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  1. Crap, had started typing quite a bit and now its zapped, lost *mumbles something about hating computers* Deep breath, Im here, will get to a little race recapping, provide some answers, and forward facing videos soon, but most importantly: ChampCar staff, volunteers, and Club members: A big Thank You from Team Infiniti! Mike, Luis and I are blown away, still recovering and processing everything that has happened over the last weekend. This win is dedicated to Jake.
    28 points
  2. This is not an official response from ChampCar, but I wanted to get it up and out there as I typed up my thoughts from this past weekend and impound.
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  3. Cells were measured yesterday, by the dimensions that were found they were questioned, told they had blocks inside. Took that as valid yesterday, today two teams videotaped them putting in fuel and took pics of the cans before they went into the car. Yes, three protests were filed, 2 for 108 and 1 for 107, the team explained that both cars were identically built, so they only did the pump out/capacity check on the 108. After removing all fuel from the cell, the team provided 3 fuel cans with 4 gallons, stating that was all they had left. Champ staff too the other empty cans and filled them
    24 points
  4. The Cobra is not dead. It was pulled apart this morning. No unibody or subframe damage. It appears to be cosmetic with a bent knuckle (which is easily fixed).
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  5. Found a pic of the displacement balls they are running...
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  6. Regarding compression, start by eliminating all race fuel or fuel in excess of 93 octane. That will keep compression down.
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  7. Not really, offer to buy their gas for 2.80 a gallon. Or hand them some jugs of 93 and see if they will use it. Sound is being enforced with a tinker toy, fuel might as well be done with noses.
    15 points
  8. Man, been a loooong time since I've typed one of these. Sorry for the super long post. I'll start off by saying big thanks to Champcar, CMS, the corner workers and all the volunteers for putting on a great race despite the weather. It felt good to be back out there, seeing familiar faces and meeting some of the new staff. Thanks also goes out to the other teams for racing super clean in unfavorable conditions. I know I didn't see any bonehead moves or damage causing errors during my 2 stints, which is impressive given just how slick the track was for the vast majority of the ra
    14 points
  9. I just sent in this ticket: Can I please get the procedure for inspecting the following:1. Fuel capacity of a fuel cell.2. Fuel capacity of a fuel cell with internal surge tank.3. Fuel capacity of a stock tank. (might not be able to easily check the neck on these)Also:Is the fill neck included in the capacity limits?Will the fuel be measured using something with calibrated graduations, weight, or another method, or multiple methods?Does the stated capacity of the fuel cell matter or only the actual capacity?Would an unmodified stock tank which holds more than the stated capacity, r
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  10. THERE IS NO FUEL OCTANE RULE. There is no problem here with whatever fuel you want to use, again not a problem. As a board please focus on a real problem allowing 6' long 3" diameter fill necks that hold 2.8 gallons of fuel at no penalty or regulation. Also it is dangerous as a homemade fill should never be allowed on track full of fuel. Please pass the submitted petition requiring the overflow drain on all cell and altered fill neck cars. I just had to disqualify a team for having .7 gallon over capacity in his cell, his car has a 7" long fill neck as he opens his trunk and fuels dire
    13 points
  11. We, as a board, are working very hard to preserve, the low budget amateur racing we all enjoy. While there can be no guarantee, we would like to feel more confident that this or other cars are not going to cause damage to competitors cars. Racing is not the sort of sport that can be done with any certainty of no damage but, we look to the membership to keep the racing as clean as possible. I know how much blood, sweat,tears, and money goes into getting these cars to the track. One of the most important things in this topic is that you (the membership) don't work really hard to get your car to
    12 points
  12. Came here for race reports (and maybe to read a little more about the tutts) found people arguing about fire suits, jugs, and race gas....
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  13. Photo by Kurt Roussell For more Daytona images visit. https://fastcarphotos.com/galleries/2021-events/2021-champcar-daytona-14-hour/
    12 points
  14. You don’t have to. There are 100 teams out there to keep tabs on each other. Did ChampCar officials take video of a tuttle pit stop? Competitors did and then competitors filed a protest. You put in any kind of tire rule and it will be competitors policing it, not ChampCar officials. If the rule is 1 tire per stop max, and some team does more, a video will show up documenting that. Will every infraction be caught? No, but most will, and that’s a better % than we see with PUY!
