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  1. 31 points
    Well... almost two years ago this was my situation.... Last night... running at 11 pm... after losing two cars, a trailer, tools, shop, everything.. to then be nominated and awarded this Sportsmanship award for our team is so awesome and I can't tell you guys how much it means to me to be back first and foremost and have my team name on the entry form... to actually run some laps was just icing on the cake... even though we spent several hours off track, we learned a lot about our car, our setup, and finally I have some real world data to work with.... Thank you to everyone that has helped me, thank you to Mike and Staff... too many people to thank.. big shout out to the people who contributed to that GoFundMe a while back... every bit of it was part of making last night happen...
  2. 26 points
    There is no excuse for my behavior that will make it acceptable. I owe an explanation, at least as far as I understand it after trying to figure it out for myself. I came to Champ from a different series and limited understanding of the differences in the cars. My experience was with SE30 on track, and I made assumptions about Huggins' car based upon that knowledge. As you mention, having won 3 races in a row, there was chatter in the paddock like, "Huggins is too fast, he has to be cheating." Hearing that over and over again, and applying my mistaken understanding of what an m20 motor was capable of, I became convinced that it must be the truth. I was tired and angry, and wrote what I wrote. I reacted to the responses on Facebook, and it escalated. People have rightly criticized me for tarnishing Huggins' win with baseless accusations. However, Mr. Huggins, I think that in your response to this, you have given all of us a lesson in how to be an exemplary racer, and in fact strengthened your reputation. I have been told in private messages from many that you are a very open and generous team leader, and have been more than willing to help others along the way. Had I taken the time too get to know you and your team, I would have known that, but I didn't. I was all to happy to jump to conclusions, finding it far too easy to dislike someone I didn't know. I became something we all dislike. Believe me when I say this has led to profound soul searching. Thankfully life is long, and we have the opportunity to learn lessons, particularly when they come the hard way. For the second day, I am moping around angry at myself for my behavior. I think the best and most mature thing I can do is maintain a presence in the forum, and take the licks I deserve. I have been asked if I am interested in driving for the 24 hour race at VIR. The thought of showing my face is mortifying, but I think it is the right thing to do, and I owe it to the Series and the Huggins team. I hope that by that time, you will have forgiven me. I also hope that my comments don't reflect poorly upon SriRacing. I am saddened that my comments will surely mar your impression of SriRacing and his other drivers for some time. Please don't have contempt for Sri or his other drivers on my account, they had nothing to do with my outburst. I apologize for slinging mud at the series. I bear most of the responsibility for the tone of the FB posts as anybody, because I started it. I hope that my behavior in the future can mend my reputation. Also, I realize that I made another typo yesterday. Sri's cars have the m50b25 engines in them. I just can't get out of my own way.
  3. 25 points
    Guys we are not waiting. We are implementing a possible solution starting at NCM. Let's see how it goes. If it doesn't get the job done, we will take further action.
  4. 24 points
    We're one of the teams with a big rig. So, I'll chime in and tell you why we are racing in ChampCar. #1 reason...it is fun! We had so much fun at the VIR 24 in 2018 that we decided to ditch the sprint racing and come join this fun series. It is really that simple. Racing is supposed to be fun and the sprint racing wasn't fun anymore. This is what amateur racing is supposed to be. Fun and friendly. Value: We spent crazy money to get less track time in a week at Sonoma for the Runoffs than we get in a single stint in ChampCar. We did consider selling the rig and getting something more practical. But, to be honest, we like the rig. It's paid for and it has some nice amenities. We figured that it would also help sell seats to the guys that we're trying to bring into our program. Our goal is for every driver that gets in one of our cars to be respectful and humble. We're the rookies in this series and we're here to learn and race respectfully. We had a drivers meeting before the race and we talked about respect, patience, and being humble. Please come stop by and say hi, when you see us this year. You'll find that we're down to earth guys who are racing ChampCar to have fun. Yes, we're probably bringing cars that cost more to build and our rig is fancy, but our beer isn't any colder than yours.
  5. 23 points
    So wanted to let you all know where we are on the Title Sponsor since I have been the point person on this one and wanted the membership to know the process I've been dealt. August: Contacted a couple of national companies to come on board September/October: Had multiple phone meetings with prospects mid-November: Verbal agreement to move forward with a company December: Contract sent to them and their legal team had to review it Early Jan: Had to make changes to the contract per their legal team January 8th: Signed multi year contract by both parties January 9th: Confirmed number panel design and sent to RVA Graphics January 11th: Confirmed series logo and other graphics received at 5:15 pm We are waiting for the press release. The sponsor is handling writing the press release. We did not want to make an announcement before they did with the press release. This is a great relationship we just started so we want to be courteous of the new sponsor. I have let them know we need the press release today so we can make the announcement.
  6. 23 points
    Guys, we had a Board meeting last night and discussed this at length. Conclusions and changes: 1) We've only had three cars climb others in the history of the club. 2) This is being addressed now because more and more, we are seeing larger tires and rims stuffed under cars and are sticking out more than ever. We are trying to address that before it becomes an issue. 3) The video and interpretation should not have been posted because it had not been discussed yet by the Board. We are going to use the last five races of 2018 to try different things, see how this goes in tech, and potentially alter how the rule is interpreted. Using a 10 and 2 measurement, we might catch a lot of cars out that really don't pose a problem, including in some case stock wheel/tire setups on certain cars. that is not the goal. To help, we have moved the measurement points to 11 and 1 and let's see what this turns into. It is not set in stone and we can change how we implement and test this.
  7. 23 points
    ...and aside from the Tuttle debacle; there was a great Champcar race, with great teams! Team Jacky Ickx had a very eventfull race weekend (end of week),... as usual! To be allowed to keep racing. I had to start a new business/job! So, I ended up having to work the last week before Christmas, eventhough my wife had already scheduled our vacation in Mexico for that time. We moved our vacation, but I was going to do a "Tom Cruise", fly back at the last minute before the race, and have my team bring the cars to the track without me. I left Cancun at 10:30 am on Thursday, and got to the track before the race cars. Once they were finally in tech line, we found out Mark was not coming! Mark (evilwheel), our fastest driver on the team, had been battling the flu for the last couple of days. He had not missed a race in the last 49 endurance races with the team! On race day, one of the first radio communication was: "Lots of fast cars today!"; we were in 14th & 15th. Around 9:35, a red Porsche was sideways coming out of 16, Keith thought he saved it, he didn't! He hit us hard in the left rear sending the right rear in the wall. It turned out the Porsche driver also thought he had saved the car, they talked, we are OK. Keith came in the pits with a bent race car, flat tire, and an empty tank. We changed a wheel, filled the tank, and I jumped in (litteraly because the door doesn't open). The car felt like a crab in a straight, was turning left reasonably well, didn't want to turn smoothly to the right, and wanted to throw me off track under braking! It was vibrating so bad I had a death grip on the steering wheel causing me cramps! And we never took the time to hook my cool shirt, I'll let you guess where the hoses and connectors ended up... I guess I got used to the new handling characteristics of the car, and turned decent consistent laps. After the initial shock on how bad the car felt, Clark and Brian did the same. Unfortunately Keith had to retire the GT30 after loosing power. It sounds like only 5 cylinders are doing their job. It may sound like a normal occurence for a Mitsubishi engine to expire, but it has not been our experience. We can't even remember how old the bottom end of our engine is! But the 935 kept on "crabbing away"! I went back in for my second stint, the car was still evil to drive, but somehow it didn't feel as bad, and I had so much fun behind the wheel! Thanks to the BMW #411, and a mysterious red Miata with a white stripe on the hood. At first I thought it was an orange Eclipse catching me, but when I realized it was a Miata, I thought Randy was at the wheel! I had to make sure I was a mile ahead of him going in a corner for him not to catch me! It was so much fun, and thanks to all teams for clean driving, and giving plenty room to podium cars by the end of the race! Then we put Chris in the car for the final stint, he had been wanting to finish a race! With 1 hour 40 left, he's 2 laps behind the Tuttle car who still has to make a pit stop! He's turning 38's 39's, and tells us he feels he can do 36's. Clark tells him to remain consistent, wait for the 108 to pit, and he would let him know when it's time to push. Tuttle waited in vain for a FCY, tried to open the gap, but finally pitted with less than 30 minutes to go. I was pitting next to them, so I can tell they took gas, but their pit stop looked a little short... (and we usually get corrected if we have so many people over the wall during fueling!). Anyway, they come out 15 seconds in front of us! Next lap, Chris does a 37, he's 11 seconds behind; then a 36 (as he called it), he's 4 seconds behind, then he's on his bumper, by the next lap he's in front of him, and keeps on leaving him; but then the 108 stopped on track... (the rest has been debated on past posts) We are happy to have passed them under racing conditions (kuddos to Chris's beautifull stint), and that we didn't get the win because of a DQ! I'm completely blown away my team won Sebring again. Other that being the track geographically the closed to our homes, and having done all the Chumpcar races at Sebring, I don't understand why this "home track advantage" works so well!? Thanks to my wife, my team, the Champcar staff, and (almost) all teams for an incredible way to finish 2017! A special thank you to Elon's team/family/friends for a great hospitability!
  8. 22 points
    OK, guys, I'm not going to make any more posts on this for a while, but this is an update from Mike C. We are going to to split the scoring at NCM. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I do know that EC cars will still be timed, but will not show up in one version of the standings. Since we are not sure how this will work, We can't promise anything additional at this point. That is only a few weeks away so let's see how it goes. EC cars not on the VPI list will not be allowed to run with us starting in 2020. I'd forgotten the Board already decided this previously. So that problem will take care of itself soon.
  9. 22 points
    One of our drivers, @Choray911 is a Nissan guy. He walked by their car on Thursday and was like "Nice. A VQ35." They were like, "No. It's a VQ30. See the valve cover." He was like, "Nope, it's definitely a VQ35. See the variable valve timing? That's a later model Altima intake. *other random Nissan stuff*". They were like, "Nope. Definitely a VQ30." We had a pretty crappy day with the Mustang. We were praying they would make it to impound so that we could protest them. We notified Chumpcar officials that it was coming. Showed them how a VQ35 is obviously not a VQ30. I guess they talked to the team and the team decided to take the DQ for the wrong VQ.
  10. 21 points
    After talking with Mike this past weekend we are going to be bringing back both Race Monitor and Race Hero. Stay tuned.
  11. 21 points
    Racebar here with one of the last trip reports (as expected): This was our first race with our newly rebuilt motor, named "Rainbow number 5" as it was our fifth motor and was painted like a rainbow by a drunk Patrick "Dick Freelane" Mchugh during a late night party rock session after the kids had gone to bed. On Friday, during the track day, we blew a head gasket for obvious reasons. Quantum speed works hosted us throughout the day as we pondered why our brand new motor blew a gasket and we waited on the new gasket to arrive. By 5 pm, it was clear that the car wouldn't make it to the paddock for the BBQ party, and with the continuous deluge of wet stuff (Ben Dawson's race driver equalizer), we decided to move the dance party slash BBQ prerace get-everyone-drunk-so-they-drive-like-poop-the-next-day-party up to the super amazing facility at Quantum. So that night, we ate, we talked, we drank, we danced, we rebuilt Racebar, and we misdiagnosed her problems. Around midnight we introduced our new pledges to Racebar with a lap around the paddock by foot, and a little team bonding with the Champcar trophies. (Its ok we blamed our transgressions on Winsome Racing. The staff never knew it was us) We made it to tech in the morning where we discovered that people have complained about Racebar from previous races. Ray, sadly, was forced to add a 25 pt penalty to our amplifier, speakers, and bar claiming it adds speed. He said this would calm the complaints. I dont think we are winning any races Ray. By noon, after blowing yet another head gasket, we discovered the actual problem with the Racebar motor was not under torquing of the head bolts, but rather detonation. WIth some quick thinking by Jeff "Ron Mexico" Caplan, we had a head gasket on the way being delivered by Al "The reverend" Taylor. After having "practiced" a head removal so many times in the past, we pulled together as a team, and had the head off in 20 minutes. However, with the head off, we realized yet a new major problem. Our block was majorly cracked. So after another hour of pondering, we decided to run her for as long as she would go. 30 minutes later, we were on the track and racing again. We changed the coolant multiple times throughout the next 6 hours and added countless qts of oil. Eventually by about 7 pm, it was oil starvation that ultimately got us as I, threw yet another racebar rod. (This would be the third rod our team has thrown all with me at the wheel) Despite our lack of success on the track, this was our most successful race yet. Our team has grown every race. We have built a culture, values, and a team which people willingly invest time and money to further the cause. We had the opportunity to help numerous teams at this race which was rewarding for all of us. We have built friendships with other teams that extend beyond the track. Moving forward, we have new motors going in both Racebar and Lasershark, a newly aquired e30 to add to the team, an e36 being built now, and a new acquisition of Winsome Racing (they havent exactly agreed.) We are doing an endurance running relay with Racebar in April, competition bbq this summer, pub crawls, brewery parties, HPDE events, and Indy in July. We were verbally reminded of how much we suck during this race by the e46 EC team. Its ok, no judgement passed here. There are those who understand Racebar, and those who have yet to learn. At this race, we met a young boy named Jack. Jack wrote us a handwritten note, which I think sums up how we feel about our team. This is his note: Dear Racers in Racebar champcar series, Your car was the best and creative but you didnt win. But who cares if you win or lose. It matters if you have fun or not and I hope you have fun. You have speakers on your car. You went in the pit stop a lot of times but thats ok. I hope you are proud and do you think you could write me back. Sorry and I might write you more letters. Bye, your friend. Jack The e46 team, should probably talk to Jack so they can learn a few things about life. It truly is an honor to race with all of you. Most of you are better drivers than we are, so thank you for sharing the track with us. Free beer and bbq is always on us. -Raaaaaacceeebaaaaaaar!
