Western Opener, National Finale

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Thursday, October 26, 2006 TOOELE, Utah – We asked the locals: It’s pronounced ”two – WILL – a.” Okay, with that out of the way, we woke up to “two-WILL-a” inches of snow! No worries, it wasn’t sticking to the track. Today was a Lapping day for the Regional and National drivers. No time sheets, but the fast competitors were in the low one-minute :40s to mid :39s on the 2.2-mile, 10-turn West Course layout of Miller Motorsports Park. Your humble scribe took some laps putting miles on the T-car (testing new rear calipers) and can tell you it is a fast, fun circuit. One is like an oval — brake, turn-in early, let the banking keep you down, then get on the throttle… Turn three: very fast third gear left, difficult to get just right… The “Devil” complex (T7) is two and a half apexes of lefthand, slightly downhill fun. Bottom line: Miller West is a technical circuit that looks to be the perfect venue to open the 2006-2007 Western Series — and decide the 2006 Skip Barber National Presented by RACER championship…

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Even the Salt Lake Citians thought 2 inches of snow had come a bit early.

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A little snow and ice doesn’t slow us down…

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National drivers during one of the sessions.

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The T10 hairpin. Like many of the corners on Miller’s West Course, you turn in a bit earlier than you would think because the corners open up so well at the exits.

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Not even 14 (that’ll be in January), Jessica Brunelli could be the next… Julia Landauer!

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Skip Barber National title contender Jonathan Goring performs his racer-tape levitation act.

Rick Roso

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