I made my first record setting run! I bested the previous record for Fall Jefferson, running the Counter Clockwise direction of the course in 60.868, a mere 0.019 seconds faster than the previous ITS class record, set in 2000! This was done amidst battery/alternator trouble and approaching rain. The battery died due to me forgetting to turn off the fan on Saturday. Strangely, the car would not run after being jumped. I determined that the alternator was not working and attempted to charge the battery off of the truck, via jumper cables. Struggling to get adequate charge in to run a second set of laps before the end of Saturday, I just managed to do it. I pushed the car into line and didn't start it until the last possible instant. If I turned on the fan, the battery might run too low to run the engine. If I shut it down, it probably wouldn't restart. Timing was everything! Under this pressure, I went out and turned my three hot laps, with the third one giving me the time I was looking for! Jason was behind, with about 2.4 seconds to gain in order to catch up.
Sunday was clear, but the remnants of hurricane Isaac were due to arrive at any time. I was able, thanks to a kind soul with a generator, to fully charge the battery overnight. It took an incredibly long time, but it did eventually come up to charge by morning. I got into line, but by the time I ran, it was sprinkling steadily. Despite that fact, I managed to turn a time within about a half second of my best. Not too shabby. Jason was able to gain a second, but still had over 1.3 to trim. By then it was lunch time and raining heavily. We both called it a weekend and I headed home early. Normally I'd stay for the last run, but the joy of success, along with the exhaustion of fighting to keep the car running, made me content to leave things as they stood. I'm looking forward to Fall Weatherly, where I expect to nail down yet another record. Assuming the weather is reasonably dry, I plan to improve on my time from the Spring. There, I was only 0.376 behind and with my new tires I'm sure that's easily achievable. The question remains: Will tires be enough to secure my lead or will Jason best me again?