Strategy helps successfuL ALMs team effort. Autometrics Motorsports survives inaugural battle at RFK. WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2002). Consistently hot temperatures in the East made Porsche 911 GT-3R team; the heat was little more than just ...
Strategy helps successfuL ALMs team effort.
Autometrics Motorsports survives inaugural battle at RFK.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 21, 2002). Consistently hot temperatures in the East made Porsche 911 GT-3R team; the heat was little more than just another hurdle to overcome.
"It was so hot that the tires were getting soft and sticky," commented Autometrics Motorsports Driver Tom Soriano. "Any time that I got off the regular racing line, they would pick up all of the little rocks and marbles, making handling a bit tricky."
Soriano should know about heat. Three laps before the end of the grueling two-hour inaugural Cadillac National Grand Prix, he radioed his crew asking if the race was near the end. His body was dehydrated from the heat and, although being able to withstand these endurance challenges, Soriano was about ready to be finished. Just after climbing out of the black Porsche GT-3R, he visited the on-site medical staff, got some water, and re-joined the rest of the team to celebrate what the team calls a great success.
Co-Driver Cory Friedman and the rest of his Autometrics Motorsports teammates are the newcomers to the popular sports car racing series. Fortunately for them, the course around Washington DC's RFK Stadium is new to everyone, helping to level the playing field a bit. "We have been spending some time working with the tires and set-ups relative to the tight turns we knew would be here," he said. "I feel great about the job the whole team did, especially working so hard in this heat. I am just elated."
Because of the fact that the team had been dealing with an over-heating engine since last weekend's test sessions, Third Driver Danny Arkins played a bit of a different role today. Arkins consulted with the crew about the need to change the engine late last night and, in the end, the team decided to go with the first motor, but they were worried about losing that engine with the extra heat compounding their existing problem. Luckily for them, the risk paid off and they were able to not only go the distance with the original Autometrics Motorsports prepared Porsche engine, but they were also able to finish 21st overall in the race meeting the goals set by Arkins and giving the whole organization reason to celebrate and look forward to the next ALMS event, but not before giving both organizers and fans alike, high praise for their efforts.
"This race was awesome," Arkins said afterward while meeting kids from the immediate area around the track and signing autographs for them. "The DC fans came out in droves, they asked questions, sat in the car and basically made this whole experience a success for Autometrics Motorsports."
To learn more about the team at Autometrics Motorsports and the American LeMans Series, visit the team's website at www.autometricsmotorsports.com.