After social hour with the other One Lappers we hit the bed and hoped for some rain in the morning. A wet skid pad would even our chances of moving up a bunch of positions in the overall rankings.
Well, wet it was in the morning - and frigid. A cold front came through town and our 80 degree weather was short lived. With the temp topping 42, we bundled up and head over to Tire Rack for the final day picture. We thought for sure that we were on time this morning, but as wel pulled up, everyone else was already there and jockeying for position in the Motor Trend picture. Don't try to find Nigel, instead, look for Greg. That's right, just look for a flourescent yellow dot and that will be Greg. He wore his raincoat today, which puts Paddington Bear to shame. Smart idea though, because the picture is taken from a cherry picker and you wouldn't be able to discern us otherwise. After the picture everyone ran for shelter from the wind and cold while anticipating the skid pad, which was at this point wet. (YEAH!)
They ran the cars in opposite order of overall rank, which meant we got to go early. Nigel did great on the wet Dry Skid Pad. Unfortunately, as more cars went, more cars were able to use their horsepower on the now dry Dry Skid Pad. Which means that we didn't get in front of the IROC or the Civic or the 325i. I guess that there will always be next year.The minivan pulled almost a full 1G average on the skid pad. This helped them get into 1st in SUV/Van class and 15th overall. We took 3rd in the Retro Class.
The awards ceremony was moved to inside because of the weather and we hung around, took pictures, and ate some lunch. It was a great way to end the week. We swaped emails with a bunch of the teams and I am anticipating some pictures from those guys as well. We have a ton of photos and some videos that still need to be posted. Don't stop watching the blog now just because the One Lap is over - I will get the videos from all the tracks up and photos as well.
We are heading home now and can't believe that the week is over. In recapping the event, I would say that it was one of the greatest experiences ever. I wish we had done this sooner, but would not change anything about the people we met this year and the cars that we saw.
The winning car Overall and in SSGT1 BB: Porsche GT-2 with Leh and Doug
Me with Brock Sr before the awards lunch
Its Happy making a final appearance at Tire Rack HQ
Brian and Harry with Brock Sr.
Hanging out at the luncheon
Brock and Brock making closing remarks
Tom and Brian Healy taking 3rd in SUV/Van with their Ford Lightning
The big class win in SUV/Van for Jason and Fish (what a smile!)
The 2 teams: Greg and Me with Richard and Jason
Mike, Chris and me leaving the warehouse
Harry, Brian and Me on the way out.
As we pulled into the driveway the odometer now reads 88318. That comes to 4058 miles in 9 days.