Racing News Archives
Delta Region, SCCA - Racer's Paradise
December 5, 2004
The day started out quite "iffy" to say the least. All the plans
for the Poupart family to chair this event had been made and the
details were checked and double checked. Everything was coming
together perfectly at the end of the week - except the weather.
It was raining early Sunday morning when Robbie went over to Zephyr
Stadium to start laying out the course he designed. There were
only a few other people there and the rain was falling. When Mike
and I went over for 7:45 a.m., there were stacks of cones that had been
thrown out in the parking lot and the water puddles were draining, but
slowly. After a call to WWL-TV to speak with John Gumm, Mike gave
us the weather report that the rain was moving on and the day would be
getting better. Later in the day it would be clear.
OK. Good news. Now we just need to have enough people show
up so that we didn't lose money. Even though we had 60+
pre-registrations, it look like very few people were anxious to come
out and race in the rain. A few more people showed up. We
waited. A few more people showed up. We took a head
count. Looks like about 35 here and there around the event site
and over at McDonald's having breakfast. We ran some numbers to
see just how many people we needed to break even. 55 was the
magic number. Decision made. It's a go!! Suddenly
everyone was on cell phones calling their friends to tell them the
event was on and to get to the stadium.
So it was
a late start in getting the course laid out. Robbie had a lot of
help in that department. Matt Patterson, Mike Gaudet, and Mike
Wells worked to set up the event equipment and the concession
area. Registration was opened and Gail deLeon and Mary Jo Sapp
kept registering anyone that walked up until the first car went
out. The rain stopped and the skies began to clear. The timer
didn't want to run in the rain, but Mike Wells and Ken Orgeron did some
magic and fixed it. I happened to look at my watch when the
starter called the number of the first car at the start line.
11:52 a.m. We had 56 entrants, a nice big box of toys and money
donated for the Marine Toys for Tots Program. From here on out,
the event would run itself. Everyone just had to do their jobs in
the way they always do - great.
drivers "drive" and that they did! Robbie's original course
design had been slightly altered to give room for sliding in the wet
and for the water puddles. It was a great course! Some runs
were made in the wet and some in the dry. Everyone had fun and we
all got 5 runs before the day was over. We even had a special
"grudge class" for the Honda S2000s. There were 7 drivers in 4
cars (silver and yellow only) all running on street tires. There
was a lot of smack talking going on in grid with those guys! And
speaking of talking smack - all the Pouparts were in the grid at the
same time. It never matters what we drive, the competition
between us is always high. Robbie won in the SM class in a Honda
Civic. Mike was 1st in SS with Patty 2nd both driving the
Corvette Z06. Shane was the only driver in a BP Corvette and took
FTD for the event.
I'm very glad
we made the call to go ahead with the event, especially when so many people were showing up with toys
for the children. Besides the fact that the day turned out fine
and everyone had fun, I'm proud of the people who attended and took
part in helping to make
a fine donation of
money ($240) and toys to a good cause. Thanks, God, for giving us the opportunity. Thanks to all of you who worked
with us before, during and after the event and did what it took to make
it all happen.
You guys are terrific!