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Old 08-11-2008, 09:00 AM
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Default PRO SYSTEMS Daytona Double Results

I'll get to the reason behind that "PRO SYSTEMS Daytona Double" moniker at the end.

Daytona Group 6 "The Group from Hell" as it states on our lap sheets, once again lived up to it's reputation of carnage/destruction.

From the very first qualifying session, parts were flying and this continued throughout the weekend.

I was fortunate in the I had a very talented race car driver (Mitchell Geltz) as my spotter so I avoided some very serious incidents and witnessed some good engine explosions and big fires as well.

My #34 Pro Systems Mustang was having transmission troubles which forced me to hold the car into gear (it kept popping out) so I dorve the whole weekend with one hand. Which really sounds worse that it was...you get used to it. Its just scary on the high banks as they are not bumpy they are violent BUMPY BOUNCY!! We'll get back to that in a moment.

The big story of the weekend was the #9 A sedan car driven by King Pickett.

With an estimated 500 h.p. under the hood, that #9 car was wicked fast on the high banks.

However, King (who is a Koni Challenge driver) would lose much of those gains as the car traveled through the infield section where driver ability is at a premium.

Our first rain spattered Qualifying session and race was a mess...so I never got a chance to learn the track.

In the first race on the first lap, the #9 car made an error on cold tires in turn 3 and I got under him for the lead and passed him by quite a margin. The #9 car immediately blasted down the next straightaway and closed the gap, dive bombing me into turn 5! What? I was shocked when I heard my spotter say he was coming back up the inside ALREADY (wow thats some straightaway power for sure as turn 4 is merely a kink so its all horsepower in that section). We found out just how much power moments later on the high banks as the car drove off into the distance at intelligence insulting speeds.

When the first race was over, I finished second to the King car and politely asked him in Tech Inspection if the car had about 500 to about 525 h.p.? As thats my educated guess.

Kings response was less than favorable (it was nice of him to insult my driving ...I never claimed to be a good driver...I'm a drag racer..LOL. But it made the next decision easier).

He was then given some information of either being torn down for inspection OR getting bumped for having no SARRC decals. The latter was the option and King was relegated to last place.

This gave the win to Patrick James (me) and Second place to Matt Germino as poor Sean Ryan missed the tech shed and was DQ'ed.

Raceday Sunday arrived and for Q2 I had gotten some laps on the track and was ready. But unfortunately, I made the mistake of thinking timing and scoring was at the start/finishline (it is actually at the exit of turn one...don't make that error if you race there folks) as I lifted off my qualifying lap at start/finish and blew my number one 2:10.444 qualifying spot (its nice having GPS track mapping so you can see your potential...but it sucks when you see what could've been). King got the number one spot with a 2:10.9 and my timing showed 2:11.3. Know your track folks...that's the lesson on that one.

So P1 went to the #9 car, we all dismissed that (as we all contemplated how to wedge a big block in our cars for the next race) and went about todays race.

So I gave up my number one spot to the big engined #9 car.

With that in mind, we'll keep this discussion towards the A sedan racers.

In the race I got trapped on the low line and watched #9 escape on the high side, so I had my spotter call out the times for the second place car as I only needed to go fast enough to score second place as King would be DQ'ed in the shed again.

With one lap to go at 160 mph my panhard bar mount broke off my rear end housing on the front stretch. It was a pretty wild ride as the bar lodged under the fuel cell lifting the rear of the car up as sparks flew and I brought the car to a wobbling weaving halt into a safe zone.

Sean Ryan who was running a great race in third place (that guy is a very smooth driver and drive a beautiful Jaguar in HSR competition) suddenly moved up to second. Bruce Reichard who had been running in fourth and having cooling problems throughout the weekend solved those problems and then ran into fuel pump problems and he dropped out.

So in the race, King came home First, Sean Ryan was second, I ended up Third but was unable to go to Tech to inform Sean to protest King so Sean could score a Legal win (that would've been a great present for Sean who deserved the win for sure). Boy that guy works hard at the track.

Congrats on your win Sean.

I am on my way to the trophy shop today to get one made with your name on it (I'm serious).

It'll be called the PRO SYSTEMS Daytona Double.

Sean Ryan: You are the deserved winner of Race 2.

Patrick James
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:09 AM
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Default Note:

In pic #2 Sean Ryan is the #40 car in the background. A photographer sent me these pics this morning and it was the only one I had of Seans car.

Special thanks to the CFR staff for keeping it fair and tolerating us Group 6 guys. Sorry for the mess we left out there.

Be prepared folks when you run Daytona...its hard on parts...get your off road shocks out for those high banks. Those bumps break off the weak parts and some of the strong ones.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:19 AM
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How do you know the guy's car is illegal if it wasn't inspected? Being DQ'd for not having stickers is without a doubt the lamest thing I have ever heard of.
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Old 08-11-2008, 09:51 AM
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Default Decals or engine

I understand your concern.

It was his choice. He chose decals.

He also did not have decals on the next day so he had that option again (at least I did not see them on the RH side of the car as I staged next to him...so I knew the story).

If I was getting protested, the decal protest fee is only 25 bucks.

The Engine protest fee is $250.00 and they simply pull out a spark plug and pump you for cubic inches and compression.

I'll make the guy spend $250.00 if I'm legal.

Born at night... Not last night.

My big block headers are being built as we speak.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:52 AM
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How do you know the guy's car is illegal if it wasn't inspected? Being DQ'd for not having stickers is without a doubt the lamest thing I have ever heard of.
In regional SE SARRC series if you don't have their decals on the car you get no points and dropped to last place. Obviously the guy knew he was illegal and hence chose the decal route. Patrick, did you get a chance to look under his hood in the paddock?
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:16 PM
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That makes sense. If he knew he would be found illegal and forfeit the $250 protest fee, then I guess that's as close to an admission of guilt as you are going to get from a racer!
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:22 PM
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Not saying the car is legal or not. But, the same car ran the National in May and finished 3 rd. At that event with a different driver the car ran 2:09's, Bob Eubanks and Tom Ellis were at 2:08's.
Just keeping everything in perspective.
Chuck
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:22 PM
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Default Nope...

they wouldn't lift the hood in tech for us either.

I'll lift my hood anytime, tell folks my spring rates...shock settings, brake compounds and even show my competitors stuff that I do to go fast and cure car blues.

Yesterday I even gave fellow competitor Bruce Reichard one of my tricked out drag racing thermostats to cure his overheating blues he's been fighting..he went from 225 to 186 degrees. I love racing that guy.

I'll always open my hood and show my hand.....up until my big block headers show up.

Bill the questions you asked me about setup etc.. for Daytona from this weekend are answered and are in your mailbox.

Patrick James
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:31 PM
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Hmm. So what is the tech procedure down there? If all they are going to do is pump it for displacement and whistle it, and you knew it was at least legal for cubic inches and compression, then accept the protest and pocket the money. But if they are actually going to make you pull the motor, then the mere threat of a protest might be enough to force someone to take a bogus DQ rather than go through that hassle, which seems somewhat like extortion to me.
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Old 08-11-2008, 12:47 PM
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Default Simple...

you just unscrew a spark plug...hook a hose on there and its all done in 30 seconds.
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