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Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/6/18 10:03 a.m.
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We were largely successful in our American Endurance Racing debut about a month ago, and this weekend we're putting our turbocharged Miata to the test once again at our home track. We've entered the the ChampCar Endurance Series Presented by RVA Graphics & Wraps Marathon Coach Daytona Beach Enduro. The race will be a 14-hour affair starting on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.

Last year we entered this same race, but a string of bad luck held us to just 10 laps completed. We've regrouped and reorganized virtually every part of our racing effort and are ready to attack this race once again. Want to come out to the track and hang out with us? There's a $20 fee at the gate, but find our garage and you'll be welcomed with a cool drink and maybe even a sticker or two.

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Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:16 a.m.

And we’re on track! Currently 5th in class out of 13. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:18 a.m.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:20 a.m.

Oops... forgot to turn our Racepak CL1 telemetry system on. Had to make a quick pit stop for that. 

mikeatrpi
mikeatrpi HalfDork
4/7/18 8:26 a.m.

Good luck!

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:35 a.m.

And if you’d like to follow our progress yourself, you can see live timing here, courtesy of RaceHero:

 

http://racehero.io/events/marathon-coach-daytona-beach-enduro

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:37 a.m.

Here’s our beautiful steed in the garage last night. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 8:48 a.m.

It’s a full track this weekend. We’re sharing a pit stall with two other teams.

Just restarted after a fairly long caution. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:13 a.m.

Still running! Ed just went out during a caution; word in the pits is that somebody flipped a Miata somewhere. sad 

We’re currently running in 5th place in Class Blaugh

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:58 a.m.

Fourth in class!

Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
4/7/18 12:02 p.m.

Good luck, I'm rooting for you from work. I'm close enough to hear the cars on the track when I went outside for my lunch break. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 12:05 p.m.

Just hopped out of the car in 4th place. Heat management is still an issue, but so far so good! 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 12:22 p.m.

Miles is in the car now. laugh

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 12:43 p.m.

As long as the feet stay here most of the time we’re in good shape. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 1:28 p.m.

Quick pit box comparison. We’ll let you guess which one is ours. laugh

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:03 p.m.

Looks like rain! We’re actually super excited for showers. They’ll keep our car cool, and our soft suspension should be much much better. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 2:03 p.m.

Wayne is back in the car. Sitting in 5th in class at the moment. Under yet another caution. Looks like it’s going to start raining soon. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:07 p.m.

And they’ve red flagged the race for lightning. sad

rustybugkiller
rustybugkiller Reader
4/7/18 2:07 p.m.

What do they charge for a spectator? Looks like you would have the run of the place. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:14 p.m.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 2:55 p.m.

It’s $20 to get in as a spectator. 

Race is about to restart! 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 3:25 p.m.

And it’s worth mentioning that we haven’t had a proper wastegate since before lunchtime. The actuator clip fell off, and then the fitting on the actuator fell off, so here’s what our Miata is currently doing:

0-5500 RPM: No boost

5500-7000 RPM: Boost creep to the point where we hit 12 psi. 

We’re still running! 3rd in class. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 3:29 p.m.

So we’re 7 hours in and a freaking Biturbo is still in the race. Just saying. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 4:04 p.m.

Update: they just pushed the Maserati off pit row. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 5:02 p.m.

Miles just hopped in the car. Still in 3rd place! :) 

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