Yes you are looking at the 2nd fastest TTE driver in the country. There were 5 drivers in my class, and it was some of the most intense competition I've ever been involved with.
At this point, I have to thank my lovely wife Lisa and my daughter Claire for putting up with me, especially the couple weeks before Nationals when I was stressed and making last-minute setup changes. Here they are in front of the Old Mansfield Reformatory.
I also have to thank my crew chief and good friend Allen Pervo. Here we are in hot pits, note he has the stop watch and just got done taking tire temperatures/pressures. It is easy to drive the car fast when you have someone to collect and analyze all of your data then make sure the car setup is perfect. I couldn't have asked for the car to feel better my last session. Thanks Al.
Also thanks to the Lizard for sponsoring us, having such a good wing nite, and of course conducting the beer tour.
For Nationals I put a small rememberence of my father on the car, it is in the driver's side quarter window which came in handy when I got the car pretty sideways a couple of times - it gave me something to look at and pray instead of just closing my eyes like usual.
Since our class was so close we had a long tense wait for final results. I can't tell you how good it was to finally see this! Note that the first four drivers in TTE are less than half a second apart!
In addition to driving, there were also some good parties including a reception at the Old Mansfield Reformatory.
Here I am outside the reformatory in the free beer line (go figure).
Claire doesn't look too upset about being behind bars, which could spell trouble.
Claire enjoying an apple at the track.