Season Finale Honoring Tom McCarthy
June 21st, 2018 by Sherry Grantz
Thunderhill Report – Season Finale Honoring Thunderhill Founder, Tom McCarthy
by David Vodden
As we approach the August 31/September 2, season finale-Club Regional Race at Thunderhill Raceway Park [#TRP], it is worth noting some of the influences that the man whose memory we will honor, Tom McCarthy, had on the track.
First and foremost, Tom saw the need for a Club-owned track. That would have been a great enough achievement because great progress and change always requires a visionary, but there is more.
Beyond that for which Tom is most often credited, you should also know that he saw a track with lots of run-off, meaning very little to hit. The tracks we had at the time had lots of walls, lots of things to hit. If you have ever hit a solid wall, a pole, or anything hard, the fewer of these things you see at a track, the more you like it. Yes, we have more impact areas than when we started but these hard things are something we have tried to avoid – thanks to Tom.
Read on in the June issue . . .