I was going to do individual posts for each driver but with three guys reporting engine problems just before Long Beach I figured we could call it the Engine Troubles of 2010 post.
1. Eric O’Sullivan (Subaru WRX) – Had troubles on the dyno which didn’t allow him at Media Day. We were told by Eric the motor was blown but didn’t get any details. Sounded confident it will be ready for Friday. He seemed ready to attack Streets of Long Beach this week.
2. Sam Hubinette (Dodge Challenger) – Ran into problems on the dyno as well. Prevented him from testing this week but car will be ready for Streets of Long Beach. I was told it was an oil pump issue if I remember right? Sam Hubinette has a great team behind me so I have no doubt the car will be ready for Friday.
3. Joon Maeng (Full Tilt Mazda Rx-8) – During one of the later Media Day sessions the motor made this horrid sound on deceleration and other teams told us the motor was blown. I didn’t run into the Bergenholtz later in the day as they rolled out but I am pretty sure that is what happened since several people told me the same story. Those guys know what they are doing as well so Joon should have a car ready for Friday practice/qualifying.
4. Ross Petty (Garage Boso/Falken S15) – Early in the morning they ran into motor troubles and loaded up on the trailer back to the shop. Not sure on the details of his problems since they packed up and quickly left.