Time for all that hard work to pay off
Months of design, manufacturing, and assembly came to fruition last weekend for Global Formula Racing’s newest car. After a full shakedown last Sunday, I can already tell there is a lot to be excited about this season, even without getting the car completely up to speed just yet. It’s always a special moment when a racecar fires up and runs for the very first time, and even more so when you get to be the one behind the wheel!
As we approach our first competition at Michigan International Speedway next month, the next few weeks will be all about preparation. We’ll be running the new car hard. The more parts and components we break during testing, the more we can improve and strengthen them before we show up to compete. Attrition eats about half of the cars each endurance event. Reliability is everything.
There are some exciting new features to this year’s car that we’ve never had quite like this before. So exciting there’s even some drama unfolding around a particular feature with the sanctioning bodies we compete under. We’ve always been a team to push the boundaries, drawing up the most innovative design we're allowed, and this is just an example of that. I don’t think our team would be satisfied with giving anything less. It'll be interesting to see how it all unfolds.
You’re probably wondering where the photos of the new car are by now! Dude, show me the car already. Well, I can’t show you just yet. But I can offer something even better. You’re invited to see it in person, Friday, April 22nd at the World of Speed. How did I pull that off? I’ve got a couple hookups here at the museum. So come by at 3pm on the 22nd , Global Formula Racing and Oregon State University will be hosting the official unveiling of our new ride, the GFR16c! Check out some of the details here.
I couldn't leave this blog without commenting on the latest in Indycar. The series arrives at Long Beach this weekend for my favorite road course of the season, but the drama comes from last week’s race at Phoenix and the following test at Indianapolis. Marco Andretti, one of Honda's best chances at a 500 victory this May, was furious with how the preliminary test was conducted. For starters, Honda just didn't have the pace at the short oval of Phoenix. Take that difference to a 2.5 mile speedway like Indianapolis and you have a real dilemma.
You can watch him vent to Racer Magazine's Robin Miller at this link. Honestly though, if I was Marco I'd be feeling the same frustrations. He's got every right; Chevy was definitely sandbagging and Indycar made some changes to the downforce package that may adversely affect the quality of the racing. As a fan, I love to see him get fired about his chances (or lack thereof) in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Let me repeat that. The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Goosebumps.
I’m really looking forward to this next month and a half.