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Zone Rep Report October 2014

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

Mid-August in Colorado and you know what that means – PCA Club Racing and HPDE at High Plains Raceway! This year’s event was spectacular and went off without a hitch, thanks to the dedication of RMR/PCA Club Race Co-Chairs Brian Leary and Vicki Earnshaw and their hard-working team. I arrived at the track on Friday morning, August 15th, and started hanging the sponsor banners, with the help of fellow Zone Rep, Kim Fritze, from Zone 10. There was a buzz in the air as everyone was preparing for a fun weekend.

Friday’s schedule consisted of Registration, “Track Chalk-talk” and practice. That evening, everyone was treated to a “Brats, Brews and Blues” party, featuring Austin Young.

On Saturday, things got started early with more practice, including Race Group practice. Then in the afternoon, the 1-Hour Enduro Race got started and the competition was fierce. My job as the Zone Rep was to present Pirelli hats to the GTC4 and GTC5 winners and to take their pictures. High Plains Raceway doesn’t have a “winners circle” area and it was a hot day, so I had to run after the drivers as they headed to their trailers and get their pictures before they changed out of their race suits. The good thing was that I was able to keep track of the winners with the Race Monitor app on my iPad so I knew who to “target”. In the GTC4 class, co-drivers M. Vess and J. Hart came in first, followed by Tommy Dean and Pat Laughlin. In the GTC5 class, Joe Bank came in first, followed by Pierce Marshall and Ken Finch. One of the biggest classes in the Enduro Race was with Boxsters and it was great to see the competition.

Everyone enjoyed socializing and sharing a delicious dinner in the track Pavilion that night. Big hats off to Kathy Fricke and her team of workers who made sure that there was enough water during the day and that everything was ready for the dinner. A classy touch was to have fresh flowers on every table.

Sunday’s schedule consisted of Drivers’ Education sessions, practice sessions, and Race Group qualifying sessions. Then in afternoon, there were two races. In GTC4, Race #1, Tommy Dean came in first, followed by Pat Laughlin and Mike Vess. In GTC5, Race #1, Joe Bank came in first, followed by Ken Finch and Pierce Marshall. For Race #2, GTC4, Mike Vess came in first, followed by Pat Laughlin. Joe Bank finished again in first place in the GTC5 Race #2, followed by Ken Finch.

After the last Drivers’ Education group finished their session, there was an awards ceremony in the Pavilion. Fun, fun, fun! Everyone worked hard to create a great experience for the drivers and we look forward to next year’s Club Race. For more information and pictures of the weekend, go to http://www.rmrclubrace.com/.

For me, the next PCA Club Race I’ll attend is during the 3rd weekend in September at Miller Motorsport, outside of Salt Lake City. I’m sure it’ll be another fun weekend and I’m looking forward to it.

Coming up in October, I’ll attend Carrera Region’s OktoberFiesta in Deming and Las Cruces, NM. This is the Region’s biggest event of the year and they put on a great event, full of socializing and driving. It’s always fun to see fellow Zone 9 members and there are usually some PCA members from Tucson at the event.

There are still plenty of events going on in Zone 9 so don’t forget about the Zone 9 Challenge! You can get to the Region websites from the Zone 9 website, plus the Zone 9 calendar has much of the Region event information in it. Speaking of the Zone 9 website, Sean Cridland has done a superb job with the website (and winning the top prize for Zone websites at Parade 2013) but his schedule is getting too full to continue as the webmaster. If you’re interested in taking over as the Zone 9 webmaster, please get in touch with me.

Cheers!

Liz Shaw
Zone 9 Rep

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