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One word summary? Wet

More details: lots of rain!

I'm sitting in 7th place after my runs today, my runs were better than I expected after the "practice" runs we ended up having this morning. We'll see what happens tomorrow but I believe it is still going to rain. If it dries up at all it could get really interesting tomorrow.

Toledo ProSolo Update

Chris Hammond

Quick update: Got home about an hour and a half ago, 8 hour drive, the POS Ford check engine light came on again.

The Corvette Z06 team filled in the top bottom two places at the Toledo ProSolo... Not much good to be said of the weekend, except I got some good spin footage to add to the White Tornado collection.

I'll be working on video from last weekend and this weekend over the next few days to get all the runs posted.

I'm headed to bed, hoping for 8 hours sleep, though if I want to leave at 6am I'm not going to get it! I've got the car loaded, but still have to do a bit of packing of clothing in the morning. The Corvette should get a workout this weekend, 2 drivers in SS and 1 driver in SM2! I'll post from Toledo later this weekend.

Another ProSolo Trophy!

Chris Hammond
It might not be in my usual class but it is a ProSolo trophy nonetheless! I placed 4th in the Washington DC ProSolo this weekend in ESP. It was a fun class to run in with the positions changing quite a bit both days. Now I'm working for a week here in Baltimore then fly to Indy to rent a car and drive up to the Peru National Tour to find my Corvette and hopefully see how well I do against the top level competition that is lined up for Peru.
Well, today went well. First runs in the morning I had a decent time on the left side of the course, the right side though I had cones on both runs. With the cones I ended up sitting in second to last place, 9 of 10. This afternoon though I was able to clean up my runs and get myself into 4th place out of 10. I'm happy with where I am, though I think I can get some more time out of the left side course tomorrow if it isn't raining. If it is raining I figure the results from today will stand.

This morning I got up and went to the Udvar Hazy exhibit of the Smithsonian Air and Space Musuem out in Virginia. It was well worth the trip, I got to see a Space Shuttle, that had to be the coolest part. I took a couple hundred photos, I'm going through some of them this evening and should have them posted on my flickr page later.

After that I headed over to Fedex Field to see how the setup for the ProSolo was going. I spotted the Purple Beast (1982 Camaro) that I will be driving on Saturday and Sunday and headed up to introduce myself to Eric, one of the owners of the car, I'm his codriver for the weekend. I walked around a bit and said hello to a few folks and then got some tickets for the practice starts.

Eric took a few starts and then I took a couple to see how the car felt. To be honest, it definitely doesn't have the power that the Corvette does (one wouldn't expect that), we will see though, that might not be a bad thing. The clutch is the one thing that I think will take some getting used to, that and not having ABS. The ABS thing will be interesting based on my normal style of slamming on the brakes hard. I don't think that will be necessary on this ProSolo course here in DC.

More tomorrow.

Wax ecstatic

Chris Hammond

So after providing a day of DotNetNuke Training downtown here in St. Louis I came home and decided to finish up on the car. I used the cleaner wax, then put a coat of polish on, then a coat of yellow wax. I hadn't planned to do all three coats tonight but I really don't have much time in the next week to do this.

Thursday I'm flying to Baltimore again, I was just there in the area last month. I'll be doing another week of DNN training for a new client and took the opportunity to fly in early to meet with a client or two, and run the DC ProSolo! I'll be running an ESP Camaro this weekend, it shoud be fun. After the week of training I'm flying to Indianapolis to run the Peru National Tour at Grissom AFB yet again!

Imagine my suprise today when I check out the current ProSolo points and find my own name at the top of the list! Granted, I'm the only one of three in SS who has run two events, but still I'm #1!! I imagine that won't be the case come DC Pro, unless I find my way out to DC and a Codrive in SS, the first part being the easy part.

New Media

Chris Hammond
Being out of town I don't have access to some of the hardware that I need to put the video together from this past weekend at the Atlanta ProSolo. I will spend some time next week doing that, as well as working with the video I take at the National Tour this weekend.

For now though, you can check out a video that I put together a few weeks ago working in the garage.
So it is Monday now, time for a review of the 2008 Doublecross SCCA ProSolo event that was held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this past weekend. Nick and I left St. Louis Friday morning around 3am, pretty darn early, though we almost needed to leave even earlier. The trip went okay, but north of Atlanta we ran into some construction on 75, it took us about an hour or more to go 5 miles as they merged 3 lanes down to 1 lane so they could do some emergency bridge repairs.

We rolled into AMS around 4:30pm, so it was a 12 hour trip (1 hour time change), but that included a quick carwash once we were in town. We unloaded the car from the trailer and quickly got it teched, then changed the tires to get up to the line for some practice starts. Friday evening we walked the course a few times, I'm a fan of getting some good course walks in so I can visualize what I want to do, Nick takes fewer walks as he doesn't like to overwalk/analyze the course. To each his own.
The doublecross class competition is over. I ended up 5th, Nick in 10th. I had a redlight run that I pushed, was one of the fastest times on that side of the course, so I am happy with that. Nick had cleanliness issues today. Tomorrow we do a 5 bracket competition, I seeded 48th overall, so I'll be running against the 113th seed, an SM2 RX-7.

Well, less than 24 hours from now Nick and I will be on the road to Atlanta. We're planning on pulling out of St. Louis around 3am, but we'll see how that goes. I will have a lot to do tonight to get ready. Load the car on the trailer, pack the van. Yup, VAN, I'm taking the SoloPerformance.com Church Van down to Atlanta. Much thanks to Dave for the loaner tow vehicle!

I mounted up the tires on the old street wheels last night. New Hoosier rubber for this weekend, hopefully we can get down in time to do some practice starts and get some of the new tire mold off.

It should be a fun weekend, and hopefully I'll have some great videos together. A big thanks to CorvetteZ06.org's Newest Sponsor, Chase Cam, www.chasecam.com. I've used Chase Cam equipment many times throughout the years and now get the chance to work with some of their newest equipment, needless to say I am stoked!

See you all in Atlanta!

Newport ProSolo Results

Chris Hammond
Wow what a weekend. So here it goes, it is 10:19pm, let's see how long this takes. Wednesday after class I ran home and grabbed the truck so I could run off and pick up the trailer. I grabed the trailer and Andy Hohl helped me load the car up. I had to load up on Wednesday night because I was heading to Atlanta Thursday morning. The trailer load went well, as did the trip to Atlanta and back. Friday morning I left the house around 7:30 and hit the road to Newport Arkansas.

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