some words from the Hank Cohn
Speedvision races in Atlanta were awesome. I am a little disappointed as
I thought we would be more competitive than we were. The Toyo tires are
a pretty tough transition to make from slicks. Because this was the last
2 Speedvision races of the year, we stayed with stock GT3-Cup springs and
shocks - What a mistake. Now I truly realize how important testing really
is. On the stock setup, we couldn't get the rear of the car to make any
grip. The front bar was set to full stiff and, ultimately, we removed the
rear bar. Additionally. we made an extender to kick the rear wing up another
inch. The stock springs were just too stiff for those tires. Braking was
first race was terrible. We were still running some rear sway bar at that
point and I was at maximum aggression. As you can probably predict, I spun
the car not once, but twice. That doesn't make for a very good result.
The second race was much better, although the times don't show it. I had
a great fight with the car in front of me. We switched places twice on
the last lap with me making a mistake in the second to last turn and giving
up the position.
the race track, I am always amazed by how friendly and helpful racers generally
are. I was pitted next to Jimmy Adams who offered us springs, setup help,
the use of their scales, several days worth of electrical power and a lot
of very helpful advice. Members of his pit were equally accommodating (thanks
Vern and John). Additionally, Jimmy's dad stopped by and wished us well
in the race after a nice conversation.
year was a little more fun because it was my first experience at a pro
race, but this year definitely reinforced the positive experiences from
last year. Speedvision and SCCA Pro are a class act. They are totally professional
and work with the racers and crews to make the event not only pleasant,
but also loads of fun. I was selected to sign autographs again this year
because I was a local and had a lot of fun with Peter Cunningham, Derek
Bell, Eric Curran, Johanes Van Overbeek and others. Without trying to sound
cheesy, the Speedvision World Challenge supplies all of the fun that you
can dream about having and more. I can't praise the people, sponsors and
fans enough for providing a venue for that kind of fun!
Thanks to all that came by the Autometrics Motorsports pits, wrote e-mails
and called. It is great to hear from you all.