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  1. 31 points
    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.... Thank you to everyone that has helped me, thank you to Mike and Staff... too many people to thank.. big shout out to the people who contributed to that GoFundMe a while back... every bit of it was part of making last night happen...
  2. 25 points
    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.
  3. 24 points
    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 the rig and getting something more practical. But, to be honest, we like the rig. It's paid for and it has some nice amenities. We figured that it would also help sell seats to the guys that we're trying to bring into our program. Our goal is for every driver that gets in one of our cars to be respectful and humble. We're the rookies in this series and we're here to learn and race respectfully. We had a drivers meeting before the race and we talked about respect, patience, and being humble. Please come stop by and say hi, when you see us this year. You'll find that we're down to earth guys who are racing ChampCar to have fun. Yes, we're probably bringing cars that cost more to build and our rig is fancy, but our beer isn't any colder than yours.
  4. 23 points
    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 January 9th: Confirmed number panel design and sent to RVA Graphics January 11th: Confirmed series logo and other graphics received at 5:15 pm We are waiting for the press release. The sponsor is handling writing the press release. We did not want to make an announcement before they did with the press release. This is a great relationship we just started so we want to be courteous of the new sponsor. I have let them know we need the press release today so we can make the announcement.
  5. 23 points
    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 goes in tech, and potentially alter how the rule is interpreted. Using a 10 and 2 measurement, we might catch a lot of cars out that really don't pose a problem, including in some case stock wheel/tire setups on certain cars. that is not the goal. To help, we have moved the measurement points to 11 and 1 and let's see what this turns into. It is not set in stone and we can change how we implement and test this.
  6. 22 points
    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 previously. So that problem will take care of itself soon.
  7. 21 points
    After talking with Mike this past weekend we are going to be bringing back both Race Monitor and Race Hero. Stay tuned.
  8. 21 points
    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 make it to the paddock for the BBQ party, and with the continuous deluge of wet stuff (Ben Dawson's race driver equalizer), we decided to move the dance party slash BBQ prerace get-everyone-drunk-so-they-drive-like-poop-the-next-day-party up to the super amazing facility at Quantum. So that night, we ate, we talked, we drank, we danced, we rebuilt Racebar, and we misdiagnosed her problems. Around midnight we introduced our new pledges to Racebar with a lap around the paddock by foot, and a little team bonding with the Champcar trophies. (Its ok we blamed our transgressions on Winsome Racing. The staff never knew it was us) We made it to tech in the morning where we discovered that people have complained about Racebar from previous races. Ray, sadly, was forced to add a 25 pt penalty to our amplifier, speakers, and bar claiming it adds speed. He said this would calm the complaints. I dont think we are winning any races Ray. By noon, after blowing yet another head gasket, we discovered the actual problem with the Racebar motor was not under torquing of the head bolts, but rather detonation. WIth some quick thinking by Jeff "Ron Mexico" Caplan, we had a head gasket on the way being delivered by Al "The reverend" Taylor. After having "practiced" a head removal so many times in the past, we pulled together as a team, and had the head off in 20 minutes. However, with the head off, we realized yet a new major problem. Our block was majorly cracked. So after another hour of pondering, we decided to run her for as long as she would go. 30 minutes later, we were on the track and racing again. We changed the coolant multiple times throughout the next 6 hours and added countless qts of oil. Eventually by about 7 pm, it was oil starvation that ultimately got us as I, threw yet another racebar rod. (This would be the third rod our team has thrown all with me at the wheel) Despite our lack of success on the track, this was our most successful race yet. Our team has grown every race. We have built a culture, values, and a team which people willingly invest time and money to further the cause. We had the opportunity to help numerous teams at this race which was rewarding for all of us. We have built friendships with other teams that extend beyond the track. Moving forward, we have new motors going in both Racebar and Lasershark, a newly aquired e30 to add to the team, an e36 being built now, and a new acquisition of Winsome Racing (they havent exactly agreed.) We are doing an endurance running relay with Racebar in April, competition bbq this summer, pub crawls, brewery parties, HPDE events, and Indy in July. We were verbally reminded of how much we suck during this race by the e46 EC team. Its ok, no judgement passed here. There are those who understand Racebar, and those who have yet to learn. At this race, we met a young boy named Jack. Jack wrote us a handwritten note, which I think sums up how we feel about our team. This is his note: Dear Racers in Racebar champcar series, Your car was the best and creative but you didnt win. But who cares if you win or lose. It matters if you have fun or not and I hope you have fun. You have speakers on your car. You went in the pit stop a lot of times but thats ok. I hope you are proud and do you think you could write me back. Sorry and I might write you more letters. Bye, your friend. Jack The e46 team, should probably talk to Jack so they can learn a few things about life. It truly is an honor to race with all of you. Most of you are better drivers than we are, so thank you for sharing the track with us. Free beer and bbq is always on us. -Raaaaaacceeebaaaaaaar!
