This past Tuesday the 16th Street Racing League headed to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for 45 laps on the 2.238 mile historic road course. Laguna is an incredible race track. It has some of the fastest corners and most extreme elevation changes you will find at any road course, especially in the United States. The “cork-screw,” made famous by Alex Zanardi and his legendary move “The Pass” when CART ran here in the 90’s, is one of the most difficult and iconic corners in all of motorsports.
We had a total of 25 drivers show up to give it a go around this twisty California race track.
Since my last blog entry things have really taken off for the 16th Street Racing League. Our race this past Tuesday truly showed how much our internet exposure these past few weeks has raised our stock.
Tuesday evening started out like all of our other race nights. I opened the practice room at 7PM (EST) and 10-12 of our regular drivers immediately showed up to begin testing. I stepped out to dinner for about 40 minutes and I was completely shocked when I returned. WE HAD 33 CARS! We’ve never had that many on a road course and the only race we’ve had more cars was our PSRTV.COM broadcast event at Michigan International Speedway.
Ryan Murray, 16th Street Racing League Champion (Spring 2010 Season), showed he was as strong as ever on the road courses during qualifying. Ryan took the pole with a blistering 1:31.653 followed closely by his teammates Tim Holgate and Bryan Heitkotter. Very impressive considering IndyCar drivers Will Power (P4), AJ Foyt IV (P15), Larry Foyt (P19), US F2000 points leader Sage Karam, and former Nationwide Series racer Kyle Krisiloff (P11) all showed up to race around the Glen with us. Qualifying was no easy task with so many cars. I felt like every time I would get a good lap going I would have to slow to avoid another car, throwing my flying lap away. I never really got a great lap in and qualified a disappointing 13th position with a 1:34.057.
For many, the race was over quickly. As we took the green flag Sage Karam misjudged the closing rate on the cars in front and ran into the back of Kyle Krisiloff sending himself, Kyle, and Tim Doyle into the fence and ending their day before turn one (a close call for me as I started directly behind Kyle).