If Monday night’s results were a surprise, Tuesday night was anything but. The world has returned to normal as the regular winners again ascended to the top of the podium. Over the past 7 years and 30+ events, Designer Night at the Races™ has grown by leaps and bounds.
What started out as an impromptu gathering at a local karting track (Dromo 1 in Orange CA) of one design studio (Ford) on two days notice has turned into a muti-day event that pits all the studios against each other in a furious battle to crown the Fastest Design Studio.
In the D-Main, Photographer extraordinaire Ingo Rautenberg filled in for a unnamed designer who cancelled last minute and ended up winning the race. Takihiro Kitao of Hino improved the most positions in the race ending up 2nd after starting all the way back in the third row in 6th.
Bob Busch of Lacks Trim Systems set the fastest lap of the race and rounded out the podium in 3rd. Taylor Manuilow of GM managed to be the most improved driver of the evening by running a race laps an incredible 2.655 seconds faster than her best qualifying lap.
I did not get a chance to see the C-Main race as I was off doing whatever the host does at these things but it must have been quite an eyefull. Shingo Hatori of Hino ended up gaining 4 positions and winning the closest race of the evening over teammate Osamu Watanabe as only 0.716 seconds separated them as the checkered flag waved. What was so amazing is that they were both 1 lap clear of the entire rest of the field. Christian Schwartz (the “C” in AACS) crossed the line in 3rd.
Pretty much every team was represented in the B-Main. Ford, GM and Hino were joined by sponsors Lacks Wheel, Plastic Plate and AACS as once again Hino won a heat race. Mitsuhiro Kondo of Toyota knocked 0.8 seconds off his qualifying time and edged Artur Sakarian and Casey Swasenger of GM for the top spot.
The fastest drivers of the two nights ended up battling the entire race in the A-Main. Both drivers also ended the evening under 26 seconds. 2nd place Micah Jones of GM set the fastest race lap at 25.985 while Max Sullivan, also of GM ran a 25.981 in qualifying and ended up with the win. Third place was AACS’s Frank Schwartz, the evening’s host (I hate writing in third person) after battling for laps with David Wong of GM who retiured with a mechanical issues.
As with Monday night, a Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment was held to determine the kart number and starting order of the Team Endurance race. The AACS team jumped from 8th to 1st over the first driver stint but a couple of bad driver changes doomed the team to a middle-pack finish. The world returned to normal as the 3 GM Teams fought with Ford for the overall win until 1 team dropped out with a gas leak. GM Team #1 with members Max Sullivan, David Wong, Bregt Ectors and Casey Swasenger ended up winning by a full lap over the Ford Team of Artur Sakarian, Chris Nichols, David McCall and Josh Greiner. GM Team #2 ended up third with drivers Micah Jones, Patrick Vanderpool, Vlad Kapitanov and Matt McNerney.
With 2 A-Main wins, and a Team Enduro win Team General Motors repeats for the umpteenth time as the fastest Design Studio in the East.
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Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support of this great charity event; Lacks Wheel Trim Systems, Lacks Trim Systems, Plastic Plate, RTT, Bunkspeed, F1RCLab and Middlecott Design. Together with the sponsors, the DAADS (Detroit area Auto Design Staff) helped raise $1,080 for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center.