Back at the starting line, Wyatt made a great run and gave us a baseline time to work with, a 12.15 at 104 mph. After a small tire pressure adjustment it was back to the line and another good pass - 12.11 at 105 mph. We felt as though we had a handle on the car so we parked it and waited for first round.
After some discussion it was decided that we'd go ahead and take the Cobalt up for first round. There is always a chance of your competition turning on the red light (a foul start) or breaking, especially with the traction being as good as it was. As we came up to the starting line we noticed that we didn't have anyone to race! Our first round opponent had broken in qualifying and couldn't get it to the starting line! We went ahead and made the single run with Erica trying to quick-shift the car into 3rd gear to see if that might override the problem. It didn't, but we got the win. Wyatt came up and smoked his first round competition with ease. We now had both cars in the second round.
We brought Erica back to the starting line happy that we had made it through the first round with a wounded car. Surprise number two. In the previous round the car we were supposed to race had won their round, but hurt their motor in the process and wouldn't be able to make the call. Erica brought the Cobalt to the starting line and eased it down the track for win number two, which put her into the finals of the eight car field.
As Wyatt lined up for his third round race, we were feeling confident because both the car and Wyatt seemed to be performing beautifully. Wrong. As Wyatt let the clutch fly the car shuttered and came to a stop about 5 feet off the line with a broken transmission. Our opponent in the other lane had the head start but didn't see that Wyatt was broken. He ran his car to the finish line running faster than his dial in and broke out by a few thousandths of a second giving us the win!
Now, with two broken cars, we had one in the finals and one in the quarter finals! Unfortunately, we couldn't get Wyatt's car to move under it's own power so he was done for the day. We handed the next round win to our opponent...what goes around comes around. Erica lined up in the finals against seasoned racer Ali Afshar in his Subaru. She gave it the old college try, but without 3rd gear the race was over by a thousand feet and Ali had the win.
It was quite a day of highs and lows. Sometimes, as in life, you just have to show up. Other times, you feel like you've got the world by the tail and it gets away from you. But at the end of the day, if everyone is safe and the cars are in one piece, it's all good. Thanks to all the IDRC staff and track workers for all of their hard work and for giving us a good, safe track all day. You guys are the best!
The Dalcorp pit...ready to race on a day that it
was suppose to rain!
Erica and Wyatt sharing a few moments before
The Cobalt sounded angry on the burnout....
...ready to rock.
Ready for first round....focused.
Heading into the finals.....