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SCCA Spec Miata, starting from the back ends in crash

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Published on Jul 3, 2011

Check out some of my fastest laps here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P515KI...

Hardship during my 3rd SCCA race weekend!

A stretched connecting rod in the engine during practice meant the car needed to be taken back to Premier Auto Service by owner Ed Railton, who then worked through the night in order to rebuild the engine and make it ready to race.

That meant I missed qualifying and had to start in the back for Regional #5. There were about 60 cars in the race. I'm not sure how many I passed. My coach, Ric McCormick, was on the radio spotting for me.

Then the 08 car missed a shift. My car has street exhaust so it's quieter than most of the other cars. When the 08 missed his shift I thought it was mine. I looked down, saw that things were fine, and when I looked up I was on a collision course with the 08. I jinked to the outside, because the right side was filled with cars (the 08 and the 10). The 08 didn't see me, and when he looked up from correcting his gearbox, he saw the 10 to his inside. He must have reacted by steering to the outside slightly, which was enough to punt both him and I to the outside.

The first hit was very light, and it only put some tire donuts on the door. But as we spun and I came to a rest, his car hit mine in the right rear, which bent a couple suspension components. The car didn't track straight after that and could not corner very well, so I had to retire.

Fortunately the fix was fairly simple (compared to rebuilding an engine) and I was ready for qualifying in the afternoon, thanks to Ed's hard work.

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