Sunday, April 24, 2011

Photo of the Week

Hi Everyone!

This season, we will be posting a photo of the week for each race weekend. Starting next week, I'll post a questionaire on our facebook page ( Vote for your favorite and the highest vote getter will be our Photo of the week.

I chose these ones to get the ball rolling. We always enjoy when kids come down to the autograph session. It's great to see their faces when they get an autograph card from Scott and he spends a little time talking to them about becoming racers some day themselves.

This young fella even got to sit in the drivers seat! Hopefully in a couple of years, he will be out there in his own car and give another child the thrill of sitting in a real race car :-)

See you at the races!

Monday, April 18, 2011

New Season, New Promoters, New Blog home, Same Goals

Hi Everyone and welcome once again to the new blog home of Team LaCross!

Saturday started out exactly as most do in April here in the Northwest... Drizzle and cold, with the weather services calling for partly sunny... I wonder why they even bother trying to predict weather around here.

When we got to the track and unloaded, the skies looked dreary and we rolled out for the 1st practice under a steady light drizzle, reducing lap times substantially. We skipped the 2nd session, deciding to use that time to put a "lightly wet" set up in the car for qualifying and trying to figure out how best to manage our tires, as we were only allowed to put 2 new sticker tires on instead of the usual 4 for the first race.

New for this year is weekly qualifying instead of qualifying heat races. We still run heats, but they do not set starting order anymore. Also new is F-1 style qualifying, which is where they send 5-6 cars out on the track together and allow you to run 6-8 laps. They take your best time in those qualifying hot laps and there you are. The track was drying out nicely at this point and even with a semi-wet set up in the car, we qualified 3rd, with our good pal Steve Green setting the pole.

Heat Race:

For the heat race, we still were not sure the rain was going to hold off, so we dialed back the wick a little on the set up, but not quite back to a full dry set up and headed out. We started inside row two of the 7 car heat race and Scott was able to take advantage of the pole car sliding up the track in turn one to make a quick move to the front of the field, quickly stretching out a 6 car length lead. A late caution brought the field back together, but we were able to hold off a hard charging Steve Green to take the win.

Main event:

We went ahead and left the set up alone for the main, as rain was still a possibility. We started outside of row 2, due to the full invert and several cars being sent to the back due to the new 7/10's rule, which puts any car that does not qualify within 7/10's of the pole time to the rear of the field. We were told just before the start that our race would be cut down to 25 laps from 50 due to time constraints, which was pretty bad considering the fact that all of the other classes got their full shows and went WAY over their allotted time. The start was a crazy blur, with cars beating and banging into each other, but the fast qualifiers quickly made it to the front. Scott was doing amazing things weaving through traffic, one time I almost had to close my eyes as he was the meat in a three wide sandwich! Eventually we found ourselves settled into 3rd place behind the 12 car and  Steve Green. In turn 3, the 12 car slid up the track just a tiny bit and that was all it took to open up a hole for the 1099 train (Steve and Scott's car numbers of course!) to slip by on the inside. The 12 hung with us for about a half a lap, but coming out of turn 2 Steve and Scott pulled away and by the entry to 3, they had pulled out to a 6 car length lead and it became very clear that they would be the two cars fighting it out for the win.

Lap after lap they ran nose to tail, Scott looking for an opportunity to pass and Steve doing his best to make sure he stayed out front. When the final caution came out around lap 20, we felt that we certainly had a shot on the restart of being able to get around Steve by going high, but alas, it was not to be. The track went red as  the EMTs were called to the stands to care for a fan who was having a medical issue(Heard today that she is fine, so that's great news) and race control decided to throw the checkered flag, declaring Steve the winner and placing us 2nd. It's too bad really, because the remaining fans were going to be treated to what I think was going to be the absolute BEST final laps of any race that night. Two wiley veterans who in addition to being great drivers, are great friends and know each others driving styles very well.
LaCrash and Steve celebrating the 1, 2 finish

In the end, the top 4 were Steve Green, Scott LaCross, Dale Creager and Michael Fritz. We couldn't have been happier to see this finishing order (well, ok, if we had won I might have been a smidge happier... lol) as these guys are all our very good friends and to see them all do well is a great sign that this year is going to be an absolute barn burner! You are not going to want to miss a single race this year!

Next race is April 30th, Car Sponsor Appreciation night. Check out our Tire Angels Program post below and perhaps you too can become an official sponsor of Team LaCross!

See you at the races!

Sponsor Links

Hi everyone and welcome to the New blog page. I will be posting a race report for Saturday night shortly, but I wanted to point out a new feature here... See those little tabs at the top of this post? Those are direct links to all of our fine Team LaCross Sponsors!

Our sponsors are the ones who provide us with the means to go to the track and provide you with great entertainment each weekend. Please show them how much you appreciate their support of Team LaCross by clicking on the links and taking your business to them as often as possible!

And don't forget to check out the Tire Angels Program post just below this one. You too can become one of Team LaCross' sponsors for 2011 and when we win races, you can turn to the person next to you in the stands and say, "Hey, I bought them that tire they won on tonight!"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: New Tire Angels Program Announced!

Many people have asked us how they can support our racing efforts during the year.

 I quote Harry Hogge in Days Of Thunder, "Tires, Cole, is what wins races."  Truer words have never been spoken. All the preparation in the world goes out the window without good tires on the race car. 

 Team LaCross is proud to introduce an exciting way for our fans to become more involved with the new "Team LaCross Tire Angels" program. 

 Join great companies like TNT Mechanical, JZ Motorsports, Millennium Motors, Deyoung Inc. and Joes Racing Products in showing your support.

 The Tire Angels program is a fun opportunity to get more involved with your favorite racing team by allowing our fans to purchase a brand new Goodyear Racing tire. All members of the Tire Angels program will have their name proudly displayed on the race car as well as receiving a limited edition "Tire Angels" sticker.

Membership in this elite and exciting program is a mere $100.00.

 Our past and future success is due to our great fans.  Without you, we wouldn't race. 

Membership Options:

Checks or Money orders:   Scott LaCross, 10121 Evergreen Way # 25-541, Everett, WA 98204 Select "Send Money"  and follow the on screen directions. Our user account is:

Our season opener is April 16th and we hope to see you there!  Stay tuned for race updates. 

See you at the races! 
Eddie C.