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|Posted by Doreen Anderson on October 25, 2016 at 11:25 AM|
I am excited about the progress we have seen over this past year. There have been bumps in the road and many lessons learned for the whole team. I have always been honest about how tough this journey is. It's fun and difficult all at the same time. I like to say if it were easy everyone would do it. Trust me, growing up around drag racing it always seemed like a dream that would never happen to me. You can make it happen though and no matter how long it takes we will keep working at it.
Looking back on the 2016 season I am thankful for so many things including the races I got to attend even though I wasn't racing my car. Every race I go to I learn even more just by being around A/Fuel cars, especially on the starting line. It has helped me become more aware of every part of my car. I am thankful that Dave and my dad both allow and expect me to be more than a driver. In the beginning of the year we learned the hard way to pay attention to what the data is telling you. This may seem like a no brainer but when you first look at a data logger as robust as racepak it can be overwhelming. We became best friends with our racepak after it saved us every penny we paid for it this year. From rubber in fuel lines to a dead battery we had anything you can think of go wrong our first couple times out this year. Being a low budget team I would much rather go home with everything in one piece than have the experience of blowing everything up at this point. I know people say it will happen with nitro racing and trust me we are always acquiring spares. Every time we run the car we learn even more through the data and now we are just learning what the car wants to be able to go fast. I am not officially licensed yet but we are so close that I can feel it around the corner.
The last test session we had for the year was at US 131 in Martin, MI in October. Not many tracks stay open through October in the Midwest. I am so glad we decided to take the 4 hour trip to Martin because they provided a safe track and treated us really well. We went out there and ran two test passes to about 1/8th mile both in the 7s. These were our two best passes yet, so we are seeing progress. I was planning on staying on the throttle longer for the second pass but the car slowed down and I could tell. This also was the first time I would say I actually had to drive the car. It was pushed around the lane a little but I was able to keep it straight. I was disappointed there wasn't a 6 or a 5 on my time slip but I know that the car is showing signs of getting there. I hope we will get to go back to Martin...maybe even for an ADRL race
I'm so appreciative of the people that work on the car. There are so many people who are a part of the Competition Fabrications family that have helped us get to this point. I definitely couldn't be living this dream without the time and dedication that both my dad and Dave both put into the car. We have a list of things to do over the winter and we are working on getting back out on the track so I can license ASAP.