my conversion to H2 and the closer racing is much more fun and I am learning even more.I hope to be able to still make it to the Nationals at Miller and show what I can do.The car is competitive and as long as I do my job and wheel her to the front,we should be good!
Thanks to Password:JDM for the Blog,and thanks to all of my sponsors who are great supporters of my program.You know your roles and I am grateful.
Untill next time, Cheers