Had a fun weekend up at Road America over the weekend. The attendance was probably the worst in years, but it was still a relatively relaxed and fun weekend.
Spec Miata was group last, which was weird because there was a lot of sitting around going on waiting for our sessions, and not our normal 8 AM sessions. This weekend my Dad and I had the pleasure of having Andy Devoto, and Senter Smith paddocked with us. Their families came too, and after a typical two 35 min session test day on Friday with no issues, we had dinner at Lake Street Cafe and rented a boat on Elkhart Lake and had a great evening.
Saturday, Dad and I went out and qualified 3rd/4th, and for the race, it was mostly a battle for myself to keep Kyle Greenhill and Voytek Burdzy from working together against me, but ultimately they got it done and Kyle was able to give Voytek a bump for the win at the line, and he nearly got me as well (0.002 seconds).
Saturday's Race can be seen here:
Saturday night we had a home cooked meal at the track with our Sneaky Moose gang, and then later went with the Advanced Autosports gang to Siebkins where they put Dave Wheeler's sticker up on the wall next to the Advanced Autosports sticker, and Ann's sticker. It was again a nice night, and was a great example of how this CAT weekend has always seemed to be a more laid back weekend.
Sunday, my Dad and I went out for qualifying with Senter and Andy and had a great time having a four car train around Road America. Senter and Andy improved their best times by almost two seconds, and it helped move them up into 4rd and 6th for the race start.
The race got off to a rough start IMO, I had contact with Kyle Greenhill exiting turn 3. Going into the corner he was on my outside, but going through the corner I thought I had the better run, and when checking my mirror I believed he was slightly behind me, and that we would both make the corner, but then our wheels touched and caused us to almost lock into each other. Thankfully, we both continued, and Kyle was able to nicely recover. The race from there had a lot of passes and action, with multiple lead changes. At some point I ended up in front and had a gap over Voytek, but he was able to catch me back up, and we fought it out for the last four laps-ish back and forth. Ultimately, the race came to an unexpected end and Voytek took the checkered, with me second, Dad third. Senter and Andy took 5th and 6th with nice drives from both of them as well. Disappointed in the end result for myself, but I learned some more and will use it in the future.
Sunday's Video can be seen here:
Hopefully, next year with the Runoffs being at Road America, the attendance will be much better... I'm looking forward to it already.