October 23, 2005
Hello Race fans,
Well, the 2005 season is now over. We all get to take a break and reflect on the events of this year. 2005 was one of Bullet-Team's best years. Due to lack of sponsorship funding, we only raced in a couple races but we still ended up in the top 20 in the series championship, (out of 32 drivers). Just think where we would have been if we had raced in all of the races -- We just might have been in contention for the championship !
In May, at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, we started in the 15th spot with a 182.642 mph qualifying speed (better than our 2004 qualifying speed) and finished 9th. In 2004 we finished 14th. This means we will hopefully have a podium finish in 2006.
Last week at the California Speedway, we had our up's and down's. Taylor had an 8th quickest qualifying speed of 182.123. But on the first two practice sessions of the day, he went 188.354 consistently. He was 3rd quick in practice. At one point, Taylor pulled in the pits with smoke pouring out from underneath the engine cowl. Track firefighters with hoses at the ready, held fast and saved us by not spraying the car with foam. There was no fire, thank God. It turns out that the starter engaged to start the engine but never disengaged. It was running the whole session and then burned up. We got a new one and we were back in business. Early in the race, Taylor crashed. He was running in 6th position, following two cars into turn 3 and everything was stable. He was keeping the same line as he had on the previous laps. Tires were gripping and the steering wheel was rock solid. Then BANG! The Back end stepped out and headed backwards the turn 4 wall. Taylor climbed out on his own, with just a little soreness the next day. If you ask me, I think he got bored quick and just wanted to be on TV. We damaged the right front suspension, front nose wing and the rear wing assembly. But this week, the crew guys put all new parts on and the car is ready to race once again.
After the race we all got a chance to look at the data downloaded off of the onboard computer. The data shows that the rear wing had plenty of down force keeping the rear tires on the track. Then the down force just disappeared. We looked at the video replay and saw that the car Taylor was following had drifted up the track slightly, taking just enough air off of his rear wing to make a difference. "These cars are very high tech, and very finicky", Taylor told me on the way back from the infield hospital, "One second I'm looking to sling shot past the guy in front of me out of turn 4 and the next second I'm thinking "This is not good !" Later, the team engineer and crew chief figured they maybe should have run a pound or two less weight on the front left tire. That's racing, racing is learning and learning is to be a champion.
We have a new sponsor for the 2006 season. Prime Transport of Bristol, Indiana will be our official hauler. They will get us to the track for all races next season. Without Prime, we would not have been able to move our entire shop from Indianapolis in order to be able to race at California. I am currently in negotiations with some potential full season sponsors as well. So keep your fingers crosses. And of course, if you know of anyone or any company that might want to get involved in motorsports sponsorship, please call me.
So all in all, it was a very good weekend and a very successful year. We went fast, we fixed the problems that arose, and the team's sponsorship is coming along. The entire team at Bullet-Team Motorsports thank you for following our progress thoughtout the year. We hope that we can give you an even more exciting 2006.
See you at the races,
V.P. of Marketing / Public Relations