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Old 06-20-2004, 08:22 AM   #1
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Road Atlanta - AI report

Okay, the subject is misleading because I don't have enough facts for a real report...

I showed up just before qualifying to watch the AI guys run. Qualifying ended with a huge rain shower blowing through. The shower lasted all of 2 minutes and the track dried up for the rest of the day. Shugg said he came over the hill at turn 11 and drove into a wall of rain. Everything just dissappeared. Freaky!

There was a lot of cars in the big bore race. I have no idea what the numbers were, but there were probably 10-15 AI/AIX cars, 5-10 CMC cars, about 6 BMWs and I think 6 FFR's. Somebody correct those numbers for me...

There was a black firebird AIX car and a Volvo-BMW (a BWM with Volvo labels???) that just tore up the field. The start was one of the most impressive shows of power I've seen. They duked it out at the front until about 3 laps from the end where the firebird took an extra 30 seconds or so to come around. We're guessing he went off. I'm pretty sure he still won AIX and am also pretty sure he still took second over all.

I'm also pretty sure Shugg won the AI group. Unfortunately, I have no idea who else placed where. From what I could tell, there was some real good racing with quite a bit of action in turn 1. It looked pretty clean as well.

Anyway, hopefully somebody can add to this lame report with some actual data. I know Jimmy and I had a blast watching and it was really good to see everybody again. I even got a surprise in seeing Steve Ragen there. His car has come a long way! It's looking real good. I'm also glad to see his dad gave up the Miata for a "real" car.

Okay, I'm off to rub aloe on my bald sunburnt head now...
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Old 06-20-2004, 06:33 PM   #2
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sounds like it was great fun to watch.

congrats to shugg.

so when you going back to race tom
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Old 06-20-2004, 06:54 PM   #3
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so when you going back to race tom
It'll be a while. I finally sold my company a few months back and have a "normal" job again, so maybe I can get started pretty soon. I have a '79 coupe in the garage waiting for me to get to work on, so maybe next year.

Right now, I'm having fun watching you guys spend all the money.
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Old 06-21-2004, 08:48 PM   #4
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Shugg placed 1st both days. Sunday's race was close. The orange mod motored AI car was leading until what looked like a mech failure in the front straight (Brian Smith maybe?). Couple of offs, one by that bad ass firechicken, and another AI in the tire wall at 7. All in all, an excellent weekend.

Tom, great to see ya again, even for a short bit. And after 3 years of talking smack, I finally got some seat time with Shugg. Don't know if it was good or bad, he signed me off and ran away screaming.....LOL
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Old 06-22-2004, 10:20 AM   #5
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The orange mod motored AI car was leading until what looked like a mech failure in the front straight (Brian Smith maybe?).

right, that is Brian Smith out of Richmond. However, we AI types affectionately know him as Princess or Swaybar Smith.
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Old 06-22-2004, 03:51 PM   #6
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right, that is Brian Smith out of Richmond. However, we AI types affectionately know him as Princess or Swaybar Smith.

That's right! He was wearing his 'princess' plate wasn't he?

Anyone get a picture?
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Old 06-22-2004, 05:52 PM   #7
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So there we were flying through the downhill esses. Brian Smith is right in front of me, Shugg is right behind me, and all I can think of is the tag on the back of Smith's car. Does that say princess? HUH.
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I think Beau like getting trophies. http://www.nasa-southeast.com/2004ju...G_2512_JPG.jpg
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Old 07-03-2004, 12:04 AM   #9
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I think Beau like getting trophies. http://www.nasa-southeast.com/2004ju...G_2512_JPG.jpg
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Which ass is Pantas looking at? I think Shugg can feel that stare

Anyway, congrats to Shugg and everyone else. Sounds like it was a solid weekend.


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Which ass is Pantas looking at? I think Shugg can feel that stare
The sad part about it is that I am not even looking at Bobbie in that pic - I was actually drooling over all the Valvoline Race Oil we were giving away !
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Are the results posted somewhere? I was interested to see what kind of times the AI and AIX boys are running at RA (to compare with my own times of course!)

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Old 07-27-2004, 08:43 AM   #12
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Are the results posted somewhere?
I'm not totally certain what some of the other times were, but I ran a 1:42.0xx (think it was an .016) on Saturday. It was my first time there with the AI car. Sunday's race was a bit hectic. I think you would have seen times fall but, a red flag early on and mechanical troubles prevented people from running top notch times.

After some discussion with a few RA veterans and learning where I lost time (that track is COMPLEX!!), we think AI times should be able to get into the 1:38's.
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Bryan, that is a pretty good time. I have been able to get down into the 1:41's, but I don't see myself going any faster than that. I know I could pick up a little on turn 12, but I don't think it is worth the risk. I know the T1 corvette record is around 1:39. If you guys can get to a 1:38 your cars are getting extremely fast.

What was the full course vir time for AI/AIX? I got a 2:12.4 last time, I was pretty happy with that. There was a T1 vette there who helped me out a lot. He set the T1 record at 2:09.

Are you going to NASA at RA in August? I would like to run with them in the HPDE, and then attend their instructor training in Sept. to get on with them as an instructor. I've done quite a few laps at RA.

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Bryan, that is a pretty good time. I have been able to get down into the 1:41's, but I don't see myself going any faster than that. I know I could pick up a little on turn 12, but I don't think it is worth the risk. I know the T1 corvette record is around 1:39. If you guys can get to a 1:38 your cars are getting extremely fast.
Take it from one that knows... DO NOT PUSH TURN 12!!!

When I had my little accident, I was running unofficial 1:40 with somebody else timing. That's also with one wheel peel. I was on the way to breaking 1:40 when turn 12 bit.
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Did you have a bad crash in turn 12?
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