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    We loaded up Thursday night, got the car aligned Friday morning, and then loaded up and headed for Barber. After our long 10 min drive, we showed up as the 3rd trailer in line at the G lot. Chatted with Dana for a few mins before we headed back home to eat lunch. Made our way back just in time to go pick up fuel and get let into Barber. Found us a spot and got power run to the trailer. Would of been nice to setup pits that night, but it is what it is. We knew Saturday was going to be a frog strangler, so we decided to go with our rain tires. Did our pre-race checks and all of the sudden the driver can hear us, but we can hear the driver. We zip tie a radio in with the volume maxed hoping that would help...but it didnt. I kinda wish champ could talk one of our coms sponsors to show up every race...it would make life easier. So anyways, we head out hopeful to repeat a top ten from last year. Get a good start and we start to follow @Burningham to the front Driver makes it 4 turns and then we get the call...lost power, car will not restart.....fudge. He gets pulled in and we spend a while chasing our tails trying to figure it out. No spark, no fuel pump...keep checking sensors and swapping ones back and forth. Its been almost 2 hours at this point and then it hits me. I run downstairs and pop the trunk...the fuse for the ecu had blown. I put in a new 15amp fuse, car starts right up so we send our driver back out. He makes it 4 laps, car dies again. At this point, we are DEAD last. Well we get to looking and it appears we wired in a defrost blower into the same circuit as our ECU. So I put in a 20amp fuse, Jack rips the blower out and we send him back out. Big shout out to @elongoran and his crew for checking in on us and throwing us ideas, owe you guys a beer next time y'all are in town. We send the driver back out and the car is running great. We decided at this point, it was a test and tune for tomorrow so we just turn laps for the rest of the day while getting great experience in the rain at Barber. We tested our new fuel bottle mod and it worked beautifully, draining 5 gallons in 20 seconds without any gas tank vent mods. Every driver had a blast, avoiding spins and watching drivers plow though the lake at the exit of turn 16. I was behind @Doc's car during a caution towards the end of the race and it looked like moses parting the red sea. Can't wait to get the video footage back. The kink was like fording a river, felt like i was going to slide into the mud pit every time. Had a good nervous laugh every time I made it though. The straight after the hairpin was prob the scariest part as the car would just move at will 2 cars left or right at any time. We turned enough laps to not be 47th and made our way to 40th. We loaded fifi right onto the trailer, drank a beer, and headed for the house. Our motor made it and we made it out without any damage...felt like a win to us. The weather forecast for Sunday seemed to indicate a dry day with cloud cover...but leaving the house at 5:30am and it was "Misting" pretty good. Get to the track and put some RE71's on and send out our ringer. We had 5 drivers for the day so we attempted to come up with a way to get everyone equal time...what I didn't account for was the reduced fuel burn from wet weather and I did not adjust accordingly. Our ringer started 20th and gets us up to 4th pretty quick. FWD is still kicking our butts but we keep pushing. We get our first stop done and have a record fuel stop for us, had the car full of gas driver ready to go with 2 mins left on the timer. We continued that type of fuel stop for the rest of the day, pretty pumped about that. We get to the red flag in 5th place with dreams of an impound dancing in our heads. We load up after the impound and it seems that the track might be drying out. Our driver is turning good laps and the car is running well. Back up to 4th and I hop in the car and it starts misting a bit harder. Man, that track was slick. My first lap I had a nice drift though the hairpin and a dance over the tunnel turn. Once I figured out where the grip was, I had some fun. Had a good run with the MiElan car for a while until he spun coming out of 5. Since we didn't have coms, I didn't realize that we would be battling them later for position. Caught the 84 supra car coming out of the pits and had fun putting the pressure on whoever was driving at the time. Got around him only to give it right back going into the pits. I had us up to 4th but dropped to 5 right as I came into the pits. The track was really slick by this point and it was getting darker. Our last driver went in and just couldn't find grip out there. He brought us home in 8th overall but most importantly kept the car in one piece and brought us another top 10 finish at Barber in crap conditions. We drank some beer, loaded up and headed for the house. As I am about to get on the interstate I get a call that I need to turn around as we were getting an award. We ended up with a jar of reeses pieces for breaking on the first lap of the race but sticking with it and getting back out there. We will eat the candy and use the jar for something cool. Was really hoping for one of those sweet ass trophies, but glad that we got recognized for our hard work. Congrats to the winners! It was super tough sledding out there. Barber is very unforgiving in the wet. Maybe next year we can have a race that doesn't involve odd weather. Supposed to be repaved in 2019 so hopefully some of that seam sealer will go away.
  2. We had our rain light on and a few others did as well at Barber. Didn't bother me in the later afternoon when it was getting dark, the spray off cars was pretty intense and the rain light does a good job of cutting though it. Night might be a different story but I'd still rather have it on than get hit or hit someone else without one.
  3. I know headlights are not required for "daytime only" races, but this weekend at barber seems to make the case for why headlights should be a standard safety item. We had a lot of cars running without headlights in POURING rain and you had no idea where they were once they got behind you. Got worse as the day went on and it started to get darker. Some of those cars were unfortunately flat black and it made it even harder to see. We ran our lights all race, both days, and we might even pull the cone crushers motto of always running the light bar. Some of those cars also had no running lights at the rear either...which is the other reason I was glad we had all our lights on.
  4. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    Needed one, that is the wettest track I've ever been ON. The kink turned into a mud put you just kinda skidded though
  5. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    Just a heads up to those coming in town, you might want to avoid the Hoover area around the Galleria. We've had a lot of protests going on with actual people blocking roads and the interstates in that area at random. Just an FYI
  6. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    Gotcha, we are pretty flexible and can figure something out. Hey, lets just have one refuel team to refuel all 5 cars so only 2 guys really have to get wet. I'll hand the gas cans over the wall.
  7. Jab31169

