It was a day at the race track with no rain. I could finally unload the INS Dragster first thing in the morning instead of trying to second guess Mother Nature. At 9:55 a.m. we were off for our first time run of the day. This was a “Quick Sixteen” race so I was hoping for more fast cars. The first pass netted a 7.644 run @ 172.52 mph, with a DRT (driver reaction time) of .041. The run was great; reaction time was not good. We made our second qualifying run at 10:46 a.m. where we ran a 7.631 @172.54 mph; our quickest run yet. And the best part for me is I had a respectable DRT of .018. If I could just become consistent with that number, I could adjust the electronics to make it happen sooner.
Our next run was at 11:36 where the INS dragster ran 7.645 @172.74 mph. Things were looking better already! A 64, a 63, the another 64… fantastic!! My 60’ times were 1.06, 1.07, and 1.06 — right where we needed to be. I felt we had a car that as racers say, “could play” with anybody. Normally the faster cars run a little later in the order. However, today we were first of the big cars. I dialed a 7.66 time and headed for the staging lanes. I knew I would get lane choice as that is one of the advantages of qualifying in the top half of the field. We were the fourth pair of cars and the field again had several slower 8 second cars entered, due to the shortage of faster cars. The three pairs ahead of us all slowed down compared to their dial. Well, I had a green light which equated to a DRT of .033 (not good, but green). The car of course slowed to a 7.700, which is not even close in this racing arena and I never caught my opponent. MOV (margin of victory) for my opponent was .0506. He ran a 8.553 on a 8.53 dial and had a DRT of .020. Now it’s time to get all this “stuff” back in the trailer. Even though we did not win a round, it was a very good weekend for the first outing of Team INS in 2011. I took away several positives from the weekend. We’ll go home, look over our data, and come back soon and try again.
Thanks for reading, and stay safe.