Archive for October, 2009

SCCA Season Ends With Personal Best Lap Time

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

The 2009 SCCA Club Racing Season was really enjoyable.  I was able to make it to seven race weekends this year plus four other high performance driving events.  That is more track time in one year than the sum total of track time in my entire life before this year.

I really learned a lot and set new personal best lap records almost every week.  I started the year with my best lap in the MARRS 1 qualifier being a 1:37.908 and 8 of the 10 laps being slower than 1:40.  I finished this year in the MARRS 11 final race with a 1:31.826.  Six seconds faster in a single lap is a great improvement.  More telling was the consistency of the laps in each race with many of them clustering in the 1:32 range at the end of the year.

I met a lot of really great people as well.  I could not have even come close to making this happen with my busy schedule if it were not for Mike Collins and his fantastic program at Meathead Racing.  A huge shout out to Wendy, Sherise, Glen, and Jimmy who helped me though a huge learning curve.

The other racers were also fantastic (aside from some early “rookie bumps” out on the track to initiate me to Spec Miatas).  Some of these people are very accomplished racers that turn laps in the 1:27 range.  Yet they will still spend time and talk with the slow pokes like me to help me learn and grow with this sport.  Many of the Meathead Racing teammates also took time to help me get buckled in and ready out on the grid as well.  Such an outstanding group of people to spend a weekend with!  If you have ever considered learning how to race in wheel-to-wheel competition, I would highly recommend contacting Mike Collins at Meathead Racing.  Even for a busy person such as myself, they make the words, “arrive and drive” a reality.

Ted Cahall

Racing Blog Back Online

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

My hosting provider performed a platform upgrade (actually sold part of the business and moved to a new colo).  So somewhere between September 25th and October 2nd, my blog went down when WordPress could no longer access the DB.  While they assured their users there would be no interruptions to service, clearly that was not the case.

I saw that the blog was down this morning, figured out what was wrong,  and edited the wp-config file to point to the new database.  Things are seemingly back to normal.  It could have been MUCH worse.  I have seen total disasters in migrations such as these (none under my management of course).  :)

Now I need to jump in my car and high-tail it to Summit Point, WV for my last SCCA Club Race of the season.  I am shooting for a new personal best lap record after setting one in the qualifying race yesterday.

Formula 2000 Open Wheel Racing in the Poconos

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Berti Roos Racing School up in the Poconos last week.  They teach open wheel racing in Formula 2000 cars.  This was my first event in Formula 2000 or any open wheel vehicle.

We were allowed to pass in one specific zone if we were given the flag indicating it was OK.  I am happy to say I passed a lot of people – but no one ever passed me.  That is the way it is supposed to be (aside from real racers at SCCA Club Racing – where getting passed was a reality for me this year).

You can click on the photo below to see a couple of more images on Webshots.

Ted Cahall