Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Great Success!

Its taken me a couple of days to come back down to Earth after a weekend filled with so much energy and excitement.

The Lose set modest goals in this our first ever Lemons race. Keep in mind this is the first wheel-to-wheel racing any of us have done.
Going into the weekend, our primary goals were the following:
1: Get everyone some seat time in the car
2: Don't wreck/blow the car
3: Have fun

Anything beyond those three was just a bonus. We only had one minor mechanical glitch (which ended up costing us a couple of hours and probably ~50 laps) which put us in 64th place. Apparently the previous owner had taken the valve covers off at some point, and in reinstalling them over-torqued the bolts. After a few temperature fluctuations they both cracked. This caused oil to seep out onto the exhaust during high-G cornering, and billowed blue smoke after each turn. We nursed it through the rest of Day 1, applied some JB-Weld overnight, and it held together for the rest of the weekend.

The rest of the car felt fantastic, if a bit soft at times. We have some budget room and some parts to sell before the next race, and we're hoping that will allow us enough cash to get some proper suspension components on there.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Willows and endured the weather, and to everyone following along at home. See you at the next race!

P.s. As people get their pics online, I'll post the links here.

Warren Day 1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/war2d2/sets/72157611813506565/
Warren Day 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/war2d2/sets/72157611874319719/
Nicks Videos: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=nickprecision&view=videos


ThePerfectLine said...

Ahhhh, it was indeed epicly fun!

blopeep said...

Guys - it was great sharing a pit stall with you and thanks for the loan of that Sharpie. We'd have been messing with plug wires for hours if not for you!

Plus, those 80's tunes sure made changing the head gasket bearable.

Cheers and hope to see you at Buttonwillow.

Peep (aka Diane aka Toni)