We're out of the race... I thought that rather than having you all looking for results I'd give you a short update. We started about 20th which was quite good since we were more or less on the pace in our class. Two factory Corvettes (with their crew of 61 people) and a 20 million budget were 2d and 3d fastest in qualifying. The Dodge Viper actually outqualified them. One other Porsche was just a little faster than we were. By Midnight we were 2d in class behind one of the Corvettes and 6th overall....feeling quite good about the possibility of a 2d win in a row and maybe even a higher finish then our 4th last year.
At 1 A.M. the gearbox broke and we spent one and a half hours in the garage fixing it. The mechanics did a great job. David Moore who is my regular race mechanic and engineer was helping out and all of the guys did a fantastic job getting the car back in the race. Then about 6:30 A.M. just as I was about to get back into the car, one of the other drivers hit a large piece of debris on the track and it pretty much destroyed the front of the car. Broken oil cooler, broken fiberglass and worst of all a leaking gas tank. No other problem, but we had to withdraw. So, that's the report.
Photo by Richard Dole
I said to many people before the race that you have no better than a 50/50 chance to finish one of these events and I guess we got our chance last year. We have a club race in Florida in a couple of weeks and the 12 Hours of Sebring in mid March. Maybe we'll have better luck at that race. Patricia says hi to everyone.