Pujo! is on his way down to Shelton for our race weekend. Stay tuned to StartingGrid for updates as the weekend progresses.
Here’s the schedule:
Friday, 20 July 2012
7am: Gates open
8:30am-5pm: Testing with a 1-hour break for lunch. Details above.
Noon-5pm: Mandatory Friday tech inspection. Every car and at least one driver per team must be present for Friday tech. No Saturday tech will be offered.
Saturday, 21 July 2012
7am: Gates open
9:30am: Mandatory drivers’ meeting
10:30am-8pm: Race session I
8:30pm-?: Optional LeMons Drag Racing (ie, blow up your diff on the 1/4-mile for the promise of one measly Get Out of The Penalty Box Card).
Sunday, 22 July 2012
9:15am: Mandatory drivers’ meeting
10am-3pm: Race session II
3pm: Checkered flag
6pm: Gates close
Feel free to come by and say Hi! I’ll be the guy in the gorilla suit.
Go here for more details.
We’ve been working late nights at Chase Race getting Pujo! ready to race. In order to comply with the strictly enforced budget cap in the LeMons series, we are often forced to find creative ways to do things. The latest Pujo! Penny Pinching Project® involves the relocation of our electrical kill switch and the installation of a push button starter.
Here is a quick update on the Perils of Pujo!. Of large importance to a race car is keeping oil on the inside of the engine. Pujo!, as you saw in our last installment, had become quite adept at converting the oil inside the engine into smoke outside the engine. To determine the source of the oil, we consumed some beer, grabbed some hammers and took apart the turbo.
The Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys are competing in the 24 Hours of LeMons race in Shelton in July. Since that’s just a little over a month away, we should probably put down the wine for a few minutes and pick up some wrenches.
Toyota has decided to enter into LMP1 with the TS030 HYBRID. With several manufacturers refreshing their driver line-ups, Toyota had a pick of quality drivers for 2012.
Anthony Davidson, who was dropped by Peugeot during their exit of the sport, and former F1 driver Sebastien Buemi will be supporting Hiroaki Ishiura.
Will Toyota be able to take the fight to Audi R18 in LMP1? We shall see.
The snowstorm of last week really threw off any posting efforts that I had, since I didn’t have access to constant internet. However when I finally got back to the modern world, I found myself hit with some shocking automotive news.
Peugeot had canceled it’s LeMans program. (They did it without consulting me first. That’s the real shocking part.)
The Irish Touring Car Championship is a very young, and very competitive series. However, things can still happen when you apex TOO deep. Watch.
Someone has uploaded the documentary of Audi’s battle against Peugeot in the 24 Hours of LeMans. Take a look at the intense focus, determination and luck that it takes to rule in one of the toughest races in the world. (Videos after the jump)