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  1. Doc and I met a bunch of years ago at Sebring, where he set the FTD of the event by pitting next to my RSm team near the timing loop. and he never let me forget that. I loved working with Doc. He was a character. And a really funny one. Most don't know that we faked pretty much every minute of the broadcasts. We just learned by experience. But one thing Doc did not fake was his preparation for each and every race. He was well versed on who was racing, and what their past records were. I would get text messages from pitlane telling me that they had totally forgot some fact about them that Doc just stated on the show. He was amazing like that. Doc hated when I would make fun of his roof mounted "dildo". "It's a beer tap!" he would reply back in his booming voice. Doc served in the US Navy, stationed and living just a few doors away from my own home in San Diego. We were separated by 7 or so years in age., but we visited and did a lot of the same things in that area in the early to mid-1970s. He loved the F-14 Tomcat and was at Miramar when the Navy's newest fighter was deployed for the first time. The Enterprise was his ship. He loved her. I loved when I would point to him, and make some old man joke, and then he would quickly fire back with great come back. He also knew how to poke me. and it was funny. He was like an older brother to me. we fought, we argued, but we always came away as friends. There were times when I was his boss on the weekends, and he could not wait until Monday morning when he could set me straight as he was back to being one of my bosses as a board member. And on the board of directors... he loved that job. But there were also some aspects of it he hated. But he did the work. He was the clubs statistician. The work Doc did helped ChampCar with the elections, with the Championships, and of course, with my marketing. He learned on the fly like most of do here at ChampCar. 24-Hour events. He hated me. Especially when we did the Summer of 24s. Three 24-Hour races, almost in a row. Yes, they were my idea. Doc and I would work 34-36-hours straight during those events. One event we both may have been up easily 40-hours as we had to travel. It was insane. And the old guy reveled in the fact that he could outlast my 7-year younger self during these events. Of course he sat in the studio the whole event. lol. Doc was most proud of his son Nolan. His son is the same age as my son and daughter, so we had a lot of the same stories of adventures. He was so stoked that his son wanted to pursue film in study after high school. What was even cooler was that Nolan would come with Doc on our adventures and help us out on the show. Doc wanted so bad to go to Watkins Glen. But life and work got in the way of him being able to attend the Memorial Day weekend events at WGI. In 2021, he was finally able to attend and work with me in the tower putting on the show. His sonm Nolan was able to attend as well. Doc started his trip to WGI by visiting the civil war parks in Pennsylvania. He found it fascinating. At the track our time is very limited due to the prep and setup for the shows. But when we finally sit down and Paulie plays the track intro, that's when we get to rest and have fun. And boy did we. His son was able to take pictures of the cars at the race, and Doc worked with him helping him learn the tricks of the trade. I am going to miss Doc a lot. He was an important person in my life's adventure. One that taught me many lessons about life, being happy, crashing into race track objects, and photography. He also was the man who found the solution to my in-car camera rigs that works so well, the DW Mount. I cry because I wanted him to win a trophy in racing so bad. That is one item he did not accomplish. And one that Paulie and I rubbed in a lot. We would always display our racing trophies behind us in Zoom meetings, and pointing them out just in case he missed them, which he never did. The last time we spoke with Doc was a week ago as we prepared for the Board of Directors meeting with a dry run. We had fun, again, displaying our trophies behind us as a backdrop. Doc , gonna miss you buddy.
    26 points
  2. As some of you may have seen on ChampCar social media groups overnight, there are reports that ChampCar BoD member Doc Waldrop has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Whilst we will wait for an official communication from ChampCar for a formal announcement, it would be remiss of me not to mention this before our race this evening. Simply put, the ChampCar iRacing Series would not exist without Doc. We at HJ got to know him at our first VIR 24 in 2017 when we brought him a beer in the commentary booth after we said he could do with one whilst broadcasting, and then later gave an interview with him to explain our roots in iRacing. The next year, Doc reached out to us to float the idea of a tie-in ChampCar iRacing championship and asked if we would run it. Since then, Doc was a tireless supporter of the series, acting as our voice on the BoD and a conduit to Mike Chisek and Dana Morrison in convincing them to continue to support the series as it got off the ground. He joined our own broadcasters in the commentary box periodically, as well as using his own excellent ChampCar.Live productions to discuss iRacing and even convincing Bob Varsha to draw our 2020 prize winner live on air at Road Atlanta. Doc was a warm and welcoming presence at every ChampCar event, bringing his unique style to live broadcasts and seemingly knowing everyone in the paddock. We were able to catch up at Watkins Glen last weekend and he was very excited about the new CCiS season and our plans for 2022. His passing leaves a hole at the very center of the ChampCar community, and we will all miss him deeply. There will be a minute silence held at the start of the race this evening, with more details on this posted in the event thread this afternoon. Rest in Peace, my friend.