  12. 21 points
    It has nothing to do with the upper class. and I understand your sarcasm. It has everything to do with us racing at Indy, and teams with the means to toss together a car, or teams that wanted nothing to do with us before the announcement, suddenly wanting to take the spots that our membership would normally take. I watch social media. Before the announcement... ChampCar sucks. After the announcement... We are going to Indy!
  13. 21 points
    About the Cobalt... I have no idea about how they drove out on the track other than that they were slow. They seemed to have stock suspension, and ran at night with nothing but the dim stock headlights. But I talked to them quite a bit in the pits. They were absolute beginners - the first pit stop was the first one they had ever done. They struggled with some horrible fuel jugs, and with learning how to belt someone in the car. Is VIR 24 the place to start learning those things? No, that's madness. But, they were also the nicest, happiest and friendliest team you can find. They loved being there, even when being scared. And perhaps I had a particular fondness for them because I did just what they did back in 2011, putting a team together and not knowing at all what we didn't know. It was scary as hell, and incredibly fun. And all these years later and we have still never caused an accident - knock on wood! - perhaps by both being well aware of our limitations in the driver talent department and by other teams with more talent being good at avoiding us (especially the first couple of years!) But based on my experiences, I'd say that actual incidents are much more commonly caused by bad drivers that go too fast than by rookies going far too slow. I think most of us have been slow beginners at some point, so hopefully we still have the ability within the ChampCar "family" to accept new teams and help them along rather than ask for them to be banned. Just my two cents.
  14. 21 points
    I would say that the plan would be quite simple: a trip to the local Pick 'n Pull. To elaborate: there is no need to grandfather something as cheap and easy as putting an unmodified stock tank back in the stock location. Far more extensive and expensive work has been mandated with other rulings with no plan to help the affected teams "be legal". Engines have been unswapped, turbos removed, etc, with no consideration or compensation so I see no need for a plan for something that takes an afternoon and $50 to rectify.
  15. 21 points
  16. 20 points
    Why do EC cars want to beat up on cars following the rules? Simply go to the Sahlens Racing Facebook page where they mention "winning" the Watkins Glen race with their Salt car. Ain't they something, they WON!!!! I've had it and I won't let this die. Mike S, how about starting 10 laps down? Can you easily add ten? Because that would do it almost anywhere. These "winners" are a sham and it hurts our actual winners.
  17. 20 points
    Mr. Media: 1) You could have added the cooler if you needed it. Nobody stopped you, you chose not to run it. You decided to swap in an ungodly amount of power into your car and then complain after the fact that you did not "have enough points for a cooler". 2) Why not run the stock engine and run as many coolers as you want? Oh yea, you wanted to swap in an ungodly powerful engine and then complain after the fact that you don't have free coolers. 3) Teams that run 5+ races a year don't all bitch about not having enough free stuff. It's normally teams that squeak in with deflated values that were lobbied down, or teams that are running a 500 point car. If a car is valued at 500 points, its valued that high because it is a REALLY good car. It might have a few weaknesses, and if those are addressed it would then be better than a 500 point car. According to your logic, I should buy a Honda S2000. Run a 1 hour stint before running out of gas (13 gallons) and then petition that the car should get a 20 gallon tank. The reason the car is 500 points is because of that weakness. If it has a 20 gallon tank, it would be a 550 point car. So then I should level the field by giving all cars 20 gallons right? Then an E30 and an S2000 equal then, right? Wrong....... There are other series that allow free everything, and they are an arms race. The things that differentiate this series and make it better are/were an attempt to keep it budget friendly, and single class racing. Just my $.02........rant over.
  18. 20 points
    Well. Some of the kids started kicking sand at recess, then they tried to blame the other kids, Then someone tried to get little Tommy to eat a cat turd by telling him it was a tootsie rolll. Then we all had to go sit by the building until the bell rang. Now we're just saving energy for the post Daytona show.......
  19. 20 points
    For anyone just joining this thread, here are the Cliff notes. Champcar is looking into getting equipment to measure displacement Your engine probably won't be torn down at impound, even if you paid someone to protest your car for you to make a point Huggy cheats and Champcar is complicit! Or maybe not. Tuttle is a bunch of cheating bastiges and cannot be trusted If the make/model you are racing had an option for a thing, you can run it for free No you can't Well, maybe you can, if you can get it through tech Champcar allegedly decides on a new interpretation of a make/model's highest listed value requiring the turbo points to be added to the starting value if that make/model was made with a turbo option. Tuttle openly lists their claimed parts, but they're still screwed because of the bullet point just above this one Tuttle will be protested while they are going through tech even though you can only protest cars after the start of the race per the rules Someone needs to protest Tyler's cheaty LSD In unrelated news, the K-Mart across from the track is sold out of posterboard, sharpies, and pitchforks
  20. 20 points
    "The views, opinions, and drunken rants expressed by @Choray911 are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Chattanooga Tourenwagen Meisterschaft or any member thereof. We make no representations as to accuracy, suitability, coherence, or grammar of any information presented by @Choray911 and will not be liable for any errors in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use."
