My first "wheel to wheel" start
This past weekend I made my first race. This was at Circuit Grand Bayou south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We ran 4 sessions in the morning for practice and then qualifying and the race after lunch. Since I am new I am required to start at the back of the field. My plan was to make it through while gaining Experience running in traffic. I decided that I would not attempt any passes and would allow all traffic to get by.
That was a great plan until the green dropped. I made my first pass in turn 1. I then set in behind all the miata's. I still have the Nito 555 street tires (245) so normally I can't stay with the miata's in the tight sections but in traffic I was able to stay with them. I knew where I wanted to make my pass so I fell in line for half a lap. I blew the turn leading to the place where I wanted to pass so I fell in for another lap. This time I fell back a couple cars but I was comfortable making the pass. I made the pass on the inside of T1 at around 105. I knew this was going to screw me for T2 but I planned to keep the wheel straight at T2 and drop 2 in the grass if needed to keep my speed up. This is exacly what happened and it worked great except I barely hit my oilpan On something while doing this. I busted the oil pan, lesson learned. I saw the oil smoke right away and pulled into the grass and proceded to the nearest corner station and parked behind the tire wall so the race could continue.
Next race is July 16. I hope to have better tires for this one. I learned my lesson to stay on the course (although no one else was). I had a great time even considering the DNF.