The practice sessions were good and Ted improved his fastest lap time. On Saturday morning, Ted did not do as well as the previous day and qualified towards the back of the 22 car SM field. He rectified much of that on Saturday afternoon by setting a new "personal best" with a 1:38.328 and qualified 16th for the race. On Sunday, by the time the grid was set, Ted had moved to 15th as a car had pulled out of the race. On grid, as the five minute warning was sounded, Ted's car would not start. Some helpful support people from a few of the other teams opened the hood, figured it out, and got the car running. This would not be that last mechanical incident of the race!
In the 4th or 5th lap, the fire suppression system sprang a leak and began spraying Ted in the face while he was driving down the front straight. It is a good thing Ted is great at multi-tasking (ADD) as this occurred right after he was re-passing a car that had passed him before the straight. Karen Dildei was on the radio and let Ted know he needed to stay in front of that car in order to finish in the top 9 and get National points. After the second admonishment from Karen, while battling a jet spray to the face, a car on his heels, and managing gears and race-craft, Ted was able to feebly press his "talk button" and tell Karen, "I am doing the best I can". Ted never had quite that much going on at once while trying to race. In the end, he finished in 9th place and earned his first national SM points of his career! He also set a new seasonal fastest lap for the NJMP Thunderbolt track at 1:37.465 (click to see video).
NJMP Thunderbolt Personal Fastest Lap
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