  9. 21 points
    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!
  10. 21 points
    About the Cobalt... I have no idea about how they drove out on the track other than that they were slow. They seemed to have stock suspension, and ran at night with nothing but the dim stock headlights. But I talked to them quite a bit in the pits. They were absolute beginners - the first pit stop was the first one they had ever done. They struggled with some horrible fuel jugs, and with learning how to belt someone in the car. Is VIR 24 the place to start learning those things? No, that's madness. But, they were also the nicest, happiest and friendliest team you can find. They loved being there, even when being scared. And perhaps I had a particular fondness for them because I did just what they did back in 2011, putting a team together and not knowing at all what we didn't know. It was scary as hell, and incredibly fun. And all these years later and we have still never caused an accident - knock on wood! - perhaps by both being well aware of our limitations in the driver talent department and by other teams with more talent being good at avoiding us (especially the first couple of years!) But based on my experiences, I'd say that actual incidents are much more commonly caused by bad drivers that go too fast than by rookies going far too slow. I think most of us have been slow beginners at some point, so hopefully we still have the ability within the ChampCar "family" to accept new teams and help them along rather than ask for them to be banned. Just my two cents.
  11. 20 points
    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.
  12. 20 points
    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 deflated values that were lobbied down, or teams that are running a 500 point car. If a car is valued at 500 points, its valued that high because it is a REALLY good car. It might have a few weaknesses, and if those are addressed it would then be better than a 500 point car. According to your logic, I should buy a Honda S2000. Run a 1 hour stint before running out of gas (13 gallons) and then petition that the car should get a 20 gallon tank. The reason the car is 500 points is because of that weakness. If it has a 20 gallon tank, it would be a 550 point car. So then I should level the field by giving all cars 20 gallons right? Then an E30 and an S2000 equal then, right? Wrong....... There are other series that allow free everything, and they are an arms race. The things that differentiate this series and make it better are/were an attempt to keep it budget friendly, and single class racing. Just my $.02........rant over.
  13. 19 points
    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.
  14. 18 points
    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 was the Championship race, work has been an absolute bear for the past month and I just hadn’t paid attention to anything car related. Late Thursday night I found a busted FCAB bushing and had to get a teammate to pick up the replacement parts on the way to the track Friday. Not the way we like to prepare for a race- overwhelmed. Once we were on site, went through tech and got the FCAB bushings in/ things were pretty standard. We have worked for a year getting our program nailed down, people know what to do and why; we’ve added some new stuff but overall it was business as usual. Last year at Charlotte was out first full race as DSR, at VIR that year we took a splitter stanchion to the gas tank cutting our day short in the first session. At CMS we had fuel issues (that persisted almost all through 2018) and couldn’t make fuel to 2 hours because we could only get 12 gallons out of the tank. We had that fixed and felt good for this year. Well, With the different track config our fuel burn was off the charts, we were burning 15+ in 1:45ish. Once we realized we couldn’t make 2 hour stops we figured we were out of contention so we were just going hard and thinking about a swirl pot for next year. Our team was amazing and stops were super clean. We had to change a front left a stop earlier than expected and saw that right front was getting as much wear as left front, which made me sick to my stomach knowing I’d only brought 3 spares and scrubs to boot. We changed the right front the next stop to find it was through the cords. During that stint I was in the car and radiod in that the next guy would appreciate that right front more than the left front I had gotten because 3/4 were a little nerving knowing that tire was near its end. Anyway, got the front right on and we went back to work. Those three stints before the final hour stint were the difference, we put down a metric ton on sub 1:30 laps and stayed in the lead, all the while thinking that we had to make an extra stop than everyone else and/or that f#ck!ng Saab was a rocket ship! 😉. We hadn’t given up when we realized we were short on mileage but we thought we were beat. Our engineering types started adding it up and giving us some hope, if Simon stops, RBanks stops and/or a good yellow comes we could change our pit window down to... poop, YELLOW, BOX BOX BOX. We caught that last yellow, got the car in immediately and got our closer out on the track. The race came right to us. We were lucky, bottom line. Calculating our gap back to RVA Graphics for a podium turned into a P1. We ran a good race, hit our marks and executed our stops fantastically but the luck of the yellow gave us the win plain and simple. We didn’t know we had won the National Championship until Bill said it during the interview. We were lucky to be there, to have the car truck and trailer there, I almost said I was too busy to get the car finished. Walking into the registration building I had seen the trophy but the thought of winning it never crossed my mind. I was just happy to be there with friends on the team and in the paddock. That win was really a high point for all of us. It’s hard to win in this format as preparation has to be graced by fortune, that makes the wins sweeter. Oh and that trophy was the best thing I’ve ever seen! We are excited and look forward to proudly wearing the #1 this year. Thanks to all of our fellow racers.
  15. 18 points
    Nobody was worried about your particular MR2 😘
  16. 17 points
    It’s not ok that someone running with Champcar suggested that you run Lemons. We need you in Champ races, thats where we hope you sign up and where we hope you spend your racing budget. The fast guys will figure out how to get around you until you get up to speed so don’t take the advice. If the fast guys can’t figure out how to get around you safely, then they aren’t the fast guys.
  17. 17 points
    OK… Due to popular demand, I have done the following with the new BCCR… 1. Update includes red text and yellow highlight where the change was made. Change noted in change log. 2. Update disclosed in three forums on the CCES forum - General / BCCR Tech / Tech 3. Facebook Page, Facebook Group, Twitter updated 4. A mass notification email was sent - After 5-days, the email will be resent to non-openers of the first email. There should be no complaining that they did not receive the update. Did I do everything right?
  18. 17 points
    Billy Sahlen posted this on one of Tuttle's Facebook posts. This is what we are talking about. Say what you will about Tuttle, but they overcame the shame of their actions, fought back for years legally and fairly and they finally win. And this gets dumped on their Facebook page: "Billy Sahlen Actually if you want to get technical salt won both days. Just not acknowledged as such. My goal is to ensure this never happens again. Ever.
  19. 17 points
    There are many teams who happen to have cars which fall into EC, but keep running ChampCar because the events/tracks/quality of racing are better than our competing series. It’s easier/cheaper/more fun for these teams to keep running the car they have, than to build a new car to fit the rules. These teams should still be welcomed and I don’t think an entry cap of any kind is appropriate. As far I see it, the only problem with EC cars is that they muck up timing and scoring, so I am a proponent of -100 laps and no other changes relating to EC.
  20. 17 points
    This was my first Champ race. Have had a comp lic. for nearly 30 years and have raced SCCA club to Rolex GT. I went into this weekend with some deep concerns about driving W2W with some drivers that had maybe never turned a wheel on track before. I'm very happy to say that my fears were unwarranted and the level of driving was for the most part terrific. There were guys that were very obviously just getting there feet wet but they knew it, and they were very heads up and on the ball. Of coarse there were a few that thought that the race was being live streamed to the Ferrari garage in Monaco but there is a certain amount of that to be expected... We started at the back both days and I had a ball racing through the pack to a top 10 both days. I was in the #601 black and white Boxster with R3Racing. Thanks to the team and my co-drivers and all of you for a great time. Most of all thanks to Champcar for Making it happen. I'll be back for sure!
  21. 17 points
    I think this is the image of the event... Photo by Kurt Roussell https://www.fastcarphotos.com/galleries/2019-14-hours-of-daytona/
  22. 17 points
    aftermarket aluminum radiators should be free then too? what about maybe a set of H-beam rods? custom billet gears for my transmission and a wavetrac diff have better reliability. If my brake pads can't make it a 14hr race, i want to step up to a 6 piston with a larger brake pad so i can increase my reliabilty and decrease my costs so i dont have to put as many brake pads in my car... come on man. its endurance racing, anything that gives you more endurance is a performance advantage, plain and simple.
