Saturday, April 30, 2011

Racin': A day without Driving

Francis and I spent the day in South Bend, most of it at the Tire Rack facility. After waking up and getting breakfast, we drove over there and began our preparations. We washed the car and then applied all of the stickers to it. Once that was complete, we did our technical inspection.

The tech inspection is pretty minimal; they expect you to have gone through the car mechanically. All they are doing is checking your racing suit and helmet and that you have all of the approved stickers on in the correct places.

One of the coolest things about One Lap is that is like summer camp in a way. You see the same folks year after year; there are always some new ones and some who do not return, but you just pick up where you left off a year (or three in our case) ago. The camraderie of sharing this crazy automotive adventure is infectious.

We spent quite a while wandering around talking with all of the competitors we knew and meeting a new bunch of folks as well. It's really interesting to see what cars people bring, what they have done to cars the have run before, and generally what's going on in their lives.

In early afternoon, we changed the brakes from our street pads to our race pads. We'll run those for the next week now, changing them once we get back to South Bend on Saturday, May 7. We had a drivers' meeting at about 4, then packed up and came back to the hotel.

Francis is out driving around in the Roadster. It is a beautiful sunny day, windy and somewhat warm; a welcome change after three days of rain and snow. He's going to see if he can find an aerosol cleaner for our MAF (mass air flow sensor). It has been suggested that if it is dirty, it may be contributing to the misfire codes we keep getting. We'll see.

Miles driven: incidental
Wildlife seen: none.

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I'm currently 60 years old. I currently work as the learning management system specialist for American University of Madaba in Madaba, Jordan. I was originally certified as a high-school English teacher and taught school for 13 years (1 year of substituting, 1 year of 7th grade, 2 years of a combined 5th, 6th, 7th grade, 9 years of 8th grade). I've worked for hardware and software companies for the past 23 years doing training, training materials development, certification test development and other education related stuff. My wife and I have raised four children to adulthood; some of them live at home at the moment, but that won't last (they're too independent for that). We live at home with 2 Golden Retrievers, 2 black cats, a crazy cat, and, during the winter, 70,000 coho salmon.