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  1. For the newer Champcar members, I don't think words can accurately describe the efforts and leadership Mike put into the series. Keep in mind his leadership started during the "revolution" of Champcar from a single owner business (with some animosity to the owner at the time) to a club with elected leadership. Without Mike making this move, I think Champcar would have died long ago. Mike I hope to see you at some future races, with alot more time to shoot the s(*&.
    4 points
  2. Hello ChampCar Members, I am Bernie Myers (aka hotrod) member of the Blue Shells Racing Team and builder of our two Ford Focus SVT’s. I am looking for your vote to become a ChampCar Board of Director. My racing career goes back a long way. I spent 20 years with the Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar Team as a mechanic then crew chief then team manager. As manager I attended many meetings with chassis manufactures, engine suppliers, tire manufactures, sponsors, other car owners, track owners, promoters, officials and driver & crew meetings. From this experience I was able to take away what was on every ones agenda. Were they thinking of themselves or what was good for the series? How would a decision affect all involved? How would it change the cost of racing? Does a team looking for a rule change or update give them a distinct advantage? Through the years in IndyCar I won several awards chosen by the sanctioning body and my peers. Two of which are still in the Indianapolis Speedway Museum. Not long ago I helped to resurrect local pavement Midget Racing through the Short Track Auto Racing Series or STARS. I wrote the rule book and was race director. We stabilized the rules, treated everyone fairly and alike and increased car counts and attendance because of this. After the success of STARS for one year I became Race Director for the local Friday Night Stock Car Races. Again writing the rule book and making sure that there was no favoritism and everyone was treated the same. Again raising the car counts and attendance. The rules and procedures we changed are still used today. In all I’ve been involved in Motorsports in one form or another since 1977. I believe my past involvement in Motorsports can help me make the correct decisions to move ChampCar forward. For the first time I volunteered to work with ChampCar at Elkhart Lake this past October. Friday in tech and Saturday & Sunday on pit lane. It was a great experience. I came away with many more ideas on how to improve on the race weekend experience. Here is a short list of what I think: I believe in rules stability, limitation or no more free parts, a balanced VPI table, looking into adding points or limiting larger fuel tanks. I believe in transparency and direct communication with members. I believe in a rule book big enough to allow for complete understanding of the rules and that all the rules are enforced as written. I believe in supporting and awarding all classes through third place in each class. I believe that across the board tech regulations are adhered to everyone. I believe in supporting all classes through third place in each class. I believe we need to put just a little bit of ChumpCar back into ChampCar! The makeup and premise of ChampCar is spot on as it gives us the opportunities to run at all these great racetracks something that would otherwise be out of the question given the costs to run other series. But the series has stepped away a bit from the point of being able to build and compete with a fairly inexpensive race car. If elected to the Board of Directors I would fight for cost containment, fair enforced rules and procedures that will help to increase the event car counts. Thank you, Bernie Myers
    3 points
  3. Does anyone have any first hand experience with these and can compare to other tires, RS4, RE71R, ect. From what I see on the internet it seems to be a good tire, but that seems to be from someone who is trying to sell the tires and I was hoping for an unbiased assessment.
    2 points
  4. When WRL enacted this rule a few years ago I was at the Mid-Ohio race and saw a great work around. The rule only limited tire changes on pit lane. So a team, that also races Champcar, set up their tires and jacks in the paddock. They would fuel the car, exit pit lane at the first break in the wall then proceed to the paddock where they had their tire changers waiting. They would change tires and rejoin pit lane at the second break in the wall. It was fun to watch.
    2 points
  5. Hello All, A lot of you know me already from racing with Champcar since the beginning, over 11 years ago. We have gone through a lot of changes and growth together and having that perspective I would like to serve on the Board of Directors. My personal bio is below. I am excited to to be able to give back to the members and help the organization continue in the future. I know I will be one voice of 7 and having different perspectives is Here is what I would like to see in the future for changes and keep the focus Encourage Reliability. I know this goes against the norm of what the board says and what others say with no more free items, but I think we could encourage reliability to encourage teams to finish and come back. This free item will save teams money long term with less issues. We are the only series that punishes reliability with points. We also limit some teams to come to Chamcpar and cross over with some of the rules and we should address those. We should have accusumps, oil coolers, trans coolers, coolant reserves all for free to have teams use them and finish races. A team that does not blow up will come back to the next year. A team that does blow up will leave a sour taste in their mouth and may not come back. I think this is a big change that will be for the better long term. Tire Wars- Address tire spending and teams ability to buy a win with tires. Proposals of how and when to changes tires seems to be a logical step and changing multiple sets a day should not be expected. There is no perfect rule put forth yet, but I am confident with the TAC, Tech, BOD and the members input we can come up with a rule that is fair and in the best interest of the series long term. Mentor program - I would like to run a mentor program for new teams to be set up for success. I have had this idea for a while and this would be a great time to do it. We all know how hard it is for a new team and drivers to start out with little or no direction. I want to design and come up with a program to team up new teams and drivers with an experienced and approved ones. A detailed program with different aspects to focus on, discount to get new teams first time with us and a way to help them understand what we are all about. A rookie award for each race to a team that is less than a year old and has 75% members or more new. Talking and work together - I do not like the word transparency because it is used over and over again with no affect over the years, but it is what we need. What I would like to see is the TAC, Tech and BOD to work together on rules enforcement. No more lone rangers out there making up rules on the spot on their own. We need to all be on the same page and getting different answers from different people is not healthy long term. The TechBoard is a separate rule book hidden on the Champcar website that takes forever to figure things out and most do not read it. We need to revamp this to make it more transparent to all. Rules Stability - We need to keep the rules stable long term. You should not have to adjust or change your car or build from year to year. We need to think long term on rules and adjustments for all members. Here are some highlights about me, and the book continues. 120+ Champcar races, some wins, lots of losses, some DNF, but a lot of amazing memories of great times with friends and battles on track. Bachelors and Masters Degree from George Mason University I have served on a board of directors in the past on a non profit community organization for biking and hiking. We had to work with the public and city/county officials and this has given me the experience on how to handle difficult situations and working with many different personalities to come to a consensus for solutions. Married almost 20 years, 2 kids who come to races and love it. You have got to get them hooked early. If they race they will never have time to get in other trouble. Same job for 23+ years and I plan on retiring soon and will have time to really dedicate for other activities, such as Champcar.
