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  1. To our esteemed membership, I have some very serious reservations about what has happened over the past week within our club. I want you, the membership, to know that I DO NOT support some things and am working diligently behind the scenes to get to the bottom of what's going on. Firstly, Mr Chisek's Red Flag Video was posted and his words and actions are not shared by myself. Mr Chisek has acted unilaterally in deciding to censor our forums and social media as well as has acted without the Board's support to threaten to remove member's who question the way our series is run.
    43 points
  2. Well... almost two years ago this was my situation.... Last night... running at 11 pm... after losing two cars, a trailer, tools, shop, everything.. to then be nominated and awarded this Sportsmanship award for our team is so awesome and I can't tell you guys how much it means to me to be back first and foremost and have my team name on the entry form... to actually run some laps was just icing on the cake... even though we spent several hours off track, we learned a lot about our car, our setup, and finally I have some real world data to work with....
    31 points
  3. There is no excuse for my behavior that will make it acceptable. I owe an explanation, at least as far as I understand it after trying to figure it out for myself. I came to Champ from a different series and limited understanding of the differences in the cars. My experience was with SE30 on track, and I made assumptions about Huggins' car based upon that knowledge. As you mention, having won 3 races in a row, there was chatter in the paddock like, "Huggins is too fast, he has to be cheating." Hearing that over and over again, and applying my mistaken understanding of what an m20 m
    26 points
  4. Good morning folks. I had a great discussion with Mike Chisek and Bill Riley yesterday. I knew that the TAC was working on about 5 or 6 additional cars that need revalued on the VPI list so for 2021 there will be some VPI changes as we were finalizing these items to put in the BCCR when we release the final version. I have not seen a draft of the BCCR yet, but I know there are people working hard to get this completed. Now I did suggest that the GBU go through tech with a TAC member present so the car could be revalued appropriately to make sure there were no items missed. Now we can't ta
    25 points
  5. Guys we are not waiting. We are implementing a possible solution starting at NCM. Let's see how it goes. If it doesn't get the job done, we will take further action.
    25 points
  6. Just got home. What a way to cap off the weekend! Race recap tomorrow
    24 points
  7. We're one of the teams with a big rig. So, I'll chime in and tell you why we are racing in ChampCar. #1 reason...it is fun! We had so much fun at the VIR 24 in 2018 that we decided to ditch the sprint racing and come join this fun series. It is really that simple. Racing is supposed to be fun and the sprint racing wasn't fun anymore. This is what amateur racing is supposed to be. Fun and friendly. Value: We spent crazy money to get less track time in a week at Sonoma for the Runoffs than we get in a single stint in ChampCar. We did consider selling th
    24 points
  8. So wanted to let you all know where we are on the Title Sponsor since I have been the point person on this one and wanted the membership to know the process I've been dealt. August: Contacted a couple of national companies to come on board September/October: Had multiple phone meetings with prospects mid-November: Verbal agreement to move forward with a company December: Contract sent to them and their legal team had to review it Early Jan: Had to make changes to the contract per their legal team January 8th: Signed multi year contract by both parties
    23 points
  9. Guys, we had a Board meeting last night and discussed this at length. Conclusions and changes: 1) We've only had three cars climb others in the history of the club. 2) This is being addressed now because more and more, we are seeing larger tires and rims stuffed under cars and are sticking out more than ever. We are trying to address that before it becomes an issue. 3) The video and interpretation should not have been posted because it had not been discussed yet by the Board. We are going to use the last five races of 2018 to try different things, see how this goe
    23 points
  10. ...and aside from the Tuttle debacle; there was a great Champcar race, with great teams! Team Jacky Ickx had a very eventfull race weekend (end of week),... as usual! To be allowed to keep racing. I had to start a new business/job! So, I ended up having to work the last week before Christmas, eventhough my wife had already scheduled our vacation in Mexico for that time. We moved our vacation, but I was going to do a "Tom Cruise", fly back at the last minute before the race, and have my team bring the cars to the track without me. I left Cancun at 10:30 am on Thursday, and got to the
    23 points
  11. Bavarian Mustache Werks had an excellent weekend as well. The racing has always been great here and the competition sure has stepped over the years! No longer is the Coookie Cutter Classic the 'easy points' race with a light field that it used to be. AWESOME to see that so many others have discovered how good this race is! I give it 5 of 5 stars, would recommend! I made a number of improvements and other changes (maybe improvements?) over the looooong off season; some aero work (not planned, test-day a few weeks prior at Gingerman sort of, uh, forced me to make a new F
    22 points
  12. OK, guys, I'm not going to make any more posts on this for a while, but this is an update from Mike C. We are going to to split the scoring at NCM. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I do know that EC cars will still be timed, but will not show up in one version of the standings. Since we are not sure how this will work, We can't promise anything additional at this point. That is only a few weeks away so let's see how it goes. EC cars not on the VPI list will not be allowed to run with us starting in 2020. I'd forgotten the Board already decided this previous
    22 points
  13. One of our drivers, @Choray911 is a Nissan guy. He walked by their car on Thursday and was like "Nice. A VQ35." They were like, "No. It's a VQ30. See the valve cover." He was like, "Nope, it's definitely a VQ35. See the variable valve timing? That's a later model Altima intake. *other random Nissan stuff*". They were like, "Nope. Definitely a VQ30." We had a pretty crappy day with the Mustang. We were praying they would make it to impound so that we could protest them. We notified Chumpcar officials that it was coming. Showed them how a VQ35 is obviously not a VQ30. I guess they
    22 points
  14. Just to be clear. Nobody is upset with GBU for building the car or how the team is or drives. We are upset with how the series handled teching and point association with this car, both pre and post race. The team is truly a great group of guys. We just need to fix the broken stuff.
