I am still decompressing and recoverying from the weekend.
Saturday we started ~67/76. Chris got the car up to in P4 in his stint with the rain / snow / sleet starting in the last ~30 min of his stint. JSKRacing pitted the same time we did and almost put a lap on us. They had a longer pit stop, so we managed to not get lapped.
I took over in the worsen conditions, but I like Road America in the wet. For the next 90 mins, I did my "rain dance" and chipped away at the ~2:45 lead JSKRacing had on us. I eventually caught and passed them for the lead. I think I stretched out the lead to 0:40? ~ 1:00 by the end of my stint.
JoeW got in for the 3rd stint. We thought the snow was going to stop and things were going to clear up. JSKRacing took the lead back. Another heavy snow squall..... and we had a tank slapper coming out of T3, spun 360+?, and hit the left wall about 3/4rd of the way to the Sargento Cheese bridge. Left front hit.... hard enough to pull the shift linkage apart and break the trans mounts. We were done.
We managed to strip off all the broken parts and get the car running by the end of the race Saturday, but we did not do any more laps.
Sunday, I drove the first stint on Sunday to shake the car down. We were doing pace laps just to finish to try to finish a race at Road America. Unfortunately, I got caught out in the oil from T1 exit thru T3 and hit the Acura that spun. I tried to avoid it... thought he was still rolling and going backwards... I picked the inside, and did not make it. 1 more foot and I would have missed him.
Awesome job by ChampCar and the Road America safety team. Those guys are top notch!
Congrats to Ludicrous Speed and a big thank you also to them and Team Spartan for the thumbs up and wave on Sunday when we were limping around doing our pace laps in a badly wounded car.