Well, i guess a little background is in order i suppose 8) (i coulda sworn i made a post about this not too long ago.. ah well)
So i got a call one Sunday after watching the Steelers clinch another victory, and it was a good friend of mine, Dave Junkins (owns and drives a sweeeet SCCA ITA CRX). He was letting me know that he had secured a spot for me to help crew with a team in the Rolex 24 Hour race at Daytona. yAy!
The team is the #08 Mazda RX-8 (3-Rotor power.. hehe) owned by the Goldin Brothers. These are some of the nicest people you'd ever meet. The entire team was friendly, and willing to let Dave and I tackle any portion of the car we felt we could handle. In fact, i even got to engineer a new catch can setup for their power steering resevoir at the last minute, since it was leaking all over the place... lol. And yea, mine worked excellent!
So anyway, i went on Thursday before the race, met the team, got the credentials, learned a bit about the cars. It was a great time. The race itself was AWESOME to watch, and i can't wait to help these guys next year. Unfortunately, this year wasn't too nice to them, and they broke their rear diff... ah well, they'll learn for next year.
Here are some pics of the car i got on Thursday... unfortunately, on Saturday for the race, i did not have any time to shoot any decent pics until after the car broke and it was declared a lost race... then i picked up my camera and started shooting some stuff.. hehe. But anyway, i'll get a gallery up shortly, but i'm having problems with my gallery software freezing halfway through the process... but once i figure that out, i'll post up all 500-some-odd of my pics i got
On track hauling tail!
With a little bit of company to.. hehe.
Now, here is another little tidbit of info that happened during the weekend. This GT porsche is run out of a shop here locally that i am very good friends with. I do a fair amount of fabrication for them, and in this case, i fabricated the entire exhaust system on the car. Granted, it isn't 'much' exhuast, but i'm damn proud of it! lol..
This car wound up finishing 8th in class, and 19th overall... and my exhaust made it through all 24 hours :twisted:
And so that was my Rolex weekend... i stayed until midnight, and decided to go ahead and head on home, since i wasn't going to sleep in a lawn chair if we didn't have a car running... heh.
All in all, it was a GREAT experience... makes me remember why i enjoyed working in racing so much back in the day.. ::sigh:: maybe there is a future there yet 8)