Preparations have begun!
Preparations meaning -- finally getting around to fixing stuff we broke back in September.
But first, about the event.
Date: March 23-24, 2013
Location: Sonoma Raceway, formerly known as Infineon Raceway, and forever known as Sears Point Raceway.
- Thursday - Pack up and get to the track at around sunset, unpack and set up, ready for an early start on Friday.
- Friday - Tech inspection followed by BS inspection. We'll try to get this out of the way early. Drivers who are interested can then buy track time for practice.
- Saturday - Up early for final preparations, camera test, and the other work that goes into the switch from race-prep mode to race mode. Then there is the mandatory driver's meeting, then the track goes hot, then the green flag drops at about 9:30 AM. Racing stops for the day at 6 PM. After the car is in and we get everyone back to our pits we inspect everything, especially brakes and tires, and we deal with anything else that needs dealing with. Then we grab dinner in Petaluma and return to join the parties in the paddock.
- Sunday - Up early, short driver's meeting, green flag at 9:15 AM, racing ends at 5:30 PM. Awards ceremony at 5:30 PM, then we have to be out of there by 8 PM.
Here's how it has gone for us in the past.
2011 - heavy rain Friday night, more rain most of the day Saturday, clearing slightly towards the end of the day. Sunday was dry and fast. The car did OK, but it was backfiring and bogging like crazy. I was sure we were going to blow something off of it. People in the stands could hear it backfire from anywhere on track, making us easy to find. But the car survived and the team did great. No penalties. We battled a seasoned Volvo wagon team for 7 hours straight, then they blew up. We didn't, but Geoff did run out of gas on the last lap. We had to wait and get pushed in but we had a big lead on the next car and won our class. Plus, we won the IOE, the Index of Effluency, for a car they considered truly horrible, but still managed to do well.
2012 - Same weather as 2011, but much worse on Saturday. Visibility was horrible, Alan spun in the wet. Pretty much everyone spun, a lot, but Alan's was our only one. Later in the day Craig did somehow manage a 180 which he somehow corrected for, spinning it back around -180, all while maintaining forward momentum, and did not get a penalty. But after Alan's spin the car would not start. He got it rolling down the hill and bump started it. Wet electrics? Turned out the be the alternator, but we wouldn't know that until Monday. Zep squeezed another stint out of that battery before we swapped it for one we took from LT's car. After racing ended on Saturday we installed a new alternator and battery Alan had fetched from NAPA in Petaluma and we started Sunday on a fresh battery. It lasted about 5-6 hours. We swapped the original, freshly charged, back in and finished the race. Oh, we did do a tranny swap, and timed it at 32 minutes, including jacking.
2013 - TBA.