Jun 6, 2011 update to the Lincoln Mark VII project car

Lincoln Crapcan Runs the Roval

The Lincoln rounded the famous Lowes Motor Speedway Roval.
Wet conditions made the race start extra exciting.
The start/finish featured a chicane to slow cars for the entrance to Turn 1.
The mighty Lincoln made quick work of traffic.
Since we were at Lowes Motor Speedway, it seemed fitting to say, "If it ain't rubbin', it ain't racing."
The GRM crew took to the garage to fix our broken damper.
As night fell, our headlamps illuminated the way to the checkered flag.

All was going exceptionally well until a co-spatial disagreement occurred between our car and another.

We had a blast campaigning our Lincoln Mark VII crapcan racer at Lowes Motor Speedway in the ChumpCar World Series. We entered the ChumpCar 14-hour endurance event with high expectations after fixing the fuel starvation issues that plagued our last race.

The day started off drizzly and gloomy as overcast clouds dampened the track for our 8 a.m. start. Luckily, the weather broke around 1 p.m. and we had a beautiful day of racing ahead of us.

All was going exceptionally well until a co-spatial disagreement occurred between our car and another. The crash maimed our front grill and snapped a front-right damper. The entire Grassroots Motorsports team jumped into action and repaired the broken damper within 40 minutes. Admittedly, we weren’t as fast as a NASCAR or F1 garage crew, but we’re learning to walk before we run.

We ran the rest of the race without incident and managed to place 26th out of 46th according to the final results. Look for more details in an upcoming issue of Grassroots Motorsports.

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Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA Dork
6/7/11 1:06 p.m.

what position were you running in before the aforementioned co-spatial integration?

Tom Heath
Tom Heath UberDork
6/7/11 1:52 p.m.

About 27th. We really didn't lose much time after our (my) incident, and made up more than we lost afterward.

I still felt like a big jerk.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith New Reader
6/7/11 2:46 p.m.

Well, the incident put us about 30 laps down. So, we may have had a top 20 finish on our hands. Either way, the car is not sorted or developed enough to win and play by the rules. The 3000GT that won was absolutely playing by the rules, they're just so much more experienced than us. Also, our tires probably put us down 5 seconds a lap, since the leading teams were on good rubber. I'm still sorting through a lot of the data, so updates on car development and data logging will be up soon.

SPG123
SPG123 Reader
6/7/11 10:45 p.m.

Ahem. I have a set of Victoracers mounted on 94 MGT split 17s on your classifieds for cheap. You could call or write or something.

Matt Smith
Matt Smith New Reader
6/8/11 8:43 a.m.

ls1fiero, thanks for the offer! Unfortunately, we would need about 4 sets of them to test on, collect data on, do HPDE driver training on, and then one day race on them. Were not sure which tire were going to switch to, but it'll likely be a 16" rim so we can run junkyard-find P71 wheels. (I think) Thanks again though.

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