RACEPRO TECH GETS A WORKOUT AT GLEN HELEN
San Bernardino, CA
RacePro Tech’s new sponsor could not have come at a better time. Gear 49 was created by racers, gearheads, and motorsports enthusiasts. Gear 49 provides the highest quality nutritional supplements for those who love motorsports. At rounds 9 and 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA, the RacePro Tech team got a physical and mental workout. The weather was hot, the track was rough, and the competition was fierce. Gear 49 supplements won’t change the weather, smooth out the track, or vanquish the competition, but it did get the RacePro Tech team through some extremely demanding circumstances. They would all have to rely on their stamina and mental focus in the heat.
Driver of the #49, Justin Peck had a decent practice session on Friday but noticed a difference in the track surface. “The track was just goofy,” said Justin, “It was very different from the last time we were here. It wasn’t slick, it was loose. During qualifying for Saturday’s race, the threads on my tie rod stripped out; locking up my steering. I got about three quarters around the track but was stuck in turn three, cooking in the truck for the whole session. I would have to start the race dead last.”
During round 9, Justin got into a good rhythm and started picking drivers off, one by one. He moved from the 20th spot up to 12th. That’s when a caution flag came out. If you are in a groove, interrupting that flow can sometimes ruin your race.
That wasn’t a problem for Justin. He uses Gear 49 Turbo that boosts energy and focus.The problem after the restart was too many trucks, all bunched up. Two trucks ahead got tangled up ahead and Justin got into him.
The result was a flat tire and no brakes. He ducked into the hot pits, (appropriate name considering the weather), where the crew changed the flat but could not repair the brakes in time; Justin went back out without them. He was able to make it to the finish in 17th.
On Sunday he made it through qualifying and was anxious to have a clean run during round 10. On only lap two, he was hit hard from behind and pushed into the truck ahead. His steering was not responding, but he made it to the hot pit. The mount for the upper a-arm was broken. Justin climbed out of the truck thinking his race was over but the crew told him to get back in; they had a plan to fix it. Using some additional holes in the chassis, they bolted the a-arm back on. The truck was far from right, but the wheel turned and he could steer, so he went back out to finish the race. It was quick thinking by the crew and Justin showed he has trust in his guys and the guts to continue. He finished 18th.
Driver of the #53, Ray Griffith had a great race going in round 9. He started 15th but worked his way up to 4th with his eye on a podium finish. On the final lap he broke a rear axle. He limped the truck home on that final lap with only one wheel driving to finish 10th place. “We made a bunch of changes after qualifying,” said Ray, “The track was super heavy and sandy. The set-up we came with was not quite right for the track. After we broke an axle during the race, we stayed up to 2:00 am replacing the axles, re-packing the bearings and cleaning out the rear housing.”
After the repairs, Ray had a great truck for round 10. He qualified for the race tied for the 5th position. He and Brad Deberti ran identical times down to the thousandth of a second. It shows how competitive the Pro Lite class is in the Lucas Oil series.
During the race, Ray was running in the top 5 group that was putting a gap on the rest of the field when a rock flew up and broke his brake caliper. “I lost my brakes for the second half of the race,” said Ray, “Without brakes you have to use the transmission to slow down and run up by the cushion. You can use the berm and loose dirt on the outside of the corners to slow down but you can’t protect your position; they will dive under you to get by.” Ray managed to come home in 10th place.
The team pulled together to solve some major issues during the weekend and had plenty of gas in the tank despite the heat. They are all looking forward to rounds 11 and 12 at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV, on August 13th and 14th. They have something in the works for the Wild West weekend. If you would like to get the same high performance nutritional supplements that the RacePro Tech relies on go to: http://www.gear49.com/ You will find everything you need for mind and body.