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  1. +1 for all the team members out there (on all the teams), that don't drive, get up early, stay up late, (Champ staff too), So that everyone can have a good time, and go fast.
    10 points
  2. One additional point I'd like to mention is that from around 2pm-3:15pm on Sunday, the battle for the lead was between myself in the #959 VRG Porsche and @Hugh Jass in the #146 Pinkies Out BMW. For those who don't know our history, Alex and I are co-owners of the HJ Miata, a team of racers who all met via iRacing and transitioned to ChampCar with very little track experience. Our first wheel-to-wheel laps were at VIR in 2017. Fast forward to WGI 2021 and we were both driving for front-running teams in different cars, fighting very closely for the win and trading pretty competitive lap times. It is testament to ChampCar and their community that we have been able to enjoy these opportunities, and why we feel so strongly about helping to develop the link between CCES and iRacing (shameless plug for the ChampCar iRacing Series) in introducing new drivers and teams to the sport. I think it is also testament as to how well skills developed online can translate to the real world racetrack.
    10 points
  3. At least we made it out of the pits without hitting anything. no doubt. Colin deserves a lot of credit. He and Andy come to the track and work their butts off and don’t get to enjoy the thrill of driving on these great tracks that we get to drive on.
    4 points
  4. Pinkies Out's first time at WGI!!! Easily one of my top 3 favorite tracks we have been at. Beautiful area also - next time we will stay an extra day and see the sights. Seneca Lodge bar was awesome - but I wouldn't recommend the hotel, there are better options. 3 of our drivers had never been on the track before (me included). Everyone else had been on track, but in different cars. We got 4/7 on track friday before the fog got too bad. The trip up and with my super heavy trailer behind the v10 RV was an adventure in the hills, but we made it both ways safely. Next time we are using Diesel power. Saturday A learning experience - We were learning about the track, learning about the pace car game, and feeling out the competition. Heavy rain in the start resulted in a few close calls as we learned were to push. We are off on speed compared to the other podium cars. It doesn't show on lap time, but its visible on track. They can run that pace in traffic, lap after lap, with drivers who make mistakes. Mid-corner grip from the Yoko's, torque out of the toe, etc. Watching the in-car with them using only 1 hand through the carousel was an interesting experience. We were fighting a lean condition in 246 all weekend, but decided to "send it" and see what happened. This gave us good economy, but power was a bit down. We got unlucky with the cautions and took two fuel stops under green, which put us out of contention for the podium. A pit mistake mid-day put 146 one lap down (came out behind the pace car) and resulted in an awesome battle with the leader for the full 3rd stint trying to get our lap back, but we ultimately failed. Sometimes the luck comes your way, and sometimes it doesn't. As a team, we were ecstatic to be on jackstands in 4th with 246. In a field this strong, that was an achievement we were extremely proud of. Sunday After a night of deliberation - we had a plan. We knew we didn't have a shot at the top step playing the game straight up, so we threw a wildcard and went with strategy. When a caution came out with only 1 hour in the race, we pitted for fuel and committed 146 to taking an extra stop, knowing that if we kept our window open and could get them all done under caution, we could A: Run hard without worrying about fuel and B: save time over any team taking at least 1 full green stop. We kept 246 on a normal strategy, and she was able to stay in the top 5 on her own accord, through great driving and perfect pit stops. As did most of the leaders, we took one under green to put the last driver (me) in with just under 2 hours to go. Unfortunately, as soon as I got in I knew the car was dying. The car misfired all the way down the pit road and glitched almost every lap I was out there. I haven't diagnosed it yet, but it still runs and drives so hopefully its something repairable. Once it got real bad about 20 minutes later, I made the decision to park it instead of causing a FCY since the other car was still in the hunt, and NEEDED a FCY to have a shot. I didn't want to even risk being the cause of that. I think if I had kept nursing it we could have made impound again, but who knows. We were on the same lap as one of the hot dog caymans. Once I got out and made it back to our pit stop, the team told me I was getting in the other car. Either we got the FCY and it would be a battle for P1 with Visceral, or we pitted under green and were in a battle for P3. With minutes left in the window, the yellow came to us and the race was on. I think they told me that as I left pit out, the pace car was crossing the S/F, so it was CLOSE. The rest of the story is pretty well covered by the broadcast. I was full-send for those few laps, not much left in me or the car and Visceral was coming for us. I know the way the pace car picked them up at the end really upset Ron, but it was consistent all weekend (and at other race weekends). To be fair, Visceral got a very lucky break on the long caution when they pitted with 4:08 minutes to go, and were able to pit without losing a lap because of how slow the pace car was going. Regardless, it was fun running with them this (and every other weekend). Ron & Co are premium competition, clean racers, and excellent representatives of what the series is about. Summary My brother (Andy) was crewchief for both cars all weekend. He is a crucial part of the team and absolutely NAILED multiple last-minute stressful strategy calls. The team would be debating decisions still without him just making those executive choices. He doesn't get much coverage on the broadcast, but he deserves a huge amount of credit for every podium finish we have had in champcar. David M. gets the credit for Sunday's pit strategy call. We have thought about it many times, but he put down some maths that was hard to argue with, and the cautions came through for us. Dad drove the first stint for us, and despite never driving WGI before, managed the traffic with no incidents, kept us on the lead lap, and then continued to support the pit stops all day. Its such an experience to get to do this with my dad - really can't describe how lucky we are to be able to do it. Colin (chip's son) spent his weekend helping us as the fuel-man. he dumped every gallon used all weekend into both cars, plus went on beer and food runs for us. A+ Alex A. (from HughJass), David M, @Hurljohn, @chip, and @Rodger Coan-Burningham rounded out the all-star lineup that put both cars on the podium this weekend. Video: Rodger's Save My Save two laps later. When I told them the curb was slick, Rodger goes "oh yeah, that spot got me too" HAHA. This felt really close, but after seeing Rodgers it looks like nothing. And last but not least... Chips Adventure with the hedges: Glad we could make the broadcast a bit more interesting Saturday.. No harm done to any cars or underpants.
    4 points
  5. Finished cutting hood vents. Minor bending and sanding before primer
    3 points
  6. We would only have become the leader after completing the subsequent lap and passing your car for position whilst it was in the pits; when you pitted you were almost a lap ahead of us (and I was driving very hard to keep it that way as I knew that if you lapped us and then a caution came out we would be picked up and stay a lap down). However, the pace car picked me up in T2 regardless when we were still in 2nd when the "correct" thing to do would have been to wave us round and pick up the next car on track that was behind you when you entered the pits. However, I understand from a safety perspective that Dana wanted to avoid having too many cars hustling round the track whilst under FCY and made the call that ultimately impacted our race negatively. All of this was ultimately academic as I made a stupid mistake 2 laps from the end and put the car into the wall in T6. Would this have been different if the positions had been reversed? Maybe, I was pushing harder because I was told I could catch the leader, and got caught out by a slightly damp track on the outside of a corner when passing traffic. However, as a driver I must take full responsibility for the mistake and so apologise profusely to @Ronh911 and the rest of the VRG team for the end result. This weekend was my first experience of driving a front-running ChampCar and I definitely learned a lot. Thank you to the Visceral team for making me feel welcome, and the rest of the field for considerate and careful driving in what were difficult conditions.
    3 points
  7. Nothing. We were searching for info. Got it now. It seems it wasn't collusion with champcar which was some peoples concern.
    2 points
  8. 2 points
  9. That's not how that works. I had a discussion with the race director about this and he confirmed that what he did "screwed" us and that they knew it before they did it. They knew the leader was going to pit because they had 3 minutes left before they were going to go over on stint time. I was told the only reason they picked us up was in the interest of safety and gaining control of the field as quickly as possible (which could have easily been done by picking up the 1st car behind the leader). Instead of picking up the front of the field they picked up the tail end. This by-no means should detract from the Pinkies Out win, the team ran a great race and had some lucky FCYs(just like us).
    2 points
  10. A show, Dinner with Racers, is on Amazon for those with Prime. Full episode is Smokey related and at about 31 minutes in they measure the car with Bobby Allison's '66 Chevelle sitting right next to it. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B081QWN3JD/ref=atv_dp_season_select_s1 They show some, should have shown far more, of the details of the car as well. Car had to have thousands of hours into it and was never allowed to race. France wouldn't even allow it to run tire tests for Firestone. Other interesting stuff throughout the show including Indy. Interview is with his daughter.
