NCR Autocross #1

NCR Autocross #4 - August 26, 2006

by Joe Kraetsch, NCR Autocross Chair

As many of you may know by now, Kevin Bobbitt has left the area. He is moving his family to Virginia where he has accepted a new job. Thank you, Kevin, for all your contributions to the NCR Autocross program over the years. You will be missed.

In fact, Kevin was already missed at our first autocross without him setting up the timing and scoring. We had everything hooked up according to direction but the computer and timing lights would not communicate. So we disconnected, reconnected, rechecked, restarted, rebooted, reconfigured, retried and anything else we could think of and still they would not talk to each other. About the time we were ready to give up, call Kevin in Virginia, wake him and ask his assistance over the phone, everything magically started working.

Because of the setup problems, we had a late start with first car off shortly after 10:00 a.m. However, once we started everything ran like clockwork. The weather was slightly overcast but temperatures were comfortable in the high seventies. We had forty-two drivers, four morning runs, four afternoon runs and we still finished around 3:00.

The tight races included: Strict Stock where Chris Jacques edged out Dave Keimach by 0.199 seconds (PAX); Class 2 where Lisa was only 0.1 behind me on her final run and would have beaten me without the cone on her previous run; and Class 14 where Charles Stromeyer edged Mark Skala by a mere 0.076 seconds for the win and FTD. Top PAX time was turned by Mark Schnoerr.

I would like to thank Porsche of Nashua for sponsoring our series and once again thanks to all the morning workers who worked extra shifts and to the volunteers who helped out to make the event run so smoothly.

Our final NCR event of the season is Saturday, September 16th but by the time you read this, that event will be in record books as well. Then we have the Zone One autocross at Devens on October 7 & 8. I hope we can have a good NCR showing this year with the event in our own backyard.