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Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
4/7/18 5:09 p.m.

We close at 7, was going to walk across the street to watch the final portion of the race. 

My wife and daughter are sick, so I'm heading home. Good luck, and thanks for the updates. 

MrChaos
MrChaos Dork
4/7/18 5:10 p.m.
Tom Suddard said:

Update: they just pushed the Maserati off pit row. 

you cursed them

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
4/7/18 5:33 p.m.

I love these threads. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 5:56 p.m.

Headlights are on... well, most of them anyway. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 6:11 p.m.

So this is about to happen. Tom just got in the car. Still in third. 

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
4/7/18 6:17 p.m.

That'll separate the men from the other men. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 6:26 p.m.

Red flag again for lightning. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 6:31 p.m.

They Red flagged the race as soon as I was starting to get in my groove. :( 

Floating Doc
Floating Doc Reader
4/7/18 6:42 p.m.

I just drove through it, barely raining in DeLand. 

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/7/18 7:16 p.m.

Heading back out on track now. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 8:29 p.m.

Wow! That was an awesome stint. As our photographer just said: “I saw you pass just about everybody.” Our car is gooooooood in the rain, and we consistently picked up 15 seconds per lap to catch second in class. 

Wayne just hopped in with a fresh tank of gas, hoping for a podium finish! 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:23 p.m.

Ed just went out after our last pit stop of the day. Looks like P2 in our class is out with a mechanical failure, so we’re expecting to move up a position shortly. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 9:26 p.m.

2nd place!!! C’mon car! Hold together for 35 more minutes!

TRoglodyte
TRoglodyte UltraDork
4/7/18 9:50 p.m.

I love Daytona, to finish first you must first finish and endurance racing can be grueling. It's not what you got its what you bring.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard Digital Experience Director
4/7/18 10:51 p.m.

It’s official: Second place in class B! Success!!

NOHOME
NOHOME UltimaDork
4/8/18 5:51 a.m.

What is the thing in the background that looks like a VW bug mated with a Porsche 356?

Pete

rustybugkiller
rustybugkiller Reader
4/8/18 8:18 a.m.
Tom Suddard said:

It’s official: Second place in class B! Success!!

Congrats!

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
4/8/18 9:17 a.m.

Where did you finish in the race?  Who won?

 

Good job surviving!

 

How'd you lose so many laps, what issues did you face?

 

Watching the live stream and trying to keep up with everyone was difficult with all the weather interruptions!

GTXVette
GTXVette SuperDork
4/8/18 9:28 a.m.

 

I want this SO Badly I am Squirming in my seat Just reading this.

Looks like the car that won the class can run 10 seconds a lap Faster... Is that Normal 'Grouping'.

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
4/8/18 9:56 a.m.
GTXVette said:

 

I want this SO Badly I am Squirming in my seat Just reading this.

Looks like the car that won the class can run 10 seconds a lap Faster... Is that Normal 'Grouping'.

There is no real grouping...  it's based on engine size and is pretty arbitrary.  The smallest engine sizes have won a bunch of races and the largest engine sizes rarely do.

 

In other words, there is only 1 set of rules for ALL cars, and an overall podium.

 

There can be a huge difference in laptime between the slowest and fastest even within the same "class".

I think I saw there was a team that did a 2:13 in the race and the slowest I saw was around 2:35.  

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/9/18 8:30 a.m.
NOHOME said:

What is the thing in the background that looks like a VW bug mated with a Porsche 356?

Pete

It was a VW Bug all decked out in aero and Martini livery. It was one of the cooler looking cars there, but it was also one of the slowest.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
4/9/18 8:35 a.m.
wvumtnbkr said:

Where did you finish in the race?  Who won?

 

Good job surviving!

 

How'd you lose so many laps, what issues did you face?

 

Watching the live stream and trying to keep up with everyone was difficult with all the weather interruptions!

Thanks! We finished in 46th overall. We didn't really have many major issues. Our wastegate had some issues, but other than that we had a solid car the whole time. The weather was definitely an inconvenience with two red flags, but there's nothing anybody can do about that. That first place car was 20 laps ahead because, well, it was faaaaast. It was a convertible FC Mazda RX-7. 

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr UltraDork
4/9/18 9:14 a.m.

Cool.

 

BTW, that beetle is a center driving position car (if it the same car from WGI last year).  It was a racecar in some other series and has some SERIOUS development.

 

46th and finishing at a track like Daytona is AWESOME for a Miata (even turbocharged).

 

Good Work!

 

P.S. FC's are a terrific platform for this type of racing..... wink

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