Thursday, August 15, 2013

Road America 2013 Grand Am: Grand Sport In The Paddock

Well...with Pilote's "toy" being an S-197 Mustang, this post could have been foreseen too.

The Roush Road Racing paddock.  The Jack Roush Jr./Billy Johnson car is in backbround.

Engine room: a pretty-much stock Boss 302 4-cam.  The Roush/Johnson car was used up in its race: a stoved-in front
valence, and a rear valence that had to be removed in an unscheduled pit-stop, ruining their race for them.  No less than
Grand Am, the Continental Tire series follows the NASCAR tradition that "rubbin' is racin'."  And, with the GS cars
in the same race as the small-bore ST (Street Tuner) class, the fields are huge.  There were 51 cars in the race.  That's
a crowd, even on Road America's 4.0 miles.

A closer view of the 4-cammer, not buttoned up.  All that white you see shows the work of the crew in removing the
radiator and front sheet metal from #61 on Saturday after its bumper-cars race.

The post-practice checklist on the Roush Jr./Johnson car.   I remember when an SCCA "amateur" (really a semi-pro)
could win a national championship with a handwritten pre-race checklist that didn't fill one sheet of a yellow legal
pad.  And the car wasn't touched during the race weekend unless it developed a problem.  Maybe adjust the
tire pressures--that was it.  Also note the small round red sticker on the fender lip above and the yellow one
in the picture below.  That must indicate the type of tires the team manager wants mounted next.

Rear suspension of the Roush Grand Sport Mustang: nearly stock.  The springs, shocks, and trailing arms have been
upgraded, but the geometry appears unchanged.  The brakes and calipers appear stock.  The anti-roll bar is adjustable
but the diameter remains small.

Cockpit, Roush Road Racing GS Mustang.

"Bonus" pix: the Multimatic Aston Martin Vantage V-8 Grand Sport cars.  Like the Roush Mustang, they have trouble being any faster than Bimmers and Porsches in this "equalized" class, even on a power circuit like Road America.  But they're pretty cars.  Back-in-the-day (2005-2006), Multimatic made its bones by getting the S-197 Mustang its first wins in GS.  The Astons aren't quite there yet.

Getting teched.

Getting prepped.

The Aston's engine and tower braces.  Serpentine belt schematic for mechanics who have Senior Moments.

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