Down to the wire at Mid-Ohio

The Skip Barber National Championship presented by RACER has finally reached its conclusion. We have descended upon the Mid-Ohio race track for Rounds 13 and 14 of the 14 round series, the champion of which earns $100,000 in scholarship for 2006 competition.

Oddly enough, we are racing during the week. Our first practices took place today, while Qualifying and the Round 13 Race will take place Tuesday, and then Qualifying and Round 14 will take place Wednesday.

Mid-Ohio, for those of you who have not raced here, is a technical track. The corners appear quickly from one to the next with minimal straightaway in between. Because of the frequent corners and elevation changes, the driver's performance becomes a little more important than on a "power-track" that might reward stronger cars. You might say I really like this type of challenge.

I am very highly focused now. Sometimes the driving is like autopilot, while other times I work on specific problems at certain corners. The sessions, which are 35 minutes long, feel as if they are 10 minutes. The day, normally 10 hours at the track, feels like only 2. Am I in the zone? You bet.

Here are today's times, along with a link to a recent article by Rick Roso at

Huge thanks to my legion of friends who participated this past weekend in the Skip Barber Regional Series and Masters National Championship. Every time you guys gave me a pat on the back, it made me stronger for what I must now do.

Wish me luck...


Skip Barber National Championship presented by RACER
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Monday September 5, 2005

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