  23. 17 points
    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 bit ourselves. After Sebring we had to build a new exhaust since our springfield dyno ones failed 3 times. We then dynoed again and first pull was 125 HP. WTF! Turns out the VICs was wired backwards and I adjusted it too rich. The new exhaust has a hard S turn right after the header which we are getting corrected. Based on this my guess is we ran Sebring in the 130s. The car did feel really fast with us shifting between 7200 and 7500 during that race. After the the last dyno we landed at 145.7hp if I recall correctly. We are looking for the sheet now. Engine - We have no porting of the intake manifold, which everyone saw, we also didn't port head. We shaved the block and head a small amount, within service limits. Springs, valves, pistons, cams, rods, cam gears, and all other internals, except seals were reused from our ebay motor which we believe is the JDM variant which is still a legal 50 point motor. (The junkyard motor comment was in response to Jay asking how I knew the cams were legal. I was chippy at the time and my response was reflexive, immature and unwarranted) We will be porting the head and intake manifold shortly, FYI. Weight - We were 1930lbs at Road America, I don't recall where we were on fuel. Now we are around 1960ish empty. We plan on getting another 30lbs out in the next couple races. Wing - We designed this in CAD to be at 11.25" above the roof and Ray confirmed this pre-race with an inspection. I would like to apologize to everyone for my emotions during impound. I spent the last 30 minutes of the race frantically looking for the tech sheet since I didn't know registration kept them. Then during tear down people were showing me out of date VPI data showing our car at 400 points base, pushing us to just give up and admit we were EC. We were asked to prove our cams were legal and I didn't know how to do that, and our VPI sheet showed 485 which I thought we were supposed to be at 500(Jimmy tech'ed the car and removed the duckbill and flat floor from our google doc sheet which adds up to 500) The 485 VPI was 100% accurate BTW since we didn't build those items yet. We have $2700 in just dyno time over these three races. We have 3 intake configurations, 4 exhausts, 3 sway bars, 6 different tire types and sizes with different rim combos, we've tested 4 different brake combos, three wing mounts (About $2000 into wing development), three splitters/air dams, and 5 alignments with three wedges in just three races. We are really going to try to get some more test days to get the car dialed in and we can eek out a second or two more. We are planning on making our splitter designs public and will mail out templates free of charge on request. We plan on some serious wing development which we will make available to other competitors, that said copying our wing now will take advantage of a lot of dev(note the struts). We will also make our Megasquirt data available for teams if that will help them. Although the suspension setup is my baby and was developed with my 17 years of Miata tuning knowledge, I will provide that on request as well. The suspension is the best I've ever driven and is absolutely mind blowing. I didn't think we are over the DB limit since we have the same muffler as springfield dyno, but I have a DB monitor and will check it. I will address the contact in practice and the race in subsequent posts. I will also post our race recap in another post.
  24. 17 points
    Pit out report since I was there for nearly 18 hours. For the most part you guys behaved pretty well. My wife, Jackie has worked a lot of the races recently and has come back with stories of some rude drivers (more on that further down). Guys and gals have to remember that the staff and volunteers are out there for you guys to have fun. We all have a vested interest in coming back to family and I wondered about some of you. We found countless loose belts with probably us having to tighten 50% of them (Mike may have more on that in the coming weeks), window nets down, helmet stickers not installed, drivers with no driver bands on even well into the race Sunday. I had one driver in particular about 5 hours into the race come to a stop second in line and I heard him as I was walking up say basically say "Hurry the F up". Totally not needed, especially since he had 25 seconds left on his timer and they were not in the Top 10. Got to think to yourselves, "These people are here doing their job BEFORE I can do mine." We try not to turn cars around if we have time, but it does get old and we like to have fun with it. I asked the Eagle Talon guys early Sunday morning how many stops they had left. He told me 3 and I said back, "How about you guys put your window net up for the next 3 stops." He said "Deal". I had to put it up at least twice with Jackie doing it once as well. With all the safety issues I did have multiple people tell me "Thank you" not only for fixing issues, but also for sweating our tails off. I even got a hand shake from one of the #346 E46 drivers, I believe. Maybe for the Navy hat, but still. Remember, volunteers are there for you to have fun.
