Monday, June 29, 2015

Independence Day Weekend Plans!

Pungo Start Line, March 2015
Independence Day weekend is quickly approaching, and in addition to celebrating that the USA won the war with Britain long ago and that we don't have to speak English anymore, I hope you've all got some fun plans and perhaps time off of work. Here at NMS North, with a day off of work I can't think of anything more fun and car related than heading out bright and early Friday and going to the Department of Motor Vehicles and giving them some money! Shoot, in exchange for my money I just might head home with some shiny brand new Virginia license plates now that I live here and my South Carolina tags expire at the end of July. If there's a more patriotic way to spend the holiday then please let me know!

Grid at Pungo, March 2015
Also this weekend will be the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, so that means tuning in to NBC Sports Network on Friday morning and watching practice 2, then again Saturday morning for Qualifying on CNBC, and then the race bright and early Sunday morning on CNBC too! I mean come on, what could be better on Sunday of Independence Day weekend than watching a bunch of European guys in Britain driving carbon fiber cars, turning both left and right, and going really fast?


Here's the TV and App info for F1 this coming weekend, times are Eastern:

7/3 5:00 AM        F1: Grand Prix of Great Britain (Practice 1) NBC
7/3 9:00 AM        F1: Grand Prix of Great Britain (Practice 2)
7/4 5:00 AM        F1: Grand Prix of Great Britain (Practice 3) NBC
7/4 8:00 AM        F1: Grand Prix of Great Britain (Qualifying)
7/5 7:30 AM        F1: Grand Prix of Great Britain (Race)

FIAT at Pungo, April 2015
What's more fun than watching fast drivers?
How about driving the FIAT in another autocross!! That's what I'll be doing Sunday, competing with the Old Dominion Region (or ODR) of the Sports Car Club of America at Pungo Virginia. I've done two events at that location this year, both with the Tidewater Sports Car Club, so this will be my first event with the ODR SCCA folks. Believe it or not, a lot of the same drivers compete with both clubs, so I have a feeling that it will feel like a great event on familiar turf with familiar faces.

ODR Autocross LINK

Leaf Blower Cleans Course at Pungo April 2015

This Sunday will be the 4th event of 2015 for ODR, so certainly I'm in no position to compete for points, so my diabolical plan is to just have fun and drive as fast as possible and see what happens. Here's a quick look at the registration so far. There are only 21 drivers, so maybe I can finish in the top 20! To be honest this looks like a lot of cars and drivers that are all faster than me, so believe me when I say I'm driving for fun this time, and my realistic goal is top 21!

Old Dominion Region SCCA
July 5th Firecracker Solo at Pungo Airfield
Heat 1  (4 Drivers)
 # Driver Name    Car Make and Model Class    Sponsor/Team
07 Calvin Jilek [ 6 ] 2008 Ford Mustang GT FS  TorqueSpec
10 Peter French (PD) 1969 Chevy Camaro CP  
11 Robert Bauer (PD) 1989 Acura Integra EP  
68 Ben Moore [ 7 ] 2015 Subaru WRX DS  
Heat 2  (5 Drivers)
 # Driver Name    Car Make and Model Class    Sponsor/Team
21 Jason Lisner [ 7 ] Ford Focus ST GS  Title Examination Corporation
27 Melissa Fehr (PD) 2010 Porsche Boxster S SSL  
30 Alexander Patchin (PD) 2002 Mercedes-Benz SLK 32 AMG SSMN  
31 David Patchin (PD) 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG SSMN  
40 Philip Hinton [ 5 ] 2005 Subaru WRX STi ASPX  
Heat 3  (4 Drivers)
 # Driver Name    Car Make and Model Class    Sponsor/Team
42 Thom Perry (PD) 2001 Porsche Boxster S BS  
47 John h Sheally ii [ 7 ] 1970 Morgan Plus 8 FP  
60 Bobby Smith [ 4 ] 1988 Porsche 911 CS  
118 David Oconnell [ 7 ] 2011 Porsche 911 4S SS  
Heat 4  (8 Drivers)
 # Driver Name    Car Make and Model Class    Sponsor/Team
71 Tony Mester (PD) 2011 Mazda 2 STF  
75 Jack Swayze [ 6 ] 2008 Subaru WRX BS  
76 Stephanie Humphries [ 4 ] 1991 Mazda Miata STS  
77 Robert Nixon [ 0 ] 2013 FIAT Abarth GS  Nixon Motor Sports
78 Mark Spencer (PD) 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe STU  
87 Steve Fehr (PD) 2010 Porsche Boxster S SS  
176 Brian Wells [ 4 ] 1991 Mazda Miata STS  
818 Greg Warden (PD) 2005 Mazda Miata CS  
Total number of drivers entered: 21

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