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  1. After participating in 14 races this year, all with the same car, and being the only one who drives the tow rig to each of those races. I find it very rewarding for myself and my team to be able to say we finished #1 in the Championship qualification rankings. My 2 cents.
    9 points
  2. At least you can rest a bit knowing it's not just the rules issues that are all screwy. The whole world is pretty wonky right now. Not sure if the CEO stepping down effected rules issues, or if all the rules issues caused the resignation, or if there's 10 more things in the grey area that played a hand. At the end of the day, every one of us has a ton going on right now. I feel the BOD is doing the best they can with everything that's been going on. I know it may not seem that way, but we appreciate all your hard work.
    7 points
  3. Glad to hear you found about 200hp and another 12 gallons of fuel hiding in there....oh, hope you have space in the shop for the 12 sets of tires it will take......
    7 points
  4. Just fired up the race car after making some changes and I can confirm, the problem which kept the BMW out of the Road America race has been resolved! Look out GBU, we're coming for you in April!
    6 points
  5. I don’t like this idea of “if it can’t be teched, make it open”. It’s a very expensive policy. So you can’t check all flywheels... so what? Some you can easily check, like BMW flywheels (just remove 4 bolts on the debris cover). Others you can’t check, and if running an illegal flywheel, then you are illegal. You may not get caught, but you’re illegal. And you may get caught eventually. But if you say that they are open, then everyone is “forced” to upgrade.
    5 points
  6. The rules do not apply until Jan 2020 so no changes until then. Flywheels and clutches have never been open please review 4.4.1, 4.4.2 and 4.7.6. There were many requests for light weight flywheels and many were reported as being run so a 10 point value was assigned to them. No difference to worry about ? If allowing $2,500.oo plus to champcar builds doesn't worry you I would say your budget is beyond most members. And yes the board did vote for open clutches and flywheels, along with the 30 point radiator fiasco, there are other things too but I will not br
    5 points
  7. So do we consider it rules stability when we go back to a rule that we had a bit ago and have changed our minds like 2-4 times and teams have purchased and installed such items. Or is that the definition of instability? Asking for a friend. Flywheels and clutches open, then 10 points, then SFI is brought up, then free, now again adding points and if so how many and when? I for one am a very confused member on this subject. Didn't the BOD already rule that clutches and flywheels are zero points because there is not way to check it and it does not really make enough of a difference
    5 points
  8. No one is seriously worried about how it sorted. I'm just being a nerd. This place needs some humor, and apparently I wasn't obvious enough
    5 points
  9. I absolutely hate loud r acecars. The constant noise just makes you tired and not as aware as you could be. Mine is barely louder than the stock car it came out of....
    5 points
  10. Agree. Does “we can’t see it easy”. Apply to engine internals? Lightened rotating assemblies? Where’s that stop?
    4 points
  11. This, if it isn’t stock it should be points.
    3 points
  12. GMS will take the win. This car is a beast and we have unicorns and beer and we know stuff @wvumtnbkr
    3 points
  13. You guys hold off on those fancy clutch and flywheel purchases please. This is under review
    3 points
  14. The cost perception is a very real concern. I learned this years ago with data systems. Many people think that because you have data it makes you faster. In reality it makes you more efficient. Track time is expensive. Without data, you can still achieve the same gains, but it usually requires lots more track time and thus $$$. But the perception of money spent to go faster is real even if it actually saves money. The logical conclusion is education, but that’s easier said than done.
