RACE: Mid-Ohio Runoffs Saturday notes #4

Runoffs Notes - 28 - Saturday copyright 1996 John P. M. Dillon More AS shenanigans: This morning Tollefson found his car covered with cobwebs. r'Alf (Robert Nagle's mascot) now has a companion named Zoey, complete with a headset. Nagle's car...

Runoffs Notes - 28 - Saturday copyright 1996 John P. M. Dillon

More AS shenanigans: This morning Tollefson found his car covered with cobwebs. r'Alf (Robert Nagle's mascot) now has a companion named Zoey, complete with a headset. Nagle's car was also cobwebbed. Steve Anderson, who lives in Las Vegas, discovered fuzzy dice hanging from his mirror and a velvet steering wheel cover. He kept looking around, expecting to see a velvet Elvis painting as well. TP covered Steve Kelso's car. Nagle's street car was TP'd earlier in the day. Turns out that last night's culprit was Kelso; he TP'd his own car to make it look like an outsider. He noted, though, that when he and his "Seal Team" snuck into the tent about midnight, someone had beaten him in and "bagged" r'Alf in a plastic bag. Mazda stickers were discovered on the AS banner too. The three Camaro drivers signed a card for Mustang pilot Nagle saying "If little boys don't wear bow ties, real men don't ride ponies."

At the banquet last night, second place ShelCan driver Tom Kraft thanked his crew and family, then said to the Pro Shelby coordinator (I forget his name), "Thanks for nothing," adding "Thank you, SCCA, for talking me into buying this car."

GM's AS cars have a tongue below the wheel line, which violates the rules. Unfortunately, this is the factory configuration. The Camaros can trim that back, and were told to do so by tech, but the Firebird TransAms have a problem. They can trim it, sure, but that tongue is the only source of cooling air for the radiator. The Camaros have vents in the front that the Firebirds lack.

Watching the Formula Ford race from Madness was exciting. The first lap had an aborted start. There was a pitched battle for 2nd to 5th much of the race. Near the end, 75 and 17 interlocked their wheels through "Madness," but didn't actually touch, then 17 regained the lead. Near the end, 37 / 75 /88 were dicing, while 9 fell back after dicing for the lead earlier in the race. 88 took the lead in Turn 7.

John Dillon Mostly SoPac

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