Night of Destruction – Flag Pole Race – Irwindale Speedway – 3/28/2015

3.28.15 – “FLAG POLE RACING IN MY ACCORD RACING MACHINE”

Skip all this reading and jump to the VIDEO if all these words are overwhelming!

Normally I run this car in “skid plate” races at Irwindale.  However, several times a year the track holds a “Night of Destruction” featuring the same or similar cars that normally compete with skid plates running with all 4 tires.

The first race of the season, Flag Pole Racing is similar to the “enduro” races I have done before except for an added feature: During a lap, you must circle around a flag that has you cross traffic as you exit.  This is very similar to a figure-8 race and was also totally new to me.  I honestly had no idea what to expect but had a feeling my car would probably earn a few new dents and paint colors . . .

As for the car – it would remain unchanged, aside from getting 4 tires instead of two in skid-plate racing.  For more info on the car – see the full post of the car build here.

AUTOGRAPH SESSION

Before we knew it, it was time for the autograph session.  There was a big turn out and many thanks to my friends and family that came out to watch!

THE RACE

This race featured a standing start which was a nice change.  I was fortunate to have a (randomly assigned) good starting position and I was able to get a really good start.  The first lap or two was very tough for me as I needed to get into a rhythm cutting through the traffic around the flag pole as well as just learn the track layout.

I was able to stay in 3rd, fighting pretty hard to get into 2nd but it was a very messy first few laps.  Coming onto the main straight I made a stupid and costly error – I came onto a much slower car a lot faster than I intended and simply rear ended him.  From inside the car I could see my hood bent up but I did not realize the extent of the damage.

The car continued for about half a lap before loosing all electrical and engine power.  I coasted to a stop away from the action, car spewing coolant everywhere.  I tried to restart the car, knowing it was pointless.  Finally I got out and just watched the race.

I'm not an expert but I don't think it is supposed to steam like that

I’m not an expert but I don’t think it is supposed to steam like that

Yeah, that doesn't look so good . . .

Yeah, that doesn’t look so good . . .

It was fun while it lasted but ultimately a very preventable accident that should never have happened.  The car will be ok after some work but I hope to not make that same mistake again . . .

Damage after crash

Damage after crash

Damage after crash

Damage after crash

While watching the race, I at least got to try and help fix another driver’s car . . .
Trying to help fix another driver's car

Trying to help fix another driver’s car

Trying to help fix another driver's car

Trying to help fix another driver’s car

 

 

 

Thank you to TrakkTape – Great product for protecting my car on track!

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