Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Racing | 3 comments

It’s been a long haul (I believe I bought the donor chassis in December), but my Honda S2000, built to compete in Sports Car Club of America‘s Improved Touring R class, has finally hit the track …

… in style. Friday, my comrades at Flatout Motorsports took the car to Watkins Glen International for a couple of important races. (Why didn’t I go? Family duties – it’s a big weekend for ferrying kids to camp. Do I wish I was at the Glen, the greatest track in North America? Hell yes.)

The S2000 was fast as soon as they rolled it off the trailer. In only its third session, driven more than capably by my partner Nick Leverone, the car set a new track record for the class. Now, a track record is an accomplishment anytime. To set one in July, on a power-robbing 90-degree day (internal combustion engines like cool weather), on a sun-slick track, in a brand new race car … that’s astonishing.

I’m grateful to Nick and all the guys at the shop who put this car together. And man oh man, do I ever look forward to driving it.

Update: The top photo shows the car hammering through Watkins Glen’s famous Bus Stop chicane. Is that a pretty race car or what?