Chad (OCTARD) very recently spoke with Ron Tredway, current owner of Jerry Thompson's old Owens-Corning Camaro. Ron recalled a conversation he had with Jerry Thompson about 5 years ago while both were having dinner together during the Monterey Historic Races weekend.
Ron recalled Jerry saying he was blasting down the back straight and then... "Hit the brakes and nothing. All sorts of cars in front of him so he moves [over], throws it sideways in effort to slow down, gets it straightened out in time to go into the trees. Banged off one or two with the passenger side and came to a halt.
He thought to himself, whew..that might not be too bad, when the tree right in front of him, slowly collapsed on the roof!
He said it was the first use of silicone brake fluid…I know of a few SF region SCCA guys who had the same problem happen to them!"
This certainly gives us a little more insight into what was causing the braking problems with the Owens-Corning cars at Mid-Ohio! Thanks to Chad and Ron for getting that information to us!