USCA Event at Pikes Peak International RacewayPosted By: JDP Team - On: 7/26/2017 8:00 AM
Pikes Peak International Raceway, July 2017
JDP Motorsports went into the Optima Ultimate Street Car Series event #4 at PPIR with a lot of confidence having won the last 2 seasons in the GT class. This was our first time campaigning our 2017 Corvette Grandsport Bernice. We made a lot of changes from event #3 at NCM to improve performance and help our Design and Engineering results. The improvements included an Anderson Composites dry carbon hood, custom hood extractor hand fabricated from aluminum and custom paint work by Thunderstruck Hot Rod and Cycle.
We arrived Friday to get our tech inspection completed and to get the cars unloaded and ready to race on Saturday. The events on Saturday include the Detroit Speed Autocross, Lingenfelter Design and Engineering challenge and the Lucas Oil TV road rally. We wanted to get the Design and Engineering taken care of first thing Saturday morning. We were very confident that the modification we did to improve the design and engineering of Bernice would net us better results than our 40th Place finish at NCM. Unfortunately we were only able to get a 35th Place finish in Design and Engineering which put us in a deep hole once again for the final GTS results.
The Detroit Speed autocross was very challenging and fun. The car ran very well and we had a very rare spin during one of our fastest early runs. We were in the hunt for most of the day until the end where we got bumped to 4th in class and 9th overall. This was a good result given the level of competition at PPIR this year in a stacked GTS field.
The Lucas Oil TV road rally is always great in Colorado with the beautiful scenery. The car performed flawlessly and it was a great drive. Bernice is set up very well for street use and the A/C was nice as it was HOT!
We knew we were in a deep hole after our 35th Place finish in Design and Engineering coming into the Falken Tire Hotlap Challenge and Powerstop Speed Stop. We were able to pull off a 2nd place at NCM after a similar result in D&E but we knew it was going to be an uphill battle. The day started off well and the car handled very well on the road course where we stayed in the top 3 all morning. We were also doing very well in the speed stop heading into lunch. The excitement happened as soon as we hit the speed stop after lunch. We launched the car and 30 feet out it made a loud bang and it felt like it popped out of gear. JDP Driver, Jordan Priestley, grabbed for the MGW shifter to make sure it was in gear and let the clutch out again to hear another loud pop. We costed to the finish and drove the car back to the trailer.
We weren’t able to see anything from the outside but we knew something was hurt. Our day was finished and everyone got faster in the afternoon moving us back resulting in a 5th place finish on the Road Course in GTS and 12th place overall along with 5th place in the GTS class in the speed stop and 11th place overall.
This was only the 2nd event we’ve run with our 2017 Grandsport and we will continue to find the weak links and make improvements on the car. We finished in 5th in the GTS class and 12th overall. Up next, we’ll be installing a set of JRi Double Adjustable coilovers along with a few more goodies from Anderson before event #6 at Autoclub Speedway September 1-3. Stay tuned and we appreciate everyone’s support!
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