Sunday, May 29, 2022

Heartland Park Grand Prix Course

Heartland Park was another wet day.  I was pleased with my finishes but would have liked to do even better.  As usual we had a morning event and an afternoon event then we were supposed to do two Drag events but because of the rain they cancelled the Drags and we were able to get a head start on our 518 mile trip up to Putnam Park in southwest Indiana.  

IF IT'S HALLETT IT MUST BE WEDNESDAY



If it's Hallett it must be Wednesday. We kind of lose track of the days so we just look at the schedule to see where we are and what day it is;^) It was a rainy day at Hallett and very slippery, slid a good bit but never went off track and did pretty good. After the afternoon session we headed up to Kansas to Heartland Park Grand Prix Course. On the drive to Kansas we had tornado watches and warnings and some tremendous downpours of rain. Fortunately we never saw any tornados.

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK


Tuesday was at the famous Barber Motorsports Park.  But before I went out to the track I found a Tire store that was able to replace my tire pressure monitors and got my car back to normal.  Had a decent run at Barber,
when we completed the afternoon session at Barber we started on the longest transit of the week, 700  miles to Oklahoma where we would run at Hallett the next day.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

CAROLINA MOTORSPORTS PARK




Monday we ran on  the Carolina Motorsports Park National Standard Track,  just did ok, not great, since I had pulled the fuse on the ABS/traction control system because the system was fighting me on track with the failed tire pressure monitor.  After finishing as Carolina we were off to Lanier Speedplex paved oval near Atlanta only 248 miles away.  Decent run there then off to Birmingham, Alabama 238 more miles west to run at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday.  Got in at a reasonable time and got some much needed sleep. 


Thursday, May 12, 2022

NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY ROVAL

 After Wet Skid Pad Competition and an Autocross on the runways of Grissom Air Force Base in Peru Indiana we headed 366 miles south to the Nashville Superspeedway Roval.  I have not been here and on my reconnaissance lap I ran off into the grass in the infield.  Usually that would not be too big a deal, but they had installed a sidewalk for workers to walk out to the track area and did not tapper the ground next to it.  I hit that concrete edge and damaged two tires.  After changing to my spare tires one of the tire pressure monitors didn't work and when I went out on my qualifying lap the ABS system kept fighting me and slowed down my effort big time.  Unable to fix the tire pressure monitor I finally removed the fuse from the system to disable the ABS/traction control and things worked much better for my afternoon run.  Hopefully the rest of the week will be better.  Now we are off to Carolina Motorsports Park only 438 miles away. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

WET SKID PAD

 Good start to the week, did real well on the Wet Skid Pad Competition. Now we are off to Grissom Air Force Base 82 miles south.  After an autocross on the runways at Grissom we then we will drive 366 miles to the Nashville Super Speedway where we will run the  road course on Sunday.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Thank You to our Sponsors

 Thank You, to our sponsors.  With their help I am able to participate in this years One Lap of America.  Thank you to, Whitmoyer Auto Group, Top of the Line Roofing,  Krunch Kritters Spray and Body Shop, Dan Butz Cornwell Tools, Lancaster County Corvette Club, Two Cousin's Pizza and Italian Restaurant in Mount Joy, Where and When-Pennsylvania and Barton Signs & Apparel of Elizabethtown.


As previously announced, this year my Transit Driver will be fellow car enthusiast Gary "Duck" Drake from the Cincinnati area.  Duck and I will share the highway driving and I will do all the competitive driving when we compete at each of the tracks. This year we will race on 6 different road course tracks, one Oval track, do 2 skid pad competitions, one Autocross and 2 drag events.  The event is about 3100 miles but with my trip to the start in South Bend Indiana and then home I will put on almost 4,500 miles. 

This is such an amazing world class event that I wanted to use it to do some community good and decided several years ago to raise money for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition.  Our accumulated total to date is over $40,000 raised for a great cause.  A Donation of $20 or more gets your name on the car  and you can ride along vicariously;^)  You can also put a name on in Memory or in Honor of someone.  For those interested in donating and getting your name on a sticker on the car please stop in at West Main Auto in Mount Joy or see Duck or me, (make all checks payable to PBCC or Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition).  You can also mail me a check at West Main Auto 14 W. Main St. Mount Joy, Pa. 17552.  If it is more convenient just go to https://www.pabreastcancer.org/one-lap-of-america/  and you can donate using your credit card.  The Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition is a great resource and represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.  The PBCC is a statewide non-profit organization that creates the hope of a brighter tomorrow by providing action and information for women with breast cancer today.   Thank you,  Jim Roberts