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Welcome Dave, our fourth and final driver for our next race!
...and the CBQ captain goes on an adventure with team Failcar
Posted by Adam Goral on July 18, 2012, 10:51 pm CST
When Team Failcar signed up for their first LeMons sanctioned race at the Autobahn this spring, they thought they'd invite me along to crew, on account of the Carbeque captain's now *vast* SAAB experience (haha). They ran a Chumpcar race at Road America earlier which didn't go well, I think there was something about a wheel spindle exploding due to a sheered CV nut. They came back with a vengence, and finished the Showroom Schlock Shootout 2012 decently well. We would have been able to put that car in the top ten if we hadn't lost a few hours with a confusing fuel leak. Apparently the wrong fuel pump seal was in, causing fuel to pool on top of the fuel tank (luckily, only when the tank was topped off full), and when the wiring saw the opportunity...well anyway...the car was on fire for a little while, but the amazing speed of their fancy turbo car managed to put it out after a lap or so. I think the car just really wanted to be a jet.
Here's the team siphoning fuel out via conveniently placed rust hole in the trunk floorpan.
Anywhoo, we got our fourth driver! Dave Yong was an arrive and driver for Failcar and left me quite impressed, especially when he came in a half hour early to end his stint on account of fatigue. IE he did NOT stuff the car in the tire barrier, because he forgot what corner he was at. This happens in endurance racing. They were running three hour stints, and the Autobahn south course is quite a demanding track...so this awareness is comendable. He also is fast, consistant, and has experience driving on Road America. So now we've got our full driver lineup to include two ringers. How stoked are we? There he is in the blue on the left (and Carbeque captain in the orange denting the hell out of the roof, the last non dented part of the whole car).
Pretty obvious we got the best one!
Did I mention Marc brought the Radial engined MR2? It actually turned laps this time!!
It's engine purred like a poorly lubricated jackhammer.