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  1. 12 points
    If wheels are rolling across the track, then teams are either pushing the car too hard, or not being diligent enough about maintanance/inspections. This whole thing stinks like backroom deals and the good ol boys clubs. Points keep costs and speed in check because dollars cannot. There will always be someone willing to throw metric tons of money at a car to buy a trophy. The points system and the TCV before it worked to keep that in check. And in single class racing it absolutely Must be kept in check. In class racing, the big boys want to run the top two classes which let's the rest of us race each other on relatively fair terms. Without classes us open trailer racers are more and more trying to compete directly with stacker trailers, toterhomes, and paid pit crews. Points keep them from running away with everything. 2X rule maybe, but 10 points per corner sounds a lot more reasonable when it's clear nobody "needs" fancy aftermarket hubs, they just want them, and they don't want to pay the points. Especially in a series that explicitly bans carbon fiber for anything other than driver comfort. Don't want to wreck hubs? Keep the tires nearer to stock width, or don't run 2,000 pounds worth of aero. Not to mention stay off the curbing. This is endurance racing, not SM. The more I read, the more I fear a new entry level series is only a few more disgruntled members away. Way to throw the baby out with the bathwater.
  2. 9 points
    "Assigning points for hubs was discussed thoroughly over a four month period by Tech and Mike and as many drivers as I could talk to at race events" Let me just say that his pile of crap right here is supposedly what was eliminated when the "old" chumpcar powers that be were removed. No one thought an email should be sent out? Not once did anyone stop and ask "Didn't we commit to not changing the rules during the year"? No one? Not once? Seriously, I was told there would be no rule changes mid year and any would be clearly communicated. None of that occured here, just found out about this rule change perusing the forum. "The discussions started after multiple bearing failures and unfortunate early withdrawals by our members." HA what an absolute JOKE! considering lowering points because a few teams had their races ended early? Seriously, laughable. Like for real, the rest of your post is moot after this. STOP WRITING RULES FOR THE UNFORTUNATE FEW. "...ignore an obvious safety issue" LOL ok you have to be joking now. Have yet to see anyone policing wheel integrity, studs, torquing, lug engagement, etc even after wheels and studs have failed in the field. (how many cars have all their lug nuts at the end of a race? Did anyone bother to ask?) But you're gonna lower the point value to placate the guys who weren't claiming the points to begin with? You are literally punishing everyone who follows the rules to make a couple of teams comply with them. Did I mention what a complete JOKE this is!? It's unsafe for me to bolt a chinese turbo onto my engine and oil the course with holes in the block, gonna let me built a forged rotating assembly for free now? And change the rules to allow me to do so without telling anyone about it? Way to utterly bungle this one; and just over a year removed from the so-called "transparency" push that was made/elections held/"member board" no less? It would appear that the "transparency" has reverted to completely shady dealings, and with an accelerated rate of cost and speed creep than before. What a complete disappointment. I hope you all wise up quick and correct course after this debacle. How about placating the 100 other teams for once instead of the 5 bitching loud enough to be annoying? STOP WRITING RULES FOR THE UNFORTUNATE FEW
  3. 8 points
    Good Luck to the Indy drivers! If anyone coming out of Florida on I-75 has any trailer issues (tires, bearings or lights) stop by Camping World in Lake Park Ga. 5 miles north of the Florida line. I will get you in and out quick. Ask for Andy.
  4. 8 points
    Why is it that after we allow "big aero" at limited points, bigger wheel/tire combos that require additional rules on "how to legally flare your fenders" we are surprised at bearing failures? Being this is (supposedly) a limited prep, grassroots series, shouldn't we reconsider the first two problems rather than create another (near free bearings - now framed as a "safety issue"?). Perhaps one should look at reducing aero allowances and require stock fender profiles/wheel openings! Flame on as it seem there is a small vocal group of "haves" that seem to be driving the series and tech in their own image. As others have mentioned, when is it time to consider the competitors the series has/will loose due to rules/speed creep vs. the number it might loose by not keeping the series "limited" in mods? I would suggest there are more competitors comfortable with a more limited prep approach than those with time/money to continually engineer more mods. I also chuckle when it seems many of these same folks are radically opposed to changing any fuel rules on capacity (I didn't pick your car!) in a series that is already limited to two hour stints. Runaway loosening of rules to appease a few top teams has killed many bigger and more popular series/classes than this one. Only time will tell if history will repeat itself yet again. So to those experiencing bearing issues - I didn't pick your car, nor did I make you add big aero, nor did I choose a wheel/tire combo that far exceeds the capacity of the bearing package you were allowed to run. But in the interests of "safety", I will be petitioning for any size fuel cell to be allowed at zero points as fewer pit stops will keep pit road safer. Headed off to put on my nomex now.....
