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Talking Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

What an awesome, awesome weekend! And I was only there for less than a third of it. Imagine how much fun everyone else had who arrived on Wednesday. There was perfect weather, an incredible racetrack, a seemingly endless supply of beautiful cars (especially the new blue ones..) and big groups of drivers that had a blast hanging out and racing with each other (cleanly). Skip Barber, thank you for a job very well done. The preparation was great, the staff was on fine form and smiles were the only things I saw, even though we Bozos destroyed more than a few of your cars. Personally, a HUGE "Thank You" to the instructors, and especially Bobo, for getting me up to speed in about ten minutes to race on a track I'd never seen before.

Overall, the Watkins Glen race weekend was a perfect demonstration all around of why and how Skippy is the best show in town.

Some highlights & congratulations, in no specific order:

- David Kaemmer - Winner of Champ Group Race 1. The guy shows up after not having raced for 9 years and kills us all.

- Deyne Bentt - Won Champ Group Race 2 after falling all the way to the back of the field at the start (well, not all the way - I was behind him). About time, too, tough guy. Just don't do it again. It's my turn.

- David Casey - Awesome 3rd Place in Champ Group

- Matt Franc & Peter Ludwig - In the most meaningful sense they both won everything they raced this weekend (even though they crashed into each other, into walls and technically ended DFL in every race!) They truly brought the energy into this weekend.

- Michael Auriemma - Great 2nd place

- Chris Wilcox - Clinched the Master's National Championship with ANOTHER two wins . Maybe the Master's guys should kick Chris out of their group, just like what the Sportsmen are going to do to Juan Valdez Goldstein.

And last, but not least -

- Me! - I didn't crash or spin - and everyone was just waiting for it to happen. HAH!

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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

I never thought I would say it but coming in DFL in both events could only have been more fun if I came in 1st.

WOW! The most fun I have had in any race. Going four wide into the bus stop at 124 mph was in retrospect, something that just was not going to happen. We did get it done three wide the first few times though! Seeing Matt stuck in the gravel trap 30 yards away from me made me jump for joy if anyone missed that!

Matt, GREAT racing with you. But...... starting DFL in Lime Rock on purpose is simply not going to happen since my wife and three kids will be on site to watch me beat your ass. Oh as a side note, if I remember correctly, my qualifying time and fast laps in each race were quicker then yours, just in case you missed that.

This weekend had by far the most positive energy I have ever experienced and it was a wonderful event. Worth every minute of travel from Argentina to make it to the track from the airport at 12:30 pm Friday.

Can't wait to see you all next week!!
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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

AMEN!

Having not raced since July 2003 I have to say the race weekend at WGI looked like the same SBRS I have always known, in other words....... excellent!

The people of the SBRS did an exemplary job, tons of cars, tires, big groups, and fun, fun, fun, ALL FUN, ALL THE TIME!!!!!


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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

I forgot to give Doug Harrison a big congrats for a killer weekend, his first in a long time. 4th and a 2nd (2nd? - I can't remember! That's my A.D.D.). SWEET!
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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

Yes, it was a great racing weekend and a great weekend to spend with SBR friends. Echo all the good things already said about the SBR team, everyone worked very hard to make sure we had a very positive experience. Thanks, SBR. Now on to LRP, the Masters Regional race should be quite interesting, looking forward to seeing the up-to-date points.

Helmets off to Matt and Peter, very fast boys having way too much fun! How about Sy...drives up, gets into a car, drives a track he has only read about and then posts a 2:13! Hopefully all the Team Juicy guys that kissed the blue wall are feeling OK today, been there, done that, no fun.

I am in for the golf tourney, more opportunities for the SBR instructors to write little quips in my “Dirt” sheet. Anyone up for putting together a foursome? See you at LRP.
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I forgot to give Doug Harrison a big congrats for a killer weekend, his first in a long time. 4th and a 2nd (2nd? - I can't remember! That's my A.D.D.). SWEET!
Thanks Sy but it was 4th and 3rd. I looked at taking The General on the last lap entering the heel for P2 but why ruin both out races if I screwed up???? Couldn't get along side him, too close to risk a questionable pass. I used up all my luck in the T11 screwup anyway.

I was 2 tenths behind him at the checker, nice P2 General!

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BTW, I'm in for the golf, want to get a group together Phobos?

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Another great weekend for Dick Lippert, two Masters National P3's and 2nd in the Masters National Championship, WTG!
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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

Guys, the most unbelieveable thing happened at Watkins when Peter and Matt flew off together at the Chicane.

Not only was Peter so happy to see Matt there in the gravel with him, race over, he had the presence of mind to think, "Hey, wait a second, there's something like 2 minutes before the field gets back here to the Chicane, so..." Right then, Peter leaps from his burried race car and does SNOW ANGELS IN THE GRAVEL TRAP.

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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

It was a pretty good one too, my kids would have been proud. I tried making a gravel man since I had a carrot in my pocket for the nose, but I could not get the balls to roll up.
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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

Peter, Maybe I will start DFL and beat you...how bad would that look to Petey?

We need to work on your finishing and low percentage passing skills, other then that you did great.

See you in a week.
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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

and, didn't see a blue flag all weekend
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Re: Watkins Glen Race Weekend - WOW!

Must crushing line of the weekend was from Dan Herrington:

"See you @ Limerock?"

"No, I have to take my SATs."

Pretty painful considering last time I was on this track was in 1973 for a Woodstock style rockfest with the Allman Bros., The Band and the Grateful Dead, and I had just graduated high school. Danged if I can remember anything abt the concert though...
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