Wednesday, February 18, 2009

(61) Mustangs are challenging

I've had my eye on the Miller Cup for a couple of months now.

Basically, it's like the Cooper Challenge in Europe - a factory-supported single-make spec race series.

Just about the best thing since sliced bread for showcasing raw talent. And they do a scholarship package to the championship winner for Koni Challenge for a ride in a Mustang.

I just got a call from Peter Parrot, co-owner of Speedworks R&D, who worked both with Jack Brabham and Jackie Stewart during their Formula 1 careers. We talked a bit about the series. It's very affordable for a professional series. I'm still going to need sponsorship, but in this climate that will be hard.

If I'm going to do the series (and believe me, if I do anything beyond karts, and I will, it'll be this) I need to get my Grand Am license from the Ford Racing School at Miller Motorsports Park.

But, I don't think it will happen this year. Next year, maybe. I'll go to local companies throughout the year and see what I can do. I'll also keep up with Peter and Speedworks, and I'll probably go down to Laguna Seca for their race there in May.

Friday, February 13, 2009

(60) USA Formula 1


What we know:

* They will be based in Charlotte.

* Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor are involved.

* They will showcase American drivers with American cars.

* Based on the above site's countdown, the press reveal will be on the 24th. They might also do something on SPEED channel.

* They are aiming to compete in the 2010 Formula 1 season.

And beyond that, no one has a clue. We'll see at the end of this month.

Monday, February 9, 2009

(59) Egghead

I've just bought myself a helmet, a B2Z R31 to be exact. Now I won't have to use the ill-fitting school ones (my head is a weird shape). It's good for automotive impacts as well so I'll probably be using it for bigger things. I want to get it painted, but I'm not sure yet what colors to get it in. I'm thinking of doing a Senna tribute, using his pattern but my own colors (red base with black stripes with silver details). Lewis Hamilton has a tribute helmet also, with Senna's colors but his own pattern. But it'll be a while before I get it painted as a custom job is expensive. So it's white for now.

While I was at the track I talked a little bit with the Jim Russell guys and watched the Audi R8s do some laps.

I'm really itching to get back in the driver's seat and it sucks being at the track with no prospect of driving. What one of the instructors said to me was disconcerting, as well. "You're starting way late, the kid that won the Barber Championship was like 13". Yeah, I am starting way late. I figure I can get to Le Mans, though. Is that a naive statement? Probably. But there's nothing like a little naivity to get you somewhere interesting.