IPF had a rough weekend, but honestly still one of the best race weekends so far! The cookout and comradery was great with way more participation than expected! We had a blast pitting next to @Wittenauer Racing and Two Brothers who were both extremely helpful when we had issues. Also a great time as always with @E. Tyler Pedersen and CYR and @NigelStu.
Fridays practice went well even though our new LSD was more open than anything. Saturday we started at the rear and 14 minutes in, hit a spun car in turn 6. Apparently the golf lost a coolant hose and we were closing in too quickly to avoid them. 35 minutes later we had a new radiator in and the rest of the front end torn off. We took the rear wing off to help balance the lack of front aero and started running again. Thought it would just be a lapping day at that point until 2 of the D class cars ahead of us had issues so we started pushing to win our class at least and managed to do it in our last stint! Also the car was quicker without wings and a front end #wingsdontwork
Then Sunday..... Started at the front, lead the first hour with solid pressure from the teams behind us until I came into turn 11 and tried to down shift from 4th to 3rd. The clutch pedal went straight to the floor and fluid started smoking with our lack of hood. I coasted down the front straight to pit out where they quickly towed me in. Removed the trans in less than 15 minutes (is that a record?) and found the release bearing in pieces. The clutch fingers were white and the slave seals were shot. Unfortunately I only had a few of those parts as spares so we had to call it a day. Looks like the pressure plate may have failed causing the fingers to constantly ride the bearing, spinning out all the grease and frying it.
The car showed pace both days and we've finally fixed the fueling issues we've been having for the past year plus we brought home some small hardware, cant complain about that! It'll be a mad dash to get it back together but we'll be at Pitt ready to throw down!
Congrats to all the teams that killed it our there this weekend!