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  1. 5 points
    There is no debate. when a corner worker has a yellow flag in his hand and watches you pass another car. doesn't matter what your dash says. F1 uses a system like this, corner workers are the rule. the dash is just an aid.
  2. 5 points
    People complain about how there's so much PUY Solution gets developed that can, and will, definitely help alleviate the problem People complain that it probably wont work and that they don't want to buy it
  3. 4 points
    Thanks for all the support and feedback y'all! CCES is where we race and have been doing our development work. It's where the product is reaching maturity. I envision this system similar to an in car fire suppression system. In the past, it wasn't required and was seen as extra cost, complexity, and weight. I think, as racers, we've recognized that a fire suppression system is an essential tool in promoting race safety. It doesn't replace the fire safety systems the corner workers and safety crews carry but does provide greatly improved safety to racers. Flagging will always require eyes on the track. Flag Stands and Race Control will remain the authority on flagging where this in car flagging system is a driver aid. There are a large number of situations where an in car flagging with our feature set can greatly improve safety and efficiency for racers, for officials, & corner workers.
  4. 3 points
    Flagtronics is introducing a revolution in race flagging. Our Race Flagging system is an inexpensive in-car, track wide wireless flagging system for racing series small to large. The Flagtronics Race Flagging system is intended to increase safety, save lives and increase race awareness both inside and outside the vehicle. With rapid in car notification of changing course and sector conditions, safety officials ensure drivers have been notified of hazards on course. See more at our website, www.flagtronics.com . Flagtronics will be testing with ChampCar with increasing frequency in 2019 leading up to formal beta hardware. Once release and tested, Production hardware is expected for the 2019/2020 season.
  5. 3 points
    "Came from the door\frame rail\dash support somewhere" would make it free anyway....
  6. 3 points
    I see a HUGE downfall though.. How am i supposed to get the jump on everyone during race restarts?!?
  7. 2 points
    The flag box with GPS could have self reported a stopped car at X spot on the track to race control and caused a yellow to be triggered sooner.
  8. 2 points
    I know I have some Patagonia stuff in my closet. I'm going to start wearing it to races and then tagging Patagonia in my social media posts. Just because.
  9. 2 points
    Yea the reuse material thing is dumb to start with let alone getting carried away with it.
  10. 2 points
    But it's very obvious that the bracket material didn't come from anywhere on the car, so can't be claimed as re-purposed. Let's try to keep the free stuff under control and not use strained interpretations.
  11. 2 points
    I have an LS intake that I want to put on my car.
  12. 2 points
    No way, it is a component you get anything you need to make it fit.
  13. 2 points
    I am really impressed with all of the features that were packed into this system. I would have never thought to add a pit lane timer, which is awesome. No more having the timer fall off or get put on with an incorrect number! (assuming Champcar would allow you to use it instead of the egg timer) Other things I like: Reduced speed differentials at re-starts Less passing under yellow No more wondering if that black flag is for you This all sounds like a huge benefit to not only driver safety, but also to race control efficiency. I don't understand why people are so skeptical. We currently rely on a transponder (which allegedly costs way more than this) to record lap times. Assuming it proves to be reliable, I wouldn't have an issue with this being series mandated. Is there a way to add a feature to tell people to speed the F*** up when they are being a second pace car?
  14. 2 points
    We have tested the system a few times. I found it very helpful at night at vir. With limited flag stand visibility it gave me the confidence to go 100%. With all the bugs worked out my team will definitely own one. Something to think about at tracks with elevation changes how nice would it be to know the caution is out before you pile into a blind corner with bad flag stand positioning.
  15. 2 points
    I said maybe. I don't really want to spend 100 bucks for something to tell me when there is a full course yellow. I still have to watch the flag stands, right? Help me out with something more than "it was so wonderful that I danced in the streets" Does it tell me about local yellows, standing local yellows, waving local yellow, ev on track. Does it go back to green after I've passed the incident. Who pushes the button, the corner worker? race control? After the flag is waving and it gets called in? I saw some video with it in a car, I guess it was ok once you've trained yourself to look at it all the time. If it stays optional and not something that every team has to buy, I'm all for it. Our team could even end up with one, who knows.
  16. 2 points
    FYI Discovery Parts has one for less than $80.00 with ChampCar discount. Looks like it can be wired either way.
  17. 2 points
    Yay, one more thing we are all required to buy
  18. 2 points
    ^^^ Yep. This is us too. We buy the windshield from him, he brings it over. For a few extra bucks he installs with his nice powered goop gun and we don't have to get that sticky junk on our hands!
  19. 2 points
    Bavarian Mustache Werks used it at VIR and after some initial teething pains on Saturday, it was just OUTSTANDING on Sunday. I particularly liked it for when the green flags came out again. I'm not so sure about "sector" awareness...we will see if that will come about, but it was fantastic for full course yellows and reds.
  20. 2 points
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    Yes I made all of the stuff myself. Ignore the extremely crappy welding on some of the parts, I had one of the other team members redo them, turns out I am much better at engineering than welding…
  23. 1 point
    Ha I was thinking along the lines of putting a t56 trans in. Really only works with an LS. Pretty sweet 25 point trans swap.
