That was somewhat interesting. I didn't get sleepy. And I can't think of any oval in the US other than Indy that I'd rather drive.
I did every thing I wanted to do except I didn't average less than 29.5 seconds. My "dead" setup got me to the finish with little trouble. It liked to plow into the turns and seemed a little weak in the middle but it was smooth and good exiting the bankings. It stayed the same throughout the race.
It was fun trying to keep Micheal and Iestyn behind me. I may have done it a lot longer if I could have driven exceptionally well. Once while practicing, I had been able to use Micheal's slipstream but I couldn't do it today. There was no keeping up with him once he had a little gap. I knew Iestyn was faster too but question was, can he actually pass me? He took good advantage of me when I lost a little momentum in lapped traffic. I had every intention of keeping him behind me.
Iestyn saw my only real mistake. I hit the wall exiting the last turn. It appears it altered my alignment slightly. After a little practicing I don't remember seeing any more than 2F degrees difference across my tires. I ran the last 80 laps with the outside 3 degrees hotter. I'd guess that took about 0.1 seconds off my lap times. That wouldn't have been enough to match Micheal's and Iestyn's pace but the proper alignment may have kept me a little closer.
The only other "mistake" I made was I didn't make it as difficult as I'd have liked for Rob to hit me. I got off the racing line and braked heavily but didn't think I had left him as much room as I'd have liked. It looked better in the replay than I thought I had done in the race.
I often thought through the race that this is child's play but every time I got near lapped cars, I quickly forgot that thought. You guys did a good job letting others through.
You had me a little confused but I didn't see that it mattered. Before we started I think made it clear to Micheal and Iestyn where I was going.
Thanks guys and see you next time.