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Daytona 14 Hour Photo, Video and Race Report Thread - 2015 Edition


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Here is just under 8 hours of in-car. I did not realize LiveStream saved video now, we lost video feed early and I restarted it w/o archiving the first video. I don't know how long/how much they archive, but I might look into the paid service to preserve it. They have a nice format. I really wish it had my first rain stint getting door-slapped, that would have been good film...


 


It is here for the moment: https://livestream.com/accounts/5975614/events/4072872


 


Edit: Live Stream keeps it uploaded for free for 30 days. "Basic" account is pretty pricey @ 499/year, you think they'd offer some basic storage space for cheap, they are missing the boat on some lower price points... Oh well, I'll download it in 320p before the 30 days is up...


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Great event, enjoyed watching my friends Squeak and Bobby Kennedy, Tommy Byrne, Carl Goutell, Peter London, Beau Borders, Jimmy Bayles, and the rest of the crew  win overall.


 


A LOT of talent on that team.


 


Might have to get me one of these Chumpy things.


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On the way to the shop now to peel away the body damage and see what further damage we have.  It will be salvageable one way or another, just not sure how much work or $ it will be.  


 


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While it was far from a race of asshat moves there was heavy traffic at times and it was slippery as snot in the rain, how about some injury pics and repair/recovery stories, yes those that did mechanical only repairs should also post as there seemed to be a decent amount of people spinning wrenches as well.


 


We were extremely fortunate, only bruises on all 4 sides, this little thump caused some anxiety, fortunately it was only feelings hurt!


(More random pics when they are documented)


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Flying Tigers seems to have little luck at Daytona.  Our newest driver was in the car about 3:30 when he spun entering the bus stop and backed it into the tire wall.  Right side and trunk are pretty mangled, but it can all be fixed.  The worst of it is the differential carrier arm on the right side is snapped in half.  There may be damage in the diff as well, as the car would not move under its own power after the crash.


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Daytona Demons.


 


That is what we have at Daytona. Every year we come with a good car that has had no issues and they all appear while we are at Daytona. And we have limited contact elsewhere and every year at Daytona we get smashed into. Dale must not be happy with us or something.


 


We start the morning with both cars having trouble starting. Dead batteries. We push start the #80 with the #46 and start the race. No problems and run with my teammate for a few laps and did some drafting. Was fun. Then I start to gap him and carry on. Yellows up in Turn One and I react, slow and get plastered from behind by a car. That sucked.


 


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We fix it on pit lane. Get lights working. I continue stint. Luckily for us on this brand new car seemingly everything else is great/fine. So carry on. Second stint no problem. Third stint is when the rain comes and we spin. It won't re-fire. Get towed in. This is where the tow truck driver calls one of our drivers a 'dumb broad' for not knowing where the tow hook is... that was interesting.


 


So we figure out what we thought was a loose battery cable. Get next guy in and roll. Red Flag. Put him up on the banking in hopes we can kick start it rolling down. No go. Gets pushed in. We figure out that the cable has actually cracked and isn't making contact. And the battery how now reached a 'junk' rating. So we get a battery and cable. Send him back out. Completes stint. We run the rest of the day with no problem until ~1hr left the exhaust decides it no longer wants any of it's hangers and starts dragging... so we fix that. And finish race.


 


51st first place. Dang.


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#80 Report - I'll let Rich fill in since he drove the car. I have the basic outline.


 


Start race and all is fine. We start having an odd stumble at some point and then the gas tank is pressuring. We find that out because we put a fuel jug in and it spews fuel out. Then we have a gigantic fuel leak!


 


So we fixed the gas tank seal leak and bad fuel pump. Later the throttle cable has issues. Fixed that. Then we were involved in the previously posted 3 wide back straight incident. We were the meat in the sandwich. I wasn't in the car and only have the other person's in-car camera so my opinion is biased. However Rich talked to the team owner directly. Had we known exactly what happened initially we are one of the first teams to head down and find and talk about incidents. So apologies for not doing that.


 


Some of our fixes/downtime


 


 


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End of the day for the Jacky Ickx 935.

 

 

 

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I was right behind this, about to go four wide on the inside of you. From my perspective, you were closing the gap on the two outside cars and collected the nose of the TRM car. From your incar, you can see that you did not make a steering move to angle over towards them, but I do not think that you were running parallel to the wall as you think you were and were unintentionally closing the gap up between the three of you. Watch the size of the outside wall increasing as you move forward for the pass. I have in car video, but its a little tough to see much detail with rain on the camera. I will edit up the video that I have and post it so others can watch it and form an opinion.

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 Dinan...From the posted video it seems to me that you and the car that hit you reacted to the spun car and not to the Yellow flag at Turn 1. The red BMW, in front of you, has noticed the flag and car and moved off the racing line, slowed and yet you still pass him only to slow rapidly then point to give the spot back. Looks to me like the both of you reacted far too late and contact occurred.


 


 


 


 Cutlass...I experienced the exact thing you describe when I ran Daytona last year. Cars would pass on the left side and then almost inadvertently creep back up. It seemed to happen more frequently when being passed on the left side and on more than one occasion I was forced to move right to avoid having the passing car clip my front end.


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Richard - I know when I saw the flag and know how I was reacting. I checked my mirror and was on my normal brake zone. There are cars behind me, including my team car, so not jamming on the brakes and making sudden changes with cars on top of me. I then slowed more than normal and tracked out well more than my normal line. Noticed the spun cars into the inside wall and cut more speed... seemingly more than I should have. If I had just raced through there there would have been no contact at all. I was rear ended by a car at full speed.


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Here are some pictures, looks more like a Bristol car than a Daytona car...


 


Our day started with our first rental driver, Greg, who is very quick and good in traffic. He set a good pace for the car that was a good benchmark to go fast without abusing the car. Dan held his own during his stint and was running respectable laps, the rogue relay failure happened on the following pit-stop when I was getting in the car. We have had fuel delivery issues before so it was a "here we go again" feeling. We took it to the garage, Mike figured out it was just the relay. A 4-wheeler trip to the tow vehicle was faster than the parts store, but all in all it cost us an hour off track.


 


Pretty disappointing... add that time back in and our day would have been much better than 28th  <_<


 


As posted in the other Daytona thread, the door-slap was from a Miata, I apologize for the side of the Lincoln interrupting your crash sequence. The only reason the driver's door isn't pushed in further is because we have the Nascar bars all the way out to the skin. Hooray Nascar bars. The nose damage was our own doing. Both incidents ultimately cosmetic, but substantial. Both avoidable.


 


Our most conservative driver also had a little contact as he was the meat in the sandwich going into the horseshoe (I think?), one car was a BMW, possibly both were. I don't believe he did anything wrong on his end, but no harm, no foul on that one really...


 


Over all impression of the course was great, it was fun. It definitely wasn't the rolex course, but it was a great option and I don't think anything was lost from the event because of it.


 


Can't wait for next year... the Camaro will be there, maybe we will run two cars, just have to see how it all shakes out.


 


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