Thursday, December 20, 2012
Chumpcar "Chumpionship" Nationals - Pt 2
Upon arriving at the track Friday afternoon, I got a look at the car we'd be piloting. It was a 1983 BMW 635 with ~240hp when new. It's been traded around STL a few times with varying paint jobs and names but 'Dark Shark Racing' and Chumpcar has been it's home for awhile.
I got a chance to sit in the car and even take a lap around the parking lot! Just enough time to acclimate myself with the clutch, shifter, mirrors; etc. I also took the time to get belted in a few times with my helmet on - basically practicing the driver exchange process. I was looking forward to the event.
I learned I'd be in the 3rd stint, probably going in the car somewhere around 1pm on Saturday as the race was schedule from around 9am-5pm on Day #1. Although I wanted to, we didn't really talk strategy or anything. I was told to just drive the car and keep an eye out for other cars and minimize any potential contact. Being a 15+ hr race; it wasn't going to be a sprint every lap!
After the meet-n-greet with all the team, drivers/crew/owners, we all took off. A few of us were at the same hotel and decided to find some food & drink before retiring. 7:30am call in the morning...