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Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 Categories: Jeanne Linke's Blog


Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015



It has been quite some time since I last contributed to my blog…mainly because my 2014 season didn’t seem like one to boast about. I lost dear friends, including mentors to my racing program and huge contributors to my past success and I limped my way through half of a race season basically running on 7 cylinders. Then, as I began considering what I would write about, I realized that I had accomplished more this season than I had thought.


It’s not easy to admit this, but after losing a very close friend in the beginning of my season, following a race accident in a car that I’d earned a championship in, I struggled. I raced scared and physically loaded up my car one night early in the season because I had given up. I had gone from seeking sponsors to help me field 2 cars, to wanting to put racing aside. Thanks to amazing friends who encouraged me to actually talk about my feelings and pushed me to move on, I found myself appearing in a final round only a few weeks later.


Seasons like the 2014 race season also remind me that my car set-up is awesome. The reliable parts, advice, and expertise that my sponsors, and transmission and engine builders supply me with, along with the knowledge that my father has slowly passed down to me, kept me on the track into June even though I limped by with a cracked block and more than 5 years of wear and tear on some of the parts in my 305.


It’s amazing just how important tuning your car to the weather can be when you rely on engine timing and jets and rods in a quadrajet to maintain consistency. An EGT has never been so important to me in my life.


Once we had pulled my engine, I was offered the opportunity to try out the fuel injection gig in my uncle’s ’97 Camaro…naturally it is red just like my car so I figured I’d give it a shot. Fuel injection is so different from any carbureted car I’ve ever driven. From the way you start the car, to how you tune to changing weather conditions during a 3-day race, to the difference in the little noises I constantly pay attention to as a driver, it was a fun learning experience. I’m still partial to racing with a carburetor though…


I finished the season back behind the wheel of my own car. To my surprise, having raced a limited schedule, I finished 4th in the East Coast Stock/Super Stock Association series and earned a top 10 finish in the NHRA Northeast National Open Series presented by Sony/


Once I had heard that my name was even in contention for points, my spirits boosted. I looked through my log book just a few weeks ago and realized that for the first time in my driving career, I ended a season undefeated first round. Then, as I started counting the number of round wins at each race I had attended, and looked more closely at my driving (which has definitely improved), I realized I had achieved so many small goals in 2014. And no matter what, I continue to remind myself that I’m blessed to be doing what I’m doing.


The Camaro is in the garage, up on jack stands, and we are beginning to go through the car to prepare for my 2015 race season. I’m excited and hopeful that I can continue driving the way I had in 2014, and experience bigger and better accomplishments.


I’ll race with a heavy heart in 2015. I know that Scott Weney and John Panuzzo will be watching over me.







Great write up. What a way to over come so many hurdles. Good luck with 2015.
Posted by Rob Farley on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 11:04 PM
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