  24. 1 point
    I don’t see this, at its current capabilities, replacing the timers. Maybe with something added to it, like a data file logging exactly when each car reached each sector which could be checked after the race. Would the pit-out workers lean into each car and wait until the counter gets to 5 or would the pit-out procedure become: stop for inspection, leave on own volition, stop duration data file check during/after race.
  25. 1 point
    I’m almost happier to see pit in and pit out won’t have to deal with those kitchen timers.
  26. 1 point
    Denied or told it wasn't free? Only over the last month has there been talk of assigning fixed VPI values for modified parts, and ultimately, it was removed from the BCCR after only a short stay. Moving control arm mounting points should be free and would figure a "home made" 3 link is materials/parts. From what I understand, the SoA car has some pretty extensive "homemade" (by Griggs, lol) rear suspension modifications and they're legal. S.
  27. 1 point
    So I finally got around to view the West Region's ChampCar Van pace vehicle debut. Sabine Schmitz has no fears from me. It's like the Queen Mother gracefully waving at the crowd. @Bill Strong, @Doc @Paulie You are the funniest guys you know... no, no, ... still love yas no worries. Note - I had four canopy weights sliding around the back on Sunday so that's for you @Bill Strong. But enough about me. Whatcha y'all got? I know some of you have quite the trip back east or up north. Post up when you can.
  28. 1 point
    I got some time in Tyler's car with this system at Nelson ledges. It was awesome! I can't wait for this to be used in champcar. It was amazing. It actually seemed to go to be true when Tyler explained what it did. It did it!
  29. 1 point
    What a great example of situational awareness by the driver at VIR in the video 😄😄 Was definitely an awesome system, was glad I got to experience it over the summer.
  30. 1 point
    I really respect your technical talent and gumption to bring something like this to market James. This is a nifty piece of kit for sure, and you and your team are definitely in a league of your own for electronic talent and execution. Before I say this, I am sorry I can't be so quick to jump onto the bandwagon. Pros: Notification when flaggers are out of field of view Notification when driver may miss a flag Cons: Cost Reliability Complexity I just really hope this doesn't become "one more thing" we are required to buy. I don't see these replacing flaggers in the future, so it is just one more thing to "go wrong".
  31. 1 point
    Did some tested at Nelson's for the system. We enjoyed it and worked well. Did give my feedback to James and looking forward to the finishing product.
  32. 1 point
    which is exactly why the flashing under braking is the best option
  33. 1 point
    A friend of mine developed a yellow flag warning system for dirt track racing over 20 yrs ago. Glad to see sports cars may get it now.
  34. 1 point
    We used a prototype system at Charlotte earlier in the year and it was fantastic.
  35. 1 point
    Even though there is always a stop input to the light, the light does not flash unless both circuits are powered.
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    Pretty awesome! It will be cool for Champcar to be one of the first series using this system.
  38. 1 point
  39. 1 point
    He could re-purpose the hood as the windshield........... Then some of the rest of us might be able to keep up.
  40. 1 point
    All true. The markets and use of cars are very different. Having traveled from Iowa to Montana last summer I can verify that we have very straight roads 😎
  41. 1 point
    The fixed vpi is or is not fixed vpi is a tough thing. I would think most people would expect cam timing to be stock or you are taking 50 points, however you could also use the "stock part" logic to justify free cam regrinds (reduced base circle or rewelds). In that case most people would want any mods to the cam to be fixed vpi.... Maybe better option is to list the stuff we are not allowed to claim as material cost or modify....maybe call it a fixed vpi list? Rule change would be to add a list for "common points", items you can claim for materials or take the common points.
  42. 1 point
    I'm too busy installing vavles into my roll cage so I can fill it full of N2O
  43. 1 point
    The rule book reads a little odd, they don't required headlights for daytime events, but all cars need taillights only if the headlights are on. I'd like to see it changed to read something like headlights or light bar/taillights are required and must be operational and must be used during bad weather/low visibility situations...black flag if non-operational until resolved.
  44. 1 point
    You have never welded with a few car batteries in series, a set of jumper cables and some coat hanger have you? It's how I did my entire cage! \ green font
  45. 1 point
    I just heard from a reliable source that everything is free in 2020. Except Miata hardtops.
  46. 1 point
    While I don't support their position on it, I say good for them for having a position and standing by it. I wasn't going to buy any of their stuff before, but I definitely won't now.
  47. 1 point
    "Management reserves the right to refuse service..."
  48. 1 point
    Oh what the heck, I'll take a crack at it... From the top left... Do Not Touch (or "The Incredibles"), Iguana, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cold Water Wash, 1, 2 Cooling fan, Wipers, Toaster Oven, Fog Lights, Drinks After the Race, 3
  49. 1 point
    It's a points card to where you get points for each gallon of gas and in-store purchases you make. You can redeem the points for a discount at some stations (some states don't allow the discount), gift cards and merchandise. It also has a club for certain items (drinks, doughnuts, and certain bottle drinks) to where when you buy 6 you get the 7th free.
  50. 1 point
    I should have explained to one of my drivers how to go from 4th to 5th on the oval would have saved a motor.
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