    3 points
  15. Then why not just stick with installing Stock parts on your build and get racing? You don't need to have an alum radiator or upgraded clutch/flywheel to compete or be competitive. Work on your race craft and team stuff for a few races while the rules settle and you find out what really needs upgraded on your car. As @MR2 Biohazard said here 2 pages back, there's nothing that says you must upgrade just because it's "free" or because you have room in your build's total points. My team tries to run as many used stock parts as possible because we're cheap and the parts have proven
    2 points
  16. @petawawarace your situation is unfortunate. Rules stability is key so teams will not spend money needlessly. TAC members have been trying to keep costs and competition in check by making recommendations that hold true to the low budget nature of this series. There have always been arguments of "If we can't check it, we can't make a rule against it." That is the viewof some in CC management. Many of us on the TAC do not agree with that statement, and feel that even if an item is difficult to police, it doesn't mean that item should be "open." We have fought that sentiment from our earlies
    2 points
  17. When shocks became 2x(essentially free), bushings became free, and brakes went to 2x, those are the three that stick out to me that we went, crap, now everyone will be running better parts so we need to as well. Also, Penskes are free, only if you don't use an adjustable coil-over kit, I can't recall anyone doing that yet. I believe 3, 4, and 5 were, not sure what Tuttle was running in p2
    2 points
  18. For $1300 you can drop 14lbs off of the stock flywheel and clutch assembly in a miata. Stock = 28lbs 10oz $500-$700 Light Flywheel & Heavy Clutch = ~28lbs $1,300 Twin Disk and Race Flywheel = 14lbs 10oz We had this ultra light weight twin disk clutch before they were banned and we sold it to another champcar team that didn't care that it was illegal. I recently submitted another techdesk ticket to clarify since this wasn't addressed in the 2021 BCCR and I believe this may have prompted this review.
    2 points
  19. Why do some people make statements that everyone is forced to upgrade? Where does that come from? I have never seen a rule change and then everyone say, dang it, I now have to spend money and do it. Not true at all. So on your thinking the dry break rule is there so you are saying every team now has to go dry break system? RE71R and other tires are legal and zero points so you are saying everyone has to run these tires and spend the money? Penkes are free on all miatas so if you have a miata you have to run penskes and every team will have them. no.
    2 points
  20. I got some thick OMP brand socks from discoverparts. I dont like thin socks either.
    2 points
  21. Thanks for your input Ray. TAC and Tech have always recommended that anything other than a stock flywheel/clutch should be points, even though some TAC members will have to take points for this. (A possible exception was dual mass going to conventional steel FW). We recommended that aftermarket replacements must be SFI approved. We also recommended sticking with stock style, single disk clutches/pressure plates - all in the interest of keeping costs down in our amateur, entry level series. Yes it has been frustrating to discuss this so many times and to see the conflicting Tech Desk ans
    2 points
  22. Ha. I have so much to say that doesn't belong here. This weekend was an eye opener to see just how far the money has flown out of the chicken coup.
    2 points
  23. The Board voted to open clutches and flywheels as they were assumed to be difficult to check. Tech thinks they can check them consistently so there seems to be a reversal of position. Honestly, we could have used more of a push or given one back in September. Everything was delayed/not driven this year, not sure why. Well I have some ideas but it wont help now. we will try to do a lot better next year.
    2 points
  24. The cost of the break system comes down to where you buy them from. Theres a massive circle track swap meet near me every year and I just picked up two redhead/richardson male ends and a female for less than $100. Add a couple silicone boost couplings on the hunsaker and I now have a 3in break system for less than $50 a can. It was a no brainer for us for this very reason. Will it make us faster? I hope so! haha
    2 points
  25. Lowbar racing are in and registered. Love VIR North, get signed up people...
    2 points
  26. This is really my nerd speaking here.. but I gotta say. The "sort" on this sheet makes me laugh. obviously, Sum of best 2 finishes is sorted smallest to largest. The second sort should be number of races. im biased here, but that should be sorted smallest to largest also.... If its not sorted that way, it should be sorted largest to smallest. Right now its sorted by neither, because either Visceral or 246 should be at the top, and they are both at the bottom... Just saying. /Nerd
    2 points
  27. I think some teams might be able to fuel fast, as fast as a 2.25" dry break system, I highly doubt it. I do see it as an item a team with a lot of money could gain an advantage though to be able to do other things. I hope it does not become one of the needed items long term to get things done to do well. We are definitely going away from the affordable perception.
