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April 26 - Portland, Or - Laguna Seca, here we come. The #24 10th and M Seafoods Porsche 911 has been repaired from the racing damage sustained at the California Speedway. The geometry has been squared out, door replaced, body panels repaired, suspension mounts improved, full Motec dashboard installed as well as a few other things.
The car is ready to race, but has not been tested since Fontana. The first practice session on Friday will be telling. Under the supervision of engineer and crew chief Jeff Gamroth, few have doubts that the car will be even better than the last race.
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December 5 - We had a great time! Drivers Rod Emory, Chris Ridgeway, Paul Gaudio and I; crew support by the Emory’s crew and food by Jo, Amy and Linda – everyone did a terrific job.
Qualifying was 30 minutes of open track in the dark on Friday night – 50+ cars out!
We were gridded 43 of 59 cars starting at 11 am Sat. in cool dry weather. The Miata ran great and we moved steadily up the field thru the afternoon and night. We had a small bent fender incident in middle of the night when a car spun in front of Chris.
Almost 14 hours of the race are in the dark! The first stints in the dark were really the most nerve racking, but after a dozen laps or so you begin to develop a sense about the lights in your mirrors, how fast they’re coming up and when they’re passing. All drivers were pretty well behaved. Our lap times only dropped around 6-7 seconds in the dark.
By morning we were up to 8th in class of 23 and 16th overall. We were closing the gap on the next Miata (14 in the race) when, with 1.5 hours to go, we lost the right rear wheel bearing. That put us in the pits for 25 minutes but we were back on track for the last hour to finish the race. We held our class position of 8th but fell back to 20th overall.
The Miata is a great little race car – less power than our 356s, but so well balanced that it just flies through the turns. Miata lap times at Thunderhill are 2-7 seconds faster than the 356s depending on the driver.
After 7-plus hours of hard driving in two days my arms were like Jell-O and my hands were numb. I tried to brush my teeth Sunday but just smeared the toothpaste all over my face!
September 11 - The Emory Motorsports GT3 was on display at the annual Limb Roundup, a benefit dinner and auction for the Limbs for Life Foundation.
The event, held in Dallas, TX at Park Lane Ranch, raised nearly $400,000 for the Foundation's charitable mission of providing prosthetic care to individuals who could not otherwise afford it.
Many items of interest were silently bid on, such as autographed sports equipment and memorabilia, artwork, gift baskets and certificates.
On the live auction block were trips to NY to see David Letterman and Broadway shows, expensive gold watches and even a Labrador Retriever.
Also auctioned were one-hour "meetings" with notable luminaries like the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, Ross Perot, Jr., and Norman Brinker.
Not every one of the over 500 attendees went home with a treasure, but each went home with the knowledge that they helped support a very important organization with national and international reach.
Emory Motorsports would like to thank the event's organizers for their hospitality and look forward to helping tell the story of Limbs for Life.
August 21 - "The kids were lined up for days," said Rod Emory of the long lines of children waiting to ride EM's Car-go-round during the first annual Cruisin' Mac Car Show. The team brought several vintage Porsches and the new GT3 to display along 3rd St. in McMinnville, Oregon, with some 120 other cars.
In consecutive community event weekends, EM has raised over $400 for the Limbs for Life Foundation.
September 23 - During its first full day of testing at Portland International Raceway, the Emory Motorsports GT3 proved why American manufacturers are so determined to see its demise. It performed like a trooper, the beneficiary of many years of continuous development by Porsche Motorsports.
Drivers Rod Emory (below) and Chris Ridgway felt very confident behind the wheel, turning fast laps at will.
Jeff Gamroth of Rothsport Racing assisted with car setup and analysis.
Driving coach, Dirk Layer (right), rode with both Emory and Ridgway to assess their skills.
Initial testing showed that the team should be ready to go racing per their operational schedule.
August 8 , 2004 - EM displays car for local area public at "Walk in the Park," a popular Carlton, Oregon summertime event.
June 4, 2004 - EM meets with Nike designers to help develop the ergonomics of the GT3's cockpit to facilitate correct placement of Chris Ridgway's carbon-fiber-and-aluminum prosthetic on the clutch pedal.
June 3, 2004 - GT3 Cup Car Arrives at Emory Motorsports' world headquarters in McMinnville, OR. "This is the happiest day of my life," said Zayne Emory, 6, with tears in his eyes.