  25. 16 points
    When even the broadcast team can't keep EC straight vs ABCD, you know there's a problem. The classing and scoring is incredibly counterintuitive to the uninitiated. I spent 20 minutes last night trying to explain to my dad why I took home the big trophy at Watkins Glen instead of the Cayman, even thought the Cayman "won". He thought EC was just the next engine size up from D. EC should be called what it is, an Exhibition Class, and timed and scored separately from the cars running to the 500pt rules. It was only when I started calling the Cayman "Exhibition" that the difference clicked, and it made sense to him why I got the big trophy and the Cayman didn't. Also, +1 for the 100 lap policy
  26. 16 points
    I'll attempt to get this thread back on topic by posting about our race weekend! We got to the track nice and early so that we could get through Tech first and this was our only real hiccup over the whole weekend. I was informed we didn't have the correct roll bar padding for helmet to bar contact so I scooted over to GWR (whom I have never met) and they allowed me to pull some of their roll bar padding from the passenger side bars to get through Tech. So, first I have to publicly thank them for that! A slight misinterpretation of the battery box rule found me heading to WalMart for a battery box (thank God you Yanks do everything on a massive scale!) and that got us through Tech nicely. Thanks to Jay for offering to debate me on other issues as I love a good argument and he was awesome and professional throughout the whole Tech procedure. Test day went absolutely perfectly and that led in to Saturday's race which is still feeling surreal. I started the race and was taking it fairly easy until there was a big shunt as a bunch of us approached the bus stop. I took evasive measures and had to pass two cars under the yellow and was subsequently penalized for this. I did my best to wave the two cars by but they just wouldn't go. I thought this would be the end of our race but with an hour to go we are being shown as P1 in A and it was down to my youngest to keep our Otter ahead of the feisty Badger. I know they had car trouble late in the race and my son was able to eke out a class win by .280s which sent us absolutely to the moon!! We knew Sunday's race could be a problem for us because of brake pad issues and the Badger sorted out their problems and were untouchable for most of the race. We were running in the top three all day and finally lost a driveshaft while leading with less than 45 minutes to go. With such a good run Saturday, this minor problem couldn't come close to taking the shine off our class win so even packing up a broken car was done with smiles. I hate to leave anyone out during my thank you's and I'll start right at the top by thanking Mike for organizing a great weekend and all his crew in Registration, Timing, Tech, Gear Tech, Pit Lane. Thanks to Jay for presenting his Tech issues professionally and with the intent on getting us on the track and not off it! Thanks to the pit lane worker with the Crank Yanker shirt (sorry, I am terrible with names!) for addressing our pit lane transgressions with a level head and a lot of humour (and for our shock/strut discussion in impound). Thanks to GWR for the roll bar padding Thanks to Dan at Constipation Racing for always helping when we need it Thanks to ShutUp Racing for helping us get the car back in the trailer (damn whippersnappers!) Thanks to the Little Speed Shop for trusting me to come back with the money! Thanks to every team that said yes when I asked for a drill bit! And thanks to our crew, Dan and Marc, who do all the stuff that I don't want to!! My final thanks is to my two boys, Richard and Randy, whom I have the absolute privilege of being teamed up with. They made me the slowest driver on our team and I couldn't be happier about that.
  27. 16 points
    I'm not sure words can really do justice to how much I enjoyed this past weekend, but I'll give it a try. I've been a lifelong racing fan, watching on TV or here at our local short track in Elko, and 10+ years simracing on iRacing, always assuming that was as close as I'd ever get to an actual on-track competition. A few months back however, I had the chance to catch up with an old friend, and learned that he and another friend had been running a car in this series. I immediately declared myself a member of their crew, and said count me in for the Road America weekend. I'm pretty sure I also said I'd be willing to drive if they found themselves in a pinch, but never thought they'd be stupid enough to let me do it... that's the great thing about old friends though sometimes they trust you for no good reason. So, first of all, a huge thanks to Tim and Shawn for giving me a chance to do something I had long ago written off as impossible. I'm sure it's an uncomfortable feeling to hand your car and control of the result over to a complete novice, but they did, and were nothing but positive and supportive, which is even more amazing. Thanks guys for an amazing experience, I'm still smiling a week later. As I was getting in the car to run my first stint, and Tim was helping me with the belts, he took the time to share some last-minute advice with me.... unfortunately I have no idea what it was because I was too busy having a panic attack. Next a huge thank you to team #223 Limpy Screwdriver. We had a transmission issue early on Friday, which almost certainly would have sent us home for good if not for the time and expertise these guys went out of their way to share with us for no other reason than they're just stand up guys. They went above and beyond, can't say enough good things about them. Just an awesome, fun group of guys that were a blast to be around. It's too bad we're not closer, I'm sure we're missing some great happy hours! Also, a big personal thanks to the #811 TCB Motorsports guys. You guys were exceptionally friendly and gracious, which I'm sure you always are, but it was particularly appreciated by this someone who didn't really feel like they deserved to be driving in this race and wasn't really sure what to expect. It was great to meet all of you too, and I hope to see you out there again sometime. And on that note, thank you to all of the rest of you who I only "met" on the track or in passing around the paddock. The posts I've read here in this thread only seem to reinforce the experience I had which is that this is a great racing community. All of my experiences with staff and other teams were positive the whole weekend, I didn't really know what to expect but wasn't expecting this level of camaraderie. I look forward to getting a chance to meet more of you in the future. Someone had asked about sharing pictures, and I was lucky enough that my parents were able to come spectate and bring their cameras. Most of the pictures are of us, but there are a handful of other cars as well if you want to take a look. Also some short video clips... the hosting service I use isn't great for video, the videos I believe are all HD clips, but they take a while to load/cache so they look pretty grainy at first until they load fully. If you want to take a look, the link to them is here.
  28. 16 points
    Seems to me that every time we see one more performance enhancing component added to the fixed value list at 0 points we see a few other components changed to 0 points and then another few components get their value lowered so that they have a fair value compared to said 0 point items. This hasn't been a slippery slope for quite a while, it's much more like a free fall! I'm pretty sure that there are only two reasons to replace a component; Performance and Reliability. Either or both of these should increase your VPI but with so many 0 point parts this doesn't happen nearly enough. 500 point cars are listed as such for a reason and they already have the benefit of all the 0 point items so why allow them to gain reliability without cost? If your current, low VPI, car needs an oil cooler or accusump why not remove 30 or 40 points of performance components and swap in the reliability components? The reason that there are fewer cars battling for the lead in the final laps is that there is so much more disparity throughout the field and this is a direct result of the lowering of the VPI, the addition of 0 point and lower valued components and the disregard for the spirit of the rules. Champcar is, and should be, a throwback to the old endurance racing series where reliability is sometimes sacrificed for performance and vice versa. It seems that the teams at the sharp end of the field want it more like the current crop of pro endurance series where the biggest technical problem a team encounters is a computer glitch. The reality is that we cannot go back but we can certainly pull up on the reins.
  29. 16 points
    Funniest moment of the weekend for us: Two guys walk up to our driver Ron Hugate and ask for a photo. Ron's a pretty bad-ass surgeon from Denver, but not exactly photo-worthy. So, I was a little puzzled. The guys snap the photo and walk away. I asked Ron, "Do you know those guys?" He says no. It is at that moment that I realize what happened. Ron is tall, slender, wears black rimmed glasses, and was wearing a driver's suit. The guys thought that they just snapped a photo with Randy Pobst. If anyone has two buddies who were bragging about getting a photo with Randy and you see the photo and the guy is definitely not Randy, please send it to me. I've been scouring social media to see if someone posted it, but no luck yet.
  30. 16 points
    Our entire budget allocated for sensitivity training was spent on @Bill Strong this year. There was no money left over to send any of the other ChampCar staff through the program. Frankly, with the results we see from @Bill Strong it was a complete waste of time and resources. We are currently evaluating other programs. Thank you for your patience.
  31. 16 points
    When I announced over the staff radio race bar has come through pit in holding their rod out the window it was not understood by some as connecting
  32. 15 points
    I was the third driver on @ktm300's car. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the kind words and for making us feel welcome at the track. Everyone I spoke to was more than willing to help out, lend tools, help us find our way, etc. I really wish we could've been a little more prepared, but as ktm said, we literally didn't have the engine running til 2am Thursday, the day we were supposed to leave. Another driver and I didn't get to Kentucky for practice until 2am local, where we got another couple hours of sleep before putting all the brake hydraulics together and taking the car for its first shakedown. I really wish we had been able to drive the 7hr on Sunday, but the 8hr was still a ton of fun for my first track/wheel to wheel experience. You all have me hooked, can't wait to be back out.
  33. 15 points
    After talking to some teams at a recent event, I discovered there are quite a few people that don't know where a lot of the tracks we race at are located. Like, they did not know what state "Virginia International Raceway" was located in. So, to help them, I have made a clickable PDF map. don't click the image Above, because it is not interactive. You have to download the PDF. The first person that emails or messages me saying they can't do anything with the image gets 10 laps. 2019Map.pdf
  34. 15 points
    Seriously? Yeah I’m gonna be one of the first to sign up for a race, pay dues, get ready, request days off work, and sit by the phone to see if we get bumped? Whatever dude. Either allow it or don’t. Eff this noise about bumping teams after the fact that also help CC pay the bills. Gimme 100 laps as EC or make me stay within class and eat the points over 500. Fine. But I’m not gonna “eh wait and see”. You guys say this like you forget what goes into making a race weekend.
  35. 15 points
    In regards to the free accumulators, two of those people asking have cars that start at 200 flipping pts..... if you can't somehow use some of your 300 available points on coolers, that is on you. Maybe don't swap in a motor that puts you in a position like that, or maybe take off a couple pieces of aero to free up the points to add them on. It is all a choice, make the car last an endurance race, or go faster by pushing the car beyond what it was designed for. Not everything is equal, that is why not all cars start at the same value. It is up to the builder to choose their path and utilize the points they have with the associated value for added components. Our car didn't need an oil cooler, we needed a diff because a stock 1.6 diff could not hold up to the abuse we were putting it through and after blowing up 6 of them we were left with a choice. We did not petition for a free diff, we took the dang 25 pts and were happy to do it. Really, I would love to see points added back for all of the free and 2x stuff that is already out there. However, I have been told directly that will never happen, so please, quit making everything else free and causing us to have to increase our overall speed level by having to spend $$$$ to keep up.
