So I took the staff racing this month, and as you'll read in James' fantastic story starting on page 86, we did better than expected. OK, I'll admit it-we did fantastically, beyond my wildest dreams, better than expected. Quite simply because my only, albeit hazy, expectation was that this $500 beater race would serve as a 'drink some beer and have a few laughs at the track' team-building exercise.
Beyond our finishing position, I can't say enough about how much fun we actually had racing as a team. Though my original plan was to race as Team Sport Compact Car, we added Import Tuner's Ryan McKay for his wrenching skills and Joey Leh for his driving ability and, uh, racing seat. As a reward to the lovely Dorothy Hernandez for letting us strip down and rebuild our race car in her garage, I put her husband, Bob, who runs Honda Tuning, behind the wheel as well.
Including Jay, James, managing editor Amanda, and myself, Team SCC numbered a magnificent seven. And, from start to finish, we truly were. Though everyone was nervous before their stint and at least a little bit shaken upon their return, words of encouragement were exchanged during each driver change, even after nasty, potentially-race ending collisions. Who knew corporate team building could be so dangerously heartwarming?
But I'd be remiss if I didn't use this space for my own personal NASCAR winner's circle moment and say thank you to our sponsors and supporters. We could not have had such a successful racing campaign without those fine green harnesses from Takata, sticky Nitto tires, and the tough Mechanix Wear gloves. A big thank you goes out to Chuck at HJC Helmets and Stephanie at Alpinestars. And Team SCC was clean and well rested thanks to Dino at The Tracy Inn.
Additional thanks go out to Chris, Sam and Elliot, for the In-N-Out, Popeye's, and hand-lettered racing numbers. And of course, none of this would have been possible had Calvin not tipped me off about the race itself. Thanks, man.
I've been telling everybody I know about 24 Hours of Lemons and already set about a plan for total domination. Mark your calendars, because the second annual 24 Hours of Lemons is moving up about three months to July 7 and 8, 2007 at Altamont Motorsports Park. See you there, in a cracked rear-view mirror. Enjoy the issue