Feb 11, 2015 update to the Mazda Miata - Sunburst Yellow project car

Making Lemonade

Our Miata wasn't the fastest, but we did manage to put a few laps on the Three Pedal Mafia's Nissan pickup truck.
In fact, our top lap time was slower than most of the other cars in the top 20. This 944 was six seconds faster per lap.
However, we managed to almost completely avoid the penalty box, meaning we spent more time on track and less getting yelled at.
Our pit stops were also very short, usually just over two minutes long.
We ended day one in fifth place, just one lap down from fourth. After changing the brake rotors, we went out for BBQ.
The 24 Hours of LeMons always has interesting race cars, and this 1959 Studebaker is no exception. It was, however, dog slow.
As Sunday's race drew to a close, we had our sights set on fourth place.
We found Waldo... then passed him. The Miata was a blast on track.
Then, disaster struck–a total loss of brakes. We pulled the car into the paddock, and were horrified by what we found. With just under an hour left in the race, one of our brake pads had worn out sooner than we calculated.
The bad pad had welded itself to the piston, then the whole mess had been pushed out of the caliper completely.
We managed to salvage the piston, and reinstalled it with a fresh set of brake pads. The car went back out on track with 25 minutes left in the race.
In the end, we finished 11th–not bad considering our catastrophic brake failure. We were awarded an honorable mention for judges' choice.

After two days of racing and nearly 30 hours of driving the car and its tow vehicle, our Yellow Miata–built specifically for racing on the cheap–is home from its outing at Barber Motorsports Park.

How’d we do? Not bad at all. We ended the race in 11th place, despite spending most of the weekend in the top five. We’re thrilled to have finished that high in a field of 76 cars.

Thanks to our supporters; without them this wouldn’t be possible:

24 Hours of LeMons
Autosport Labs
Balanced Performance
EFS Combust
Konig Wheels
Moss Miata
MPT Industries
Radium Radios
Red Line Synthetic Oil
SPA Technique
Treasure Coast Miata
Very Cool Parts

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bravenrace MegaDork
2/11/15 2:14 p.m.


Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Editorial Assistant
2/11/15 2:26 p.m.

Click the link at the bottom of the post to see all the pretty pictures and a more complete run-down of the weekend.

JohnyHachi6 Dork
2/11/15 3:44 p.m.

The #59 Studebaker in your photo is awesome. I'd love to race that.

hobiercr Dork
2/11/15 5:04 p.m.

The Stude is from Team NSF. You can find build pictures on their page on the Book of Face.

Congrats to Team GRM on the 11th place! Barber had a tough field this year.

Klayfish UltraDork
2/11/15 5:15 p.m.

What a beautiful red truck in the first picture. Wonder who the lucky bastard is who owns such fine engineering.... It was great to race with you guys, congrats on the finish. Crappy '80's carb technology combined with a E36 M3 "professional" rebuild of same did us in for good on Sunday. But we'll be back... with a new Weber... for the Mitty.

Klayfish UltraDork
2/11/15 5:18 p.m.

Oh, and the Studie won IOE, the biggest LeMons award.

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