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     August 21, 2004 Videos with Details

     July 23, 2004 Videos with Details

     Sept. 27, 2003 Videos with Details

    

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Firecracker 50

@ Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park

Main Event  (100 laps, rain shortened to 50 laps)

This race was run at a blazingly fast pace for the first 15 laps - the leaders' lap times were in the 19.10s, 20s, and 30s!  The #3 PEPSI/Mac's racecar started in 3rd position, inside row 2.  On the start, the outside cars led by #9 Adrian Ward got past the pole sitter #48USA Jake Grosswiler, so we fell back to 4th.  But #48 picked up the pace with us close on his bumper and we were able to take 3rd back from #45 Dave Kindopp by the end of lap 2.  Watch the first 2 laps - 1.7 MB.

We followed #48 for a few laps, one of which was a personal best lap time of 19.102!  When #48 twitched a bit in corner 4, we got inside of him and took 2nd position by the end of the front straight (see the video - 340 KB).

We caught right up to #9 in the next 2 laps.  He seemed to be pushing a bit in the corners so we stayed tight on his bumper, waiting for a mistake.  On lap 14 we caught lap traffic, and one lap later it was side-by-side lap traffic with nowhere to go.  After half a lap of traffic jam, we had a BIG WRECK (watch the video - 1.9 MB).  #13 broke an axle and spun in corner 3. #68 braked and swerved right to avoid it, resulting in tire-to-tire contact that launched the back end of the #3 PEPSI/Mac's racecar up into the air.  It felt like we were starting a forwards summersault, but the front bumper hit the track and the back end fell back down.  It landed hard, giving Brent a big shock of pain up his spine.  We spun one-half turn, then #48 landed on our hood (he had just launched into the air off the tire of the #9USA car).  The emergency crew was at the scene in an instant and because of Brent's back pain they took maximum precautions.

The end result was a trip to the hospital on a backboard to x-ray Brent's back and wrist (both were OK), and a 15th place finish.  :-( The race was called after the first 50 lap segment due to rain. Congratulations to #9 Adrian Ward for winning the 5th annual Mac's Firecracker 50.

Follow-up:  X-rays 10 days later showed that Brent's wrist was fractured.  :-(

 

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Main Event Videos

The 1st 2 Laps (1.7M)

Passing #48USA (340K)

#3 WRECK (1.9M)

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#3 PEPSI/Mac's car gets big air!

Sparks are from the front bumper.

Photo by Mercedes 403-590-6021

 

 

#3 car under the #48 USA car of Jake Grosswiler.  The track rescue worker behind the #3 car is supporting Brent's head/neck.

Saturday, July 3, 2004

@ Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park

Main Event  (35 laps)

Start position - 5th.  We started inside on row 3. On the first lap the outside groove moved ahead and we fell back to 6th, but we managed to get past #22 Rick Walls on the next lap to move up to 5th again. See the video of the first 2 laps - 1.8 MB. A few laps later, #27 Jamie Beatson twitched in corners 1-2, and both #12 Rick Blanchette and the #3 PEPSI/Mac's racecar were able to get past him on the back straight - so now we're in 4th (see the video of passing #27 - 640 KB). Someone spun to cause a caution on lap 6. After the restart we fell back a bit, but still in 4th position. It took 5 or 6 laps to catch up to #12 again. Then in the next 5-6 laps we tried to get around him, mostly on the outside. In corners 1-2 we tried the inside and #12 pushed up a bit, so we were able to take 3rd on the back straight (see the video of passing #12 - 1.6 MB). The lead 2 cars were quite a ways ahead now, and we were in lap traffic. #27 Jamie Beatson had an engine problem that oiled part of the track, so the rest of the race was very slick. We hung on to finish 3rd.

 

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Main Event Videos

First 2 Laps (1.8M)

Passing #27 (640K)

Passing #12 (1.6M)

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Saturday, September 27, 2003

@ Calgary's Race City Motorsport Park

Heat Race  (15 laps)

The #3 Mac's / Pepsi racecar started the race in 5th place, on the inside of row 3. On the first lap (video) the inside groove was held up a bit by a loose #36 Dave Kindopp, and we dropped back to 7th as a couple of cars got by on the outside.  We got around #36 on the front straight to move to 6th. On lap 4 we got by #H20, then fell back when we got held up in the outside groove by #12 Rick Blanchette a couple of laps later, but then passed #12 on the inside in corner 4 - so back to 5th spot by lap 6. Soon after that our rival #27 was making a pass for 1st - so we'd better get up there too! There was a bit of scary action RIGHT in front of us on lap 8 when #H20 tried to stick his nose under #22 going into corner 3, when he should have been getting on the brakes instead. As #22 was coming down to drive a normal line into the corner, #H20 got his front end clipped, causing his back end to slide out. We were able to swerve around him to the outside and passed him through corner 4 for 4th (video). On lap 12 we went outside #22 in corner 1 and got up right beside him. As we left corner 2 he started to pull away AND swung toward the wall, bouncing off our car! Close call! We passed him in corners 3/4 to take 3rd (video). Now it was just our two rivals in front of us. We made a couple of valiant efforts to pass #55, but finished the race in 3rd in a tight 1-2-3 formation (video). This championship is WAY too close!

Heat Race Videos

Start of Heat Race (2M)

Passing #H20 (800k)

Passing #22 (1.2M)

Final Lap (900k)

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Main Event  (35 laps)

Start position - 5th.  We started inside on row 3. On the first lap the outside groove moved ahead and we fell back to 6th, but we managed to get past #22 Rick Walls on the next lap to move up to 5th again. See the video of the first 2 laps - 1.8 MB. A few laps later, #27 Jamie Beatson twitched in corners 1-2, and both #12 Rick Blanchette and the #3 PEPSI/Mac's racecar were able to get past him on the back straight - so now we're in 4th (see the video of passing #27 - 640 KB). Someone spun to cause a caution on lap 6. After the restart we fell back a bit, but still in 4th position. It took 5 or 6 laps to catch up to #12 again. Then in the next 5-6 laps we tried to get around him, mostly on the outside. In corners 1-2 we tried the inside and #12 pushed up a bit, so we were able to take 3rd on the back straight (see the video of passing #12 - 1.6 MB). The lead 2 cars were quite a ways ahead now, and we were in lap traffic. #27 Jamie Beatson had an engine problem that oiled part of the track, so the rest of the race was very slick. We hung on to finish 3rd.

 

Main Event Videos

Start of Main Event (1.9M)

Passing #54 (1.2M)

Lap Traffic (600k)

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In the pit after the race.

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