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  1. Bit delayed, but I finally got around to making a comprehensive picture recap of the Team Hugh Jass weekend, we all had a great time. Team Hugh Jass at ChampCar 24hrs of VIR - Post Race Report
    5 points
  2. The TRMotorsports team #318 had our best weekend to date with ChampCar. Many thanks to the event staff for keep things moving smoothly and communicating the delays to keep all informed. 6 of our 7 regular drivers were able to make this event and all did a a great job keeping our E36 4cyl pointed the right direction all weekend. Last year, 2 yellow flag penalties hurt our chances on Saturday so we focused on running a clean race and attempting to not beat ourselves this year. Saturday's wet conditions made our driving order an easy one. Crew Chief and Gingerman veteran Bob K took the first stint and with the help of a good starting position (6th?) took the lead on the first lap. While conditions were wet, Bob managed to lap all but two cars during the first hour and built our lead to over a minute. As the dry line improved the cars with better dry pace came alive the gap slowly closed during the second half of the stint when the RBank Civic passed us on lap 54 to take over the top spot just 3 laps from the end of the stint. Joe W jumped in next for another clean, penalty free stint, bringing the car back to pitlane in 2nd position. TJ - our least experienced and arguably least ugly driver took over for the third stint and drove his best stint ever. The BMW returned to the pits in 3rd and our clean-up hitter, John R jumped in returning to fray in 5th where we stayed finishing second in A-Class behind the winner RBank. The team executed perfect pitstops throughout and managed to change the left side tires on the last stop with plenty of time remaining on the clock. The team was pleased with the day and the only repair needed was a small coolant leak discovered in impound. Day 2 arrived foggy, but we were optimistic as the 7 hour format typically plays to our fuel mileage strengths. We were excited to here the finish time was moved back an hour to hopefully keep our strategy intact for the rest of the day. Our driver Chris H (me) took the first stint as I had experience starting from near the back of the pack last year at Gingerman and generally manage traffic well. After getting surprised a bit by the green flag and botching a shift, off we went moving up 12 positions on lap 1. I found the flags and key reference points alittle challenging to spot, but certainly "raceable" . The car was performing well with some used tires that had previously seen duty on the One Lap of America event, logging over 3000 street miles and several laps on the track. After moving up to 11th and a couple of four offs at turn 5 due to the driver (me) pushing a bit too hard I settled into a rhythm and finished stint in 7th with just a bit of grass hanging off the car from my mowing job. Bob K jumped in to begin the post break stint and finish off our fuel load. The pace car had picked up the leader GWR, just one spot ahead of us in grid. With a light fuel load and a clear track ahead, but chased the GWR car around for a few smoking fast laps (for our 318is anyway) and lowered our personal best time to a 1:47.9. Due to pitstops and a strong pace, we moved into 1st overall just 10 laps after the break and held that spot until pitting for fuel and a driver change around lap 79. Mike J jumped in the car, rejjoing the race in 4th and preceded to reel off a string of very strong laps until the FCY for the oil spill brought him to the pits and within our last driver change window. Currently sitting in 2nd our hopes were high that GWR would need one more splash and go to finish the race. Joe W took over after the pitstop in first place as others pitted as well, but GWR was lurking just a few cars behind. We had plenty of fuel but our 318i's pace was not enough to hold them off. We hoped to push them just hard enough to run them out of fuel, but the late race caution for an engine fire sealed the win for the very deserving GWR rocket. Special THANK YOU to Mark and the MiElan team for allowing us to raid there spares once again. Bailing us out Sunday AM with some metric screws that decide to exit our intake manifold on Saturday. That's the not the first time they've helped us out and probably not the last. We owe you boys another beer or three. 5th and 2nd overall, 2nd and 1st in class .......soo rwarding for our team after losing engines at Road America two years in a row and other assorted mechanical over the last three seasons. We can't wait for the next one and INDY in 2019 !
    3 points
  3. Please nominate and vote for me. I would love to serve the members of the organization again for a new three year term after the 15 months I've been on the Board. Thank you. I’m Jerry Enger, Jer on the forums, and I’ve served on the Board for just over a year and running for election. I believe I can do more on the Board, and would like three full years to accomplish that. I have skill sets that are somewhat unique and I believe compliment the rest of the Board members and add value to ChampCar. Why should you vote for me: -I believe in stable rules and transparency. I try to make sure members are informed about what is happening and why. I also try to answer the questions that come up on the forums if I have information that will help. Transparency is key; it's your organization, I don't believe in secrets or the hold back of information nor the reasons for why decisions are made. We also need stability in the ruleset. I lived the Condron years as a car owner and it was maddening. Back then it was Lemons or Chump, so the organization could do almost anything and get away with it. Because of that behavior, we now have AER, WRL and Lucky Dog. All we can do now is fight hard to present a consistent, reasonable set of rules that are tweaked, not re-written, and only done so once per year with total transparency and plenty of warning on changes. This is the only way we will have a chance to win back the teams we lost from the craziness of those old years and keep our current members happy and wanting to race with us. -I am the Treasurer of the organization, and we are coming out of a time when there were no public financials or results. I was instrumental in forming our first coherent set of financials. In addition, my input, direction and interpretation of results and the effects of possible decisions have helped and will help keep the organization in the black and viable for all of us. I’m happy that we are slightly profitable as an organization, but have pushed the Board to take care with all decisions. If we lost 5% of our membership, we’d be in the red. An economic downturn could put us in the red. A few really bad losing races could do that too. I keep these issues in the forefront of the Board. -I believe in keeping the racing affordable, competitive, and accessible. That means no more “free stuff” that raises the cost of racing for all. That means an annual review of the VPI table, making sure that outliers are trimmed. The flipside is I pushed hard to give the members 90-120 days notice before implementing crippling point increases to selected marquees. No one wants to build a car only to find it’s no longer competitive due to a no-warning rule change. Geographically, we need to keep pushing as much as fiscally possible to add races in the central and west areas to give those racers a chance to experience ChampCar and grow our brand. -I understand the fiduciary role I play on the Board, which always requires removing self-interest for the better of organization. I race my own Miata in the series, but even if a rule would hurt me personally, if it’s best for the organization, then it’s best. Period. Yes, I believe the MR2 is undervalued in points and should be increased. -I’m geographically from Denver, but race everywhere in the country. Because of where I live now (technically the central region), I regularly race out west and in the central region in my Miata, but also have raced up and down the eastern seaboard. Because of this, I’m in a unique position to hear opinions from across the country. I informally poll almost every race I go to, actively seeking issues and feedback, and I bring that information to the Board. Accomplishments: -I’ve served as Treasurer for ChampCar, with my background as a CFO and CPA, and helped get the financials in order and put into a presentable format this year (for the first time ever). I work with the bookkeeper and the tax accountants on issues and financial results. -I enlisted my intellectual rights attorney for help with securing the tradename ChampCar. That work continues. -I developed and maintain a spreadsheet that shows attendance by race for us and our competitors to help us better understand who is succeeding, who is not, trends, and how ChampCar can grow and succeed. -I’ve never missed a meeting, and passionately but (I believe) reasonably present issues and solutions and my input into the important decisions we make as an organization. I do not sit on the sidelines, and in many cases am the person to bring up issues to the Board to help us address them as they arrive. -I keep members informed as much as possible by delivering information when people are asking for it on the forums. -In my past, I’ve served on a number of boards, but I only serve on boards for organizations I’m passionate about. -I’m one of the earliest members on ChampCar, having done many, many races since 2010 on 25+ different tracks across the county. I consider myself very lucky in this regard. I hope I get your vote and welcome feedback and questions. My number is CC000282. Thanks!!!
    2 points
  4. Greetings champs, My senior design project for ME involved designing and building a champcar that competed at the 12 hours of VIR last March. That was us in the Maroon Subaru Ute! Now that I've graduated and moved to Charlotte, I was wondering if there were any teams based out of the Charlotte area that I would be able to join up with or even just help. I only have two hours of driving wheel to wheel at that march race, and a ton of automotive experience. My dad was a mechanic who owned his own shop so I grew up in, around, and underneath cars. Keep the dirty side down!
    2 points
  5. Honestly its worth a try. https://twitter.com/alo_oficial?ref_src=twsrc^google|twcamp^serp|twgr^author
    2 points
  6. Could be, but my AFR gauge still stays on even when extremely lean. So seeing it cut off completely makes me think it's losing power. Disclaimer: I have no idea what I'm talking about.
