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2005 Grand Bayou Road Race Series -
It's been along time since we have written to this page. We had
our summer break from the Grand Bayou Series and did not travel to any
outside races this year, something we like to do just to keep us on our
toes. Little things about everyday life just seemed to get in our
everyone knows life got in the way, in a big way, on August 29th.
Hurricane Katrina came roaring through southeast Louisiana. We
were VERY blessed in that our home, our families and our business were
spared. Some times we feel guilty telling people how well we came
through the storm. This catastrophe was followed two weeks later
by Hurricane Rita making it's way through southwest Louisiana.
This left the entire southern part of Louisiana, southern Mississippi
and southeast Texas in a big mess.
Racing was not a high priority on anyone's list and
the October 1st date was postponed indefinitely. Suprisingly, some
things came together pretty fast and, for the people who could, a
needed a break from the stress of storm recovery developed and the race
date was reassigned to October 15th. It must have been a well
needed distraction as the turnout was better that we expected.
Now back to the opening sentence from the last
article. "A day racing is always better than. . ." no matter what
the outcome. Let me rethink that.
Between Bowtie Automotive being very busy and
taking advantage of make extra money with storm recovery jobs, I had
been working 18 hour days. Patty's job had been relocated and she
was working out of town in Alexandria, LA. My commitment to go
racing was weak and made at the last minute. Our regular devotion to
our race effort made this an OK thing to do because the race car and
trailer is always prepared and ready.
Now to race day. Although we had a good
field in our race due to the three combined classes that run during our
race, it would be a shoot-out in Super Production between just
two of us. John
Crosby was back in his GT-3 Porsche, and as I have said, a real
threat. The morning practice session was uneventful, just some
good clean laps to settle down and forget the stress. The
qualifying session on the other hand was blunt. I was on the
second best old tires we had left, saving the best old tires for the
race, and all I could do was a lap at 1.17.920. Crosby on the
other hand laid down a blistering 1.15.033, a new record for the GBRS
Super Production class. Being almost two seconds a lap slower,
this was going to be a long race.
Patty Poupart Photo
cars took the green flag for our race.
Starting on the outside of the front row, my plan was to use the torque
of the Viper and get the jump on Crosby's Porsche, take the lead and
make the Viper very wide for as long as I could. That plan went
away by the second turn. Now it was just follow the leader as I
watched as the Porsche moved away about a car length a lap. There
was nothing I could do about it except wait for traffic and hope I got
the breaks and Crosby didn't. About three laps from the end of
the race, while passing one of the Corvettes in the GTO class, I ran
out of room in the brake zone for Turn 1 and stuffed the nose of the
Viper into the back of another GTO Corvette. The Corvette
continued on and I did a complete 360 degree spin inside the concrete
walls. Luckily, I did not touch them. I still managed a second
place finish, due to only the two cars entered in Super Production, but
finished eighth overall.
racing is always better than. . ." no matter what
the outcome. Yes it is! This is part of racing, not the
part you want to experience, but part of racing. The Viper
received only minor damage to the front bumper cover and will be
quickly repaired in time for the next race.