The return to Road America was planned to be the perfect spot to see if the new engine for 2019 helped in the performance department. Road America is known for it’s long straights and high speeds.
Saturday went well. The weather was perfect for motorsport racing and the cooler temperatures kept the engine running at peak performance. After checking the data from qualifying, a few changes were made to improve the pace. During the race number 21 was running with the mid-pack, but then an off road excursion caused the car to drop out of the draft. Unable to catch up we finished mid field.
Sunday threw all previous data out the window, as can sometimes happen. In this case heavy rain soaked the racetrack. This was the first time our Spec Miata had been on rain tires at Road America so none of the previous dry weather data was any help. Being that there was only one race session on Sunday, it was used as chance to learn the wet line, and collect wet track data.
Jenkins Racing finished off Sunday afternoon by running the two hour enduro race with a fellow Bühler employee (who was a former a Bühler Apprenticeship Academy student) for fun. The extra seat time will be sure to help in the 2020 season.