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    It was a fantastically fun and successful weekend for our team. We had all three R3R Boxsters on track and even scored a 3rd overall on Friday. We did have one catastrophic failure, but it was due to a sniper pebble with perfect aim. It punctured the radiator with a one in a million shot. I'll address one thing first. We did put Pro drivers in the cars. Johan Schwartz (PWC) drove 603 and Josh Bilicki (NASCAR) drove 602. On Friday, 601 had a local hot-shoe with pro-level abilities, as well as Johan Schwartz. Some may question why we would do that, when the Boxster is a hot button for some competitors. Easy answer... we wanted to show everyone the absolute upper limit for these cars and calm any fears. With pros at the wheel, we were still 3 seconds slower than Ludicrous Speed MR2. Our human drivers were in the 2:53 - 2:56 range (7-10 seconds slower than the winning car). And as expected, we could only go 85-90 minutes on fuel. 602 and 603 ran out of fuel multiple times during the race. A more detailed reason is that we wanted to test the C car vs. the EC car. We needed a super fast and consistent driver for that. We proved that there is virtually no difference between the cars. The EC car is just stiffer and has some adjustability. For that reason, we're coverting the EC car to C class. In our opinion, the cars fit in very nicely in ChampCar and we're excited to compete for podium finishes. We had a great time and really enjoyed meeting fellow competitors and making new friends. It's going to be a fun season. Thank you to ChampCar officials and volunteers. Special thanks to everyone for being gentle on us rookies. #VisorDown Brad
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    Thank you Champcar staff and volunteers for another great event.
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    #55 Udder Chaos neon team had a fun weekend despite having our share of issues. This was the first outing after going to megasquirt and we had some sync issues appear mid-day Friday. Changed the voltage to crank sensor from 5 to 12v and issue went away. Saturday morning we discovered the alternator was shot as we went to move the car to grid. Got the alternator changed and out on the track to catch the back of the field just prior to track going green. Had a strong first stint and then we struggled with the alternator again and then fried a clutch. So again after spending the middle of the race in the paddock changing the clutch we got back out to get some laps for all the drivers and see the checkered flag. We were happy with the lack of rain on Fri and Sat, setting some new fast lap times for our car at RA, and once again for the camaraderie of the teams in the paddock near us. Looking forward to Gingerman, seams way too far away!
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    What is the failure mode? does it crank but not start/run? Back when I was racing a 350Z, we had the cam itself fail, the part that holds the degree wheel broke off. This was a common-ish failure with lots of high RPM running. Too much length after the last bearing, lobe/degree wheel puts enough stresses on the cam it snaps at the last cap. exhaust camshaft IIRC.
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    Enjoy being a part of a series in which (currently) regular people with regular paying jobs can compete - a low cost series! I hope it stays that way. Rich people have plenty of other series they can join. Let's help them 'get in where they fit in.' I love this series (so far, anyway). We have a Miata and are competitive with the other Miatas - without investing a lot of money or cheating. We were not competitive with the PartsBadger Miata, however. That thing blows my doors off down the straightaway. Congrats to them for finding mind-blowing speed from a Miata engine. #amazed.
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    Had a great time at Road America. Car ran great. We were nursing a alternator issue mostly all day, cutting in and out. Near the end of the day our battery discharged to a dangerous level. We stopped to change batteries and continue. With about an hour left we lost 4th gear. Not a huge issue. And on the last lap we lost 5th. Unfortunately the extra set of spare brake pads did not arrive in time for this race so we did not have enough pads to continue Saturday safely. And knowing we were going to have a braking issue we decided to take our class win and P8 finish and re-group for the glen. Thanks to the champcar staff for another great event. See you all at the next one.
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    I gained about 20hp from a tune after my attempted self-tune. We also just tried auto tune over a dyno tune in real time and we're not gaining and possibly losing power while it was tuning. That said we spent at least 800 per base tune, then it's 300 for a retune. For us at a high-power track the estimated 20 horsepower was worth about 2 and 1/2 seconds.
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    No bone in this fight - We finished 36th. But I will say, I had a stock 2003 NB miata that we ran on the dyno where I used to work (superchips - we'd do pulls on the dyno just for fun) and the best pull it made was 109 hp to the rear wheels, which is a far cry from the 142 number quoted in the literature for an 03 miata. Saying that, it beat the 98 hp my buddy's trooper put down that same day. So at least I won at something. I know nothing about what's claimed on that car, so can't speak to the legality of it all, but 150-160 horse seems like a stretch if they're claiming a stock motor. Were you referencing crank hp or to the ground - because I think rwhp is the number you'd want to reference. I'm assuming you meant rwhp due to the dyno reference in your post. Edit: re-reading it, there's absolutely no chance a stock-ish 1.8L is putting out 150-160 on a dyno. Still no clue if their power-adders are claimed in tech, but they'd need some serious work to get that out of a miata motor.
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