Well the PTG Acura RSX Type S lasted a pretty long time before we started having problems I must say but this weekend really showed how good of a team we really are when things go bad.
Everything started off really great. I got the car down to Milleville NJ in plenty of time on Friday afternoon to get some good sleep before a long weekend which I haven’t had the luxury of doing in a while. Unfortunately that’s where our luck ran out.
Saturday morning we arrived at the track, unloaded to car off the trailer, got the new tent up (which is awesome) and had everything ready to go for tech inspection at 10 am. Time Trial tech was a little later in the morning which was nice since we didn’t have to be so rushed in the morning. Passed tech no problem. Finally it was time to suit up and get on track. There was minor traffic but things seemed to be going OK. It was my first time on the Lighting track at New Jersey Motorsports Park so for the first few laps it was all about learning the line. After the 7th lap I came out of turn 10 and felt a really bad vibration in the steering wheel. After bringing it back to the pits we noticed that the driver side front wheel had axle grease all over and that the axle boot completely fell off. As soon as our Technical Director Tony realized this it wasn’t two seconds later our Trackside Operations Manager Danny was on the phone and had sourced out a new Honda boot. Not only did he find a new boot available at an Acura dealership he also had new aftermarket axles coming from the shop the next day just in case. Since the repairs would take some time though our day was done. While the team went to go pick up the new boot we spent most of the day checking out vintage race cars of VS2000. I really enjoyed seeing some classic Lotus machines.
The trip to the Acura dealership took almost 3 hours round trip. Once they were back the next problem was breaking the axle nut. Bottom line we broke 1 half inch socket wrench and 1 half inch breaker bar. Since we were really struggling with the axle and getting no where fast we called it for the night and decided to hit it up hard in the morning. A team dinner and some relaxing hot tub and pool time hit the spot and we all woke up in the morning ready to tackle the problems ahead. First thing we did was find the biggest hauler in the paddock available and borrowed their half inch impact gun to finally get the nut loose. Once that was done both Tony and Danny did what they do best and had the new boot on with an hour to spare before getting on track. I couple quick laps around the paddock and it looked like we were all good to go although we really didn’t know how long it would last.
For the first session I went a little easy in the first couple laps just to make sure we didn’t have any problems right away and once I felt confident in the repair pushed it but seemed to hit traffic at least at one point on every lap. Only managed to get consistent 1:20′s. Second session out was a complete disaster. Once I started trying to push it I ended up only getting a 1:19.95 and every lap after that I got held up in traffic. To finally top it off we started having fuel issues after turns 9 & 10 which really bogged me down getting onto the main straight. In the end the 1:19.95 was the best I did which earned me 2nd place in round 3 of the Realtime Attack series presented by Fueled Mag and Import2Race. Of course I’m not happy with the result because I think without the fuel issues and traffic I could have dropped another second or two but we’ll never know. Have to look at the positive end of things; I got points in the bag for the season. PTG did a great job getting the car back on track. The weekend would not have been possible without them. Could not ask for a better team than PTG. Looking forward to the next even with Realtime Attack.