So this ACS weekend was a challenging one for me. Bench, you will be happy to know that this mid pack mechanic destroyed a brand new rebuild. It didn't make but 3 laps on Sat practice before it was gone. It was 100% my fault. Very tired and rushing the build, I missed something that caused me to loose the harmonic balancer and the alternator belt. Without the timing gear being held in place after sheering the woodruff key, the exhaust valves crashed into the pistons.
The weekend was challenging for others too as you all know by now. This was one of the largest fields SOCAL has seen for a regional race with the addition of 15 or so TMC drivers joining us for the race. The sheer volume of cars brought challenges to the drivers.
The weekend also brought a surprise to me. I was offered and I accepted a role with the Teen Mazda Challenge. I will act as the West Coast TMC liaison to NASA. The primary purpose of the role is to interface with NASA as much as possible to provide a positive experience for the TMC drivers, the local regional drivers, and the two West Coast NASA regions. Secondarily I see it as part of my role to ensure that the TMC drivers are able to concentrate on driving and competing by being organized, prepared, and aware of the aspects of the regions and tracks we will be racing at. It is an honor to be involved with the Teen Mazda Challenge and I hope through my actions I earn the respect of NASA, Mazda, the TMC organization, and most importantly to me, the young men and women TMC drivers. I will do my very best not to let you all down.