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PRO SYSTEMS
06-24-2007, 01:10 PM
Just got off the phone with a racer there... Phil Smith and Tom Sloe are #1 and #2 qualifiers. Phil Smith used Phil Harper power to put his Chevy (yes your read that right) on the pole. Both guys use Pro Systems carburetion. Heys thats alright. First round of drinks is on me.

Patrick James
PRO SYSTEMS

socalta
06-24-2007, 01:41 PM
what about the other racers .. Ford and Chevy .. Pro System users and non Pro System users????

PRO SYSTEMS
06-24-2007, 02:17 PM
it was a voice mail on my cell phone and thats the only info I got. Sorry..when I hear more I'll post.

Patrick James

PRO SYSTEMS
06-24-2007, 08:13 PM
I talked to Andy McDermid (he's on our Test Team..so he calls with updates) he won the June Sprints race (its the first time out for the car this year...has a few small bugs to work on).

But Tom Sloe had a bad wreck (broke the roll cage) he was in the lead at the time he went off the track. I haven't heard from him, hope he's O.K.

Phil Smith came in second.

Patrick James
PRO SYSTEMS

PRO SYSTEMS
06-24-2007, 08:33 PM
Jorge,

I asked him who was third and fourth etc..and he did not know.

Patrick James

socalta
06-24-2007, 10:48 PM
rats... thanks for asking ...

Mark Allen
06-25-2007, 04:53 AM
Data is on Mylaps. Sloe went 2:29 in qualifying. Again, that is STUPID fast.......

1 24 Andy McDermid 12 2:32.116
2 54 Philip Smith 12 2:32.542
3 77 Rich Jones 12 2:36.709
4 80 David Venhaus 12 2:37.041
5 22 Fred Hetherwick 12 2:37.076
6 60 Harvey West 12 2:41.451
7 82 Scott Schweitzer 12 2:42.850
8 18 Jason Von Kluge 11 1 Lap 2:35.719
9 74 Tom Sloe 6 6 Laps 2:31.675
DNF 44 Bill Tucker 3 9 Laps 2:42.447
DNS 23 Monte Cowles
DNS 81 Kyle Watkins

Mark

jimwheeler
06-25-2007, 07:47 AM
Tom Sloe had the pole, with Phil second and Andy third.
Sloe crashed. No word on what happened.

http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=222649

smithpr
06-25-2007, 10:05 AM
Here my report.

The weather was wonderful all weekend. I think that this is the greatest race track in the country. Wonderful town and just great stuff.

I thought I had the pole with my 2.31.5. I was very happy with the car all weekend. The car was great and very fast. I did two qualifiying laps on Sunday and the second one was slower so I parked the car with hope that it would hold up. Sloe went out with about 5 minutes left and did one more hot lap and it was a burner. 2.29.4 is amazing in an A/S car. He can wheel that thing around like you can't believe. It also has good motor. I was pretty happy still.

At the start Sloe was on the outside in the row in front of me. Andy and I were next to each other with the rest of the field behind. I was in the row that decided not to go. Going into 5 it was Sloe, Andy and myself with Jason behind me. FYI Jason has the best looking A/S in the country. That car is a show car.

It stayed this way for a while. I lost a wheel weight on lap 4 and the car was not happy, Andy had a pretty big flat spot and also had a vibration. We raced pretty hard with Sloe and Andy pulling a gap on me.

Something broke in Sloe's car on the exit of the Kink. He hit super hard. His door was stuck in the concret barrier about 100 yards from where the car stopped. He gave us the thumbs up but he looked a pretty shaken.

It was a super hard hit. I am glad that he was ok.

We were under caution for about 3 laps and then it went green. Andy and I raced for about one lap. Jason was in third but went off in 12 and then again in 1. He said that a ball joint broke. Then a T-1 vette hit hard on the exit of Canada and they decided that they had enought of our race group and put the checker out.

Congratulations Rich on a great podium. Andy great job on the new car and nice win. We had some fun with Champagne after the race.

Kyle lost his new motor with a hole in the block. Monty lost a motor also and his back up motor did not run.

I wished that they would have made the race.

Philip

jimwheeler
06-25-2007, 10:35 AM
Philip,
Thanks for the report and congratulations on a great run. Also congrats to Andy, Rich and all the rest.
wheel

PRO SYSTEMS
06-25-2007, 10:41 AM
Talking on the phone with Tom Sloe right now. He says he's OK but only thanks to his HANS device. He said it was an unbelievably hard hit.

He says you can hear the crack of the part failure on video and then he knew the wall was coming and there was nothing he could do about it. He said he'd post video at some point.

I am ordering a Hans device today.

As a consulation prize he did come away with the Track Record at 2:29 and change. MyLaps has it incorrectly recorded as being set by the T-1 Viper of Robbins (Robbins used the same transponder for his Viper as he did his A/S car) Hence the error.

So that record helps Tom smile if even just a little. Tom is yet to assess the car..he says it look pretty bad.

Congrats to Andy and his Felice Racing Engines powered Mustang and to you too Phil...thats one fast Chevy.

Patrick James

socalta
06-25-2007, 10:44 AM
anyone know what caused Tucker to DNF?

