The Finger Tight Racing ChumpCar team was excited to kick off our 2014 season at the VIR 12 hour race on March 29th. The terrible weather forecast, a huge entry list of competitors, and a team of first time wheel-to-wheel rookies was nothing but a recipe for anxiety when we made our way down to pit row. Regardless of all the months of prep work we put into getting our team ready for this ChumpCar event, we knew the majority of our learning was going to happen out on the track. As luck would have it, the car performed well and we all had a great time. Since we were going to chalk this first race up as a learning experience, we signed up in the EC class. We wanted to see how each car would be evaluated, and the type of backyard engineering we would be competing against before we started tearing down a previously proven track car. This left us the only EC car in a 70+ race field. Once the pit opened up in the morning before the race, it was a mad dash to get our pit paddock set up with all the usual gear. We quickly made friends with the nice folks sharing our breathing space and started negotiating our time in the shared area during upcoming driver changes. With our stints all planned out for the 4 drivers on our team, all we had to do was wait for the dense fog to lift and the green flag to drop.
By the time each driver had made 4 laps, the anxiety had passed and we were having an absolute blast. The new pavement and widened turn at Oak Tree were proving to be a fresh take on an otherwise familiar course. Apart from a 1 hour south paddock break to fix a slipping clutch, we used every minute we could to get our fill of our first ChumpCar experience. I don’t think any amount of HPDE or TT driving will give us the type of rush we had this weekend. We want to thanks eEuroparts for getting our essential spares kit out to us just before this event, and we look forward to all the upcoming races this season!