2011 Skip Barber National – Race 5&6 May 26-30, 2011 Lime Rock Park
We were fast out of the box on Thursday’s lapping day and Friday’s official practice day. Friday also saw qualifying for both races, one on Saturday and another on Monday. I was fortunate enough to qualify pole for both races and also set a new track record! My coach Jonatan Jorge was extremely pleased with our results. He has been working very hard with me and has been teaching me a lot.
Race 1 on Saturday got off to a good start. I took the lead at the start and held it until about halfway in the race when we had a caution for two drivers that made contact in turn one. I held the lead on the restart but ended up in a three car battle for the win. I ended up p3, my first podium of the season! I was extremely happy but me and Jonatan both knew we could win.
Sunday there is no racing at Lime Rock because it is a quiet day at the track, so I spent all day watching the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indy 500, and the Coke 600 with all of my friends.
Monday morning was filled with rain and a lot of doubt because nobody knew what the weather would do by the time we would race. The decision by the Skip Barber officials was to go to the treaded BFGoodrich tires. For this race we would be using the optional uphill configuration because Grand-Am was also running on Monday. This made the race even more challenging. Luckily by the time we raced, a dry line was starting to form, making it a little bit easier on us drivers. Ultimately I led most of the race and ended up winning by about 16 seconds. It was awesome!!! My first Skip Barber National victory! I could not believe it! My parents, Jonatan, and a lot of other people who drove up to Lime Rock to cheer me on were super happy for me!
My weekend could not have been possible without God, my parents, my coach Jonatan Jorge, everyone from Mazda and Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development, and all of the Skip Barber mechanics and instructors. I also have to thank Racelite Protection, Sparco, BFGoodrich, and Jim Altemus of Altemus Prime Communications.
My next race will be at the Formula Ford event in Montreal during the F1 race on June 10-12. My next Skip Barber event will be at Road America on the weekend of July 1-3 for rounds 7 and 8.