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  1. Why cant we just get rid of points for anything that makes the car more reliable but doesn’t make it any faster. Lets say my cars vpi is 500pts. I want to put a better radiator on it to help cool the engine better. I take a 30 pt hit for that and that now costs me 3 laps. That radiator doesn’t make my car any faster to make up those 3 laps. We spend thousands of dollars to go to these races and that doesn’t include the cost of building the car. I want to run the entire weekend and not have to worry about overheating the car, starving the engine of oil, or overhe
    15 points
  2. Patience everyone. The guys at Riley are working as fast as they can writing the 2021 rulebook so they can turn it over to the series for publication.
    15 points
  3. I’m running. Member number 666e30. My platform has one plank and it is to lower the e30 VPI to 150. I expect all the e30 team members to vote for me. Yes, I do accept bribes. No, I will not take a literacy test.
    14 points
  4. Is the middle ground that location where everyone has to follow the rules? I'm happy to compete against teams with deep pockets, if they don't get the rules rewritten for them!
    14 points
  5. If you had video proof proving you didn't deserve a penalty would you want the ED to see that and give you your laps back? This works both ways. Don't pass under yellow and you don't have to worry.
    12 points
  6. We are doing a full show, minus the professionalism that Paulie brings. Yes, Paulie's driving but me, Bill, and Doc will be doing a show.
    12 points
  7. Just wanted to add a note to address a few things I have seen come up already. As the Tech Writer, the fact that the tech desk is not updated at this time is 100% on me, and I apologize for that. I will be working on it moving forward to ensure the articles that were migrated to the BCCR are "retired" - no need for this info to be in two places at once. There is some timeframe questions to address however - For example, this article is clearly in the 2021 bccr, however it is not in the 2020 version. I do not think I should retire it until 01Jan2021, as otherwise there is a "gap
    11 points
  8. I think everybody wants everybody to finish. It's up to the team captain to spend their points on reliability versus speed parts to make that happen. If a captain chooses speed parts over reliability, that ain't champcar fault. If all reliability items become free so everybody finishes, speed parts need to be increased in value about 2 fold. In other words, you are simply asking for champcar to take the decision of speed versus reliability away from the captain. Edit to give a real world example... troy, your vpi is what 250? An oil
    11 points
  9. Funny how extreme the rules have to get when all we need is the Race Director to start throwing black flags at the offenders. The board already said its the race directors responsibility to enforce this via black flag. They just need to do it.
    11 points
  10. I'll be honest. Bracket endurance racing sounds like The most boring thing in the world. Who wants to drive around with a bunch of rich guys who are either sand bagging, or sucky drivers. Hard pass.
    11 points
  11. In a large bowl, combine the beef, egg, onion, milk and bread OR cracker crumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste and place in a lightly greased 5x9 inch loaf pan, OR form into a loaf and place in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Step 3 In a separate small bowl, combine the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup. Mix well and pour over the meatloaf. Step 4 Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 1 hour.
    10 points
  12. I will answer one of the issues. I thank every team I meet at every race I go to which is 99% of the races. I thank them for choosing us to race with, and I hope they come back. I know for a fact that our team of event directors do the exact same thing. I do it in emails, in private messages, and to their faces. I would even do it on the show from time to time. this issue was looked at from the highest. it has been worked through, and you will see results in the coming weeks. We don't put dirty laundry out there for all to see, though the Internet loves this. We won't pl
    10 points
  13. 246: 156 Race Hours, 48 of those driven by me 10,134 Race Miles 146: 254 Race Hours, 70 of those driven by me 15,702 Race Miles Total Races as a Car Owner: 28 Rental Cars: Races: 14 Tracks: 8 Hours Driven: 35 Number of hours of formal race driving instruction - 0 Number of racing schools attended - 0 Number of racing licenses obtained - 0 Champcar is awesome.
    9 points
  14. At Pittrace this weekend we finally had the showdown between the IPF minibike and my electric ATV. Despite pulling 260 Amps at 55 Volts I got beat so bad that I brought shame to my family, shame to my race team, and have set back EVs another decade.
    9 points
  15. The clips I ran together were not from any of the race broadcasts. They were from a few of my race recaps, a random drivers meeting and a couple of the CEO's red flag videos. 98% of the ChampCar video's you see are coming from my desk, including the dull ones. Unlike some who think they've seen the majority, I've seen every single one. I've been working with these people for four years now and know each of them well. I can assure you that they are all grateful for the members and speak of it in videos as I've demonstrated. Even the tippy top management know that racers can race anywhere
    9 points
  16. Guys we are looking to adjust all huge fuel tanked cars with low VPIs. We don't want to play whack a mole with just the Vette. We are working on it.
