SEMI-FINAL FINISH FOR RHM IN MWPM
July 14TH, 2020
Despite the weather being over 100 degrees, RHM pleased with testing
Ronnie comfortable with the new combination and looking forward to getting back
RHM finishes on a high note, losing in the Semi-Final.
RHM's debut with the new ProChargerd combination in the Mustang GT 350, started at the Texas Motorplex with rain on Tues July 8th. But the team woke up to sunny skies and lots of humidity the next day. From therein the temperatures soared into the high 90's and 100 degrees and at times was very uncomfortable.
Although the heat was almost unbearable, RHM worked non stop through Wednesday and Thursday's testing. On hand to provide the tuning advice was Jamie Miller and Steve Petty from Pro Line Racing, and by the time RHM packed up and moved onto XRP to qualify for MWPMS, everybody (including Ronnie), was feeling excited about the weekends racing. What made it a further historic weekend for the Hobbs family, was the fact that both Ronnie and his son Landon competed at the same event (Big Tire No Time)!
Qualifying for RHM continued the learning and by the end of the Q3 session, Ronnie was sitting in a healthy #4 position. Although RHM opted to run the 4th qualifier it was not enough to get into a higher spot. So that's where RHM finished qualifying with the quickest run of 3.77 ET.
Race day netted RHM 2 round wins against the turbo cars of M Labbate and Scott Oksas, clocking a 3.80 and 3.77 respectively. In the semi-final, Ronnie came up against Jim Sackuvich and ran a clean PB of 3.75 but unfortunately got into trouble when he pulled the chutes. One of them flew straight up, lifting the back end off the ground and pushing the car towards the left wall. He bumped the wall with the rear of the car, which then shifted back towards the right wall and despite Ronnies best efforts, the car scraped the right front against the other wall.
Ronnie thankfully missed Jim when he crossed back into the right lane, who also got to the finish line first. He went onto win the race.
Further inspection of the damage to the racecar has revealed only cosmetic wounds, so the team is optimistic about being able to race at the NMCA 15th Annual Super Bowl on July 30th to Sunday, Aug 2nd.
Orchestration of the activities for fixing or changing has already begun and RHM is looking forward to getting back to making strides with their new combination.