  36. 15 points
    First, as I said above, I didn't see all of it. I can't report that & cost somebody a lap, or whatever the penalty is, if I can't tell control everything that happened. I couldn't tell them where he started the pass from, so if I call that in, I better be able to tell the whole story. I wasn't looking that way when those cars came out of T9. Second, I considered asking T9 if they saw it. I ultimately decided that he only dropped two off, never lost control, didn't touch the guardrail or another car, and no other car had to move to avoid him. After watching the video, I stand by my decision. It's gotta be remembered that most stations are manned alone. What is easy to arm chair QB on a youtube video isn't reality for us. Also, again, control wants to know everything we saw. I've done this for 11 seasons & every Champ race at VIR except two. I'm not bringing one of you guys in unless I know that I know what I know. And, I've watched youtube videos from many events & realized that what I reported, or other turns reported, wasn't the case when the video showed up. After 11 years of flagging races from VIR to Daytona to Charlotte, I'm still good with not calling it in.
  37. 15 points
    It is a co-marketing thing between Viagra and Hankook. Just working on the final press release: “If your hard-on tires or you’re hard on tires, we’ve got you covered!”
  38. 15 points
    This seems an appropriate time to mention that we are developing an in-car flagging system in cooperation with ChampCar. We race in the series too and see the same issues y'all see. The cleanest resolution is to have something reliable and clear-cut in the car that tells cars what flags are on track. This system will undergo extensive testing before release. Currently we are in the prototype stage. We expect and alpha variation in the Winter of 2018/2019. Beta testing in the second half of 2019. Production ready product in 2020. This is a tentative timeline. The product cycle is very long for this type of product because this product needs extensive testing and validation. We don't want windows blue screens, cell phone reboots or overtemps, or syncing issues. In short, ChampCar is taking this issue seriously and we hope to have an awesome product to help everyone in the foreseeable future. We'll make announcements over time and at the beta stage (planned in the 2nd half of 2019), we'll be taking on beta testers who wish to participate.
  39. 15 points
    Man...what an experience, not the one we were looking for but we looked adversity in the face and kick it in the junk like a bunch of bad mother...you know what I'm talking about. Our trip started on loadout day when the running lights on the trailer decided not to work. Attempted to troubleshoot but no joy. Still, we got the trailer loaded up Wednesday night so we could leave out earlier than we planned Thursday so we could spend the night in ATL. Got up Thursday and headed for VIR. Arrived around 3:30pm, met up with the renters and got our game plan together. Got the trailer unloaded, and it was then when I realized our garage number was 13...and one of our pit lane rooms was number 13....but we press on. Grab a bite at the Oak Tree Tavern and head back down to the paddock which was jamming. Props to Racebar guys, you put on a hell of a show. I dont know who the RV with the sound system was in the back of the paddock but you guys were jammin out as well. Great atmosphere for sure. Most of us went to bed early while visions of top 15 danced in our heads.... Wake up at 6am and get started moving into pits and getting the car ready for practice. Had plans to get our 3 renters in the car so they could feel it out. We spent the time between daytona and now rebuilding the motor and diff. We also had to change both front brakes a few days before the race as they were pretty much locked up. So we sent our crew chef/head honcho Jack out to test the car. He comes in complaining of a womp womp womp noise and thinks its driveline related. I don't find anything making noise but I did burn the crap out of my arm. I also find a very large oil leak off the front of the motor. We change the vanos line and send out the next renter. Black flag after 3 laps and renter comes back in. Oil still leaking, cam position seal is just not there. We also put a new seal on the PCV off the valve cover. Both of those seem to fix our oil leak issue. Everything else seems to be great. Our ringer renter says the car feels great and feels much faster than his previous stints in the car (Previous motor had ZERO compression on cylinder 3). Practice ends and we head to the drivers meeting ready to start our race. I felt really good about finding the leaks and getting them under control before the race. Mike picks pretty close to the worst number for pole and we are starting 88th. Cant win them all I guess. We get our ringer renter in the car and send him out to start. Green drops and he starts making up spot after spot. Throws down a 2:22 and we are pumped. Top 15 for sure!! We get comfy in our chairs and start thinking about strategy and how we can keep this going. At lap 8 we've moved up to 32nd and we are still climbing. After 10 laps of racing we get the call you never want to get..."motor is down on power and making a terrible noise". He brings it into the pits and we pop the hood, no new vents are