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  1. Well I as a first time team captain with a newly built ChampCar and team, I had one of my best race weekends ever! The quality of the drivers on track was phenomenal! Especially being in a relatively slow Class and car with two newbie drivers, who all did exceptionally well. The Rabbit worked well though I know of much to improve on over the winter now! The fact we were never touched is amazing to me. I have had many laps racing at Road America, in an ITB Scirroco in 1991 to 1993, then in a Neon from 1994 to 1998 then a Formula Ford from 1998 to 2000, and from personal experience I rank all of
    13 points
  2. After participating in 14 races this year, all with the same car, and being the only one who drives the tow rig to each of those races. I find it very rewarding for myself and my team to be able to say we finished #1 in the Championship qualification rankings. My 2 cents.
    11 points
  3. The Level One Racing Miata headed to Sebring coming off the high of our first win at PBIR, with the energy to continue the performance. Our streak of failures and catastrophic contact appeared behind us and the team was excited to get to our home track. We had a guest driver for this event, Eb Vasquez, from TEK Motorsports, sitting in for Nick Soriano. Nick would be playing fuel/crew man for the day. We drew a decent starting position and rolled off 17th. John (as seen on TV) Wilding would start with the hope he could get us to the front. He quickly got us in the top 10
    11 points
  4. Listen Triggligelo I have no beef with flywheels or clutches it is just when you allow some people to spend thousands on clutch systems the perception to others is they have to spend $$$$$$$$ to compete. When all the free stuff was given out with the first rules package that was approved this year I realized well over $15,000.oo worth of performance adders could be put on at no point cost. I along with Thomas, Jay, and the TAC have fought tooth and nail to real it back in, thankfully it has come to pass. So your team has completely sealed the clutch housing, no problem for me,
    10 points
  5. So lets just say a team has 150 points to use, they do so and bring a car to the track and are 3 seconds a lap faster than the field at Road Atlanta and VIR South. They blow their engine at both events, because they claim they need an accusump and oil cooler. You proposed to give them the cure for free. They chose to use every point they had for speed instead of using 30 of the 150 points available to cure their own problem. #justwanttobefast. This searies is just like life you make choices chose wisely.
    10 points
  6. I am Rodger Coan and I am running for BOD this term. About me: I am 57, I live in Mississippi where I grew up on a family farm, I am a registered Professional Engineer, and I manage a business unit of a manufacturing facility. I have been involved in the track scene for over 10 years where I instruct with various HPDE groups (PCA, BMW, Chin, JTI, NASA). I started racing with Chump/Champ in 2013. Since then I have driven in more than 60 individual races in the series with my team’s car (Burningham) and with several other teams. I have been a member of the TAC since its ince
    10 points
  7. I’ve been on the Board of Directors for the last 3 years, during which I have learned a great deal. It takes more than just engineers to make ChampCar great. It takes teamwork, good communication, and a good big picture approach. It takes a focus on the people who are ChampCar, as well as the race cars. My continued interest in doing this is quite simple. I support and respect all the hard works that has gone into making ChampCar great. In my opinion, ChampCar sets itself apart from the other race organizations; (I know, because I have raced with some of those other organizations). Altho
    10 points
  8. Guys you can twist the past to fit any narrative you want. Last year (this last Feb) it was two distinct races. So that is the most recent precedent. I'm not going (well maybe as a driver but not my car) so I have no dog in this fight and frankly don't care. There are pluses either way. Nice to be able to fix your car for the next day if you have issues, but also nice to put a cover on it and go grab dinner. It will be up to Dana. There is nothing in the rules about it having to be two races or parc ferme. The only thing I know for sure is whatever is chosen, 1/2 of you will
    10 points
