We ran out of fuel at the 250 around 10 miles from our fuel stop. I said a lot of four letter words, wanted to quit, spent four hours in the desert waiting for fuel and basically decided that we were done and finishing didn't matter. My brother was in his race suit ready to go when they showed up and said " we didn't pre run for a week and risk our asses for this many miles to not finish the race" I was impressed with his attitude and now I feel dumb about mine. We finished 10th and will not start last at the 500 because of it. I felt like we should have been in the top 3 with the speed we had through the first half of the race.
Our first baja 1000 was tough. It was our first car race in mexico. We got stuck twice, fully out of the car both driver and co rider. We pushed on. Ethan got in and learned how tough it is to drive SF at night and basically that whole section solo. I had roached the clutch, pissed all over the seat, the car looked like a silt bomb had gone off in it. He came into one pit and said he was so jacked from the rough and worried about the car making it up molina incline that he was considering stopping the race. We bled the clutch, got him some food, looked him in the eye and said haul ass and make it up that hill or die trying. We hit every VCP, no speed penalties, and we ended up on the PODIUM with a 3rd in class 10. That was a win for us.
Each race the goal post is moved. Go to win, adjust expectations with the scenario you are dealt.
Biggest take away. Be grateful you are there in the first place. Don't bitch ( I am still learning this ).
We celebrated at the podium in San Felipe, briefly, and left there knowing we left a better finish on the table with a stupid mistake. I learned a lot that day from my little bro.
I was involved in a couple of start up/grass roots racing efforts in the early to mid '80's. Not to finish was considered a failure and huge disappointment. I remember we finished 4th in 5-1600 our first time out. You'd think we won overall by all the celebrating going on! I was also involved with a "bucket list" racing effort where the proprietor was stoked just to be there and run as long as his shabby challenger car would take him.I see people celebrating after just finishing a race. Not anywhere near competitive for the class. And they are super excited with just a finish. How does everyone feel about that? I feel if I am not competitive I don't care that I just finished. I feel that I am in the minority in this issues. How does everyone feel about this topic?