    21 points
  15. 1-Line summary for petitions, grouped by similarity. Could be affected by my personal opinion so you should read them yourself to confirm accuracy. Petition 10 and 89 are identical except for the words "non-OE". The current 2x rule technically doesnt state "non-OE", but the intent is generally accepted based on context. I noticed during this event that 5 of my petitions were not included. I contacted Bill and let him know. If you submitted petitions, you should confirm all of yours are present. My 5 were submitted on 28 and 29 January and would have
    21 points
  16. I agree, just saying, "those" teams come and go like the wind, don't lose sight of the little guys. I'm more worried about the last 3 cars that we lost because they couldn't afford it any more, and no one even knows their names.
    21 points
  17. I support Rich in this. I won't be voting to terminate anyone's membership because they have a bad word to say about the series. Please keep libelous statements off the interwebz, but criticize away. That's how we get better. And there's a lot more to the Saturday night stuff.
    21 points
  18. Why do EC cars want to beat up on cars following the rules? Simply go to the Sahlens Racing Facebook page where they mention "winning" the Watkins Glen race with their Salt car. Ain't they something, they WON!!!! I've had it and I won't let this die. Mike S, how about starting 10 laps down? Can you easily add ten? Because that would do it almost anywhere. These "winners" are a sham and it hurts our actual winners.
    21 points
  19. After talking with Mike this past weekend we are going to be bringing back both Race Monitor and Race Hero. Stay tuned.
    21 points
  20. Racebar here with one of the last trip reports (as expected): This was our first race with our newly rebuilt motor, named "Rainbow number 5" as it was our fifth motor and was painted like a rainbow by a drunk Patrick "Dick Freelane" Mchugh during a late night party rock session after the kids had gone to bed. On Friday, during the track day, we blew a head gasket for obvious reasons. Quantum speed works hosted us throughout the day as we pondered why our brand new motor blew a gasket and we waited on the new gasket to arrive. By 5 pm, it was clear that the car wouldn't
    21 points
  21. It has nothing to do with the upper class. and I understand your sarcasm. It has everything to do with us racing at Indy, and teams with the means to toss together a car, or teams that wanted nothing to do with us before the announcement, suddenly wanting to take the spots that our membership would normally take. I watch social media. Before the announcement... ChampCar sucks. After the announcement... We are going to Indy!
    21 points
  22. I would say that the plan would be quite simple: a trip to the local Pick 'n Pull. To elaborate: there is no need to grandfather something as cheap and easy as putting an unmodified stock tank back in the stock location. Far more extensive and expensive work has been mandated with other rulings with no plan to help the affected teams "be legal". Engines have been unswapped, turbos removed, etc, with no consideration or compensation so I see no need for a plan for something that takes an afternoon and $50 to rectify.
    21 points
  23. We had the stars align in a unique and awesome way. Rounded up a solid group of drivers and crew despite the COVID issue. 3 RV's and 2 Trailers made it to the track with no issues. Gathered and Froze 80 gallon antifreeze jugs for cool suits Managed to get 2 working freezers to the track even with the national freezer shortage Found both of my fuel drums damaged on Wednesday evening, but sourced 3 replacement plastic ones this go around to avoid the rust issue. Filled both cars plus 180 gallons in drums and cans on the way to the track.
