Racing the Clock to be Ready for my First Race

Drat!  Just when I thoughts I was in the running to complete preparations for my first real season of racing in the SCCA, I find I had some bad information on the requirements.  It seems I may need a roll cage for the TCS T1 class that I plan to participate in.  It was hard enough to buy seats that fit (that took three different sets through trial and error) and finally get them installed.  Please note that both of the previous two sets stated that they fit the 2001 Corvette Z06.  I guess they assumed you did not want to close your doors, roll up your windows, etc.

Roll cage!  Now we are seriously drilling holes and welding stuff to the car.  No more going back to selling this as a Corvette driven by a little old lady from Pasadena to go back and forth to church on Sundays.  It will be clear this car had definitely seen some track time.  Oh well, after GM goes out of business, maybe it will be a collector’s item.

Nothing like a little added stress towards maintaining that delicate “work / race balance” – especially with work being so calm and constant at AOL over the last few weeks.  One of my cats is sick too – so it only makes sense that the racing hobby throws me a curve ball just to keep things all in perfect harmony.

Oh well, I know I can use this car (if not in the shop getting the roll cage) or my newer 2006 Z06 Corvette for the Saturday April 4th SCCA Performance Driving Event (PDX).  I will also be OK testing out the new Ferraris and Lamborghinis with World Class Driving even if I cannot get this beast race ready.  So at least the whole summer will not be a bust for going fast.

The trials and tribulations of the need for speed.

Ted Cahall

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