    9 points
  17. It would work if we all followed the guidelines.
    8 points
  18. OK, I'll just come right out and say it - that was really dumb. You had this mostly unassuming thing sitting out there at 5 points that a team with 5 points to spare could look at and say "should I go with that fancy alternator or should I make myself some dive planes [or other helpful item that can be made with ~5 points of material]? Hmmm, decisions decisions..." Now everybody has to go out and buy a stupid expensive fancy alternator to keep up with the big spenders. Perfect example of what everyone is complaining about. (I'm not even going to address the
    8 points
  19. I could not agree more and I think a lot of people agree, but some do not. I think a lot of people that do not need reliability items would rather have someone fail and them win then race to the end. I want to see people, myself included, finish a race and battle to the end. A customer who finishes a race will race again. A customer who blows up and does not have funds to race again may not race again, will cancel events and might quit al together. I blew up my engine at PIRC. I do not have the time to get another or the money right now to spend on the car as I used all my race f
    8 points
  20. I applaud the clarity. Continuous improvement is a process not an event and this is a step in the right direction. The 2020 rules in effect for the championship mucks things up a bit, but I like the direction. A recommendation however is that the vision and mission are added prominently to the start of the BCCR. All rules should be interpreted through the lens of that vision and mission. If there is an interpretation that can go one way or another, the one that best aligns with the vision and mission should be used. I also wished some more of the fix th
    8 points
  21. I am still a amature. No licences. No previous experience. Bought a car that had ran champ before. Just jumped in and came racing. One car. Two tracks. 3 years. No wins. Mid pack car. Small team. 2 stints per day. 1.5 hrs approx per stint. Just racing 20 to 25 hours of wheel to wheel racing. Some test and tune and autocross not figured. This year was the first year I was not wrapped up in knots at the start. I was relaxed, in control, confident about my car and abilities. It takes some experience to get things going. I really hope the pros with all this time under there belt help out the newbi
    8 points
  22. Oh really? This is rich hearing a Lexus driver mocking bmw transmissions...
    8 points
  23. You hit the nail on the head. Certain people think having a Riley and his deep pockets coming and whipping up on everyone is good. Certain people think its horrible. Trying to find that middle ground is where the work is done.
    8 points
  24. I'm planning on running again. 008876
    8 points
  25. I’m 0/3 Challenge accepted
    8 points
  26. It was a good weekend for Crowd Control Racing #625 and InActiv Motorsports #626. Although we are in Florida, we've never run at PBIR and didn't know what to expect. In the paddock during testing, a few people asked me how many tires we brought for the cars. Back when CCES used to run the track, it was known to be hard on consumables. Testing went without a hitch on Friday, but we lost an external lift pump in the Cobra, which was replaced in 10 minutes and the car was back out for the next session. On Saturday we put the car in P1 pretty quickly and made a few good calls through t
    8 points
  27. You guys need more imagination. I want to see Mender's Fiero with a 45 point body show up like this:
    8 points
  28. If dont want re71r in the series, just don't let it in the series. I like the idea of a list of allowable tires.
    8 points
  29. See my response below. This is the way that I think and the way that I vote in regards to items when petitions come up. The VPI is set and the FPV is there so that teams can choose how they want to build their car. So I think everyone forgets that Tech has the ability to assign points per the BCCR. These are interpretations. As I mentioned before earlier in this thread that the Tech Desk was created so there were no more emails going through the system and there was a check and balance with TAC, BOD, and Tech being on the same page.
