SBRS: Tramell Lime Rock race notes

They say you are not a true racer until you have raced Lime Rock Park or have really raced in the rain. Well, May 25-28, the CART/ Barber Dodge Pro Series gave me the chance to become a "true racer" in the third and fourth round of our ...

They say you are not a true racer until you have raced Lime Rock Park or have really raced in the rain. Well, May 25-28, the CART/ Barber Dodge Pro Series gave me the chance to become a "true racer" in the third and fourth round of our championship.

Lime Rock Park is a 1.5 mile road course, predominantly right hand turns, that has relatively steep elevation changes, slick concrete patches (on line), and a little bit bumpy. Overall, it's really a fun and challenging track.

Round three was on Saturday, May 26th. The sky was dropping buckets of water down on us, but the show must go on. The crew guys were working in four inch deep puddles to get our cars ready to start our race. (They all did a great job!) We rain-xed our visors and took our cars to pre-grid. Then, it was time for the green flag to wave. I started 15th and was heading down the front straight, visibility zero. I made it through the first turn as I watched several cars sliding off course. This happened continuously; so just by staying on the track, I was inheriting positions. I was up to 8th place when I picked up the throttle just a little too much, and did a half-spin. Needless to say, I was a little upset at myself. I got going again, but with only 8 minutes to go, I didn't have much time to make up all of the positions that I had just lost. I ended up 15th, which was where I started. Oh, well, next time I have two choices; one, to spin out at the beginning of the race and get it over with (that way I'll have another 35 minutes to regain what I lost) or two, just don't spin. I'll go with the latter.

Round four was on Monday. The track was dirty, but it was dry. Once again the crew guys did a great job cleaning the mud from many of the cars and got everything ready to go for our race. I started 18th this time, no, I'm proud about this. The green flag waves so I get myself over to the inside for the first turn; things look really good, when the car slightly in front and beside me moved over on my left front wing (ouch). I didn't spin; I was determined to keep going because if I had come in I would have finished last. With no front wing, I knew that the car was going to push like crazy, I just didn't know how much. The answer to that was "a lot". I pushed the front bar soft to try to get as mush grip as I could and then just started working with the car. I worked the throttle more than usual and just kept the car going as fast as I could without pushing off the track. Amazingly enough, I managed to turn a faster lap time in the race, with no wing, than I had in our morning warm up. I finished 15th. I wasn't happy about it, but I came away from it with some valuable information concerning setup.

Round five of the CART/ Barber Dodge Pro Series will be with the CART/FedEx Championship Series the weekend of June 17th at Detroit, MI.

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).

- Rhonda R. Trammell

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