|Chilling, waiting for the next session to start|
This weekend was a blast!!! I am still pumped up and riding the high!
Saturday stared out a bit chaotic, I didn't hear the announcement for HPDE 2 & 3, so I was rushing to get to grid. All the cars were already out on the track. I didn't know what to expect. But I immediately felt out of my league when I see within seconds of being on the track Porsche after Porsche were on my buns. I learned quickly that there were some ridiculously high powered vehicles in this group. Whenever I would take my eyes off of my side view mirror because I didn't see anyone behind me all of a sudden it was like a Porsche was transported right behind me. I am not going to lie, it made really anxious, and I felt like I was the Miata of the group. I let it mess with my head thinking I have to be as fast as them. I was pushing the car harder and harder until the car bit back and said NAY. I ended up off track in a mud puddle but still somewhat facing the right way. That made me realize that it’s okay to be the slow car, let them pass, continue driving how I have been driving. Let it go.
Second session on the track I was driving awesome…until…I saw a white flag out on track. I had NO CLUE what in the hell the white flag meant. I thought, “Oh, maybe it’s the flag where you slow down and no passing is allowed. No wait I thought that was the yellow flag. No it can’t be. I’ll just stay behind this Subaru.” Then I didn't see the white flag anymore and didn't know what to do. I decided to follow this slow Subaru around the track. That’s when I saw this huge train of cars behind me, 12 cars, going about 20 MPH around the track. I was like oh crap I think I just messed up everyone’s lap. I drive off into the pits, still following the Subaru. Talk to the steward and learned that the white flag just means slow car on track. Doh! I felt so stupid for not knowing that. Now I laugh at the incident, although I don’t think my peers feel the same way. The HPDE Director said it was THE strangest thing he has ever seen on the track. Later in the day it started to rain pretty hard and into Sunday morning.
|After racing in the rain|
The first two sessions on Sunday were awesome, I love racing in the rain! It taught me to be smooth, calm, and patient. I am not as greedy to go faster and push harder. I kind of wish it could rain all the time to continue to learn from the rain. I know it sounds crazy to some; a lot of people avoid it like the plague. But I REALLY encourage everyone to get as much seat time in the rain, it will improve your driving skills tremendously. I did really good on Sunday only went off the track on corner 7 aka “Devil”. I took the corner WAY too fast and didn't brake early enough. In the last session I was behind Allie from Lyfe Motorsports. She drove a maroon Chevy Cobalt SS. She was pretty good and I had one hell of a time trying to pass her. It was fun chasing her around and seeing where she was faster than me and where I was faster than her. After 3 laps around I had enough chasing her and set up to pass her on turn 10 (West). I had to put my car into second gear to get enough boost to pass her on the straightway. I usually take that turn in 3rd gear and slowly let the boost build up in the straight away but her car had way more boost then mine to continue doing that.
After I was done and putting my things back into the trunk, the HPDE Director came up to me. He wanted to write some notes into my NASA HPDE Passport. (It is how NASA keeps track of your racing progress.) He said to send him an email before the next race to remind him to have someone ride with me to sign me off to HPDE 3!!!! OMG!!! I was speechless. Maybe I am meant to race.
|After the rain cleared up it ended up being a beautiful day to race|
The following are stats from this weekend's session: