Last weekend’s NASA Unkefer Dash event at VIR was a super weekend for Rossini racing’s drivers.
In the Saturday Qualifying sessions, the young-guns led the way with Rossini driver Broderick Bauguess, picking up the pole, ahead of fellow team mates Aiden Baker Crouse and Zach Rubin. Aiden has just turned 16 years old, Zach is still a teenager and Broderick is in his early 20’s. Andrew Balgoyen, qualified in 6th , Xavier Calderon in 7th, and James Harrel in 9th making 7 of the top 10 running our engines! Eric Gerchak qualified 11th and Wyatt Wood in 14th
Saturdays Lightning Spec Miata Race 1 was a standout with the young guns up front exchanging the lead several times. Crouse held on for the win, barely ahead of Bauguess with Rubin finishing in 3rd. Calderon finished 5th, Harrel 7th, Gerchak 9th, Wood 12th and Balgoyen finished in 14th after an on track incident.
The Beast of the East is an unusual half point event that NASA puts on at this event. You start based on lap times in the combined mix class, so you can end up spending your entire race, racing out of class cars, and sometimes it works in your favor and sometimes it doesn’t
Sunday’s Beast of the East saw Bauguess taking the top step of the podium, running a rapid time of 2:16.653, with Rubin a fine 2nd place and Crouse in 3rd. Calderon finished 5th, Balgoyen 6th, Harrell 8th, Gerchak 9th and Wood in 14th
Sundays Spec Lightning Miata Race 2 saw another race long drawn out battle between Crouse and Baugess and they checked out, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the field. This time Crouse clinched the win ahead of Baugess, with Balgoyen making a well-earned visit to the podium. Calderon finished a fin 4th, Rubin in 5th, Gerchak in 9th, Wood in 10th and Harrel back in 13th after an off-track excursion!
You know it’s a good weekend when your drivers take the top 5 finishing positions.