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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/22/22 11:07 a.m.
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Eager to see our LFX V6-swapped Mazda Miata compete on track? Us too.

That’s why we're entered in this weekend’s Lucky Dog Racing Southern Dawg Delight at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, South Carolina.

The format features over seven hours of endurance racing over the September 24-25 weekend.

Full details can be found at racelucky.com. Learn more about our Miata by …

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/22/22 1:04 p.m.

Can confirm that it makes some really rad noises at full tilt. Excited to see how it competes this weekend.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/22/22 1:07 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

Can confirm that it makes some really rad noises at full tilt. Excited to see how it competes this weekend.

That's right, you were there for the test. 

Sounds like all systems are go.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/23/22 1:56 p.m.

The team's getting set for their first outing. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/23/22 5:52 p.m.

A successful test day ends with tech. Tom Suddard says, “It’s fantastic. The car does anything you want, wherever you want, whenever you want. It’s fast.” Our first endurance event begins tomorrow,
with Lucky Dog Racing League. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/23/22 10:41 p.m.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/24/22 7:22 a.m.

Good morning from Lucky Dog CMP!

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/24/22 9:49 a.m.

So far so good after qualifying. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/24/22 10:31 a.m.

Things are going very well for now. We're an exhibition car but it's still fun to lead the race. 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/24/22 11:18 a.m.

Driver change. We were flying and we were consistent. Wayne Presley was in the car for the first stint. Tom Suddard now at the controls on track. 

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
9/24/22 12:23 p.m.

Go, Tom! (And be careful)

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/24/22 12:28 p.m.

Driver said he lost his brakes. Hmm. A set of new pads all around and some fuel, and we’ll be back out.

WonkoTheSane
WonkoTheSane GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
9/24/22 12:30 p.m.
Marjorie Suddard said:

Go, Tom! (And be careful)

Agreed!  And you're such a mom, Marjorie :p

Marjorie Suddard
Marjorie Suddard General Manager
9/24/22 12:37 p.m.
WonkoTheSane said:
Marjorie Suddard said:

Go, Tom! (And be careful)

Agreed!  And you're such a mom, Marjorie :p

That I am. Looks like Tom lost his brakes just about the time I posted that, so good thing I did or something bad might've happened. (And NOW I'm really such a mom.)

Margie

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/24/22 1:16 p.m.
Colin Wood said:

Can confirm that it makes some really rad noises at full tilt. Excited to see how it competes this weekend.

This thread is useless without video laugh

accordionfolder
accordionfolder UltraDork
9/24/22 1:17 p.m.

Be safe, go fast, have fun! Car looks great!

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/24/22 3:16 p.m.

We were fast - but it didn’t last. We suspect we have blown a clutch. Time to get to work. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
9/24/22 6:17 p.m.

Current status:

Transmission is nearly out. Clutch is likely fried. Tim just got back from Charlotte with a new OEM clutch and flywheel. Should have it installed tonight.

On his way there, Tim swapped two flat-spotted tires out for new ones at a tire shop.

On the brake pad front, Wayne is in his tiny little plane flying to Nine Lives Racing in Atlanta. They have some pads on the shelf that will work.

If all goes according to plan we'll be back on track in the morning. 

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
9/24/22 8:10 p.m.

Next staff meeting gonna be lit when someone has 40 gallons of av gas on their credit card statement under "brake pads" 

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/24/22 8:14 p.m.

GRM at dark. We’re doing all sorts of stuff. What are you up to?

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/24/22 10:50 p.m.

After a suspected clutch issue, we found the problem - a broken CV joint. Unfortunately, we’re done for the weekend. The good news: we’re fast in our first outing and learned a bunch. The next step: increase durability.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/25/22 2:52 p.m.

If you were curious who were the top-five finishers for Saturday's Lucky Dog Racing League event, here they are:

1. 740

2. 117

3. 138

4. 232

5. 66

Kitsbeach (Forum Supporter)
Kitsbeach (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand New Reader
9/25/22 3:17 p.m.

Great build...I'm enjoying following along 

buzzboy
buzzboy SuperDork
9/25/22 3:25 p.m.

No surprises about Pobst being fast. He knows that track, and that car so well.

A little surprised to hear  a Stratus being in the top. That's awesome. Not a usual chassis for endurance racing

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
9/25/22 7:22 p.m.

Today's top five:

1. 117

2. 740

3. 138 (photo from yesterday)

4. 641

5. 170

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