Blake Race’s at the “Brickyard”
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a legendary track, no doubt. We read about its history before we got there and Blake had the chance to kiss the bricks and walk the track. It is cool that MotoAmerica brought motorcycle racing to Indianapolis especially during a pandemic and that Blake could be a part of it.
Motorcycle Qualifying 1 & 2
The weekend didn’t start out too bad. Blake did well in practice and had the 7th fastest lap time in the first qualifying session. But, in Q2, he tucked his front end in turn one and, as it happened, another rider came onto the track from pit lane and was taken out by Blake’s motorcycle. Unfortunately, Blake missed the rest of the session and would be 11th on the starting grid.
Motorcycle Race 1
Right off the start of the first race, in turn 2, Blake got pushed wide and when he looked to his side to get back into the race line, he saw someone flipping towards him. He managed to squeeze by, dodging the crash. The race was red-flagged and restarted. Blake was glad to have a chance to regroup and hopefully get a better start. But, it was a repeat, he got pushed out again in turn 2and lost a tow from the guy in front of him. Blake finished in eleventh. He said that he and the motorcycle were not “quite right” but, he couldn’t figure out why.
Motorcycle Practice 2
During Sunday morning’s practice, Blake came into the pits to talk to his team. Apparently, his tires cooled off too much because he lost grip at a slow speed and tucked the front in turn 7. Thankfully, a brake lever guard was all that broke.
Motorcycle Race 2
Race #2 was a lot the same, Blake got pushed back and ended up battling with two racers most of the race. We had to check MotoAmerica’s results when writing the race report because none of us knew exactly where he finished (he finished 9th). When I asked him, he said, “I didn’t really want to look; I knew it was bad. I wasn’t happy about the weekend, this is definitely one to put behind us and look forward to Laguna.”
That is certainly true. A family friend reminded us that, Phillipians 1:6 says, “He who has begun a good work in you will continue to perform it in you until the day of Jesus Christ.” The Bible isn’t talking about motorcycles but about our spiritual lives however, it flows over into our daily efforts. Blake will continue to work hard with the talents God has given him.
Now, we are looking forward. The next race will be at Laguna Seca outside of Monterey, California, October 23-25. It is also the final race of the season. Here’s hoping for a good finish to the year!