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Son of Surfers Hits the Strip!

By Adam Sorokin

The Smith Motorsports Firebird, Adam Sorokin driver. Photo by Dave Smith
The Smith Motorsports Firebird, Adam Sorokin driver. Photo by Dave Smith

Just wanted to check in and say that I took my first laps in the alcohol funny car on Saturday at Palmdale. It went real well. Boy, do I love that car! What fun! First pass on the car I got to feel what tire shake is like. I got a little out of the groove at 300 feet and and got the shake. Saw "four" of the guardrails coming a little close to me so I peddled it and aborted the run. It wasn't real violent but I couldn't see too well (four of everything!) On the second run, the engine quit on the burnout. A ground wire shook loose and killed the engine. 

Got that fixed and went out for a third pass. Car launched well and was going straight, so I figured this is as good a time as any to make a full pass. It felt real smooth and straight and went through the lights and I pulled the chutes at the first MPH cone. When those dual chutes hit, it was like the hand of God just came down and stopped the car. I probably came out of the seat and was thrown forward a good four inches! So I tightened up the ol' belts a little tighter the next time. On the run, the car felt like it was driving through the clutch a little. We gave the car a little more clutch and went out again. Car ran better and good enough for that Advanced ET license I was going for. 

We're going to Sacramento this weekend (22nd) and racing in the CIFCA deal there. Good excuse to give me some more seat time. I want to work on my staging a bit. If you feel like it, please come by and say hi.

Adam Sorokin
adsork@aol.com

 

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