The car is screaming, due to no mufflers and an X-pipe setup that exits just behind the driver. It sounds like it’s making more than the tuned-for-TT3 296 horsepower, but it makes the most of it with a Sadev sequential gearbox with custom ratios. The car weighs in at 3,316 pounds and rides on Hoosier A7s, 335s up front, 345s in the rear and it makes good use of them on this lap. Dally was getting lower on fuel than he usually likes to, but he stayed out for one more lap. He was a bit concerned because he uses part of the fuel load to make weight. When he weighed the car afterward, he still had 9 pounds to spare.
“I go out with a full tank, and usually at Sebring I get one lap per gallon, basically,” Dally said. “So, usually I have the alarm set, I think to 15 to 14 gallons remaining. And so when it comes on, I’m like, all right, I’ve got one lap left and then I’ve got to limp it back in maybe. But I think it had come on the lap before that, and that lap was like a 2:17.9, I think. And I was like, oh, I’ve got to stay out. You know what I mean?
“And then I finished, I think that was 2:17.6 something and managed to limp back in,” he said. “I slipped it in high gear and just kind coasted as much as I could as I putted off the track.”
It all paid off because Dally set the new TT3 track record at 2:17.67.
“I think I had put stickers on Saturday and then two sessions, and then that was a Sunday morning session. So yeah, temperatures were right outside, the tires were fresh, the track was grippy and, yeah, I think everybody was running fast that day,” Dally said. “So I think that weekend everybody was really fast, actually. There was a lot of records that fell that weekend.”