Having not raced at Irwindale in a really long time and with a bad week at Lime Rock Park behind me, I again wasn’t sure what to expect at Irwindale. In the end, I had a pretty good week and scored decent points.
I qualified just before my race, as usual using Rusty Greer’s fantastic setup from the iRacing forum and doing no prior testing whatsoever. I managed to set a decent time of 18.768 which put me in a great mood for my race 15 minutes later.
This race gave me a lot of the confidence back which I’d lost at Lime Rock Park. I felt quite competitive and in a field of 16 drivers I was rated 9th, but had managed to qualify 5th! My luck continued when the 3rd-place starter failed to take the grid and I found myself in 3rd!
The race wasn’t exciting because of any on-track battles, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself because I didn’t feel out of depth with people who are usually much faster… I lapped consistently and was eventually only passed by two higher rated drivers on laps 17 and 18. I continued in my new position of 5th all the way until the end of the race. Hopefully this was a sign of things to come. I felt like I was on the edge of getting my sim racing form back again.