Sonoma Regionals

 my awesome pit crew, i mean friends..

my awesome pit crew, i mean friends..

Ohhh Sonoma..

As with all my races this season, funding was secured last minute and off we went to try our luck on my 'home track,'
Sonoma Raceway, formerly known as Infineon Raceway and Sears Point

 Alex "hotlap' Herndon

Alex "hotlap' Herndon

 Gregory Evans http://www.gregoryevans.net/

Gregory Evans http://www.gregoryevans.net/

Buddies and fellow racers, Alex and Greg, were kind enough to help out and crew for the weekend 

 the prettier side of GriffeyDreams

the prettier side of GriffeyDreams


So here's what the weekend looked like:

Friday-
Practice and Qualifying:

We top the time sheets in Practice. Then in qualifying the engine starts stumbling pretty badly so I come in and we find a broken positive battery terminal. With my pit neighbor's help, we repair the terminal and I go out for the remainder of the session but we're still plagued with a misfire

After a closer look, it turns out the coil pack for cylinder 2 has snapped in half - something we've never seen before. It's replaced with a new one and we hope for better luck on Saturday


 

 T2 @ Sonoma Raceway PC: Alex Herndon

T2 @ Sonoma Raceway
PC: Alex Herndon

Saturday-
Race 1:

Due to the engine issue I think we qualified something like 31st out of 34 cars but we remained optimistic that with the misfire solved, we could cut through some of the pack and at least have some fun

WRONG.

Soon as the race starts the same issue comes up again and I'm forced to retire early

 

Sunday-
Qualifying and Race 2:

After Saturday's race we swap out all the coil packs with new ones, install a new battery, new spark plugs, reload the tune onto our ECU, and perform other tests. After a short drive around the paddock the car feels and sounds a lot better

In qualifying, we place the #27 GriffeyDreams Racing/Hana Japan/Cafe Tapioca car on Pole Position with a time of 1:54.540, pretty sure a new unofficial track record, and two seconds clear of P2, good enough for 1st in class and 5th overall out of 39 cars

But with about 8 minutes left in qualifying the engine begins to stumble again...damn!
We perform some more tests and the engine again sounds and feels healthy after a short test drive

Come race time, the green flag drops and I maintain the top spot in my class until halfway through the race the engine starts stumbling again

Down on what feels like 50% of my power and after a yellow flag comes out, the lead that I've created vanishes and I get eaten up on the straights,
I drop back 3 places and finish 4th, still with fastest lap of the race

They certainly weren't the results we were hoping for but that's racing. 

 my sponsors and everyone that's helped

my sponsors and everyone that's helped

That said, it was great seeing a bunch of my close friends and supporters make it out and enjoy the races in beautiful Sonoma county.
Again, without the help of so many people none of this would've even been possible. I remain forever indebted

 PC: Alex Herndon

PC: Alex Herndon

That said, some exciting new plans are in motion and Team GriffeyDreams Racing
will be back in full force and ready to fight real soon - you can bet on it

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