Racing

With our move to Seattle in December 2011, racing became a memory. To honor this memory, I’ve kept the information below as it was when I stopped racing with any regularity. I will update the stats if necessary, but everything else will be preserved for prosperity.

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My dad and I race our 25 year old Porsche 944s in an amateur racing series (formerly) known as the 944 Cup. My dad, with website support from me, has built the series from the ground. In the last 8+ years, it’s become a successful way for the drivers of the underpowered 944 to come and enjoy racing their cars and have a great time while doing it. We average about seven weekends a year and usually run from April to November. It all comes out of our pockets and it’s definitely not the cheapest hobby out there.

The car I race is a 1985.5 Porsche 944 that is a mere shadow of its original self. Basically it’s been rebuilt from the ground up for the purpose of racing even though it’s still considered to be in the “stock” class. Stock is misleading in that it’s not street legal and I’ve no intentions of making it so. She and I have been through a lot over the years. Perhaps most notable was the removal of the roof by way of the Jaws of Life. I wasn’t hurt and it turns out everything was just precautionary. All in all she’s been good to me… far better than I’ve been to her.

Total Starts
110
Mean Finish
6.4
Median Finish
6
Mode Finish
4
Non-Race Days
40
Personal Best Race Lap
BeaveRun
1:11.3xx
CMP
1:59.765
Daytona
2:30.387
Mid-Ohio
1:48.520
Mosport
1:47.506
NJMP Lightning
1:23.061
NJMP Thunderbolt
1:41.395
Summit Main
1:27.812
VIR North
1:47.922
VIR Full
2:20.920
Watkins Glen
2:21.321
Finish Count – In Class
1st
2
2nd
6
3rd
13
4th
20
5th
14
6th
9
7th
8
8th
14
9th
7
10th+
17

There seems to a definitive set of questions that I receive on a regular basis regarding my racing career, hobby or whatever else you want to call it. Below, I’ve done my best to answer these questions in hopes that you’ll get a general understanding of what I do with my spare time and how I blow my so-called “disposable” income.

Question: How fast do you go?
Answer: Well, the fastest I’ve ever gone and had the guts to look down and the speedometer is 140 mph. I’m sure the car will go faster but we run out of room before we max out our speed. Road circuit racing is about going fast around turns, not in a straight line. Imagine screaming down your neighborhood street at 140 mph, not braking until about 300 to 400 feet before your driveway and then pulling in as fast as possible so the guy right on your ass doesn’t get in there first. That’s Turn 1.

Question: You ever crash?
Answer: I’ve been known to get in a scrape here and there. We try our best not to make contact because not only is it extremely dangerous at triple digit speeds, any damage is coming straight from our pocket. If you can find someone to insure you it’ll probably cost about $250/day. Most people do whatever they can to avoid contact and luckily I’ve been unhurt in any of the incidents I’ve been in.

Question: How did you get into racing?
Answer: I am lucky enough to come from a racing background. We’re not the Andrettis but my paternal grandfather loved cars and racing. He spent years participating in amateur racing and did a fair share with my dad 30 years ago. Once I reached college age, my dad started to introduce me to the idea of amateur racing. When recently asked how he knew I would do well he replied, “I knew he had talent from the time he was beatin’ me on anything with wheels,” referring to our many go-kart outings. As much as we argue, it’s really been a way for him to share with me what his dad shared with him. Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away when I was 13 so he never got to see me race but there isn’t a weekend I’m on track that I don’t think about him looking down on me. I have high expectations of myself in hopes of making both him and my dad proud.

Question: Do you win prizes?
Answer: The short answer is yes. The long is well, a little longer than that. The series that we run does offer prizes for different things but what I win in the course of year probably defrays the cost of 1 race weekend. We’re in it for the pride, the companionship and of course the adrenalin.

Question: Do you watch NASCAR?
Answer: For some reason, everyone thinks that people who like cars or racing watch NASCAR. I have watched about 0.72 total hours of NASCAR in my life and I don’t plan on ever increasing that number. As bad as it sounds, I consider myself a racing snob. I tend to pay more attention to series like F1 and CART and make fun of people who watch NASCAR. Any self-respecting, non-Budweiser drinking American should do the same.