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Jumping Into the Trans Am Series....TA2!!

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A fantastic first Trans Am Series Racing weekend at COTA! My pro racing debut! It was like drinking from a firehose! Finished P21 out of 32 in the #59 Manufacturing News Chevy Camaro, there’s a LOT of room for improvement...will be working on that for the next race...Daytona!! Thank you to Troy and Ed and Rick and Rick, Andy and Emrah of TRB Autosport and Cameron Lawrence for all the coaching!

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Oh yes!! Quite the unforgettable experience!! Ready to do it again!! It wore me out though...actually went to bed before 10 pm last night lol!!

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Next race: November 13 - 17, 2019

Daytona Trans Am is right at a month away...soooooo looking forward to that!!!! My FAVORITE track!!

Trans Am will be there along with the HSR for the Classic Daytona and Daytona Historics events - including the Classic 24 Hour!!
http://hsrrace.com/2019-events-page/2019-classic-daytona-daytona-historics/

Trans Am Racing Info (entry list, schedule, etc):
http://gotransam.com/events/Daytona-International-Speedway/12409

We (TA2) race at 11:25AM - 12:30PM on Saturday, November 16, 2019
(65 minutes, 100 miles or 40 laps)

Come out and watch the fun!!

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Thank you, Jose!!! I've been practicing on the SimCraft - still my favorite track - the banking, the hard braking - the SPEED!!!!

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Thank you! That is the plan...move forward!! The WX looks great, high in the 70s, low in the 60s...maybe a little bit of rain...but I've racing in the rain, even with that monster!!

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So...WOW...Daytona...my FAVORITE track!! I was 3+ seconds faster straight off the transporter compared to my last time there (2015 Runoffs). Such a big, beautiful, hold your throttle down all the way kind of track!! I got faster and faster every session. I also was facing some really serious / FAST competition! Remember, this is Trans Am! I ended up qualifying P17 out of 25. I knew that I'd move forward and make some passes in key areas...my braking and work in the infield are pretty good compared to even faster drivers. The Mustangs have more of an aero and engine advantage and that was pretty clear. The draft makes a huge difference too! So, I'd draft as much as I could. There ended up being FOUR full course yellows...so, restarts ended up being KEY! My first restart was OK, didn't gain, didn't lose...but didn't make any big moves either...well, the 2nd and 3rd restarts were MONSTROUS! As in, 2-3 cars passed....yahoo! There was a lot of chaos in front of me, on me, next to me, behind me, etc. during the race. Crazy fun! So...how did I finish? Well, that's a GREAT question!! A guy that turned into me during the race ended up getting some of his own carma (karma, get it?) a few laps later...it brought out the 4th FCY and the race was checkered...I got 10th!!! Woo hoo!! Top 10 at Daytona!!

Then, an even better bit of news...the winner was DQ'ed, as if he didn't even run....due to wing height being out of spec...so, we all moved up...P9!!

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I was going to make a joke about that grass up in there but jokes are rude.   

 

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LOL @ Lobstah!! Believe it or not...that's actually staying on track...and getting a snooter full of grass from the Bus Stop...it was full of grass, dirt, car parts, Lobstah bits, etc... LOL!!

Chaos in the Bus Stop...

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