David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/10/18 1:08 p.m.

We’ve all seen it happen before: A new racer gets totally submerged in motorsports, only to burn out soon after. That hasn’t been the case with Christina Lam, the relative newcomer we featured on the cover of our December 2016 issue. At the time, she was making the jump from NASA track events to th…

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Oakheart
Oakheart
4/11/18 11:35 a.m.

Good for you for making your dream happen..

you go girl...

looking forward to more articles of your successes..

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
4/12/18 10:53 p.m.

Yeah, I'm sure we'll be checking in with Christina more in the future. She's good people. 

Baldr
Baldr
4/13/18 6:24 a.m.

She has fun with her friends alright. At last years NASA Fall Finale at Summit Point, she was made the Time Trials Director. She likes her friends in the paddock so much she decided to Facebook Message them and inform them when the post-session mandatory weigh-in would be. I was crewing for a friend of mine that runs TT, neither of us got that message??

I understand that this is just amateur weekend racing but I view it as highly unprofessional and immature. I had planned to complain to NASA but I'm sure it would fall on deaf ears. Fingers crossed the SCCA Time Trials gains momentum and we can forget NASA-MA and all their 'rising superstars'.

christinaylam
christinaylam New Reader
4/16/18 10:26 a.m.

In reply to Baldr :

Hi! It sounds like there is a misunderstanding and I hope I can help clear that up. In running TT, I always want to make sure things are fair, so if you feel they are not, or that we can improve, please bring that up to myself or any NASA staff. We always look to run a professional and fair event.

For Fall Finale, we sent cars to impound every single TT session. The cars and classes we send to impound get decided while the TT session is out, so drivers and crew don't get any notice that they will be weighed. We do it based on which classes or drivers are putting down extra fast times during that current session.

I had to DQ several drivers that weekend for various reasons that weekend, and most of them are friends. I run the program by the book, so unfortunately many drivers/friends had times disqualified due to weight, illegal parts, or issues on track. There is no favoritism here as I have no skin in the game other than to make sure everybody has a fair chance and a fun time. It sounds like both you and your driver did not enjoy your time at our November event, for which I apologize. I'd like to make things right.

I invite you both to come sit with me in the timing tower this weekend at Summit to see the inner workings of how we run the TT program. We want the process to be transparent to drivers and prospective TTers so they know the program is fair.

getfast
getfast Reader
4/16/18 10:34 a.m.

Also next time please tell someone in charge when you're at an event and have a concern. wink

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