    20 points
  24. That guy was a total jerk, he was also saying, "that's how y'all win races", and "stop looking over the fence". I heard him say both at least twice, if not 3 times and some other distasteful tidbits.This type of behavior is unnecessary, and inappropriate.
    20 points
  25. Or wreck you trying... The 300 car did this and was still totaled- I have to agree that teams that are consistently taking out competitors at every race should be dealt with by management.
    20 points
  26. Mr. Media: 1) You could have added the cooler if you needed it. Nobody stopped you, you chose not to run it. You decided to swap in an ungodly amount of power into your car and then complain after the fact that you did not "have enough points for a cooler". 2) Why not run the stock engine and run as many coolers as you want? Oh yea, you wanted to swap in an ungodly powerful engine and then complain after the fact that you don't have free coolers. 3) Teams that run 5+ races a year don't all bitch about not having enough free stuff. It's normally teams that squeak in with def
    20 points
  27. If the procedure was "just add in points as they are found in impound", then there would be an incentive to claim nothing. If your VPI is 400, and you have 6 items added which add 25 points each. Then you claim none, and hope that at most 4 of them are found. There needs to be (and there is) a heavy penalty for having unclaimed items on your car.
    20 points
  28. Well. Some of the kids started kicking sand at recess, then they tried to blame the other kids, Then someone tried to get little Tommy to eat a cat turd by telling him it was a tootsie rolll. Then we all had to go sit by the building until the bell rang. Now we're just saving energy for the post Daytona show.......
    20 points
  29. For anyone just joining this thread, here are the Cliff notes. Champcar is looking into getting equipment to measure displacement Your engine probably won't be torn down at impound, even if you paid someone to protest your car for you to make a point Huggy cheats and Champcar is complicit! Or maybe not. Tuttle is a bunch of cheating bastiges and cannot be trusted If the make/model you are racing had an option for a thing, you can run it for free No you can't Well, maybe you can, if you can get it through tech Champcar allegedly decides on
    20 points
  30. "The views, opinions, and drunken rants expressed by @Choray911 are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of Chattanooga Tourenwagen Meisterschaft or any member thereof. We make no representations as to accuracy, suitability, coherence, or grammar of any information presented by @Choray911 and will not be liable for any errors in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use."
    20 points
  31. This was our first ChampCar race and a very much last minute decision when we heard entries were down and the requirement to have run other races was being relaxed. My team are located in Indiana, Ohio and I'm in St Louis so it was too good to pass up. Our car debuted at and won the LuckyDog race at the Charlotte Roval a few weeks back finishing with a failing transmission and bad oil cooler pump so I figured it would be easy enough to turn around in a week once we made the call.... then I remembered all the other parts we used up at Charlotte and started ordering parts with express shipp
    19 points
  32. Great thread. I love that people are engaged and reading - which makes this a great opportunity to educate and discuss some of the misconceptions or possibly outdated information. As adoption of fire systems is spreading quickly across road racing and the racing community in general, the information really isn't out there, and technology is changing - certainly at the higher levels there are some pretty awesome innovations that have dramatically improved efficacy, but even in standard systems things are changing and developing. I'm replying here as someone in the racing industry
    19 points
  33. Paul, after talking with you at Indy, and seeing the damage to your car - and especially seeing the Connolly car from before and after the event - I was waiting for you to chime in. For many of us racing in ChampCar, 1 of the main reasons we are here is because of the affordability this series provides us. Having said that, an accident that would scrap our car would be devastating to have to start all over again. Teams such as Connolly's or Tuttle's, that obviously have bigger budgets than most of us, and have often times shown blatant disrespect for their competitors - need to
    19 points
  34. Anybody else concerned with Tech's pattern of threatening competitors who are seeking answers, petitioning or questioning the series' decisions with respect to another car?
    18 points
  35. My story. I'm not one for protesting. Have never done it. I also understand that post race tech, whether protested by a team or discovered by tech, illegal is illegal. When I am asked to withdraw my protest and walk away... I was pissed. I was also told by an official, "Mike Chisek and one of the tech guys teched the car at their shop. If Champcar made a mistake then they can't penalize the team for it." I replied back, "so it is ok to penalize the rest of the field for your mistake?" No reply was given. I also told tech, during our discussion, that there were more than 8 attac
    18 points
  36. ChampCar is successful, it is also different. I have raced my whole life and I attend about 20 of our events a year. I am amazed at the quality and closeness of racing throughout the field, classes included. We have the largest variety of cars racing against each other with no dominance by any one . I am constantly amazed at the varity of cars in impound. From racing speck cars to karts with every moving part checked to the thousandth of an inch - any rule set will have issues. Are our rules perfect no, are these proposed rules perfect NO. This year, and others we have held more ra
    18 points
  37. The Board of Directors is currently investigating the events of the weekend and would appreciate the time and ability to to complete such before we make any rushed decisions. As such, I'm also asking that any staff members of CCES please refrain from commenting any further on this subject UNTIL the Board has completed our review and the BOARD will respond to the membership with a recap of what happened this past weekend and the steps we will take to make sure we don't find ourselves in this spot again. Thanks Rich and the BoD.
