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RACE WEEKEND July 21, 2009

Posted by sailingnightwatch in Durbeck, FL, Florida, ICW, Pensacola, Racing, Repairs, Restoration, Sailing, Sailing the ICW.

Another great weekend. We had two incidences that could have been terrible, but turned out to be solvable and survivable. The first was the car stalling during the final laps of qualifying. Chad had reported heavy gas smell in the car and about half a lap further it died. He ended up being towed in. When we explored the cause we found a fuel hose had been replaced with vacuum hose and had rubbed through on the engine. At that point there is about 50psi right before the fuel rail. It was spraying gas about 4 inches above the exhaust manifold and about 6 inches in front of the right rear break caliber. We should have caught fire. Easy replacement of the fuel line and readjusting the fuel line tie points to insure no more rubbing on the line and off we go for the first sprint race. We won.

The second was deemed a racing incident during the first half of Sunday’s Enduro. Chad was forced off the road at the entrance to turn seven (the hairpin) at Sebring. From my spotter position I have a great view of turn 7 and see the other car attempt a high speed, high braking pass to the inside. Chad was forced off the pavement and did an interesting slide before regaining control in the runoff area and proceed back on track. That does effect ones lap time for a lap or two. We won. Chad puts his in car camera film on You Tube under 01986.

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