    11 points
  15. Ray, My wife was helping our team by handing us the fuel jugs, she was prepositioning them on the pit wall. Tom came over and advised her not to do this. The fuel jugs were literally 3’ from where we were dumping fuel in the car, if something bad happened my wife and my son(fire bottle)could have seriously been hurt. So, thank you and Tom for looking out for our safety even if it isn’t in the rule book!
    11 points
  16. Brian is now claiming a displacement ball cracked, allowing fuel into it. I'll let you all discuss that claim.
    11 points
  17. Really glad to see that the rules were enforced
    11 points
  18. For the 3 people that may find this interesting. After all the parts replaced and threats of physical harm made toward the car, the problem turned out to be................ injector harness. Car took a dump after 8 hours at Road Atlanta after having some work done by Primal (Racing Analytics) to fix the original problem that started this thread. After a return trip to Primal following Road Atlanta, they found the injector harness was contributing to injector failure. So our consistent, time delayed 6-8 hour misfire that caused us to drop out of all but 2 races turned out to be that stupid
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  19. ChampCar National Championship at Road America Additional event sponsor gifts brought to you by ChampCar Staff Member Dennis Morgan Leinenkugel- 1 Hammock, 1Inflatable paddle boat w/oars and 2 six packs of beer Armstrong Apple Orchards 2 bottles of Sexy Legs wine Wisconsin Natural Acres 1 case of Pure Honey Inthewoods Sugar Bush 2- 16oz bottles of Pure Wisconsin Maple Syrup Culver's Restaurants 20 Value Basket gift cards 20 Raspberry Sundae gift cards Fleet Farm Gas Station 5 - $30 gas cards
    11 points
  20. Interesting. I appreciate how you made it sound like you are actually the one who does that....
    11 points
  21. With the multiplayer the GBU Corvette started something like 5 to 7 laps down. Note. Any points added to a car after impound are subject to the lap multiplier of the event. But you guys knew that because you read tbe rules really carefully. Lol
    11 points
  22. For me I did not hear contrition. I heard a whole lot of excuse making and had zero confidence that things would really change. At the end of the meeting I felt almost the same as when it started. For me it was valuing the grass root members more than the race entries MCM would have brought. We reviewed all the videos and history and mixed those with Matt's answers after the meeting and they just didn't mesh.
    10 points
  23. MCM appealed their ban last night to the Board and were denied by a majority vote. A number of us did not hear what we needed to bring them back into the series at this time. Just an FYI.
    10 points
  24. Thank you. If you go back I insisted a team remove their 6' × 3" neck, they complained it went to the boss was given to the TAC, board and the long big fill was deamed OK. I am not against relocation of fills to get them away from driver, brakes, or exaust. If the fuel overflow drain rule is put in it won't matter what size fill is used Trying to pack fuel in will take more time to drain before closing, and thats when other things can be done to the car. Also will decrease on track fuel spillage, imho.
    10 points
  25. There were only 50 some cars at RA (Only 38 started Sunday). Far below past attendance. I don't know that running off teams is a great idea. I'm guessing Tuttle will fix his fuel cells. Just like Riley is fixing the Vette to match the new VPI. Running off teams is not how to fix things. Enforcing the rules and not playing favorites is how you fix things.
    10 points
  26. Brian is posting all about it on ChampCar unsensored. 25 gallon cell, lots of displacement balls but none of them had a plug in them. I guess the notion of "displacing" escaped the team. Of course on visual inspection the balls are there. No one ever does a pump out, right? They. got. caught. My opinion.
    10 points
  27. I actually believe that you should not get any allowance from a fuel cell. If my old Miata held 12.7 gallons and I put in a cell, it also should hold 12.7 gallons-maybe with a .5 allowance or something. Allowing cell'd cars more gas raises the costs of racing for everyone who then have to add cells to keep up. .
    10 points
  28. I don’t understand this discussion of angle the car sits. Does that affect how much fuel it holds? You can sit the car on the bumper and the cell holds what it holds. If you pump more out than it is supposed to have it’s over the limit. If you screwed up measuring it or had it on jack stands at an odd angle that’s on you.
    10 points
  29. Well.....that was brought up a few years back and stated if you jack the car up, leave it on the stands, then start the fuel process as normal, finish and put the cap on, then lower the car, it was kosher.
