Monday, April 26, 2010

shoulda just stayed home.

there are some pics, to quite possibly the worst race weekend ever.

las vegas, nv - round 3 of the redline time attack series. im not a fan of las vegas. i dont bother going unless its to take out of towners, or if we are going for an event. this weekend, was the latter, with a shitty ending. actually i should have taken a cue of how the weekend would pan out on arrival.

we roll into vegas at about 6pm saturday, the whole event had been up and running since friday so everyone was well settled and choppin it up on the course. we get through the gate, and meet with AE Performance and their rig. its nice to have a giant mobile home to sit in. news we get, M3 is out with clutch problems, 335i is out due to turbo singing its swan song. so thats 2 out of 8 friendlies down. fine, lets go to dinner, and regroup in the morning and knock this one out. if youre in vegas and hankering for a buffet run, i definitely recommend the wynn buffet. about 45 bucks but well worth it.

sunday morning 6am cruising to the track, we realize how sketchy the area where LV motor speedway is located. so we get to the track as fast as possible. register and get the car tech'd. worried that the car would be to low so we were expecting to be DQ'd from the start. it ended up barely passing. but we were held up because we didnt have fire protection. should have read the books. shit. well the downed cars at AE helped, so we cannibalize the extinguisher and bracket from the M3 and make our way back and get the ok to be on track. burke gets on, does some laps, then pit in. car isnt doin what its supposed to. and he wants the other sway bar in. so under the car i go. swap em out, and in the middle of installing the sway i notice the cv axle is spitting grease out. great. after deliberations, we decide that its best to just scrap the day and not beat the car up. reason being, we still needed to drive the 300 miles home.

so in the midst of all this the track setup was a little funny. there was no one at pit exit watching for cars and stopping people from just flying out there. i mean where we were they were metering the cars and warning them to keep an eye out before exiting. but pit exit was really far and long, so by the time you exited the rest of the cars were barreling down. someone was gonna get hit. and sadly paul dentice ended up a casualty. on one of his hot pracitce laps a guy in a dodge magnum came out of pit exit and didnt look. paul exited turn 2 and slammed into the back. ending the day for the AE 370z. the weekend would have been an easy win. but after that there was no coming back. hilariously though, he went to the officials and came back with new number plates and window visor and threw it on his wifes Merceds C320.

so we hustle of to AJ Latteri's and he is suiting up and gettin ready to go out in his white lotus. awesome. Kenny Chieu is also hangin out with AJ in pit. Kenny has a pretty damn legit MR-S thats setup beautifully that he drove up from So Cal too. haha. we had all gone out to dinner at the wynn the night before so we had a chance to chat and talk about a plan of attack. great guy. check out his blog. haha i googled you dude. AJ went out, and i went back to the AE camp. Kenny came over to hang out and chat. a little while later AJ comes over in his street clothes. 3rd gear had blown in the little white monster. great. Kenny had been worried to cause his car was knocking a bit. another point to vegas. we were losing the game horribly at this point.

so out of the army of cars we were running only 2 came out of the weekend unscathed. 996 Turbo and Boxster Cup car. 2 out 8 survived the mess. funny cause it was 2 out of 8 that were out the beginning of race day. thanks alot vegas. we left with our tails behind our legs on this one.

fuck it. keep rollin thats what i say.

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