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  2. If so, make sure you don't replace that easily cut stock rubber filler tube with an aftermarket filler tube like this: You'll have to put in a metal bulkhead to protect it even though it's much thicker and tougher than the OEM rubber filler hose. 'Cause OEM fuel related stuff that meets the absolute minimum standard and may not even do that much because of accountants that manage to substitute materials on the assembly line to save a few pennies per car is soooo much safer than fuel cells and related parts that were designed to survive in an actual racing environment.
  3. Where's the fuel cell? Looks like stock stuff to me ...
  4. Not quite. You need to encapsulate all of it. Even the steel stuff. Need a 2nd barrier.
  5. Hi, Our 2006 Miata currently has the filler tube in the driver compartment, half of it is steel and half of it is rubber. I need to replace/encapsulate the rubber section right? Any suggestions on how to do it? Here are some pics "ALL FUEL CELLS AND FUEL COMPONENTS MUST BE ENCLOSED IN A METAL CANISTER / ENCLOSURE. All fuel cells and fuel components (fill tubes, vent lines, etc)shall be separated from the driver compartment by a metal bulkhead. All lines and fittings that pass through the cabin of the vehicle must be metal or must be encased in continuous steel conduit or aluminum tube. The metal canister that makes up the fuel cell does not count as a bulkhead"
  6. We're attempting both, does that count? @IPF Racing we'll be doing some chicken and some brisket for friday. Also bringing some beer
  7. Penalties? If there were penalties for spilling fuel it wouldn't happen. Have some sort of plate that you can set on top of the spill to see how big it is. If you can still see fuel around the edge of the plate then a penalty will be imposed. If not, then you get told not to do it again. The size of this 'plate' can be determined by the BOD but I'd say 1ft square or a circle with a 1ft diameter.
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  9. To build on one of the problems some others have mentioned, I do think a worst-case situation is a fully experienced sprint racer (who has no endurance experience) renting a seat. Sprint racers are used to a very high level of awareness from their fellow drivers. Many sprint racers see less than 4 passes in a race. When passing is that infrequent, it is extremely unusual for the car being passed to be surprised by the pass. In fact, when you watch YouTube of a typical SCCA sprint race, the car being passed often does substantial reactionary driving (aka blocking) in response to ththe car behind him. So you take a driver from that environment and put him in a race with large speed differentials and a healthy scoop of newbies. That driver assumes EVERY car he catches is aware of his presence (wrong) and assumes any driving off of the traditional line is either “letting him by” or “blocking”. Of course in many cases, it is neither. It is someone trying to find their way, and fully unaware that a pass is pending. The result often ends up being kind of like the situation where the squirrel is trying to “outsmart” the car coming down the road towards him.....
  10. For Lemons I’d love a Triumph Spitfire with a 289 or 302 and 5 speed. I think is a combo that you could conceivably put together within their rules too.
  11. If there’s just one reason I want to run a Lemons event, it’s the ridiculous swaps. I think they are awesome!
  12. Nothing stopping you from racing there this year https://racelucky.ca/official-race-dates/
  13. That says "should", not "must".
  14. I boil it down a bit. If you think the pass is risky.... either don't do it, or make sure the other driver is aware... years of racing lemons helped to make me understand the variability of these drivers AND cars...
  15. There was a guy who ran a radial engine in an mr2 in lemons at gingerman. That thing was awesome and loud!
  16. We should blindfold all the drivers after the quiet hour, spin them around three times, let them loose and belt them in to whichever car they end up in. Pot luck tail gate Friday, pot luck racing Sunday afternoon.
  17. I've wrote and deleted a few posts on this and I will likely regret this one. None the less, I've thought a lot about contact in Champcar, the cause, the cause of our own contact, and how to prevent it in the future. To address an issue I think its smart to fully understand it. It seems there are many who'd rather not, and that is fine, but I took this approach and it seemed to help us. Champcar is a melting pot of drivers, cars, and teams which creates a number of different scenarios. To limit contact there are a number of things that can be done, from saying "Don't hit someone", banning certain teams, all the way to analyzing exactly why contact occurs and educating people, or some combination there-in. For example of the variability, I was passed by Good-Guys-Racing at VIR. They came up fast at night, I almost crapped myself and stayed right after T10 and just let him have his way with me. A few laps later I am gaining on Good-Guys-Racing and it appears as though its the first time they've ever been at the track and they were way off line and their driving is all over the place. In the span of a few minutes the approach to passing had to completely change, and if it didn't a podium car could have ended up on a trailer. The lack of understanding and appreciation of this variability causes contact. I've attached an image of a chart that defines how I've analyzed contact and how we can prevent it. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1zBZzAYcgfstO0xtxqddVmgsDB7_lxmaQ-fzgMX2mX1g/edit?usp=sharing I came from SCCA and the main source of my contact and what I've seen from other teams using rental drivers with road race experience has been in the columns No Awareness >Maintain Line, and No Awareness > Learning Track. What I failed to understand and what I believe others fail to understand is that drivers are fully entitled to run whatever line they want. Its the goal of the series to get 100% green drivers on track, and there should be zero expectation that the car being passed will adjust their line or shall be influenced by a car trying to pass them. If you have that expectation you will cause contact. In some cases it means a car will take the exact opposite line you'd expect, and in others, even being side-by-side may result in no acknowledgment from the driver being passed that you are even there. It took us three races to learn this. We got pulled from a practice day and a black flag could have cost us a win. It was clear if it happened again, that we wouldn't be welcome back to CC in the paddock, or from MikeC. We've analyzed why, and corrected our behavior and although we still drive aggressively, changes have allowed us to run clean over the last four races and we expect that to continue. It seems other teams have similar issues and more egregious. Ie: performing a pit maneuver on a car on the back straight. I think teams with experienced rental drivers need to beat their drivers over the head about the fact that drivers are entitled to use 100% of the track, regardless of it being the race line. Outside of all of this, there has recently been 2 instances (WGI and Indy) where contact has been intentional by teams. This I feel is something else entirely and should be dealt with by CC. The goal of this post is to present my analysis and understanding to help teams with issues, and perhaps frame the discussion for action to be taken. IE: Intentional contact should be harsh and swift bans. Consistent overdriving should be addressed Failure to leave margin to new drivers should be addressed (the goal is to encourage new teams, right?) *If the chart is helpful I can open it up for edits. I just threw it together this morning as a visual representation of the understanding I have come to, so there might be some refinements needed.
  18. You guys may have seen this guys masterpiece before, but man I love it every time I see it. Low 10's and 220kph in the quarter is pretty good I would think. Assuming they are running the quarter lol. So it's too bad the radial isn;t on any VPI lists .....
  19. One of my favorite in car videos. Frank Stippler runs it pretty good and it sounds fantastic to my ears. Not many good in car vids of really old cars like this one out on the net. This one has great quality, the car is running perfectly, and Frank is driving pretty hard to a second place finish. Check out the several times his apex is very early and he has to adjust to keep from hitting something very solid at the apex. Just love it! Oh and the Champcar punt at the end https://www.goodwood.com/grr/race/historic/2016/7/video-goodwood-hero-stippler-glides-stunning-maserati-250f-round-monaco/
  20. So far 1/4 of the entrants are V8 cars, very interesting....
  21. high in the low 50's, low in the low 30's
  22. Hello Jorge, I’m interested in 1 or 2 stints on either Saturday or Sunday, can you please give me an idea as to cost......thanks. Richard
  23. Road America over under on temp, we should start pool for that.
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