I left my mind in 7’s trunk…

One of the hardest parts of this whole competition for me has been the events at MIS.  But it’s not because of the crazy mad rushes to get this or that buttoned up for inspections, or the insane level of stress that IMW is enduring.  It’s because I can’t be there to take on my fair share of those stresses and sweat inducing inspections and tests.  I don’t have the financial cushion to take the time off of work necessary to be up there for 2+ weeks at a time for each of the 3 PIAXP events.  My absence at those events really gets to me.  I can’t stand not knowing what’s going on.  Are there issues popping up that I can fix?  Are there stresses that I can place on my own shoulders to help ease the pressure on Kevin’s or Nate’s brains?  Now I don’t need any additonal stresses any more than any of us, but I’d gladly take them all if it means the rest of the team can get a break and focus on other things. 

I know there’s nothing I can do to change the fact that I can’t be up there with my team, and to be honest I feel like I’m letting the team down because of that fact.  I’ve been a part of this thing since it’s inception.  I’ve invested myself, my time, and my emotions into our car.  I know we can win this thing.  This team has leaped over every hurdle placed in front of us.  Many of those hurdles were ablaze with rule changes, deadlines, and component problems.  We’ve done so with nothing more than long hours, hard work, and a team of 7 dedicated volunteers.  I’ve found myself dreaming of finding that one perfect component that will solve all of our problems only to wake up and realize that it doesn’t exist outside of my exhaustion driven REM state.  I’ll keep looking tho. It’s what I do.

It’s during these event weeks that I join our friends, followers, fans, and families in rooting for my brothers and sister in IMW from afar.  Clicking refresh on Facebook and Twitter enough times to get certified with OCD. 

“Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more.”  

and as always….. 221



2 Responses

  1. We made it and you are with us.
    Wouldn’t be here without you Bud.
    but now…after another 40 hour stint without sleep, I must, for tomorrow I go before the judges and do what I do best and also what Nate does best…I need I figure at least 20 minutes of slumber.


    Audere Est FACERE!!!!! bitches

  2. Imagine how i feel, Kevin might find out how to do my job, then what use will I be. Oh well call me and we will go have a beer since we don’t have a car to work on!

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