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Despite the seven gasket failures, the team has had a very successful season, finishing 62.5% of the races and out of that percentage, they have placed in the top five 80% of the time. According to Paul, the team has also finished the last two races without any problems and is also using a different seating method for the engine, which may have solved their gasket issue. In my opinion, the odds are in Carter’s favor, and the opportunity cost of withdrawing from the race would be too large to accept. Carter’s approach for this race should, however, be very smart and relaxed. I don’t think they should take any chances during the race that would result in engine failure or push the limits of the car too far. Carter racing shouldn’t aim to get first place, but rather just try to be in the top five and cause less damage on the car. Finishing the race, but not sealing the Goodstone Tire sponsorship for the next year would be better than blowing the gasket and losing both their current sponsorship with the oil company and their potential sponsorship with Goodstone.