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 SCCA World Challenge GT Race
Mid-Ohio, Lexington Ohio
 June 6, 1999
WE WIN!!!!
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June 4th. We are late getting to the track.  The guys have been going around the clock for the last two days and they finished their work at 3AM this morning in Indianapolis, and then had to drive about 4 hours. We get on the track and we are in the hunt right away. We are second quick in the first session and fastest in the afternoon session. All in all we are very pleased after a very tough week. David Moore, Lee Kemper and Mike Whiteley have done a fantastic job with the help of  their friend George Smidt in Indianapolis. We actually get to go out to dinner, the first time since we started 3 weeks ago and we get to bed at a reasonable hour.

June 5th - Qualifying Day
Unlike each of the past two weekends, we started the day after a good night sleep and we end the day tinkering instead of  in a crisis. We are running a 3.6 liter Motor we got this week from Kevin Buckler after we had problems with both of the other engines we had last weekend. The motor was built by Jerry Woods and is great.

We win the pole.  Fastest qualifier.  We will start on the pole along-side "Corvette Legend" Bill Cooper. He was only  8 hundredths of a second slower than we were. In the second row is David Schardt in a Toyota and along side him in a factory Acura is former Indy car driver Peter Helsmer. George Biskup is fifth in his Porsche and Reese Cox in his Corvette and Bobby Archer in the Viper make up the 4th row. Dick Dilorio, last weekends fastest qualifier, is 9th in his Saleen Mustang. Our car won a race here in the IMSA series 26 years ago and it is still doing well, I doubt that any other car is even remotely close to that old.

This is a terriffic race track. Although not tremendously quick it is very technical and it rewards smooth driving. Our average speed in qualifying was 86 miles an hour and our top speed here is only about 145. The weather is warm and if we are worried about anything it is the possibility of the car overheating. Our brakes should be fine and with the weight of the Corvette and the Viper, brakes could be a problem for them late in the race. We are trying to relax and keep our fingers crossed.

June 6.  We win the race.  But it wasn't easy.  We started from the pole and led all of the way, set the fastest lap of the race and came within an eye lash of the track record. So we are very happy.  David Moore, Mike Whiteley and George Smidt did a great job on the car, but for the first time this year we never had the motor out of the car all weekend.  With only 8 laps to go and with a 16 second lap lead at the time, we got a full course yellow that would bring the field back together for a sprint to the finish. Bobby Archer, in the Viper, and the winner of the first two races of the series, was second at the time and he got waved by all of the intervening cars so we would start nose to tail with 6 laps to go. We were able to win the start and won the race by about 4 seconds, not a lot, but enough to make everyone happy. It is very hot and I got very tired even though the race lasted only 50 minutes. It was close to 90 degrees at the start.

Our car, the Toad Hall Porsche RSR won one of its first races at this track 26 years ago. And we win again.  We are back in the hunt for the season championship although Bobby Archer is building an almost insurmountable lead. We will have to be very consistant over the balance of the season to contend with him.

So, it is off to Paris.  We are in the airport in Detroit as we write this and will leave for Le Mans within the hour.  Keep tuned for those results.