Sunday, December 26, 2010

Weather Gods... please make it nice...

Well yesterday, Christmas day, a nor-easter started working its' way up the east coast of the USA. I live in Central Virginia, the race car is at TwosRus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. So far we have got a bit over four inches of snow. David stated that the weather service was saying that there was going to be much higher amounts of snow fall in the Harrisburg area. The trailer is in New Jersey and I know they will get a few inches of snow as well. Hopefully everyone will be able to get to our meeting point in Fredericksburg, Virginia with no issues.

Tommy, our international race car star driver, will be flying in from Canada and meeting us at the race track. Hopefully the storms do not delay his progress.

Looks like we are all set with preparations. 

David had to replace a leaky front brake caliper. Looks like the seals are only lasting about two 24-hour events before they break down from the heat. David gave the chassis a good look over, changed the oil, and wired up the car for the Kool-Suit cooler that we also used with awesome success in the MK1 Chump racer at Sebring a few months back. I removed it from the car when I realized that I failed to empty the cooler of water and "Love Bugs". So there was a Love Bug infested ice chunk in the cooler. Luckily the pump still works fine and was easily thawed in my warm basement. There was a Love Bug outbreak in Florida when we raced there, coated the car and everything that sat still had the damn things in them.

Once we get to Florida all we need to do is:

  1. Bleed the brakes with new ATE Super Blue Brake Fluid . 
  2. Install the Kool-Suit cooler tank in the trunk.
  3. Check the alignment.
  4. Install the extra fire extinguisher.
  5. Install the in-car cameras.
We may, upon discussion with the boss, install another set of large el-cheapo driving lights. 

This race is very different from previous races. We are running from midnight to midnight. I believe this will put a lot of stress on the drivers. 10 hours of daylight is all we get.
December 30 - 
Sunrise: 7:08am
Sunset: 5:37pm
Moonrise: 2:34am
Moonset: 1:38pm
Day length: 10h 29m

December 31 -
Sunrise: 7:09am
Sunset: 5:38pm
Moonrise: 3:37am
Moonset: 2:26pm
Day length: 10h 29m

Weather forecast for West Palm Beach Florida.

Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 54. East wind between 6 and 8 mph.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. East wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy and breezy, with a low around 58.

Friday: Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 75.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 59.

New Year's Day: Mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 75.

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