  21. 19 points
    If the procedure was "just add in points as they are found in impound", then there would be an incentive to claim nothing. If your VPI is 400, and you have 6 items added which add 25 points each. Then you claim none, and hope that at most 4 of them are found. There needs to be (and there is) a heavy penalty for having unclaimed items on your car.
  22. 18 points
    Man... what a weekend for DamSon Racing. Prep did not start late, we nut and bolted the car in early March, but it ended late with the final touches being done Thursday night late and Friday morning causing us to leave town earlier than expected. Huge shoutout to Al with Champ for policing the garage area with assigned parking spots, being late didn’t cost us a parking spot. We only brought 4 new tires and rummaged through the scrubs for the best 2 lefts and 1 right we could find for changes. I personally wasn’t aware we were in contention for anything and I certainly didn’t know this was the Championship race, work has been an absolute bear for the past month and I just hadn’t paid attention to anything car related. Late Thursday night I found a busted FCAB bushing and had to get a teammate to pick up the replacement parts on the way to the track Friday. Not the way we like to prepare for a race- overwhelmed. Once we were on site, went through tech and got the FCAB bushings in/ things were pretty standard. We have worked for a year getting our program nailed down, people know what to do and why; we’ve added some new stuff but overall it was business as usual. Last year at Charlotte was out first full race as DSR, at VIR that year we took a splitter stanchion to the gas tank cutting our day short in the first session. At CMS we had fuel issues (that persisted almost all through 2018) and couldn’t make fuel to 2 hours because we could only get 12 gallons out of the tank. We had that fixed and felt good for this year. Well, With the different track config our fuel burn was off the charts, we were burning 15+ in 1:45ish. Once we realized we couldn’t make 2 hour stops we figured we were out of contention so we were just going hard and thinking about a swirl pot for next year. Our team was amazing and stops were super clean. We had to change a front left a stop earlier than expected and saw that right front was getting as much wear as left front, which made me sick to my stomach knowing I’d only brought 3 spares and scrubs to boot. We changed the right front the next stop to find it was through the cords. During that stint I was in the car and radiod in that the next guy would appreciate that right front more than the left front I had gotten because 3/4 were a little nerving knowing that tire was near its end. Anyway, got the front right on and we went back to work. Those three stints before the final hour stint were the difference, we put down a metric ton on sub 1:30 laps and stayed in the lead, all the while thinking that we had to make an extra stop than everyone else and/or that f#ck!ng Saab was a rocket ship! 😉. We hadn’t given up when we realized we were short on mileage but we thought we were beat. Our engineering types started adding it up and giving us some hope, if Simon stops, RBanks stops and/or a good yellow comes we could change our pit window down to... poop, YELLOW, BOX BOX BOX. We caught that last yellow, got the car in immediately and got our closer out on the track. The race came right to us. We were lucky, bottom line. Calculating our gap back to RVA Graphics for a podium turned into a P1. We ran a good race, hit our marks and executed our stops fantastically but the luck of the yellow gave us the win plain and simple. We didn’t know we had won the National Championship until Bill said it during the interview. We were lucky to be there, to have the car truck and trailer there, I almost said I was too busy to get the car finished. Walking into the registration building I had seen the trophy but the thought of winning it never crossed my mind. I was just happy to be there with friends on the team and in the paddock. That win was really a high point for all of us. It’s hard to win in this format as preparation has to be graced by fortune, that makes the wins sweeter. Oh and that trophy was the best thing I’ve ever seen! We are excited and look forward to proudly wearing the #1 this year. Thanks to all of our fellow racers.
  23. 18 points
    Nobody was worried about your particular MR2 😘
  24. 18 points
    John Allen Special race report This was a race we didn’t have on our schedule to do early in the year. We had pretty much written off coming back here after trying 3 times and never having any decent result with a blown motor in 2013, totaled car in 2015, and wreck in 2016. We came into the race just wanting to get drivers cycled through that had never raced here, including one that was originally from Sebring. We started well down in the order in 39th place and started just clicking off laps with Rich in the car. About an hour in he called in and said he was getting tired, so we suited up and got ready. He came in after 1 hour and 15 minutes. Andrew then got in and seemed to immediately get in the groove laying down consistent 2:47’s for not knowing the track other than gaming. About 1:30 into his stint he called and said the fuel light was staying on which meant that we weren’t going to make it a full 2 hours like we do everywhere else. This would ultimately be an issue all day most likely due to the air temp. Andrew then turned over to Justin with the car in 14th place. Justin would go out and lay down some very nice times averaging 2:45 with a FTD of 2:42.6 and would also set the tone on where we were starting to line up finish wise bringing the car into the pits in 9th place . Next up was Rodney, who hasn’t had a whole lot time in the e30’s to get real acquainted with them. All we wanted was for him to just turn laps and keep the car on track. He would bring the car back in after his full stint in 9th place. We were starting to get antsy on race strategy, something we weren’t necessarily accustomed to. We couldn’t make the rest of the race on 1 more driver change so we put Rich back in to try and go an hour again and maybe catch a FCY. Rich turned some more decent laps and brought the car in in 11th place. Andrew would get back in with about 1:30 left in the race. It was his job to just bring the car home with maybe a Top 10 finish. After some miscommunication on where we were at in relation to the Inactiv guys and trying to improve his FTD he reset the team FTD with a 2:42.4 after following the #697 E36 for a few laps. He finally got word that there was no reason to push the car hard as we were stuck where we were for position. We took the checkered in 11th place overall and 3rd in class until we found out later that we garnered 10th after the DQ. In a race that the team considered a “drunken softball” weekend to come home with a 2nd in class in typically the hardest class to podium in and 8th in completion, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. This was by far the best race we’ve ever had as far as being at the pointy end of the field.
  25. 17 points
    It’s not ok that someone running with Champcar suggested that you run Lemons. We need you in Champ races, thats where we hope you sign up and where we hope you spend your racing budget. The fast guys will figure out how to get around you until you get up to speed so don’t take the advice. If the fast guys can’t figure out how to get around you safely, then they aren’t the fast guys.
  26. 17 points
    OK… Due to popular demand, I have done the following with the new BCCR… 1. Update includes red text and yellow highlight where the change was made. Change noted in change log. 2. Update disclosed in three forums on the CCES forum - General / BCCR Tech / Tech 3. Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Twitter updated 4. A mass notification email was sent - After 5-days, the email will be resent to non-openers of the first email. There should be no complaining that they did not receive the update. Did I do everything right?
  27. 17 points
    Billy Sahlen posted this on one of Tuttle's Facebook posts. This is what we are talking about. Say what you will about Tuttle, but they overcame the shame of their actions, fought back for years legally and fairly and they finally win. And this gets dumped on their Facebook page: "Billy Sahlen Actually if you want to get technical salt won both days. Just not acknowledged as such. My goal is to ensure this never happens again. Ever.
  28. 17 points
    There are many teams who happen to have cars which fall into EC, but keep running ChampCar because the events/tracks/quality of racing are better than our competing series. It’s easier/cheaper/more fun for these teams to keep running the car they have, than to build a new car to fit the rules. These teams should still be welcomed and I don’t think an entry cap of any kind is appropriate. As far I see it, the only problem with EC cars is that they muck up timing and scoring, so I am a proponent of -100 laps and no other changes relating to EC.
  29. 17 points
    This was my first Champ race. Have had a comp lic. for nearly 30 years and have raced SCCA club to Rolex GT. I went into this weekend with some deep concerns about driving W2W with some drivers that had maybe never turned a wheel on track before. I'm very happy to say that my fears were unwarranted and the level of driving was for the most part terrific. There were guys that were very obviously just getting there feet wet but they knew it, and they were very heads up and on the ball. Of coarse there were a few that thought that the race was being live streamed to the Ferrari garage in Monaco but there is a certain amount of that to be expected... We started at the back both days and I had a ball racing through the pack to a top 10 both days. I was in the #601 black and white Boxster with R3Racing. Thanks to the team and my co-drivers and all of you for a great time. Most of all thanks to Champcar for Making it happen. I'll be back for sure!
  30. 17 points
    I think this is the image of the event... Photo by Kurt Roussell https://www.fastcarphotos.com/galleries/2019-14-hours-of-daytona/
  31. 17 points
    aftermarket aluminum radiators should be free then too? what about maybe a set of H-beam rods? custom billet gears for my transmission and a wavetrac diff have better reliability. If my brake pads can't make it a 14hr race, i want to step up to a 6 piston with a larger brake pad so i can increase my reliabilty and decrease my costs so i dont have to put as many brake pads in my car... come on man. its endurance racing, anything that gives you more endurance is a performance advantage, plain and simple.
  32. 17 points
    To answer some questions: Video is coming soon, uploading 33GB at home now, and I am waiting till end of day to clog the internet at work with our practice video. Dyno - Before Road America we dynoed at 151HP with a underdrive pulley, which is worth 5-7 HP on the B6P motor, and the springfield dyno exhaust. We ran that way at Road America until we had alternator issues and a front oil seal leak and we put the stock pulley back in. We tried to dyno it between Road America and Sebring, but it didn't work out but we ended up installing a TPS, VICs, and tried to lean it out a bit ourselves. After Sebring we had to build a new exhaust since our springfield dyno ones failed 3 times. We then dynoed again and first pull was 125 HP. WTF! Turns out the VICs was wired backwards and I adjusted it too rich. The new exhaust has a hard S turn right after the header which we are getting corrected. Based on this my guess is we ran Sebring in the 130s. The car did feel really fast with us shifting between 7200 and 7500 during that race. After the the last dyno we landed at 145.7hp if I recall correctly. We are looking for the sheet now. Engine - We have no porting of the intake manifold, which everyone saw, we also didn't port head. We shaved the block and head a small amount, within service limits. Springs, valves, pistons, cams, rods, cam gears, and all other internals, except seals were reused from our ebay motor which we believe is the JDM variant which is still a legal 50 point motor. (The junkyard motor comment was in response to Jay asking how I knew the cams were legal. I was chippy at the time and my response was reflexive, immature and unwarranted) We will be porting the head and intake manifold shortly, FYI. Weight - We were 1930lbs at Road America, I don't recall where we were on fuel. Now we are around 1960ish empty. We plan on getting another 30lbs out in the next couple races. Wing - We designed this in CAD to be at 11.25" above the roof and Ray confirmed this pre-race with an inspection. I would like to apologize to everyone for my emotions during impound. I spent the last 30 minutes of the race frantically looking for the tech sheet since I didn't know registration kept them. Then during tear down people were showing me out of date VPI data showing our car at 400 points base, pushing us to just give up and admit we were EC. We were asked to prove our cams were legal and I didn't know how to do that, and our VPI sheet showed 485 which I thought we were supposed to be at 500(Jimmy tech'ed the car and removed the duckbill and flat floor from our google doc sheet which adds up to 500) The 485 VPI was 100% accurate BTW since we didn't build those items yet. We have $2700 in just dyno time over these three races. We have 3 intake configurations, 4 exhausts, 3 sway bars, 6 different tire types and sizes with different rim combos, we've tested 4 different brake combos, three wing mounts (About $2000 into wing development), three splitters/air dams, and 5 alignments with three wedges in just three races. We are really going to try to get some more test days to get the car dialed in and we can eek out a second or two more. We are planning on making our splitter designs public and will mail out templates free of charge on request. We plan on some serious wing development which we will make available to other competitors, that said copying our wing now will take advantage of a lot of dev(note the struts). We will also make our Megasquirt data available for teams if that will help them. Although the suspension setup is my baby and was developed with my 17 years of Miata tuning knowledge, I will provide that on request as well. The suspension is the best I've ever driven and is absolutely mind blowing. I didn't think we are over the DB limit since we have the same muffler as springfield dyno, but I have a DB monitor and will check it. I will address the contact in practice and the race in subsequent posts. I will also post our race recap in another post.
  33. 17 points
    Pit out report since I was there for nearly 18 hours. For the most part you guys behaved pretty well. My wife, Jackie has worked a lot of the races recently and has come back with stories of some rude drivers (more on that further down). Guys and gals have to remember that the staff and volunteers are out there for you guys to have fun. We all have a vested interest in coming back to family and I wondered about some of you. We found countless loose belts with probably us having to tighten 50% of them (Mike may have more on that in the coming weeks), window nets down, helmet stickers not installed, drivers with no driver bands on even well into the race Sunday. I had one driver in particular about 5 hours into the race come to a stop second in line and I heard him as I was walking up say basically say "Hurry the F up". Totally not needed, especially since he had 25 seconds left on his timer and they were not in the Top 10. Got to think to yourselves, "These people are here doing their job BEFORE I can do mine." We try not to turn cars around if we have time, but it does get old and we like to have fun with it. I asked the Eagle Talon guys early Sunday morning how many stops they had left. He told me 3 and I said back, "How about you guys put your window net up for the next 3 stops." He said "Deal". I had to put it up at least twice with Jackie doing it once as well. With all the safety issues I did have multiple people tell me "Thank you" not only for fixing issues, but also for sweating our tails off. I even got a hand shake from one of the #346 E46 drivers, I believe. Maybe for the Navy hat, but still. Remember, volunteers are there for you to have fun.
  34. 17 points
  35. 17 points
    VQ30..... that is ringing a bell somehow, where have I heard this before?
  36. 17 points
    Thank you to the Champcar staff for a great weekend. Phil for being reasonable and firm. I know you have a safety standard to uphold and integrity.. I respect It was one hell of a weekend for us, but we kept battling and prevailed.. 19hr drive down, 14hr race, 20hrs back (white out conditions). 3300kms on my ODO. I'm beat. Can't wait to get some good sleep tonight.
  37. 17 points
    That is not my take on them..... they were bragging about taking out a car at wgi while in the lodge eating dinner. We couldn't help but overhear them as they were at the table beside us. They didn't realize we were the car they took out. When we mentioned something about it, they said tough luck and to look out for them because they were going to be aggressive all the time. The main guy kept bragging about how he was the best driver ever in chumpcar because he had raced prototypes before.... I don't think he realized that a driver that had just won a championship in prototypes was with us... If y'all wonder why I am aggressive about this issue, it is because of the entire body of work, not just one incident....
  38. 17 points
    I finally finished my engine swap, 95 Maxima VQ30 so only 55pts total, can't wait to try it out in Atlanta.
  39. 16 points
    When even the broadcast team can't keep EC straight vs ABCD, you know there's a problem. The classing and scoring is incredibly counterintuitive to the uninitiated. I spent 20 minutes last night trying to explain to my dad why I took home the big trophy at Watkins Glen instead of the Cayman, even thought the Cayman "won". He thought EC was just the next engine size up from D. EC should be called what it is, an Exhibition Class, and timed and scored separately from the cars running to the 500pt rules. It was only when I started calling the Cayman "Exhibition" that the difference clicked, and it made sense to him why I got the big trophy and the Cayman didn't. Also, +1 for the 100 lap policy
  40. 16 points
    I'll attempt to get this thread back on topic by posting about our race weekend! We got to the track nice and early so that we could get through Tech first and this was our only real hiccup over the whole weekend. I was informed we didn't have the correct roll bar padding for helmet to bar contact so I scooted over to GWR (whom I have never met) and they allowed me to pull some of their roll bar padding from the passenger side bars to get through Tech. So, first I have to publicly thank them for that! A slight misinterpretation of the battery box rule found me heading to WalMart for a battery box (thank God you Yanks do everything on a massive scale!) and that got us through Tech nicely. Thanks to Jay for offering to debate me on other issues as I love a good argument and he was awesome and professional throughout the whole Tech procedure. Test day went absolutely perfectly and that led in to Saturday's race which is still feeling surreal. I started the race and was taking it fairly easy until there was a big shunt as a bunch of us approached the bus stop. I took evasive measures and had to pass two cars under the yellow and was subsequently penalized for this. I did my best to wave the two cars by but they just wouldn't go. I thought this would be the end of our race but with an hour to go we are being shown as P1 in A and it was down to my youngest to keep our Otter ahead of the feisty Badger. I know they had car trouble late in the race and my son was able to eke out a class win by .280s which sent us absolutely to the moon!! We knew Sunday's race could be a problem for us because of brake pad issues and the Badger sorted out their problems and were untouchable for most of the race. We were running in the top three all day and finally lost a driveshaft while leading with less than 45 minutes to go. With such a good run Saturday, this minor problem couldn't come close to taking the shine off our class win so even packing up a broken car was done with smiles. I hate to leave anyone out during my thank you's and I'll start right at the top by thanking Mike for organizing a great weekend and all his crew in Registration, Timing, Tech, Gear Tech, Pit Lane. Thanks to Jay for presenting his Tech issues professionally and with the intent on getting us on the track and not off it! Thanks to the pit lane worker with the Crank Yanker shirt (sorry, I am terrible with names!) for addressing our pit lane transgressions with a level head and a lot of humour (and for our shock/strut discussion in impound). Thanks to GWR for the roll bar padding Thanks to Dan at Constipation Racing for always helping when we need it Thanks to ShutUp Racing for helping us get the car back in the trailer (damn whippersnappers!) Thanks to the Little Speed Shop for trusting me to come back with the money! Thanks to every team that said yes when I asked for a drill bit! And thanks to our crew, Dan and Marc, who do all the stuff that I don't want to!! My final thanks is to my two boys, Richard and Randy, whom I have the absolute privilege of being teamed up with. They made me the slowest driver on our team and I couldn't be happier about that.
