Gone are the days of easy profits in the transmission rebuilding industry. Cars of today are complex and more difficult and expensive to diagnose and repair. The quality of manufacture is the best it’s ever been; longer-lasting transmissions, longer factory warrantees and lease intrusion all mean less available work for the shop.
It is 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and I am about an hour away from Daytona Beach, Fla., where I will compete in the final race of this season. The sanctioning body is the Grand American Road Racing Association, the road-racing division of NASCAR. This series, on premier race tracks in the United States and Canada, features 10-12 races per season, all televised on the Fox Speed Channel.