I’m on the ground here in Nebraska. We arrived late Tuesday Night. I caught a bit of a cold this past weekend; made the 8 hour drive here feel like about 20. Got a good nights rest, however, and got to the site this morning feeling better. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Nationals. I really had forgotten the enormity of this event. I tried to get a picture that captured the scale but it’s hard to do so from ground level; I need to catch a lift in one of the helicopters that have been flying around. We found our paddock spot amongst all our friends from CCSCC. It looks kinda like a refugee camp for racers! I got myself through registration and the car through technical inspection with no issues.
I spent much of the day watching different classes on the West course where I will be driving tomorrow. Its an extremely challenging course with many high speed sweeping turns and 4 distinct high speed transitional elements. In thinking about my struggles this year, I’ve come to realize that I have not yet adjusted to the fact that the WRX is slower to react in slaloms and other transitional elements than pretty much any autocross car I’ve ever had. I need to concentrate tomorrow on turning earlier but more gradually. If I get behind in the slalom, double lane change, half-moons, or other transitions this course is going to bite and hard.
We’re driving first heat tomorrow so I need to log off and get to sleep. I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of the first day of actual competition.