Seemed like a great weekend all around and sorry I missed it, but we had to move my daughter in this weekend into UT Chattanooga. Watching these races on race monitor is pretty exciting. Congratulations today to Preston Pardus on the win( his first majors win, as funny as that sounds after winning Indy, it is true) Todd Buras in P2 and Michael Carter in P3. Preston has been on a real tear lately, not finishing outside the top three in any SCCA races since winning the Runoffs...
Had absolutely no idea that this was his first Majors win, makes his win even more special.
In Race 1 I was smiling as Michael Carter was desperately trying to push Todd away from Preston, because they had shown throughout test day that if they stayed together they were unbeatable. After Michael got the win in Race 1 I said they would never let it happen again.
So it was even more amusing as I found myself behind Todd in Race 2 and while I was pushing him, he kept on pulling off to the right and pointing me by and I kept on shaking my head (while smiling). At one point he even almost stopped on the track with me behind him, but no matter how we tried, the Buras / Pardus team was JUST TOO COMMITTED, and thus just too strong. Congrats to both Pardus and Buras for showing just how team mates need to make this work on drafting tracks.
And I have to really give my Rossini teammate Michael Carter a shout out. Not because he turned 18 this weekend. Not because he whupped everyone in Race 1, but because, in Race 2 with two laps to go with him pushing me running 3rd and 4th, he missed shift out of T6 and I ended up gapping him, and Chris Haldeman got to his bumper, so coming out of T8 I was frantically dragging my brake, and the Carter/Haldeman duo were closing rapidly and I could read Michael's mind....... "Do I dump Steyn and go by with Chris, and suffer the consequences all year long, or do I do the right thing and pick Steyn up?"........ Well at the last moment after pulling too the right, he dropped back in, dragged his brake, and picked me up. Great job Michael. Of course now I have both Haldeman and Carter pushing and the 3 car train was running awfully fast into T1 and my geriatric brain forgot to process that I was going in way faster than I ever had, and I promptly overshot T2, fortunately coming back on in time to defend for T5.
Great shout out to all the guys who ran this weekend. Was drama free, high intensity racing, the stuff that makes Spec Miata so much fun.
Thanks to Tom Fowler and the entire OPM crew for the brand new build that was ultra competitive right out the box. Wish I was going to Sebring to show just how great this new car really is. Y'All have fun in Sebring!
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2018 SCCA Runoffs Champion, NASA Champion, Hoosier Super Tour Champion, June Sprints Winner
2016 June Sprints WInner, ARRC Winner, NASA Eastern States Championships Podium
2015 Eastern Conference Majors Champ, June Sprints Winner, ARRC Winner
2014 NASA Eastern States Championship Runner Up.
2013 SEDiv Driver of the Year, Eastern Conference Majors Champ, SEDiv National Champ, ARRC Winner, Runoffs Podium
2011 SEDiv Driver of the Year, SEDiv National Champ, ARRC Winner, Palm Tree Quad National Champ, SEDiv ECR Champ
2010 June Sprints Winner, ARRC Winner
2009 SARRC Champ, SEDiv ECR Champ, FES Champ
2008 SEDiv ECR Champ