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Zone Rep Report November 2014

Liz ShawIn the Zone by Liz Shaw

Hello Zone 9ers,

Miller Motorsport in September means PCA Club Racing and the weekend was lots of fun! I got to the track on Friday, after getting some work done at the hotel and everything was well underway. The schedule for Friday included PCA Test & Tune Group and 2 DE groups. It was nice to see some friends from Colorado and to meet up with the friendly folks from Intermountain Region. There were also drivers from Nevada, California, and Arizona.

Saturday’s schedule consisted of more practice and DE groups, plus a sprint race and enduro. The weather cooperated and it was a great day for track driving. If you’ve never been to Miller, you gotta go! It’s a huge track and you can see just about the entire track from the shaded outdoor seating area, above the garages. I was in the control room and able to hear the communication between PCA, the track officials, and the corner workers.

For the enduro, I handed Pirelli hats to the class winners: GTC3, 1) Darrell Troester; 2) Chris Vivolo; 3) Karsten Nossack; GTC4: Russ Timmons; GTC5: 1) Joe Bank; 2) Annand Sharma.

On Sunday, the weather was not nearly as cooperative as the day before and it rained off and on almost all day. By the time the Super Sprint got started, the track was very wet and there was standing water in several areas. The GT classes started out with 7 cars but by the end of the race, there were only 2 drivers left. Everyone was driving fairly slowly and the drivers who didn’t change to rain tires had to go even slower. In GTC5, Annand Sharma finished ahead of Joe Bank.

The next weekend after the Club Races, I traveled to French Lick, Indiana, for Parade planning. I’d never been to that area of the country before and the drive from Louisville, KY, to French Lick, gave me a sense of the countryside: miles of green meadows and leafy trees! The resort in French Lick consists of two hotels, the French Lick Springs Hotel and the West Baden Springs Hotel, and PCA will take over both hotels next year. The managers were extremely welcoming to us and they’re very excited to host Parade in June. I went to the regional airport where the autocross, Drive & Compare, and Street Survival School will be held and it was very exciting to see all the space we’ll have! We’ll be able to use the runway and the taxiway for our events.

On Saturday, we were taken on a tour of the entire property and we were very impressed with the elegance and beauty of both hotels. There’s a little pizza counter, 6-lane bowling alley, and bar in the lower level, next to the spa and fitness center. Concours prep will be accommodated in the indoor tennis courts and the concours will be held in the nearby golf course. The Time/Speed/Distance and Gimmick Rally Chairs spent time on Friday and Saturday, getting ideas for their respective events.

I came back home on Sunday but several PCA members stayed in French Lick for other Parade planning. The resort is going to be a wonderful location for Parade 2015.  

And then the NEXT weekend, I joined lots of Roadrunners at oh-dark-hundred for the Balloon Fiesta launch party at Porsche of Albuquerque. The dealership has been very generous and supportive of our Region for many years and they had coffee, juice, muffins, and breakfast burritos for us on Saturday morning. The weather was perfect and we saw hundreds of balloons rise into the sky for the Mass Ascension. It was great to visit with fellow Roadrunners and get caught up on how they spent their summer.

Still to come in October is Carrera Region’s OktoberFiesta in Deming and Las Cruces, NM, and then in November, Roadrunner Region will host their Die Serie Finale at Motiva Speedway, west of Albuquerque.

Last year, I thoroughly enjoyed PCA Tech Tactics West in Ontario, CA, and I plan to attend again this year. The tech sessions were very informative and it was great to see old friends and meet new PCA members. Registration should open in October so watch e-Brake News for more info.

Hope to see you in the remaining months of 2014!

Liz Shaw
Zone 9 Rep

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