OLOA ‘12 - Day 1 - Events 1 and 2
The entire One Lap crew is chillin’ out at Autobahn, watching the members of this great track-based country club cruising around the track. In about 1 hour, we will make the parade that will become the sub-conscious habit as the week progresses. The event this afternoon will dictate the run order for the rest of the week, so a good solid performance is big here.
This morning, as every year, we started at the Tire Rack facility in South Bend, IN for the wet skid pad. A sprinkler-soaked 200ft circle of pavement that each driver makes 2 laps in each direction. Best lap time for each direction are averaged, and used to determine the lateral G forces the car and driver can achieve. I ran this event, managing to pull a 0.814g. This was good enough for 2nd in class and 19th overall. Top honors in class go to David Chow’s Supercharged E90 M3, with an 8th overall at 0.833 g’s. Treffert was 22nd in the #56 Porsche Panamara, LaFever in the #69 CTS-V was 52nd, Renner in the #12 M5 at 53rd, Dublers in the #48 CTS-V Wagon tied for 54th, The Baron in #8 E90 M3 in 59th and Scheimer in the #55 Audi S4 in 65th.
Event 2 was a bit of a different story. If you are a racer, I’m sure you’ve heard the adage of “Use ALL the track”. Well, sometimes you can use too much. Like when they have cones on the very edge of the track, next to the wall. Dan was behind the wheel, and was using as much of the track as he could. Unfortunately he used a bit too much on one lap and tagged one of those cones. The 10 second penalty dropped us to 8th in class, 70th overall. How close was he to the wall you ask? Well, check out the picture of the right side mirror. That is a fresh mark courtesy of the South Bend Motor Speedway…
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The #47 Four-Sevens BMW of Chow once again topped the Luxury sedan class with a solid 7th overall finish. Treffert wrestled that monstrous Porsche to a 13th overall. Followed up in class by the #12 M5 in 21st, #8 M3 in 24th, #69 in 33rd, #48 in 35th, #55 in 56th place.
As we sit waiting for the event to start here at Autobahn, we are 5th in class and 49th overall. We have some ground to make up, but should be able to move up the field quickly. Especially here at Autobahn where Dan will drive since he has spent a good amount of time here in his Spec Miata. More updates will come, hopefully tonight, on our way out to Mid-America. Stay tuned!