The first day of Rocky Mountain Raceweek started off smooth enough. The car passed both the NHRA tech and the RMRW roadworthiness checks with no problems. As I was putting the sponsors’ stickers on the car, Fred from 1320 Video came rolling up to interview me! I also talked to Elana Scherr from Car & Driver, as well as Luke Nieuwhof who was shooting for the new Sick Magazine. Not a bad start to the day!
My goal for the week was to run a 10.99 or better at every track, which was a tall order given that the DA would be above 8000 ft. for at least two nights of racing (Pueblo and Bandimere) Even Great Bend is a couple thousand feet higher than Portland, so getting a ten at all might have been a stretch. Luckily, the car ran great and clicked off a 10.87 @ 127 on my first run. It was a good thing, too, because on that run my fender sliced into the driver’s side rear tire and ended my day abruptly. All of a sudden the Raceweek thrash was ON as I had to figure out a tire situation for the rest of the week. Running on my street tires would have killed the fun for sure.
Remember the guy who bought my Hoosiers on Day 0? His name is Adam Wildhaber and he was kind enough to sell me back the tires! As luck would have it (for me anyway), his truck was only running in the 15-second range and didn’t need the tire anyway. That meant I would be running Hoosier DR2’s on the track AND the road for the next 1350 miles.