There has been quite a lot wrapped up in my goal of running a PCA club race. I used the goal of racing as way to change my lifestyle, which helped change my perspective on my health, and many other things. I wrote a previous post about my health it has take a lot of willpower to get where I wanted. I had to come up with my own definition of willpower, which I really consider to be a form a self-awareness, or mindfulness. For so long I was on auto-pilot when it came to eating. My friend Dillon sent me this photo the other day, and it speaks volumes of the progress I’ve made
So far I have lost 85 Lbs, I want to get another 15 Lbs off, to make it an even 100 Lbs. I keep telling myself, and others getting the weight off has been easy, keeping it off will be the real challenge, I need to maintain this lifestyle, and constantly set goals, and be mindful to keep it going.
I believe this mindset will help in my driving, being very methodical, and mindful. In the first race, on my first start, I got hit and bent a wheel, in the grand scheme of things, a pretty good outcome for contact. Lap time in the first race decided position in the second race. Because I did not finish the first race, I had to start in the back for the second race. I was able to work my way up to second position in class, which was an amazing way to get my my first PCA club race finish. I was able to put the past behind me, and focus on my goal of getting on the podium.
I am going to continue setting goals for myself, the next one is to figure out how to fund this adventure, and get a team together. I want to work my way to longer endurance races, with a multiple driver format, ultimately working to Sebring, or Daytona. The next stop is Barber Motorsports in May so I can get some more wheel-to-wheel time, on a track that I have already experienced.
I did it! I ran my first PCA Club Race, in my new GTB1 car, and had an absolute blast!! IT WAS AMAZING. I had a ton of my friends and family there supporting me. The best crew, and support from TPWS, Chris, and LeAnn are incredible, we developed a tremendous friendship through the experience. Practice, and Qualifying was great, I got position 1, in class for both qualifying session.
In the first race I got hit, it bent the wheel, so I couldn’t finish, but the car was fine. As part of the PCA procedures I had to write up an incident report, get checked by the medical doctor, and visit race control so that the stewards could review my video.
I was cleared for the second race. The finishing position in the first race set the starting position for the second race, so… I had to start in the back. In the rain on slicks, I was able to come back, taking 10 positions in 10 laps, getting to position 2 in my class for my first podium! I was awarded the rookie of the race!
I had an amazing time, and a great couple days, with a really good group of friends, family, mentors, coaches and drivers!