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Old 01-26-2013, 09:46 AM   #26
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Another tough day yesterday. The new location of the pit row speed limit marker snagged both our cars. Took Pumpelly from 2nd with 30 minutes left to 18th because of the drive through. He worked back up to 9th by finish but he really should have been on the podium. This is the same car Roush punted into the wall the day before.

Hopefully today will bode better. Starting outside pole in GX but in a 24 hour race none of that matters.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:37 PM   #27
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Our day wasn't any better. The GS car had a pretty dramatic engine failure, and the 93 GT car crashed in the last practice and won't be starting the race today. Everything for us is on the 94 car now.
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Old 01-26-2013, 12:51 PM   #28
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Yeah, I just cruised by your garage and was told the 93 was unrepairable. Too bad. You guys are always competition for the Porsches and you have the single best sounding engines in the race. I can always hear you coming towards start finish from the pit box long before I see the cars.
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Old 01-26-2013, 03:41 PM   #29
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looks like there are more race drivers than visitors at the track
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Old 01-26-2013, 09:24 PM   #30
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looks like there are more race drivers than visitors at the track
Unfortunately that is the state of affairs of American racing. There will be more here tomorrow but the place is pretty empty right now other than the Gieco Caveman campgrounds.
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:16 AM   #31
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90% of the people are typically in the infield and its hard to tell if its packed or not, i went last year the infield was PACKED could hardly get around
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:57 PM   #32
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kfoote sorry to see ya'lls problems yesterday!

We had good day took the ST win in the Skullcandy Team Nissan Altima. The sister car finished 9th.


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Old 01-27-2013, 06:30 PM   #33
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Cost capped LMP2 cars are cheaper from everything I read and DP cars are not going to get the Le Mans invite that the ALMS/NASCAR say they want to keep.
Take a look at LMP2 entry lists around the world and tell me LMP2 is healthy.
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:45 PM   #34
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kfoote sorry to see ya'lls problems yesterday!

We had good day took the ST win in the Skullcandy Team Nissan Altima. The sister car finished 9th.
Awesome, Grats! Will you guys be at COTA next weekend?
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Thanks it was a hard fought win. Yes we will be in Austin.
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^^ lol just realized I was off by about a month... lol schedules.
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LOL i didnt catch that either
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:33 PM   #38
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That was a very nice win by Skullcandy. Congrats guys.

We swept GX with the Caymans. Some are saying that of course we did since all the Mazdas blew up. My response to that is Napleton finished 26th out of 57 cars. That is better than half the field. All three Caymans beat Cup Cars entered by the likes of TRG, NGT, Konrad/Orbit, Muehlner and Dener. Pretty lofty company there in endurance racing circles. To take it to the big boys with homebuilt privateer cars and beat Porsche's own factory built racecar prepped by some of the best in the game is no minor achievement.

And as Jim Norman has been saying to anyone that has questioned his win,"Wanna show me your Rolex?" rofl...
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:26 PM   #39
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Thanks. Nice work in the GX class. Those caymans looked good!!

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That was a very nice win by Skullcandy. Congrats guys.

We swept GX with the Caymans. Some are saying that of course we did since all the Mazdas blew up. My response to that is Napleton finished 26th out of 57 cars. That is better than half the field. All three Caymans beat Cup Cars entered by the likes of TRG, NGT, Konrad/Orbit, Muehlner and Dener. Pretty lofty company there in endurance racing circles. To take it to the big boys with homebuilt privateer cars and beat Porsche's own factory built racecar prepped by some of the best in the game is no minor achievement.

And as Jim Norman has been saying to anyone that has questioned his win,"Wanna show me your Rolex?" rofl...
Congrats. It was pretty clear even at the test that the Caymans were significantly faster than the Mazdas as well as having the reliability advantage...and there was still the matter of which Cayman would win. IMO, the best car with the team and the best driver lineup in the class won. That's not luck, or relying on someone else's misfortune to win. That's good planning and preperation.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:00 PM   #41
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Just ran into Scott Pruett at the big Wine Symposium in Sacramento, CA today. We crossed paths twice on the escalator and on the second time I finally gave him a thumbs up and a "job well done at Daytona."

He wasn't limping anymore.
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:22 AM   #42
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Kevin,
I am going to disagree. I think if BGB hadn't blown that axle at 12 hours it would have been a dead heat between them and Napleton all the way to the end. They were swapping leads based on pit stops until then and anything could have happened late in the race with pits and yellows if they hadn't lost 20 laps during the repair.

But the results are what they are and the fact that one cv axle was the only major mechanical on all three cars is a testament to their preparation.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:46 AM   #43
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I agree that it would have been close, and that the BGB car was also well run and well prepared. At the end of the race though, I'd rather have David Donahue in the car who has shown that he can hold off the best at the end at Daytona before.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:48 PM   #44
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Obviously I am biased since BGB is the favorite of my "kids" but when Everesly and Foss were in the car they were gaining on them. However, there came a point when it was obvious there wasn't enough time left to actually catch them, so the decision was made to pass around the seat time and get the pay drivers maximum track time. That was until the clutch tines got tired and they needed to shift clutchless. Then Ryan got thrown in until the end to make sure the thing actually finished.

It will be interesting to see how the season goes. I am not at liberty to disclose details, but BGB does has some development going on with the car and they think there is more power left on the table. They are headed to COTA next week and we will know more once they play around with a few things while they are there.

I don't know how many teams are intending to run the whole series in GX, but I think if both Napleton and BGB show up we're going to have one hell of a battle for class honours at the end of the year.
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Obviously I am biased since BGB is the favorite of my "kids" but when Everesly and Foss were in the car they were gaining on them. However, there came a point when it was obvious there wasn't enough time left to actually catch them, so the decision was made to pass around the seat time and get the pay drivers maximum track time. That was until the clutch tines got tired and they needed to shift clutchless. Then Ryan got thrown in until the end to make sure the thing actually finished.
Am I correct in assuming that Ryan was the fastest one in the car? he's the one that I would expect to be the fastest of the group.

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It will be interesting to see how the season goes. I am not at liberty to disclose details, but BGB does has some development going on with the car and they think there is more power left on the table. They are headed to COTA next week and we will know more once they play around with a few things while they are there.
No need to semi-apologize for not disclosing details. I would expect all of these cars to get faster as the season goes on, and that everyone is still on a the steep end of the learning curve.

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I certainly hope both BGB and Napleton show up for the whole season, otherwise the championship could be wrapped up by the Road America event That might not hurt your feelings, though.
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I think Eric actually turned the fastest lap of the race. There was a stint there around midnight where he found his groove and was ticking off '57s again and again for about an hour when Jim Nelson (who is no slouch driver) was running '59s and 2.00s. Even though Ryan has a ton of Cayman seat time and the chassis was new to Eric, they were pretty evenly matched within a couple of tenths of each other for their overall average times.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:45 PM   #47
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Bump for Austin...
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^^ Cant wait, my crew and I will be at Turn 15.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:36 PM   #49
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Can't wait either. Bret Spaude will be piloting the #34 Skullcandy Altima

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Sweet! Can't wait I'll be in turn 15 with the Nissan car corral guys. Sorry but there wasn't a Subaru one so I joined my z buddies lol.
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