Nort Northam Racing chalked another PCA SP2 Enduro win at Road Atlanta during the weekend of April 2-3, lapping the whole SP2 field except the second place car, which ended up almost a full lap behind. Coupled with a solid second-place finish in the Saturday sprint race, the weekend was another successful step towards a repeat of his 2015 Championship season.
The weather in Atlanta wasn’t looking great for the weekend with a cold front moving through on Thursday night, bringing high winds, “sideways rain,” and reports of hail to the greater Atlanta area. At the track, there was plenty of rain to soak the facility. Road Atlanta is famous for running rivers of water across the track surface, even after the rain has stops – and this weekend was no exception.
Practice on Friday morning was wet, so it really wasn’t worth the risk to practice. In mid-morning, the clouds parted and the sun came out, so a couple of laps to check out the car were in order.
Saturday morning was qualifying, and Nort put the Kelly Green 924S high in the field for SP2. The afternoon sprint race was quite a race, but second was the best he could muster with all the traffic. Sunday would be a different story.
It all came together in the Sunday morning enduro – ninety minutes that saw Nort ahead of everyone, then passing almost everyone again. Finishing first, the second place car was only twenty seconds or so ahead at the line, but was himself just beginning the last lap. Lapping the field is a great way to win a race.
Of course, none of this would be possible without Jim Kneeland, the professor behind the curtain, pulling the levers and pushing the buttons. Getting the car ready for Atlanta including suspension work, alignments and a little wiring at the track to stay within the rules for 2016. Without Jim, Nort would get lost getting to the grid on Saturday morning!
So two enduro wins and two sprint race seconds to start the 2016 season. Great job to Nort and Jim!