3.28.15 – “FLAG POLE RACING IN MY ACCORD RACING MACHINE”
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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.
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!
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.
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 . . .
While watching the race, I at least got to try and help fix another driver’s car . . .
Thank you to TrakkTape – Great product for protecting my car on track!