Photo by John Thawley Fluge Global Adventures Vipers Each Finish in Top-22
LONG BEACH, Calif., April 17, 2007 - NayKid Racing came to the historic streets of Long Beach, Calif. to make a little history of their own. The Grand Prix of Long Beach was NayKid Racing's return to the SPEED World Challenge and its first foray into professional motorsports since 2004. For Cindi Lux (Aloha, Ore.) it was her debut in the production car- based GT Series and Scotty B. White's (Lake Tapps, Wash.) comeback. The challenges were many but the team had an impressive debut on the street course. Lux finished 17th after qualifying 22nd in the No. 2 Fluge Global Adventures/Mintex Brakes/Red Line Oil Dodge Viper Comp Coupe. White took his No. 3 Fluge Global Adventures/Corsa Performance/Forgeline Dodge Viper Comp Coupe 25th on the grid up to 22nd despite being spun in the early going. With limited track time and little testing leading into the race, NayKid Racing walked away with sense of satisfaction and an understanding of what it takes to succeed in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge.
Lux had the better qualifying lap of the two on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary track in Long Beach on Saturday. By virtue of her time of one minute, 28.671 seconds, she started a few rows ahead of White. In the race, though being conservative and learning, Lux and White ran times on par with the other Dodge Viper Comp. Coupes; Lux lapping during the race at 1:29.543, while White traversed the course just behind at 1:30.285. But, by this time, White was already behind the eight ball. He had a spectacular start, his first standing start in three years, to capture five spots before turn one. White, a former winner in the World Challenge, was making his bid for a top-ten finish, no easy task on a street course. However, as others fought for position in the early laps, they collected White. The white Viper with the blue and orange highlights spun and he was left to try and recapture what had been lost. Both he and Lux moved-up through the pack impressively but, with less experience in the highly competitive series, planned to play it cool and not be overly aggressive on the tight confines of the track. Each moment on the track was one more lap of data that the NayKid team and Lux and White themselves could apply later down the road.
With each lap the two became more attuned to the high-powered V10 machines. While based on the same Dodge Viper SRT10s that the team raced last year with such success in SCCA Club Racing, the Comp. Coupe is a built-for-racing beast. With little testing the two drivers from the Northwest approached their Long Beach debut with a full understanding of the situation, if not their cars. However, with the one hour race behind them, the team is ready to pull out all the stops at the next GT race to be held at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday, May 19. The Long Beach "test" may likely prove vital to the long-term success of NayKid Racing in the SPEED World Challenge.
Fluge Global Adventures offers the public, through its web site and blog, a rare insight into the exploits of Portland businessman and modern-day adventurer Nick Fluge. Over the course of the year, Fluge will go on a series of events and adventures that can be followed on the internet. Included in his 2007 quests are: a 19,000 foot summit run at Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a cross country road race in The Cannon Ball Run 2007, a very serious hike to Base Camp at Mt. Everest in Nepal, a full scale onslaught on the World Series of Poker and High Octane Adventures in the SCCA behind the wheel of full-on Super cars. Other adventures are also being put together.
Cindi Lux: "We came here to Long Beach with a plan and we stuck with it. Get some time in the cars and bring them home in one piece; that was the plan. The first corner pile-up was crazy. Luckily, both Scotty and I managed to squeeze by. But then Scotty got tagged and spun around a few corners later. But you know, the cars kept getting faster every session and we are starting to figure out things. Our goal was to come here and to learn the environment. It was an important race to come out clean and came out with as much knowledge as we could get. The team is happy with the result, with have two cars in one piece and we're now ready to go racing. This move to World Challenge should have been done sooner because this series is pretty cool. I think I will be hanging out here for a while."
Scotty B. White: "I have to admit these were not exactly the results we were hoping for but we did learn a lot. One of the things we learned is just how competitive this series has gotten since being here last in 2004. The drivers and cars are blazingly fast. Regardless of the results we had a blast and the cars are still a hoot to drive and performed flawlessly the entire race. Unfortunately, with an all-new program, we just never had the speed all weekend to run with the big dogs. I know we'll go to work on that and be better for Miller!"