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Behind The Scenes With The Whelen Racing Speed GT Team

Walt Thurn Oct 1, 2008 0 Comment(s)
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Marsh Racing fabricates its own exhaust extractor, which feeds exhaust out of the right side of the car and away from the driver.

VM: What did you think about Eric joining your team?
TM: I was very excited. I've been following Eric's career because he's a local, and I knew he drove a SpeedVision GT Corvette back in 2000 for Reid Knight. He had four top-five finishes with that KAC Technologies Corvette. Now, he has multiple victories with Whelen Racing. So, I'm still excited.

VM: Eric, your first race at Sebring was pretty interesting, wasn't it?
EC: Boy, is that an understatement! We went to Sebring's test session on Tuesday before the race, and during the second session we blew out an oil-filter gasket. The car caught on fire, and I had to scramble out to keep from getting burned. The team did an amazing job repairing the damage in time for Friday's race. So, it was a pretty wild two weeks having this deal come together, the car burning, and then winning my first race.

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A sturdy rollcage and safety netting protect the driver. The car's fire-suppression system can be seen at the bottom of the photo.

VM: What did you think when you were so far ahead during the first part of the Sebring race?
EC: I kept looking in my mirrors and asking myself, "Am I the only person racing?" Then I started worrying that I might have missed a yellow flag. But then the field bunched up under a yellow, and my race to the win from that point was pretty tight. The rest of my victories were pretty close.

Vette: Teddy, how close is the competition to your Corvettes?
TM: Across the board, the Corvette, the Cadillac, and the Viper are on a pretty level playing field. The Porsche is another story; they're really playing games to keep their car competitive. For example, at Watkins Glen, Randy Probst and Eric were stuck to each other during the first part of the race. Eric couldn't get away from him. A yellow was waved, and Eric burned a plug wire and had to pit. When the green flag fell, Randy went a second faster than Eric's time, set the fastest lap, and won the race. But overall, the SCCA does a great job keeping the competition pretty level. The Corvette is a great car to race-it's fast, stable, and strong as a tank. It should be an exciting and competitive '08 season.

For more information on Whelen Racing, or to follow the team's progress, visit www.whelen.com/motorsports/sccasch.htm.

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