"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"
For me SCART dates back to the late 1990's. We raced the Papyrus ICR2/CART Racing sim (offline) with so many good friends. I couldn't honestly tell you how many races I competed in, won, or lost - nor do I really care. That seems irrelevant to me as it so was much more about the friendships and moments we all had all along the way. From racing in CORAL, IEC, and IIRS we made SO many good friends racing in these cars. Having raced with Butch and SAVATS since day one, this habit sure has been hard to let go of, so much that I know now that it will NEVER go away. To me the 1990 CART seasons created some of the best racing in the history of racing. From the classic road courses like Toronto and Cleveland to the epic oval racing - the series was unparalleled. By comparison, I believe we pulled off the simulation of the racing in SCART very well.
I would like to publically thank Tuso and Ori for allowing me to help over the years with the "new" SCART in rfactor. The racing was really a dream come true and everyone has been SO awesome to race with in this series. I hope we left some good memories for everyone and also hope we can top the racing in the future with the new endeavors. We have set the bar prettty high so we have some work to do!
So SCART is bringing us full circle and will end where it last began. The oldest possible SCART schedule I can find shows us starting the 1999 season at Homestead and ending in Fontana. We couldn't be more happy to end the 2014 season where it all began. The 2014 package has been nothing but fun and we look to end the era on a great note!
I keep looking back at the archives of SCART. I realize that it is not over as in never again, but this phase of it is over as we know it. Amazing how many races I ran, we ran... I hate to mention a race where I won as a favorite, but I am forced to do that. My first win coming back into SCART here at then scartseries.com, and later as RT and now as RN was at Michigan Speedway. I was pushed to victory by Matt Leggett. John Ellenburg had skated away to a big lead, and somehow Matt had gotten shuffled back a lap down or so. As fate had it I lost contact with my brother Dann during green flag pit stops, but then I found Matt. We drafted together and despite having to pit for fuel at different times we kept regaining contact with each other. The team drafting tactic helped us to track down John with just a few laps to go. We raced past him like a freight train! Nearly 3 years ago, and now with Matt gone it is easily my most cherished moment here. As I said, the point is not that I won, but rather the whole experience of the race with my teammates.
I have had the privilege of having several different teammates while here. Even those who I have never teamed up with are teammates of a different kind. That's special. It may not have been true throughout every other series, but here in SCART, at least to me, it was.
The SCART series was the first time I had ever attempted racing online with other people and I was pretty much hooked immediately. I just couldn't believe that there was a CART based, custom racing series out there with people who were as enthusiastic about about the CART series as I was.
The first time I visited the scartseries.com website will always be an experience that I'll never forget. "These guys have their own website with post race reports? Fock! There's even a live server that reports who is out on the track practicing?!" I just couldn't believe it.
There is also a pretty funny story about my first time entering the server with other people out there practicing. I'm not going to type it out in this post, but I'll give Dann permission to share that email on here if he wishes.
But the main reason I wanted to post on here was to publicly thank everyone who ever had a hand in making the SCART series what it was. I honestly don't know all the the "key people" who were involved right from the beginning in creating the series, so I'm not going to try and drop names or anything. But there are a few people I would like to thank personally.
Dann, for trying to keep me sane and reminding me that this is supposed to be fun. Mike, for being my first real teammate and splitting Ori in turn 3 at Indianapolis. Butch, for reminding me that I'm still not fast enough and taking to time to respond to my emails, they were always helpful. DJ, for putting in as much testing as I did so I didn't appear to be the only lunatic on our team.
Honestly, I'm not sure what the future holds for me and online racing. I've always struggled with the urge to try and find that extra tenth of a second, which is why my participation has been pretty sporadic at times. I just burn myself out too quickly when I'm competing on that level. But I do know that if/when I decide to race again, it will here with all of you guys. I've had so much fun with you guys and I couldn't imagine racing with/against anyone else. So, I thank you all for that.
Being with SCART since it started and getting my brother involved and racing with the fine people was always fun, and will be something I will always remember. It was always a great time to get on and just practice and having others join the server and swapping sets. I always raced for the thrill and the fun of it and yes the wins were nice too.
I hope after I get settled in from my move I will be able to return and race with you guys again. I know Matt wanted to also.
This is a great community, always has and always will!