  9. Total FRONT brake consumables cost for 2020, for 1 car: Races: VIR-S, VIR-F, VIR-N, Barber: Pads = 4 x $200 Rotors = 8 x $32 Total = 1056 Forecasted cost with this kit: Rotors = $100 Pads = 2 x $200 Total = $300 Difference = $756 (not including extra rotors used for track days) Payback = 1.5 - 2 Years depending on total kit cost That doesn't even take into consideration the brake rotor issues we suffer from (and have suffered from since 2015 - so no, its not "speed creep" causing it) T
    9 points
  10. This is good advice! We were 100% new to racing when we started (You may not be i dont know). We put so many updates on our car over the first year or two years thinking it would make us just world beaters and so much faster. Guess what it didnt. So we stopped changing on our car 16 months ago and just ran what we had with little to no changes and wed show up to the track and go faster every time. Its not parts, its experience that will make the biggest difference if you aren't a seasoned racer already. IMO
    9 points
  11. Mean Green Swine continuing to get better with each race. We had the Daytona 10th place finish (but an engine that was already iffy and low on compression), the Indy 13th place finish (with the great new engine we built after Daytona, but lost the clutch and transmission) and now a 12th at Sebring (5th in class and the second-highest BMW finish behind Gorilla Sticker). So we are very pleased with the development of the car and, while we are seeing a lot of E36 teams going EC, that's not the direction we want to take it. So Mean Green's 2020 debut season was pretty successful for a $700 car tha
    9 points
  12. Our first race in Champcar. Car 248, Mazda RX8. Bought the car 2 months ago, and spent the time getting it race ready, safety wise. Total performance improvements involved getting a better air filter. We were slow as one would expect of a strictly stock vehicle with street tires, especially in the wet. We learned a great deal about ourselves, the car, the series and Sebring itself. Now we can make improvements to the brakes, power, suspension, and get ready for VIR. Thanks to the Champcar organization and workers for their totally professional support.
    9 points
  13. What a race. Sebring last year ended before it started for us with a seized con rod during Friday practice. Nearly 12 months later we returned with new and tested engine, thanks @Huggy. New group of drivers and crew, except me, as well. I got a dozen laps on Friday to get an idea of the track layout. Race started with us forgetting to secure the window net, so we started nearly last. After that we started to settle in for a long race. First two drivers got all the dry stints and as soon as I got in the car the rain started. If I was holding anyone up or got in your way I’m sorry and it wasn’t
    9 points
  14. Parc ferme for the Championship Contenders, double race weekend for the other racers. Run concurrently with Contenders gridded 1st on both days in qualifying/Saturday finishing order. Separate trophies for Championship Contenders and the Weekend Racers. Any contender team that choses (or mechanicals chose for them) to not participate in parc ferme can be re-classified as weekend racers.
    9 points
  15. Right now the CEO and Chair is one of the same. I have never seen this in any by-laws in my life where the current CEO sits as Chair of the Board. Usually the Chair of the BOD is a past CEO or someone who is an advisor to the BOD, not the person who is in charge of the day-to-day of the organization. With separating these two out, the CEO will report to the BOD and have the checks and balances set forth within the organization. Dana does not want to sit on the BOD and he wants to report to the BOD. He wants to focus on the day-to-day and run the organization. He wants to be able to repor
    9 points
  16. Slacker... we do it during the race and immediately after the race with the entire team... Written right on the car!
    9 points
  17. Hello All, A lot of you know me already from racing with Champcar since the beginning, over 11 years ago. We have gone through a lot of changes and growth together and having that perspective I would like to serve on the Board of Directors. My personal bio is below. I am excited to to be able to give back to the members and help the organization continue in the future. I know I will be one voice of 7 and having different perspectives is Here is what I would like to see in the future for changes and keep the focus Encourage Reliability. I know this goes against the
    8 points
  18. I wonder if your BMW will show up to this one or if it'll blow the engine before it leaves the garage. Didnt you say that you were going to be on the podium in the fall?
    8 points
  19. Glad to hear you found about 200hp and another 12 gallons of fuel hiding in there....oh, hope you have space in the shop for the 12 sets of tires it will take......
    8 points
  20. Been waiting for this thread to pop up! Congrats to all the winners, it was a very slippery race! This was our best race ever! Easily. All the work we put into the car since Daytona has paid off beyond our wildest dreams. One of our drivers gained an unbelievable 9 seconds over last Sebring, with two others gaining five and seven seconds each. I got zero even sorta dry laps, and was only able to lose 3 seconds over my best time last year. My team is going to rub that in for a long time coming - it's the first time since we started racing that I didn't set the fast
    8 points
  21. This is the championship..... If you have a crap day on Saturday or Sunday on either format, you aint winning.
    8 points
  22. Lord if we tried to fix all the weird noises, we'd never race again.
    8 points
  23. Custom puller tool and slide hammer worked. Both circlips did break though.
    7 points
  24. FORD BEATS PORSCHE! Congrats to MK Motorsports and their win at Sebring! They took their green 1993 Ford Mustang Cobra to the front of the pack to beat the 2nd and 3rd place Sahlen's Porsche Boxsters. They also won four $750 certificates to purchase new Bell Helmets from Bell Racing Sahlen's took home 4x $400 and 4x $100 Bell Racing certificates for finishing 2nd and 3rd overall. Crowd Control Racing held off Level One Racing to take the Florida Mini-Championship win for 2020. Over four races, Daytona 14-Hour, Palm Beach 8+7-
    7 points
  25. Good point. TAC has brought this up and would like to spend more time on it, rather than being bogged down with 113 petitions to go through this past year. (I'm seriously thinking about submitting a petition to limit petitions to 25-30 per year. Get it in early or wait until next year. Most were frivolous, and repetitive anyway. Some for many years, as mentioned.) This doesn't sound like a rules problem at all to me. Team chose to swap engine so they can run up front - spent points on go fast parts -suspension, wing, splitter - but fail to fix the reliability problem they have.
    7 points
  26. This whole statement is flabbergasting. Part of endurance racing is making it to the finish line. That's literally part of the challenge. Our team strives on the fact that usually we are on/near the podium simply because our car stays together and is more reliable than all the cars around it. We are usually multiple seconds off the pace of the cars in front and behind us. But we don't (errr, try not to) make stupid mistakes and have made the car (fairly) reliable. Why don't we just have a one lap race? Surely all the cars can make it....meh.... Maybe it should be half a
    7 points
  27. Where should zero point reliability mods end? Coolers and Accusumps? Hubs that are weak? Transmissions that break easily? Differentials that were not meant for racing and don't last? Engine internals that can't take 7000 rpm all day long race after race?
    7 points
  28. I think it's disingenuous to say that everyone who wants coolers and accusumps to remain points hopes and plans on their fellow competitors failing. It's more the fact that this series is (or was, at some point in the distant past) about racing normal street cars and any change you made beyond what was factory cost you. Some people feel it still ought to remain that way. That doesn't mean they WANT their fellow racers to blow up.
    7 points
  29. Was your grandmother driving it?
    7 points
  30. Edited before posting... Where is common sense or progressively building up to potential? Only rule/go fast updates we do are upon failure of the previous component, not the day a rule changes...Surprise, we have never been surprised/disappointed or had to backtrack. Best advice would be to err on the side of "lesser racy" ,but that should go for any rule, new or old. Rather then the latest widget, strategy/clean race/sticky tires, play more into good finish position than anything else.
    7 points
  31. At least you can rest a bit knowing it's not just the rules issues that are all screwy. The whole world is pretty wonky right now. Not sure if the CEO stepping down effected rules issues, or if all the rules issues caused the resignation, or if there's 10 more things in the grey area that played a hand. At the end of the day, every one of us has a ton going on right now. I feel the BOD is doing the best they can with everything that's been going on. I know it may not seem that way, but we appreciate all your hard work.
    7 points
  32. I absolutely hate loud r acecars. The constant noise just makes you tired and not as aware as you could be. Mine is barely louder than the stock car it came out of....
