This past weekend started with a trip to Bethune Middle School in Folkston, GA to talk to 600 students and show the car. Jake’s speech lasted about 30 minutes and one of the teachers said that it was the most orderly and attentive assembly they ever had. Jake talked about his career, the D.A.R.E. program and the hazards of bad decisions. Afterwards, he showed the 59 car and signed autographs for about an hour and a half. It was a great day and we thank all associated with the school and Mrs. Sally Webb who ran the Solar Car race for their hospitality. We also want to thank Sheena Elliott of Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA for recommending Jake. After the event, the team went straight to Full Throttle Speedway in Bradenton for practice.
On Saturday, the car was plagued with mechanical problems but Crew Chief Jimmy Copy got the problems fixed JUST in time for qualifying. After meeting with a group from the Children’s Home Society, Jake started the race in fourth place, went immediately to third at the start but fell back to fourth for the next thirty or so laps. At that time, he was dueling with the 07 car and had the front end clipped, causing a spin and collision with oncoming traffic. That ended the night. Next race is at Showtime Speedway on June 1st.