This was my first time to Cal Speedway. I have never been that interested in running on a roval but after watching Danny's Daytona video and his enthusiasm for it, I was cautiously optimistic. Turned out to be a glorious weekend of 80F sunny skies and great racing! Pushing and being pushed through the banking at 120 was a ton of fun and I will definitely go back. It's a totally different kind of racing... maybe not so much about who is the best driver but we had a great scrap running between 3rd to 8th in the two races.
Thanks to Charlie Hayes from TFB who shared some video with me beforehand, I was able to pick up the track quickly and I started 6th and finished 5th both days. My qualifying laps Saturday morning were ruined by not running enough fuel and getting a stumble coming onto the front straight. Given the position swapping in the race, I don't think that really mattered and 6th was OK (5th on Sunday since Skeer fell ill). I don't know if it was motor or technique or a combination of both but I wasn't getting off the last corners as well and I lost the draft several times each race. I'd claw it back in the infield, especially with all of the dicing going on in front, and then wash, rinse, repeat. Overall I was happy with my performance, had a ton of fun, enjoyed some beers with friends old and new and the best part is I flew home so I didn't have to sit on (the) I5 for 7 hours. Thanks to TFB for the transport and support!
Shout outs to Drennan who was wheeling and to Charlie who drove from something like 24th in Sunday's race up into the top 5. We worked together for a couple of laps until he ran low on fuel (a common theme in our paddock apparently). He was dialed in and despite being in an old borrowed car, I bet he would have taken the third podium spot if he went the distance. Congrats to Sutherland for bringing out his new 99 and podiuming in his first weekend, also his first time at the track.
I ran front and back cameras and will grab my other memory card from the car when it's back this week. There was some entertaining moments out there that should make for good viewing.