    2 points
  28. The Level One Racing Miata headed to Sebring coming off the high of our first win at PBIR, with the energy to continue the performance. Our streak of failures and catastrophic contact appeared behind us and the team was excited to get to our home track. We had a guest driver for this event, Eb Vasquez, from TEK Motorsports, sitting in for Nick Soriano. Nick would be playing fuel/crew man for the day. We drew a decent starting position and rolled off 17th. John (as seen on TV) Wilding would start with the hope he could get us to the front. He quickly got us in the top 10
    2 points
  29. Someone buy this car and name the team Risky Business Racing
    2 points
  30. Everybody should bow to you. Anybody that can have 10-12 birthdays a year deserves being bowed to.
    2 points
  31. Yes we had RS4's, its all we run.
    1 point
  32. Ray, do not jump to such extreme conclusions buddy. A $2-300 alum flywheel is what I would think a good portion of champcar guys run. Clutch and flywheels, there are bigger fish to fry and things to worry about. Long term do you want to try to tech that, if that is found to be cheaty or protested then what? Pull engines in some cases? How can it be fair to say one car we can inspect easy so we can check that one, but not the next since it is an ecotec miata and no way to see the clutch or flywheel without a full engine removal. It will end up being a nightmare situation at some point so why ma
    1 point
  33. You Chrom-Mo cage builders using TIG welders are making everyone else look bad. All that weld time and checking for HAZ, you guys need a hobby NASCAR is sort of production level....2-3 race life span for a chassis. We used to TIG weld short track cars, when we wanted absolute min weight. After looking at the labor costs it was cheaper to use the $ to save weight elsewhere. There was also solid debate over which was stronger, with tight fitting (laser cut) chassis tubes the thicker MIG weld makes a sort of "lip" that is harder to push past in a crash. TIG welded cars
    1 point
  34. Ah ok. If you don’t change anything else and add a dry break connection, the fuel will not go into the tank any faster. It won’t come spilling out because it’s a sealed connection, but it will just stay in the fill tube. You have a restriction occurring somewhere else that will still limit the amount to fuel going into the cell. Adding a different connection type upstream is not going to fix that.
    1 point
  35. Troy, I think the system needs a re-think. I don’t think a dry break will help you here. The fuel backing up points to a venting issue. Is the flap on the cell pointing away from the vent? Granted I run 1.5” vent with the ATL discriminator valve. I know for my cell setup in the Tsx we can dump two jugs fast 2” hose, but the third we have to slow it down. So naturally we have a third with a smaller fill hose, to take the thought out of it. Also I am the team that has a air jack system on their car. It was a used system and cost just under $1000 cdn with nitrogen bottle, lance, lines
    1 point
  36. For me I currently fill with a 1" restriction to slow down the fuel as it does not flow down my oddly shaped fill tube fast enough. When I tired a 2.25" hose it would fill really fast, but back up on the tube and spill out. If I had a straight shot it would not be an issue. So for me it could save a minute of fueling. Also, I think I could get more fuel in as it would fill all the way to the top of cap and also go up the vent tube to the discriminator valve. I can see it as having mutliple advantages and the down side is cost to set it up and get it going. If I had unlimited funds it would be
    1 point
  37. @strugglesofanengineer..... I laughed a bit tbh...
    1 point
  38. Agree 100. I had the cost perception conversation Concerning dry breaks with a bod member a couple years ago I was pretty much ignored.
    1 point
  39. We can dump a hunsaker in 18 seconds now with a 3/4" vent AND a 3/4" overflow to a catch can. If we change our vent to a 1.5" with discriminator we will be able to dump a hunsaker in around 12seconds or less i think. Once your on your last bottle you can slow the pour down so when the overflow starts its enough warning to not spill a drop may cost you a total of an additional 15-20 seconds. but you have to be watching it like a hawk and not full sending the fuel.
    1 point
  40. if it’s “spilling” out with the large diameter fill hose the the air in the tank is not escaping fast enough. As a test at the shop/home install the largest diameter vent on the tank possible and see if the jug fills with the large hose. What size discriminator valve? Dry break would prevent the spill but might not be any quicker if you can’t get the air out quicker.
    1 point
  41. As if everything else wasn’t strange enough, rotary’s use a nut to hold on the flywheel, 54mm nut 350 ft/lbs torque.
    1 point
  42. That would be nice, but you should do that anyway because I drive better than you.
    1 point
  43. Could add an opt-in unofficial parc ferme to any given weekend with a big bragging rights prize with the official races going per usual. Each team who opts in puts forward a case of beer ante...
    1 point
  44. You guys are nerds. I pull my trailer to the house, unhook it, and don’t worry about it for a month or so.
    1 point
  45. Slacker... we do it during the race and immediately after the race with the entire team... Written right on the car!
    1 point
  46. Excited to be back racing with the Pinkies Out team again.
    1 point
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