    2 points
  7. If someone can convince NASA that my Toyota is German, then I can get my 5th NASA track record, HA! The others were in a Z06 Corvette. That was purely a set up time trial flyer lap. I put the car in 5th gear and cruised around a bit to cool the engine and tires. Tire pressure has to come down pretty far to get a fast lap. I ran a gear lower in two corners and just let the open diff smoke the inside tire coming out of 2, 3, and 10. Best I could do normally was a 1:44.x. Fun fact, the fast guys start a time trial session with a 295 wide Hoosier on a Corvette at 19 PSI, it feels like its going to roll off the rim the pressure is so low. Hot lap is at 22 or 23 PSI. Tire feels like crap, feedback is crap, tire wear is abysmal, but WOW is it fast!!!
    2 points
  8. Bob's stint in the wet Saturday morning was a clinic on the gingerman rain line. The ChampCar boadcast was mostly your in car and is a great tutorial on driving this track in the wet! Great driving all weekend guys!
    2 points
  9. Snow is nothing more than an inconvenient aspect of life. Why live with that aspect when it can be readily avoided?
    2 points
  10. But starting position means nothing in this series
    2 points
  11. I could see that being the case. I don't deal with OE discs all that much so I don't have any experience on the varying stresses based on different offsets. That first pic was something I was going to mention because I see that area between the bell/friction face on several large OE discs recently where there is a thick curved area I assume to allow some additional radial expansion. As for the vanes, I don't know about thermal transfer differences/efficiencies of straight vs pillar and there doesn't seem to be much consensus from the OE mfg. I see both types pretty regularly. When you get up into higher end sports cars is where you start to see directional vanes which move much more air. In racing, all discs are directional, most are curved and the better discs now have a high number of thinner vanes to increase thermal transfer (more surface area) and provide better face support at extreme temps. As a side note, I think it was the C6Z06 vette, where GM spec'd a directional vane disc, but didn't produce a RH and LH, opting instead to simply put the disc on the other side going the wrong direction.
    2 points
  12. The thing that always gets me with incidents like this is they aren't even close. It's not like he hit something with the trailer right back by the axle on a short trailer or caught something with the outside corner of a long trailer when it swung wide. To hit something that far in front of the front axle means he wasn't even in the neighborhood of being ok. I just don't understand how you can have your head that far up your ass and still reach adulthood.
    2 points
  13. We have to be re-nominated. I'm asking for nomination, as I'd like to serve again.
    1 point
  14. I demand a Paul Page “Delta Force” intro at the driver’s meeting. Cameo by Chuck Norris would also be acceptable.
    1 point
  15. Feel free to post up your own 'out and about' photos! Funny stuff, cool stuff, weird stuff.. as, you know, per forum guidelines.
    1 point
  16. Thanks, always good to have real world data!
    1 point
  17. They don't work very well going backwards. Pad wear goes up pretty significantly. A reliable source told me this was caused by a RH disc on the LH side (see pros do stupid stuff too). Pads wore/fell out and well, he was just along for the ride. Pretty scary. I'm actually amazed the disc didn't explode from lack of cooling first. It had to be running at crazy high temps. https://www.autosport.com/nascar/news/137738/wallace-escapes-huge-impact-unhurt
    1 point
  18. Thanks guys, appreciate the feedback. Good to know I can email Jay and get answers. I assume the B8 / H&R combo and the X-brace issue have been decided before as these are very common items on the E36.
    1 point
  19. @Crank Yankers Racing Does the problem always start while loaded up and turning right. It seems that way in the video. Check the main power leads in the engine compartment, and the chassis to engine ground wire on the right side motor mount. Is there anyway to monitor voltage? I have seen and experienced ECU and ignition cutout when you hit a low voltage threshold. The ECU simply cannot fire the ignition anymore.
    1 point
  20. Suck a DI@8! Prolly have the Sc 300 done by then and a fast gang that retires me from driving, so watch out.
    1 point
  21. Those LED's are the AFR gage. It is possible that we are just seeing the --- that would be occuring during no combustion happening. It may look like they are out. If my hypothesis about those LED's is correct, then I would say the AFR was showing REALLY lean right before it cut out. Reasons why it could show that: - No fuel to injectors - fuel system issue - Injectors not firing - TPS issue - ECU issue - other sensor issue - problem with power to any or all of the above - Off throttle
    1 point
  22. Hello Wade. Zach here. I live in Indy and have been racing a couple Neons out of my shop in Muncie for about three years now. PM me. I’ll be happy to share everything I know.
