Some 3D printed part action to help support the mirror. The NACA duct helps direct some cooling air towards the driver.
I told you those Pirelli tires were wide!
The front and rear wheels mounted on the car. The tires are marked for location, use, and event to keep everything organized.
The crew going over Tomy’s car for the final time before being buttoned up for the race. These checks are critical to having a reliable and properly setup car for the race.
Tomy’s car getting the timing checked before rolling over to tech inspection.
Lawrence’s car getting the front windscreen fastened down as one item on the checklist for car prep.
After the pre-race checks by the team, the cars go through tech. You can just see the bar on top of the car checking the rear wing height versus the roof. The cars are weighed of course to make sure they meet the minimum limit. Ride height is also checked. Lawrence’s car got a slight adjustment to the front bodywork to make sure the splitter met the height requirements to compensate for a rake adjustment. The tech rig has laser sights built-in to help the teams easily identify any ride height issues.
So how did the team do? Lawrence brought home 2nd place with Tomy right behind in 3rd place. Not quite as good as the two previous 1-2 finishes, but it’s hard to complain about a double team podium. As you can see, there’s a ton of work in having the cars adjusted, prepped, and sorted to maximize race pace and reliability and Burtin Racing gets it done. The Trans Am cars themselves are simple in modern terms which also adds to their appeal. Tube frame chassis, over 800hp, live rear axle, yeah, I call it a super-sized go-kart. With no driver aids, I imagine it makes the cars more entertaining for the drivers and the team said the cars are pretty easy to work on. Thanks again to Burtin Racing for letting us hang out at Laguna Seca and checking out these badass cars!