As usual, this report is going to be a bit trimmed down from what’s been coming out so far this year. If you want to get the full report make sure you join up and become a member to get this year’s Raceday Preview. Due to some technical difficulties, the Preview is going to be a little delayed and should hopefully get out by tomorrow if not earlier, so you still have a chance to be first in line for all of the juicy details.
Truck weekend went surprisingly smoothly, thanks to some organizations cutting back on how many teams they will have on raceday. Several drivers managed to pickup their last few rolls and/or pass tests to qualify, but as usual, there are some stragglers who will probably be seeking forgiveness.
Key: Qualified with at least one driver | Short on Rolls | Missing Pass Test
|CIA||Icarus, Impulse, Orca|
|Fringe||Bolt, Beacon, Bissa, Banyan|
|SDC||Vice, Malice, Psychosis, Avarice|
|SigEp||Kraken, Mamba, Barracuda, Pandora|
|Spirit||Zenith, Kingpin II, Zuke, Seraph, Haraka|
- Despite lack of practice time this Spring, teams still looked as ready to race as always this truck weekend. Drivers have improved across the board from last week even working around the added metal plates that have been covering up some of the worse Chute potholes. There’s still one set of cones marking a particularly bad pothole which happens to be right in line of nearly every line. Teams have been toying around with whether to go on the inside or outside of the cones with varying degrees of success both ways.
- All organizations managed to make it out both days, though there were some buggies missing from the usual lineup. CIA’s Freyja didn’t manage to make it out for the last two weekends, and at this point will have no chance of qualification. Similarly, SDC was trying hard to get Audasia Ho qualified in Avarice up until this weekend where they decided to cut her for the whole weekend.
- Some people didn’t want to toss in the towel just yet. SigEp’s Kraken made it out both days and racked up an impressive 6 rolls, but she is still a couple short since she had only ever come out once before this year. SAE’s Rubicon was also seen on the course both days but only managed to get 2 rolls total for the weekend. With one more roll needed and a pass test, it would seem unlikely for SAE to be running more than A teams this year. Fringe is of course some of the big news. Going into the weekend with the highest number of needed rolls, Banyan managed to rack up 5 and Beacon 6 putting both just 1 roll short of qualification. If Sweepstakes decides to be strict this year, Fringe will have to cut their teams down by half. Deciding to skip that first weekend may not have been the best choice now.
Lead Truck Auction: Thanks to Everyone that participated in the Lead Truck Auction this year! We managed to raise around $900 this time around which is not too shabby, though not near as well as we’ve done in the past. The winners should be notified sometime today with schedule and payment information.
Grudge Match Lead Truck: Since there were no slots in the auction to bid on the lead truck for the two grudge matches, we are working on a way to open up that option. This will likely involve some form of in-person auctioning at design comp. More info on that to come.
RoboBuggy: Working in secret before sunrise, Robobuggy has returned to the course this year and is planning on rolling in an exhibition on Raceday. The little buggy still has some issues making it around the course like a normal buggy, but they’ve only gotten more reliable over the year and should make a good showing of it over Carnival.
Livestream: I apologize to anyone that was looking for the livestreams this semester. I am on a new phone plan with limited data currently, so we will have to find a new method for next year. I imagine there should be a way to get on CMU’s WiFi which would make everything much easier and smoother.