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  1. Damn, I missed that. First GBU, then Pinkies, then Tuttle, then Parts Badger, then Cone Crushers, then the hot dog cars, then a whole bunch of other fast cars, and now you.....geeze. Sure will be a lot of disappointed teams coming to win when Burningham takes them all down. Frank, I know you are coming too.
    5 points
  2. Edited before posting... Where is common sense or progressively building up to potential? Only rule/go fast updates we do are upon failure of the previous component, not the day a rule changes...Surprise, we have never been surprised/disappointed or had to backtrack. Best advice would be to err on the side of "lesser racy" ,but that should go for any rule, new or old. Rather then the latest widget, strategy/clean race/sticky tires, play more into good finish position than anything else.
    5 points
  3. Those don’t look too bad. 20 degree spread is normal. Maybe RF is a bit over inflated. The inside is always a tad hotter because it always has contact with the road. Down the straights, the outside doesn’t touch (or has less pressure) If you do a lap or even half a lap “cool down” on the way into the pits it will exaggerate the spread. You should always drive at race pace and come directly into the pits to get the fastest temp readings that you can. I'm not familiar with the tire, so not sure if the operating range is optimal or not.
    3 points
  4. 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
    3 points
  5. So I just gave Bill the option of either writing a job description for his replacement, or getting the Supplemental Rules right.. His choice.. Almost positive he's going to try, again, to get them right... Just FYI, we had to back the times up a half hour to comply with VIR's times. Thought you guys might like to know why. Dana
    2 points
  6. Yah, we know how you take them down at Barber. Just saying. This is going to be like a full Championship race, exciting.
    2 points
  7. I don’t know (or really care) what’s going on behind the scenes with this organization, but the tech/rule side of things is an utter disaster. I can honestly say, it’s the worst that I have ever seen. I’ve been a member since July. I’ve had 3 separate incidents that have cost me over $1000 all from tech/rule frack ups. One was a tech screw up with a ticket. Then, once the new rules were OFFICIALLY released, I bought an aluminum rad. That was overturned. Now this poop about the flywheels being open, and now that’s getting flip-flopped again???? I want to build a competitiv
    2 points
  8. Does the 18 lbs weight reduction include any trans parts escaping through the case I haven't seen high success rates with stiff solid hub clutches attached to passenger car OE transmission in endurance racing. Almost like the springs were there for a reason..... The most spectacular was a FWD team I helped that broke the trans case in half from a clutch and trans failure. "Stage 4 solid hub" clutch. They run an OE appearing clutch now and have kept the trans cases in one piece. Don't forget the shock loading that occurs in the system from throttle lift\stab events man
    2 points
  9. 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.
    2 points
  10. I agree with exactly everything said. However, they are all kinda cold if you were pushing hard. I usually see at least 10 to 20 degrees warmer everywhere.
    1 point
  11. Trunks don't have to be in the back. Call it a frunk if that helps
    1 point
  12. Hahahahahaha... it has an engine in it.
    1 point
  13. 100%. There's a reason why the Fuel cell manufacturers only put -6AN vent lines on their cells.
    1 point
  14. I think vents are often blamed when they aren’t the restriction. Think of the last time you poured juice from one of those metal cans of juice... just a little pinhole is enough to vent a large pouring hole. Thus ends my musing of the day.
    1 point
  15. If you have the ability to upsize the vent. Try a test before buying any new parts. If the vent is as large as possible then your stuck I suppose. You wouldn’t need discriminator or dry break for the test. Just largest tubing you can attach to tank/cell. If a fuel cell you could increase the vent size by drilling out top plate. This will tell if twisting fill tube is truly the issue
    1 point
  16. No kidding. Just getting to top 10 will be a feat.
    1 point
  17. I count at least 14 teams there that can win (if GBU breaks, lol).
    1 point
  18. 2, People have already been run off sadly because of no oversight. Many other organizations have a rule in place. It's not just for members but sponsors and potential partners also.
