We kept the car more or less the same as the year before except for adding additional driver comforts. However, we worked on driving faster and better. This was definitely shown in the results this year compared to year. With better strategy, now that we have a good race radio system, we were able to optimize driver changes and fueling as much as possible. Also, we were more careful to not mix it up with other cars, which kept us on the track longer.
We did have to have our first tow ever when we lost a wheel at Buttonwillow on the first day. Dan, was out his first time on track in the Crapper and the second or third lap, lost the front driver’s side wheel when the wheel studs sheered off. Fortunately, Dan and the car were both just fine.
The race was shut down right afterwards due to the extreme 110F heat and we luckily had 2 hours to get new wheel studs and put the wheel back on and were able to start back up with the rest of the cars. It did cost us plenty of positions, but we were able to recover fairly well. Plus, the car drove even better the second day! We did place lower in this race than the year before, but we made up for it with the other two races this year.
Some statistics from this year and comparisons with last year:
|Place||30 (out of 174)||96 (out of 171)||+66|
|Penalty Laps||4 (class B)||0 (class A)||+4|
|# of Laps||293||197||+96|
|# of laps behind||50||84||-34|
|Fastest lap||2:17.318||2:23.287||-5.969 seconds|
|Place||66 (out of 154)||44 (out of 136)||-22|
|Penalty Laps||1 (class B)||0 (class A)||+1|
|# of Laps||215||409||-195*|
|# of laps behind||34||118||-84*|
|Fastest lap||2:24.164||2:20.993||-3.231 seconds|
*2012 was 24 hours
|Place||30 (out of 184)||46 (out of 166)||+16|
|Penalty Laps||0 (class B)||0 (class B)||–|
|# of Laps||280||251||+29|
|# of laps behind||35||54||-19|
|Fastest lap||2:32.597||2:32.394||-0.203 seconds|