Yesterday’s post channeled Douglas Adams, today its Richard Petty as the 43rd Designer Night at the Races™ races into the history books. The track in Irvine is tighter and a bit slower, but no less fun as another 20+ racers decided to test their skills on the kart tracks of Southern California. All for charity. Yes, while these events appear to be about ego, they are really more about Competition, Camaraderie and Charity.
The past few years of these events have moved between various charities, however the recent theme has been to battle cancer. For 2015 Designer Night at the Races™ is partnering with the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center. If your family has ever been affected by cancer, you know one of the most difficult parts is that you have to have a team of doctors and experts to manage the process. And those doctors typically are located all over town, so the patient has to travel from appointment to appointment, all the while feeling less than 100%. The Mercy Health Center features a multidisciplinary approach, where all the key experts are located onsite and a patient can see everyone at once in a single location. I want to give a personal thanks to everyone who has contributed at one of our events – lets keep having fun and racing to beat cancer!
On night two Hyundai and Kia teamed up to dominate the results. 15 Designers and modelers joined their management to lay waste to the record sheets.
The first race of the evening was the C-Main. It was nice to see a sponsor take home a podium finish as Plastic Plate took home a third thanks to Oliver Aheimer. Ji-Joon Seol of Hyundai was 2nd but neither was a match for Paul Livett of Kia who managed a 14 second cushion as he took home the top prize.
The B-Main race started with the pole sitter turned around backwards and looking at the rest of the field when the green flag dropped (name withheld to protect his ego). This mixed up the field and the finishing order had nothing to do with lap times or qualifying positions. Zach Domitrz from Lacks Trim Systems came across the line in 3rd right behind Kieuk Kim of Hyundai. Adriano Raeli of Kia was the winner with a best lap time that would have put him at the front of the A-Main.
The A-Main was the closest race of the week so far as less than 1 second separated the top 4 places. Soomin Choe of Hyundai set the fastest lap of the evening with a 24.288 on his way to a 3rd place finish. Brandon Smisek of Hyundai was 0.004 seconds ahead of him to take the 2nd place position. The winner, Kurt Kahl of Kia was a half second ahead as he won the race from the pole.
For the Irvine event, the team from Purple Platypus joined the festivities to support the southern California design studios and Mercy Health Cancer Center.
Points after two nights are as follows:
And come back tomorrow for an update from the Carlsbad Event and to find out who won the Fastest Studio in the West!