24 Hours of Le Mans; 3rd, 5th, 6th & 12th place overall finishes for FSB!Details coming soon!
Car #002, Finish: 18th/19th class/overall, Drivers: Jason Glaze, Jim Ray, Ken Soszka, Randall Sharrett, Zachery RobinsonSharrett got FSB's iron-man award for logging a total of eight hours behind the wheel, averaging lap times of eight 8:56.769. That average includes twenty-three and a half minutes of towing and damage repair after Sharrett was wrecked by another car in Turn 1 at the beginning of Lap 2. Glaze, Soszka and Ray all had good, solid runs. The biggest struggle the #002 had throughout the event stemmed from connectivity issues impacting Robinson. With less than an hour left on the race clock the team was in danger of being disqualified because Robinson had been unable put in his "fair share" of laps as a driver. A nail-biting one lap run with just two laps remaining in the event filled his quota before his connection dropped again. An excellent group effort by all!
Car #001, Finish: 20th/22nd class/overall, Drivers: Dean Grogan, Greg Bernardo, Jerry Foehrkolb, Kenny Paul, Larry KruppThe Schwalbenschwanz proved to be the problem section for the "Bumblebee" early on, with the guardrail collecting paint samples from Krupp, Paul and Foehrkolb. Grogan suffered a Windows error shortly after starting his 2nd stint around 2 AM Sunday morning, causing Paul to drive for an extra cycle. The race was relatively uneventful for the next few hours as the drivers put in their scheduled seat time, picking up 3 positions in the process. The #001 team's race ended about 15 minutes early when Paul caught the curb entering the Bellof Esses heavily damaging the car. VIDEO At that point there was no mathematical way the team could have gained or lost any positions, so they finished right where they would have regardless of the accident. Sitting in the pits as the clock ran out Paul made the comment, "Given the effort everyone has put in, I'd be damn proud to own this car even if it is almost bent in half."
Car #002, Finish: 1st class/overall, Drivers: Larry Krupp, Kenny Paul & Randall SharrettKenny Paul qualified the car well enough for 5th place on the starting grid. Larry Krupp started the car and was running in 3rd place just a couple laps shy of his first scheduled pit stop when he was rear ended hard by a lapped GT car, on the entry of the turn 5 hairpin. The contact spun him into the path of oncoming traffic and Larry was broadsided by another car with nowhere to go. Approximately 2 1/2 minutes of repair dropped the team clear back to 26th, two laps down. By lap 53 Larry had worked his way back up to 10th at which point Kenny got into the car, recovering 3 more positions during his stints. Larry got back behind the wheel for two more pit cycles, followed by Randall Sharrett both of whom ran fast & flawless stints taking the team up to 2nd place. At around the 9 hour mark the lead Corvette was inexplicably taken out by a Mercedes on lap 243 on the front straight, handing over the top spot to Kenny who was in the #002 at the time. He managed to maintain the lead even after a few of off-track excursions from tangling with GT cars, until Randall came in again on lap 271 to extend the lead and finish out the race with the Team’s first major endurance race win.
Car #001, Finish: 4th class/overall, Drivers: Greg Bernardo, Steve Jones, Zach Robinson
Greg Bernardo rolled the dice and elected to forgo a qualifying run. He started the car 17th based upon his iRating and steadily worked his way up the field to 5th place by the time his opening stints were complete. The UK's Steve Jones took over from there, picking up another position before stepping out and giving Zach Robinson his turn in the seat on lap 105. The team had minimal issues and ran in the Top 5 for the majority of the race. The only major issue being some driver rescheduling and Steve pulling an additional stint when Zach was having connectivity problems. Greg was in the driver's seat again running in 3rd for the final stints and in the closing laps was under significant pressure from behind. Greg fought valiantly to defend the position but was edged out and crossed the line with a still outstanding 4th place finish.
