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Pittsburgh’s weather didn’t get the memo about how close Carnival is and how desperately teams need Rolls, and it decided to snow on Friday night. Teams awoke to a film of icy snow covering the roads and Sweepstakes was forced to cancel. Fortunately, the precipitation held off the following evening and the course was clear, but cold, for Sunday. RoboBuggy didn’t seem to mind the chill in the air and rolled throughout the day with the rest of the teams. The first human Roll was delayed until 7:30 in hopes that the sun might raise the temperature a bit. It reached a balmy 28F.
|Apex||Firefly, Phoenix, Ember, BakedPotato|
|CIA||Impulse, Equinox, Tempest|
|Fringe||Boson, Blueshift, Bissa, Bolt, Bumper|
|SDC||Inferno, Malice, Vice, Avarice|
|SigEp||Kraken, Barricuda, Beyonce, Hydra|
|Spirit||Inviscid, Zuke, King Pin, Seraph|
Observations (Sunday Gallery)
There is not much to report from Sunday’s Buggy antics. SigNu and SAE were no-shows and will be scrambling to get their drivers qualified over truck weekend, needing 13 and 11 more Rolls plus a pass test each. While the weather is looking promising, it will be a tight squeeze for these two teams, if not impossible to be qualified for Raceday.
Apex provided most of the unfortunate excitement that bookended practice. On their first roll, Ember rolled to a stop near the stop sign for unknown reasons. The driver refused to let EMS assess her and was pushed the rest of the way through her Roll. During their final Roll, the steering on BakedPotato (NB2018) broke on Hill 4 and the driver hit the curb. EMS reported that the driver was fine, although this isn’t looking good for Apex’s new Buggy.
SigEp and SDC were out in force, each running 4 Buggies (that’s right… SigEp’s Hyrdra is back on the course). Fringe, however, again takes the trophy for most ambitious team and were fielding 5 Buggies. The teams managed their fleets well, save for two small hiccups. Vice (of SDC) miscalculated on one of her Chute lines and turned way too early. While for a brief panicked moment she was on a path to the bales, she corrected. While she was safe from the hay bales, she nailed the grate. Thank goodness for mouth guards. On what would turn into the final Roll of the day, one of the Fringe Buggies came to stop in the Freeroll. EMS checked out the driver and all was well, but the reason for the stoppage wasn’t clear.
Spirit, CIA, PiKA and PhiDelt all had trouble-free Rolls. The former three are looking competitive for Raceday, but, like everyone, need some practice at speed to see how things will shake out. The cold, wet weather has kept everyone moving slow.
As per usual, there will be no Rolls report next week, save for any timing data the BAA collects. But, keep an eye for the Raceday Preview! Have you updated/renewed your membership yet?
Below is a running total of buggy/driver roll counts:
*indicates New driver | Pass Test Completed | Fully Qualified
|Team||Buggy||Driver||Fall Rolls||Spring Rolls|
Rolls Report Contributors: