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  1. 17 points
  2. 15 points
    Premium Dudes race report (highly abbreviated to not waste your time!): Friday: So hot... why is it so hot here? It's only 7am, how is it 80 degrees? Engine troubles... replaced injectors Engine troubles solved Wow I can't run more than 5 laps without my coolshirt! Other drivers testing. Successful day Saturday: Starting in 3rd!!!!!!!!! How did I just get passed by 13 cars!?!?! OMG these cars are fast. I'm not used to getting passed this much! Ok, I'm in a groove now... lets do this thing! Fast lap 2:29 Clawed back into the top 10... time to pit. Other drivers take their stints. Larry gets us a 5 min. PUY Coolshirt cooler working its magic We bounce between 7th and 13th for the rest of the day.. car running great until we get engine issues with an hour left. Have to short-shift now Sunday: Starting out in 8th place... short shifting... this will make gaining on the leaders difficult. Game plan? Wait for others to break!!!! Burningham down Cone Crushers down Rbank CRX down Biohazard down Rbank Saab down We're in 3rd place!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF is that blue streak in 4th place that just went by? Did that blue streak just run a 2:24? It did it again? and now a 2:25? What the hell just happened? Finish in 4th place. 3rd in the championship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Awards: - We won a SICK racing radios 5W radio kit with harness, pit headset, earbuds.. the whole nine yards! Thanks Racing Radios!!!!! - Won a set of Maxxis tires!!!! Thanks Maxxis! - Won a Kylo Ren trophy!! This was the best event we have been to. The level of competition was very high and the quality of driving was top notch... all the drivers reported going door-to-door with many different cars and we only ended up with 1 little tire swirl on a fender. That's awesome for 16 hours of racing. Everyone who didn't attend this race really missed out. Looking forward to next year's championship, hoping to win some races later this year to get another high seed.
  3. 14 points
    If ya have wondered why I haven't been on the forum of late it was because of this. Almost whatever topic originally discussed ( THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT NCM ) has been taking a turn to another subject. In this case so far its BMW rear ends. Its supposed to be about a epic race. Had to vent Just made this for ya'll
  4. 12 points
    @enginerd and @red0 Great job in the national championship race! Despite, as you said, the field being so very strong, you guys showcased what a well prepared car running a steady pace, can do. While you were a few seconds off the pace of the "aero E30's", your approach of keeping it simple seems to have paid off. I know you guys anticipated this race with a lot of energy - I hope you realize what a great accomplishment you portrayed of "the little guy" having great success. I'm proud to call you guys my friends and look forward to seeing you at a track again soon. Congrats to the top running teams. You guys were obviously well prepared and ready for the immense challenge of track, heat, and tough competition. I applaud ALL the teams who finished, as well as those who attempted to compete at NCM. As for the race itself, and the Champcar Live broadcast team and Champcar officials - WELL DONE!!! It's hard to believe how far this series has come and just how legitimate and sensible it is to be a proud member of this organization. Despite some of the gruff we see on this forum at times, this is truly a great group of people on both sides, the management, as well as the racing teams and volunteers. I believe we saw Champcars' finest days this past weekend, and am confident that it too will be surpassed in the future as we continue to grow together. Epic indeed!!
  5. 10 points
    Fantastic weekend. Corner workers and safety crew were fantastic. ChampCar crew was great, thanks to them as always. The level of competition was well beyond any race I’ve done before. We ran hard for 16 hours and took 3rd place in the championship! More to post later. Congrats to NineFour and RVA
  6. 9 points
    ChampCar is bringing two A/C units to install in timing and scoring. They stay with the track. We have also helped with spreading of gravel in spots, I think along pit lane too. All the gate fees ($20 for spectators) stay with the track and will be put towards upgrades. We really love this place and want to make it great again.
  7. 9 points
    Way to shoot down my Tuesday night plans Ray.
  8. 9 points
    Hey Shutupraracing, Shut up & race! Didn't see your car there, why you talking trash? Read the rules & interpret, this is not a Spec series. It was hot as hell & was a race of attrition. There were 10 cars that were always in contention until they were not. Congrats to everyone that actually finished, that was a feat in & of itself. Hats off to the staff & volunteers.
  9. 8 points
    This is a joke. I have declared the 4.10 in my e30 from day 1. If you dont see running an automatic ratio in a 5 speed car as a diff swap then you better consider changing your profession to politics. It is a performance benefit.
  10. 8 points
    Needless to say, I think Phil desperately needs the help of the tech committee that the board voted on at NCM (against). They wanted to keep it within their power to create a special committee, and they need to do it, soon. There's far too much ambiguity that's not reasonable to expect phil to figure out alone, in his part time. I can't get phil to actually read, absorb, and respond to my tech questions in any sort of prompt fashion. I came into the NCM race with an assumption and a guess at assigned points for something because he never issued an answer, despite Mike asking him to.
  11. 8 points
    skimmed it real quick. 1. I will get the official Championship results from T&S and certify them and then post them tomorrow. 2. Mike Chisek will make a video answering your concerns. Expect it in a day or two. 3. I have over 2000+ of my own images and tens of hours of video. So a lot of work ahead. 4. I have video from the dyno. Interviews with the winners. and our race report due by Thursday. 5. I love the post where the guy said this is not a spec series. Read the rules and interpret. That's why a lot of love this series. 6. We just pulled a long race weekend. 9 hours or more of travel for the employees, 12-hour workday on Friday, with 13 hours each day Saturday and Sunday. So take it easy on the staff getting your info in a timely manner. We will get it. It just takes a bit of time. and FYI, Paulie and I get maybe 10 hours sleep over a race weekend due to the amount of prep, and equipment maintenance. You may have seen me at 6 am as you guys were just waking up as I was waist deep into your racing cars installing a camera. Paul was up in the studio making certain everything I was doing was working correctly.
  12. 8 points
    Lets see if I can make this any clearer. You can run any gear ratio thats listed as an option for your year make and model car. I dont care and dont have any way of knowing what your car started as an automatic or straight drive. I dont care if it is a two door or a four door model, I dont care if it was a red, black, green blue or any other color. Changing of a ring and pinion gear to a listed option gear ratio will not be considered a swap and will not add any points. Changing of a ring and pinion gear to a ratio that was not an option will be a diff swap and will add 25 points. This question has been asked and answered several times and I've ayways been consistent in my response. Changing of a diff from a stock non limited slip to a limited slip that was not an option will be considered a swap and add 25 points. reference a Miata 90-93 did not have a limited slip. 94 and later did have a limited slip. Putting a 94 diff into a 90-93 will be considered a swap and will add 25 points. Changing to a different year make and model diff from a car listed on the VPI list will add 25 points. Ref changing to a 9" Ford in your Camaro. If my memory is correct the car that had points added at gingerman was a swap to a limited slip diff that was not stock for the year make and model not a gear swap. Phil McKinney
  13. 8 points
    Hah, that was me behind ya when ya almost lost it. I thought for a second or two you were toast, but you somehow gathered it back up. Nice save ! No video from the the blue car of ours but ol whitey had a full memory card after Sunday so we think it recorded all the day. Least I hope so ! Be a while before its posted tho. I'll let ya know when its on utube. Had a good weekend for all of us, the learning curve of that track was the steepest we've encountered yet. Thanks for the Friday practice is all I have to say, going out there without it and trying to drive at race pace would have been crazy. The 935 ( white car ) Saturday broke a front hub on the cool down lap at the end of the day. Really lucky there it didn't turn into a crash for us if that had happened just minutes before. Easy repair but it put us into the EC class for Sunday. Thought we were going to win EC Sunday as we were running third overall when the throw out bearing collapsed ending the day with about a hour left in the event. Bummer ! Kinda ironic that we could have won a class that as traditionalist we've always been a little opposed of it being in the series. Go figure 😀 The GT30 ( #66, blue ) had a flawless run both days. Ended up with a top 5 which we were happy with that considering the competition, the heat and the unknown of the track. 4 drivers, 8 hours driving each over two days. We were tired ! Very tired ! Thanks to Mike and his outstanding staff, another great event for Champcar ! Congtrats to RVA for the WIN !!!!! Awesome job. And thanks to all you competitors ( sans one ) for a safe event. Lots of heads up driving and really great awareness on a tough track to make passes at times.
  14. 8 points
    Thanks, but probably not as bummed as we were. Two very strange failures that had nothing to do with the heat took us out of the running and then the final nail being the in-tank fuel pump failure. The ignition wire spade coming off the kill switch was the most head scratching thing of the entire weekend. It went right back on with a lot of tension so why the hell does it come off? Just wasn't our day, but we held the lead all night Saturday night!!!! Chris and I bailed to try to make it home before the end of the day since it was Father's day and Wyatt had an 8 hour drive and back to work today so Casey had to accept our trophy for tragic loser. Thanks to the Champ staff for that, sorry all of us weren't there to accept it, it is awesome. Exceptional weekend, the competition was fierce. I fought with the R Bank Saab for an hour, that is some of the best racing I have ever been involved in, I went to talk to Noel (I think I got the name right) and he was as pumped as I was about it. Had a good battle going with Scott in the Cone Crusher car then like an idiot I spun in front of him coming out of 10, glad I didn't collect him in that move. On and on, good racing both days. The barbeque after Saturday's leg of the race was a very good idea. Gave us a chance to meet folks we had not met before. I guess I better finish and go to work, dammit.
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  17. 7 points
    I always thought PM'ing was the proper way to have a private argument. If you are going to have a public argument, post video first so we can ALL participate! 😀 (where did these new emoticons come from??)
  18. 7 points
    Welp, this ended up being a little bit longer than I thought it would be. Also, too lazy to proofread so my bad for any grammatical errors LOL: Man, what an AWESOME Weekend! Yugee thanks to the Champcar staff and volunteers that put on the event. The track also did a great job with hot pulls all weekend long! As part of the Level One Racing #412 (Black/Orange) Miata team, we came in with an original goal of winning the A Class Championship, and just claiming the national champion status (UCF Football style lol). But, after the first session on test day, I realized very quickly this is a great track for a Miata. So, our goal then quickly changed to: “Let’s go for the overall win!”. We pulled the Traqmate data on Friday both at lunch and after the day was over and tried to find speed, which definitely seemed to help the four of us find time in different places. On Saturday, we started around 20th on the grid, and quickly made up ground. During my stint, the water temp gauge went crazy and eventually got pegged at zero. I came in just to make sure it was the gauge and to make sure we still had water and everything was fine. We lost two minutes of time on pit road there, unplugged the gauge and plugged it back in and it worked all of a sudden. We fought back to 5th overall and still on the lead lap until about 40 minutes to go, our alternator took a dump on us and we had to come to the garage and change it before the time ran up. We thankfully swapped out the alternator before the day was over and got back out there a lap or two before the pace car came out to end the day. During that whole debacle, we ended up falling to 10 laps down overall. We agreed going into Sunday, ten laps down, that our only strategy was to drive 10/10ths every lap and see if we can catch up on sheer pace. It worked very well and we were running consistent fast times all day. I went in the car first since we felt traffic will be greater from all of the cars that got repaired overnight, and I felt most comfortable working through traffic. My first stint, we started 15th overall, and I ended up 8th and somehow made up 4 laps in an hour and a half :O , before I switched it over to Marc Dana for the second stint. I ended up running a 2:25.9 lap time, which ended up being 6th best lap time for the weekend so that felt really good! Marc ran consistent pace with the lead cars and brought it back to Nick Soriano in 7th overall. Nick found some more pace on Sunday, getting into the low 2:29s and running consistent laps. Next up was John Wilding, who ran low to mid 2:28s in the heat of the day before coming in for feeling a vibration. At this time, we were 3rd overall (not including EC) and only about 5-6 laps down. We did it during the fuel window for me to finish, and we had metal on metal in our front brake pads. We rushed to get the front pads changed quickly which made for an 11 minute stop, only to go out on track and I had no pedal. Had to come back in, fix one of the pads that wasn’t set in correctly (oops), and go back out. We lost another 5 minutes there. This put us back down to 10 laps or so again. And then the hunt for the top 5 overall began. Nick came on the radio and told me that the Jacky Ickx car was only 1:50 ahead and I was running about 4-10 seconds a lap faster as they were saving their car on what looked to be very bald tires in the tech shed. With about 30 minutes to go, I narrowed it down to a 19 second gap. The Jacky Ickx guys knew I was coming and really picked up the pace and ran their best time on bald tires (2:29.xx). This narrowed it down to me only catching them by 0-4 seconds a lap depending on traffic. When Nick said I have about 4 laps left, I put my head down and ran low 2:27s and a high 2:26. It was all the car had left after 16 hours of beating on it. I ended up being only 4.231 seconds behind the Jacky Ickz car! Great job to that team and driver for turning it on when they needed to, to secure the top 5 finish! Even though I was very bummed that we were so close to a top 5, mad at myself when I shifted into 4th and it popped back out, and put it back in, in left just after Deception, causing me to spin and almost hit the wall. That costed me 15 seconds which would have made the difference. But, even with all that, we ended up 6th overall and 10 laps off the leader, and we claimed the A Championship … so it was awesome. The track, the drivers, the staff, the atmosphere of the paddock, the many cold beers had in the evenings, everything … it was all Awesome. Had to be the most fun Champcar event we have attended (the others are fun too), but this was the best. I am sure we will post videos here in the next coming days!
  19. 7 points
    For those that keep commenting that the non-Championship contenders were back-markers. What would you think of the race if there were only 22 cars that took the green flag? And finishing with maybe 12-15. I’ve been on 2 mile track with only 13 cars starting a race. Most boring race ever. Think about that before you think we were an inconvenience to you guys. I had the most fun battling with the Blue Shells Focus. I went to their pits and the driver I was battling was ecstatic that I came and talked to him about our over 1 hour battle. I’m sure he’d say it would have been boring without us there.
  20. 7 points
    Thanks, Bill. We like virtually yelling at each other, so take your time.
  21. 7 points
    takjak2....You really know where to hurt a guy. You should add "Fast Cars Crashing" to "Fast Cars Breaking" <lol>. Our Uncommon Friends Racing Z car was honored to be invited to the championship this year. Never been to Kentucky. We drove east from California on the 40 and home on the 70. Saw something amazing in every state we passed through. We had a reasonable practice day Friday (had to replace a spark box) but out-wrenched ourselves (we're one of the fastest? we better fix it!) in preparation for Sunday and completely upset the balance on the car. Bad on me for allowing it to happen. John Morton wrestled with it for over an hour but unfortunately bounced off a guardrail. No way to fix the left rear wheel that was toed out 1/2", but we put Troy Ermish in the car and let him go set fast time on Saturday just so everyone would know we were there (and hope to be back next year WHEREVER they hold the Championship). Troy and John had a great time helping Pomona Speed Shop gain a few places Sunday. I was hoping Burningham Too could stay up front, but 16 hours is a long time and no matter how much prep you do there is always a chance for the unexpected. Thanks especially to the Champcar staff and media crew. The efficiency at check in, the attitudes and helpfulness of the race staff and pit marshals was amazing, and the race broadcasts just keep getting better and better. And lastly, congratulations to RVA, Nine Four Motorsports and the other teams for a great job. The high level of driving expertise and the quality of the cars and race preparation that exists currently in the series is something we can all be proud to be a part of.
  22. 7 points
    Good times for 236 Pomona Speed Shop. I drove out solo from Cali to pick up the car we left at Birmingham after Casey fixed a few issues from Daytona. Skyler and Steve flew out. Cousin Rodger and I choo choo’ed up Thursday from Mississippi. I started and worked my way to the back of the pack as I usually do and the guys had work to do. All went well the rest of the day and Skyler did second and fourth stint finishing around 16th for day one. Our friends from Uncommon team had a bad deal Saturday and were out so I asked for a Stan in for my stint because I was horribly slow and also someone for SKYLER’s second stint. John Morton and Troy Irmish volunteered and we were honored to have them in our car. They took the first two stints and got us almost into a top ten. Steve went out and was cutting good laps until about hour 14.5 and we had an axle depart from the car(shame on us because that’s a prep issue). Being the quitters we are we never even bothered to install the spare we carry and have now quit two races in a row that were easily fixed for a finish. Good news is we were loaded and showered before race end and I got out early for the 2060 mile trip home solo. We are the car that Wayatt mentioned that apperantly backed into someone’s bumper twice. Haven’t a clue how my guys can get the car in reverse to do that because I can’t find it for the life of me. It’s just downright funny to have a guy come and tell us we hit his front bumper and we need to drive more aware. Especially when one of the accused is John Morton. Good times. Later Pee Wee
  23. 7 points
    They were hummin in Chris' car, nothing to be done about that, Andrew. We had a blast in Biohazard until the axle went kaplooey. I get in first and the car is so loose I could hardly drive it. Asked Troy what tires were on and he says "Well, they have AMP, Barber, and the Glen on them." We finished all those races, so when the car broke we were officially up to 60 hours on that set (some wet hours). But our deal was that with drivers dropping out, Troy and I had a choice-bring old pads and tires and race, or not go at all due to money. I'm really glad we went and had fun driving that loose as hell car. A lot of great drivers and fantastic competition. None of the contenders ever did anyone wrong that I saw, and only a few non-contenders were guilty of a lack of awareness. Hat's off to the staff of Champcar who also had to work in that heat. I really want to bring my Miata to NCM, but I don't ever want to race in that heat again. debilitating. Well, multiple stints in a day didn't help too.
  24. 7 points
    "We have always allowed any gear ratio that was an option for your year make and model." Phil McKinney Read that again, the operative words are year, make and model [not transmission type].
  25. 7 points
    Yes the points do matter. We have always allowed any gear ratio that was an option for your year make and model. Phil McKinney