In the early 70′s when I was at Stanford University there was a painting in a window that said, “TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.” I have always remembered that bright colored psychedelic phrase and have been amazed how many times it has seemed to apply it’s self over the last 40 years. While it’s normal to feel as if we are losing a best friend with the passing of summer for many racers the changing of the leaves is a reminder that some of our most important seasons challenges are upon us. Some of us have the year end championships to contend with after an entire year of battle in a series. Then there are many of us who had better be getting our race cars prepped for the upcoming season since most of us will have our first series races for the 2008 season starting as early as January. The bottom line is that racers and teams really never have time to sit on their laurels and next year begins right now.