Harvey West Memorial Day Classic

This past weekend was a big weekend, and really big week, for my husband. You see, my DH not only earned his SCCA competition license, but also competed in and finished his first 2 SCCA races. I could not be prouder.

B took his SCCA Competition Driving School at the BIR Performance Driving School at Brainerd International Raceway. He left on Tuesday evening, has school Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He had a lot of fun, even though it was raining for most of the week. In fact, he probably learned more because of the rain. The kiddos and I were able to watch him for part of Friday.

On Saturday he competed in his first SCCA race. He finished first in his class! On Sunday, he did it again.

Many times people ask me if I get scared when B is out in the race car. My answer is always the same: Not at all. He is a great driver and with all the safety equipment, he is safer in the race car than driving to work. Plus he has fun, and that is what is most important. Racing is such a part of our lives, I would never ask him to give it up.

Our weekend was exciting, to say the least. When I arrived at the track on Friday our friend M, who was instructing B, said to me “You better go find B. He is loosing oil.” My first thought was “Oh &%$#!!!” After inspection, the verdict was in. The rear main seal had blown. To fix it was “Ambitious.” We were up for the challenge. I took a trip into Brainerd to get the new seal, and a new clutch. B, along with help from our friend A and his friend J tore into the car.

A broken bolt caused all progress to cease. Without this bolt (part of the pressure plate), B wouldn’t be able to race in the morning. Leo, one of the crew members of another team, had the bolt at his house about 20 minutes from the track. He and B headed to his house to get the bolt. This is one of those things I LOVE about racing. We all help each other out. Everyone wants to see you be successful. It makes you feel good.

Back to the car. B, A & J got the car put back together and running by about 9:30 on Friday night. It was good to go for the race on Saturday morning. B had qualifying at 8:00 a.m. and things went well. No more smoke!!!

Overall, B did great this weekend. It was a wet and soggy weekend, but a great time. We can’t wait for the next race weekend to come.


About carrie

I am a mother of two, wife and professional. I work; I sew; I do crafts; I cook; I support my family; I race; I live. I have been diagnosed with Chronic Migraine Headaches and I refuse to let them control my life. I live my life to the fullest and try to find ways to enjoy it as much as possible. I am living with a plethora of food sensitivities. But I am living life. I am enjoying life.
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