Just when I thought COBB Motorsports was cursed with the worst bad luck on the planet (I could write a book on missed deadlines from vendors over the past two months), it got worse. The most random, confusing, undiagnosable limp mode was rearing its ugly head all day Sunday at the track. After pulling all-nighters, driving all around California to find a new motor for the GT-R, and just busting butt all week to get the GT-R repaired after the failure at Buttonwillow, to have the car possibly not finish the New Jersey event was almost more than I could bare. I saw the long faces in the paddock showing the disappointment in the prospect that we might not finish.
Through all of that though I was so impressed that the crew never stopped thinking. Yes we were “throwing mud at the wall”, but we were not going to stop until the GT-R could finish a lap! And somehow, at the very last moment, it did. I could see the excitement and relief of the crew as I rolled in from the last time attack session. We had won, but I don’t think I can handle the blood pressure for any more wins like that!
Other than the electrical system throwing us a nasty curve ball, the rest of the GT-R was performing perfectly. The OS Giken rear diff is showing no signs of wear according to the data acquisition and it is consistently letting the car launch off the corners hard. Our PFC brake rotors from MBS are still going strong from last year at Auto Club Speedway. A minor adjustment to our new APR GT-500 wing got the aero balance right where it needed to be for New Jersey.
A big thanks to Brian Hise from JRZ this weekend. He made the trek out to NJMP and worked his magic on the GT-R chassis. Since OS Giken does not have an application for the front diff of the GT-R yet (hint, hint) we had to tweak the chassis to help control front wheel spin. The car setup is getting better and better and the car is becoming more of a joy to drive.
Looking ahead to Las Vegas in a little more than a week, even with a much stronger field anticipated, I am confident our GT-R has what it takes to make it three for three. It’s been a great start to the season so far and we want to keep this momentum going!