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Live Timing showed Andrew Carbonnell won, with Tom Sager 2nd and Bruce Andersen Jr in 3rd. Lap times were in the low 47s, maybe due to the 95 degree temps.

Looked like Tom was running close with the BSI guys all race. Maybe someone will write a race report for those of us who could not be there.
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Just got home. Here's an update from memory. Yes, it was seriously hot today and yesterday for Q2 but the Florida crew seemed to take it in stride. Mid-90's when we went to the grid for the race with the sun a blazing. The track felt petty greasy to me and the smaller field lacked the big draft trains we normally see. Today It looked to me like the pavement in turn 6 and 8 is coming apart some. Times were best in Q1 but not many that I saw got draft benefit.

At the start I was caught snoozing just a bit and Pat McGinnis got by on the right and attached himself to Carbonell's bumper right away and the 2 of them had some good bump drafting going for a few stretches of the race. Bruce Andersen II got a very good start and was 4th by turn 5. He and I weren't able to hook up. We battled some but the front 2 did not really get away. I was able to close on the front 2 and Andersen was right there also. I got by McGinnis entering turn 8 and he and I both were able to close up on Carbonell. Later I gave the spot back after missing a shift in the carousel. My shifter just kinda locked up for several seconds and was OK after that. McGinnis resumed bump drafting with Carbonell. With about 5 laps to go we had a yellow flag from the start finish line through the exit of turn one which lasted for the duration of the race. Another class car in the kitty litter. The first time through Andersen got slowed and lost touch with us a bit. On 2 of the remaining laps I had a good head of steam up the pit straight and had to lift due to the yellow. One of those was a particularly good passing opportunity. On another lap I found myself pushing McGinnis instead of passing due to the yellow. On another lap the leading AS was lapping us there and stood on the brakes before the flagstand and ducked in between me and McGinnis like it was Chicago rush hour in a construction zone. Crazy. I got by McGinnis again in 8 but the pass separated us from Carbonell. McGinnis made a brave move on me in Canada Corner on the last lap but went off the track in the process.

Another very hot weekend but it was fun other than that. Met some of the BSI guys for the first time. A good bunch. Air/Fuel seemed tricky to get just right all weekend. Even though conditions seemed the same for a couple sessions, adjustments for me didn't always give the expected results. Not too much tech other than track width (that's a first that I've seen), fuel and weight. Dave Wheeler cheerfully swapped my recalled DForce wheels with replacements.

Top 5 from memory were:

Carbonell
Sager
Andersen II
Andersen the elder
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Young Bruce has never liked being called "Bruce Jr". I can't imagine his dad will like being called "The Elder" :spin: :spin: :spin:

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Hot but dry weekend, better than rain any day. The race was fun, but not that many passes up front. Carbonell ran a very consistent race and led for all of it (or most of it). McGinnis ran a great race as well and worked with Carbonell. I feel bad that he was not able to at least keep 3rd place as he deserved it. Sager ran well and was always in contention as well. I on the other hand ran good in the beginning, then poorly in the middle, but was able to catch back up with the lead 3 on the last lap after Sager passed in turn 8. As we came out of the kink, both McGinnis and myself had good pulls and both of us were of course thinking about passing, McGinnis tried an outside pass in 12 and I stayed inside and pulled up behind Sager. The outside pass did not work out and I was able to finish 3rd.

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-if you ever go wide coming out of the carousel there is some kind of dust bowl that is like a bomb went off if you go through it. I could not see anything from inside the car and the outside of the car is still covered. The air filter was caked with dust.
-8 groups and a single race makes for a long day
-Once you run with a cool suit going back is tough (mine of course broke during a warm weekend).
-I am beginning to like the nickname 'jr'

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Still liked "Deuce" but whatever. Wish I could have been there!
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Tracy,

This was the second weekend in a row that we paddocked next to someone who knew you. It was a quiet weekend, would have been good to have you around.

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Young Bruce has never liked being called "Bruce Jr". I can't imagine his dad will like being called "The Elder" :spin: :spin: :spin:


Elder as in elder statesman, wiser or more senior.
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Elder as in elder statesman, wiser or more senior.


Or, elder as in statesman, wiser or more mature. Mature doesn't sound so old as does senior. :scratchchin: Tom, your also getting there.:duck:

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Or, elder as in statesman, wiser or more mature. Mature doesn't sound so old as does senior. :scratchchin: Tom, your also getting there. :duck:


I know. I think it's time that we create a Spec Miata Seniors class for over 50. It's hard to compete with guys like Carbonell who can not only drive but have movie star good looks, fancy driver's suits and upside that I dreamed about 25 years ago.
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Tom and Bruce - Thanks for the reports - wish I had been there.

Tom I was going to "Like" your post above then remembered that even in the over 50's class, there are plenty of us with movie star looks, fancy drivers suits and even mode upside still waiting for us. Was specifically thinking of my new hero, grandpa Pat Sandlin!!! Noting better than mixing it up with the younger drivers and still kicking butt. Motorsport is one of the ONLY places that you can race straight-up with someone 30 or 40 years your junior, and still give them a run for their money.....

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Tom I was going to "Like" your post above


Drago did a "like" to Tom's post, but then he wanted a Spec Miata over 40 class two or three years ago. :bigsquaregrin:
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Drago did a "like" to Tom's post, but then he wanted a Spec Miata over 40 class two or three years ago. :bigsquaregrin:


another 4 years and I will be in the 50 and up :)

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I know. I think it's time that we create a Spec Miata Seniors class for over 50. It's hard to compete with guys like Carbonell who can not only drive but have movie star good looks, fancy driver's suits and upside that I dreamed about 25 years ago.


Don't forget the Miami charm ;)

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Sorry I missed it. Sounds like it was fun except for the heat and schedule. I have to admit, doubles have spoiled me. Going up there or any distance for one race and a lot of waiting is hard to do. Congrats to Andrew on the win , Tom and Bruce as well. Pat is a friend and customer, good to see him running at the front, Congrats to Andrew, Tom and Dale Jr.! :)
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