Leo Parente of /DRIVE Shakedown fame is coming back to the track. And it's only taken him the better part of two decades.
The Pirelli World Challenge series, Fiat USA, Pirelli Tire, and SRT Motorsports thought it a great idea to give me an inside look at SCCA Pro Racing from the seat of this Fiat 500 TCB car at Mid-Ohio July 31-Aug 2.
Great idea, until the number of years since I last raced  is a Prime Number - The prime problem here being - 'How much rust goes into an old racer after 17 years?'
Having seen the caliber of competition and bodyshop work that seems to be part of the PWC racing equation, when the opportunity to go back for refresher training via the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving presented itself, well....... like a few of we wee racers like to say, "I'm short, not stupid". So, off to 4 days of track time and instruction we went. Here's the story -