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Wed Sep 4

We ran only two cars at Watkins Glen, Colby's Mecca Corvette, and Clair's #37. Clair, Alan and Edward got to the Syracuse Airport and into a rent car on time, but got to the track too late to make the first session - Edward took Colby's car out for the second and last session of the day, and Clair took his car out. Clair was not fast out of the box, but to no one's surprise, Edward was!

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Edward and Luke decided to stay and work on the cars while the rest of us went for the historic Seneca Lodge for a few beers and dinner.

Thurs Sep 5

Edward drove both cars, on Thursday. Alan drove one session and got in four laps. He got down to a 2:12, each lap faster than the last, but he needed to keep that up for about four more laps. All of us rank Watkins Glen as our favorite track of all time. Edward just blew away Clair and Alan. The gap here was more than anywhere else we run, and both Clair and Alan were determined to close that gap substantially, but that might just be dreaming.

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Edward in 11A and Clair in his #37 Thursday morning, the second test day.

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All of us ate dinner at the lodge.  L-R Alan, Colby, Edward and Clair.  Colby hadn't taken his car out yet, but he planned on running Friday morning.

Fri Sep 6

Colby was in his car and Alan in the 37 car for the first practice session.  Colby had never driven at Watkins Glen, and asked Alan to wait for him and lead him around, which Alan was happy to do, but as they approached Turn 12, Colby passed him!  Later he said he got his foot stuck between the tunnel and the throttle and just steered around Alan to avoid hitting him!  It wasn't really a pass!

Left image below is the last Group 6 practice session. That is Edward driving Clair's car. On the right is the right rear tire he ran on when he set this time. This is the same car in which Alan ran a fastest lap of 2:12. Unbelievable.

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After the session Colby decided he preferred watching Edward run his car more than he enjoyed driving it himself, so it was Edward's car for the weekend.

It rained in the late afternoon, so we all stayed at the track and ate at Regogo's fish fry.

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Sat Sep 7

At right is the last qualifying session, in the cool air Saturday morning. They had already put us in A Production, supposedly because of our intake manifold, but really because Edward was so much faster than everyone else in BP.

Next up was the enduro, and Alan was to start.

Alan was gridded third, with a Formula 1 car first and Rick Mooney second. At the start the F1 car disappeared and Ricki Mooney slipped away for a couple of laps and then spectacularly blew a differential and parked the car. So Alan was leading Group 6 but a botched radio message led him to come in early and hand the car over to Clair.

SVRA threw the full course yellow that enabled Cobra automotive to pit their two cars under yellow. When the track went green again, we were 50 seconds behind two cars from Cobra automotive, one of which hadn't gone faster than a 2:20!

Saturday afternoon was the first Group 6 race, and Edward was starting outside pole. At the driver's meeting everyone was told the pace car would take the NASCAR course shortcut to save a couple of minutes a session. Klutt wasn't at the driver's meeting, and neither was Edward. But Edward had been briefed by Clair about the pace car. It didn't matter, however, as Edward and five other Corvettes followed Klutt, and not the pace car. Clair was the last of the dummies who went the wrong way. Behind Clair, everyone followed the pace car.

It ended up more or less a split start, and Klutt and Edward were only able to get back to 6th and 7th by the checker. Clair was 10th.

Sun Sep 8

On Sunday all we had on the agenda was the feature race at 1430. We planned on putting away the awning and packing up before the race, as there wasn't much time after the race before we had t be on the road back to the Syracuse airport.

In the race, the fast guys that went the wrong way at the start managed to more or less get to the front by Turn 1. Under braking for turn one, Klutt got inside the XKE that had 'won' the first race. They touched, but neither spun. Edward didn't get around Donohue until after Turn 2 where he passed him on the outside going uphill in the middle of the esses.

Edward ended up finishing second after running a bunch of 2:03's. Klutt ran a bunch of 2:02's and won. Clair first lost his clutch, and then his alternator, which cost him power, but he still ran his fastest lap the second from the end. He finished right behind Rick Mooney for 4th in BP, even though Mooney started at the back of the pack after he had missed the first race entirely.

2019 Watkins Glen
2019 Watkins Glen

We all pitched in to take down the tent, said our goodbyes and set out for the airport. Watkins Glen is a fantastic track, but only Edward was able to perform at the highest level for this race. But the rest of us still had fun.

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