The #30 Bimmer suffered a blown clutch in practice on Friday. Crew Chief Bob Nerl and mechanic/driver Vic Kassom drove the two hours back to the shop and picked up another clutch friday night. They then removed the trans after the long drive and put the new clutch in and had the car ready for the Saturday morning start.
Bob Nerl took the green flag at 10 am and drove a flawless first hour. Chris Neal took the wheel next and pushed the #30 hard, eventually setting fast lap for the team.
DAG Inc. and race team owner Bill Neal invited childhood friend Dan Reiter to guest drive. Dan is now the President of the Lehigh Valley Shelby Club and is a licensed road racing instructor. He instructs for many racing groups in the northeast and pilots his own AC Cobra at various tracks during the racing season.
After Dan's drive in the BMW Vic Kassom took over with a great drive considering it was his rookie road racing debut. Anthony Rainis and Andrew Rainis took the wheel next respectively.
Rookie Andrew set the track on fire with his first ever time in a race car.
During the course of the two day event the car had several minor problems that were all overcome by the team until the very last hour of the race when a universal joint began to fail. At the time the car was running in 25th place in a field of 120+ cars.
Crew chiefs Bob Nerl and Dan Reiter decided to park the car until the last couple of laps and then put Chris Neal behind the wheel to take the checkered flag running despite the driveshaft ready to explode out of the car.T
The team will be preparing the car for the Chump Car race at NJMP June 2nd and 3rd and another 24 hours of Lemons race at Summit Point WV June 16th and 17th. Many other people helped in our effort so let's acknowledge them now:
- Jeff Wakeman
- Lin Nogiero
- Jean Marie Bartelloto
- Oscar Pagan
- Betty Warren
- Connie Warren
- Jessica Neal
- Dianna Reiter
- Scott Reiter
These businesses lent there services and advice:
- DC Lettering South Plainfield NJ
- SheetMetal Supermarket Plainfield NJ
- Gutten Bmw West Orange NJ
- Cooter Welding Services Piscataway NJ
- Bruce's Speed Shop Rockaway NJ
- Hill Auto Parts Paterson NJ.
I personally would like to thank all my employees who all put in the time and effort to make this happen. You are the best.
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH APRIL 2012