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Re: [Fot] Bedding Brakes, dangerous driving

To: "RACER BUD" <>
Subject: Re: [Fot] Bedding Brakes, dangerous driving
From: Steven Belfer <>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:50:48 -0700
I don't know if any corner worker saw it and I didn't report it, or go  
talk to the guy and say, WTF?  I probably should have.  Getting to  
this race was a big personal goal after some tough times.  I was  
elated that the car worked so well and didn't want a confrontation  
with a jerky driver.  BTW, the new Uncle Jack axles were in the car  
too, for the first time.


On Sep 25, 2008, at 4:45 PM, RACER BUD wrote:

> That guy should have been black flagged and sent home...In  
> fact..CSRG would more than likely have put his car on the trailer,  
> and put him At Least on probation for 13 months...then the message  
> starts getting through to people...
> Racer Bud
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Steven Belfer" < 
> >
> To: "FOT" <>
> Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 4:23 PM
> Subject: [Fot] Bedding Brakes, dangerous driving
>> Speaking of dangerous driving situations,  two weekends ago I raced  
>> at
>> Buttonwillow in my TR3.  I had new brakes that needed bedding.  This
>> meant I needed to heat up my brakes in the first practice session,  
>> let
>> them cool so I could have good braking power for the rest of the
>> weekend.  I was in the first group so at 8:30am, I told the proper
>> official-type guys what I needed to do and started in the back.  I'm
>> also running a fresh engine and feeling that out as well.  Anyway,
>> after about 3 or 4 laps I'm just about done bedding the brakes and  
>> I'm
>> about to get lapped.  This is the first "Warm-up" session of the
>> weekend.  A red 2002 is approaching me and I waved him to the left  
>> and
>> moved to the right a little bit, while staying pretty close to the
>> line.  Next thing I know the guy is passing me on the right ON THE
>> DIRT at full speed. He re-entered the track, got a little squirrelly,
>> threw some rocks onto my car and kept going.  This guy was racing  
>> hard
>> with a yellow P1800 and not letting up one bit.  He didn't want to
>> sacrifice his lap time when overtaking me.  The level of aggression
>> took me by surprise and made me angry.  It was, after all the morning
>> warm-up and I truly did my best to get my job done safely and get off
>> the race track.   I tell my friends and family, when they ask if it's
>> dangerous, "You see, it's a gentlemen's sport and there's no prize
>> money."  I would say that most of the drivers are safe and respectful
>> of their machines and their abilities but all it takes is one
>> douchebag move and you're in big trouble.
>> ~SB
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