2000 SCCA PRO SPEEDVISION
World Challenge GT
Ontario May 19-21
RACE REPORT - Mosport - Sorry it has taken a
bit of time to get this up, but Mosport was a rough weekend for Toad Hall.
Peter crashed the car at the end of the back straight on Thursday after
the rear suspension failed just as he put on the brakes. The car went off
the course at about 150 MPH and was still traveling over 100 when
he hit a tire wall after the car skipped sideways through a gravel pit
at the end of the straight. This is the fastest spot on the course
so it was a bit difficult. The car bounced into the air and came to rest
on top of a concrete wall. Needless it was a classic Mr. Toad Wild
Ride. The car was damaged significantly and after about 60 hours of non-stop
work, the crew had the car ready to go, more or less for qualifying. We
had most of the parts, but not all we needed so some critical suspension
pieces were replaced with less than correct suspension pieces. We
did not qualify well and started the race from the middle of the field.
Jim also struggled during practice and qualifying and he elected not to
start the race. Peter started 27th and was up to 13th in about 5
laps when the suspension failed again, in the same place...and it was a
brand new part that failed. These were not Porsche parts, but rather aftermarket
replacements designed to make suspension adjustment easier. Fortunately,
the part failed will going about 60 MPH instead of going 160 and Peter
was able to get the car back to the pits. The crew changed the piece, putting
in another street car piece and with 2 laps lost Peter returned to the
track. The car ran ok from that point on although it was not up to
speed and the suspension was out of adjustment. But...a lesson learned.
Highlights of the weekend: Peter did not get a bruise or a
sore spot in the crash.... Hard to believe, but true. The crew was
EXTRAORDINARY. Not a single person in the pits (other than the crew) though
we would be able to race on Sunday when they saw the car. Not even Peter.
But David Moore and the guys were ready for qualifying on Saturday....
We came out of the weekend with 4 points. More than the amount by which
we lost the championship last year, so there is still hope.... We will
be competitive next weekend (May 30) in Lime Rock... David has promised
that.... We didn't break either the motor or the transmission in the crash....
The car looks good (but for a few dings) and the crew uniforms are great
thanks to Initially Yours in Wayzata, MN who did them. Thanks Roberta....
We are learning each weekend and expect to be on the pace soon if
not at Lime Rock. So, go to the Lime Rock page and catch up on our progress