    19 points
  3. Doc's favorite track was Barber Motorsports Park. He was wild about motorcycles. The Alabama football team (I may have that wrong) And he was an avid collector of sections of guard rails at Barber. We have renamed the Barber race: December 11-December 12, 2021 BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK: 8+7-Hour Enduro, $1575 Birmingham, AL "Doc Waldrop Memorial Enduro at Barber"
    16 points
  4. 15 points
  5. Richard “Doc” Waldrop Born on the 4th of July, 1954 so far north that it will remain unnamed. He claimed New Orleans as his hometown. It wasn’t true, but we can’t argue with him now. Deceased June 8, 2021 in Hartwell, Georgia. Preceded in death by his parents: Claybourne Waldrop, Sr and Avis Margaret Waldrop; his brother: Claybourne Waldrop, Jr. and his great niece: Roxy Trick. Survived by his greatest pride and joy, his son: Nolan Waldrop; his favorite sister: Ann Trick; his nephews and niece: Philip Trick (Katy), Justin Trick (Jessica), Kristen Trick; his great nieces: Jasey, Zibby, Jackie and Julie Trick; mother of his son: Shanna Paynter; and his cousins: Had Howard (Lisa), Tim Howard (Sonni); as well as many other cousins. At the “suggestion” of a judge, Doc volunteered to serve his country in the Navy and was stationed at NAS Miramar, California. He did a tour on the USS Enterprise as a plank owner in the VF-1 Wolf Pack F-14 squadron on it's first worldwide tour and participated in the evacuation of Vietnam known as Operation Frequent Wind. After the Navy he attended the University of Texas at Arlington and earned his college degree at California State University Northridge. His numerous careers were highly varied including race photographer, motion picture lighting, special event designer, and production manager. He was a highly respected member of the event industry serving many years as Chapter President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the International Special Events Society. He was honored with numerous awards including the 2004 Dale Riggins Humanitarian Award, the 2008 Bob Blaesing CSEP Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2003 Spotlight Award for Technical Producer of the Year and the 2005 Spotlight Award of Gratitude from Events Solutions Magazine. Most recently he reveled in becoming a driver/owner of Brew Krewe Racing, as well as a board member and live color commentator for ChampCar Endurance Series racing. His passion from an early age was racing cars and motorcycles with which he would forever tinker or modify. Concrete, asphalt, dirt or the mere semblance of a trail or road never deterred him from testing his limits or how many bones he could break on any one encounter with said surfaces. We dare anyone to find someone who lived a more exhilarating life than Doc. His adventures were truly legendary and his name should be listed as the best example ever of “living life to the fullest.” But most of all, he was the most blessed man on earth due to the extraordinary amount of friends he amassed over the years. His notorious wit, quick quips and ready smile won over all who had the pleasure of his presence. We should all be as lucky as Doc to have so many who love and adore him! Doc Waldrop's Second Line + Wake, to celebrate his extraordinary life, will be held 2:00 pm June 19th at Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, 1136 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. In lieu of flowers or memorials please consider donating at https://gofund.me/589a9f0a in honor of Doc.
    14 points
  6. Actually, we're going to try something new this year. Bill will be wearing the special awards, things like watches, rings, wallets, etc. The first person to knock him down and take them, gets to keep them. If he fights back, it's all just part of the fun! Enjoy! Dana
    14 points
  7. I've petitioned the board to make the following change in honor and memory of Doc Waldrop. I'm not sure what our agreements are with sponsors but I hope it works out... The Doc Waldrop Spirit of ChampCar Trophy.