    Questions about Rings...

    Thanks guys! We were a bit perplexed by it but these explanations make total sense thinking about it.
  8. So our team has had poor luck with motors recently, so we decided to build one from the ground up. Well we had two blocks, one block #3 was egg shaped, and the other block was out of spec and needed a decently sized overbore that IMO, would cost us points. At this point, we were running out of time, so we decided to just drop one of the fresh heads on a motor that just recently blew the headgasket 1 lap in to a HPDE. This was the motor that we put in at VIR and ran for 12 hours without issue, also did a club race school. We knew the motor had an external water leak, just didnt know from where until the next HPDE after the race school. We pulled the motor and it sat for a month or so before we decided to just do the head gasket on it. Anyways, we put the head on, get it back in the car pretty quick. First start, fires right up but you can tell its got a decent miss. So we pull out the compression tester...zero compression on cylinder 2. This motor was a runner, never felt down on power and when we took a look at the cylinders before we put the head on, no gouges or anything...all looked great. So this kinda stumped us. Put some oil in the cylinders and that got us about 15-20psi on the dead cylinder. So we decide to just let the car warm up and run for a bit and see what it does. So we let it get up to temp, cool off a bit and just like that...150psi on cylinder 2. My only guess is a stuck ring? I had seen some stuff about putting seafoam/b12 down in the cylinders to free up stuck rings but we never got that far. Has anyone ever had this happen before? We drove the car sunday, feels good, smooth as butter.
  9. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    We can normally do 2 hour stints at Barber without issue. Hopefully our motor holds together...
  10. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    Im kinda sad its gonna be wet, wont be able to give everyone the ol Octopus though the roller coaster....
  11. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    I know right, just turrible
  12. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    George Bush took the weather machine with him when he left office
  13. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    I dunno, still get a chance to race
  14. Jab31169

    Official The Stars Fell on the Alabama Grand Prix 2018

    No snow this year, but it looks like Saturday will be a bit wet