It’s a sad day for Mustang fans at the Mid-Ohio raceway. The Ford Mustang Boss 302S which was once a famous winner in the SCCA World Challenge slipped into tenth place this past weekend at the Mid-Ohio raceway. Seven of the Mustangs were overheating and their teams were blaming it on the small air restrictors that the SCCA mandated for the Mustang. Tiger Racing weren’t the only ones to suffer what is being thought of as ridiculous rules. There were also two engine failures and one poor driver was running so hot that his shoes melted to the cabin floor. This race has left the highest ranking Mustang team currently in 6th place in the standings and Tiger Racing is not happy.
To protest the SCCA every one of the Mustang teams sat out of Sunday’s race. They did make their initial formation lap so the fans could at least admire the beauty of the beasts, but then they parked their cars in the pit lane and watched the race go by. “The Mustang owners and drivers collectively and unanimously feel that the SCCA’s method of creating parity is not working and leaves the Mustang with a significant handicap in many areas, and an advantage in NO area,” said the teams in a collective statement released yesterday. “The Boss Mustang teams held meetings with series officials throughout the Mid-Ohio event in an attempt to regain some level of competitiveness, but those discussions proved fruitless. The teams collectively felt that their voices were not being heard and staged a protest to bring more attention to this matter.”
The protest was probably a great break though because Saturdays race ended up with the failed engines all ready mentioned suffered by Tiger Racing. JVK Motorsports and Autosports Development both had to deal with elevated ECT, Rehagen Racing suffered an exhaust manifold blowout, cracking and the extreme driver compartment heat. GSP Racing also suffered from extreme compartment heat that was enough to melt the driver’s shoes, and R & C Motorsports had exhaust manifold failures.
Justin Bell, driver of the Tiger Racing Mustang Boss 302S is featured in the following video to talk more about it.