So practice is done over 3 days. Each day is a different segment of the course. Day one is done at the most tricky and dangerous part of the course from the Devils Playground scenic turnout to the summit. The course is tight with no run-off and tons of exposure.
The Devils playground staging area is at about 12,000 feet, above timberline and freezing cold. I think it was something like 12 degrees and windy. Here Jason, Jason, and Ed huddle for warmth. Fortunately, the Evasive team jacket is awesome and is amazingly warm yet breathable.
Some of the other cars are quite intimidating. Here is BBi Autosports Entry that would go on to win the overall victory. Look for a full feature on this car in MotoIQ soon.
Tire warmers are everything at this event. In fact, if you don’t have tire warmers you won’t be competitive because you need to be fast from turn one, not taking it easy to warm things up. It is so cold here that the tire warmers struggle to get heat into the tires so you need blankets over the tire warmers to get the tires up to some temperature. We struggled to get them to 140 degrees. You also have to realize as soon as the car grids up the tires are cooling rapidly. This is why we always try to pit near the starting line!
So for me to make adjustments and take tire temps and adjust tire pressures, I have to be at the end of the day’s course. This means I always have to be somewhere higher and colder than anyone else on the crew. So I drove up to the summit.
It was so cold up there that the car’s heater blew cool air. A freezing wind was blowing and I think it was well below zero. I took this picture fearing it could be my last. It was that cold. 14,000 feet is no joke!