Car #003, Finish: 11th class / 13th overall, Drivers: Milt Minter, Jr., Guy Pitra, Matt Moritz
At the 24 Hours of Daytona Team car #002 was the sacrificial lamb with all of the bad luck. At Sebring the #003 took on that role, acting as a magnet for the entire GT class field. Matt Moritz, the newest member of the FSB Endurance Racing Team, qualified the car 8th, and Milt Minter, Jr. was the lead off driver. During the first stint he dropped as low as 16th at one point in an effort to avoid bumping and banging with GTs before eventually regaining his original starting position. When Milt had to exit the car unexpectedly, Guy Pitra's stint started a few laps earlier than planned. Guy was forced to pit again several laps later after getting wrecked on lap 69, dropping the team back to 15th while getting repairs. Guy was able to make it up to the 13th spot within ten laps and the team remained there for the next couple of hours. Matt was unable to start his stint as scheduled so Guy and Milt traded off driving duties, gaining two more positions in the process. Matt was finally in the car starting on lap 144 and was most of the way through his first stint when he was taken out by a GT car in the exact same manner the leader of the race was wrecked; the other car simply turned right on a straightway. The #003 had to be towed back to the pits for over 10 minutes of repairs. The remainder of the race was an ongoing series of ups and downs, but the Team hung in there and finished out the race with a very respectable and well earned 11th in class and 13th place overall.
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To say that there is a lot of great talent to join the team recently is an understatement. Last October Steve Jones from iRacing’s UK & I region and Jason Glaze from the Virginias both came on-board and helped take the #002 to a 13th place finish at iRacing’s inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans. New to the team this year are Australia/NZ region’s Dean Grogan and US drivers Todd Laribee, Zachery Robinson and Randall Sharrett. “These guys are all driving machines!” according to teammate Milt Minter, Jr. Minter, the son of the late IMSA driver Milt Minter who won the GT Class at the real 24 Hours of Daytona back in 1973, knows a thing or two about endurance racing, but says he still can learn a lot of good things from the new crew of drivers. Shad Curren agrees, “I was able to learn a few things from watching Randall and Zach on track which helped me a lot during my stints.”
As with any endurance event things can go awry and this one was no exception; multiple server disconnects, hardware failures, software glitches and of course many wrecks. With three cars in the running the team had their hands full for the duration. When not behind the wheel most drivers were working behind the scenes spotting, logging and contingency planning as circumstances changed throughout the race. And change they did, starting immediately after the green flag dropped when Kenny Paul in the #003 caught the tire barrier inside turn-1, wrecking both him and the #002.
A portion of our race was streamed live on Saturday night courtesy of
Pony Express Broadcasting. VIDEO
*Our #001 car was assigned the #16 by iRacing at this event due to a number conflict in our session.
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|OFFICIAL RESULTS |
Car #002, Finish: 13th,
Drivers: Jim Ray, Jerry Foehrkolb, Stephen Jones, Ken Soszka, Jason Glaze
Car #001, Finish: 21st,
Drivers: Larry Krupp, Milt Minter, Jr., Greg Bernardo, Kenny Paul
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Car #001, Finish: 5th class/overall
Drivers: Jim Ray, Larry Krupp
Car #002, Finish: 9th class, 14th overall
Drivers: Jerry Foehrkolb, Greg Bernardo, Kenny Paul
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Car #001, Finish: 10th OFFICIAL RESULTS
Drivers: Larry Krupp, Milt Minter, Jr., Jerry Foehrkolb, Jim Ray
Car #002, Finish: 19th OFFICIAL RESULTS
Drivers: Shad Curren, Greg Bernardo, Guy Pitra, Ken Soszka, Kenny Paul, Sam Young
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2nd Place Class, 2nd Place Overall:
FSB Endurance Racing Team 1, Car # 001
Drivers: Larry Krupp, Doug Tevik
4th Place Class, 4th Place Overall:
FSB Endurance Racing Team 2, Car # 002
Drivers: Greg Bernado, Sam Young, Shad Curren
9th Place Class, 13th Place Overall:
FSB Endurance Racing Team 3, Car # 003
Drivers: Jim Ray, Jerry Forhrkolb, Bran Martin
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