Jay did an excellent job of telling the story at the awards, but if you can't wait for the video:
I had a 96 Integra GSR that was totaled. Loading it on the trailer Friday, it wouldn't start, so we tried to pull start it. When we popped the clutch, the axel broke. Got it to the track at 6 and finished with the axel around 230AM. Went to tech after the driver's meeting. Tech found a few small safety issues. Fixed them, came back and tech noticed my fabbed rear subframe was fitted, but the bolt was loose and the bracket was not welded. Welded it and tightened the bolt, but Jay didn't like it. So...
Jay told me to weld a box for strength on the subframe, replace the bent wheel, replace the loose front hub and fix the loose steering. He said "Do all that, it will take you a couple of hours, bring it to me, I will test drive it and if I'm happy, tech can re inspect it. They may find a different problem you will have to fix. You may not get on track until Sunday. What do you want to do?" I told him I would have to discuss it with the team.
I told the team I thought we could do it, but it was there call. Two drivers said "I'm going home"; one said "I'll stay".
Mr. I'll Stay ment he would stay and get caught up on a novel he was reading.
By 5PM or so, one of the "I'm going home" guys called to see how I was making out. I told him we made some progress, and he said he was coming back.
Team Blue Goose dropped the axel out of their CRX and washed their hands of the car. They offered it to Jay as a Peoples Crush. Jay emailed me and said "use whatever parts you need to get your car fixed.
The plan was to use the CRX bearings, but Jim Berg showed me how it would be easier to "fix" the old hub with a belt sander.
Around midnight I finished Jay's list. After Sunday's drivers meeting, Jay took a joy ride. He came back and said "the breaks are locked up. Go fix it". He suggested putting the thinner, older roters back on. Did that, brought it back, Jay drove it again and same problem. He thought it was the front passenger calliper locking and that is why it was pulling to the right as well as locking up the breaks. That was 11-1130ish
O'Reilly's had a calliper, but the closest one was 30 miles away. I drove 60 miles round trip, put on the calliper, took it to Tech by 2, were Phil just leaned on it and could NOT push it. Breaks were still locked.
Took it back to the pit, and discovered that in it's front end accident, the driver's shock tower pressed on a steel break line at the master and crimped the tube.
I was gonna throw in the towel, because many teams were gone. I needed to borrow a flaring tool and a tubing bender. No one would have those, and there was only an hour left. I walked half way to Tech to tell Jay, when I had an idea.
I cut the tubing way back and put the flare nut on. I then used the rubber break hose from the TBG CRX that goes from body to calliper, ground off 1/4" from the banjo bolt to make it short enough to fit in the tight space between the master and shock, and connected the other end to my flare nut, that I flared with long-nose pliers. Topped off the fluid and brought it to Jay at 245. He asked "is it fixed?" I responded "maybe".
As he climbed in, he said "Go suit up."
I ran all the way back to the far end of the pit to grab my stuff. Got a ride from chief tech David in his golf cart. Suited up in the penalty box with about 5-6 guys helping me. They then strapped me in.
Jay instructed "the steering still sucks and the breaks are horrible, so don't go fast. Stay out of the racing line. I got on track with an escort from Dave clearing a path. By the time I got all the way around to the start line, the checkered was waving.
Yee-Haw 2010 "Most Heroic Fix" & "I Got Screwed" -2 trophies for 1 lap, but I took checkered on my lap.
Gator-O-Rama 2012 "Organizers Choice" -2 laps 1 trophy, but i still finished ahead of an E30
Yee-Haw 2013 No trophy -26 laps, I think I see a pattern here
Gator-O-Rama 2014 "Waiting for the Last Minute Call from the Governor Award" -who's counting? John