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Old 01-27-2011, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default 2011 Grand Am Season Opener, I'm in Florida!!!

I am going to make this short because I am extremely tired and my back hurts. I need to sleep. I am in Florida for this: http://www.grand-am.com/
We are here running our Civic, now sponsored by Skullcandy!

Car is running AWESOME! The changes we made over the off season seem to be helping. At the end of the second practice session we were running 6th out of a 34 car field. We went out for qualifying and just couldn't quite get the speed back. We didn't do that great, but I am not worried. It's a 3 hour race and we have plenty of time to make it up. If we can keep the brakes together and catch a yellow flag at the right time I think we have the speed for a top 10. More later. I'm going to bed.

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Old 01-27-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:49 PM   #3
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holy long hair jason
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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That's Joe Aquilante.


Enjoy yourself down there and best of luck.
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Old 01-27-2011, 11:12 PM   #5
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Looks like fun, I hope it goes well. For me it was either a flight out to the Rolex 24 or Sebring and I ended up choosing Sebring since it worked a bit better with my work schedule. My cousin might be racing Rolex next year though so I'll be out for that if he does.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:11 AM   #6
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lol, when i told skullcandy they should sponsor a car they said that was stupid.

good luck!
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:12 AM   #7
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I want to be like you JASON! you are the man. Show me the way!
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:17 AM   #8
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recently sponsored by citydeals, right? how do you get the hookups haha? greg works at skullcandy and look what he said!
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:24 AM   #9
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i am guessing they told me stupid and then turned around with my idea and took it up the latter.
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Old 01-28-2011, 01:25 PM   #10
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Looks fun, i wish i was in Florida right now. I can't wait for the race season to start here.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:49 PM   #11
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Just don't cut your hair!!

Event coverage here: http://www.grand-am.com/

TV to be broadcast at a later date.

Race was today. Again I'm destroyed. So this will be short and sweet. We qualified 32nd and finished 5th! We had 3rd place locked up for a little but couldn't quite keep pace. Compass passed us on the LAST green lap going into turn 1. Race finished under caution. Very stoked with our finish. Very good results. Lots of carnage. A couple of times we almost wrapped up the car in a crash. But narrowly missed us. Race ended at 3pm. We were in impound for 4 hours. Packing up the semi for 2 hours, quick dinner and I am going to sleep.

Race went:

P1. APR GTI
P2. Bimmerworld 325
P3. Kinetic KIA
P4. Compass Civic
P4. Skullcandy Civic (us)

Sorry will answer all questions when I can see straight.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:08 AM   #12
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Is that the alignment stuff you use for locals cars?
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:22 AM   #13
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5th out of 34, that's awesome! good work
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Old 01-31-2011, 12:45 PM   #14
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http://hondaracinghpd.blogspot.com/2...a-tallman.html
http://hondaracinghpd.blogspot.com/2...r-grandam.html

Race Report From Lara Tallman:

Team Skullcandy Finishes 5th at Grandam Season Opener!

Daytona was another eventful race for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the CA Sport team. We were join by our crew of: Josh Sandel as crew chief, Mark Keeton as strategist, Jason Smith from http://innovative-garage.com/, Ryan Taylor, Tyler Burgoyne and The Pfadt Racing crew: Aaron Pfadt, Josh and Blair.

Practice for us went smoothly, not so much for some of the other teams which caused a black flag in the first session so I ended up getting only one hot lap. Daytona is a short event since the test is earlier in January and due to budget we weren't there. That means that on Thursday we had two practice sessions, and then qualifying. Since the first session didn't give me much track time I was hoping to get it together the quickly. The new track felt quite different, much smoother and faster. The car got up to speed sooner on the oval and caused the car to move more from turbulence. The set-up was pretty good from the start, but Vesko and the crew continued to improve the car and before I knew it it was time to qualify.

Qualifying, what can I say, not pretty. I was trying to find a gap to get a run, but it seemed like the race was on. After a couple of laps I found a hole and put down a better lap, but it was less than stellar so we started the race in 32nd :-(

I was in the car first as usual and my job was to stay out of trouble and to be very easy on the brakes. We still can hardly finish a race with any brakes left and staying out of trouble in the start of a Continental race is challenging. There were 45 cars in the ST field, 80 plus cars total, so it was a busy start. There were two full-course yellows in the first 30 minutes. Mark and Vesko decided to do our pit stop then as I radioed in that there were 5 cars involved and clean-up would be lengthy. I narrowly missed that pile-up, can't wait to see the video. That happened half a lap after one of the Freedom cars got loose in the horseshoe and almost collected me. I think there were 5 full-course yellows during the race and many cars down—but not the Skullcandy Honda Civic si!

Sitting in the pit waiting for the outcome is torture, but watching Vesko show his usual style was excellent. He made it to 3rd place but couldn't get by the KIA's who were working together then he was hit repeatedly by one of the orange civics which happened to be a lap down and not competing in the top ten, but his teammate behind him was trying to catch Vesko. He turned Vesko twice and ripped off the back bumper, but Vesko held on for a 5th place finish.

After the race Grand-am pulled several cars for tech and a dyno test. I doubt well here anything from the results, but I'd love to. It took several hours so we were really late getting packed up and out.

On to Miami. . .

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:46 PM   #15
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:16 PM   #16
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:24 PM   #17
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recently sponsored by citydeals, right? how do you get the hookups haha? greg works at skullcandy and look what he said!
It wasn't me. Team Manager did all the footwork on that one!

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They funny thing is I am recognized in the pits for my long hair. Most of the the tire guys and officials know me as "you know, the kid with the long hair."
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:50 PM   #18
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I want to join your team. Maybe I can run around in my speedo. that should really help out Jason
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:16 PM   #19
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Nice Jason! Had a great time good pic got me looking like a goof! Can't wait for miami! Great race weekend with great friends and great results.

Josh
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:13 PM   #20
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That would be awesome! I would pay to see that. Jason, running around our garage installing tires in a speedo. ha ha ha ha ha

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Josh
Josh, we make a great team. We need to keep this momentum going for homestead. Our stop was awesome! The crew is def coming together! I talked to Laura this morning and she was asking if you were coming with us. I told her you were, but you should call her and tell her your in.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:18 PM   #21
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that will be $10.00 please
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:30 PM   #22
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**** JASON!! ARE YOU ****ING KIDDING ME!!! I can never come back......and its my thread.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:42 PM   #23
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Saw that on TV, nice......
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:29 PM   #24
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Ya it aired today. Been busy at work haven't had time to watch it. Thank you DVR!!
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I have all the series on auto... looked great
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