Night of Destruction – Flag Pole Race – Irwindale Speedway – 10/24/2015

10.24.15 – “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!

Special Breast Cancer Awareness Livery

Special Breast Cancer Awareness Livery

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.

Though I got a good start, I made the same mistake that I keep repeating – getting too aggressive too early.  There were a lot more cars on track for this event than in the past which made patience all the more important.  Unfortunately I tore the car up pretty heavily early in the race.

After some front end damage, the hood latch failed and I ended up with the hood flying up blocking my visibility, breaking the windshield and taking out a GoPro!

I pulled over and photographer that was on track closed the hood so I could get back into the race – it held for several laps but eventually flew up again.  At that point there was not much race left so I just pulled off track.  Needless to say, hood-pins are in my future . . .

 Very sorry to Robert Rice and his guys because I know how much work my impatience created . . . the car is pretty torn up but will live to fight another day.

 

Rugged Radios - The Authority in Communications

Rugged Radios – The Authority in Communications

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

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