Crank Yankers Racing Summary
We started heading down to Sebring this year on Christmas night. Left my house around 8:30 pm and arrived at the Seven Hotel at 6 pm on Thursday night. 22 straight hours of driving plus some time to fill our fuel cans/drums and get some beer for the weekend. Spent Thursday night with most of the team and we went out to Sunset Grille. Woke up Friday morning at about 4 am and just started throwing up. Did not over indulge so it was a little weird this happened. I was not sure if it was from not sleeping for 39 hours plus the beer and the shrimp pasta or what. Got into the track on Friday and unloaded everything. Didn't want to take any practice time in the morning and just let Rob get in the car and try it out. Found out that the rear was not settled and we looked at the rear axles and saw the wheel bearings and so much slop; turns out that.....someone forgot to tighten the rear axle nuts. We tightened the axle nuts and went back out for a session and no issues. Were able to get everyone in for the test day and ready for the next day.
Saturday we knew it was going to rain, but could have some dry spells. Started out on the 245 Hankooks and we were in the top 10 after a mess of a first stint. There were so many yellows and wrecked cars. After the first stint, I told myself this was a drive and survive race. 2nd stint we had a good strategy and my drive spun out on the opening lap. For the 3rd stint the same thing happened; first lap out the driver spins. Just all around nasty conditions. We had no chance at winning, so I made the call to put on the 205 RE71Rs for my stint to see if it would change our rain driving at all. We were so much slower than everyone else during the day, but we were still battling in and out of the top 10. During the last stint, I think I had a total of one or two green flag laps. With 30 mins left, we broke an axle in T3 and I limped it to T7 to get out of the way of other teams. Thank you for not hitting me during those scary 4 turns!
Sunday we were starting out towards the front half of the field. I was out first and I knew that it was going to be damp to drying conditions. We stuck the 245 Hankooks on and I went out for a good fun stint. There were some spins in front of me and it was good to see that we could handle our own in the damp conditions. I ended up getting us into the top 10 and setting the fast lap of the day on the 21st lap. We caught a yellow and we made a pit stop. Rob got in the car and put down an awesome stint. Pit window opened and we caught another yellow. At this point we noticed we were anywhere from 5 to 10 seconds off of the pace of the front runners so we thought we needed strategy in our favor. In the 3rd stint we were battling with the top 5 which was good to see although we had our fast lap in the 20s versus everyone else. We knew the car would be close on 2 hours of fuel at Sebring, but we still needed to try and play strategy. The yellow comes out and we knew we had to pit, but we had to do an extra lap to make sure we would hit the window. Last driver gets in and he loves to burn fuel. With 15 mins left we are in the top 10 and looking for a top 7 finish at Sebring when the driver comes in and says it's sputtering around 1 and he thinks it's almost out of fuel. We decided to park versus getting towed in for the finish. We still ended up 10th and enjoyed some beers afterwards.
Enjoyed pitting with @Huggy @Burningham @Hurljohn
Enjoy having @wvumtnbkr and @hornerevan as drivers with @bbaker480 as crew
I appreciated meeting new people and hanging out with old ones. Enjoyed all of the volunteers and staff who put this event on. See you all at NCM!