All of our rallying days have led up to the Championship Run, which began today and ends tomorrow. The term “Championship Run” means that teams can no longer throw out legs, which can greatly affect the scoring. During these last two days of competition, one mistake can make a huge difference, so the racers are ready to tighten up the game and get down to business. Today’s route started in Warren, Ohio with a lengthy speedometer calibration, but the action heated up quickly.
Even with a major threat of rain, the racers headed out with a full head of steam. Luckily, we didn’t get much rain, but the temperatures were high and the sun was pretty intense for a while. After yet another of John Classen’s mazes through the farmland of Ohio, the racers rolled into historic Mansfield, Ohio. When we arrived, we recognized some of the buildings and realized it was where “The Shawshank Redemption” was filmed…pretty cool! We enjoyed a Nathan’s hot dog and a ride on the carousel before hitting the road again for a tough rally through more scenic farmland.
Northern Ohio, especially the Findlay area, received a major line of thunderstorms the night before, so we definitely had to navigate through some storm damage once we got closer to our overnight stop in Findlay. It made for an interesting day of rallying, as some of the narrow roads offered little room for error. We also made it through a covered bridge today, which is always great! As we screeched to a halt in Findlay, we were saddened by the amount of storm damage that our host city had received in the storms. With trees down, houses damaged and power outages made it a tough stop, but a great crowd came out to Main Street in Findlay, despite the damage. Check out our favorite shots of the day and be sure to keep track of our final day of competition on our Facebook page!