August 11, 2012
Text: Chris Tobin
Photos: Gale Banks Engineering
Unlike the rest of the week, the Dallenbach Racing/Banks Power team had a rather relaxed Saturday. Attention was focused on repairing the intake plenum to make sure that the #98 would have all 1,400-horses roaring and ready to race Sunday. Fortunately fellow Unlimited Class competitor David Donner, a Colorado Springs resident, graciously offered to let the team use his shop to make repairs to the plenum. We really appreciate Donner’s sportsmanship, and are thankful for the camaraderie that exists among competitors here at Pikes Peak. Donner even helped with the intake plenum repairs then gave the team a tour of his family’s collection of vintage cars and racing memorabilia.
After welding the broken seam on the intake plenum and touring the Donner collection the team installed the intake plenum on the car and verified that all was well with the Banks twin-turbocharged 1,400-horsepower methanol fed Chevy small block beast! The relatively calm Saturday will help to ensure that the driver and crew are well rested and relaxed for their attack on the Pikes Peak Mountain Sunday.