Planning for tech is a year-long process of studying the rules to make sure you don’t have to rebuild your car on site. S&T knows it’s good strategy to get in tech early so if problems (as they always do) crop up, you have time to modify your vehicle. We’re told S&T’s advance crew made last night’s 7:00 p.m. registration deadline with less than a minute to spare, and that effort landed them the 9th slot (out of roughly 80 teams) for tech inspection.
Tech is a cacophony of hectic voices. Imagine 15 cars just feet from each other in one garage, each of which is assigned a crack team of industry engineers who poke, prod, touch, fiddle with and otherwise put their palm prints on every nook and cranny of the car. Is this loose? Is this edge sharp? Is it safe? Does it fit the templates? The rules?
S&T was fortunate. They remembered some 2014 shortcomings and were prepared, running into just two issues, the seat height and a shroud for the fuel neck, and by 3:00 p.m. they had cleared tech inspection.
Tomorrow brings the documentation events of design, cost and presentation. In other words, get in line and wait your turn. Friday brings the vroom-vroom stuff.
And possible rain.