TGPR – No Frills Time Trial Cold but WORTH IT!

TVR and Alabama Regions held the second “No Frills” fall TT/PDX at Talladega Grand Prix Raceway in Munford Alabama on October 27-28.  TGPR is a 1.4 mile motorcycle track that is fast and flowing.  It is  a fantastic facility for TT and PDX.

 Brett Whisenant served as Chief Instructor and ran a widely acclaimed PDX instruction.  Ted Theodore ran the TT Novice School for the TT Novices who were looking to qualify for their full TT License (and all did).  At the close of each day, the drivers manned the corner stations so that the workers could get track time.

 Although we were threatened by Sandy, the weekend was dry if a bit blustery with temps in the mid 50’s.  Thirty drivers posted TT times and 18 ran the PDX.  Despite the cool temperatures and overcast conditions, several new track records were set.  Several  drivers beat their previous best time as well.

 New TGPR Track Records

Craig Farr – DSR – 1:00.771

Bruce Funderberg – SRF – 1:09.056

Michael Garoust – SSP – 1:09.107

Leon Drake – SU – 1:09.354

Ken Owens – EP – 1:11.738

Thomas Dyer – SM – 1:12.827

John Barnett – FSP – 1:16.388

 One of the features was the “Runoffs Roulette”.  Drivers paid a small entry fee to run 4 hot laps after lunch on Sunday.  The closest to their previous best time recorded was declared the winner.  Andy Tow walked away with the pot this year.

 Pictures below from www.thesoutherndriver.com

Article from www.thesoutherndriver.com

 

SCCA TGPR Time Trial – Great Racing in Alabama

Article By:  Craig Farr, Event Chairman

 Tennessee Valley and Alabama Regions combined to put on their Annual Time Trials Track Trials event and School at Talladega Grand Prix Raceway in Munford, AL on April 14-15, 2012.  Simply put, WHAT A FANTASTIC WEEKEND!

First, we had 59 TT drivers which is the best ever at TGPR and the highest TT driver count of any SEDIV championship event in the last 6 years (or at least as far back as I have records).  There were a few others who were there but could not get their cars out on track or the number would have been higher.

Second, we had 15 TT Students which is another high water mark for the TT School.  There were even a few more potential TT Students who could not finish their car preparations in time.

Third, we had a full group of PDX drivers each day which is another significant increase.  One of the inducements was for a driver to work a day and get a PDX day for the low fee of $100.

Fourth, Racer Parts Wholesale was our sponsor and provided tire gauges, shirts, decals, gift certificates and other goodies to the workers and participants.  The RPW support was definitely appreciated.

I could mention the weather which featured lows in the 50’s, highs in the 80’s and enough cloud cover to make everyone feel just great.  I could also mention the 11 new TGPR TT Track records that were set by Clint McMahan (F600), Steve Conrad (FF), Dave Cutchins (FS), Mike Chandler (FV), Robby Boyett (GTA), Butch Kummer (GT1), Joe Armstrong (ITO), Bobby Bitterman (ITR), Joe Clayburn (Spec Miata), Michael Garoust (SSP), and Leon Drake (SU).  Everyone had the opportunity for over 2 hours of on track time.  Even the workers had 30 minute lap sessions at the end of each day with the drivers manning the corner stations.

A new feature and a highlight of the weekend was the Run-off Roulette that we ran on Sunday.  The drivers were grouped by car type/speed and each got a warm-up lap and 4 hot laps to record a time.  This was a bracket competition where the First, Second and Third Place winners were those who recorded a time that was closest (+/-) to their previous best time on track.  Each of the 23 drivers entered by throwing $10 into the Prize Pot and the event sweetened that pot some more.  The winner was John Waight at a scant margin of 0.012 seconds off his best time.  That is no more than a sneeze.  Bryon Webb (0.199) and Richard Pannell (0.420) were close behind him to capture their share of the pot.

There were many people who put in a lot of time to make this event a success.  Without the weekend workers and the people who did the pre-event work, we would not have had a success.  Without trying to name everyone (and apologies to those I forget), I have to thank Eden Powell, Steve Conrad, Rich Crowell, Mark Rothermel, Ricky Ragan, John Waight, Sara and Chaistit Tongsuvone, Mark Kilgore, George Bugg, Jim & Diane Eckert, Chuck and Suzette Schultz, Clyde Bales, Spike Pannell and many others.  Ted Theodore could not get his Special running in time so he brings his CSP Miata and IT7 cars so 3 drivers could compete.  Ted also provided special gifts for the workers.  Jim Eckert did sound on both sides of the track so the drivers could see how they would fare against the stricter Atlanta Motorsports Park sound restrictions.  Then there are the many drivers who made the trek to middle Alabama for the event.  Without both the drivers and the workers, there could not be an event.  THANX DRIVERS AND WORKERS

What a way to start the 2012 SEDIV Time Trials Championship season!