After a nice short 3 hour drive home, I now find myself sitting at the Detroit airport awaiting a flight. Finally ‘done’ with the driving, I’ve had some opportunity to decompress and think about the past week a bit. Once again, I had an absolutely awesome week driving around the country and visiting great race tracks with my Dad, and this year is good friend Stan. I wouldn’t have it any other way - this is the week I am always looking forward to.
Year number 7 for me (and 14 for Dan) ended with some success and desire to have done a bit better (isn’t that always the case?). I ran the skid pad earlier today; one that luckily stayed dry for the entire field. We saw records fall and overall positions change. Its amazing that after a week of racing, its down to the last few (and very short!) laps. Its also amazing what these ’street’ cars can do.
The M3 felt very balanced out on the skid pad, and I ran a personal best (and Schaut Speed Racing best) 0.995 g’s. JUST shy of that magic 1 g mark! Perhaps next year? But that is not the only record set. Catesby Jones set a new all time street-tire skid pad record. He ripped that Nissan GT-R around the 200 foot skid pad with a 1.120!!!!!
We went into the event 30 points ahead of Andy Hollis in his Honda CRX (with a Acura TSX drivetrain stuffed under the hood) and 35 points behind Jark Roush Jr. in one of the 2010 Roush RS3 Mustangs. Basically, to get into the top ten, I needed to run a time that put me 8 places in front of Jack, AND no more than 6 places behind Andy. The Honda had incredible potential, the Mustang an unknown…
As it turns out, my 0.995 g that put me in a 3-way tie for 16th, was better than the Mustang - but only by 4 places. So moving up was close, but not quite enough. And Andy ran a great couple of laps and was just shy of the old record. His run of 1.094 put him in 3rd overall, and moved him up to a spectacular 10th place overall finish. Congrats to those guys for a great run!
On to the awards ceremony, we were treated to some delicious BBQ chicken and steak. The drivers all mill around, sharing stories of the previous week, and most are already starting to talk about next year - me included
So in the end, the Schaut Speed Racing Active Autowerke supercharged BMW M3 finished with a solid 1st in class and 12th overall. As a surprise, BMW also sponsors a ‘Honored Marque’ award, and it was us that was called forward as the highest placing BMW! Sweet! I feel proud to be able to carry the Bavarian colors.
Over the next week, I’ll be taking some time to go through the rest of the MANY pictures I took during the event, and come up with some stories to go with them. Stay tuned here for the stories, and links to some of the track videos (once I figure out how to post them).
Until then, keep the dirty side down - I’ll be dreaming about 2012….