Race report- CSRG Annual
First Event, March 24-25, 2007
Well, the weekend went well for Team Starfish for a change. The only
wrench I had to turn all weekend long was to put on a new set of
rear tires for the Sunday afternoon race. I did have a small oil
leak to contend with, caused by the o-ring between the oil cooler
adapter and the oil filter adapter finally giving up the ghost. The
leak was not enough to cause a problem, but did drip onto the right
side header collector and caused a small amount of smoke behind the
car throughout the weekend. Not enough to earn a black flag, thank
The only real problem of the weekend was on Saturday, during the
morning qualifying session. I took off my glasses to put on my
helmet when the 5 minute warning on grid was given, them promptly
lost my glasses. They
apparently fell behind the drivers seat. I did
not have time to unbuckle and fish around, so I elected to run the
session without them!
Luckily I am far sighted, so while I could not read any of the
gauges on the dash I was able to race around the track relatively
well. I guess that is what they make warning lights for! I could not
read the tach, so I had to use the rev limiter in the MSD box to
determine the shift points....
We qualified 20th out of 34 entrants with a time of 2.05. That time
placed us in a big group of about 10 cars that were within about
plus or minus 2 seconds of each other. The grid consisted of about 8
Corvettes, a myriad of 911s, a few Alfas GTV and GTAs, a Ginetta, a
Lotus Cortina, and but a single Mustang.
Fastest qualifier was Bill Cotter, down from Seattle with a pristine
The race on Saturday was one of the best ones I've had. We had a 4
car freight train with a Frank Jorge's 64 Corvette roadster, the
Barracuda, a very nice Alfa Romero GTA and an orange 911. The
Barracuda was the second car in the train the whole race. I could
out brake the Corvette, but Frank did a spectacular job of
protecting the line in the corners. I tried a couple of times to do
an inside pass in Turn 11, (Really the best place to pass) but was
cut off at the last second. The one time I got brave and tried an
outside pass in the same turn I almost lost the car in the
"marbles", so discretion WAS the better part of valor, and I tried
that ONLY once.... Still, we managed a 17th place finish, up three
places from the start, and improved our best lap time to a 2.04.
There were no accidents during the race, just one Corvette doing
some lawn mowing in the infield with a couple of 360s at the top of
Earnhardt Corner (Turn 2).
On Sunday we started right next to the Corvette, but due to traffic
ahead of me I was not able to get ahead of him before Turn 2 of the
first lap. The race on Sunday was exactly like Saturday, with a
couple of exceptions:
1. We quickly disposed of the 911 and Alfa GTA, so the train was
down to two cars.
2. Frank broke a rocker or valve in his Corvette about 3 laps from
the end and I finally got around him.
3. My fastest lap time was reduced to a 2.03, a personal best.
We ended up the weekend with a 14th place finish out of 34 cars that
started on Saturday, but most importantly, in one piece and not
I did hear one comment on Saturday that made me
feel REAL good. A spectator came by intrigued by the fact that a
Barracuda was at the event. He had never seen one race since the
60s. I commented that there were a lot of high dollar (read multi-millon
dollar) cars at the event (a Ferrari 250 GTO and a couple of
Birdcage Maseratis), and the Barracuda was a low buck beater by
comparison. He replied: "You come to these vintage events and there
are always Ferraris and Maseratis racing around. But, you NEVER get
a chance to see a Barracuda run!". I kid you not, that is what he
I also want to thank Keith of Mopax for coming by on Sunday with his
son. It was nice to finally meet him after trading e-mails and phone
calls for the last few months!