Evergreen drift Pro-am round 2 was held Saturday May 18th under the lights in Monroe WA. Coming into this round we were feeling very good, we had a great practice day a few weeks before, and the car was now equipped with a brand new ACT twin disk clutch, so we no longer had to worry about the issues we were having previously with our old setup.
Practice started at 5pm and things were going very well. The car felt like a whole new animal and was making some serious smoke. So much in fact that it was filling up the cabin and making it very difficult to actually see where I was going. This would become and issue later in day, and we already have plans in place to seal up the car better for the rest of the season.
Going into qualifying we were feeling very confident, when I got to the line for my first run, I went to do my normal pre run burnout and immediately both axles exploded, sending pieces out through the center caps of my wheels. Immediately my crew and me started pushing the car back to the pits as fast as we could, I knew we had spare axles but I wasn’t sure if we could get them swapped in time.
With the car back in the pits, it was a mad dash to get both axles swapped. My awesome crew ended up pulling off the impossible and doing a two axle swap in about 10 minutes, which gave me just enough time to get back to the line right before the last car left, so I was able to get my second run! My second run wasn’t that good, and I ended up qualifying last, but considering what we had just went through, I was extremely happy with the result. Also, a big shout out to Roland Gallagher, who wasted no time jumping down from where he was watching and helping us push the car all the way back to the pits.
Our first round matchup was unfortunately the number five qualifier, Cameron Moore. Cameron drives the wheels off his Lexus, and is never somebody you want to see in the first round. He led first, and coming off the bank between my cabin filling with smoke, and the smoke he was making, I simply lost track of where I was and ended up spinning in the power alley. He did take out a clipping point on his follow run, but the judges ruled it as deduction and not a zero, so he easily moved on with the win.
All in all it was a good weekend, and the car is feeling awesome. We already have plans in place for both the smoke, and axle issues. By the time round 3 rolls around, we should be back and ready to rock! Hope to see you at the track!