Race day can be a little hectic. First, you must prepare for the race and pack the car – tires, tools, tire pressure gauge, tire jack, racing exhaust, helmets, sunscreen, snacks, water, gatorade, GoPros, etc. Then, you have to drive to the event site, go through registration, and prep the car for tech. Tires need changed, the exhaust swapped out, harnesses strapped in, racing numbers placed on the car, cameras set up, and helmets set out before it can go to tech. After you’re clear to race, there is a course walk and a driver’s meeting. Finally, it’s time to race! Like I said, race day can be a little hectic. Throw in the complicaton that we were prepping 2 different cars in 2 different ways due to the differences between Rally Cross and Auto Cross, and add in the fact that we haven’t performed this routine for over 4 months; it is our own version of March madness!
The fervor of the first event and the warm weather brought out 22 competitors and many spectators to watch the mud fly. The rain from the previous week made the ground soft, and the cars on course had fun flinging mud as they sped through the corners. Of the 22 competitors, 5 were in the PF class. Patterson and Salenius literally drove the mud flaps off of Patterson’s Ford Fiesta ST as they zigged, zagged and zoomed through the course. Keeping it clean on course was Patterson’s strategy to edge out Rowland and take the overall win. While Rowland may have had a faster raw time here and there, the cones he accrued from pushing the lines would cost him in the long run. Salenius and Cheney also had clean runs all day and made the race for 3rd place as exciting as the race for 1st place.
|Place||Driver||#||Heat 1||Heat 1||Heat 1||Heat 1||Heat 2||Heat 2||Heat 2||Heat 2||Total||Difference|
|1st T||J Douglas Patterson||42||61.156||62.901||62.425||61.480||56.010||55.157||56.243||56.313||471.685||[-]1.117|
|2nd T||Jim Rowland||3||59.491+1||61.306||61.229||60.206||54.117+1||54.966+3||55.630||55.857||472.802||+1.117|
|Place||Driver||#||Run 1||Run 2||Run 3||Run 4||Run 5||Fastest Run||Difference|
|1st T||Greg Reno||36||43.920+2||44.172+2||44.514||43.656+2||44.520||44.514||[-]0.059|
|3rd||J Douglas Patterson||196||46.777+1||46.603||DNF||DNF||45.821||45.821||+1.248|
Team Dare 2 Dream kicked off the season with a double header and brought home 1 trophy thanks to Patterson in Rally Cross PF! Amidst the hustle and bustle of the race days, I realized I missed this crazy thing called racing and am glad the season started. Let the madness begin.