Ahhh… the sweet taste of victory…. This last weekend at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, CA, the Life’s Good Racing!TM Camaro competed in five races in two series, Camaro-Mustang Challenge 2 (“CMC2”) and Performance Touring B Class (“PTB”) and achieved four wins and one second place! Even better still, these results came about with no drama (reference our previous race weekend) and few challenges with the race car.
To reset, we lost our racing gear, and some of our tools — and blew our motor — the last time we raced, which was at Cal Speedway in Fontana. We scrambled to replace the gear and tools, and Charles really hussled to rebuild the motor in less than three weeks. We were all successful and made our maiden voyage with the new gear, motor, and new car appearance (see pictures and Gallery) with tremendous success.
In CMC2, Dave won the Saturday race in commanding fashion. This placed him at the back of the pack for Sunday morning’s race as CMC runs an inverted start grid for that event. He was able to pass all competitors before the end of the first lap with the exception of Nick Steel, who held him off throughout the race while the two of them diced through slower traffic from other run groups on the track. Dave earned a hard-fought second place in this race and a new CMC2 track record of 2:02.153, obliterating the previous record of 2.03.967.
In the final race of the weekend in CMC2, Dave gridded on the outside of the first row to Nick Steel and followed him the entire first lap. He then executed an incredibly gutsy pass going into turn 1 at a very high rate of speed. The two of them battled through the remainder of the 30 minute race, which ended with the two splitting slower traffic down the back straight with Dave having two wheels in the dirt and executing four wheel drifts through turns 14 and 15, barely holding off a charging Nick Steel for the win.
Karl competed in PTB and won both Saturday and Sunday races in a very crowded and diverse field that was comprised of multiple run groups ranging from Super Unlimited to Spec Miata, and significant amounts of traffic.
Thanks are owed to the Life’s Good Racing!TM Camaro team sponsors: fantastic, unfading brake performance resulting from the Hawk Performance brake pads; the flawless ignition performance as a result of the AIP Electronics components, such as opti spark and ignition wiring set; and the bullet proof shifting from the ClutchMasters clutch. Those, combined with Charles’ perseverence in preparing the car with the new motor along with some weekend assistance from Chris and “Uncle Mike”, the Life’s Good Racing!TM Camaro was able to reach full stride and find its place at the top of the podium once again.
Look for us at our next race weekend in at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park in Rosamond, California, May 22nd and 23rd, where we will be competing in our fourth of eight 2010 season race weekends.
Karl Chicca, Campbell, CA