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 Post subject: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 1:55 pm 
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With all the cars and disparity of speed it was a wild couple of races. Now I know what Scott and Sean go thru!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 2:39 pm 
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:shock: :? :|

Hope you had a great race Mike. Can't wait to se the vids and hopefully learn something....

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 3:36 pm 
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There were about ~54 cars on the track (quite a bit for putnam). GTS-2 was the fast class with a big range of lap times. I was chasing a car while being chased. This was the case of most of the race. While this was going on we were trying to work thru all of the slower traffic. You had to push at every spot or risk getting passed or loosing touch with the car ahead. I will see if I can get some video posted.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:50 pm 
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mikew968 wrote:
There were about ~54 cars on the track (quite a bit for putnam). GTS-2 was the fast class with a big range of lap times. I was chasing a car while being chased. This was the case of most of the race. While this was going on we were trying to work thru all of the slower traffic. You had to push at every spot or risk getting passed or loosing touch with the car ahead. I will see if I can get some video posted.

Mike


Hey Mike,

Welcome to our world. Wonder why we are always pushing hard to get through traffic and stay in touch with each other. Those holes close up in a hurry, don't they :D Believe me the other group wasn't much better, actually a bit tougher at times, especially those roadster's and they have 4 mirrors.... :shock: . I'll take an all GTS run group any time.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2008 4:58 pm 
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I agree with 3 run groups and an all GTS group. I think having to work thru traffic does improve your race craft!! I think I will watch my mirrors more when you guys are on the track!!!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 2:39 am 
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Good seeing everyone. The GTS2 battles were great. I must say the A/Lighting race group did a nice job considering the number of cars on track. From the sidelines it looked like everyone was heads up and mindful of what racing was going on in front and behind them.

My race was pretty clean assisted by the great accelleration of the two cars ahead of me on the start. Overall, the Saturday B/Thunder race was less than pretty. Lots of yellows, blocking, and carnage. It only takes a couple mistakes/bad decisions to really screw up a fellow racers weekend. I'm looking forward to being back among the GTS field where the racing is fast and clean dispite vast differences in lap times.

See all y'all in at Mid-OH!
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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 4:51 am 
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I agree with having all the GTS cars in the same field and really enjoy running with the GTS3 cars on track. I will say I learned a lot this past weekend and can now understand why at times it seems like the fast 3 cars are making risky passes often. I found myself doing the same thing over and over with the Miatas, because if I didn't, there was a fast GTS2 guy right on my tail ready to make the same pass. All that said, I did enjoy running with the Miatas and think as a group they are excellent racers and we all coexisted just fine. It was a very fun weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 6:02 am 
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Brad Waite wrote:
I agree with having all the GTS cars in the same field and really enjoy running with the GTS3 cars on track. I will say I learned a lot this past weekend and can now understand why at times it seems like the fast 3 cars are making risky passes often. I found myself doing the same thing over and over with the Miatas, because if I didn't, there was a fast GTS2 guy right on my tail ready to make the same pass. All that said, I did enjoy running with the Miatas and think as a group they are excellent racers and we all coexisted just fine. It was a very fun weekend.

Brad

I was a few seconds off the GTS2 pace, so I found myself in the Miata pack. Some good tough racing, though I did get a SM sandwich at one point (and have the damage to prove it!). But the SM racer that caused the incident came up after the race and apologized, which I was already cool with anyway. A good bunch, though I'd be happy just the same to be quicker and racing in my own class :oops:

I hope to post the vid in the next day or two.

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
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I thought it was great racing with the Miatas. Considering how close their racing is, it's amazing how aware they all seem to be of faster traffic approaching from behind.

I know I had many instances over the weekend where I passed a Miata who was, in turn, passing somebody else and in almost every case they did it in a way that worked for both of us without costing either much speed or momentum.

Thanks to everybody at NASA for a terrific weekend!

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 Post subject: Re: Wild weekend
PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2008 7:24 pm 
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I had a blast battling it out with Mike and Carl (thanks for the excitement). I can now fully appreciate what it is like to be in the fastest group on track- working through traffic while maintaining your race. I definitely grew up a little this past weekend. One step closer to my big boy undies. Hope to see you all @ Grattan. It will be good times. :)

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