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15 hours ago, frankrehnelt said:


 

 

I often mount a rear facing camera on the back of the car's rollbar, but this location is much better.  Great view of the driver and still see all the action behind you.  I'm definitely stealing this.

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Great racing guys, drove six hours this weekend and only got ran over once (Happens when you try to lead in a slower car). Cool a local Austin team could take the #1 spot for one of the days and enjoyed racing with the out of staters. Hope we can do this race in the future.

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11 Tenths Racing had a great weekend at COTA. We weren't expecting to do particularly well, since everyone knows COTA doesn't favor Miatas. We just wanted to finish and verify that the electrical problem that's caused use 2 DNFs and 1 DNS in the last 4 races has been fixed.

 

Saturday:

Qualifying was perfect for us and we started on pole. About 10 laps in, the driver reported a wheel vibration, so we brought the car in to check. Couldn't find a problem, so sent him back out. That dropped us down to 28th.

The rest of the race was trying to catch back up. We could only go about 1:45 before running out of gas, so we had 4 fueling stops. We made it into 2nd overall with around 45 minutes left in the race. 1st - #917 Cone Crushers - had a 2 lap lead. We did the math and saw that we wouldn't catch them, so we slowed down to maintain our position and the gap.

With 20 minutes left, Cone Crushers broke their ignition coil bracket and had to be towed back to the pit. It's not how we wanted to win, but we'll take it.

 

Sunday:

When we got to the track on Sunday morning, one of our tires was flat, so we had to put on our least worn tire from Saturday. Somehow the valve stem broke between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

We started last, plus a lap down. During our first stint, the driver reported the oil pressure dropping to nearly zero at high RPMs. We brought him in and checked the oil level. It was good, so we sent him back out and told him to short shift and keep an eye on the oil pressure gauge.

Considering our position and potential sick engine, we planned to drive conservatively and hope to finish the race without spilling oil and engine parts on COTA's nice track.

We slowly worked our way up the field. On our 4th refueling stop, the worn tire was in bad shape, so we replaced it. Throughout the day, our oil pressure had improved, so we told Danny to drive as hard as he could. We finished one lap down, in 5th place overall.

 

We especially enjoyed racing with #917. We had some good battles with them and were sorry to see them drop out so close to the end on Saturday.

 

We'd like to thank ChampCar for putting on another great event. The staff were all wonderful.

 

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27 minutes ago, 11 Tenths Jay said:

. During our first stint, the driver reported the oil pressure dropping to nearly zero at high RPMs. We brought him in and checked the oil level. It was good, so we sent him back out and told him to short shift and keep an eye on the oil pressure gauge.

 

 

damn that sucks!  I was wondering why all of a sudden I reeled you guys in and went by.  I even called in 'why are we so much faster than the miata today?'  you salvaged a good day with that issue, great job guys.

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18 minutes ago, turbogrill said:

How did they determine the start order?

 

the same way as every champ race..... 😂 random pit stall # is drawn for pole, on day two they reverse the order.

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