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I don't like to be negative but, facts are facts, the more we run these trans, the more promblems we have. In the last two events we have not had a day without trans issues.<br>Mid-Ohio, we where strong there as we thought we should be, Andy Pilgrim #8 car was at the top of the practice sheets and qualified 2nd. Randy Pobst #1 car didn't get in practice or qualifying laps (trans), so had to start last. Great race, Andy really kept the pressure on Brandon Davis and his fire breathing Mustang and felt he had a shot at the top spot near the 1/2 mark, then over the radio comes, "we are out, no gears, no gears, I'll try and coast in". Need I say more. Randy #1 car, after starting last, moved up to fourth, recieved the "Sunoco hard charger" award and the " Auotweek move of the race" award. Also recorded the 2nd fastest lap of the race at .016 seconds off the fastest lap.<p>Road America, we chosse to limit practice so as to save the trans, still had to repair one. We know we would not do so well with all the long straights with our H/P and larger frontal area, but as we know all cars have their tracks that are more suited to their potential. We where looking at the best finish of a 4th / 5th combo, Andy's car broke 6 laps into the race, although the trans was leaking alot and would have struggled to get to the end, our problem was a broken left rear toe-link bolt. We will need to re-examine our hardware and the time we put on each piece. Randy hung on well for a 6th palce, we picked up a miss at high revs, so he was short shifting and gave up one place to a Viber. As of now it seem we lost the # 1 coil, or at least it was giving out under load. <br>So we do now have enough time on the cars to start finding other issue we need to correct for next year.<br>We have entered an agreement with a different gear manufacture to make new stronger gears for our current trans. There are more issues to solve with these units but not enough to resolved and make the last 2 races. We are hopeful this stop gap measure will allow is to continue the 2009 season. We have 5 weeks until we leave for Road Atlanta, not much time for want needs to be done, but we hope to be ready. Atlanta will be some H/P and some handling, so we shound't be as far out as we were at R/Amer. The last event is at Mazda Raceway, I still call it Laguna Seca, but I'm old. We hope to kick some butt there and end the season on a high note.
 

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Re: K-Pax report (Bob Raub)

Bob,<br>I was at Road America, and did get to see the K-PAX cars run. It was clear they would not have the "legs" for the long straight going into turn ONE but you certainly held your own! I will be mute on IMSA "reclassifications".<p>It was disappointing to see Andy's car drop out, and it was very audibly clear that Randy's car was missing as he was on the long straight. Excellent for him to get 6th. <p>Are you staying with the Weismann seqential? Stronger gears in the exisiting box?<p>By the way it will always be Laguna Seca in my mind, and it will always be Baja Cantina before race day!
 

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Hi Bob, thanks for keeping us all updated. Unfortunately I didn't make it out to Road America this year, hopefully I will see you guys there next year though!<p>Keep up the good work and fighting spirit. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: K-Pax report (Bob Raub)

We are about to test our 3rd car. It is pretty much the same as the first two, with the one big change in the rear diff. This diff will allow us to remove the 22 lbs of reverser gear assembly that was needed to be installed when our trans people design the trans to turn it's out put the wrong direction.<br>We will start assembly of the trans units Friday, using the new gears, shafts and internals designed and built for us by EMCO. We hope this will be a good short term solution to our trans failures. We need to have some decent results from the last two races to feel we have done our job this year. Over the winter we will examine every aspect of the trans and come up with a complete package for 2010.<br>Not much time left before we head to Atlanta for our 9th event at the Petite LeMans, we will leave town on Sept. 19th, we race on the 25th.
 

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Re: K-Pax report (Bob Raub)

When do you run at Atlanta.<br>Same day (Sat) early in the morning or Friday?
 

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Bob. Will you be able to do some testing before practice and qualifying? Mosport (also owned by Panoz) usually has an open test day the day before the race weekend.
 

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When do you hit Laguna Seca?<p>Id be nice to come see. I'm only 1 1/2 hours away.
 

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Laguna Seca (to us old guys), now Mazda raceway is our last race for 2009. We will be ther Oct. 8th -11th, race on Sunday the 11th at 2:45.
 

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EMCO gears has met their commitment, even coming in one day early, amazing. We have replaced almost all the trans innards with new gears, main shafts, lay shafts, drop gears and dog rings. The original shift mechanism must remain for now and although troublesome we think it will work for these next events. EMCO sent in a trans technician specialist to help blueprint and assemble all the new components, it is great to be working with a company that cares.<br>Although we are out of a chance to win our 3rd in a row championship (to many DNF's), we have renew hopes of some good finishes to end the year and look on next year with a positive outlook. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Also please note if any Volvo fans are attending SEMA this year, we will have one of the Volvo's on display at the Chase Cam booth on the main floor, details are still be put in place, but we will have at least one driver on hand some of the time to meet and greet. I post more details as we get closer.<p>Come by the paddock at Atlanta and say "hi", if room allows we will have the 3rd car on display. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: (Bob Raub)

I would think L/S would be a great track for these cars
 

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If you or the other car is in 2nd towards the end of the race, I want to see that banzai pass through the dirt in the corkscrew a la Alex Zanardi!<br>These cars can do it being AWD
 

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That was a great daring dash through the dirt on the last lap in 96.<br>Youtube video <A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB_k_wlr5Bc" TARGET="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB_k_wlr5Bc</A><br>
 

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<B>Pligrim wins race,</B> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> Pobst LAST! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Pobst last? Must have been a mechanical. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>John2x240</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Pobst last? Must have been a mechanical. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yes, only 3 laps completed, then drive line failure according to speed WC results web page.
 
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