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Old 01-09-2003, 02:08 PM   #1
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I thought you guys might like to see some nice pics taken during the last USTCC race at Sears Point. The racing was pretty tight between myself and the BMW of Gary Hutto. These are a couple of nice shots taken by Paul Cabana at HeadOn Photos.





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Old 01-09-2003, 02:17 PM   #2
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Great pics, In the first one it looks like your about to rip the mirror off of the BMW

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Old 01-09-2003, 02:41 PM   #3
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That pic was taken JUST after we banged door-to-door in the braking zone of turn 7. If you look closely, my driver side mirror is folded in. I waited until the left hander into the first of the esses before reaching out to push it back into position. I was hoping that Gary Hutto would be able to see me doing it and get a chuckle out of it. After the race he said he didn't notice it. I hate it when a good joke goes to waste.

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Old 01-09-2003, 02:43 PM   #4
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Great pics! Do you typically get any body damage during the races, or is it usually light enough contact that you don't have to fix anything?
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Old 01-09-2003, 02:52 PM   #5
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Wrinkles are pretty common. In that side to side shot the driver side fender and both passenger doors got some wear and tear on them. It's just a part of racing.

The USTCC doesn't condone contact, but minor rubbing and bumping in the heat of a battle is acceptable. Shoving another car off the track or causing significant damage is punished by loss of position and fines to help repair damage cause by stupidity.

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Old 01-09-2003, 04:06 PM   #6
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Shoving another car off the track or causing significant damage is punished by loss of position and fines to help repair damage cause by stupidity.
Which is how it should be! :thumbup:
Drivers who punt have no skill and a lot of ego
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Old 01-09-2003, 04:13 PM   #7
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Please tell me you made the pass.

Great shots!

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Old 01-09-2003, 04:32 PM   #8
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from the shots of your two cars side by side..looks like u need a wider track!

what size tires are you running?
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Old 01-09-2003, 04:40 PM   #9
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I was actually defending my position in first place. Hutto qualified a second a lap faster than I did, but on the start I managed to get by him with help from AWD. The entire race was like that with me trying to keep him behind me. I held him off for nearly the entire race. On the 2nd to last lap, I outbraked myself into turn 7 and he got by underneath me. Once he was past me, he just walked away. It was by far the best battle of the season. I hardly remember looking through the windshield. I think I wore out my mirrors.

We are running 225/45x17 Hoosier R3S03 tires.

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Old 01-09-2003, 04:49 PM   #10
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Thats some serious camber you guys are running, especially on the BMW.

Those are some great pics, excellent promotional material. You should blow them up and sell them as posters.

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I think I wore out my mirrors.
That made me laugh, I had a picture in my head of changing out mirrors as they wear out, like they were brake pads or something.
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Old 01-10-2003, 01:57 AM   #12
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Wrinkles are pretty common. In that side to side shot the driver side fender and both passenger doors got some wear and tear on them. It's just a part of racing.

The USTCC doesn't condone contact, but minor rubbing and bumping in the heat of a battle is acceptable. Shoving another car off the track or causing significant damage is punished by loss of position and fines to help repair damage cause by stupidity.

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Hey Gary,

Is this considered minor rubbing??



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I'd say. Sweet pics. Looking forward to next season.
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Old 01-10-2003, 12:18 PM   #14
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ChrisW,

That was before the new rule was instituted. It may have been the catalyst for the rules as they are today.

Thanks for bringing that up again. Now I feel the need to go kick the nearest Honda...

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Gary ,

Those are very nice pictures, thanks. Is there any partiuclar reason why you are not running 18's? Are these races televise? I didn't see any of them on Speed channel

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Great pics Gary!

What's the story behind the Honda doing the one-wheel motion?

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wrxmontao!!,

I don't know if anything is planned for television in 2003. We all use 17" wheels as we run a 17" spec tire.

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That is in the first turn at the start of our race at California Speedway in 2001. I was gridded 2nd alongside James Sofronas in the BMW. Neil Vanni (Honda) was gridded somewhere behind us. In the first corner James and I went in side by side. You can already see Neil is in trouble in the picture below...look at the steering angle on his front tires.



As James and I turn in, I hear someones tires howling in full lock-up. I remember thinking to myself, "Uh oh, someones having a bad day back there" and then BANG. Neil drilled me in the right rear corner of my car and spun me completely around. Now I'm facing backwards as we slide across the corner. Neil still wants to make the corner, so he's still steering to the right and he proceeds to drive up the side of my car and nearly flips himself over. I remember looking out my passenger door window and seeing his right rear wheel in full view, just inches away. A brilliant thought of "Hmmm...that's not right" flashed through my head. He managed to take out the right front fender, front door, rear door, rear fender and rear bumper cover.

I managed to get back on track at the back of the field and continue the race. Neil broke his car in the impact and was out. I was so pissed off that I don't remember much of the race, other than passing a lot of cars. We were running with a few other classes in that race and there was a lot of traffic. During the race I could hear something banging around in the back of the car. I had no idea what it was, and it didn't seem to be effecting the handling, so I ignored it and kept pushing.

I managed to finish in 3rd place, right behind David Lang in his Honda Prelude. One more lap and I think I would have had 2nd place.

Here's a pic of the car after the race...



As I came off the track into the paddock I noticed a nasty smell. It turns out the initial impact broke our battery box free and the banging sound was the battery bouncing around in the back of the car. It ended up behind my driver seat on its side. It puked battery acid all over the place. In the pic below you can see all the acid burns and scuff marks the battery made through the race...



Needless to say, I was less than happy about the incident.

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GarySheehan,

I read on your website that you work for a telecommunication company, does that mean that your involvement with racing is on a part time basis? How time consuming is it? Do you have any advice for someone that sometime in the future might be interested in starting a race team (kind of what you have). How expensive is it to run a small team like this and does it make sense from a business point of view. Thanks...if you rather e-mail me, I'm at pedro

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