  5. 6 points
    Fewer points spent on hubs leaves more points to spend on engine and aero.
  6. 6 points
    Hubs are weak and need to be replaced all the time? Too bad, we didn't pick your car. Don't want to spend points on things that don't make you faster? Too bad, you might not finish the race. Why not announce the rule changes to the whole series so we all can benefit from it as soon as it happens? Why are some people allowed to benefit and not others?
  7. 6 points
    Of course you haven't received any negative response till now. The only people that knew about this value change is the ones that were already cheating and using aftermarket hubs and not claiming them. To help them comply the series has lowered the value of the part by 75%. Why would they complain? If this was a 4 month process where was the announcement? This wasn't listed on the mid season tech rules interpretation list. This poop happens and over again no matter what and I'm over it. Chasing a moving target is getting old. The rules are far from stable and I'm not even sure why we have a petetion process if poop changes on a whim in the middle of the year anyways.
  8. 5 points
  9. 5 points
    Agree 100% We run two of these apparent wheel shedding horribly reliable cars...........Can't wait to spend as much as it cost to build and entire car to outfit them with these hubs to lower our run costs...... Seriously though, it feels like we are losing the entire identity of the series, budget, grass roots racing. Tell me what you can buy for some other makes made from Titanium and other space age metals all for 2.5 pts. It makes it much easier to be the team that comes in with the $$$ to be able to compete with the teams with the knowledge to make these cars work within the rule set.
  10. 4 points
    Yea I agree. It’s hard to understand how it works and it’s still too subjective I think. When someone gets called out using a non oem part it would seem like tech would have to go to the rule book and pick the closest thing to that part to assign points. In this case it’d be suspension parts at 10pts each. Then if someone thinks that’s too high they can petition for a change in that specific part. I’ve watched many many hours of Miata’s going by with all four wheels. I think the safety argument is way over used when someone wants to buy a shinny new thing for performance and reliability.
  11. 3 points
    Leaving early in the morning . Be on the lookout white 93 tbird black wheels if seen on the side of the road stop and give Conner and I a ride ..
  12. 3 points
    If you want something accessible to the driver, I'd use push-to-reset breakers so you dont' have the driver trying to fumble with fuses.
  13. 3 points
    My dent repair is also paintless, but i think we have different standards (and hammer sizes)
  14. 3 points
    Hubs are a safety concern and get a point reduction, mid-season, no announcement yet a skid plate petition gets denied because its too hard to determine the difference in a skid plate and a splitter? Y'all didn't care when I lost my poop about mid-season unannounced changes to aero values... Doesn't feel good, I hope you understand my position more now (No names, you know who you are)
  15. 3 points
    Indy just called, you are now required to buy all miata hubs from the track when you get there.
  16. 3 points
    Maybe make aero and fat wheels and tires more points? Or make hubs more points and make people choose between hubs and aero? If you have failing hubs and large aero and fat tires, then you are responsible for building a safe car and you have not....
  17. 2 points
    Same argument as free heat exchangers... Now that I have more cooling capacity, I can more safely run the engine lean for more power/better fuel consumption... Now that I have more robust hubs that I am not worried about failing, I can run wider tires, more effective aero, hit all the kerbs... ... Wait, wait... I meant its for Safety! yea, def for safety and NOT to do with going faster AT ALL! How dare you accuse otherwise! 🤣🤣🤣🤣
  18. 2 points
    Trying to figure out how to pack my west coast sampler selection in my suitcase (yes, I have to check it with this cargo).
  19. 2 points
    So you're saying you didn't need free points on a set of compenents to change hubs preventively??? It's almost like your team took upon itself to change parts before they become a safety issue, instead of getting a rule written to allow for a free upgrade. Even worse, your point here makes it obvious the rule was changed to make one or a handful of folks happy, since multiple Miata campaginers are right here telling us it's a non-safety related issue, and a relatively low cost consumable. @National Tech is telling us we need the rule because of the clear and present safety risk of wheels falling off cars left and right. Laughable.
  20. 2 points
    I had a race winning chumpcar that had 0 fuses, 0 relays, and only one switch (kill switch) and one button (starter). I never had an electrical issue with it.
  21. 2 points
    Something tells me that the 2.5 points/hub value was arrived at to keep the complaining team's car under 500 points.
  22. 2 points
    I don't think it's a big deal, I ofcourse welcome it Race fees and rebuilding an engine (to OEM spec) are still the big $$$$$$. I couldn't find the 2.5 pts in the BCCR? Was this communicated elsewhere?
  23. 2 points
    My poorly designed crankshaft causes oil feed problems to my #2 con. rod bearing which in turn causes engine failure and oiled tracks. I have to run an oil cooler and crankshaft scrapper to make the bearings last 1/2 a race season. So for strictly safety purposes I should only be charged 2.5 points also.
  24. 2 points
    We have the Chillout system in our car, we used it at the WGI race. It worked great for us. There is a version 2.0 coming out now that improves its efficiency and lowers the amp draw. They are sending us this new unit this week so we will have it for Indy. They said they will be selling their “refurbished” V1 units updated to V2 specs at a reduced price. The customer service has been fantastic. Also, I will have a fuel drum dolly at Indy if anyone wants to borrow it. Garage A9 Visceral Racing Group#918 Ron
  25. 2 points
    So my rear hubs are now 5 points instead of 20, and my redrilled fronts are now free. Another 35 point reduction. My 499 point car in 2015 is now 276 points and soon will be free!
  26. 2 points
    At 10 pts total for hubs, I think the MR2 is due for a VPI increase...
  27. 1 point
    Don’t listen to them. It will be mass confusion.
  28. 1 point
    This is my current stash. I will stop and get some more. Anyone who likes beer, I’m happy to make some trades, or give some away. Looking forward to this weekend. See y’all soon!
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    We've used the first day of a two day race as a test and tune. Many a team suddenly has a test and tune kind of day.
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    Throwing this out on the market again as I'm just not using it. Not in a pressure to sell, but this thing should get used and abused more! ANYWAYS! Bought this thing, caged and log-booked, on this forum a few years back to take my father out racing. Originally a 318is chassis, it has had a few engines previously, but was running a non-vanos M50 while I campaigned it. I was planning on running the car for this year, and have started preparing, but haven't made any events. The car runs, drives, scoots, is log-booked, and needs a minimal amount of work to be race-ready!!! Was running 3:05-3:15 averages at Road America in it's current configuration, take that for what it is. Pros: Comes with spare trans (2x Getrag boxes) Can come with M50, or S50, or M42... pick your poison. S50 can't run in Champcar, but if you want to run WRL, etc. i have that as an option. I might chuck the S50 in for an HPDE later this month. Rear subframe mounts reinforced Rear control arm pockets reinforced Fresh bearings all around Suspension has been all gone through over the last couple seasons and only a few events were run LSD rear end Kirkey seat is on a slider for adjustable positions Electric fan setup works well, drove the car to work in traffic without issue. Fresh alignment as of last week Brake pads all practically new. extra set of rear Hawk blue pads as well. Fresh fluids in every system two weeks ago. More I'm likely spacing. Was pretty well sorted prior to my ownership, and I've basically just replaced parts as they've broken. Cons: Needs fire suppression bottle/recharge kit (was left in cold storage and froze) Needs new window net to spec Needs New seat harness after this season I believe Rusty underneath, but has been patched and is not structural or near anything that needs movement. Has a fair amount of body damage. I comically stitched on a new left rear quarter, and the front is being put back together slowly. She Ugly, but it works. Windshield has crack on the left lower corner out of line-of-sight. Hasn't been an issue at tech, but it's there. Some wiring could be tidied up inside. Left mirror is gone, has been beautified by fleetfarm special. I can go into more depth and get more photos of whatever is needed for a potential buyer. I'm going to list it at $6,000 with the intention to be flexible and know that this thing will take the right buyer. I'm not going to list this on craigslist or really anywhere else, and if I still own this for the remainder of the season, there's a chance I'll be running it in Nebraska. Car is in my storage shop south of St. Paul about 20-miles. Can help arrange delivery within a reasonable distance for fuel/time compensation. Title is clean and was just registered so I could put plates on it and drive it to work for some shake-down time. I've got about 200 road miles on it so far. The state of MN will probably have the title back to me in a couple months at their rate... but I will be able to supply a bill of sale if the sale happens prior to me receiving the title back from the state. Pictures posted are the most recent (as of two weeks ago) and depict the current condition of the body. I have been working on tracking down a replacement fender, hood, and core support to tidy up the aesthetics, but it's nothing structural at the moment so it's not huge on my priority list. Email; pwbmotorsport@gmail.com Text/call; 612.558.7576 Thanks, Derrik
  33. 1 point
    I just packed the car to head out from work tomorrow. I'm still a little shocked this came up so fast, I feel like we were just at Charlotte a few weeks ago!
  34. 1 point
    noted, and corrected the post. Thanks for the quick clarification and sorry for the misread.
  35. 1 point
    Were headed down Thursday morning. We will be enjoying our patio overlooking IMS from our rental house! As on of our team members said "This is really happening!" LOL!
  36. 1 point
    It’s made for a steel drum but I think it will work for a plastic barrel.
  37. 1 point
    How is a knuckle not a "suspension component"?
  38. 1 point
    Also, for those that are going to say servicing hubs/bearings is difficult.....I present you with this: Life Saver! Been using it for a while now, no issues with bearings failing due to heat/improper maintenance.
  39. 1 point
    Are the billet aluminum hubs from willwood heavier? Are titanium hubs heavier. Your builds include mostly parts from the pick and pull. (It’s awesome and how it should be). Every other team does not do it like you do. I’m pulling for you and every other spirit of grassroots team at Indy for sure.
  40. 1 point
    Started to stress about all this and then remembered I was EC. 😎 #ECnocare
  41. 1 point
    Will the Indiana Oxygen Garage be open. The Bell Suites? What time does Firestone start mounting tires? I need some wheels crack tested will the Magnafluxing & Zyglo testing shop be open?
  42. 1 point
    #racerproblems I wish I could worry about trailer dents...
  43. 1 point
    I'm part of a team already, but that is tempting! For anybody who has been living under a rock and don't know who this team is.... The most winningest team in all of champcar. Super team, okay car (haha). Great people!
  44. 1 point
    There is a very nicely done one on rFactor2. https://steamcommunity.com/workshop/filedetails/?id=1436914198 I had an early version of the track from the same guy, that I paid for, but now appears to be slightly updated and free. Also, Pitt Race (another Champ Car track) is available on Assetto Corsa. It was an add-on, but after seeing the 1st version, the owner's supposedly gave the creator the CAD data for the track. It's not the greatest graphically, but seems to be accurate. https://www.racedepartment.com/downloads/pirc-full-circuit.6682/ Dan
  45. 1 point
  46. 1 point
    Not a thing manly about being hot. Hell we almost reinstalled the A/C in the car
  47. 1 point
  48. 1 point
    This one, along with a few others makes me think of that quote from Jurassic Park: " Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." I'd be curious to see what would happen if there were 10-15 petitions next year asking for point increases on things like this? I would guess nothing because this series feels like it cannot make anyone unhappy or raise values, unless you run a minority make(MR2 withstanding). Kind of how when Alabama gets caught cheating in football, Cleveland State ends up losing scholarships!😜
  49. 1 point
    Disappointed in this, 2.5 is too low. Maybe 5, but realistically I would think 10 would be fine. This and the Penskes for no points makes a really killer combo that shouldn't be as low point as it is IMHO.
  50. 0 points
    Will be awesome to see him in that Michelin Man suit! Edit: @Doc I’m making stuff up. We all learned in 2005 that Michelin and Indy don’t go together!
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