    10 points
  30. What a weekend! Daring Greatly Racing made it's first appearance at Daytona and had so much fun that we couldn't contain our excitement and blew our hood off on the front straight. We are just happy that nobody got hurt and we didn't ruin any other teams weekend. We were on our fourth driver, 17th overall, 7th in class when the hood failed. During our first two stops I found the rubber cover that goes between the core support and the radiator laying on top of the intake. I was worried that the part might end up getting trapped in the belts so I took it off at stop #2. Engine
    10 points
  31. Finally got paint on my 750 point 50 year old car that would get spanked by RBank! LMAO So again, why are ALL the old 911's valued at 750 points? Even the early 2 liter ones when the 914-6 is 300 points and every bit the car the early 911's are.........
    9 points
  32. After turning no laps in 2020 thanks to Covid, the #55 Udder Chaos Dodge Neon finally made it out of the trailer and provided us (three person team of Kent, Dave and Rainer) with just what the doctor ordered - maximum amount of smiles per mile. On Friday we had to chase down a bad connector on our alternator and 2021 tech found a handful of things that had not surfaced in the 5 years of previous inspections, but that is a good thing because they were all safety related and that's something we are happy to get extra eyes on. Despite these challenges, all three of us got a chance t
    9 points
  33. 901 Motorsports brought a knife to a gunfight, broke all kinds of stuff, but had a great weekend anyway. We knew the #901 e30 was not ideal for Road America, but we were excited to see what we could do. We had a strong driver lineup, the car is bulletproof (normally), and we thought we could stretch fuel to get 2hrs out of a tank. And it was the Championship so we were going to go flat out! Well, Friday was humbling as we realized the fastest cars were 8+ seconds a lap faster, even if we railed the corners and pounded the car over curbs that rattled teeth. We all got a f
    9 points
  34. I’m against any change which increases the length of the morning driver meetings.
    9 points
  35. Help me understand this situation. Multi car team correct? Arrive and Drive team? Cheated some how to be DQ. Someone with money (two cars) had to cheat to win. Pretty sad and embarrassing. Why does money multi car team cheat? While some of us struggle to just get to the track. Uhaul trailer, one set of tires and all of your friends smell like oil and gas at the end of the day. They just get DQ. How about they be put on hold for a year for not following the intent of Champ Car. It will make others think before they cheat. I am just trying to pass tech per the rules and that's tuff
    9 points
  36. So you are saying your tent is heavy and slow?
    9 points
  37. 41 cars, 2 MCM entries, 1 DNF. The DNF was a crash into the wall day 2. Much time spent off track due to penalties. Called unsafe by someone I know that was there.
    9 points
  38. Please tell me someone welded a shark fin to the top of the 1st place trophy before presenting it to Ed! Congrats @Team Infiniti, well done!
    9 points
  39. Go Team Infiniti. You’re the Heroes for all of us that really are on a budget. Congratulations!!!!
    9 points
  40. ChampCar will again have Sahlen's ChampYard at the Glen t-shirts available for purchase at registration. Adult sizes only. S-4XL
    8 points
  41. Hood 2.0 is coming along nicely. We added a center latch and left more structure in the front of the hood. Ducting has also been improved.
    8 points
  42. Well 2 Idiot's and a Garage, Sheboygan Auto Helpers, had an interesting race weekend, first I wish to thank all the drivers, it was hectic pointing you all by so often but again you showed how good you all are, not a single mark on the car, being the slowest car out there Sunday I'm sure was annoying to most of you, but you all showed us why it's such an honor to race with you all. With that said I can fill in what we were dealing with, the car was much faster cornering with the Aero mods, Friday we got to see that, until our shifter linkage decided to slip out of the shaft leaving me with 3rd
    8 points
  43. Car that got the eventual single race W Sunday arrived and left on an open trailer And uses child labor to save on maintenance
    8 points
  44. Now you know what to expect. I've been that lead car, multiple times. You take off when it's most advantageous for you to do so. Well, I sure as hell have.
    8 points
  45. If there's that much difference in your cells capacity based on pitch/roll, you've got issues. We don't need to make this into a huge procedure everytime. It should be the cell capacity and its pretty easy to measure.
    8 points
  46. Gotta balloon those fuel jugs so that none bat an eye when you pour just three
    8 points
  47. Great race. Thank you Champcar officials and all staff for putting on another great Daytona event. Here are a few old pics of the 801 car to clarify some confusion I noticed in the broadcast as well as around the paddock throughout the weekend. This car has been running this event since the first ever Chumpcar race at Daytona back when a "crapcan" was the spec car. As the series has evolved we have tried to keep our effort as Chump as possible. The 802 v-8 car was sold two years ago and now lives in Ohio. 803 was a gold e34 which was sold five years ago. The 804 car that finished fourth
    8 points
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