After a 390 km tranzit first thing in the morning we got to the service place at a gas station along the Durango – Mazatlan road. We had a strong morning, the top 10. But at Espinoza del Diablo the cluch started slipping and it was not safe to continue.
This year we finished the race on the top of the trailer. We knew this will be a learning experience and it is a bummer that we did not get to go through the finish line in Durango, but Taz is already working on a work list what needs to be changed and improved like gearing, brakes and cooling systems.
two days after the finish of the race and there are still no final results on the race website. http://www.lacarrerapanamericana.com.mx/2017/
It is a little frustrating too. Hopefully soon 😊
Thanks to #hoosiertires #dublinmazdaracing #davidsracingproducts and Russ and Eric!
Next race for the Studebaker will be the 25 hours of Thunderhill the first weekend of December 2017
The day started good, we finished 5th yesterday and so were placed 8th on the starting position for Day 5. The three morning sections went well – 7th, 7th and 6th respectively – unofficial results.
But than during the second speed section the clutch started slipping and Taz played it safe and had us come to pick them and Pearl up – in the middle of beautiful nowhere 😁
So far this has been a very challenging race. Pearl is a new car for us and it is taking some time “getting to know each other” 😊 As of the official results after the 4th day we are 11th in our class and 28th overall.
Exciting day today. They moved our starting position to 12 to make it so we had only faster cars around us we still caught the car in front during the stages. However the official results were off but several minutes per stage on day 3 we are waiting to see if they use the GPS Eztrack times instead of the 30 year old timing system…
The first 3 stages in the morning were the same stages in Mil Cumbre we ran yesterday but in opposite direction. In the unofficial results we ran 5th, 5th and 6th respectively. After 250 km of transit and slow moving through the Welcome arches at Dolores Hidalgo, where the service was held, the engine started to overheat.
The clouds started gathering but fortunately it did not rain.
There were 3 speed sections in the afternoon between the town Dolores Hidalgo and Guanajuato. Pearl ran 8th, 2nd and 15th respectively, all unofficial results.
There is no drivers meeting tonight so we do not know yet if we have moved up in the starting order.
Pearl is all fixed and ready to go. After fixing the car last night a storm came and Taz decided to change tires to rain tires and because it was pouring down rain Eric and Russ got up early and changed them before the race started at 7:30 am.
First bad news of the day was learning that we would start 68th because we did not race yesterday. That was a huge problem as it turned out later. There were four speed stages in the morning and because we were top ten car starting 68th, there was a big speed differential. Taz had to pass 3 or 4 cars per stage and that slowed him down. He still did awesome, unofficial results from the EZtrakrally app show Taz and Francisco between 4th and 12th place in each stage..
Service was in cute town of Temascalcingo, right down town…..where the streets are not very wide to begin with … now add to it 70 plus race cars ….. and their support vehicles with trailers…..
The cops were great dirrecting traffic and getting us a place to work on the car.
Two stages at Mil Cumbre in the afternoon, 1st stage we were 7th over all, 16 seconds off the leader and 2nd stage we had traffic problems and finished 6th.
Last night Taz and Francisco had to work on their helmets as Taz’s head set did not work properly and Francisco had to gesture the calls for each turn during the last speed stage. All fixed and working on that end.
But Pearl is having electrical problems. So there is no racing for us today. Everyone is working on the car now so she will be ready for tomorrow.
New thing! There is an app called EZtrakrally in the app store. You can follow all racing cars during each speed section on your phone 👍 Pearl’s number is 141
Early morning today – got up at 4 am and we were loaded and on the road by 5 am as we have to be at the service stop at Pena Blanca before they close the road for the first speed section. All speed stages today are in the mountains around Pena de Bernal – high altitude and tight turns.
There are 6 speed stages today raging from 7.24 km to 27.77 km.
The day went well but there is a problem with the results as it shows that we missed a stage and that put us into 19 place over all. Francisco is working on it to have it fixed.
Cars are coming for their time check before they get serviced: