To clarify Q1 for those not involved, the entire field entered the racing surface from pit lane and not directly from the grid like we did for Q2. The field proceeded around the track, many people scrubbing tires and not being overly aggressive. Everyone crossed the SF line to begin the first full lap on the racing surface and were all brought back down pit road before anyone could complete a full lap. Some missed the BFA and did get a full lap, but I believe their times were taken away. Like Danny, I too made the wrong call, went with wets and suffered a similar fate in hog pen. The entire field went back out after cleanup and was brought down pit lane for another BFA before anyone crossed the SF line. Officials threw the checkered flag with the field sitting on pit lane. A total of zero full laps on the racing surface were turned.
Despite acknowledging the facts about Q1 in the drivers meeting and saying officials would grid us for Q2 based on practice times, that was somehow forgotten. Q2 took place during a monsoon, and a vast majority of Q1 "out lap" times stood except for those of us who had offs. Although considerably slower, on their own, at least Q2 results (order) were somewhat more in line with what you'd expect the grid to look like. Despite the circumstances, officials gridded Race 1 based on combined Q1 and Q2 times, yielding a very mixed up grid. This was a HUGE risk given the conditions and we all got VERY lucky. Hands down the scariest race of my life starting in 51st. Well in advance of the race, I voiced my opinion to Steve Pence who claimed under the current GCR, there was nothing he could do to address the situation. I even asked if we could gather the group and discuss options and he refused to entertain that. While I recognize this particular situation is extremely rare, the precedent this sets for the Runoffs is one that encourages people to treat the out lap as a flying lap. We can all imagine the kinds of bad things that could happen should we find ourselves in a similar weather situation in October ( I wouldn't count on it being any better ).
As for my weekend, I drove my a$$ off in the wet and dry to do the best I could playing catch up - 51st to 12th and 19th to 4th. I got close on Sunday, but my weekend was essentially ruined in Q1.