It was finally time for the races!
Race 1 – Qualified 15th – My goal was to do better than what I started and gain experience. Green flag, and I made two passes going into turn 1 off the start! This track is extremely hard to pass at, with how fast all the corners are, but I had a great jump. The race stayed as it started and toward the end of the race, I made a slight error and lost a position on the final lap, I finished the race in 14th.
Race 2 – I started 14th; but, before the race started, it was raining, and the officials deemed it a wet race meaning everyone had to start on wet tires and could not change them until crossing the line and taking the green flag. I didn’t make up positions at the start, but I made some later in the race.
When the race started, the ground was hardly wet. It quickly dried up, and we were all burning up our rain tires, but it was too late in the race to change them. I quickly realized this and started to find standing water to keep my tires cool for the end of the race. I was still in 15th , when I realized this, and I quickly caught up to a pack of 7 other cars! In the last 6 laps I made up 7 positions to finish in 8th! I made the first top 10, of my career!
Race 3 was the final race of the New Jersey event, and I started in 14th . It was similar to race 1, but this time it was a lot drier. We decided to stick with our plan and see how it played out. A group of cars decided to pit after lap 1, but that put them almost 1 lap down (but with slicks). That gave them a 3 to 4 second advantage per lap but had almost a minute to make up. A few of the front runners passed me. I ended up in 12th.
It was a great weekend, as I achieved my goal by improving from start to finish.
Ely finishes 8th in race 2 at NJMSP!
First top 10 of the year
Next and last Event at Mid-Ohio from Oct 1st-3rd
SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2021
8:40 AM – 9:10 AM Practice
11:45 PM – 12:15 PM USF2000 Q1
3:50 PM – 4:30 PM USF2000 RACE 1
SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021
8:00 PM – 8:30 PM USF2000 Q2
11:00 AM -11:40 AM USF2000 RACE 2