    13 points
  8. 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.
    13 points
  9. +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.
    12 points
  10. 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.
    12 points
  11. Visited shop working on the cage. It is a day off for me and have nothing in my garage to work on, so I figured I'd drop by the shop. I am feeling really good about it and I am confident I am going to have a really great and safe cage when it is all done.
    12 points
  12. Thank you Bill from his favorite sister, SisterAnn! This was just lovely!
    10 points
  13. Whelp, figured out what the delay might be with the pump. What idiot in shipping does this?!?
    9 points
  14. 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...
    9 points
  15. 901 Motorsport left the heat of the south for a fun "summer" weekend of rain and beer and racing at Watkins Glen and it was just awesome. Half of our drivers had lots of laps at Watkins Glen and the other half had never seen the place. Friday was a 45 degree foggy monsoon but most of us got laps and figured out which way the track turned. Saturday the #901 e30 woke up in a cranky mood, annoyed about the rain maybe, running on 4 or 5 cylinders. We swapped bits and traced wires and diagnosed and finally just had to send it to avoid missing the start. Started dead last, but the old girl cleared her throat on the out lap and ran fine all day. We are usually good in the rain and went from 89th to 10th in the first stint, then started playing with strategy, eventually running third for a while. All we needed was one more yellow in our fuel window to lock in a top 5, maybe more. There had been so many yellows we should have been golden. But amazingly the needed yellow never came and the window slammed closed, with the yellow coming out 5 minutes after we pitted under green. A bit more bad timing with yellows meant we finished 8th (had transponder issues so the official results don't show it). Saturday night we changed fuel pumps and filters and assorted bits to try to chase the misfire. Sunday was mostly dry but again the #901 woke up running crappy but cleared as soon as on track. And resulted in a similar race, just with less fuel strategy. Car is handling better than ever so it was super fun to drive. Had top 10 pace but not top 5, hunted yellows but didn't nail the timing, but had fun battles and clean racing to finish 7th. And the rain we needed came as we were packing up. Another great weekend on an awesome track. Huge thanks to the ChampCar pit lane team and the poor corner workers for braving hours of 45 degrees and pouring rain to let us go play.
    9 points
  16. Just about finished the new livery this weekend. Just waiting on the number/sponsor panels.
    8 points
  17. 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.
    8 points
  18. 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 ($$$). 2 years ago thought I would race during practice around other cars. Lost it a sweeping turn and turned the car around backward in the center of the track and wow 3 cars coming right at me. Realized at that moment not to race in practice but mostly my car almost went home totaled as well as others who may hit me before the race. My fault I brought others into my poor decision. I apologized to the other wide eyed drivers when I pitted. We laughed and moved on. It's called "racing" and not "driving". All our efforts can be lost on a moment with our money time. Hope it is repairable. It happens to everyone who races. Even the pros loose big each weekend. I could not do this without others to help and drivers. Thus we get some poor driving descion in the name of racing. Thanks everyone who comes and races. It's fun and exhausting. We are a great club of really nice people.
    8 points
  19. R.I.P. Doc. Here’s hoping that he can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a race track up there!
    7 points
  20. I'd also add to not just take other's recommendations as gospel, even if its a similar car/build. Brake pad compounds are like ice cream, everyone has their favorite flavor and what's good for one build is not always good for another. Listen to other's/mfg suggestions, look at what you have and what you like/dislike and use the info to make your own choices. The unfortunate part is that it will take a good bit of trial and error (and $$) and needs to be done at track speeds. But, IMO, nothing is more important than sorting out the brakes. It will give you confidence to charge the brake zones which translates to quicker lap times. Got the spare wheels tossed on to roll it out for a bath since it was still wearing the grime from the Charlotte race. Its getting moved to the paint booth this week for a livery update and contingency decals in time for CMP.
    7 points
  21. and let's not forget our most important pit crew member- my son "Gasman" Colin. After one stop he was talking to his girlfriend on the phone and mentioned something about spilling some fuel- her response was you always have trouble keeping your gas under control
    7 points
  22. I think between both cars @Chris Huggins only gave us 1 new tire...
    7 points
  23. That's not the way it works here. The CRX driver is responsible for avoiding that contact. But, I don't want a pissing match in this post race thread about that, so after reviewing rule 7.2 you want to discuss further, message me off line.
    7 points
  24. Replaced the throw-out bearing this weekend and replaced some fluids. Just about ready for Autobahn CC! How about that livery!
    7 points
  25. Well it sounds like the reason is “I just passed you on the straight, cleared you by a foot, and now I want to be on the preferred racing line”. Which is reasonable but risky. If I make a late pass on the inside (even if I have now cleared his bumper) I always leave the other car a full width for entry but I get my elbows out after the apex.
    7 points
  26. Join the ChumpCar International, Inc Board of Directors, and ChampCar CEO/President Dana Morrison for an evening filled with ChampCar insider information. Follow along with the meeting notes. Download those notes here: 2021ChampCarBODMeeting3.pdf - Google Drive The evening will include news of the Club, financial reports, and the status of member-submitted 2022 BCCR petitions. 2022 BCCR Petition PDF - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lEUsjz9lLmzrU3WKRmARCUOkUDOgwUNH/view?usp=sharing ChumpCar International, Inc - ByLaws - ChampCarBylaws.pdf Current 2021 BCCR version 3 - BCCR-2021v300.pdf (champcar.org) The meeting is hosted by ChampCar.Live presenter Pauie Veltum and can be viewed live at our YouTube Channel at http://www.ChampCar.live. Questions can be asked via the live presentation via the YouTube Chat, or email media@champcar.org, or text Bill Strong at 434.996.6721 during the presentation. The event will be recorded and available for playback immediately after the presentation is over. If you missed it, please email any questions or concerns to board@champcar.org The TireRack.com ChampCar Endurance Series is for people like you that have always wanted to go road racing without all the hassles, huge rulebook, or obscene expense. All you need is a valid drivers license, some safety gear, and a race car, which you can rent from arrive and drive teams, or build your own car! ChampCar is the simplest path to real wheel-to-wheel road racing! ChampCar.Live is brought to you by AutoZone. What: Public virtual meeting Where: http://www.ChampCar.live When: Tuesday - June 8th, 2021 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST Why: Required by the ChumpCar International, Inc. Bylaws ChampCar Endurance Series :: Board of Directors Join the ChumpCar International, Inc Board of Directors, and ChampCar CEO/President Dana Morrison for an evening filled with ChampCar insider information. The evening will include news of the Club, financial reports, and the status of member-submitted 2022 BCCR petitions. 2021 BOD Board Meeting Slides - PDF Version - <Will be uploaded before the live presentation> 2022 BCCR Petition PDF - https://champcar.org/web/pdf/bod/2022-BCCR-Member-Petitions.pdf ChumpCar International, Inc - ByLaws - https://champcar.org/web/pdf/ChampCarBylaws.pdf Current 2021 BCCR version 3 - https://champcar.org/web/pdf/2021bccr/BCCR-2021v300.pdf The meeting is hosted by ChampCar.Live presenter Paul Veltum and can be viewed live at our YouTube Channel at http://www.ChampCar.live. Questions can be asked via the live presentation via the YouTube Chat, or email media@champcar.org, or text Bill Strong at 434.996.6721 during the presentation. The event will be recorded and available for playback immediately after the presentation is over. If you missed it, please email any questions or concerns to board@champcar.org Sincerely, Bill Strong Marketing Director ChampCar Endurance Series
    6 points
  27. Chelsey sent me this image, she took it a few years ago, Doc wanted to make certain she got his good side.
    6 points
  28. I'll try one more time. Professional engine builder for over thirty years, owning and running my own engine building shop for twenty years, NASCAR crew and car chief for five years, and a very loyal customer base because my engines make power, don't blow up, and last an entire racing season making over 2 hp/cid at 8200 rpm. And you? To be blunt, you'd be wise to use the numbers I gave you for free. I'm trying to save you money.
    6 points
  29. Splitter is almost ready. Just need to add Rad ducting and the support rods.
    6 points
  30. I'll share a lodge story, Adam the bartender paid my tab on Sunday in honor of our win (my first).
    6 points
  31. 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.