    7 points
  33. That would be nice, but you should do that anyway because I drive better than you.
    7 points
  34. Please talk to your MN friends and other people in the midwest and make sure they know about this event. I know Tyler worked hard to get this event scheduled. We need to have a solid turnout. 3-4 years ago it looked like Gingerman was struggling as an event. We had a big showing (reduced price event), teams that normally didn't race that event showed up and saw how fun the event is and it has been successful since. If this race has 20-25 cars, I wouldn't expect any further track expansion in the midwest. I really want to make this event succeed, and plan to try and do some promoting lo
    7 points
  35. 5.6. DAY TWO HANDICAP 5.6.1. For two-day endurance events (that is two separate races), the winning car on day one will receive a lap penalty on day two equal to the number of laps they won by on day one plus one extra lap. No victory penalties will follow a team once the weekend of racing is over. If it is 2 seperate races, the day one winner gets MOV per the BCCR. If it is a single championship race there is no MOV.
    7 points
  36. Parc Ferme is the best. Park it for the night, go out and have some food or hang out with people at the track with some adult beverages. I sent an email to the BOD about some of these issues to get them sorted sooner rather than later.
    7 points
  37. What are you talking about? All you have to do is roll over and turn on a camera. I'm pretty sure we could replace you with an App.....
    7 points
  38. Chris is one of the smartest and hardest working car guys I have ever been around. I have enjoyed my time I have spent with him and his family, he and they are first class. I guarantee he will give it his all if elected. I am already familiar with your stance on things around here so I have no need for more info from you. Good luck Chris.
    7 points
  39. For the newer Champcar members, I don't think words can accurately describe the efforts and leadership Mike put into the series. Keep in mind his leadership started during the "revolution" of Champcar from a single owner business (with some animosity to the owner at the time) to a club with elected leadership. Without Mike making this move, I think Champcar would have died long ago. Mike I hope to see you at some future races, with alot more time to shoot the s(*&.
    7 points
  40. Right now our bylaws state the CEO and Chair of the BOD are one of the same. We are working on getting a draft edited copy to be voted on by the members to change the bylaws so those two are separated. Dana will be CEO and will NOT be on the BOD but will REPORT to the BOD.
    7 points
  41. I have a lot of respect for Mike and what he has done for this series. You could tell the man was getting tired and it was not fun for him anymore. I have enjoyed my time next to Mike on the BOD and learning a lot from him. He will be missed as the CEO, but hope to retain him on the BOD side to continue the transition. I look forward to working with Dana coming up here in December.
    7 points
  42. Sad this is happening, Mike has been a HUGE asset to this series and even if we don't like his stance on something have always, unquestionably, trusted his leadership. Thank you Mike C for everything and wish you could/would stay. Dana will make a fine CEO
    7 points
  43. My favorite driver feedback was when a new driver got in and said the steering wheel is not exactly straight so our alignment or something might be off. We all laughed and said it has never been straight and if that is your only complaint we are doing things right. Or a driver gets in and says it is wiggly or doing XYZ and the prior driver will say, it does that, you get used to it, pull on your big girl panties and just drive it.
    7 points
  44. this is something people don't understand. I've seen so many people post about how the car has been in the trailer 3 months after the last race and they will fix it up weeks before the race. I'm sure other teams are the same way, but I will empty the trailer the day after the truck gets home, put the car up and do a 2-3hr inspection and start a list on the white board of what needs to be addressed. Then i spend 2-3 hrs every day after work in the shop tinkering on the car, and basically every weekend. Thankfully my wife has been extremely good about it, I have to take her out to dinner a
    7 points
  45. Huggins Tyler Green mustang NVM, they run RS4
    6 points
  46. I don’t like this idea of “if it can’t be teched, make it open”. It’s a very expensive policy. So you can’t check all flywheels... so what? Some you can easily check, like BMW flywheels (just remove 4 bolts on the debris cover). Others you can’t check, and if running an illegal flywheel, then you are illegal. You may not get caught, but you’re illegal. And you may get caught eventually. But if you say that they are open, then everyone is “forced” to upgrade.
    6 points
  47. I believe our typical driver exchanges are usually, "it's making a weird noise, and there is some odd vibrations, but it's running fine so send it"...
    6 points
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