Cone-a-thon - Solo Event #6 - (The only cone I wanted after this event had ice cream in it)
The theme of Solo Event #6 was ‘Hot’. As in hot drivers, hot tires, a hot course, and it was just plain HOT.
166 drivers (just 41 less than the National Tour) showed up for Cone-a-Thon, New England Region’s 6th point’s event of the year. They were treated to a course that would not have looked out of place at the National Tour, temps in the high 80’s that had many drivers scrambling for the watersprayers , and 5 sixty second runs that had the fast drivers at the top of second gear.
Some class championships were effectively sealed, as long as the leaders continue to show up, while others became even tighter. There was dehydration, lots of excitement at the finish, the usual battle in Pro with a season first coming about, and more.
But first- what most people don’t know is how a repeat of the Tour’s ‘speedi-dry’ shuffle was narrowly averted – twice.
I was talking to Stacey Strout behind her trailer (discussing the purchase of a freezer of all things) when Ken Hurd came to drive the Reynard Formula Ford to grid. When he left, a small puddle of coolant was left at our feet. Leaking radiators were quickly diagnosed and the decision was made to park the car. Had it run we would have been cleaning up a lot more coolant than we did oil from the same car at the tour (which ‘only’ ended up being a quart over the ½ mile or so.)
The Eckelmans offered their Formula Ford up to Josh and Ken to run in Pro. Sometime during the event a cone bent a tube coming out of the dry sump, breaking it. Luckily, it was noticed when the car was coming back into grid and the spillage was limited to grid. If it had not been noticed, again, shuffle time.
Having related that tale – here are some thoughts, news, and musings from Cone-a-Thon:
Next up is Racing Against Leukemia at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This is a two day charity event and is also the only event where all the programs; Club Racing, Solo, Rally, and RallyCross get together. With the whole club in one place it is also the most social event of the year. So put August 4 & 5 on your calendar.