The last race of the Road America weekend series was also a night race and even on the full track. Our plan was to hang out with friends and race one last time at Road America and get one last change to see how we measure up. I looked at my notes and set up the kart with the lessons I learned from the last Mid-America race there. I anticipated a good night of racing.
The evening started off a little sketchy with light rain early on. Thanks to the hard work of the Road America folks the track was dry enough to get a single practice in. For us it went reasonably well. Jason was setting competitive lap times, so no kart adjustments were made. There were nine drivers – 6 veteran and 3 new guys. During practice they ran all of the Briggs classes at once. It was quite something to hear and watch as they roared around the track.
Jason started heat one in the middle of the pack which was good. If he was slow he won’t hold anyone up. But if he was fast he could practice passing. It turned out he was right in the middle of the pack. I thought hard about making any adjustments to the kart. I did not want to make things worse. He started 6th and finished 6th. There was no doubt of his finishing position, and so that is where they scored him.
Heat 2 started with him on the pole, which promised to be interesting. He has a reputation of not being easy to pass unless you are really faster then he is. That reputation was again earned. The two fast drivers passed him in the first lap and then a few laps later. The rest of the class was either left behind, not able to keep up, or not able to find a way around. There were some sharp words between drivers at the scale but that was quickly disrupted by the need to scale the karts and move on to Frisbee by the stands.
This season is winding down, there might be a race yet at Concept Haulers but that’s it. Time to start thinking about next year and preparing the kart for winter storage.
Thanks to the folks at Road America for the great evening of racing. To the Mersburgers for putting us up. Thanks