A racing update from Team 1-800-DRY-ME-OUT’s driver Rob Faiella:
Things have been slow with the 1-800-Dry-Me-Out race team due to some mechanical issues. We have struggled to keep the car running in the last few races and decided to tear the engine apart.
In the true spirit of how 1-800-Dry-Me-Out works with the community, members from other teams came out to help and spend some long hours with us. This past Friday we were up until 4 AM and then back at it before noon on race day.
We replaced a broken valve, worn valve seal and a few sensors and the car is now running great. Due to prior commitments, Steve White and Rob Faiella could not be at the track. But being the 13th, we had to get car 13 on the track so Rachel Senekossoff volunteered to take the wheel. Rachel had only run one race prior in a car she shares with her fiance Bill Hamilton.
Rachel came up to get the car and we got it loaded on the trailer 2 hours before the race was schedule to start and she had a 1 hour drive to the track. As she was getting ready to go, we noticed oil all over the ground where the car was. We took the car off the trailer and back into the garage and crew chief Alex Olivera quickly diagnosed the issued as leaking Cam Seals.
We quickly removed the coil, plug wires and valve cover and then the cam shaft end cap. We reset the seals and then put it back together and fired it up. No leaks!!
We got the car loaded again and sent Rachel on her way with only 1.5 hrs now.
Rachel made it to the track in time but missed all of practice. She started last in the heat race and got herself into position to start 13 out of 19 cars in the feature. So car 13 was set to start 13th on the 13th!!
Going in to turn 2 on the first lap, the car on Rachel’s outside came down and into Rachel causing Rachel to spin out. The caution was not thrown and all 18 cars passed her.
The race would go green the entire way, never giving her a chance to get caught back up so she did it the hard way and drove hard and fought back to 10th place.
What an amazing job for Rachel in her 2nd race ever and with no practice in a car she never raced in.
We are so proud of Rachel and she will definitely get another shot behind the wheel soon. We are also very humbled by the efforts of everyone that came out to help or helped us get parts or whatever involvement there was.
This week Steve White takes the wheel for the 20 lap oval race. And Rob Faiella will take the wheel for the 20 lap figure 8 race. This will be our first figure 8.
So if you haven’t come out to a race yet, you need to do so! The season is wrapping up soon.
See the race schedule for Showtime Speedway here: http://showtimespeedway.us
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