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Old 12-13-2012, 12:26 AM   #48
dinanm3atl
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EPIC Update! Photos provided by Perry Bennet. I decided to focus on the car, driving and team. Relax and not do any photos! It was awesome.

3 weeks ago much of the team was out at Road Atlanta for an HPDE/Open Lapping. We needed to test our new late model fuel tank/setup. We filled the car up and it pukes out fuel! Wonderful. We diagnosed the issue and fixed it with a seal from a toilet. Thanks Home Depot!

Ran the car with 2 people. No problem. No starvation down to the fuel light being on! We loaded up the car and waited a week for Road Atlanta a race. All went well. Right through tech. No penalty laps. Gear checked. We were home by 2pm and relaxing. This is going great... until the race morning. We figured up the car to move it to pit lane and we now are down an HID. We have 2 out of 4 flickering and a pretty hard miss. Limp the car to pit lane and it dies.

The alternator has **** the bed. Our battery is dead. Fix? We steal a battery from a team member's car. Fire up the car. Charging at 11.26V. Dead alternator. So we start to change it. 38 minutes after the green flag we start. We are 85 out of 85 at this point.

Here is where we started the race...


JAS@RdAtl12082012-6 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-15 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-21 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


A smile? Is it fixed? You betcha it is! And I'm off for my hour stint!


JAS@RdAtl12082012-23 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-29 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


And now we are going racing. We ran until early afternoon without a hiccup!


JAS@RdAtl12082012-34 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-36 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-64 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-67 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-69 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Pit Stops. Driver changes. We keep soldering on!



JAS@RdAtl12082012-86 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-82 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-92 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


And we go back to racing. At this point our once tested fuel system seems to be starving. Starting about 1hr into 1hr30min stints. We soldier it out and carry on. Kind of disappointed since we tested this with quite good results. Racing is a whole different ball game!



JAS@RdAtl12082012-104 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-112 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-115 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Then it starts getting dark and things start getting fun...



JAS@RdAtl12082012-119 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-138 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Late pit stop. Fun in the dark... good thing we have some party lights!



JAS@RdAtl12082012-149 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-145 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Checkered!


JAS@RdAtl12082012-152 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Look how cool our car looks at night?



JAS@RdAtl12082012-137 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr




Results? We clawed our way back up to 29th place and finished under our own power. The last stint was wet and dark. Down one headlight. It was an awesome experience. Using our math and lap times the 38 minutes late starting and extra stops because of the fuel starvation we had a much better finish in this car. 2013 is going to bring good things! Thanks everyone for following along!
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