Friday – Friday was specifically challenging as it was my first day in the Grand-Am car in an official Rolex Grand-Am practice. We had 90 minutes to test the car and I was put in for the final 30 of the session.
Unfortunately after my first timed lap, we had a problem that caused the throttle to stick going into the inner loop. Thankfully I was able to get the car shut down without any serious problems. This problem required that we park the car for the rest of the session.
The TruSpeed team worked hard and found the bug and had the car fixed that same night.
Saturday – Saturday consisted of a 60 minute session followed by qualifying. This was my first opportunity to string some laps together and test the balance and performance of the car. We found it to be quite good although we were sacrificing some speed in the dry because we have a wet setup on the car to prepare for the rain that is being forecasted for race day.
Due to a strategy call by our chief strategist Thomas Blam, we had our driver Tom Haacker qualify in semi wet conditions. This way he will start the race allowing for Kelly Collins and then myself to finish out the last 4 hours or so. Thomas is among the best with strategy calls in challenging conditions and we will hopefully be able to make the best of rain and cautions to gain time back on the leaders.
Thanks to everyone who has been following along and supporting us this weekend. With a grand total of 10 laps to learn the track it has been difficult, but I am very fortunate to be in this position and competing with such a professionally run team.
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