Monday, May 19, 2008
RYAN'S Race Report...in OUR Terms
Unlike triathlon where it’s every man for themselves when it comes to race start, cars have to qualify so they get seeded appropriately…they don’t get to just ‘say’ how fast they think they’ll go, in the event of a wave start. After qualifying and ending up 5th, they (Pinball - R&R Racing Team) knew their place and what it was going to take to survive and prevail in the Endurance Race on Sunday (90 minutes of high speed, high power action with a one pit-stop requirement). Not having the fastest car out there, they knew they had their work cut out for them. Ryan took the first leg of the ‘relay’ and picked off the competitors one by one until he looked ahead and there was no one in front of him. Hell yeah. So that he would not burn out his ‘legs’, he slowed down a touch. Still, he was able to remain in front. This is a feeling that I’m not familiar with! After ~45 minutes, he was called in to the pits, er, T1…or so he thought. Due to a miscommunication on the radio, the pit crew wasn’t looking for him. They were looking for the other team driver. After an additional minute in ‘T1,’ drivers were changed, fuel was added and Ryan felt like he’d been hit by a train, Robert took off. He was able to get the car back into third position which is where they ended – Third Overall and First in Class…that’s Third Overall and First in Age Group to us. So, not too shabby if I do say so myself - especially with a poor transition and one 'mechanical'. Oh, and nothing is broken, human or machine.