Las Vegas notes 97-03-09

Miscellaneous Race Notes from Sunday at Las Vegas (the smaller track) Copyright (c) 1997 John Dillon Repeat from yesterday: Editors are welcome to use these notes as a basis for their stories. Tom Grossmann will be writing a regular story for...

Miscellaneous Race Notes from Sunday at Las Vegas (the smaller track) Copyright (c) 1997 John Dillon

Repeat from yesterday: Editors are welcome to use these notes as a basis for their stories. Tom Grossmann will be writing a regular story for the club's magazine. He is e-mail impaired, but perhaps William Prince will post Tom's story on the region's web page. When I confirm the URL, I'll let you know. Or just contact Prince at wprince@skylink.net to get the URL.

Here are a few notes from Sunday's races at Las Vegas, sanctioned by Vegas Region SCCA. I don't have full results yet because I was so busy dismantling Race Control at the end of the day I forget to pick up my diskette from Scoring. The T&S team managed to come up with an alternative charging method for their timing clock, so Sunday's results included times, not just lap charts.

These notes are rough and probably useless, but they help pass the time while in the airport.

As before, Solo I had two extended sessions in the morning. Qualifying moved along without a hitch until halfway into the last session before lunch, when a Spec Racer Ford went upside down in Turn 2 and triggered an "alert." It took a lot of time to get him clear, though the driver is okay, but we broke for lunch a little early because the ambulance transported the driver precautionary. (The driver returned later to get his log book signed--if you're going to have a wild ride, you might as well get credit for it!)

After lunch, instead of concluding the qualifying session, the Star Formula Mazdas took the field. They made a big mess everywhere. A multi-car brouhaha in Turn 2 (again) forced a Black Flag All to get the other competitors off the course. After the cars were pulled clear or stashed safe, the action resumed. Almost simultaneously near the end of the race, two cars (17 and 95?) came together in Turn 9 while another two collided and disappeared in Turn 5 (7 and ?). The emergency crews had plenty of work all afternoon, and the earlier cushion formed by combining all the fenders into one group evaporated.

After the FMs, qualifying concluded for the SR/FV/SF field, with Tucson's Kim Shepard claiming the pole in her Spec Ford. Next up, the fendered group, found Gordon Laduke (AS Camaro) bested by the GT3 Porsche #66, while a couple of RX7s kept banging one another. There seemed to be an exchange of love taps between 71 and 8, with one contact causing both cars to spin in Turn 3.

Next up was the Group 5 race, which consisted of a few FM's now classified as FA. The four cars agreed to run with the SR/FV/SF field to help make up a little time. (The Group 5 entries were entirely made up of Star Mazda drivers, most of whom left after their money race. Steve Anderson won this race after a lackluster performance in the Star race. The FV1600 battle started off good, but then Lucien Leblanc spun the car and lost contact with winner Phil Hermann.

In yesterday's report I erred -- Cheri Nason couldn't make it to the track after all, but Jan Gimber was in attendance.

I'm doing all this from memory, so take it for what's it's worth.. I no longer subscribe to W2W, so I probably won't see any replies addressed to the mailing list.

John Dillon Las Vegas Region, etc etc etc

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