This weekend was VARA’s 2017 season opener at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, NV. Wonderful facility, but we had lousy weather. Friday’s test day and Saturday’s practice/qualifiers saw lots of rain, wind, and even snow in the local foothills. Luckily Sunday’s races were dry and everyone finally got the chance to enjoy the 3.4 mile Mansell course. Our Club’s usual Pace Car driver is taking a temporary medical leave of absence (we wish him well), so I was drafted into service since my car is still in winter rehab. Driving the Pace/Safety Car was a busy task this weekend, and it was a tougher job to do well than I anticipated. I really appreciate all the help I received from my fellow club members during my rookie pacing weekend. Since I wasn’t wrenching and racing this weekend, I had some time to shoot a few pictures of Racing in the Rain.
In recognition of Formula Ford’s 50th Anniversary, VARA hosted a special FF race with more than twenty competitors. Watching these guys race in the rain sure made you realize how spirited this group really is.