Monday, December 03, 2018

NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill

I crewed for the defending class champion #40 RA Motorsport at the 25 hours of Thunderhill over the weekend. RA Motorsport as a team had won the E3 class the the past 3 years running. The team entered 4 Mazda Miatas, three as spec Miatas in the E3 class (#27, #35, and #40), and one heavily modified Mazda running an Ecotech motor in the E0 class (#50).

The night before. Still a lot to be done on each car (wiring radios and identification lighting, fixing electrical issues, fixing exhaust leaks, etc.)

On the grid, pre race. Starting #1 in class, #32 overall:

Race morning. Most everything ready:

Saturday afternoon, running strong with a mostly clean start.

Sometime during the night (between 1 and 3:30 am), the #50 retired due to something involving brake duct work (I never did catch up on the story).

Routine fuel and driver change stop for the #35:
Unfortunately, with an hour to go, the #35 threw a rod and retired.

The remaining RA Motorsport cars (#40 and #27) on the front straight to take the checkers in formation. #40 P1 in class!

Post-race, looking a little less new than when we started (it didn't look new when we started):

The winning drivers that brought the car home in one piece:

It was exciting to be part of the winning team. There aren't more pictures because it was a rather busy 36 hours from wake up to the race end, with less than 2 hours of sleep. Overall the race was great, with nice (but very cold) weather, relatively few on-track incidents (there were 3 full course yellows to do the corner marshal shift change, then one when a safety truck under local yellow spilled a toolbox on the track). I would say the race went like clockwork and the win went to the E3 team that ran into the fewest issues, but also just happened to be the fastest, too.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Drawing Results

Cyndy --> Rachel
Peter --> Jonathan
Noah --> Peter
Paul --> Philip
Donnie --> Paul
Kate --> Cyndy
Rachel --> Donnie
Manobi --> Noah
Jonathan --> Jo-el
Jo-el --> Kate
Philip --> Manobi

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Happy birthday, Cameron!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Happy birthday, Rachel!