Glad to hear Sloe is not hurt ...

Congrats to all those who made the podium as well as those to made the effort to run.

smithpr
06-25-2007, 11:02 AM
Tuckers DNF was a result of a brake master cylider problem.

Philip

Sparky
06-25-2007, 12:10 PM
I've been helping Tom for a few years now and we've developed a strategy that really works for him.

He goes out, I communicate to him where everyone is at (time wise) and if he doesn't already have the pole position, he'll come in, collect his thoughts, then go out and burn the fastest lap the car can do. :thumbsup:

This system has worked several times and even at last years' June Sprints.

When we figure out how to upload video on the internet, we'll post the in-car video of the crash. As Patrick said, you really can hear the loud "crack" of the part failure. :mad:

Nice job Andy, Phillip and Rich. Andy with the debut of the new car, Phil with the fastest I've seen you run (you got some motor in that car!) and Rich with a nice run since the last time I saw you run when you parked your car in station 12 at Nelson Ledges!;)

Kyle, great to meet you and sorry we couldn't help you out this time. :(

I'll copy Patrick's comment about the "Hans" If you don't own one, buy one today!! Tom is a little sore, but he walked away and was ready to race the GT-1 race in group 8. All he wanted to do is start the race and they thought he had to do a complete lap, so he recited the GCR in medical and they agreed that he just needed to cross the line in pit lane under the green flag. Then he asked the doctor if he thought he was OK :laughing: to make the start. Thank you "Hans" for keeping Tom's head in the game! Too bad the car would not cooperate (more to the story there). :clap:

SedanMan
06-25-2007, 04:36 PM
I've been helping Tom for a few years now and we've developed a strategy that really works for him.

He goes out, I communicate to him where everyone is at (time wise) and if he doesn't already have the pole position, he'll come in, collect his thoughts, then go out and burn the fastest lap the car can do.So Tom doesn't "burn the fastest lap the car can do" unless he needs to?

Damn, sure would be nice to be the kind of driver and have the kind of car where you only had to drive just fast enough to take the pole (or win the race).

That would be a cool strategy for me too if I had the driver skill and car to implement it.



On a different note.......congrats to all who made the show who traveled from afar. My hat's off to you. I wish I had the time and money to visit some of the greatest tracks in the US, like Road America. Guess that's one drawback of being on the Left Coast. But when Jorge finishes his car then I think all the Right Coast and Central guys/gals should load up and come to Laguna Seca, Willow Springs, Sears Point (ok, Infineon), or California Speedway and let the American V8s drown out the Spec Miata 4s for a change!!!

Also, sorry about the several misfortunes. Hope they turn out ok.

socalta
06-25-2007, 10:53 PM
for sure count me in ... would love to run Laguna and Sears .. the roval at Cal Speed Way, Mid Ohio, etc.

koscieldrk
06-26-2007, 07:45 AM
So Glad to hear Tom is alright. Was hoping to see you guys at IRP next weekend. Will you be there anyway with the GT1 car. Anyway glad that you are OK. Take Care my Friend!

KW78
06-26-2007, 06:05 PM
My sprints didn't go as planned, :censored: :mad: :mad: :censored: but my crewchief thru the years (Ken) made a couple of comments that should be known.

First, he pointed out that almost all the AS field came by to see if they could help with my motor. Even the ones that didn't were happy to make the attempt when I went to them. Thanks everyone for trying to help. Like Ken said, this is how club racing is supposed to be!

The other comment is that AS has gotten RELIABLE, or at least much farther up the scale! Not a single spare engine in the paddock, well not many:) . Jason and rich each had one but forgot their flywheels, which were different balance than mine.

Congrats to all the speed and good driving. Phil's car had huge grunt and sounded great, and andy's new car is a work of art. In fact the whole field had a classy effort!

First appearances are that a new rod had an unusual and instant failure at the big end. Motor still had great oil pressure, event on a quick restart after pulling over. I'll do more analysis when I get it out.

Trying to plan a regrouping for now.

Kyle

Ted Johnson
06-26-2007, 06:25 PM
My sprints didn't go as planned, :censored: :mad: :mad: :censored: but my crewchief thru the years (Ken) made a couple of comments that should be known.

First, he pointed out that almost all the AS field came by to see if they could help with my motor. Even the ones that didn't were happy to make the attempt when I went to them. Thanks everyone for trying to help. Like Ken said, this is how club racing is supposed to be!

The other comment is that AS has gotten RELIABLE, or at least much farther up the scale! Not a single spare engine in the paddock, well not many:) . Jason and rich each had one but forgot their flywheels, which were different balance than mine.

Congrats to all the speed and good driving. Phil's car had huge grunt and sounded great, and andy's new car is a work of art. In fact the whole field had a classy effort!

First appearances are that a new rod had an unusual and instant failure at the big end. Motor still had great oil pressure, event on a quick restart after pulling over. I'll do more analysis when I get it out.

Trying to plan a regrouping for now.

Kyle



Wheeler thought that chevy rod he put in there saturday night would do that thing in before the end of the heartland race but didn't. :(

Sorry to hear about the bad luck. I know you have been buring the candle at both ends to be ready for the sprints.