As Spring Break comes to a close for all my Barrington High School peers and I, it can be said that this was the most enjoyable Spring Break I have experienced.
I left home March 16th for Sebring International Raceway to compete in the Battery Tender MX-5 Cup series races. My teammates Patrick Gallagher, Kyle Loustauna, and Peter Portante were all wicked fast and helpful with getting me up to speed at this new track. Over the course of the week, I attained more and more advice which resulted in me posting the 3rd fastest lap of the weekend in Race 2.
The biggest learning curve that I had to adjust to was how imperative the first lap was in order to establish myself with the leaders. By the time the pack got down to turn 7, the leader were already working together trying to pull away from the field. This was tough to adjust to due to the fact that I did a lot of endurance racing last year and was not expecting the aggressiveness "right out of the gate."
Sebring is an amazing facility with a larger focus on history instead of innovation. There are no large grandstands to watch from. Instead, there is 70 year old BUMPY concrete and walls no more than 100 feet away on both sides of the track. For some reason, it appealed to me and I looked forward to every session.
Overall, another very educational weekend filled with new people, a new car, and a new track. A very special thanks to Randy Pobst, Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, and Atlanta Motorsports Group for helping me with learning the track and keeping me competitive.
Photo by Michael Stahlschmidt, Sideline Sports Photography