Really fun weekend in my home state of MI.
Some very exciting and close racing all weekend, but especially Saturday.
Huge thanks to Kyle and Derek for letting me run the Caveman/AtoZ Lawn backup car to get my third Majors weekend in so I could qualify for the Runoffs. Especially liked the custom "Cavelamb" and goat (Lamb-ish according to Kyle) decals.
Congrats to Hille, Kicera, Novak for their respective accomplishments - good to see good people doing good things.
I appreciate the Majors staff and the event staff for listening to our concerns over the track layout and making suitable changes overnight for the official SCCA sessions.
Saturday tech consisted of fuel and restrictor plates.
Sunday tech consisted of...well we don't really know. I have a huge issue with this. The head of tech David Kettler was extremely uncooperative during the tech process. Novak (1st) and myself (3rd) were asked to bring our cars into the garage and put them up on jack stands. The overall attitude was offputting and accusatory. I asked what was being teched and was told the exhaust and "other stuff". I asked what the other stuff was and was told it was on a list and that I could not see the list. This felt a little wrong to me, so I approached the series chief steward Costa Dunias who gave me the runaround, at which point Kettler denied telling me I was not allowed to see the list (I never did see it, BTW).
So I deferred to the actual tech process, at which point I was under the impression we were allowed as driver/entrant to observe. When Kettler crawled out from underneath the car I again asked what was being teched. He again was very uncooperative and refused to give any specific information. He then proceeded to look under the hood and again I asked what he was teching and he said he was just "looking things over". So again I approached Dunias and was again given the runaround about the "list". I had a lengthy discussion with Kettler about what was being teched (he gave very vague answers like "suspension" and "exhaust" but no specifics). I asked why we weren't whistling engines or pulling heads to do any meaningful tech (not that anyone was suspected of being out of compliance), and he said he didn't have the authority to request such things. WHAT? I've been through a lot of tech over the years, and this was by far the biggest farce I've witnessed. Extremely disappointed in the attitude and lack of transparency.
Aside from that, it was a lot of fun and although not a race I would have otherwise participated in, I may just have to add this to the 2016 schedule.
Full disclosure: SMAC chairman, my opinions do not reflect anything to do with the SMAC unless specifically stated.
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