    6 points
  32. Chip needed fresh underpants, not new tires after his little dance.
    6 points
  33. T hats what it looked like to me from the video posted. However, as a Monday morning quarterback, I would probably have gotten out of it to save damage to both cars if I was driving the CRX.
    6 points
  34. Finally finished my digital dash project. I first want to thank Nik from Haltech USA for all the help and for getting 3 updates to the firmware done in less than a month. He and the engineers helped me add a current technology digital dash to my 30 year old BMW, no mean feat. Funky ECU tach output and odd coil output too. All the sensors work properly and the tach now works. Maybe one day I’ll update the ecu to the 21st century.
    6 points
  35. Having now traded for a different engine and pulled most of it apart, I can say that this newest engine is pristine. Certainly have enough time left to drop this into the engine bay and finish off autobahn prep.
    6 points
  36. What makes you think we don't realize it?
    6 points
  37. Exactly, if I was building an S10 it would have the stock rear end housing, 3 links, Panhard, and coilovers. 60 points and potentially better handling than installing a random IRS that may or may not work well with the rest of the chassis. 3 link live axle works pretty darn good in Trans Am cars.
    6 points
  38. A recently married man was out in his garage, working on his beat up, old race car. His new wife came out and watched him for a few minutes before saying "Now that we are married, you should probably sell that old thing." Suddenly the man's face went pale, and he looked as though he was going to be sick. "Are you OK, what's the matter?" asked his wife. The man said "For a moment there, you sounded like my ex-wife." "Ex-wife!" The woman shouted. "You never told me you were married before!" "I wasn't." he said.
    6 points
  39. RIP Doc - I think few embodied the spirit of Champcar like he did. I know I had family and friends that tuned into broadcasts to watch me race and I've been told multiple times that the chemistry on the broadcast was really natural and entertaining. I think that was due in great part by Doc's exuberant personality and 'color commentary'. His love for racing was awesome and inspiring. Thanks for the words Bill, they were fun to read.
    5 points
  40. Very sad news for anyone who knew or met Doc. Thanks to @Bill Strongand whoever else added to these wonderful tributes - allowing all of us to know and appreciate Doc (and others like him) that much more. Prayers for him, his family and friends. Enjoy heaven as much as you did your life here on earth.
    5 points
  41. Bill, a great tribute to Doc. Thanks for putting that together. I think I have something in my eye.
    5 points
  42. 174hp / 176ftlbs at the wheels. Factory rating is 173/163 at the engine. Motor is stock with a header and port matching.
    5 points
  43. 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!
    5 points
  44. We also had one in our blue Volvo and thought it worked well. Only once did I have a contradiction, but that was the fault of the turn 10 flagger holding out the double yellow while my crew chief and flagtronics were green. We shared a garage with the Flagtronics team and they were telling us some of the other potential features. I hope they can follow through on them, because if they do, the $150 price point will be "ChumpChange" for the things it can do.
    5 points
  45. Holding off as long as I can, teams are still adding crew members and I don't want to miss anyone. The restrictions we are operating under are written into our contract. Until Watkins issues new contract guidelines we have to work under what we've signed. Dana
    5 points
  46. Now I have to restrategize??? The company I work for will not be happy with how I spend the next 30 minutes of “work”.
    5 points
  47. Splitter = 10 Airdam = 10 no points for material, thats part of paying for the splitter and airdam
    5 points
  48. Real trick is to convince an affordable watch company its a cool thing to be involved with Champcar. Tough to convince companies to support any type of motorsport. I'm constantly amazed at the series and race sponsors Champcar has developed. I try support them when I can and I hope the other members do the same. Keep up the good work.
    5 points
  49. I get that, been around a long time... but when does it become too much? I mean taking a BMW and swapping in a Japanese drive train is ok, and probably the creativity the founding fathers were going for, but cutting the rear end off this car, then cutting the front end from another or building a tubed subframe, I have to agree with TECH that you are getting to the point where you are building something that would probably be a race car or kit car... This series is also a amateur racing series, that was suppose to be a cost effective way to get on track, so while the "builder" part of the series is deeply rooted, it shouldn't overshadow that we are trying to get people running out of their carport on the track too.
    5 points
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