Monday, March 31, 2014

AFM 2014 Round 1 Race Report

AFM 2014 Round 1 Race Report

Round one at Buttonwillow Raceway promised to be an exciting challenge for me long before I even showed up at the race track.

Challenge One

To start off with, Round 1 was scheduled for March 22 and March 23 of this year. Immediately after I saw the announcement from AFM, NSConference announced their dates: March 17th through March 19th. For those of you who do not know me, I do not miss NSConference, ever. Whether I am speaking or not, I am at NSConference. This year I was a speaker. I decided to make this work. This involved flying to England on Saturday, March 15th, speaking at the conference on March 18th, flying home on March 19th, driving to Buttonwillow on March 20th to practice on the 21st and race on the 22nd. On paper that sounds fine right?

Jet leg is an evil demon. I knew it was going to be a factor this round but I simply had no time for it. Therefore, for the entire trip I forced myself onto the “local” schedule. Waking up at 6:00 am no matter what timezone I was in and refusing to take a nap, go to sleep early, etc. I had to make it work.