It could be called the trip from hell if
you were looking at all that went wrong. But the Hoffman Team showed its
grit and championship determination in Florida. Frankly I can not remember
everything that happened, but here are the primary happenings:
- After only 9 laps or so the primary,
newly refreshed motor blew in practice night at Ocala
- The second motor blew night 3 in Ocala when we had a top 5 or better
- The 4 wheeler locked up and could not be used the 2 nights in East Bay,
a lot of pushing by hand. Thanks to USAC and fellow racers for
use of their 4 wheelers. Did I mention that we pitted out of the infield ,
requiring a lot of help to move everything.
- The crew , expecting to have a day or 2 to relax, worked 9am-9pm or
later daily. We changed the entire fuel system on the primary car to
assure no fueling problems were causing motor problems.
- Trips back and forth from Tampa to Ocala to pick up a spare car .
- Had to replace the front right tire on the truck, due to foreign object
- Got totally soaked cleaning the car in the rain before heading home .
- All time win #87 came in night 2 at Ocala.
- 2 quick times at Ocala
- Top 3 finishes in every race where we finished or were not taken out by
a fellow competitor.
Night 2 at East Bay while running
2nd, with a chance at another win, the 3rd place car decided to take us
out by ramming into our rear bumper and spinning us out. Of course he kept
going. Apologies rang very hollow.
- A very fast car every night .
It was great to see our friends Stush and Toni in East Bay. We owe a big
thank you to Captain Jack Nowling for his hospitality and kindness in
sharing his home with the racers.
Looking forward to racing at our home track, Lawrenceburg on April 4th.
Taking a deep breath and back to work for now.
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions