Who’s driving the U-Boat?

So this was it…  The showdown.  With one thin point keeping us out of third place we had to score no less than 19 points in the final race of the season if we had any hopes of a top three finish for the 2008 season in the West Coast Challenge.  The weather looked iffy, but the rig was prepped, we were psyched, and it was going to happen no matter what.

We got into Rosamond Friday night just as the sun was starting to set.  The track officials at Willow Springs let us sneak in and drop off our gear before heading back to the hotel.  For some reason I didn’t like the clouds and elected to put the CSR up on the jack stands instead of leaving it on the ground.  On the jack stands, as high as it would go.  And then we dropped the canopy down as low as it would go on top of it, lashing the canopy down in my ‘Willow Springs’ fashion which ensures it will withstand a category 5 hurricane.  Anybody who’s raced out at Willow Springs understands this.

Little did I know how much I was fortelling the near future.  I wish I’d bought a few lottery tickets that night.  We woke up Saturday morning, scrambling to get ready… and then Sarah peeked out the motel room window and said, “Don’t bother, it’s hammering down rain.”  So we took our time and made our way out to the track.

What greeted us was dumbfounding.  I’ve been to tracks in wet conditions before.  We’d just got back from Portland not too long ago where it was pretty wet the whole weekend.  But this was freaking stupid.  I do want to say right now hats off to the WSMC crew for trying to prep the track every chance they got on Saturday to try and get people to practice, but it was like pissing on a raging wildfire.  Every time it looked like there might be a chance all their hard work and effort would pay off and practice for the motorcycles and sidecars would actually happen, Mother Nature would laugh and smite all of us.  Here’s some photos from Saturday just to show you what we were up against.

And, some video…

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