    1 point
  11. while waiting for Team Dad to rebuild our head, we got the ball joints and front sway bar end links replaced. Last race we had an issue with ball joints so we got new ones installed proactively. Progress is happening little by little each week
    1 point
  12. Drove car to work, totally forgot about the wipers breaking as we lined up @ the last race. This is why the car has tags. New rotors/pads going on front, but what the heck, no symptoms, RF caliper dripping from the case half? Tightened the bolts a little and it stopped, not bad, these are 3ish yr old china copies from rock auto. Over the years we have crossed/lost a wheel stud here and there being complacent/busy/tired after post race inspection, Daytona was double special when co-owner Mike took the jack before realizing I had placed the LF wheel on but not the nuts (in my hand talking to someone away from the car) I was last off pit road and had to push my luck with the impact gun. Messing with a cool random PIAA yellow tint fog in the spares box. Not great but in a pinch it will do if we loose a light @ the track. Picking up dinner and breakfast while bedding new pads Lunch Now waiting for generic replacement rear rotors and hoping UPS finds our MIA ebay diff cooler pump.
    1 point
  13. hummm we have a "stock" T-10 in a shed.
    1 point
  14. When you came in on Sunday right at an hour it was either a car issue or some long term strategy. Very glad it was the latter. It was a ton of fun following the race and watching the strategy/speed balance play out. That's exactly what makes these endurance races so great. Congrats!
    1 point
  15. I can confirm, Andy and Colin keep the Pinkies Out team running like a well oiled machine. Great drive on Sunday.
    1 point
  16. They were pitted next to us. When I asked them in good humor they claimed that they had bought all of the gear from the team. Pit box, lolipop, and car still carried the MCM stickers. The man himself was never seen and they behaved as well as you could hope from any team.
    1 point
  17. This is the best part of your race recap! Glad you're getting to do cool things with your Dad.
    1 point
  18. Agree, and that's how we like our racing! We just would have preferred you chasing us. lol
    1 point
  19. Nothing offensive there. If the driver turning in knows a car is there and doesn't look, getting hit shouldn't be much of a shocker. However, it is possible to look, not see a car, turn in, and get hit by the car that you didn't see. I agree, of course no car has unlimited right of way. I can tell you that if I'm turning in and I saw a car behind me and can't see it any more, I will leave a car width between me and the apex. Sure, it's a slightly slower line, but this is endurance racing, not a professional sprint race series. I stand by my statement - if you hit the rear quarter of the car you're trying to pass, you blew it. The other driver may share blame, but you still blew it. If the other driver turns in on you and hits your rear quarter, why then it's the other way 'round.
    1 point
  20. Chip needed fresh underpants, not new tires after his little dance.
    1 point
  21. Clapped Out Racing #993 here. This was our second trip to the Glen, and we were not disappointed! The car ran great and the racing was awesome. Friday: For practice, we sent one driver out who came back in after two laps with a fogging issue. We dried off the windshield, applied some Rain-X anti-fogging wipes, and got the same result. More ingenuity was required. So, with a blower, expandable ducting, and a vacuum cleaner tip (the wide version to use as a diffuser), we rigged up a system we thought would work. We did not get the opportunity to fully test this solution due to the cancellation of the rest of practice, so we hoped for the best. Saturday: Rolled out 15th and started out the day driving conservatively, just trying to survive. Didn't matter much because oil on the outside of turn 9 caused the car to not turn and brush the wall a few laps in. Bent a control arm and lost the passenger side mirror. Shoutout to Blake and the Triple R Motorsports Ranch guys for having a spare RF control arm and saving our weekend! After an hour and a half of repair, inspection, and alignment, we were back out on track at 11am and had a solid run to the end, going from 80th to 58th overall. There was a small oil leak coming from the valve cover, but nothing some Honda bond couldn't resolve. Sunday: Started the race in 36th and quickly moved forward, settling in around 15th. The many cautions in the beginning helped to keep us on the lead lap for the entire first stint. For a good 15-20 minutes, we found ourselves in 6th place, but it was short lived as we had to pit under green (we were expecting another caution closer to the 2hr mark, but that never came). Second stint, there was a little drama 30 minutes in, as being force in a 3-wide scenario going into turn 7 caused us to go sideways. Made out pretty clean, considering we only lost the plastic rear bumper. It looks like a lot of fluid was laid down by a car following the turn 7 incident, and I only hope that minor contact didn't ruin someone's day. We had our fastest driver in the car for the 3rd stint, who ran a 2:20.186 and brought us to 12th at the end of the stint. For the last stint, there was a fun encounter with the #325 car, where they lifted our rear wheels off the ground and had to apply the brakes to launch off their front end. Over the radio, our driver Randy (not Pobst) asked "How's my ass?!" Our plastic bumper was gone from 2 stints ago and the metal bumper appeared to have little to no damage, so I said over the headset that his ass was looking good. We finished the race 15th and were thrilled with the result. Since starting the team in 2017, this was the first day that we had zero mechanical issues and 5 minute pit stops, bringing home the best result we could, given the top notch competition WGI brings as a premier event. On another note, the Flagtronics system worked well and I am looking forward to its release later this summer. Our car, Black Betty, will be ready for the next challenge at the VIR24. See y'all then!
