Last week we traveled south to Birmingham, Ala., for the second round of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Barber Motorsports Park is one of my favorite tracks. There are so many different types of corners with lots of elevation changes and blind sections. The week started with a visit to the Children’s Hospital of Alabama to do some pinewood derby racing with the two other Rising Star Racing drivers, Neil Alberico and Josef Newgarden. We got the chance to build and design our own cars with the children to race against each other. Turns out I’m not very good at building pinewood derby cars because I didn’t win one race! It was a lot of fun to hang out with them and share our passion for racing.
We had two practice sessions on Thursday which could have gone better. The car wasn’t the same as it was when we raced at Barber during the WinterFest but we continued to work hard to find some solutions. At the end of the day we were a bit off the pace in third position, we had one more practice session Friday morning to figure things out before qualifying. The car felt better Friday morning but we still weren’t where we wanted to be. Struggling to find the right balance. At Barber there are so many corners if you make a small improvement to the car it can make a big difference on the stop watch....
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