Friday, February 27, 2009

We're Ready!

During the team meeting/cocktail hour after practice on Friday, the team members pulled cards (Ace through six) to determine the driving order. Team captain, Chris Wilken, even through a Joker into the mix with the intent that whomever drew it could trade places and drive in whatever position they wanted. But it was not meant to be as the Joker was the lone card remaining after everyone drew. The "Ace" was drawn by Dr. Phil, a returning driver from the last LeMons team (The Professionals), so he'll be first up at the start of the race tomorrow. Drawing the "2" card was Capt. Chris. He was first up in the last LeMons race that we ran and paced for over an hour before the race start. I do believe he was relieved that he would not repeat that driver position. Next up after drawing the "3" card will be Panama Teddy, a new driver to the team, but a wild man on the track in his own right. Mr. Summers drew the "4" card and is happy to return to the team, although I believe his alter ego, D.J. Marky Mark, is even happier to be here. The "5" card was drawn by Paul Tellarico, a new driver to the team, who looks forward to being back in a race car (any race car) after a 3 year hiatus due to back surgery. Luckily the race truck is smooooooth! Last, but not least, is Patty Poupart, instigator of B.S. and P.R. on behalf of the team, who is looking forward to her first LeMons start after being part of the crew for The Professionals team. Patty feels that drawing the "6" card could be lucky as most of the real crap cans will have blown up and left the track by the time she gets in the car.

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!

We Passed Tech & B.S.!

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!

We can still get in a little more track time before the track shuts down for the day. Then it'll be time for dinner, music, cocktails and partying!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

We're There!

The team packed up and brought the "Danger Ranger" to Houston tonight to be ready for the practice day tomorrow. Our race truck is so bad-a$$ed that we have to bring it in under cover of night! We were the only truck last time and we already saw one in the paddock. It is a Toyota with a skate board ramp mounted on the bed. Crazy!

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.