Time for a race weekend recap.
So lets begin with weight; WC added another 65lbs coming to a total of 180 extra lbs then the pre season weight. It seems the Mazda is the only car getting any kind of weight added this year...
First practice went well, I spoke to Kyle after the session and he told me that his transponder was not working so WC tried to stopwatch his time. He knew it was wrong and tried to correct it because his data only showed a 2:06 at best. This is why he wasn't shown on the live timing.
Second practice was pretty standard, I was getting more used to the track but, track conditions slowed the times down from first practice.
Qualifying was interesting, I pushed and felt comfortable with my time of a 2:05.3. I was holding pole until Davis and Palmer teamed up to get Davis the pole at a 2:05.2 and Palmer 3rd with a 2:05.4. Davis' pole meant he was now points leader. It was setting up to be a great race.
At the start of the race I fell back to 4th place, then worked back up to 3rd place. A caution came out due to a Fiesta going on his roof. On the restart I got by the Honda, and started a pursuit of Davis. It took me til the last lap that I caught him. I went for a pass in turn 7 and it didn't work, but it did slow down his exit speed. I went on the inside of him as we headed into a tight chicane. He reacted to my action and started pushing me over, I moved over as much as possible til my right side wheels hit the dirt. Even then he continued to move over and we went side by side through the dirt launching me on 2 wheels and him into some tires. I got out ahead of him and took the win.
It was a really simple race. I started 1st and stayed in front, TC cars slowed me a little bit, but not enough for Palmer to catch me.
My car passed tech completely. I wish I can say the same for some of the other drivers. Shea and PJ, both drivers in the Hondas were found illegal for not running restrictors. They were both dq'ed and fined 5000$.
WC somehow decided that it was my fault for the contact between me and Davis. Anyone who watches the race coverage says it was his fault for moving me over ino the dirt. I was penalized 30 points and put on probation.
The second penalty is a great one
After WC added all the weight we ran out of room to safely mount the weight on the passenger side. So we put 15 lbs in the spare tire location, we ARE ALLOWED to mount the spare back in the car. It weights 20+ lbs, WC decided to say that we are not allowed to mount an equal amount of weight in lead in that spot. So we assumed a fine would be given. We were half correct, WC decided to fine me 1000$ AND 50 points! 50 points for weight being mounted in the wrong spot!
Well sorry for the long post, and hope it clears some of this up. I look forward to Houston and trying to bring the championship home for Mazda.