Just returned from the 1st and 2nd rounds of the Skip Barber Summer Series at Road Atlanta in Atlanta, GA.
Overall, the weekend was successful. Unfortunately, it's not so easy to see that from the timings alone. Right now, I'm 10th in the overall standings, but it's a long season and my speed, competitiveness and reflection will help me improve my standings.
Here's a breakdown of what happened in Atlanta:
Friday: Practice day
By focusing on the car and track, I was one of the fastest drivers that day.
In the morning session I ended up 4th and in the afternoon session I ended up 3rd.
Saturday: Round 1
Qualifying, I got a really bad car. It wanted to spin out in every corner! Needless to say, I ended up posting a bad lap time in qualifying and I qualified 8th. In the race I had a bad start and fell back to 10th by the first corner. I avoided a pretty big wreck in turn 10, and ran as high as 6th in the race. However, I got passed around the mid point of the race and finished 7th. There wasn't too much action going on for us during that race. The car just didn't gel with me and it didn't want to run faster than it did.
Sunday: Round 2
Round 2 started off a lot better. I got a different car for qualifying and put it on pole, my third career pole! I was so happy.
During the race I had a decent start, fought with the Top 5 all race, paced myself, and was 2nd on the last lap. However, going down the long back straightaway I got passed by the 3 cars behind me and ended up 5th. It was disappointing to say the least.
I had a great time revisiting Road Atlanta, I won't be back on this track until later this November when I compete in the 2015 Skip Barber Championship Shootout!
I've been reflecting on the weekend - there were many ups and downs.
The downside is that we didn't get the results we wanted, I'm currently 10th in the standings. To be more competitive, I'll have to be more assertive on the track, not Mr. Nice Guy. This will help me get better results - the competition is aggressive and it will take more than speed to win.
The positives are that I qualified on pole, ran with the fastest drivers, showed good pace, and avoided multiple issues on the track.
The speed is there. The fitness is there. The "want" is there. Now it's time to put all the pieces together and get a podium at Lime Rock!
Until next time!