I missed half of the season due to a critically massive engine failure. For those who don't recall, early in May I was at an autocross event, on my last run of the day, when the car decided to turn itself off mid-run and never start again. We determined later that it had suffered from old/bad oil (and a starvation thereof) as I went around the corners, which caused a piston to convert into complete shrapnel and then run through my entire engine system. Anywhere oil goes, that shrapnel went and destroyed everything, including block, heads, and turbo. An attempt at a bump start also stripped my clutch and bent one of the cams. Two months and $14,000 later, however, I was back up and running with a brand new engine that included a Killer B deep baffled oil pan and oil pickup, GrimmSpeed up-pipe, down-pipe, and cross-over pipe with thermal coating, and Cobb cat-back exhaust. I ran the rest of the season, but had missed so many events I didn't even qualify for the season. So with my tail between my legs, I limped the old bird into the garage, converted her to winter mode with snow tires and stock suspension, and went about my life working 40 hours a week. Oh, and then in December my wife and I had a baby boy.
But now, spring has sprung in the Rockies! Sadly, other obligations precluded me from attending the season opener, but on May 29th I had a spectacular time at Summer Series #2 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. I'll go ahead and Quentin Tarantino this post, and give you the ending first. For the first time ever in my amateur racing career....... I WON.