After having a successful 2011 season it seems that the team has lost favor with the racing gods.
Many changes were made to contribute to a successful Silver State 300, including completely re-wiring the class 1 car, but unfortunately our best laid plans did not pan out.
The class 1 car started at the back of the pack after a roll over in time trials. Luckily the roll didn't damage the car. Everything was going well on race day but at mile 18 the engine suddenly died. After 2 hours of trouble shooting driver and co-driver Zak Langley and Josh Valko were unable to fix the vehicle. After being towed to pit one, the Grove team and Noppert Racing properly diagnosed the trouble... but by now pit two had closed.
The class 10 car had troubles of a different kind. Early in a race they had to skid to a stop to avoid another class 10 car that had blown a cattle guard crossing. While trying to back up they were hit by another class 10 which severely damaged the rear of the car. The air filter was smashed in and after arriving to pit 4 on three cylinders it was clear that the car was done for the day.
Sometimes in racing things go your way even if unprepared.... Unfortunately sometimes events do not favor your outcome despite your best preparations. Having two DNF's again this season is a hard pill to swallow but the team can only take this outcome as something to learn from.... it will only fuel our drive for success as we head into the Baja 500 !
But, Mousie, thou art no thy lane [you aren't alone]
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry]
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy.pans