    7 points
  30. Yes, but WHY? In September they were free....how? How did tech desk 5 points become free? I just don’t see a reason here other than “some big spender put an aftermarket alternator on his car and didn’t claim it for the 5 points and we didn’t want to bump him to 505 points”. Radiator change: petition was made, there are arguments about the benefits of changing the way radiators are valued / not valued. Shock change: same deal Alternator change: ??? Nobody on the forum was asking for free alternators. Nobody has publicly come forward to say “my car can’t
    7 points
  31. Commenting on the radiator wording issue. I'm taking it as a success that this is the biggest issue we have found so far. I believe the appropriate wording for 4.3.2 would be "Radiator greater than 1x cost: 30 pts", and my suggestion would be for you to interpret it that way if you are shopping for radiators, as that is what I understood the intent to be based on direction from the BOD. If you choose to interpret it as the dealership OE part's cost, I doubt you will find success with that argument. Now, outside of the tech writer, this is what I have always und
    7 points
  32. 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
    7 points
  33. Late to the party here but let me just say: On the original topic of adjustable toe links, before the tech desk was a thing I specifically emailed to see if I could take an OEM BMW sway bar link, which is a solid, round metal rod with two ball joints at the end, cut it in half, thread the ends, and run them into a coupling nut secured with lock nuts to make an ajustable sway bar link and was told in no uncertain terms - zero points, fabrication and fasteners are free. On the topic of repurposing material to make items on the fixed point value list, this is 100% allowed
    7 points
  34. We had lawyers present during our meeting. They are not playing games. If 2 people are seen without their mask. They will black flag the race, and there will be a talk. Then when everyone is masked up, we will resume racing. 2 minutes later, if someone is caught without a mask again, then the black flag all is shown and we repeat. Some drift event had the same rules. They got black flagged a few times before they finally got it. I am pretty certain you guys are smarter than the average drifter. As soon as you enter the facilities, wear a mask: Mask = Helmet with face shi
    7 points
  35. Life’s a bitch sometimes, June 9 I posted this...today it was moved from that spot to the front where it was installed, some adjustments to the bent frame rails had to be made but now we have a roller! no clue when, but the next photo will be a Nissan engine sitting in place.
    7 points
  36. -1 Full steam ahead ,time permitting, lease on the shop dependent, our new build is even better off after seeing the board meeting and the GBU car. If everyone would quit trying to shoot fish in a barrel and just build something slightly more modest then their wildest race car dreams, all will be fine.
    7 points
  37. FYI, I'm not running again this year either...I believe there are members that are better suited for the position and that have more time. I'm backing Rodger Coan, team captain of BurningHam to take my seat. He is highly capable, very passionate, been an active member of the TAC, an overall nice guy to work with in a collaborative effort, and he's been racing Champcar for many years.
    7 points
  38. OMG, Troy, if you want tires bigger than your car, you have to add flares. If you have to add material to make flares, you have to take points. Tires bigger than your car are probably going to cost you points. It's algebra A=B B=C A=C. Not wanting to take laps on your 500 point car is not a justification for making something free!
    7 points
  39. Naw. Nobody is forcing anybody to make fender flares. Also, I don't really care if my looks like crap. If you don't want sharp stuff, clarify the rule so you can't have sharp stuff. Free fender flares is just more free stuff. You realize you would be giving gbu back points, right?
    7 points
  40. Only thing that can do that effectively is you seeing the final product. My direction from the CEO and BOD is that I am not to change the intent of anything without approval. Which makes perfect sense.
    7 points
  41. Sorry you find my videos dull. I guess that's to be expected. Since you've already seen the majority of my videos, here's a sample of a few I threw together that would likely surprise you. I have many more examples.
    7 points
  42. Wait, @Huggy actually got approval to do a re-write? I was a little impatient to see the new rules, but if Chris is doing a proper evaluation of the wording, then it's likely worth the wait. That's a big undertaking, but an important one.
    7 points
  43. Chris Huggins, our new Tech Writer, is combing through the rulebook to make sure it is technically written. He has done a lot of work in a short time. I have not seen a draft copy yet, but should see one soon so the BOD can look over it and approve or make suggestions for changes. Please be patient. I also know that the BOD is having discussions on VPIs that were recommended by TAC.
    7 points
  44. Why are you so worried about what the rules are? They aren't enforced. Just build a car however you want and win. If you're protested, you'll get a pass for the day and keep your win. Worst case scenario is you get laps added for the 2nd day, but keep your "win" from Saturday. Since there is no penalty for flouting the rules, might as well just make your own.
    7 points
  45. I think the ACR tire would be more of a hinderance than a help, as it wears very very fast. As mentioned above, most other organizations have it on their exclusion list (even though it is stamped 200TW). As to the treadwear rating discussion, I think I am qualified to speak - I have spent a significant portion of my career as a tire development engineer for a major tire manufacturer, and have run this test before. Most of us know that the treadwear number is a comparison to a control tire, and comes from a 400 mile loop of streets in Texas, run for a total of 7200 miles
    7 points
  46. The purpose of the proposed rule is to ban the hot tires like the RE71R, Rivals, and A052 because they are too fast and too expensive. Dancing around it would meet the same resistance as just telling it how it is. Might as well just outright ban them. We all know what tires are the hot ones. We have a TAC, BoD, Tech and CEO, surely there can be discussion and consensus on what is a hot tire.
    7 points
  47. A banishment of a particular tire or 3 is as simple as it gets, the tire world changes all the time, so can the list of unapproved tires. Champ car does not have to measure anything, the members do all the time, when the next tread wear lie tire comes out it will be easy to spot.
    7 points
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