Sorry to see you retiring but I am sure you know road course driving is much more expensive. $150 or so per day usually 2 day weekends. Burn through rotors and pads faster than soft drinks. You will burn much more fuel running 3 20 minute sessions on each day than making 6 or 7 passes.
So I wish you well my friend in the road course, much more fun, but at a greater cost and risk ( I ran my car off the course about about 90 MPH with a brake problem).
You're in a slump.
Don't worry. Just need more seat time.
How many runs did you get in this year???
Not many I'll bet. That's why you were a little rusty.
Next year we'll go early up to great lakes Dragaway.
Get there on a Wed/Fri night about 5:00 PM.
You'll get 9-11 runs in by 6:30!!!
That's what you need, a little focus.
How many times have you seen a braket event won by a 15 second car?? More times than I can count. Less stuff to go wrong I guess. Anyway, faster is not always better for Brackets.
Save your money on a 3:73 if you want.
Yeah, I know you're thinking, "this from a guy who can run 10's if he wants to?". Regar is right. autocrossing will piss through $$$
At least Drag racing is easier on a car for clean up when you want to show it. Try spinning throuh a corn field and rub THAT out of your paint job!! Anyway, hang in there.