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Old 08-17-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
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Race Report AND Video from Hotlanta Challenge w/NASA SE

Race Report – Hotlanta Challenge at Road Atlanta – August 8-10, 2008


We had to have the car ready and loaded a day early because we were stopping by a children’s shelter outside Atlanta on the Thursday before the race weekend. Five cars were there when the kids were brought out in two groups of about twenty kids in each group. The kids ranged in ages from eight to seventeen. They all got a chance to sit in the cars and I had cards printed up and signed them for the kids. We had a really amazing time there and it was about as much fun as I have ever had with my racecar, on or off the track.

On Friday we had our last three-hour endurance race of the year. The final race of the endurance championship will be an eight-hour race in December. At the start there were 26 cars in the race and 7 in my class. I started the race on the pole because I had the lead in the season points. It wasn’t long before we gave up the overall lead to a Porsche cup car that was classed above us and considerably faster. What mattered more was we had a battle developing with a Mustang that was 2 seconds behind us but running identical lap times to mine and the 350z that we have battled with all year was on the mustangs heals. We continued this way until we had a full coarse yellow flag and I made the mistake of coming in to pit and fueling under the yellow. Under NASA rules you cannot fuel under a yellow flag, and it was just a bad call on my part as I had confused the rules from Historic racing. We were given a 4-minute penalty for this and went back out well back from the leaders. We worked our way back up through the field from 11th on lap 29 to 6th on lap 39 and when the others started making their stops we moved back up to 2nd overall on lap 41. When the Porsche cup car pitted on lap 41 and then again on lap 43 we took over the lead overall. The Porsche pitted again on lap 45 but was soon back out and apparently over its problems because it was running us down fast and by lap 55 he was by us in a flash. We had to pit on lap 59 and moved back to third overall and second in class to the 350z. On lap 63 the Porsche cup car retired from the race and then on lap 68 the 350z made its last stop. From there we never gave the lead back and finished 1st overall.

For the weekend we had a good field in GTS including six cars signed up with us in GTS-3. Out of these cars was David White who is driver I respect with a car that is very well prepared and who at this race last year when my car was new to us lapped me.

For Saturday’s race David was qualified ahead of me and there were a few GTS-4 (the class above us) that would be starting between us. We had an amazing race and David drove a great race in which we traded positions several times over 40 minutes but when the checkered flag dropped I had the lead by less the 2/10 of a second (.18) giving me the win in GTS-3.

On Sunday I qualified 1st in GTS-3 but there was less the half a second separating the first three cars in GTS-3’s qualifying times. I got a great start but it all went to waist when the race was stopped on the first lap because of a crash. When we went back to green flag racing David got an amazing jump giving me a valuable lesson in race-craft and I was never able to make up the difference but finished with a solid second in GTS-3.
During Sunday’s drivers meeting I was also awarded the “Workers Choice” award for the Thunder group for best handling. The “workers’ are the people who man the flag stations around the track. They are very important to racers and it really means a lot to me to receive recognition from them.

We had a great weekend and left having clinched the championship in GTS-3 and a good lead in the Endurance Championship both in class and overall. A huge thanks to the crew for giving me a great car, and to the NASA Southeast family for a great event. Also thank you to the kids of the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter for your support.

Drew Ewing
Fandango Racing

In car from Saturday's Thunder Race:

In car from Sunday's Thunder Race:





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Old 08-18-2008, 06:40 AM   #2
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Well done; congrats. Nice touches in the video: intro fading to start, picture-in-picture, good sound, etc.
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:45 PM   #3
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Congratulations, sounds amazing!
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:18 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:19 AM   #5
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Congrats, more pictures of the event please
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Old 08-23-2008, 08:35 PM   #6
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Congrats, more pictures of the event please
here are some links to more pictures from event:
http://good-times.webshots.com/album/565391539weIufx
http://nasasepix.shutterfly.com

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