Well now we are back at home and had a good nights sleep I will do a recap of the NCM trek. Friday was a test day for the cars and more of a test for the wrench and wrenches from everyone helping. The new blue car was driven and tested by all the drivers and was doing very well all day. Getting some fast times and I think we got in the 2:29 range which was very solid. Lots of tweaks and adjustments thru the day.
Now the green car, good old 150, well it was along and rough day. It started back in Iowa on load in. The shocks would not drop to springs and limits and let the fun begin. Took all four off and try to quickly sort the issues and got Chris from Tirerack to toss in four new ones. We loaded and headed south. On Friday morning we took all four corners down and found the Ebay locking collars were not round when at full tight causing int inner shock works to lock up. Took the coil over kits off and had to modify the Bilstien collars for smaller springs. Turned out to be a major task with a saws all and battery drill with a carbide cutter and no vise. We finally go the job done and tossed it back together for some test laps. We could not get the ride height we wanted but had no choice at that point. Out we went to test and on the second driver we got a call he had gone off and it would not re start?? After being pulled in we found the flex plate had shattered. Out came the motor and our spare motor had a plate so we swapped that in and got it all back together and out on track just as practice ended. Spent more time checking everything over and setting the caster and ride height best we could to be ready for the race.
Race day, started near the front with the draw and Bob in the blue car worked to first place while the green car had an electrical gremlin pop up on the warm up lap and after a few laps came back in to pits and behind the wall. So back to Bob running up front he was doing very well and the C cars were coming up with a couple BMW's pushing really hard. One on his tail and in a high speed corner he missed a shift and started to spin and was collected by the BMW's with one very hard hit. So now both cars out and behind the wall. Everyone jumped into the wrench mode and we took the broken wing (sorry Scott) off and removed the front splitter and took off the damaged defuser swapped the radiator for a larger aluminum.
Took some major porta power effort to get the rear out in place but got it back on track for each driver to run for short stints and test car for Sunday.
The green car ended up having a loose connection on the main power buss behind the dash panel and took some effort to find that and fix. Once fixed we got some time for drivers on track near the end of the day. We also sorted some more alignment setup to get the best we could for Sunday.
Sunday, we parked the cars in reverse order so the green car got held on release to the end so one started eight from the end and the other at the end. Chris started in the blue car and marched forward nicely with no issues and got us to about 10th and the fuel stop. Aaron started in the green car and was working forward up to about 15th or so when he had to come in as it boiled over, seems we did not get all the air out with the motor work from Friday. Took some effort to col it down and filled the system again and sent Patrick out and kept turning laps then changed to Jeff and during his stint the over heating happened again after a red flag and sitting on track. Jeff came in and we cooled it again and got Jacob in to run until it got hot again and we parked for the final few laps.
Back to the blue car, the second stint was given to Matthew who has been away for a long time and I must say he got right back in the swing and we continued to climb up to 6th. Turned it over to Chad and he kept us right up in the hunt with the fastest laps of the day in out car,2:31's. Final stint went to Bob who took it out and continued the move forward. I had to do some quick looking and sorting all the other cars and fuel stops thought we could finish 4th and so we did. Excellent for our first outing in the new build. So in all major work and effort from everyone with good results.
On to Gingerman in August and hope for good showing there.
FYI: Bill maybe you can fix the car number you posted in your results and in your interviews you also said that Blakes Garage finished four overall, fifth would be correct answer.