    18 points
  38. If all of this turns out to be true VRG is going to be EXTREMELY disappointed in this series. It’s one thing to file a protest with a form because tech is not aware of what right looks like, it’s another thing for tech to know what’s not right and do nothing about it because there was no form submitted!
    18 points
  39. Man... what a weekend for DamSon Racing. Prep did not start late, we nut and bolted the car in early March, but it ended late with the final touches being done Thursday night late and Friday morning causing us to leave town earlier than expected. Huge shoutout to Al with Champ for policing the garage area with assigned parking spots, being late didn’t cost us a parking spot. We only brought 4 new tires and rummaged through the scrubs for the best 2 lefts and 1 right we could find for changes. I personally wasn’t aware we were in contention for anything and I certainly didn’t know this w
    18 points
  40. Nobody was worried about your particular MR2
    18 points
  41. John Allen Special race report This was a race we didn’t have on our schedule to do early in the year. We had pretty much written off coming back here after trying 3 times and never having any decent result with a blown motor in 2013, totaled car in 2015, and wreck in 2016. We came into the race just wanting to get drivers cycled through that had never raced here, including one that was originally from Sebring. We started well down in the order in 39th place and started just clicking off laps with Rich in the car. About an hour in he called in and said he was getting tired, so we suit
    18 points
  42. Okay I will bote as a Board Member. I have been talking with TAC, tech and other BOD behind the scenes post Indy. Yes I am still a little on cloud nine but my feet have almost touched the ground. I have issues with the Riley build and how points were addressed eith the build. We should all be following the same BCCR and how points are applied. Thats one thing that I am passionate on having done and understanding how points are different. Now on Sunday at Indy we saw the level of how many laps Riley should get so how do we fix that? Its to apply points correctly per wh
    17 points
  43. Won't have an oil temp issue if you don't run an oil temp gauge AND just to keep this thread on track congrats to @Huggy and the rest of the team. Absolute masterpiece of a race you guys ran.
    17 points
  44. Wow. I went from thinking I didn't have a seat on Wednesday, to having one of the best weekends of my life. I'm not sure anyone travelled further than I did from Brisbane, Australia to be there, so I'm beyond grateful to Chattahoochee Motorsports for taking me on very last minute. I don't feel like we got the results the car was capable of, but I'm very proud of setting the team's fastest lap in my very first ever car race. I'm sure I'll see plenty of you again, some at VIR 24, and for the rest make sure you tune in to my coverage of the ChampCar Sim Seri
    17 points
  45. To answer some questions: Video is coming soon, uploading 33GB at home now, and I am waiting till end of day to clog the internet at work with our practice video. Dyno - Before Road America we dynoed at 151HP with a underdrive pulley, which is worth 5-7 HP on the B6P motor, and the springfield dyno exhaust. We ran that way at Road America until we had alternator issues and a front oil seal leak and we put the stock pulley back in. We tried to dyno it between Road America and Sebring, but it didn't work out but we ended up installing a TPS, VICs, and tried to lean it out a bi
    17 points
  46. Thank you to the Champcar staff for a great weekend. Phil for being reasonable and firm. I know you have a safety standard to uphold and integrity.. I respect It was one hell of a weekend for us, but we kept battling and prevailed.. 19hr drive down, 14hr race, 20hrs back (white out conditions). 3300kms on my ODO. I'm beat. Can't wait to get some good sleep tonight.
    17 points
  47. That is not my take on them..... they were bragging about taking out a car at wgi while in the lodge eating dinner. We couldn't help but overhear them as they were at the table beside us. They didn't realize we were the car they took out. When we mentioned something about it, they said tough luck and to look out for them because they were going to be aggressive all the time. The main guy kept bragging about how he was the best driver ever in chumpcar because he had raced prototypes before.... I don't think he realized that a driver that had just won a championship
    17 points
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