Trammell Cleveland race report

Trammell Motorsports and Consulting June 19, 2001 Sponsors and Friends /Race Report No. 6 Hi, The weekend, June 29-July 1, 2001 The place, The Burke Lakefront Airport Circuit (a 2.106 mile, 10 turn road course) The reason, to compete...

Trammell Motorsports and Consulting

June 19, 2001

Sponsors and Friends /Race Report No. 6

Hi,

The weekend, June 29-July 1, 2001

The place, The Burke Lakefront Airport Circuit (a 2.106 mile, 10 turn road course)

The reason, to compete and complete round six of the CART/Barber Dodge Pro Series.

I have to say that I was really surprised at how bumpy the circuit was. It was good though, because it really challenges a driver's ability and stamina. I had no problems at all completing our sessions which we ran in 90* plus temperatures and super high humidity. At most, I was really thirsty after the race and of course, hot.

I qualified 16th, I have to get out of this qualifying rut. Anyway, we get the green flag coming out of turn 10 and away we go. Once we get by the start/finish line, the two neat rows of racecars fan into a sea of chaos for the first turn. Since I started 16th, I was able to see things from a slightly different perspective, and decided to take the more normal (a little wider) approach to the corner. This allowed me to "see" what was going on and not be in the middle of the contact that was taking place in front of me. I managed to get through turn one safely and by the time we got to turn 4, we had our first full course yellow.

We stayed yellow for a few laps to clean up the mess and then we were ready to go green again. The green flag waves and on that first lap, I get passed by a couple of cars, but no problem, I will just settle in and get them going into turn one (I had very little down force in the car, so this would allow me to maximize the long straight-aways). It took a couple of laps, but it was perfect. I had the perfect run, they left the door wide open, lots of space and my pass was, well, it was great!

Well, here we go again, I am full power and at the very end of the exit of the corner, when I see a car to the right of me with his nose angled towards my right side pod, I get pushed up the track, which put my left side tires into the grass and in order to keep it straight I had to drive four off and then bring it back on. When I brought it back on, it just happened to be in one of the left over puddles from the rain that happened before our race. When I hit the water, I spun. (Sometimes giving someone space doesn't work to my advantage, if I had held my line and not moved, we probably would have ended up not finishing at all) I got it together as quick as I could and then just drove the car. I lost a lot of ground, but there was a lot of race left.

Bottom line, I caught back up and passed three cars, so now I'm in 11th place (yes, the one that also put me off), I managed to break a small lead over them, but then it started to rain. Ouch! I slowed a little because the track was becoming a real ice skating rink and we were still on our dry tires. On the last lap, turn six, I unfortunately did a real quick 360 and kept going, but I lost two of the three positions that I had gained and ended up 13th. Oh well. It was a fun race anyway. Detroit 13th and now Cleveland 13th, next stop, top 10.

Our next stop on the schedule is the Molson Indy in Toronto, Canada, July 13-15, 2001 with the CART/FedEx Championship Series.

Thank you to my sponsors for making this possible, Forsythe Racing, Inc., ReO SpineLine, Klein Tools, Freelance Lettering, and of course MotorsportsMD.com (My Husband, Terry).

Sincerely,

Rhonda Trammell

http://Trammell.Forsythe-Racing.com

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