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  1. 8 points
    Due to a busy year, Barber was the first time RPM had its full roster of drivers and crew. We're somewhat odd in that we kinda look forward to wet races for the driving experience, but not for the soak clothing (I personally changed socks 5 times Saturday). Jeremy started off our race. We were somewhere near mid pack to start off. He worked his way up to 1st, only to find the gravel trap at the end of the back stretch racing Simon Says and we lost 1-2 laps. After two hours, we decided to gamble on our fuel after many extended FCY and some fuel saving by Jeremy and go without fuel (stock 1.8 Miata tank , 1.9qt surge tank, and relocated fill to passenger side for safety after drivers were splashed with gas when the system burbs for those who took pictures). I was in the car next. Conditions went from wet, to damp, and then back to wet. It was definitely a challenge not knowing what the grip levels were going to be each time. It caught me out once when going into the hairpin I had no stopping, so I made a quick decision to release the brakes and head for the grass between the gravel pit and guard rail. Keeping my momentum up I was able to work around the gravel pit and back onto the track. After my two hours, we fueled the car and put Brian in the car. He drove a quick and steady pace. Unlike Jeremy and I, he didn't take and off road excursions as we slowly worked our way up the pylon. After his two hours, we gambled again with no fuel and put Jeremy back in the car. Jeremy immediately reported that conditions were WAY worse than he had in the morning. Halfway through his stint we were settled into 3rd and just trying to bring it home. While racing another car, he visit the mud bog that was once the right side of the kink. Our splitter and air dam dislodged in the excursion, but he powered though to hold to get back on track. The car he was racing was not so fortunate. In the media room, we were watching the track CCTV and the amount of water being displaced in the kink was amazing. We also took to cheering anyone who couldn't get though the kink and ended up in the bog. In the end, we came home 3rd on Saturday and just parked the car after an exhausting day and decided to investigate the damage Sunday morning. We arrived at the track early (well for us, we are Rarely Prepared Motorsports after all). We decided everything important was in intact and we'd race. The engine bay was washed of mud and grass and the remnants of the splitter and air dam were removed. Water in a helmet mic meant we were late getting Jeremy to the grid and we started nearly last. Enjoying a challenge, he quickly worked his way up to 2nd place. His only issue was getting lapped twice by Tom O' Gorman, but it was short lived. Knowing the quiet hour was coming, we shorted pitted to put in Brian and gamble on fuel again. After Tom O's team experienced a failed head gasket we were in the lead ahead of the 840 Supra by a lap going into quiet hour. After a change in strategy, it was decided to put Brian in the car and gain a much time as we could and hope we could make 30 mins longer on fuel so we could do 2hr stints the rest of the day. At around 12:30, the fuel warning light came one like it was listing to our plan. Back in the car I enjoyed the damp, but grippy track for most of my stint while trying to maintain the lead. A sudden increase in moisture on the track meant once again I had no braking grip going into 5 and repeated my trip through the grass from Saturday (much to the confusion of the Champ Cast crew). I was warned that Cone Crushers were 2nd place, the fastest car, gaining fast, but a few laps down. I tried to make the Miata wide safely, but I pointed them by in hopes of just maintaining my pace. I wrapped up my stint still in the lead by a lap and handed the car over to Brian. Brian drove the car as hard as he could. Cone Crushers was coming fast, but we knew they had one more driver change and probably wouldn't be taking fuel. We watched their last stop and a stall and push start to get away from the pit box bought us a little more time. Brian maintained his pace as the light faded. Confiding over the radio how he felt everyone had all of a sudden gotta a lot more racey (I felt the same way, but it was likely the stress of maintaining the lead getting in my head). The last 45mins we watched as Cone Crushers slowly took time out of our lead, but in the end Brian brought home the win by 20 seconds. For our efforts, we got a free trip to the dyno for the 2nd time this year (in the two races we've done). Btw, the dyno was reading about 25% lower than what it did at AMP. In 6 years as a team, this is our first win. We have come close a few times. We've beaten ourselves most of the time or lost on a gamble. So to finally win one was amazing. Besides a few driving mistakes by Jeremy and myself, we don't feel we could have done much better given the conditions. Our pit stops were flawless (thanks to our crew Mike and Tara). We're definitely rejuvenated and looking forward to 2019.
  2. 4 points
    I know headlights are not required for "daytime only" races, but this weekend at barber seems to make the case for why headlights should be a standard safety item. We had a lot of cars running without headlights in POURING rain and you had no idea where they were once they got behind you. Got worse as the day went on and it started to get darker. Some of those cars were unfortunately flat black and it made it even harder to see. We ran our lights all race, both days, and we might even pull the cone crushers motto of always running the light bar. Some of those cars also had no running lights at the rear either...which is the other reason I was glad we had all our lights on.
  3. 3 points
    This is a fair point that should get clarified.
  4. 3 points
    me: *looks at scotty's comment.... looks at my car....looks at scotty's comment.... looks at my car....looks at scotty's comment.... looks at my car.... scratches head.... thinks OMG, why did i pick such a heavy car?
  5. 2 points
    I’m writing a petition for it. Suggest others do the same. Even a 16” light bar is better than nothing and I hate light bars.
