It is with great sadness that I must announce that we have withdrawn from the 2012 SCCA United States Road Rally Challenge. My young boy has been home from school sick since the middle of last week and my wife and I have both missed much work to care for him. As of today he has not recovered and we feel it would be irresponsible to leave him with a sitter. I briefly considered trying to find an alternate driver, but realized that my absence from work on Friday and Saturday would be an unfair burden on my subordinate employees who have, thus far, been extremely flexible with their schedules to accommodate my various motorsports activities and, more recently, my need to be home with my child.
And so the 3-4-Three Challenge comes to an end in a much different way that I expected. I had so hoped to finish with a class win on the Tour rally of the USRRC and believed we had the car, system, and experience to do so. But family comes first, work second, and motorsports somewhere after that. It has been a great journey of ups and downs, sometimes in the same day. I have made new friends and rekindled old friendships. I have had more fun competing in motorsports events this year that I can ever remember. All along the Subaru WRX, with a bare minimum of modifications, has performed all the various tasks heroically. One of the principal purposes of this endeavor has been to demonstrate the broad capabilities of the WRX and I feel confident that I’ve achieved that objective. While I didn’t reach all my goals, I feel I can be proud of the effort I put forward. Thanks to all who have lent their support along the way.
I already have an invitation to drive a newer WRX in RTA at Solo Nationals next year. Rallycross Nationals was a blast (except for the weather) and I am considering modifying my WRX and returning to compete in the Prepared category next year. And, rest assured, if the USRRC is anywhere between the Rockies and the Appalachians Angela and I will be there to settle some unfinished business. So it’s possible I may go for the trifecta again next year, but am unlikely to attempt to do it all in the same car. In the meantime I intend to continue to post about my various motorsports experiences on this blog. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read this season, check in on occasion to see what’s new.