After a chat with the owner prior to Quals, he explained an updated repair plan. The new plan was to swap out the water pump with a new model - thinking that Ford made 2 models and it could be broken or possibly even the wrong one. So that change along with another full system flush. A repair like that would fit between Quals and the 3pm race - but not before. So I was instructed to top the car off with water and just run 1-2 laps to get a Qualifying spot while the owner ran quickly for parts.
I went out late for Qualifying and fired 1 hot lap as best I could. I ran a new weekend best of 1:23.1 w/o the tires being fully up to temp and navigating a bit of traffic front & rear (see vid). It felt a bit better actually but I just simply needed more seattime in the car and with all the issues I was not getting many laps. My time placed me in 7th today however, about 1 second out of 4th, with only 8 cars making it out as there was some attrition. Below is a pic of the in-class cars (me in the #20) of CMC - Camaro-Mustang Challenge.
The race was another standing start, and again I was not the best out of the gate. I think I made 2-3 laps keeping an eye on the water temps and they were unfortunately shooting up quickly once again. Coming out of T8 it felt like something burst and the car slid sideways briefly as I decided to exit immediately. Turns out the radiator hose came off. Total laps for the day: 9.