  41. 16 points
    I'm not sure words can really do justice to how much I enjoyed this past weekend, but I'll give it a try. I've been a lifelong racing fan, watching on TV or here at our local short track in Elko, and 10+ years simracing on iRacing, always assuming that was as close as I'd ever get to an actual on-track competition. A few months back however, I had the chance to catch up with an old friend, and learned that he and another friend had been running a car in this series. I immediately declared myself a member of their crew, and said count me in for the Road America weekend. I'm pretty sure I also said I'd be willing to drive if they found themselves in a pinch, but never thought they'd be stupid enough to let me do it... that's the great thing about old friends though sometimes they trust you for no good reason. So, first of all, a huge thanks to Tim and Shawn for giving me a chance to do something I had long ago written off as impossible. I'm sure it's an uncomfortable feeling to hand your car and control of the result over to a complete novice, but they did, and were nothing but positive and supportive, which is even more amazing. Thanks guys for an amazing experience, I'm still smiling a week later. As I was getting in the car to run my first stint, and Tim was helping me with the belts, he took the time to share some last-minute advice with me.... unfortunately I have no idea what it was because I was too busy having a panic attack. Next a huge thank you to team #223 Limpy Screwdriver. We had a transmission issue early on Friday, which almost certainly would have sent us home for good if not for the time and expertise these guys went out of their way to share with us for no other reason than they're just stand up guys. They went above and beyond, can't say enough good things about them. Just an awesome, fun group of guys that were a blast to be around. It's too bad we're not closer, I'm sure we're missing some great happy hours! Also, a big personal thanks to the #811 TCB Motorsports guys. You guys were exceptionally friendly and gracious, which I'm sure you always are, but it was particularly appreciated by this someone who didn't really feel like they deserved to be driving in this race and wasn't really sure what to expect. It was great to meet all of you too, and I hope to see you out there again sometime. And on that note, thank you to all of the rest of you who I only "met" on the track or in passing around the paddock. The posts I've read here in this thread only seem to reinforce the experience I had which is that this is a great racing community. All of my experiences with staff and other teams were positive the whole weekend, I didn't really know what to expect but wasn't expecting this level of camaraderie. I look forward to getting a chance to meet more of you in the future. Someone had asked about sharing pictures, and I was lucky enough that my parents were able to come spectate and bring their cameras. Most of the pictures are of us, but there are a handful of other cars as well if you want to take a look. Also some short video clips... the hosting service I use isn't great for video, the videos I believe are all HD clips, but they take a while to load/cache so they look pretty grainy at first until they load fully. If you want to take a look, the link to them is here.
  42. 16 points
    Seems to me that every time we see one more performance enhancing component added to the fixed value list at 0 points we see a few other components changed to 0 points and then another few components get their value lowered so that they have a fair value compared to said 0 point items. This hasn't been a slippery slope for quite a while, it's much more like a free fall! I'm pretty sure that there are only two reasons to replace a component; Performance and Reliability. Either or both of these should increase your VPI but with so many 0 point parts this doesn't happen nearly enough. 500 point cars are listed as such for a reason and they already have the benefit of all the 0 point items so why allow them to gain reliability without cost? If your current, low VPI, car needs an oil cooler or accusump why not remove 30 or 40 points of performance components and swap in the reliability components? The reason that there are fewer cars battling for the lead in the final laps is that there is so much more disparity throughout the field and this is a direct result of the lowering of the VPI, the addition of 0 point and lower valued components and the disregard for the spirit of the rules. Champcar is, and should be, a throwback to the old endurance racing series where reliability is sometimes sacrificed for performance and vice versa. It seems that the teams at the sharp end of the field want it more like the current crop of pro endurance series where the biggest technical problem a team encounters is a computer glitch. The reality is that we cannot go back but we can certainly pull up on the reins.
  43. 16 points
    Funniest moment of the weekend for us: Two guys walk up to our driver Ron Hugate and ask for a photo. Ron's a pretty bad-ass surgeon from Denver, but not exactly photo-worthy. So, I was a little puzzled. The guys snap the photo and walk away. I asked Ron, "Do you know those guys?" He says no. It is at that moment that I realize what happened. Ron is tall, slender, wears black rimmed glasses, and was wearing a driver's suit. The guys thought that they just snapped a photo with Randy Pobst. If anyone has two buddies who were bragging about getting a photo with Randy and you see the photo and the guy is definitely not Randy, please send it to me. I've been scouring social media to see if someone posted it, but no luck yet.
  44. 16 points
    Our entire budget allocated for sensitivity training was spent on @Bill Strong this year. There was no money left over to send any of the other ChampCar staff through the program. Frankly, with the results we see from @Bill Strong it was a complete waste of time and resources. We are currently evaluating other programs. Thank you for your patience.
  45. 16 points
    When I announced over the staff radio race bar has come through pit in holding their rod out the window it was not understood by some as connecting
  46. 16 points
    Can I make a suggestion to forum moderators? Can we make two official posts and split the conversations -- 1) for race-report posts that actually are about the race, good times, and maybe a video of good/bad driving 2) For for bickering about rules, peanut gallery posts, and chin-scratchers who have an opinion about the VPi or certain cars that must be cheating. I don't post here often but every time I want to read about the previous race I have to dig through 8 pages of crap to read the few posts that are actually about the race. It is annoying. I am saying this knowing full well there are two posts for Daytona they just both aren't being used this way.
  47. 16 points
    I think you guys are seriously stepping over the line when you're stalking this guy's FB page and posting the pictures over here. It's actually borderline creepy. I would think an "Administrator" of the series would have better judgement but from what I've seen in this thread I'm not so sure that's true. So now you're taking to attacking the racer who filed a protest. Congratulations for making the series look bad just a week after @chisek put up a Red Flag video espousing the inclusiveness of CCES. This should do wonders to endear the series to this guy and all who know him or may have considered joining us. S.
