Viper Racing League Practice Session - Feb 27, 2010 - Rogue ACR-X

This is a video of me and Bernie. I liked this video because we were 2-wide from Horseshoe through Boot Hill, Tombstone, and all the way to Big Bend side-by-side. Bernie's new World Challenge Viper Competition Coupe is just beautiful. The track was very cold and slick today.

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Viper Days - Viper Racing League - Friday the 13th Practice Session at Hallett - 8/13/10
Friday the 13th really came into play today. This was my first practice session on the first day of the event. My personal goal for the weekend was to be in the low 1:19s which I figured I could be there by Sunday. So, I go out at 9 AM this Friday on used 6+ session tires just to refamiliarize myself with the track. I notice after a lap or two that I pulled off a 1:20.0. "Hmm..." I thought to myself. I may be able to get into the low 1:19s on my first session of the weekend rather than having to wait 2 more days. I also thought to myself, "Maybe with new tires I might be able to get into the 1:18s!" Me, being impatient you see, went for it. Well, after a couple more laps my plans were dashed; dashed to Hell! And, my car was trashed. Fortunately, it's just body parts and I'll be back on track in a few weeks. It will take longer for my ego to mend, though. :) For some reason, my rear camera wasn't working. I wish it had been. The view from the rear when going into the tire wall would have been cool... I've watched the crash many times. I've received several opinions about why it happened. Here's what I think... Coming into turn 8, it was normal to have the backend get a little loose. It did on my previous laps so I expected it this time too. However, this time, notice how the car get so upset going over the curbing. It's worse on the crash lap than other laps. I also took more curb on the crash lap than previous laps. I think the backend started coming around and I attempted to coutersteer out of it but the car was too upset and just didn't respond. If I'm wrong, let me know what you think. We got the car back on track later the same day. However, the hood pins must have been weakened during the crash. So, coming around turn 1 the hood popped open, crashed into my windshield, broke over my roof, and broke out my rear glass. Friday the 13th just isn't my day...





Viper Racing League - 8/29/09 - Texas World Speedway
This is my first race with the Viper Racing League (Viper Days/NARRA) at Texas World Speedway on Saturday 8/29/09. We have a rolling start with a pace car and ran 12 laps for about 30 minutes. I edited this video from the 30 minute race down to 10 minutes so it would fit within the YouTube! time limit. We also had a 26 lap inverted race on Sunday for about 50 minutes but my camera messed up and I only got the first lap and it shut off. Anyway, I came in 3rd place in both races behind the World Challenge competition coupes which are much faster and have better drivers. I was extremely happy to come in 3rd. In this race, I started out in the 3rd row inside and managed to get behind Tom in his white/blue comp coupe. I chased him most of the race just waiting for a mistake. He began losing his tires and I managed to stick my nose in on turn 13. He was gracious and let me by but could have easily kept me from passing. We were pretty even the whole race and it was tons of fun. Thanks, Tom! The next race is Roebling Road in Georgia and then off to Daytona on the Rolex Series course.





Viper Competition Coupe @ Mid America Raceway
Bob Folline does a few hot laps at the Viper days event in Mid America. Since I qualified first there is not much action until the lapping starts. Another Viper Comp Coupe comes out and leads for a lap. Enjoy!





#53 Dodge Viper Competition Coupe - Mike Hartley
NJ Motorsports Park - Lightning course




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