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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Laguna Seca Pirelli Challenge 5-2010

The first weekend of this month we were at lovely Laguna Seca for a race weekend! Wonderful weather (although the evenings were a bit chilly), and a great crew made for a super race weekend....it made the drama bearable...

As every racer knows, packing always takes at least 3x as long as you plan for...we were no exception to that rule. Thursday we headed North....for a casual drive up to Monterey. It was so casual, that our caravan made it into the racetrack at around 10pm! Try being quiet parking a 48' trailer in the dark!

After a quick dinner at Denny's - I believe ALL racers develop a taste for Denny's as they are more than likely the only place open in the middle of the nite after pulling an 18hr day at the track - we headed to the hotel.

Friday, we had some last minute prep to do at the track - oh, and the car owner brought us the "special" exhaust he needed installed to run for sound requirements at Laguna. Overall - a relatively easy day at the track...although the hints of clutch problems were sneaking up....we needed a set of clutch cables - for a GT3 Cup - which are special cables.... you see where this is going?

Saturday was where the drama (well minor drama) kicked in. Clutch issues ALL DAY LONG...we were adjusting the clutch cables, then when that quit working as a "fix" then we moved on to trying to find a special hose....WAY more difficult than you think...finally a used replacement hose showed up....that worked for a while....but it didn't last...

However we were able to make the podium!! We took 3rd place in our race on Saturday!! WTG crew & Good job driving John!

Unfortunately Sunday we had to simply park the car....all our hard work was just not enough to get it back on the track. We needed parts, and Sundays are not the day to look for them. We all got to see the races from other spots than the front straight....that's always fun...and eat lunch before we started to pack things up to head home....

Looking forward to the next race event! Be sure to find us on Facebook for more pictures and updates!