Waterford Hills 10.21.2012 Open Track Day

Mazda MX6 (race preped), running in "Experienced" Group (Blue). Best time of the day was 1:21.4 (street tires).

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Waterford Hills 2015 Vintage Formula Vee Highlights
Highlights from the three Formula Vee races at the Waterford Hills Road Racing Vintage weekend over July 25th & 26th, 2015. The WHRRI track seems made for Vees, the fastest laps for the top 7 drivers were less than a second apart and most of the new drivers to the track were within 2 seconds. The Saturday afternoon race starts off with everyone hanging tight togehter, you can see the entire field front and back from my 5th place spot as we navigate the early laps. Rod Bolhous in the Orange #189 AutoDynamics has a good start behind me and passes Guy Dennehy's #33 Lynx B on the first lap, but on lap 2 Guy gets the spot back on the back straight. On Lap 4 I'm still hanging with the top 4 cars but then make a mistake in turn 1 and while I'm able to recover I've lost all my momentum. I drive as hard as I can and in 5 laps catch back up with Mike Kitzmiller (#78 in 3rd) and Eric Coppock (#92 in 4th). I try to make something happen in turn 1 on the last lap but Eric has the corner and I have to yield. I did however set my personal best lap time ever at WHRRI with a 1:21.049, which was also the third fastest lap of the race. I'm not sure why I started from 6th place in the Sunday morning race (finished 5th and had the 3rd fastest lap time in the Saturday race, seems like one of those spots would have worked ;) ), but coming out of turn 1 I was in 5th. Guy and Rod are behind me again, but in turn 3 Rod gets his exit wrong, gets a couple of wheels on the grass and spins out causing some evasive action from Jerry Baker in the blue #18 Lynx B. Rod was able to recover and still finish 9th. By lap 2 Guy is all over me and it's pretty clear he's got the stronger motor. There are really only a couple of places for Vees to pass at WHRRI, turn 1 and the back straight leading into Archer's Corner, which is exactly where Guy passes me with a good draft. On Lap 7 Guy puts the same move on Mike Kitzmiller and moves up to 4th (although he almost loses it on the corner exit). Mike is now within striking distance so I time my pass at at Archer's on the last lap and finish in 5th. The Sunday afternoon feature race resulted in my first podium ever in the Lynx, helped in part but an unfortunate engine issue with Chuck Guysee's yellow #70 Kellison which saw him drop out of second place on the first lap. By lap 5 Guy, myself, Mike and rookie Scott Noppen are running nose to tail in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. I get a good run on Guy and take 2nd place in Archer's Corner on Lap 6. The last 4 laps are just a dogfight for positions. Scott passes Mike in Turn 1 for 4th on lap 7. I'm able to hold Guy off for a couple of laps but on lap 8 the's able to pass me at Archer's. Now I have Scott all over the back of me and he's pushing hard. I make the decision that I'm not going to force the issue for 2nd with Guy (unless he makes a mistake, of course) and potentially lose my first podium, so I drive the last two laps with my eyes more in my mirrors than looking front and I finish 3rd. The Vintage races at Waterford Hills is a really great event and if you get the chance you should definitely go, the racing is very close in all the different groups and it's one of the better spectating tracks in the Midwest.

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