Mid America – Flat and Fast

Well its true what they say, Mid America is flat and fast.

After recovering from out early morning mayhem on the side of the road, we rolled in at 8:30, just in time to grid up at 8:45. The first session was still cold, and I was just learning the track for the first time. The car still had the original intercooler water reservoir, and this morning’s tank strap failure was still fresh in my mind. I ended up dogging it and only placing 17th overall in the first session. Decent for economy car class, but not up to our expectations.

Over the lunch break, we managed to install the new larger insulated intercooler reservoir… a coleman cooler! And I removed the front passenger headlight to combat the ever increasing ambient temperatures. I also spent some time studying the track map and coming up with an attack plan. All the while we were distracted by interested spectators, and even Motor Trend reporters, who interviewed us for online and magazine articles and video as well.

With the new reservoir jammed to the brim with ice, I set off on my final attack of Mid America. The track is an Alan Wilson designed course with wide asphault and complex technical combinations. Turn one is a slow 2nd gear corner similar to the turn leading on to Shannonville’s Fabi straight. The straight is also similar, and had us nearing redline of 5th gear! The remainder was an assortment of 3rd gear double apexes and reducing radius corners. The enmo civic fell into a good rythm, its fast corner speeds, confident brakes, and strong acceleration allowed me to catch and pass the 400hp Porsche Cayman S ahead of me, and place 12th overall. This put us both in good spirits and 13th overall as we depart for Hallet motor speedway in the state of Oklahoma.

New fuel tank straps are ordered and will be delivered express to our hotel in Illinois for the event at Gateway International Raceway. Things are finally coming together, and as excited as I am, I’m still very much looking forward to sleeping in a bed tonight!


4 Responses to “Mid America – Flat and Fast”

  1. 1 Michelle
    May 3, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Too bad to hear about the car troubles, hopefully you can catch up on some sleep.

    You guys are definitely “nuts for racing” !

  2. 2 Adam
    May 3, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Hey, if you guys are anywhere near Aurora, IL tonight give me a call if you want some company/beers. Just found your thread on HT šŸ™‚ 410-608-6313 -stinkycheezmonky

  3. 4 Brian Weir
    May 3, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Jon and Will:

    Glad you have things straightened out. Hope you get some sleep tonight. Good luck at next stop.

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