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August 7, 2010

Infineon Recap

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First and foremost, thanks to all of you who came out and participated in our Life’s Good Racing!TM hospitality event that we hosted and coordinated along with other members of the Camaro-Mustang Challenge community at Infineon Raceway this last weekend. It was great putting faces together with email addresses!  Not only was it great just hanging out and meeting so many enthusiasts, it was also fantastic seeing the smiles and witnessing other (interesting) reactions when from those lucky and brave enough to strap in for a ride in one of the “ride along” cars.  The reactions ranged from “Oh Yeah!!!” to “OK, I don’t EVER want to do that again…EVER!”

Just to recap, we had a hospitality tent for anyone to come join us Saturday or Sunday, partake in food and beverages, and share in the up-close-and-personal experience of amateur racing.  I can honestly say that there were lots of smiles, along with commitments to return!

We were pleased to host many guests from many venues and walks of life.  I would like to point out that we were pleased to host Dennis Dunio, President of the NorCal Camaros Unlimited car club.  Dennis, and his father, made the drive up from Silicon Valley in his beautiful 1969 Camaro Convertible, which he parked in our pit area among the Camaro race cars (see below), and hung out with us on Saturday.  We had a great time and look forward to having Dennis and other members of the club visit us again at future events.  Here is a link that Dennis has provided of pictures he took during the race weekend.

barn_rat_1Everyone was excited not only to see the two “ride along” cars, my 1969 Camaro camaro69_3“The Beast”, and Dave Brown’s 3rd Generation Camaro, “The Barn Rat”, but to also witness the first unveiling of the newly wrapped Life’s Good Racing!TM  Camaro.  Our new sponsors, Vital-signs, produced their first wrap for our season, which we duly “unwrapped” for debut at this last weekend.  Needless to say, the reactions were extraordinary as the always flashy 4th Gen Camaro really popped!  In recognition of the region, it sported a vineyard motif with grapes adorning both sides!

Finally moving on to racing….  Dave Brown piloted the Life’s Good Racing!TM Camaro in all three races this weekend.  This was a rare weekend when the Performance Touring Class races were run simultaneously with Camaro-Mustang Challenge races, which meant that we could only run the car in one of the two classes; we opted for CMC2.

In Saturday’s qualifying, Dave took the pole for the start of the Saturday afternoon race.  In that race he battled for first, maintaining the lead for the majority of the race, and took the win with masterful driving and a well equipped car thanks to Hawk Performance, AIP Electronics, and ClutchMasters.

Sunday morning’s race saw a starting grid that represented a reverse order of the previous day’s race finish.  This resulted in Dave starting the Life’s Good Racing!TM Camaro at the very back of the pack!  In an exciting race—the highlights of which can be seen in the adjoining video—Dave piloted the Vital-signs’ wrapped car to an impressive victory, working his way through a very crowded, and fast, field.

Sunday afternoon’s race, unlike Sunday morning’s, was a standing start with the Life’s Good Racing!TM Camaro again on the pole.  Smoking the tires at the start, Dave lost the lead but clawed his way back to second, and was aggressively closing the gap on the lead car when the race was prematurely called due to a bad wreck in Turn 9.  This resulted in a second place for the team.  For an interesting perspective on the track, taken during this race, click on this link and see video taken from Turn 7 by my brother, Dan Chicca, who acted as team photographer and videographer on Sunday.  It truly is a fascinating perspective on the track and provides a great view of the three separate flagged starts.  Thanks to Dan!

All-in-all, a great racing weekend as the team earned two firsts and one second, punctuating a phenomenal social gathering of friends, fans, and families at the jointly hosted social event.

We look forward to future such gatherings and hope to see YOU there.  Also, keep an eye out for the next new look of the Life’s Good Racing!TM Camaro, enabled by Vital-Signs, which will be unveiled in the not too distant future!

See you at the races!

Karl Chicca, Campbell, CA

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