Las Vegas Test Day Report in SCCA PRO SPEEDVISION Series
For immediate release
Las Vegas, NV
October 31, 2000
Thursday promoters test day report: We were fastest today. We had Randy Pobst as substitute driver as Peter had some pressing business today. The new car had a few teething problems early on which we overcame in time for the 2nd and final 30 minute session in the afternoon right after a rain storm. The adjustments we made back home in Austin on setup seemed to be the ticket.
Hopefully tomorrow will be as good or better. If we can keep from making mistakes and continue to progress, I think we may have a real shot at winning this race.
Qualifying Report: Qualifying was today. Well we did not do as good as we would have liked, we were trying for a top ten. Peter has only about 20 hot laps on a dry track. Yesterday, the morning session found us wading through 2 to 3 inches of water. Yep, it rained in the desert. So the afternoon, Peter got his first real chance to learn the track in 12 minutes. He got down to a 28 but was really lost as he missed the turn 1 chicane twice. He dropped his times two full seconds in qualifying and hope to continue to learn the track during the race. We are 17th, not great, but we have come back from further in the field before. On the start, if we have a little luck, we think we can move up past eight cars in front of us within a lap or two. The GT3 has a definite advantage launching off the line much as the Audi’s. Audi, by the way, took the pole with Galati at the wheel.
The crew spent most of the day after qualifying preparing for the race. While Peter and I spent hours analyzing the data from the onboard Motec ADL data acquisition finding all the areas we can go faster. I still believe we can and will be competitive tomorrow.
BTW, the track is right next to Nellis Air Force base. It’s pretty damn cool to watch F-16s, warthogs, Tomcats, B1 bombers, AWACS, Intruders, Commanches fly right over your head 100 feet off the deck. Only problem is, you can’t hear the race cars! 😉
Race Report: Starting 17th, we had an ok start. The standing start took place right at start finish which doesn’t allow much room before the chicane at turn 1……a tremendous bottleneck. Peter stayed out of trouble and was going faster than his qualifying time the entire race. Unfortunately we were held up by the number 73 Vette for 12 laps. Three times in a row Peter passed him in the chicane at turn 1 and 73 bypassed the chicane to get back in front of him. Bth, that is totally illegal. It took me 10 laps of arguing and downright yelling at the officials to get a black flag on 73. The lap before they blacked flagged him, Peter got around him and started his pursuit of the lead pack. Times like these really upset me, the lack of proper officiating definitely affected the outcome of our race. Anyway, enough whining.
Peter got faster as the race went on. In fact setting his fast lap 4 laps before the end, the last hot lap before the final full course yellow. He came on the radio and said he finally figured the track and car out but now had badly fading brakes and a worn out right rear tire. On the restart of the race (green came out with the white flag) a shoot-out for the win found a huge bottle neck of cars 4 and 5 wide trying to fit into the chicane in turn one. Peter went high then dived down low and passed 5 cars! We finished 10th. Not too bad considering the lack of track time Pete had Vs the other’s in the top 20.
After the race, we quickly prepared the car for the San Diego race. The whole team is very optimistic of our chances there. BTW it will be televised live on Speedvision (http://www.speedvisionwc.com/tv.html)
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