Good Luck at Daytona

Hey Patrick,

I’m so glad to see you’re going to try “Blackberrying” through the race weekend. I’ll check back often to see what you’re up to. I’m going to be following several cars – along with you, I’ll be watching Hurley with his Brumos team, and the Farnbacher Loles Children’s Tumor Foundation car.

My local SCCA buddies are having a watch party, which turned into a Virtual 24 Hours of “Simtona” party. As in, we put together a team to run the whole 24 hours on a top-of-the-line simulator (running GTR2) – at a guy’s house outside Birmingham, Alabama. And that has morphed into a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, sort of parallel to the FL team.

I’ve taken up a bit of sim racing myself as an off-season thing, and what I’ve learned so far is that if you don’t already know how to drive on a racetrack, you are going to suck on the simulator. I am improving, but not better enough fast enough for this weekend. Hence, I will not be one of the team drivers! I couldn’t convince them to let me drive a virtual pace car either. Alas, I will be there for a while doing something, probably entering live updates on the facebook page, maybe firing up my webcam to do some reporting, and passing out Red Bull (this is what passes for “crew” in a virtual endurance race).

All the fruitbasket-turnover in the racing world lately has me totally confused.For my own very selfish reasons, I am glad to see you back in a GT. I guess because I love those cars and have actually ridden in one at Barber. How self-centered of me! Because if I had to guess, I’d guess you prefer the faster cars. However you feel about it, you are clearly making the best of it.

I sincerely wish you a great weekend, and a great year!



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