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  1. 14 points
    IMO, selling of spots to a race with a waitlist shouldn't be allowed.
  2. 13 points
    Having recently re-relocated back to the scenic, fabulous midwest from the Bay Area for ...reasons... Ben Dawson, my ol' buddy ol' pal, got in my ear about grabbing a seat with him at Road Atlanta. Out West, I raced Lucky Dog and Lemons. My prior Champ experience constitutes one 2x8 VIR North race with the aforementioned Dawson and crew in the Winsome Racing E30. I jumped at the chance to marvel at Ben’s physique while at the same time having the opportunity to race at Road Atlanta in the dry – unlike my past experiences at the track which both involved soaking rain and zero Dawson. Upon Ben’s learned recommendation, I opted to join him in piloting the Inactive Motorsports Mazda 626. Naturally, when one thinks of racing and Mazda, one thinks of the venerable 626 sedan. It's well known that the Mazda factory nomenclature for its sedans directly relates to the output of the vehicle's engine -- and goddamn was I excited to get my mitts on this 600+ HP MONSTER. As they raised the hood for me to gaze upon this perfect mechanical iteration of god's love, a blinding light erupted from the engine bay. It was like that one scene in The Wraith where Ron Howard's brother looks into undead-Sheen's engine bay and it's all like BZZT SZZT with supernatural power. What’s inside? As the lap times likely portend: two liters of blind rage. To put that into perspective for folks like you and me without slide rules in our pockets: that’s a whole big bottle of Mountain Dew, BUT IN A MACHINE. And you know damn well that it’s replete with the latest in technological innovations and power-adders. Even a dummy like me can see that the intake is on one side of the head and the exhaust is all the way on the other side, something the nerds call a “cross-flow head.” (note: gas flow’s important to an engine, just ask Chappy Colinman, he wrote a book about it for you reader types.) The Mazda maniacs conveniently placed the cams OVER THE HEAD, right where you want ‘em: up top for max pop(tm). And it’s got not one, not two, but four – yes – four cylinders. This thing is strokin’ like Clarence Carter. Let’s talk about fuel delivery, geeks: insofar as this mechanical marvel is concerned, vaporizing fuel by negative pressure drawing it through tiny holes in a bowl is totally passé. Caveman-esque, even. No, friends, this space-age wonder is equipped with electronically-controlled fuel injection they program with, like, a Speak-N-Spell. And to put the power down, they must’ve defeated Lex Luther and used his kryptonite stores to fabricate the transmission. This rage pony’s got five forward gears and it uses them ALL if you don’t count fifth and I don’t count fifth anytway ‘cause I’m missin’ a finger on my left hand. But seriously: great race. The dudes at Inactive Motorsports/Crowd Control Racing prepped the car well and set the standard for organization and implementation. I’ve raced with many different teams in many different series and these folks are, without a doubt, the most effectively organized team I’ve ever dealt with personally or seen in action. The 626 came well prepared, and while it was never going to set a lap record, it didn’t need to. It raged for 14 hours without a single issue, turning laps, staying out of trouble. Sixty entrants had a faster lap than the 626. It still came in first in class by nearly 50 laps and 15th overall. The on-track experience was your usual mixed bag of amateur endurance road racing. I’m still stunned at the number of drivers of very fast cars who just CANNOT, under any circumstances, check up and wait for a cleaner opportunity. If you’re going to warp past everyone on the back straight anyway, why put your nose in and force a three or even two-wide through turn seven? My only seriously WTF experience came at the hands of an E30 entering the track from the pits, shooting over the blend like and joining the racing line at T3 instead of staying right. They’d just talked about NOT doing that at the driver’s meeting like an hour before. Way to go, champ. That move was undoubtedly the difference in the race.
  3. 12 points
    Jesus, the word Lawsuit just came out. No. Just NO. This is not that group. You want to make even less friends here than you already have after your Sebring debacle. Keep it up. ugh
  4. 11 points
    I counted three fires maybe four that the fire crews responded to. This one was at pit in. I did not hear what car it started from but the grass along the pit entrance caught fire. My personal race report: I did not have a car in this event so Scott asked me to drive with Cone Crushers as they were down a couple of their normal drivers. Plan was for me to drive third and sixth stints. Shortly before I was to go in Rich called in with fire in the car but was right at pit in and wheeled it in to the pits. Thanks for the quick response by the teams near pit lane entrance jumped the wall with their gear and helped get the car out. I know we repaid one fire extinguisher so if there is someone else hit us up to get you a good fire extinguisher. Rich was fine and the car has minimal damage of wiring and such. But, that ended our day. After it was clear we were done, Huggy said I have a stint in my car if you want it. I was like yeah I came to race so count me in. I drove the 2-4pm stint for him. Came in with the lead since James’ car, who had a big lead when I got in, had engine trouble. Chris and Chip took it from there and brought it home for the win. Unexpected to drive with them at the start of the day but glad to have a small hand in them getting the big trophy. I am sure Chris will write a full report when he gets home. Its always a pleasure to hang with those guys, especially if it ends like it did this weekend. Thanks to the staff for a great weekend.
