Although I'm exhausted, this event was just the vacation that I needed to get my mind off work. I loved the idea of it being shortened to 2 days (or so I thought, next time I'll arrive Thursday night and make it 3 days), but in that short time I never once thought of work!
The racing, for me, was better at this event than any other ISSCA Nats. I did everything and got plenty of runs. Having SCCA run the Autocross was a brilliant idea and it ran flawlessly! The Road coarse was my favorite event even though it was ridiculously hot. The practice runs that we made in the morning session were the highlight for me. I knew not to expect more than 1 timed run, but I never expected to be afforded what was easily 20 times the amount of practice that we'd ever gotten before. I had to park the car to let it cool several times.
I also think that we, ISSCA that is, are in great shape with respect to track relations at Gateway. Dealing with tracks can be like begging for sex. But Tim at Gateway seemed to treat us like family. Way to go Grail for not only organizing a great event, but you've outdone yourself with the schmoozing of the track staff!
I was pleasantly surprised at the way the drags were run. I was a bit confused at first, but once it got going and I figured out how things were being run I was able to relax and enjoy it more than any other ISSCA Nats. I didn't feel the sense of hurry up and wait like we have at previous events.
In fact, that point needs to be underscored here. This was a two-day event were I NEVER felt rushed (except at 6:30am, oof). Further more, by having this event at the same venue year after year, I think people are going to get more comfortable with the schedule and the pace will feel right to everyone.
Now for the bad, I should have volunteered a bit more this year. I only helped out at the road coarse, and I enjoyed doing it. I'll try and help out more next year. Not the bad you expected? Well, let's just say I temper my complaints after proper introspection!
Thanks to all, Rick, Heather, All of Grail (Great Racers and Impala Lovers), Todd, Larry (Perhaps I can judge next year), Paul, Bob, Nabby Bobby, Karl and all the rest I'm forgetting to mention. Keep up the great work!