  48. 16 points
    While I love a good debate, we usually prefer to spend our time between races working on the cars and not debating past events... That said, we haven't had many opportunities to jump on the forum but figure this is a good time since a lot of the conversation is about our TWOth Autosport Civic at Sebring. While I've read a lot of great comments and concerns about the safety of ballooning fuel tanks and fine tuning the rule book, I feel a little clarification is required for our specific situation. Please allow me the opportunity to mention a few facts about the fuel tank, capacity, and circumstances around this Sebring impound. Following ChampCar's decision moving forward, we will abide by the rules as we have in the countless races we've run in the series, while continuing to focus on our car, drivers, team, and fellow competitors' safety. 1. Safety Anyone who has driven with us or looked closely at our cars can attest that we put a LOT of effort into preparation and safety, as ChampCar is only one aspect of what we do. We build clean race cars and prepare the Honda Civics the same way we would our Porsche GT3 Cups or Radicals. Our drivers come to expect this level of safety and preparation, and are surrounded by top of the line equipment. Some may find our pricing higher than other ChampCar teams, but very few will doubt the amount of thought and attention we put into the program. We work hard and take pride in our cars, which is reflective of our results and the drivers who've raced with us. 2. The "Protest" Lets call a spade a spade - not once during post-race impound was there mention of a safety concern with the fuel tank in question. The "protest" (while I believe not official, as the paperwork was not submitted nor was the $50 paid) was only debating the competitive advantage, based on a perceived amount of fuel going into the car. In fact, the "protesting" team even searched additional items that could have been modified, as the inspected tank showed less alteration than they expected. The car and fuel tank passed safety tech before it was further inspected by officials at impound and deemed safe/legal. I am not discounting the validity of people's safety concerns about altering stock gas tanks, ventilation, or capacity for expansion in an impact - I am simply stating that we felt the alteration was in fact safe, complied to the rules, and have cleared safety tech as well as impound. 3. Fuel Capacity & Jug Sizes Many people are talking about ballooned tanks, dumping massive amounts of fuel into the car. While yes, the tank has been expanded slightly for capacity benefits, the overall shape has changed very little. We have also taken advantage of the venting rule, speeding up our filling time while also reducing splash-back during fuelling. If the "protesting" team was watching as carefully as they claim, they would have seen a "Fill Here" line, clearly written with red paint marker on every single TWOth fuel jug. This is set to 5 gallons per jug (allowing room for expansion & inconsistencies), and shown well below the top of the dump can. The reason for this? 2 jugs isn't enough to completely fill the car, overfilling Huntsaker jugs results in jugs venting issues, and would splash in the golf cart when transporting from the trailer to the pit. We may as well do 3 jugs and keep them lighter. In addition to this, and as our pit stop calculations show over the past 15+ ChampCar races we've run with these jugs (times 2-3 cars), we only ever dump 2-2.5 jugs into the car at each stop. Calculating the volume, this works out to a range of 10 gal conservatively, or a max of ~13 gal if the car is completely empty. Between improved venting, filler neck and fuel line, it starts to show how little the tanks are actually altered. Yes, we can likely achieve more volume with a fuel cell, but we feel that our stock tank and location is safe. 4. $50 for 1% Based on points 1-3 for context, I was originally frustrated that a team could simply complain (without formal protest) and find out information that we have learned over a long period of time. Again, not including the safety argument (as it was an unvalidated one at the time), we have spent a lot of time, money and effort competing in ChampCar, developing systems to improve performance. Call it R&D cost. This comes from building 12+ cars, entering 2-5 cars in 10-15 races per year, and accumulating thousands of race hours, not to mention the hundreds of hours transporting to races. This is where the 1% comes in - the last bit that 99% of teams didn't notice. That race time and experience helps you find the little things. My only argument is that a "protesting" team should at least owe ChampCar officials the $50 protest fee in order to question our findings. After 10 hours, the ChampCar staff are the real heroes of the race and deserve a couple cases of beer. If I am incorrect in this, I apologize and retract this point. Either way, we'll have Canadian beer for the staff at Road Atlanta. 5. Expanding the Tanks I'll explain exactly what we do to our tanks. The information is out anyway, and I imagine most will look quite closely at the next race. I agree, you'd be foolish to alter a gas tank from a 20 year old Honda. We even felt unsafe using a stock tank from that era, as time, rust, and metal fatigue can seriously alter the safety of the tank. We purchase brand new OE replacement fuel tanks. If you've ever purchased one, you'll notice that they're usually slightly concave on the bottom - not the individual ribs, but the entire bottom of the tank. Tank mounting straps on Honda's are adjustable with a threaded bolt holding one end into the chassis. We mount the new tank loosely and clamp the filler neck. Air pressure is added to the original vent port, expanding until the bottom of the tank becomes concave. Occasionally 1 or 2 of the lower ribs flex outward, but never is the tank completely ballooned. In most cases, the metal returns back to shape, leaving very little alteration. The process takes 15-30 minutes and the tank is then properly installed and tightened. 6. Moving Forward & Road Atlanta At this point, we will await ChampCar's decision before making any alterations to our equipment. We trust the series and their BOD in making important decisions, and will follow whatever ruling they have. If that means a $1000+ investment in fuel cells for each of our cars, so be it. We love the close racing, great teams and huge field sizes. For teams curious or questioning our performance and safety, I welcome anyone in the paddock to stop by our pit at Road Atlanta. We love chatting, sharing information, looking at other people's work, and debating strategies. We all have a common goal of progressing while maintaining a safe standard, and would do much better with these conversations face to face. Unfortunately, between preparing cars, shovelling snow and watching hockey, we have lots to do with very little time before Atlanta. If anyone would like to discuss our program and car preparation, call free to call me directly at 613-371-2838. Next time, should a team feel we are competing illegally, please remember to pay your $50 and submit a formal protest before asking for further information or involving series officials. I also don't recommend packing up and leaving because rules didn't work out in your favour - it shows poor sportsmanship. Perhaps your forfeited $50 could have gone towards participation ribbons for next time. See everyone at Road Atlanta! TH
  49. 16 points
    Thanks for the positive comments and support guys. I don't mind or take comments personally it comes with being the Tech guy. I would love to make my position for Champcar my only job and hope to when I offically retire in a few years. If everyone agrees you can contribute to my retirement and I'll retire early and make that happen sooner than later. So please keep in mind when sending emails or expecting speedy responses to forum posts I'm still working a 40-50 hour week at a regular job. Until the rules are changed starting at Road Atlanta in Feb. you will see the current tech sheets posted on the windshields of the impounded cars rain or shine at all Champcar races for 2018. I will work with the registrar/s to make this happen. I will use the log books to do my post race tech as they are one and the same as far as the documentation of the VPI, value adders and TCV is concerned. If and when the rules are changed I'll change with them. Phil McKinney Director Tech & Safety
  50. 16 points
    How many hideous machines kicked his pretty little bottom?
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