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Old 11-07-2004, 11:34 PM   #1
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Summit and Season???????

Well???
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Old 11-08-2004, 09:01 AM   #2
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Congrats to the 2004 American Iron champion...Bryan Shugg!!

Congrats also need to go out to Brian Smith for finishing second and Beau Dunnivant for finishing third and taking home two wins at Summit Point this weekend. Brian and Beau have come a long way and have proved to be very competitive drivers in the series. This weekends racing was some of the closest and best racing I've ever witnessed in the AI series. Shugg, Smith, Beau, and Bob Kaser battled both days to almost photo finishes and provided some VERY exciting racing. The weekend was left with everyone saying they can't wait until next year.

If the ending of the season in 2004 is any indication of what we're to witness in 2005, we are certainly in for a treat. I look very forward to the 2005 AI season.
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:01 AM   #3
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I finally got to watch an AI race on Sunday (from turn 3), definitely a good one to see. A good battle the first few laps between Beau and Bob, then the suspense of watching Bryan move closer every lap and wondering if he'd get a shot at Beau before the checker. Beau, did you qualify up front or was that a result of your standing start skill? Plus I was interested in watching Frank Barba move through the field in his Comp Coupe as well - even if he wasn't really racing anyone. After seeing him in the mirror following my HPDE1 student all weekend while breaking in the motor in the CC it was nice to see the car driven in anger (well, mild annoyance).

Anybody know what happened to Nelson at the end of the race? When he slowly pulled off after T3 it looked like he was going into the trees. I was afraid he was going to finish the year with a "bang" like last year.

After the past two events I'm looking forward to joining the fray next year. Now I need to study the driver profile photos so I can recognize everybody when they're NOT in a driver suit.
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:53 AM   #4
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After the past two events I'm looking forward to joining the fray next year. Now I need to study the driver profile photos so I can recognize everybody when they're NOT in a driver suit.
Ha ha! No worries - I'm horrible with names and faces too.

This weekend was awesome. It was some of the closest racing I've ever had in the past 3 years of AI. The entire 7-hr trip home, Jason and I were talking about how much fun we had, how close the racing was, and how 2005 should be killer. I can't wait for next season with several new drivers entering the fray.

Qualifying on Saturday had the top 4 AI cars within 0.7 seconds of one another, with Brian Smith on pole. It was anyone's guess who was going to claim the checker. Saturday's race finish had Beau Dunnivant out front, Brian Smith in the #2 position, Bob Kaser in #3, and myself in #4. The racing was tight and clean.

Sunday was much of the same. A bum qualifying session (a car spun and was in a precarious position on the track) split the AI field a bit more than Saturday. Beau captured the pole. Beau AGAIN managed to pull off the trump spot at race's end with a very convincing victory. Despite Beau's dominance, the racing was very tight. He had to earn his victory with several assaults from the AI grid. Fortunately for Beau, Brian and Bob both talked about how their cars were washing away as the race went on. Old tires will do that...

Bob Kaser will be a force when he gets some bigger brakes and wheels (he was running 12" dual piston and 16" wheels). He promises to bring the thunder next year. Beau, Brian, and Bob are driving the snot out of their cars. They are running record-quality AI times on old tires. AI times are now consistently deep into the 1:23/1:24 range at Summit Point, which when you consider that all of the top cars are overweight by a good margin, is pretty impressive stuff.

Hey Beau - I'm glad I finally was able to pass you on Sunday, albeit on the tow home. I hope I didn't scare Mike too much by hanging out the window...

I'm still totally pumped up from these past 2 weekends of racing. The last two weekend were awesome. The relationship we (AI) have with the CMC drivers is pretty great. I'm hoping we can "banner" all three series the same next year so our car counts will look stronger. It's a natural fit and one that I think would improve exposure for all three series (CMC, AI, and AIX). The car numbers are rising and the comradery is just plain awesome in pony car racing.

Anyone know if Harold's luck will improve next year? I felt for him when he lost the wheel with only a few laps to go. The CMC crowd are great racers and even better people. I enjoy racing with them every time we take to the track.

