First some very good news items;
1) My transmission is not totally screwed. I backed the car off the trailer on Friday and to get it into the garage I had to use first and reverse a number of times. Everything was as normal and the box selected all the gears. It does seem to lug down a number of times like it is trying to select a few gears at once and it does have the catching noise, but no grinding or rattling. I think I have a bad shift fork. I will see when I pull it out, but I don't think its catastrophic at all.
2) My low oil pressure issues. I have done a bunch of research into this over the weekend. First when I fired up the car, the oil pressure was at 110 plus. After it got warm (170 degrees) it dropped to about 50 - 55 lbs at idle and blipped up to 70+ at 5,000. So everything seemed to be stable. I went at looked at the Mumm Bros. dyno sheet to see what the car had when it was new. It seems that the max pressure when new was 73 lbs. I am not far off.
So then I researched oils a bit as I am running Mobil 1 20-50. Based on a comment on the Improved Touring site about Mobil 1 not working great at higher oil temps, I googled a bunch of threads and did some research. It seems that as oil temps exceed 220 degrees, Mobil 1 looses its viscosity pretty quickly based on the synthetic base they use for the oil. It recovers as the oil cools down. It still protects well, it just gets a bit thin. This explains why I had 50 lbs during the race and the oil pressure recovered as I slowed down.
It seems that Redline uses the best base synthetic for higher temperatures and will easily withstand 250 degree oil temps without pressures dropping down due to lost viscosity. What is really interesting is that I was running Redline in the past and only switched to Mobil 1 because I couldn't get Redline locally when i needed it. JRP was always out of stock on the 40w Race Oil I used to use. I can hardly wait to change the oil and see what happens. I will flush out all the Mobil 1 first. I expect I have no issues at all.
3) Finally, this year was surprisingly good in the final race points in the GT3 Class of the GT Challenge Cup. It seems as though I finished 10th in class out of 26 registered runners. Its amazing what you can accomplish just by finishing races. We finished 6th in class at the 3 Hour and 4th in the final event. Even though in both cases the cars were running poorly, we slugged it through to the finish and collected enough points to finish in a top 10 position. Kinda back door I know, but it makes me happy about our efforts and ready to upgrade for next year.
All in all a very interesting weekend.