  6. 1 point
    Regarding the rain lights, be careful what you wish for... We have the future "series mandated" rain light on both of our cars. And they are bright. I believe we are going to have to put some tint over the lens to actually use it without blinding every single racer behind us. S.
  7. 1 point
    Just like people on the road when it rains. Headlights don't help you see, but help you be seen. I perminantly installed the headlights on our car and if it's anything but sunny, they're on.
  8. 1 point
    As a faster, quiet car, policy has been, lights on even if it's a beautiful day.
  9. 1 point
    We had fun out there, despite some tough times over the weekend. I had fun racing whoever was driving for Danger Racing at the end of the day Saturday before we had to pit in for a driver change:
  10. 1 point
    Leaves you exactly 37 calendar days to order, receive, and install them prior to tech for the first race of the year! Plenty of time!
  11. 1 point
    Non adjustable 2x Are legal for everyone
  12. 1 point
    As a new team/builder.... you're opinion is actually the MOST relevant! good news is that if your car is less sorted then you should just get slotted into a lower class (probably?). Run what you brung type of thing. Lots of existing teams (with recently new teams among them) their race against. Fingers crossed it works.
  13. 1 point
    These have the same internal components as other Penske shocks. Same pistons, shafts, bore finish, seals, and shims. They will perform the same as an equivalently valved double adjustable 8300 series. The high end components will reduce hysteresis improving the overall grip and reducing tire wear regardless of the valving. Because of this, these will be much nicer than a Koni, Bilstein, or other mid grade damper even if the valving is t quite right for your application. Damper hysteresis doesn’t get the credit it deserves.
  14. 1 point
    So far it's all hype though, right? The only people saying they are wonderful are the same people selling them. It's not like this is the first spec series ever that got it's own custom built shock. Not saying they aren't great, but is there something really unique or special about them that wasn't available before? If they just did more work to better fit the application that's just a benefit of being on a popular platform, it's not really unfair to anyone else. So what? Should we ban tires that are exclusive to Tire Rack? They are still available to everyone.
  15. 1 point
    Short answer.... The hp out doesn't matter and isn't used in the calculator. The calculator is setup to grow exponentially at a certain power to weight ratio. I believe that number is close to 14:1. If you are already close to that power to weight ratio, or above it, the hp adds points exponentially.
  16. 1 point
    it’s not a special year end deal. I do think this flirts with a pretty slippery slope. Sometimes I think there are a lot of grumpy bitter people on this forum.
  17. 1 point
    I'll check out the pricing but honestly, my Miata is best handling car I've ever raced with the Billies on it. I'm not fixing something that ain't broken.
  18. 1 point
    In addition to the above, the insurance may not pay out even if you follow the law. They are not expecting most people to carry an extra 55 gallons of flammable liquid in their trucks or trailers.
  19. 1 point
    Hell I'm on the Board and don't remember that email. oops.
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    So, I guess Im going to post this since Ben seems to be still asleep after his drive home. This was the final 7 or so minutes of our Saturday race which we took 4th overall. Ben is driving and did a great job. Video starts with us in 5th, and has a last lap pass for 4th. I felt there was some questionable driving by someone else but I will let you all decide that. Also making an appearance was the 3rd place Acura who was attempting to lap us. Enjoy!
  22. 1 point
    We all are looking at new helmets for this weekend..........
  23. 1 point
    This is exactly what I was getting at, I hadn't intended it to turn into a why don't we race at COTA. I fully understand that without the car count, COTA will be hard to go back to, but I agree the last date on Mothers day was not good for the car count. Eagles Canyon is rebuilding the track and should be great when it's done, but I think the weather has put them behind, hopefully they'll get it done soon. To add to the list, there's also TMS and although at the edge of a eight hour haul there's Heartland Park. They have repaved the track and it much better on the tire wear. If we don't start having more races in the south central area then I'm afraid we'll loosing the rest of the teams in this area.
  24. 0 points
    I guess I could have started this about 5pm Saturday since our day was over by 11:45 and I decided to make a run for home before darkness. There was a lot of carnage out there due to the heavy rain. Made for a bad day for some. Congrats to the teams that finished and double kudos if you finished well. We started out with a decent draw, maybe 13th or 14th out and after a few laps Casey called in and said I HAVE NO GRIP, THE CAR IS TERRIBLE. I said calm down, you are leading the race so apparently everybody has the same issue only worse. It didn’t last. I am always reminded that this sport rewards those that plan well and prep well. We had a caliper bolt that was either left loose of came loose that shut us down for 15 min or so. You just can’t do enough double checking of things that you touch. After getting back out we were working up the field again, changed drivers and Chris was really laying down some good laps. Some of the fastest of the field but just a mile to try to come back from. Unfortunately he was pressing a little hard and spun coming out of the museum and smacked the car pretty hard on the front left. That pretty much ended it for us. Car is most likely repairable but quite a bit of damage. Thanks for the corner workers staying out there in that junk. Thanks to @zack_280 and the other guys that worked pitlane. Thanks to Champcar for putting the event on, as always.
  25. 0 points
    We drug our accusump around for a few laps after the mount broke. Things almost got really exciting.