Raceway, Buttonwillow CA
is going to be a REALLY quick update, as Pat said
I have to get some sleep...
We rented a garage space with
Pat and Ray, drivers of this silver turbo
Subaru. Pat is famous for his internet video
at Lime Rock, called simply "The
note: Pat Olsen informs me his Subaru is NOT
turbocharged, earning it the dubious distinction
of the absolute slowest car
entered in the OTC. Any power boost it
receives comes from the 2 Syrian Hamsters and 1
Mongolian Gerbil that are squirreled away under
the hood. Fortunately Pat is a skilled
driver, and his poor rodent-propelled Subaru
humiliated several other drivers in the final
my usual scooter ride around the track, I got to
work fixing the duct tape spoiler. It seems
to need reworking every now and then, probably why
the factory chose to use the more durable ABS
plastic. Today we'll be driving the same
Buttonwillow track we drove two days ago, but this
time in reverse, and also with a few turn changes
as well. The track is MUCH more
difficult in this direction, with several
challenging braking zones, and some difficult late
apex / decreasing radius turns.
who came back to the track, this time in
force? Yes its true, Brown is really
addicted to racing. Buttonwillow Raceway can
be seen from Interstate 5, so I suppose these
guys can stop by when they see some good action
Believe me, your package is in
good hands with these guys. And
if your wondering just where it is, then try
Buttonwillow Raceway! Brown works really
hard to get packages to their destination on time,
especially if the destination is the race
track. I must admit, I have always been
happy with the service I get from Brown, so I'm
just kidding guys...
Pulp Racing NSX lost its lightweight lexan rear
window during a testing session (it blew out at
high speed and they couldn't find it!), so they
are fitting the standard glass one back into
Racing's other entry, driven by Wayne Mellow, is
out with a blown headgasket. Wayne was
putting up an excellent battle for first place
overall when this mechanical failure put him out
don't worry, he'll get home ok, as their trailer
can easily hold both cars. Have you visited
Racing website yet? They are posting
real time updates, just like we are, only probably
the left is the Turbo II RX-7, to the right the
Miata R with some recent modications to lose
weight and add power. The Miata is now a
real contender now that it sports new tires, and
looks to be the spoiler in this event.
of the Unlimited Porsche 914 race
cars. Obviously this one is towed from
track to track, and not street driven.
was tough for us because we finished 3rd in class,
despite our absolute best efforts. The
Turbo II RX-7 finished first, and the Miata R
second, so now we are tied for First Place in
Touring 4 with the Turbo II RX-7.
the race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will dictate
who wins Touring 4. If the RX-7 finishes
ahead of us, he wins. If we finish ahead of
the RX-7, we win. Its that simple. No
one else really has enough points to win T4, so
its a showdown between us and them.
The RX-7 beat us at Buttonwillow twice, and also
at the Streets of Willow. We beat the RX-7
at Pahrump, Willow Springs, and ThunderHill.
A split decision, so far!
hit the road for Vegas at about 4:30, but the
winding roads take us over the mountains, and
sometimes they are only 2 lanes, with lots of
truck traffic. So it will be a late travel
day for us. The scenery is getting more
beautiful, with rugged hills covered with tan
grasses and green trees.
here is a man after my own heart. He puts
the likeness of his dog on the back of his
trailer! This is Turbo Dog, the team mascot!
am sorry for the really short update, but sleep is
a very strong consideration right now.
I almost fell asleep at the track today! Pat
insists I get a good nights rest for the battle
ahead. Expect an update shortly with the