I am going on vacation this week and I’m trying to get the 3 races in that I seem to be focusing on. I am focusing on the Skip Barber Series, the Street Stocks, and the Blancpain Sprint Series.
I started with the Skip Barber cars at Watkins Glen. They were running the Cup configuration with the bus stop. This is a configuration that I have not run yet but I got the hang of it in this car pretty quickly. I set decent lap times and when qualifying I ended up qualifying 2nd. I quickly fell back to 5th in this race because I wanted to avoid trouble. However, that was not to be, since this is a draft track, I was unable to get away from the opponents, and although I managed to make my way up to 3rd, the 2nd place car lost control and took me and the entire field out. I was able to get my car into the pits and take my fast repair but I was back in 13th. I ran the rest of the race as best as I could and managed to pull off a 7th place finish.
I ran the Skip Barber car again at Watkins Glen and boy am I glad I did. That was the best race that I’ve had so far on the sim. I was battling for the lead, we were swapping places, and all the racing was clean. There was no contact and it was a hard fought battle. I ended up finishing 2nd because my strategy backfired and I could not quite get alongside the leader on the last straight. If I could have gotten a nose in I would have probably won the race but the leader made it through the bus stop very quickly on the last lap which put me farther behind than I wanted to be. He must’ve seen what I was doing and made a bonsai run through there. Oh well, I’ll take 2nd as the 15 car!
The street stocks were at New Smyrna and I jumped right in with no practice. I am just not that good at the street stock to be doing that. I qualified 10th as the 12 car in a 12 car field, I was racing my way through the field when the caution came out and I made a pit stop. I really must have screwed this up because my stop was 40+ seconds and it put me one lap down under caution. That was not my plan, I just wanted new tires! Anyway I was racing with the other lapped car for position when the 9 car hit me and spun me around. I was angry at first but after viewing the replay saw that it was just a racing incident. I ran my laps and at the end was involved in another wreck which ended my night. Finishing last in the Street stock for the first time this season…..