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Post Card from the Dummy Grid at Memorial Day PWC LRP Grand Prix

Fantastic Memorial Day weekend at the races… Lime Rock Park was fantastic to me. I have grown to absolutely love the Pirelli World Challenge series. And best part I got to work as a backup starter… so there was a lot of downtime. I was in the prime spot to see the cars up close, and as a result there was ample opportunity to take some pix. So this is my Saturday Race Day mega gallery… enough talking here’s the pix:

Free breakfast for the marshals how thoughtful! Thanks Skip Barber

Miata Racing is the main reason I signed up to do this event!

They split TC from TCA/TCB races, so it was much easier to see the current MX-5 Cup cars winning a race…

New flavor of SAC racing skittles cars…

Hhhmm… I didn’t know Volvo and GM had a relationship… I knew about SAAB/Scania but Volvo GM – WHITEGMC is news to me… kind of cool though!

This is such a beautiful and completely appropriate paint job… for this event!

Selfies!

The driver of this #70 also raced (and won in) the TCA MX-5 Cup car

Thanks to Chris Booth for taking some pix of me with the cars in the paddock during lunch time.

He sells Miata parts apparently ­čÖé

…after doing donuts in Turn 1 and returning to pit lane counter race

The series starter gave me a small gift: A Guardian Angel… Awwww!

I am so grateful to everyone that made this weekend possible for me. Thanks to the folks at Lime Rock Park, to the series: Pirelli World Challenge and of course Chris Booth for taking some pix for me. Thank you all very much! See you at the next one.

NER @ LRP presented by Thompson Speedway

My 7th weekend in a row spent at a race track, unlike the previous 6 which were each at a different track (Palmer, Watkins Glen, Mosport, Lime Rock, Detroit, NJMP) I’ve started repeating tracks… much like the previous visit to Lime Rock where I worked as a backup starter for the Pirelli World Challenge, this time I got to wave all the flags in the Starter rotation for NER SCCA club racing.

The weekend went by perfectly. Excellent weather. Excellent company. I was very happy to work with Jamie again. And I’m really happy to be trained by Peter Watson the chief starter of the Northern New Jersey Region who has been awesome in showing me how things should be done. I truly enjoy learning from him because things are done naturally, everything makes perfect sense, and when I make a mistake Peter corrects me right away, which helps tremendously, I really do appreciate immediate feedback. My weekend was truly enjoyable and I’m actually really happy doing these Club Races, something I didn’t like so much in the past.

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I was also very happy with the amount of cars we had racing. As usual the fields of Miata’s were very impressive. They kicked my ass while I was lap charting because any time a group of four or more would blow past the starter stand together, it would knock me off my rhythm doing charts, and I’d miss everything behind that group. But with more practice I was really getting the hang of it. When I was on point I did make the mistake of blue flagging the leaders… Oops! But that only encouraged the little Miata at the front to push harder, the much more racy-looking Honda S-2000 behind it looked like it would snatch the lead, but it didn’t. That same Honda was probably my favorite looking car of the weekend, sadly I didn’t get a shot of it. But it was basically Yellow #17 S2000 without a front windshield. I signed up to marshal at Watkins Glen next weekend for an SCCA event just because I looked on MotorsportReg.com and saw a similar Miata without a windshield that will be racing there. Good enough for me… can’t wait!

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While heading to the track I noticed a weird noise coming out from the front of my Miata, especially when making a right turn at speed like getting onto the highway or taking an exit ramp… we spoke with Jessie about it and she suggested it may be a bearing that’s going bad, which after the super crazy pot holes in Detroit I could totally believe… One of the mechanics on the RX-7 team in the paddock volunteered to have a look… jacked my car up, had a close inspection and said nothing looks out of place and he’d have full confidence driving the car as it is. But of course I’m being all paranoid about what it could possibly be. And with two trips to WGI (500 miles apiece in the next two weeks) I am a bit worried.

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I guess we’ll find out.

I had a lovely weekend, got enough TIPs from NER to convert them into a $25 Shell gift card so the weekend basically paid for itself. Which made me happy! I can’t wait to work with this club again.

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In honor of it being the Le Mans weekend, I had my fries with mayo:

honor le mans 24h french fries with mayo

Never thought I’d say this but even the camping was fun. My new Coleman 4 person tent worked perfectly.

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Wish I would have known I could set up closer to the paddock, though it worked out really well camping at the usual spot under the pines (top of the hill) because there was no moisture on the tent when it was time to break it down Saturday morning. Fun times!

Mazda MX-5: Canada Miata Meetup in Ontario that Never Happened, Sorry!

What’s more Canadian than saying “Sorry?”

I had high hopes of meeting up with some local MX-5 Miata owners in Ontario on my latest trip to Bowmanville to volunteer for some amazing racing over the Victoria Day Weekend at Mosport – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park…

Unfortunately the mini-meet, little get together, a foodie cruise never materialized due to the lack of interest… Sorry!

I’m really disappointed with myself for not being able to make this thing happen… surely there are Miata owners in that part of Ontario right? I was willing to drive an hour out of the way to Toronto if anyone had gotten in touch, but it seems people didn’t care. Too bad!

So instead I enjoyed all the American Miata’s that showed up to race in the Pirelli World Challenge TC and TCA class… their paddock area was along the main route to the marshal Chalet at the top of the hill in Mosport so I got to drive past them every morning and afternoon… the only thing I pussied out to do was park my car next to all the race cars and take some photos… Oh well, maybe in the future I’ll grow some balls… maybe as soon as next weekend at Lime Rock where the PWC TC/TCA cars will be next…

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I had such a fantastic time on this trip, I’m not down one bit for not meeting other Miata owners… even though it was a perfect opportunity wasted. Instead I focused my free time on supporting race sponsors, like Petro-Canada who sponsored the Canadian Porsche Carrera / GT3 Cup with their Ultra 94 brand… I learned that Petro-Canada took over the distribution of this product from Sunoco (that’s why Ultra 94 may seem familiar) but either way, it was like a mission to me to find this gas which isn’t available at all stations… I found that staging a little photo shoot at Petro-Canada was a very cool and patriotic setting for this trip… so, the pix:

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The Petro-Canada station where I ended up getting a fill-up with Ultra 94 was some 30 miles along 401 heading home, where the price was cheaper than Shell 91 I filled up with when I first arrived Bowmanville… One thing’s for sure, Gas Buddy lied to me!

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By the way, Petro-Canada calls it Ultra 94 in Ontario and Alberta, while in Montreal, Quebec they call it SuperClean 94. Speaking to one of the marshals about octane levels and such, he suggested that from his experience filling up his bike, Shell fuel 91 Nitro+ is the best option out there… but having tried both, I’m not convinced.

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Maybe next time I’ll be able to organize an actual Canadian MX-5 Miata get-together… I have high hopes! Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a perfect venue for Mazda Miata mini-meets!

 

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