There seems to be a considerable difference in how some cars run at LMS as they go from lane to lane. The cars were qualified in the red lane, which has the outside in most of the turns. Some of the cars ran well in that lane, others were rather slow. If we had qualified the cars in one of the center lanes the qualifying and race results might have been closer. I noticed that the cars that handled well, but were a little down on power did not always fare well in the race because it can be difficult to make a clean pass in the corners.
I did check out the #20 car, which has developed a lot of hop. The rear axle bearings are now quite loose in the pod. The tires appeared to still be firmly glued to the wheels.
If someone can send me the results in a spreadsheet, I'll be able to update the official spreadsheet and the cumulative results to see who won this year's CanAm Proxy Race.
I could be a little slower than usual because we're currently out of a kitchen and out of a bathroom on the ground floor (big remodeling project, cabinets and all). This kind of house improvement project has a tendency to slow down everything else (!!).
Congrats to the winners this year. Smokeio won the P class and the overall race. Ray won the GT and GTU classes with his entries. Again, the Shoreline guys win. But the Michigan area builders gave them a run for their money.
And a big big big big thank you to Ray for putting all this together and above all, keeping it all together when this great proxy race had to deal with some difficulties during the season. In the end, good old common sense was used and that's always the best way to go. Bravo Ray!
Wow...What a fun night getting to race this fine field of cars for the last time in 2012... There were many surprises as the night proceded. In GTU the top qualifier wound up down the list in ninth primarily because of being involved in crashes not of his own doing. I personally drove my car and the 550 which I have totally adopted as a favorite along with the 78. The final counts were extremely close in the mid pack range which made some very happy and others scratching their heads. The GT class was also close with the two top cars ultimately performing well leading to their high finishes...Southern Slotters #42 was just a bit loose but was easily in the top 3. I also drove the 9 which ran well and switched on and off some other rides.. The # 60 took a very hard ride into the pit area nearly injuring many crewmen. The car suffered extensive damage and will return home taped together just as it finished the race...Not pretty!!! The P class was a blast. Mike first drove the #87 to what seemed to be a sure victory only to better that effort with his own #70. Congratulations to Mike on his race win and the overall CanAm Championship. Personally I am so happy for him to be our winner this year and on a personal note I would like to thank him for all the help he has lent to our series during it's stay here in Connecticut. On that note I will also extend a huge thank you to Rick "Mongo" Perrault for all his efforts as treasurer and to Rich "Dr. D" Dumas who has handled all of our photography and many clerical duties for the last few years. Finally a huge thank you to Christian Gingras, my right hand man, for the endless time spent organizing this years schedule as well as maintaining the best web site in proxy slot racing keeping us always up to date on the facts and figures of the 10 race schedule. That all being said with the completion of the series we will start the process of returning the cars. This is a huge undertaking but hopefully will be done soon. Thanks to all that have participated and enjoyed the series and good luck to you all as the page turns to a new era in 2013.