Saturday, April 9, 2011

LeMons South Fall 2010 - In the Clutches of Evil Again

Ok, so the race report is 6 months late. Better late than never, right?

LeMons South Fall 2010 was a pretty amazing event. Right around 105 cars took part in the event. 105 cars on a 1.1 mile track is just as crazy as you would think it would be. The car made it through tech inspection just fine only a couple of suggestions for the future from the inspectors. Race day dawn clear and warm and we knew we were in for a good one. Our running order was going to be me, Brian and Rachel with Nicky on the wall keeping us straight.

I started the race and endured the normal opening lap mayhem. After an hour and a half I gave the car over to Brian. He went out and put in a solid run. Rachel was in the car next. By this time we were running in the top 30. Not bad at all. Rachel go in the car next and was running well until she had a bit of an incident with another car. No real harm to the car, but she was called in for a penalty. After we got her calmed down and got a proper explanation to the judges we did a driver’s swap and got back out on track.

That was how the race went until late in the afternoon. Rachel was in the car when she reported an odd feeling in the clutch. It was hard to pinpoint what it was. I got in the car and ran around a might have felt something as well. With 45 minutes to go I decided to baby the car and ran around in 3rd gear until the end of the day. We were still out there turning laps, so that was something.

When we got back to the pits Nicky checked out the car and had a hunch that the clutch was going. With that Brian hopped in the ruck and hit Autozone in town and got a replacement clutch. While we were doing that, Nicky was yanking out the old clutch. A long night followed while we swapped out the clutch and the front brakes. The brakes had run the previous race and probably could have done another day, but we wanted to be careful. We got it all done around 1 AM, but we were ready for the next day.

Sunday was warm, but windy with a forecast of ran around mid day. Well, it didn’t wait. around 10 it started pouring on us. Brian and did the two hour stint in the morning and ran until break. After the break Nicky got on as a reward for all his hard work the previous night. He did great. Rachel then got in for a bit and was followed by Brian. We started feel something odd with the clutch, again. I got in the car hoping to limp along to the end, but it wasn’t meant to be. I made it out of the pits, but by the time I hit the track there was no power making it to the wheels. I pulled off at one of the corner stations and planned on sitting there to the end. Luckily another car died on tack and they sent the wreckers out for us. That was it. We were running in the low teens most of the day. We were disappointed with the finish, but thrilled with the event. Turns out that the clutch we installed the previous night decided that it wasn’t into racing and would rather be a birds nest. So it goes sometime.

As always, we have to thank our supporters at, Bones Enterprises and Discovery Parts. They were great. The team did well and we had a huge amount of fun. We are getting smart about this endurance racing thing and we will do better next time.

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