WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE FINISH ABOUT THE RACE.
I guess that is what I have to do. I tried to find the copies of the daily results but I haven’t been able to find them. The trailer isn’t in a condition to be moving around inside of it as it’s currently propped up on jack stands and wood blocks. We broke off the jack when it got snagged on a cattle guard while dropping off a car that we towed back from Mexico. I’d probably be upset but this is the second time it’s happened so I really don’t care any more. Time to get an electric jack and some reinforcement. Now, back to the race.
Saturday was the best day of the race for us. We started off fairly slow in the morning as it was full of long straights. To the top 4 the straights may have not appeared long but for every 4kms of straights, we battled through the gears to top out around 120-130 miles an hour. There is nothing more frustrating than red lining each gear just to feel like you’re about to go downhill, backwards. There were 4 speeds sections on the way up and 4 on the way down. The best stage for us was the last one on the way up. It was by far the most twisty stage of the entire event. We came in either 2nd or 3rd on that stage edging out Jerry Churchill’s race prepped Viper by a mere 2 seconds. The stage was half twisty half straights so I was amazed that we were able to make up that much time in the canyons.
Sam Burg was caught up by a tourist train that had stopped across one of the three train tracks that cut through the speed stage. Had the mercedes not lost it’s oil pan and caused a delay on the turn, Sam and Dyana may not be here today. The particular corner/train track had a turn into a JUMP! listed in the route book. We managed to pass Steve Waldman and go four wheels off the road over the jump. The tires chirped a little bit on the landing and we kept on moving. That definitely boosted my confidence for the rest of the day.
We had a great run and were feeling very proud of ourselves until we heard a weird sound during the transit home. Three of our four lug nuts had backed out during the day. We didn’t have a jack with us (the risk of damage to the car carrying a jack that may come lose far outweighs the need to carry one) so we crept home at 30-60mph and quickly diagnosed the problem when we arrived several hours late.
Sunday was the hardest day for us. We had 40km, 30km, 9km, 13km speed stages then a service stop and then repeat in reverse. These were all straight. There was a small section during the longer speed stages but for the most part we averaged 120-130 mph on these runs. The car was floored and we could not go any faster. The hardest part of it was trusting the route book while going over blind crest after blind crest. I have all the confidence in the world in Steve but little in the notes as we had a few mismarked turns over the week.
We were still able to come in 5th over all for the day. So Friday we were 7th, Saturday 6th and finally Sunday 5th overall which left us 2nd in class behind the BMW 325 and 6th overall. I’m still a bit irritated with the fact that had we stayed in -2.4 Turbo we would have come first in class but I don’t understand why the 2.5 liter BMW was in -2.4 to begin with.
I met some great people down at Chihuahua and I also got to spend some time with the regulars from La Carrera. It was great seeing everyone and I’m glad that we all made it home safely. I can’t wait to do Chihuahua again.
Congratulations again to Dough Mockett and Angelica Fuentes, Jerry Churchill and Jim Roxburry, Sam Burg and Dyana Marlett for their 1-3 overall finishes!