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Old 04-12-2009, 11:27 AM   #1
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So Easter weekend brings my first Endurance race. Not really nervous but anxious. And then my teamates tell me 10 minutes before start that i drew the first stint. I was actually excited to get out there. Got a pretty decent launch then came the cluster in turn 1. Isn't TWS (Texas World Speedway) notorious for turn 1 crashes? Well we all made it out. Overall it was a pretty decent day for racing. The weather held up and we finished without incident. well almost,
I did get hit by a bike in turn 3 as I made a pass. I stayed up I think he went off into the grass SORRY! And then I was pushing as I was workin on turn 8A and couldnt quit make the turn so I cut across the grass and jumped the ditch (reminded me of Isle of Man I watched on Friday) and got back on track with out losing position. Overall I learned alot from yesterday.

I want to say thanks to my teamates and 2 crew chiefs for all their support and help. Linz as always you gave me some knowledge and I found in turn 1. 170 MPH on a stock Gixxer. WHOO HOO! ( ok not really) but I did begin to see as people say in turn 1. Yes it's scary as grow some nuts and don't brake. Thats all I am going to say

While I have a long way to go this racing bit is helping out and such a blast.

Again just my point of view and I am not paid by CMRA, but all you trackkies need to experience racing. It is a different mentality and the rush is incredible. I actually think you learn more from endurance racing than sprint racing. I am a novice racer gridding up and mixing it up with experts, record holders at that. The experience of 45-60 min 'sessions' is not easily measured. (isn't this one of the reasons Buck's days are so awesome-longer sessions)

So here is my summary of TWS (Texas World Speedway) and my first endurance race

6 hours of racing= 280 bux (split four ways)
gas to and fro plus racing TWS (Texas World Speedway)=60 bux
the seat time=priceless

See you guys at Hallett!!!!
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Old 04-12-2009, 11:31 AM   #2
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Props to you for having the cojones to do that. And all you other racers too!

I never could talk myself into it and now that I'm too old I'm grateful for trackdays, as a way to experience the track without the pressure to ride at the limit.

You and all the others have my respect.
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:04 PM   #3
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Dean... just wait until you're in a field of 60 bikes, and starting from the 2nd or 3rd row!

Hands down, you get more band for your buck with endurance racing.

Although Hallet is a -of-a drive... it's well worth it. Take advantage of the trackday prior to the endurance!
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:37 PM   #4
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So Easter weekend brings my first Endurance race. Not really nervous but anxious. And then my teamates tell me 10 minutes before start that i drew the first stint. I was actually excited to get out there. Got a pretty decent launch then came the cluster in turn 1. Isn't TWS (Texas World Speedway) notorious for turn 1 crashes? Well we all made it out. Overall it was a pretty decent day for racing. The weather held up and we finished without incident. well almost,
I did get hit by a bike in turn 3 as I made a pass. I stayed up I think he went off into the grass SORRY! And then I was pushing as I was workin on turn 8A and couldnt quit make the turn so I cut across the grass and jumped the ditch (reminded me of Isle of Man I watched on Friday) and got back on track with out losing position. Overall I learned alot from yesterday.

I want to say thanks to my teamates and 2 crew chiefs for all their support and help. Linz as always you gave me some knowledge and I found in turn 1. 170 MPH on a stock Gixxer. WHOO HOO! ( ok not really) but I did begin to see as people say in turn 1. Yes it's scary as grow some nuts and don't brake. Thats all I am going to say

While I have a long way to go this racing bit is helping out and such a blast.

Again just my point of view and I am not paid by CMRA, but all you trackkies need to experience racing. It is a different mentality and the rush is incredible. I actually think you learn more from endurance racing than sprint racing. I am a novice racer gridding up and mixing it up with experts, record holders at that. The experience of 45-60 min 'sessions' is not easily measured. (isn't this one of the reasons Buck's days are so awesome-longer sessions)

So here is my summary of TWS (Texas World Speedway) and my first endurance race

6 hours of racing= 280 bux (split four ways)
gas to and fro plus racing TWS (Texas World Speedway)=60 bux
the seat time=priceless

See you guys at Hallett!!!!
sounds like you had a real blast
thanks for sharing and congrats on finishing
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Dean, couldn't agree with you more. About the learning more thing though, sprinting is a entirely different type of racing because for 4-8 laps, those meatheads are riding for any position and it's a lot more aggressive. In endurance, those guys want to finish so they're more prone to let a pass be planned more carefully and will not take as many chances. You are right though that you can learn a ton in endurance, but it's just a different type of racing.

Sounds like you had a blast! Congrats!

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Props to you for having the cojones to do that. And all you other racers too!

I never could talk myself into it and now that I'm too old I'm grateful for trackdays, as a way to experience the track without the pressure to ride at the limit.

You and all the others have my respect.
I don't know how old you are, but my endurance teammate is in his 60's and he runs 1:54's at TWS (Texas World Speedway) on a 600RR...

I can also think of another rider on MH that is "seasoned" and just got his license this year...
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