  5. 11 points
    This isn't about laptimes or any of that stuff. It's about applying the existing rules equally across the board.
  6. 11 points
    It gets even better, because of this particular day, and this particular car, fate put me face to face with the seldom seen manager of the You Pull & Pay, I was able to pick up the conversation I’ve been having with him for the last three years. I would like to announce our first real sponsor Team Infiniti is now Presented by U Pull & Pay West Palm Beach!
  7. 10 points
    Get that seat ready, Hoss, 'cause I sure do.
  8. 10 points
    Running Bulls Racing was sitting back in the pits watching that battle to see if it would elevate us from 6th to 5th:-)
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  11. 9 points
    They are extremely talented engineers and drivers, and they are from the north where most of the talent is.
  12. 9 points
    God’s Chariot. That’s why.
  13. 9 points
    It seems to me that this is a really easy fix, that does not need to take yet another year to complete. Its been pointed out time after time that its not correct. I personally put together a fair amount of data and sent to the top about how the swapped MR2 is being allowed a much higher power to weight ratio at much lower point value than any other top common car swapped or not. This was over a year ago. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that did this sort of thing. Its interesting to me how the idea of waiting for the platform to win a bunch of races in a single year is being used for an excuse to leave the MR2 alone, but has not been used in other cases. The Thunderbird comes to mind. To me, a sensible adjustment was made there, as it came to light that it could very well be a dominate car with too low of a point value. In the case of the MR2, we have a proven winner, a proven track record setter, and a platform that has been talked about being under valued for years and still no adjustment. I certainly don't want to eliminate the platform, I just want it on fair ground and working from the same philosophy as the rest of the field. It only takes a couple key strokes to fix it. Its not a hard issue, the numbers have been provided by various members numerous times. It only affects a couple teams. A change would make many teams feel like there is a sense of fairness and consistency. It should not take another year to fix.
  14. 8 points
    I was battling Tuttle at the end, but I will say three things about it: 1) We were racing for 4th. Had it been for the podium or a win, I would have been more aggressive in forcing the issue. 2) Their reputation and prior experience with them stopped me from pushing harder, especially given 1) above. 3) Their driver did a good job of blocking in the right spots and cycling slower traffic between us at the right times. My hat's off in that regard, I don't feel like he did me dirty and I would have done the same in his shoes. Anyway good times, we just dug ourselves too big a hole early and had to stop for fuel 9 times. That crushed us. I recommend not taking Bio 1 there ever again. In fact there's some thought that Bio 1 should be retired. But the old girl ran the whole race flawlessly if not sketchily through the twisty stuff.
