Congratulations to JS on his second place finish in NASA GTS-2 this past Sunday.
After successful completion of the NASA Northeast Competition school JS had a wild race on Saturday. He qualified well but his time was disallowed after his dyno test when he was found to be under weight for his power levels on the day so he had to start the race from the back of the field. After a scramble to re-dyno the car and then find and install more than 100 lbs of ballast in order to make weight, JS just barely made it to the grid before the race.
During the race he mad his way through all kinds of slower class traffic and on lap 14 he was closing in on 3rd place in his GTS-2 class when he had a spin at Turn 7. He drove back to 4th in class, but was only 10th overall at the end of the race.
Post race inspection by Pete from Autosport Fabrication revealed a loose inner tie rod end. On Sunday JS and Pete worked tirelessly to find parts and relocate the hastily added weight from the previous day in order to improve the weight distribution.
A lackluster qualifying session put JS only 4th on the grid, which was still a much better position than Saturday’s race. He made a decent start, but was on the outside of T1 and got pushed back into 4th when the 3rd place car used all the road on the exit of the corner. The initial laps were going well until a red flag caused a re-start on lap 2.
After the restart JS drove like a man possessed from P4 overall and P3 in class chasing the three cars in front of him. On lap 4 he came within 0.30 seconds of the lap record. As he was closing in on the 3rd place car JS made an unbelievable save when he went off track at high speed exiting the “Lightbulb” corner onto the front straight. He lost a lot of groudn to the leaders after mowing the lawn on both sides of the straightaway, but got back in the groove and immediately started clicking off fast laps to make up ground.
Up ahead the leader of the race was having tire trouble on the heavily loaded left front corner. The tire finally gave way on the last lap of the race moving JS from 4th overall to 3rd overall and 2nd in class.
After the race JS said it was the most fun he has ever had in a car!