    1 point
  22. No, it has happened at the 2 race weekends the car has been run at. Miatas are new to me. Sounds like the general consensus is I am over thinking it.
    1 point
  23. So 48psi vs 52psi? What sensor? If using the typical 5v 150psi / 10 Bar sensor: 48psi = 0.5+(48/150)*4 = 1.78v 52psi = 0.5+(52/150)*4 = 1.88v A difference of 0.10v, not a lot. Higher draw from injectors/coils could create a voltage drop over a ground wire.
    1 point
  24. You guys have got a great series here! I got lured into driving #30 e30 back in February at Road Atlanta, stir crazy from Covid. I had 'retired' from racing in the early 2000s when my kid started in karts and eventually Formula Ford. It was a pleasant surprise to see the evolution of ChampCar; I had still lumped it in with Lemons as sort of a gag series. But the Glen event really confirmed my first impression that this is a great, low key, easy access series with a mature approach to safety, plus speeds that are rational for 60+ yr old reaction times (and eyesight!) I hadn't been to the Glen since maybe 2000, but the turns have remained the same so despite missing practice due to the fog it all came back. Our Saturday race result got torpedoed when we lost our oil cap (and consequently ~3 Quarts) but our pit neighbors #901 had a spare so we were back out in 20 minutes. Sunday we ran as high as P3 courtesy of pit timing but our pit strategy luck ran out and we seemed to get it wrong the rest of the day, P17 at the checker. The car still has plenty of room for setup, but ran like clockwork which I guess is what you want in an enduro. I know our driver already apologized to 901 for the roughhousing on the last lap (you loan us an oil cap, we slide into you on the second to last turn of the race) but very happy it didn't hurt the car or just as bad, rob you of the great result. Anyhow thanks everyone for the great series. Fingers crossed it retains its character, seems like so many series are victims of their own success as car development and team sophistication becomes an arms race...
    1 point
  25. Feel bad about your car getting wrecked. Watched the race and everyone seemed to play well in the weather. I prepare myself that the moment I enter the track that I will be leaving with a completely different car than what I arrived with. Each event wonder if this will be the race the car gets totaled. We push the cars to the edge at a race track. We put questionable skills in the seat so we can experience the thrill. I race one race a year ($$$). 2 years ago thought I would race during practice around other cars. Lost it a sweeping turn and turned the car around backward in the center of the track and wow 3 cars coming right at me. Realized at that moment not to race in practice but mostly my car almost went home totaled as well as others who may hit me before the race. My fault I brought others into my poor decision. I apologized to the other wide eyed drivers when I pitted. We laughed and moved on. It's called "racing" and not "driving". All our efforts can be lost on a moment with our money time. Hope it is repairable. It happens to everyone who races. Even the pros loose big each weekend. I could not do this without others to help and drivers. Thus we get some poor driving descion in the name of racing. Thanks everyone who comes and races. It's fun and exhausting. We are a great club of really nice people.
    1 point
  26. I’m doubting the Jericho. It’s gotta come from a car that would have had it in production. Thanks for the input
    1 point
  27. Us midwesterners are stuck in the middle. Clowns to the left of me, jokers to right....
    1 point
  28. VRG Saturday Aero car stacked with our fast drivers loses the engine just after moving into 1st place at the 4hr mark. Swap car finds the guard rail before the bus stop, 2hr repair then finishes the race. Sunday Swap car with our B team drivers do a great job keeping us near the front of the pack. Things happened with the pace car that caused us to loose a lap to the leader when they pitted, which in-turn caused my driver to try and play catch-up, which then resulted in our crash with 6 minutes left in the race. Very tough race for us(me). RS4s both days, all used.
    0 points
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