2011 Day 4, Events 9-11 - Flying high can be such a drag!
Daytona results were posted by the time we arrived at Gainsville raceway for the drag races. My time was good for 7th overall, and 1st in class - this puts us in 10th overall and 1st in class going into the drags.
Drag racing has never been our strong suit during the One Lap, and this year was no exception. The track was fairly slick, and leaving the DSC on (BMW’s traction control) hindered acceleration in the first few gears dramatically, instead of helping just control wheel spin, for the low ET pass. Dan’s result was a 14.079 second quarter mile at 108 MPH. 38th place overall and 5th in class. Ouch. I think before we see a starting line like this again, we are going to go take a drag racing school….
The bracket drag didn’t go much better, as Dan was out in the first round when he ‘broke out’ by a mere 0.02 seconds. It was a tough race since Dan crossed the line only a few feet in front of his competitor - That race would have been a win of inches had Dan met his dial time. But at least a last place finish was a tie for 7th place overall; and all of the Luxury sedan class lost in the first round.
At the end of the up-and-down day, we held on to our 1st place class position and 11th overall.
Drag racing in general is pretty interesting in the vehicles that it tends to bring out. We found this car - just maybe the definition of ’sleeper’ - that belonged to someone who worked at the track. It may look unassuming from the outside, but under the hood…
This one was a late update due to the long transit drive last night, which I took the first 250 miles or so. Sleep was far more important than the blog after that, and rather unavoidable since I fell asleep shortly after we changed drivers. Luckily, a time change and later start today helped us keep an adequate amount of sleep. On to the next event!