SUNDAY, July 19, 2015 - Veteran pilot and team owner Gordon Downard will crew chief Herd Racing's #66 SST-120 team this weekend at the Huntington Classic, filling in for 2015 crew chief Dan Bunting who will be serving as director of the championship race.
Bunting, owner of Powerboat Nationals, the company conducting the Huntington Classic's North American Championship events, has overseen the team's Formula 1 operations in 2015, but is unable to be involved with the team during the next two SST-120 events due to his duties with PN.
Downard, who retired from racing as a pilot in 2013, and served as team owner for his daughter's rookie year of racing in 2014, is building a new boat for his daughter to race in 2016.
Our Herd Racing team will run our Lamb/Caniff hull at Huntington and Rising Sun, powered by an engine we ran last year. We had the heads cut and a little porting done over the winter to pick up a little more compression and horsepower, but it is the same engine we ran at Huntington and Portsmouth last year, originally built by David McCormick the prevoius winter.
The big challenge we face this week is getting our hull rigged and ready by Friday's report date to Huntington. I have an extremely busy week at work with out of town travel most of the week. The boat is back at our shop after having the sponsons tightened up, but we still have a lot to do, including putting the engine on, plumbing, wiring, air system installation and some other stuff. A good full day of work lies ahead and may not get done until we get to the race site on Friday morning.
The Formula 2 portion of our race schedule is here, ready or not. See you Friday in Huntington!