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Beaverun National this past Sunday; sorry for the delay in "reporting" what happened.

I qualified 3rd behind Freddy Baker in a Porsche 911 GT3 and Andrew Aquilante in a C6 Vette. I felt pretty good about this as both are extremely talented drivers (Fred one the Run Offs at least twice, was second last year; AJ will win a few before it is all said and done).

The start was fairly clean, with AJ getting ahead of Fred going into the sharp left hand turn at the end of the front straight. Going side by side the two touched a bit, and with the next turn being a right hander, AJ had and kept the advantage to take the lead. I experienced a weak brake pedal going into that first turn, but completed the first lap with no issues.

Lap Two I was passed by Bob Kahn (the guy who punted me off at Nelson Ledges!) because I entered the turn very conservatively due to the weak brake pedal. As soon as I fell to 4th, within 100 feet Freddy Baker spun behind AJ, and Voila! I am back in 3rd.

At the end of the back straight I try to outbrake Bob to get back to my "rightful" 2nd place position, but overcooked it a bit and locked up my tires. I was took afterwards that the plume of smoke was very large and impressive, but not desirable! I ultimately flat-spotted my right front tire (second race in a row), so all I could do was hang on and hope for the best.

Bob and I were nose-to-tail for the next 27 laps; sometimes he was as much as 5 car-lengths ahead of me, sometimes are little as coats of paint away... :eek: Good clean racing and lots of fun.

Freddy eventually passed me, then Bob, then spun again right in front of me. This was between Turns Three and Four (I think) caused a a big dust cloud to blind me. I just hit the brake and prayed. If I would have been more agressive I would have drove by him and taken (and likely kept) 3rd place back. But I took the cautious/conservative approach and used the brake pedal.

I finished 4th, no shame in that. When I got the the pits after the race, Reed Kryder inspected the tires. He told me over the radio (after looking them over) that I should be proud of finishing where I did considering the condition of the right front tire. It was flat spotted all the way through the steel belts...I was effectively racing on 3 tires, and still kept up with those guys ahead of me.

After discussing it with others, though, I was embellished (that's my big word for the day) for taking the risk that I did racing on that tire. I could have crashed the car if the tire lost air, chancing wrecking it, hurting myself, or hurting another driver of corner worker. I need to file this experience away for another day and remember it. I got away with one this time.

The right front wheel bearing went away, so I don't know if it caused the ABS to fail or vice versa. I am having the ABS checked out at this time.

Humorous note: the vibration in the car caused by the flat-spot tire shook the inside rearview mirror off its mount three times during the race. I was laughing at myself racing up the front straight trying to remount the mirror. I was successful everytime, but geez, it'd be nice to be doing something a bit more constructive at the time!

No damage to the car, other than the tire and wheel bearing, so all is good. Next race: Watkins Glen July 8th and 9th.

See you there! DMP
 

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Nice write up David. Next time you see Reed tell him Lonnie said hello. I ran the Open Track Challenge 2 years in a row against Reed. He is great in the ZR1 his buddy Russ has. He was always very friendly and helpful.
 

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Weak brake pedal, flat spotted tire, cars spinning in clouds of dust, mirrors falling off... oh, hum... another "boring" race for David. :lol:

Congrats on bringing the car home in one piece and finishing a solid 4th against a tough crowd. Thanks for sharing the race with us. :cheers:
 

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Weak brake pedal, flat spotted tire, cars spinning in clouds of dust, mirrors falling off... oh, hum... another "boring" race for David.
Brad, you must admit, I get my money's worth out of every race! Geez, it would be nice to get "short changed" once in a while. :roll:
 

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David Pintaric said:
Brad, you must admit, I get my money's worth out of every race! Geez, it would be nice to get "short changed" once in a while. :roll:
:lol:

I figured out how to decipher your link and found the photo. :eek:

But, the linked photo is very small. I snagged it into photshop to enlarge it, but the quality was too poor to bother posting. If you email me the pic, I'll upload it for you. :cheers:
 

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This is my flat spotted tire:





This is the start of race (photos courtesy of my daughter):

 

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Below is my lap times (as per Mylaps.com). I am impressed with myself considering the condition of the tire I drove on (I destroyed it on Lap Three):

Lap Lead Lap Tm Gap Diff Speed
1 1 1:06.317 3.362 83.056
2 2 1:03.682 -2.635 0.727 86.492
3 3 1:02.955 -0.727 Best lap 87.491
4 4 1:03.265 0.310 0.310 87.062
5 5 1:03.091 -0.174 0.136 87.302
6 6 1:04.149 1.058 1.194 85.863
7 7 1:05.601 1.452 2.646 83.962
8 8 1:04.119 -1.482 1.164 85.903
9 9 1:05.451 1.332 2.496 84.155
10 10 1:03.507 -1.944 0.552 86.731
11 11 1:03.347 -0.160 0.392 86.950
12 12 1:04.199 0.852 1.244 85.796
13 13 1:05.118 0.919 2.163 84.585
14 14 1:05.615 0.497 2.660 83.944
15 15 1:05.997 0.382 3.042 83.458
16 16 1:03.407 -2.590 0.452 86.867
17 17 1:03.573 0.166 0.618 86.641
18 18 1:05.469 1.896 2.514 84.131
19 19 1:04.304 -1.165 1.349 85.656
20 20 1:04.814 0.510 1.859 84.982
21 21 1:05.533 0.719 2.578 84.049
22 22 1:05.377 -0.156 2.422 84.250
23 23 1:05.292 -0.085 2.337 84.359
24 24 1:05.181 -0.111 2.226 84.503
25 25 1:05.057 -0.124 2.102 84.664
26 26 1:05.983 0.926 3.028 83.476
27 27 1:06.154 0.171 3.199 83.260
28 28 1:09.518 3.364 6.563 79.231
29 29 1:05.139 -4.379 2.184 84.558
30 30 1:04.816 -0.323 1.861 84.979

Traffic really limited "clean" laps.
 

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Good driving David. Thank goodness for ABS. It is worth its dollars in ruined tires on the track.

;) ;) ;)
 

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Thank goodness for ABS. It is worth its dollars in ruined tires on the track.
Ah, I am not sure if you caught the fact that my ABS went out right from the "git go." Driving these beasts without it is a handful, and expensive on tires.
 

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David,

Good job!

:usa:
 
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