A return to Spec Miata racing

6/16/20: Edwards made a return to NASA Spec Miata comptition this past weekend with team RDR at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, originally driving his orange #118 until engine problems showed a difficult learning curve for his weekend. 

On the outlap of the early morning warmup session on Saturday, Edwards' car immediately started losing power and came to a stop halfway around the track. The car was towed back to the paddock with the engine seemingly seized in it's place. The engine was not blown, but after further inspection the team determined that the one-weekend old engine had something loose, coming apart, or locked up within the internals of the engine. 

So, team owner Robert Davis told Austin to buckle up into his white #63 NA miata and get prepared for qualifying. He would go on the drive the car for the remainder of the weekend. 

The NA miata proved to be difficult to learn for Edwards, as the older model of the miata's have a less power & less weight combination compared to the newer NB cars Edwards was used to. He managed a 17th place qualifying time on Saturday and made up 8 total positions to bring it home in 9th for the day, earning the hard charger award. 

After a proper warmup session with the car on Sunday, Edwards picked up some speed and was showing 5th place times on the lap charts. In the qualifying race he lost 8th place to a photo finish at the line, but in the main he fought hard with two cars over the 30 minute racing period and brought it home in 8th, a good finish to the weekend for this road racing rookie. 

Edwards still has a lot to learn with making right turns, but once him and his dad get the Orange #118 car back together, they're all looking forward to seeing if he can start making his way to some poduim finishes within the ultra competitive national series. 

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Racing schedules are still all over the place! Keep an eye on all of Austin's social media and the "competition schedule" page on this website to see the next time Edwards might be racing at a track near to you!

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