Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Next roof decoration?

Maybe we should talk to this float builder about our future races...

From Team Stimulus Package

Yes, that Obama's Stimulus Package she's holding on to!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Video of us

Here's a couple of Volvos playing. You can see that the front straight starts at ~17 seconds in. Then, at the end of the esses, at the end of the straight, Mark in the TSP car and a Porsche 944 pass them in the turn at the end. The video follows him all the way up the hill climb and you can see the 944 pass Mark at the bottom with him passing right back and holding them off. The rear volvo then passes everyone on the back straight...while the yellow flag is waving!

Here's another good video from another team, but we're not in it. Still, it shows the crazy LeMons scene well!

Monday, May 25, 2009

6th place overall!!

The weekend started out with an afternoon photo shoot in the Golden Sierras on Thursday. Holding back the press and our fans we were able to get some good clean shots.

From Team Stimulus Package

From Team Stimulus Package

Day Zero .... Friday was a bit exciting. We did not pass tech with the lotto cage or the kill switch. Got those fixed and then got a little track time to test the car. We found that we leaked fuel into the cabin. We tried a number of fixes. In the end we went back to a closed system. Opting for no breather and hoping the pressure did not build enough to cause problems.

Day One we had racked up 127 laps and were in 6th place. Darryl ran two stints and had some great dicing with multiple other teams. At the end of the day we swapped the tires around, checked the fluids and she was ready to roll for Sunday. Tire wear on the fronts was significant. Brakes and fluids were great.

The weather was not as warm as expected. With high clouds on Saturday, wind and thunderstorms in the evening.

Many teams came out in costume. Spy vs Spy brought matching black and white rabbits. Even the kids got involved.
From Team Stimulus Package

The chili feed and lotto on Saturday, brought in funds for the Santa Clara Burn Center.

Day Two had more excitement with less overall track time. By using great teamwork, a little luck and just 2 short black flags we were with in spitting distance of first place. Bill brought her home with a three abreast drag to the checkered. All this following an off track incident by our firefighting friends. We finished with 216 laps, 6th overall, and 2nd in class! Just 6 laps off of the leader!

Talk about a stimulating experience!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Decorations are complete and the car is ready...almost!

We got the decorations on the car and took pictures at our sponsor's shop.

Roof top additions:
From Team Stimulus Package

LeMons Lotto added to the trunk:
From Team Stimulus Package

From Team Stimulus Package

We then discovered we had a fuel leak! Good to discover this now before we leave for the race though! I can't wait for Reno-Fernley!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Going for the gold!

The forecast was for showers, but it was dry enough to paint the car after all. Here's how she looked after her golden shower:
Next we removed the fuel tank and found that the source of our gauge troubles appeared to be that the fuel level sending unit was hanging up on the fuel pick up... All seems to be working well now!