One of our mid-point tracks, Willow Springs, played host to this year's fourth race for the combined NorCal and SoCal AI/AIX/CMC/CMC2 2010 season!
Michael Andretti holds the track record at this weekends Willow Springs International Motorsports Park NASA weekend, having done a lap at 1:06:050 in an Indycar! The AI and CMC guys enjoyed the historical Park in this years 4th race weekend.
We enjoyed seeing quite a few NorCal folks and, while we wish Mother Nature had done a better job welcoming everyone to SoCal, I think the racers were undaunted by the freezing cold and wind and managed to rip out some fantastic times all of their own.
SATURDAY QUALIFYING - In a rather unusual configuration, AI and CMC ran in different groups, with CMC running with the Spec Miata, 944's, FFR and E30 and AI running a bit later with ST, STR, GTS and SU. CMC and CMC2 racers started mid morning with 34 cars on the track. The qualifying was competitive with very small gaps between cars, Steel qualified just behind Teams Life's Good Racing with just 0.342 second difference! AI and AIX got out there just before lunch, with 35 total cars and Brown laid down a fast lap of 1:27:932! The SoCal AI guys were breaking in new motors, but still managed great times and clean runs.
SATURDAY RACE #1 - By race time it had warmed up a bit, but was still crazy windy as the CMC groups took the track. Racers could be heard laughing after about how the wind was "helping" thru turn 6! The group got in a good 16 laps, with CMC2's Team Life's Good Racing taking first place, Steel getting the fastest lap and then getting DQ'd for being underweight! (Hey racers - reminder: we use more gas at this track!!!) Tsinger got the podium for CMC in his yellow and blue 87 Camaro.
The AI racers got on track mid-afternoon and Wheeler won after 14 laps. Hard charging AI and CMC action! Image by Karl Chicca. Sunday dawned a cold and windy again, so the concession stand was doing good business in hot coffee and windbreakers!
CMC lined up to take the track. Image by Karl Chicca. SUNDAY INVERTED QUALIFYING RACE - In standard SoCal fashion, CMC ran an inverted qualifying race for the 20 minute morning session on Sunday, Inverted at the start, the group took off flying and Team Life's Good and Steel charged right thru the pack. Coming down the backside, Team Life's