Well things are going well.
Just completed another race and this time the venue was MPH in Hasting, NE. Managed a first place finish both days and set an Overall (as well as class obviously) track record with a 1:28.0 lap. Old record was a 1:30.5 or so, which NOT set by me. I believe my previous best here was a 1:34.X...
This is a fantastic track. Despite being flat as a pancake, this among our favorite places to run. The surface is great, the straights are short, the turns challenging, the curbs are like butter, and the facility owner is among the friendliest guys you'll ever meet. If Hastings is on your radar, you'll be doing yourself a favor if you go!
Back to the journal. I've managed to maintain a #1 spot in my class and set a few class and overall records along the way this year.
We now have the Overall NASA Track Records at
- Heartland Park in both racing configurations
- MPH Hastings
We have the Class Record at
- Hallett (I missed the overall record by about 1 tenth of a second)
The car has been uber reliable, although on the the third year of trans and the shifts are starting to get tough. At first glance, the shifter cable lining may just be getting thin. This would not be a surprise. Nevertheless, will need to investigate before the next event.
My experience at this track was a couple years old, so it took some laps to get back in the swing of thing. This track has several tricky 180 degree turns that really challenge the driver skill and has two high speed sweepers that make for quite the gut check. These features make the track a blast. Unfortunately, I grabbed the wrong SD card while packing and was short on storage. Not realizing the issue until back at the shop, all I had was pretty marginal footage of my "not the best" driving. Nevertheless, it's driving, so I'll post it
I should add that our Lotus trio if Greg V, Jim L, and myself swept our classes and set class records in the process.
Lotus cars are leaving a lasting impression across NASA Central, Texas, Colorado, and Midwest regions. Woot!
Vid and pics...