    1 point
  19. @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
    1 point
  20. It is an issue. That being said, the 2021 rulebook was released. There was still time to make changes before the rulebook was finalized for january. Furthermore, anytime that something seems like it goes against the roots of champcar, expect a bit of a flip flop. Does that help you and your situation? No, it does not! If you hang with us for a few more months, I am sure some rules stability will occur. There are lots of changes happening within champcar right now. It WILL come out the other side of this in a stable condition.
    1 point
  21. @MR2 Biohazard let me get this straight... Re71 tires are faster than RS4, more expensive than RS4, used by teams with deep pockets to gain an advantage (you don’t), and you want them penalized in some way (add a lap?) and, high performance clutch / flywheel setup is faster than stock, more expensive than stock, could be used by teams with deep pockets to gain an advantage (you wouldn’t), and you DO NOT want them to be penalized in some way (cost points) Or, does it come down to tires being easy to spot in impound, and flywheel / clutch bei
    1 point
  22. Dry break systems aren’t faster, no advantage. If you could knock 0.1 sec off your lap times by spending $500 on clutch / flywheel would you do it? I sure would. I think most top teams would, too. I put “forced” in quotes to imply it isn’t certain. Many teams wouldn’t upgrade flywheel / clutch, but those are probably also the teams who aren’t running at the front. Fact is, when parts that make the car faster are opened up, teams add them.
    1 point
  23. Well maybe there isn’t any longer but it used to be a non stock part was points. Lots of this boils down to (in my mind) Does the series want to be about legitimate competition that is fair and enforced, or just a bunch a people out driving around a track and someone gets a trophy at the end. If it’s really about the competition then we have to ne prepared to tear cars down to show legality if questioned.
    1 point
  24. You have literally argued for years that the RE71 is 1) expensive and 2) better than other tires, so 3) it is almost necessary to run them to win, so 4) should be banned so that teams aren’t “forced” to spend more money on tires.
    1 point
  25. Agree. Does “we can’t see it easy”. Apply to engine internals? Lightened rotating assemblies? Where’s that stop?
    1 point
  26. 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.
    1 point
  27. 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
  28. Some really good custom roll cage builders DO take the time to TIG weld their cages. The last sentence is entirely true. It is very difficult and time consuming. You rarely see TIG welded cages on anything even close to resembling mass production. Oh wait this sounds like an ad for a custom cage builder, LOL!
    1 point
  29. Event times are changing. I'll update the supps in a few minutes. Cars to grid at 8:00am New race start time is 8:30 on both days. race finish is extended out to the half hour both days. 4:30pm Saturday and 3:30pm Sunday.
    1 point
  30. We stacked a pair of Vibrant mufflers on the new car because it was too loud and no one wants to listen to a loud VQ. Now it's less noisy at idle than my street car hahaha.
    1 point
  31. 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......
    1 point
  32. 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....
    1 point
  33. Also. 901 Motorsport is/are (my grammar sucks) bringing two 30 year old turds and no matter the format we are kicking all of your butts. Let’s race.
    1 point
  34. Everybody should bow to you. Anybody that can have 10-12 birthdays a year deserves being bowed to.
    1 point
  35. That would be nice, but you should do that anyway because I drive better than you.
    1 point
  36. Well I as a first time team captain with a newly built ChampCar and team, I had one of my best race weekends ever! The quality of the drivers on track was phenomenal! Especially being in a relatively slow Class and car with two newbie drivers, who all did exceptionally well. The Rabbit worked well though I know of much to improve on over the winter now! The fact we were never touched is amazing to me. I have had many laps racing at Road America, in an ITB Scirroco in 1991 to 1993, then in a Neon from 1994 to 1998 then a Formula Ford from 1998 to 2000, and from personal experience I rank all of
    1 point
  37. Sure you can show up with no experience and come race with us. As Bill says, it will most likely always be that way with Champcar. But, I think it would be helpful to most drivers to get some experience on track outside of a wheel to wheel race. Go to a DE and let somebody talk you through car control. You will come to a race better prepared to deal with the traffic by knowing what a proper line is, etc. It's not necessary, but most people will enjoy their race experience more if they know a little more about how to drive a car on track. You don't need hours and hours, but a DE or two mi
    1 point
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