I missed last weeks Pro race at Sebring (the race clashed with the Indycar Series race at Sonoma…) so I made my next appearance during week 4, the race at Laguna Seca.
I had a great build-up to the race, as I entered the Daytona Prototype race just before the main Pro race and managed to lead all 40 laps from pole) taking my first DP race win! Unfortunately by the time that race finished I had missed qualifying for the Pro race! So I started 19th, last place.
I wasn’t too annoyed at starting last. Even with a good qualifying lap I’d probably have started 17th at best. And starting last meant I was almost guaranteed a safe first lap as I could really hang back and assess the situation, without having someone drive into the back of me.
How wrong I was! Even when you drive as cautiously as you can, you still can’t avoid every lap one collision!
After cautiously driving the first corner I quickly came into a situation where some cars collided ahead and I did not have the time or space to slow down quickly enough. Unfortunately my car was damaged in that hit (the steering was affected) but even so, I had a really good race and managed to pass quite a few cars on route to a 10th place finish. Had it not been for the unlucky 4x at the start, it would have also been incident free.
And so, on to the next one!