#24 and #25 at Historic Laguna Seca
A week of preparation and racing with two races each in ST4 & ST5, and then a 6-1/2 hr WERC Enduro in E1 & E2.
It’s September and we move into the final events of the season. Most importantly its time to see if we can secure the ST5 National Championship. To get ready for this monumental weekend for the team we fully prepped both cars to compete at their highest level. Not only were the cars prepped mechanically, but both cars received a fresh wrap to present as best as possible as well as to recognize our partners who make this possible.
After Utah other than the transmission mounting issue which we resolved with Kinetic Speed, the #24 car was pretty solid. There was an engine issue but we had already determined to install the #25 motor into the #24 and run it in the ST5 tune. After the engine swap, all systems checked out well and it was quickly turned around and ready for its fresh wrap. Unfortunately the #25 was not so easy. First we needed to build a new motor. Our spare had been sent to Millenium Motor Sports where it was machined and prepped for reassembly. We also brought in fresh cams from Bimmerworld looking for a small bump in overall horsepower in order to be more competitive in ST4. The engine build complete the car was reassembled and made ready to be sent to SignArt for fresh wrap before final prep for the Nationals. SignArt outdid themselves, the cars were stunning.
Both cars were dyno’ed and while the #24 car gave us exactly what was expected, something just wasn’t quite right with the #25. We will find out more later.
A very fun shakedown weekend with USTCC and IndyCar
A full week before the National Championships we would roll up to Laguna Seca. We will spend a weekend running with USTCC as a support group to the IndyCar finals. This weekend will allow us to gain precious track time and shake down the cars at the track where we will compete for the National Champion-ships in just another week. Both cars were very competitive. In fact, we won just about everything possible. Sportsman Champion, Rookie of the event and Team Trophies based on our combined finishes.
After this great shakedown weekend, we are convinced the #24 should be the class of the field, it appears ST5 is ours for the taking. The #25 was definitely still underpowered. Something is not right but we have yet to find it, the ability of the #25 to compete against true ST4 cars is still unknown.