Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The racing over Saturday and Sunday was great! No one had an incident with another vehicle, although we were black flagged on a few erroneous calls. Paul and Patty were the only drivers on the team that were never called into the penalty box. Everyone drove clean and drove hard. Teddy Busick was out with the fast guys. (Relax, Teddy, that's just a joke!) Mike Poupart drove over on Friday night so he could be there to support Patty and the rest of the team during the race.
On Saturday, due to a few erroneous black flag issues that brought our drivers in and forced us to change drivers earlier than schedules, we had some extra time before the race would end for the day and put Capt. Chris back in the driver's seat for the last 40 or so minutes. After about 20 minutes, he was black flagged and came in. I still had my helmet on and grabbed my seat insert and headed for the penalty box. The truck would be able to go back out if we could change drivers and everyone else walked away without all their equipment. When I got there, Chris was calling for another driver and I threw my stuff in and let them belt me up and got the truck back on the track for the remainder of the race. It was exhilarating to take the checker flag, even though it was just for the day.
On Sunday, the race order was changed to allow the 2 drivers who were without black flags (Paul and Patty) to drive first. The others would rotate in and Chris would drive last. While he was out, he felt a tire going down and began to signal us as he went by on the front straight. It took a couple of laps to figure out the hand signals and when we did, he didn't come in on the next time around so I held up our "Buckeye" sign (signal to come in) and Mark Summers held the wheel/tire up in the air over his head so he would know that we understood and were ready. The tire change was done in under 4 minutes. Everyone had a job! It was great!
We finished the race in 14th out of 94 cars that took the green flag. Not a bad finish for the little race truck. I wonder how many more races she'll make??
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Till next time...
Friday, February 27, 2009
Dinner was graciously provided by Brent Mosing and his crew down at his condo onsite at MSR. The hospitality and company went well with all the bench racing going on. I'll try to get in another post tomorrow night, but fear that I'll be too tired and will have to do a post race report.
Wish us luck!
After a morning practice session giving everyone a chance to drive the race truck, we completed our "bribe bucket" and decorated the truck to get ready to go to Tech & B.S. We put decals on the truck that we made, drizzled green slime around the hood opening, donned our white "haz-mat" suits and face masks, respirators and latex gloves and put Phil in the driver's seat to set off his smoke bombs as we rolled the Danger Ranger into the tech area. We were a huge hit! We didn't see any other teams with full costumes and theme so we hoped the Judges would be impressed. The truck went through the safety inspection and soon it was our turn to move to B.S. and discuss our race vehicle with the Judges. Phil set off another smoke bomb as I handed out face masks to Jay and Judges Jonny & Phil.
With our bribe bucket in the middle of the hood, we took care of business first. The bucket contained a small replica "leg" lamp from the movie, "Christmas Story," a bottle of Kahalua, a bag of Zapps "Voodoo" chips, a bottle of hot sauce, and a bag of dirty rice mix. We also wrote a "We Owe You" for a 6-pk of Shiner Bock beer and dinner at Cafe' Lafourche on the bayou in Donaldsonville, LA for Friday, June 5, 2009 when Jay, Judge Jonny, and Judge Phil come to our home track at No Problem Raceway for the first (and hopefully not the last) Laissez Les Crapheaps Roulez - New Orleans.
Our bribe worked! We got the "bribed" stencil spraypainted on our truck and left with no penalties.
So far, the truck is running great and none of the new drivers on our team are having any trouble learning the track. Now if we can just stay out of trouble and out of the penalty box during the race, we'll do just fine!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Our truck also got a little bit of a face lift and a few extras. We have a front spoiler to add some ground effects and channel air for the radiator. We have roof flaps! Don't think they are functional, but they'll look cool if the truck spins backward. (Hopefully I won't be the first to test that!) Also, as a result of trying to get the permanent marker off the hood where we wrote on it during the last Houston LeMons race, the yellow paint on the roof and hood is gone and has been replaced with a little of whatever Chris W. had in the shop (red, orange, gray & black). It is done in a nice camoflague motif and goes great with our bio-hazard theme.
Our team has managed to get space for 3 motorhomes . Lots of teams bring lots of equipment and big rigs, but I'm not sure how many teams have a $500 P.O.S. race truck and about $1 mil in motorhomes for their drivers!
Well, it's late and the race day starts early. I'll get a pic of the truck and post it tomorrow.