May 27, 2020

Let There Be Lightning: NASA Utah Lightning Round 4

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The rains fell on the Lightning race, which made for a very interesting session.  The race began with banging doors and rooster tails, but thankfully no incidents to speak of.

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There were multiple 944 Spec racers!  Unfortunately only one of them remembered to bring rain tires.  That lucky, prepared driver was none other than Otto Silva!  He took home another class win in the trying conditions, and did so without any spooky events.

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The normally robust Spec Miata field dwindled to a mere three cars.  Sad, considering that weather like this levels out the field and gives the little Mazdas plenty of opportunities to harass some of the faster competitors.  Carving a path through the puddles and onto the podium was Carter James.

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At some point in the day Tom Rogers broke something on his BMW.  All was looking lost.  A trip to BMW of Murray was taken, and the part was acquired!  Now it was a matter of getting back to the track, the part on the car, and the car on track.  It was a break neck run, for all of the afore mentioned activities.  Tom got the car back together, and out of the garage just in time to be released onto the track for the race.  He fought mightily, and caught up with the pack.  Unfortunately he couldn’t make up all the time, and he finished second to Chris Haunold, but that was a hell of a story wasn’t it?

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The race saw quite the duel between a pair of unlikely foes: Todd Green in the blue car (his PTE Miata) and Joe Sim in… Well it was an Escort, and it was in PTF.  Todd Chased down Joe, and held him off.  The whole thing was… Ok, it was pretty ridiculous to see Joe’s Escort try and run down Todd’s Miata.  In the end, Joe was DQ’d for reasons I don’t know, and Todd is on his way to another PTE title.

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Spec Z was a bit interesting.  Chad Aalders blew his motor, so he was borrowing Kyle Schick’s car.  That didn’t go ideally, but Chad made it work.  I saw Arthur, normally someone who does great in the rain, get incredibly slidey.  He slid through turn one like he was trying to qualify for a Formula D round.  It was insanity, lunacy, ridiculousness.  And out of the madness was came one car.  That car was the #46 DXDT Racing Z.  And out of that car climbed James Burke.  He earned that win.

And there it is, a race where the rain fell on the lightning.

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Michael Chandler

Director of Photography, writer, man about town and owner of Big Ronda, the Mk3 Toyota Supra project

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