I guess the next time I'll see everyone will be at the awards ceremony. Looking forward to it.
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Old 11-08-2004, 01:25 PM   #5
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Hey Bryan,

Congratulations on the championship! Way to go to all you other AI/AIX guys that I haven't officially met yet too! It was killing me this year not being able to race with you guys but I guess I have to learn to walk before I can run. Now that I've gotten my provisional comp license, I'm ready - it just sucks that I have to wait unitl 2005! Anyway, I can't wait. Y'all just make sure you take it easy on us rookie's next year! Again, congrats to everyone on an awesome season!

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Old 11-08-2004, 02:05 PM   #6
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Great weekend. Great racing. AND I even got a credit for my troubles...




Does anyone know of any track events in the next 4-6 weeks in the mid-atlantic region (SP, Lowes, CMP, VIR, etc)?
I'd like to get one more event in this season, if I can.
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Old 11-08-2004, 04:10 PM   #7
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Man what a weekend! What tight competition! In the Sunday race I looked in my mirror about half way through the race(at the time I was in the lead) and I could see the second, third and forth place cars. ALL of them were in my rear view mirror. Any of these four cars could have easily won the race. In the Saturday race I was in fourth place and the top three cars were in my windshield.

I have had an awesome time this year racing with all the AI guys(read: AI, AIX, CMC). I have run with All three east coast regions this year, and what I find wherever I go are friendly people who are eager to lend a hand if the need arises. This year I have been to CMP, Putnam Park, Road Atlanta, Summit Point(4 times), VIR, MID-Ohio, I think I am forgeting one. Anyway, When I put my car in the tires at VIR, Brian Smith jumped in to help without hesitation. When Kent Lydic broke his transmission, I loaned him my spare. When Tone and Wilson needed a fuel pump at Putnam Park, Mark Luna had one. When Remen and Smeltzer wrecked at Mid-Ohio, half the field helped pack them up, and tended to their needs. I know that AI has struggled this year, But after the last two weekends in the Virginia region, I feel that we can look to 2005 with great expectations. I am so glad that we were able to end this season on a positive note. Racing series are run by humans. Humans are flawed, therefore racing series are flawed.

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Old 11-08-2004, 04:47 PM   #8
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Beau, did you qualify up front or was that a result of your standing start skill?

Anybody know what happened to Nelson at the end of the race? When he slowly pulled off after T3 it looked like he was going into the trees. I was afraid he was going to finish the year with a "bang" like last year.

Well, My standing starts looked more like smoke screens this past weekend. I think I need to go back to the basics.

Nelson had engine problems. I am not sure what happened.
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Old 11-08-2004, 05:30 PM   #9
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Does anyone know of any track events in the next 4-6 weeks in the mid-atlantic region (SP, Lowes, CMP, VIR, etc)?
I'd like to get one more event in this season, if I can.
At Summit there's a FATT Nov. 19 (wait list only), Car Guys on Shenandoah this Fri-Sun. Not sure if EMRA is racing only or not the following weekend on the main track.
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Old 11-08-2004, 06:09 PM   #10
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Congrats Brian!!!

Glad this year went well for you and the others.

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Old 11-09-2004, 12:12 PM   #11
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It would be great to see some in-car Beau.
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Old 11-09-2004, 02:07 PM   #12
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That Sunday race was real close. http://www.nasaracing.net/04Nov06/su...%20110704.html
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Old 11-10-2004, 12:26 PM   #13
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Am I reading this right? Less that a half of a second between 1 and 2 then about 8 sec. later, less than a half of a second between 3 and 4? That is closer than I thought and I was in the race!!!
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By the way congratulations to Alan Kefauver for completing his first American Iron Race. We also enjoyed the presence of Mr. Dobyns an A-Sedan racer who joined us in AI for this race. He was running AIX because of tires, but plans to be AI next time out.
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Am I reading this right? Less that a half of a second between 1 and 2 then about 8 sec. later, less than a half of a second between 3 and 4? That is closer than I thought and I was in the race!!!
You're reading it right Beau. I HOPE to see Shugg's in-car this weekend.
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