Day 2 Race Blog

Diego Lewis - July 4th, 2017

Our goal today was to continue carrying forward the momentum we built up and to try and complete all of ‘scrutineering’ inspections before the end of the day. Not only did we do that, we completely finished all inspections around noon, which is truly amazing considering it took us an entire extra day to get to this point last year.

Even more exciting than beating our own record is the fact that we were the first team to finish the process of all 18! What that means is that App State has secured pole position at the starting line on Thursday. This is huge for us! We are off to a great start, all we’ve got to do is keep doing what we’re doing and we’ll be in good shape. 

For those wondering why we seem to be doing so well so far, it can absolutely be summarized in one word: preparation. We have spent not only the whole school year preparing for this, but easily over 2000 hours this summer ensuring we’d be as close to race ready as possible when we got here.

Our dedication has certainly paid dividends. Last year at this time we were taking apart our motor. This year we are making minor adjustments to and tuning our setup. This is not something we’ve had time to do before. We are also doing our best to extend any help we can give to other teams who are struggling, because we want to see as many teams competing as possible.

We are looking forward to a slightly less stressful day tomorrow, making sure our drivers are in top shape for driving and comfortable with the current car setup. I’ve gotten word that significant optimization has been performed on the car, which should reduce our power draw while maintaining speed and allow us to accelerate more quickly when we need to. We’ve yet to prove this on the track but preliminary testing has shown positive results; we’ll see just how much of a difference it makes come race time on Thursday!

At the end of the day we got an amazing 360 degree fireworks show. The track’s turn 1 hill is the highest point in the area, so we could see all of the fireworks shows for miles in all directions. It was a truly spectacular show and a great way to end the day. We’re all now back at the hotel getting some much needed sleep, we’re set to wake up at 6AM tomorrow!