Racing at Roebling

Update by Alan Cesar to the Ford Fiesta project car
Jul 11, 2013

We were originally grouped with Spec Racer Fords, but we wanted to be able to dice a bit on track with our competitors, so we requested a switch to the Improved Touring group.
Before the race, we corner-weighted the car.
Post-race, we scaled in perfectly: Just 8 pounds over minimum weight.
After the Saturday race, the only maintenance the car needed was a tire rotation. Our new marketing assistant, Darren Vannoy, doubled as our pit crew for the weekend.
Thank you, sandwich, for providing both nutrition and a little road-hugging weight.

Our B-Spec Ford Fiesta did great during our SCCA drivers school. Now it was time for the car’s first on-track event, the Louella Cook Memorial Race at Georgia’s Roebling Road Raceway.

During the initial weigh-in, we came in just a few pounds below minimum. Solution: Eat a big lunch. Insurance on top of that solution: Run the car with a full tank of gas.

On Saturday, we discovered that our run group was mostly Spec Racer Fords. These purpose-built racers are considerably faster—not to mention much lower to the ground—than our little Fiesta. As a result, we found ourselves driving in our mirrors, a truly nervous situation.

For Sunday’s race, we requested a switch to the Improved Touring group. This move gave us some people to dice with, providing a much more fun experience.

End result? Two first-place finishes that weekend plus the B-Spec track record. Okay, so technically we were the only B-Spec car at the track, but a win is a win, right? Post-race, we weighed in a scant 8 pounds above our minimum weight. Glad we ran with an extra fuel load.

The car was dead-nuts reliable, too. It didn’t require a drop of fluid or any surprise repairs. The only work we needed to do all weekend was rotate the tires. Roebling is composed of mostly fast, right-hand sweepers, so the front-left tire does most of the work.

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