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Old 06-09-2008, 08:21 AM
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Default Sebring Race Results

At this weekends Sebring event (June 7/8), Yours truly, Patrick James set a New Track Record, won both races and Qualified number.

But the real story was the Bill Eveland team. Their brand new car is nice...these guys should be building A sedan cars for a living. The quality is right at the required level expected from our class and the car handles real well (it was all over my mirrors all weekend...man those Evelands can drive too).

Both Bill Jr. and Sr. drove the car in the near record (according to the news report) 96 degree heat on a blistering hot track (man it was hot and humid...did I mention it was hot?). The new Eveland car finished both races in an admirable second place and no one got a scratch on their cars the whole weekend.

Sean Ryan showed up with his Camaro and that guy can wheel a car as well (Sean also owns a wicked Jag that he Vintage races). Unfortunately the transmission locked into 3rd gear in his camaro in the first race, but he managed to limp home in the same position as his shifter.

Scott Seifreit was running well and then his alternator succumbed to the heat. Burning down the battery with it, leaving his car dead on the side of the road. But he was back and racing for Sunday. Scott is an Iron Man let me tell ya'.

It was a great event and once again everything went off on time and was expertly handled by our SCCA folks.

I have just four races left in my Road racing career (that started June 2nd 2007 at this same track with a lucky win in our first race we ever entered).

But if all goes well, we should be able to lock up the championship by the second Daytona race (I really have to stop having so much fun at the tracks and get back to working at the tracks...this is our busiest year ever in the Carburetor sales and R and D business..so we have projects piling up and its only getting busier).

I'd like to say thanks to all the folks that have given us advice and assistance in our first road racing effort. But the ones I bugged the most were the folks at Felice Racing Engines, Andy McDermid, my Crewchief Brad Hosmer (who is transferring up to our Michigan shop to handle that area of expansion), The Brake Man, Chuck Dawson and my good friends Ted and Mitchell Geltz).

Thanks to you folks, from all of us at Pro Systems.
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:47 AM
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Heres a pic of our Pro Systems car after Sundays race...it was still raring to go after the event, only running 198-205 degrees during the race. The driver however, was hot and tired.

A pic of Evelands car coming around Turn 5. Turn 5 was the greasiest I'd ever felt it.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:56 AM
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Thanks for the report and the pix.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:33 PM
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Thanks for the good words Patrick. It was an enjoyable weekend and took alot of work just to make it through, but was alot of fun. Congrats on the track record! All of us in CFR will miss the 34 out there. Bill Jr.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:23 PM
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Ok, I give up. Where is the 34 going?
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:41 PM
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Congrats on your race weekend. I love that track. You can feel the history the second you pull in the track.

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Old 06-09-2008, 11:43 PM
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Default The 34 is going out to pasture.

Heres an E mail I sent a friend of mine from this great board, explaining our situation.

Our business is really booming in the the R and D area for race teams.

So we have to expand our operations (buy more equipment and a bigger building in Michigan) to take on the new development projects). Real estate and big ticket items are cheap these days.

My Main Sales/Tech guy and Crewchief Brad is moving back up North from our Florida program to head up the Michigan expansion.

So that leaves me without a crew chief. I was being distracted a bit by the road racing anyway. Its merely a dot on our sales page (but its so darn fun isn't it?!!).

I had a very good time road racing, it's something I always wanted to do (I'll keep the car...I always keep my cars...I have attachment issues...LOL). But I may get it out sometimes to dink around or enter it in Vintage in later years.

I've been putting folks off for R and D projects for some time now and now the offers are getting too good...so I need to get to work.

The 34 will still be around until the end of the season, then we'll either store it in Florida or ship it up to Michigan. Its a member of the family now.

Who knows, I may finally pull the year old tires off it and put a new set of shoes on it before I cover it up.

Patrick James
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:44 PM
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Love the blacked-out look. Would look bitchin' with white doors...
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:08 AM
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Default where in michigan???

what area in michigan pro system????
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Old 06-10-2008, 06:46 AM
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Grand Haven
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