    1 point
  23. Thanks Chris. Awesome weekend, and nice to meet you, Chris, and Chris. At least I won't forget your names ! People think I am totally nutz when I get all excited about rain and wet track... and yes, I was praying for MORE RAIN ! I hope the LiveCast from our TRM 318 during my wet stint doesn't show too much detail to give away my rain line secrets. I am still compiling video... I am making a "highlights" video from Saturday. Unfortunately there is no video from Sunday. Old dead battery. Replacement on the way.
    1 point
  24. My "partner" neon team is out of Muncie, IN. I can connect you with them if you are interested.
    1 point
  25. Since it is your first race, I would make sure that you read the rules from beginning to end. Not being a smartass, it is just a fact that the answers to your questions are in the rulebook. We can answer them here, but you need someone on the team that has read and understood the rules front to back. B8's? If they are within the 2x rule and are not adjustable, no charge (4.3.2). H&R springs? No charge if same ID/OD (+/-0.25") as stock (4.3.2). X brace? Did it come on the car? No, refer to section 4.4. I would think there would be no charge for the fan or fan brackets, but I don't have time to look through the rules to see where that is covered, somebody can chime in on that. Good luck in your first Champ race, you will all enjoy it I am quite sure.
    1 point
  26. I've been on the fence about trying to buy/build a car and go racing. I'm in So Cal now, but I grew up in Indy. Aldo Andretti lived in the neighborhood next to mine. They used to park cars for the 500 at my high school. I went to the 500 almost every year growing up. To have a chance to race on the track that I grew up watching my childhood heroes on, I don't care about the drive, I'm in.
    1 point
  27. Buddy of mine taught me the most important lesson on body work: You can only look at one side at a time.
    1 point
  28. I've got one with a clean FL title that they can have for $50 if they are willing to come to Florida
    1 point
  29. I know of one team (Yoda Racing) not on the forums much. I am 3 hours north.
    1 point
  30. Premium Dudes now accepting applications for membership. - Must weigh less than 160# - Prior karting experience is a plus - Must be able to attend Friday’s kart qualifying
    1 point
  31. Well, the advice still stands if you do boxed wine...
    1 point
  32. If that is boxed wine, you can put it in old soda cans so you can still gesture and not spill it! #itsalwayssunny
    1 point
  33. I spy Oberon, I think. I got hammered on that shizzz at gingerman... Thanks @Crank Yankers Racing!
    1 point
  34. Went shopping today.
    1 point
  35. Man, We got some pretty quick karters on our team (Myself excluded), we'd be all in for this. Bring scooters or Big wheels to Barber? Race around perimeter road?
    1 point
  36. Should I grab my winter coat in August???
    1 point
  37. Tell us the one about the 3 bears, Bill. That's my favorite fairy tale....
    1 point
  38. This racing series is going to drive me to drinking... don't you guys know where I can get a great slushie from near the track?
    1 point
  39. @jmas - No worries! Always glad to help, lucky that we had gear and a couple gallons handy as we were starting to pack up too All in all the Hole Lotta Laps team had a much more successful weekend, but Saturday was rough. Big thank you to all the Champcar and Gingerman Staff for a well run event and giving us a place to come play! Thursday: Slam through replacement of front wheel bearing (which actually turned out to be in great shape and just a loose spindle nut...), pack, load, tow, arrive, unload and setup paddock in the dark. Friday: Decided not to run the test day and instead do some minor repairs we had been putting off, finish setting up the pit, etc. In hindsight, should have bled brakes but they were good last event and getting off the trailer so we didn't bother..... Saturday: With the morning rain, we decided to put John in the car first as he likes the rain, but a bit too much tire pressure made the car quite the handful. An hour in and we decided to change strategy a bit. Fuel, early driver change to Lee, and a few pounds down all around and back at it. Lee reports some issues with brakes, but keeps pushing and drops us to sub 1:50's while having a mid-stint off at turn 10. Hour and 30 later (now 2.5hrs into the race), car is stuttering and needs fuel. 14 gallons, driver change to myself and I start pushing, mange to click off a couple sub 1:47's then a 1:46 before running out of brakes coming into turn 10 trying to make a pass stick. Off through the grass, let the pack go back by and get back on but something is way wrong now. Back end is making all kinds of weird noises and is all over the place, so I limp it down the straight and into the pits. Sorry to anyone I caught off guard by going 100ish mph less than the lap before..... Get out of car, check rear axle nut, yep, sheared off and gone, just like it did in testing earlier this year, ok, no sweat, axle change and good to go. Half hour and we have the old axle out, new one ready to go, but wait, that hub doesn't look healthy. Oh, that's totaled. Bearing cage for