The team has been looking forward to racing at Toledo for some time now. It is one of the fastest tracks in the area, and we would be able to stretch the ole legs a tad. Well, yeah, wow – fast track. It actually “feels” a bit fast, however the banking is more pronounced than from the stands. It is also very drivable in that you can change lines as a result.
The thing that stunk was once you “got out” for practice you could not get back in to pits. In other words, we were stuck in the infield, on the infield pit road, and could not make any adjustments. We went out for the first session and we were bottoming out something fierce. But we could not do anything at the time.
Since we are required to run scuffs, the 2nd (and last) session was close to useless – we did a few laps and then parked it to avoid ruining the new sneakers. We were admittedly way off the pace, over a half second from even being close to the invert.
For time trials we found a bunch of speed – about 0.4 seconds. The bad thing was we needed 0.49 to make the invert (as well as move up 7 spots – that’s how close it was). So we timed 16th and started 16th. The race was brutal, with many yellows and two red flags. We showed decent speed, and passed a few cars while keeping up with the 2nd pack. We would not have been able to hang with the top 3, but we were in the midst of the battle from about 7th back. Here is a picture of us on the inside, courtesy of R&S Racing Photos.
We ended up finishing 12th. An extra practice session sure would have helped a lot. Speaking of practice, we are off to Auto City on Friday the 8th so as to turn some laps prior to the race on Saturday the 9th. Thankfully the temperature will drop from then to Saturday (expected highs in the 90′s on Friday), but that is mainly due to the forecast of the r-word. We are hopeful we will get it in, as our season has already lost 25% of itself!