    1 point
  6. The nomination process was exciting. There was lots of buzz from people who wanted to be on the Board and from members who wanted to ask the hard questions. After 30 days we managed to get 7 nominees from our 4000 members. Today is Sunday, November 1st and the voting starts today. The voting "booth" will be kept open for 30 days before the election ends on Monday, November 30th, 2019. On Tuesday, December 1st, we'll compile all the votes and on Saturday, December 12th we will announce the three members who garnered the most votes. Those three club members will officially take office for their three-year term on January 1st, 2021. Here are your Board of Director nominees. Michael Chisek Alex Macevicius Bernie Myers Troy Truglio Chris Huggins Tiffany Alexander Rodger Coan The instructions are simple: 1. You can only vote for 3 people, and; 2. You can only submit one ballot. 3. Membership name and membership number are required. We will monitor the results to make sure that no one casts more than three votes total. Please contact me with any questions and comments at info@champcar.org. All the best - Mike Chisek CEO ChampCar Endurance Series ChumpCar International, Inc -------------------------------------------------- You as a member are voting on a change in the Bylaws for ChampCar Endurance Series. The change is to separate the CEO/President from Chairman of the Board. This change will have the CEO/President of ChampCar report to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may elect a Chair of the Board of Directors from any of the current Board of Directors under Article V Section 3. Here is how the Bylaws read now under Article V Section 7: Section 7. Responsibilities of CEO-President. Subject to the control of the Board, the President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation and the Chair of the Board of Directors. The President shall supervise, direct, and control the corporation's activities, affairs, and officers. The President shall preside at all members' meetings and at all Board meetings. The President shall have such other powers and duties as the Board or the bylaws may require. Here is how the Bylaws will read under Article V Section 7 and the addition of Section 11: Section 7. Responsibilities of CEO-President. The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the corporation. The President shall supervise, direct, and control the corporation's activities, affairs, and officers. The President shall report to the Board of Directors. The President shall have such other powers and duties as the Board or the bylaws may require. Section 11. Responsibilities of Chair of the Board of Directors. The Chair of the Board of Directors shall preside over the Board of Directors. The Chair of the Board of Directors shall prepare all meeting agendas and call all board meetings to order. The Chair of the Board of Directors will set goals and objectives on an annual basis for the Board of Directors. Vote yes to approve, or No to not change the By-Laws. Vote here https://forms.gle/6UaCsa2gjj3VvjgE9
    1 point
  7. We are in Mooresville, west side of town. I used to work with one of your teammate's brother. Message me if you want to catch up sometime.
    1 point
  8. Updated to BCCR posted. BCCR-2021 v2.0.0. https://champcar.org/mainweb/pdf/2021bccr/BCCR-2021v200.pdf Redline Edition https://champcar.org/mainweb/pdf/2021bccr/BCCR-2021v200_redlines.pdf Version 2.0.0. updated October 30, 2020 by wds 4.3.2. Radiator back to 2020 rule 4.3.2. Radiator: o Non-aluminum, non-OE: 5 pts o Aluminum non-OE, less than $300: 10pts o Non-OE, greater than $300: 30 pts 4.3.2. Shock absorbers / struts with damping/rebound adjustment, includes remote reservoir, 25 pts per corner 4.3.2. Brake Caliper - 5-piston or more: 5 pts each 4.7.3. Shocks/Struts - non-adjustable for rebound/dampening, no remote reservoirs
    1 point
  9. Not until after the last race of 2020. So the week of December 14
    1 point
  10. Everyone should look to sign up for the chance to race at the "Augusta" of motorsports in the USA.
    1 point
  11. 5 and 7 year olds. It gets easier.
    1 point
  12. Nothing to see here, Florida weather reports are irrelevant till raceday and still questionable then.
    1 point
  13. Sad this is happening, Mike has been a HUGE asset to this series and even if we don't like his stance on something have always, unquestionably, trusted his leadership. Thank you Mike C for everything and wish you could/would stay. Dana will make a fine CEO
    1 point
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