the outside is now sticking out of the inside...Time to grab the spare hub. Oh, spare hub has a taper at the arm mount instead of a threaded hole @#$%. Turns out it's a fine thread 5/8ths, so after asking around a bit we send Lee to Mendards/Tractor supply and get everything else ready. @IPF Racing loans us some C clamps since we cant find a vice, and as soon as Lee is back we drill and tap, then put the car back together only to find out that it took out the brake caliper and bent the bracket. Bend the bracket back straight with a block of wood, the jack and Lee's trailer tongue, grab the spare caliper and then finish up repairs. with about 20 minutes left @jaymsu gets in and gets it back out. Brakes are still bad but he limps it another 10 laps for our first ever actual finish! Saturday night: Bleed the brakes, find the front spindle nut loose again, so we tightened it up and locktited for good measure. Good news is the rear seems to be rock solid now thanks to @Bill Strong's tip on double nutting instead of the cotter pin and the questionable used rear hub seems to be holding up so far. Pizza in town and rest up for the next day. Sunday: Spend half the morning planning and replanning how to work around the quiet hour while we wait due to the fog delay. With the car in good shape and knowing we're kinda screwed in terms of fueling window, we send @jaymsu out again and tell him to try to run as hard as he can while leaving enough fuel for a lap or 2 after quiet time is over. Hour into the stint and we're told he got a black flag and he comes in for a 2 minute penalty. From my understanding the Tow truck had taken 10a instead of 10b and Jay was mid-pass on slower traffic when it rejoined, which counts as a pass under yellow. With Jay already on pit road we have him stop for fuel and send him back out, but he ends up stuck in the sand in 11 after more braking issues rear their head and we get towed out just in time for quiet hour to start. 30 second visual inspection while helping Jay get out shows a little bit of sand packed places, but nothing too damaged. Turns out that assessment was a little off as when John got in the car after quiet hour the car had a real bad vibration, looks like the sand packed wheels werent packed very evenly... A quick stop 10 minutes into the stint, brush out what sand we can from the wheels and change the one we cant get clean (it had like baked on there!) and John is back out and much happier except for the sandstorm in the car as it cleans itself out. Another fuel and driver stop, I get in and push hard, trying to get us a few more seconds as we know it's there somewhere until the red flag for the "thermal event" - Glad you guys are ok @wvumtnbkr! With that cleaned up quickly it was back to green flag and I was cruising along, midway through a pass on @Logdog in turn 7 when I felt a little hickup. "It's probably nothing" I tell myself as I push through 8 and 9, only to have a harder cough through 10. Out of fuel half an hour early! Still not sure what caused that, but quick driver change and fuel stop. Lee gets in and runs a nice consistent pace until the big oil spill in turn 1. John grabs a broom and hops over the wall with the safety crew and Champcar staff to sweep while the track goes from red to FCY, I join someone from the pitstall next to us and help run pit-out while Mom runs a bag of timers to the far end. Thank you to the teams that stopped during the yellow for not running us over! Cleanup wrapped up quickly, and handed out some water to say thank you, then it was time for some green flag racing again. Lee runs out the bulk of his seat time but with all the FCY we only need another 6 gallons during our stop. Jay gets in again and carries it home to our 2nd finish at 3rd in class and mid-pack overall. All in all a solid weekend, big thank you to Mike and the gang for the Chandler School award and Wilwood for the certificate which we'll use to replace our trashed caliper and get some new spares. Semi-related note: Is there somewhere to donate our trashed parts to be used in future trophies? We have a couple toasted rotors and the trashed hub if anyone can use them
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  40. Load car, head north 14 hrs (for us) is faster than I first thought before mapping it, but if you, @Philippe and I all were in, we could investigate alternative towing/hauler rental methods? Dunno that renting 1 'cup' hauler set up would be cheaper than 3 separate teams towing? (this goes for any other distance races like Road America & Watkins...) Never investigated it, but figured it was worth throwing it out there...
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  41. To us, it's just another race in 2019. Once the 2019 races are all contracted, the dots dotted, and the monies sent, then we will post the complete schedule, open it up for purchase, and sends emails, social media blasts, youtube red flags, and forum posts.
    1 point
  42. All 2019 events show full. They are not open yet. Could be a new champcar tactic. They will offer a variable entry fee for each race based on the level of outrage on the forum when the event shows as sold out..How bad'ya want it?
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