  15. 8 points
    I was really shocked by the attrition. Pit lane was a virtual ghost town in the last hour. We had a weekend of extreme highs and extreme lows. It started with the liftgate getting stuck, during load-in, with a car on it. That set us back a long way. We had planned to use Thursday evening to do the finishing touches on both cars. When the hauler arrived at 11:00 PM on Thursday night and flight delays forced the crew to arrive at 2:00 AM, it turned into an all-nighter. And then...the lift gate got stuck again. We've never had problems with it in 7+ years. Suddenly, it's fussy. First practice session: 3 laps in...power steering line blows off fitting. Crew works to fix it. Second practice session: 1 lap in, power steering line blows fitting on the other end. Crew goes back to work. Makes a new hose. Third session: Lowering the car to go out, it falls off a jack stand and crushes the clutch line and brake line. Crew "borrows" lines from second car. Lengthy repair. Final session: Clutch and brake fixed. Power steering line blows again on first lap. New "super duper" power steering hose arrives with 20 minutes left. Crew goes to work. Car enters pit lane at 4:54 with driver who has never driven Road Atlanta. Need hardship lap for car and driver. Sadly, checkered flag flies 6 minutes early and we're directed back to the paddock. With crew exhausted and the second car still in pieces, we called it a day. All the issues with the EC pretty much ended the weekend for our C class car. Only our EC car made it to the grid for race day. With only 4 laps on it, we had fingers crossed. The good news is that it ran flawlessly for 7 hours and 10 minutes. Drivers stayed clean. No wheels off, no fenders scratched, or any mistakes in the pits. A perfect race...so far. Huge lead in EC. At 7 hours and 10 minutes, we had a 32-lap lead in EC. And then, the transmission broke. Car stranded on the back stretch. It was flat towed to the paddock and the crew said, "time us". 70 minutes later, transmission was changed and we were back on track...only 5 laps down in EC. The next 2 hour stint was perfect. Good lap times and we regained the lead. 5 laps up on 2nd place, we put our second to last driver in the car. Our fastest driver. About 10 minutes in, the clutch pedal went to the floor and stayed there. Clutch was disengaged. So, the car would go into gear, but driver had never experienced this before. This is where it got interesting and a lot of fun. A quick lesson from the crew about bump starting the car with the starter and rev-match shifting. In the dark, with crappy lights and learning to shift without the clutch, Jason was dropping lap times in big chunks. He ended up running a 1:57 with poor lighting and no clutch. Every time he went by and downshifted in turn 1, our crew went nuts. Sadly, the transmission would only put up with that for about 30 minutes. When we lost 4th gear, we decided to call it a night. Congrats to Wankels Wankers who never gave up and kept digging in EC. We had a fun back and forth battle for the lead. See you guys art Road America!
  16. 8 points
  17. 8 points
    You do realize this org has only a handful of actual staff and a army of volunteers, we all have a car passion, to what benefit is killing the golden goose? I fully trust the leadership and their decisions, right or wrong, I am done waiting for everyone with cabin fever to tear themselves apart. Can we all go and build something now? I am! See everyone on my build thread.
  18. 8 points
    NO MORE FREE STUFF! If your tires dot fit go with a narrower tires! Simple
  19. 8 points
    I try and work it in only once per day. Then again, A shot every time @Bill Strong mentions a MR2 would kill a man.
  20. 8 points
    Prepping the next revision of development boxes for Road Atlanta! We're concurrently developing the alpha hardware for use later this year. We will have local flagging capability at this event and will be working with the track and CCES to roll this capability out.
  21. 8 points
    Sorry, guys, work kicked my ass this week. Here is what happened, in a nutshell: The 944 was adjusted to the correct base/platform, and a corresponding move to lower the VPI by 25 points was also done. The goal was to get the value correct for performance, not basically outlaw them. So it was a compromise. Now it follows the swap rules many have been clamoring for (including me) without being shut out of the series altogether. They do not appear to be overdogs as is. As for the MR2, it will get a weight decrease but it was too late in the cycle (hell it's already 2019) to make those changes I believe. The Board was never actually given any weight changes even though I heard the TAC had recommendations. I believe there was just so much to do in a short period of time, that time simply ran out on changes for 2019. I expect a slew or weight corrections for the next year. So you might ask about the changes for the 944 and Miata, but they are just applying already existing rules in the proper manner. I will take the out whack cars (using weights from listed authorized sources) to the Board later in the spring so that all cars get proper weight for swaps in 2020, even BMWs. Wish me luck. Someone posted a table of the weights and discounts; if someone could point me towards that again, it would be a good starting point. Making the series better is a continuous process, and sometimes that progress is slower than some would like. Sorry about that.
  22. 7 points
  23. 7 points
    This idea that the car's potential is not important until it finishes races is a little bit crazy if you ask me. Call me a radical but it seems like the only car that didn't get the benefit of having to prove itself first was the Thunderbird; every other car appears to literally get a free pass until it podiums enough times to raise some hackles. And before a bunch of you jump in and start shouting about teamwork, strategy, drivers, etc., let me remind everyone that it's Champcar's job to put an appropriate value on the car, and the team's job to do the rest.
  24. 7 points
    I haven't earned this little from a job since my 5th grade paper route LOL
  25. 7 points
    Thanks Jer, appreciate the honest communication you do a great job at keeping us all informed. Any chance the actual board decisions and discussion can be made public? Only asking as it is nice to know the reasons and how board members feel towards certain issues, as you guys are the ones we have elected to keep the series going in the right direction and it helps come re-election time.