in the block, everything looks as it should. Oil seems a bit thin...real thin actually. Tell him to start it and drive it back to the garage...it wont start and it sounds like marbles being shaken in a can. We got it pushed back to the garage and start pulling the valve cover off. Everything looks good that we can see. Drain the oil....has a little bit of magic dust in it and the smallest layer of water on top. Seems the headgasket failed and let some water into the oil and we had a main or rod bearing failure. We start pulling plugs and we find out that one of the valve cover washers has fallen right on top of one of the spark plugs and its the perfect fit to keep you from getting the plug out. Takes us an hour to finally get it out and it was about at that time we were just about to call it quits and drink every beer we had. One of our renters, who is from Charlotte, mentions off hand he has a m50 at his house on a stand. We were told the motor had 230,000 miles on it, the original head gasket, but it ran when it was pulled. I see that crazy look in Jack's eye and I know whats about to happen. We send one owner and two renters to retrieve the motor/stand/and hoist while jack, myself and one renter stay back to get the car ready for the transplant. Just the drive is a 3 hour round trip and they also have to stop for other items we need such as oil and a pilot bearing puller. its probably close to 2:30-3pm when we get started pulling the front end off the car. We have the old motor ready to come out in less than an hour. We start prepping everything else for the transfer. They show up with the motor at 8:30pm and we get it unloaded and start pulling the bad motor out. Get everything swapped over and have the new motor in and ready to start at 11:45pm. Fires up the first crank and that glimmer of hope is back. We were garaged with the Chandler school teams and they were great. Those kids were asking great questions and telling even better stories. I had to apologize a few times for our terrible language but they were very understanding and I think they cheered louder than we did when the motor started. We send the renters upstairs to get ready and we button up the rest of the motor and get it ready to rock. We ended up back on track at 12:28am in 96th place and we kept our fingers crossed. We start ticking off laps and the motor runs like a top. Burns a little oil but hell, its running. We make it through the night with no major issues. One of our renters was so tired he forgot what fog looked like and kept calling in talking about dust in certain parts of the track. One renter ended up getting a little too hot and had to cut his stint short. Our third renter did great and was nice enough to let us know every time he passed the cobalt in his stint. Our pit stops were pretty relaxed and we just took our time. Tried to stay out of the way of the really fast guys and not mess up anyone's race. I got in the car sometime around 7:45am and I was really tired. The first few laps I felt kinda of lost but I pulled it together and had a great time. Hated to see the SRI car take that hard hit at south bend. That felt like the longest yellow ever. @Rapido Had a great time playing lead/follow with the hugh jass miata until his brakes gave up a bit. @Snake @MoparBoyy@Snorman Also had a good time playing with the Inactive car as well later in my stint. Saw a lot of good driving, saw some bad stuff but its to be expected after 22 hours of racing. I had a few clean laps and put down a respectable time. I was 4 seconds faster than last year so I felt really good about that. We put our last owner in and told him to take us to the finish. At the end, we had clawed back up to 70th place and it felt great. We put in a ton of work and got everyone seat time. That post race beer never tasted better. All it all, it was a great trip and a great event. We still have yet to fully complete a 24 so congrats to those who have, it is most def very hard to do. We had a great team of renters who rocked out and rolled with the punches. Im really glad we decided to keep the rooms til Monday, no way we could of loaded up and driven back. We ate lunch/dinner and crashed out before I woke up and drank some beers and talked poop with @pintodave while we got to see all the sweet IMSA cars rolling in. @Huggy I'll bring more beer next time or you can just come down to Barber and we'll swap some more. Thanks for a great event guys! See ya at Barber!! TLDR: Motor exploded, We Replaced it, We Rock
  40. 15 points
    The other series are all looking into it. I can say that as an organization (got this direct from Mike) we have issued lifetime bans to the team and it's principals with Champcar, in addition to revoking their memberships. We cannot afford to risk this type of behavior at any of our partner tracks. They may be a problem, but they will not be OUR problem again.
  41. 14 points
    I went to Race Hero directly and asked them if we could run 2 events simultaneously at the same track, using the same T&S loop. Here is the answer: Yes. Create two events in Orbits, set them up how you like with each race having (the EC or ChampCar) cars muted. Then backup and restore into your second Orbits. Have two copies of the RaceHero Relay, one connected to each, and broadcast accordingly. On RaceHero you’ll see two events, each broadcasting only the race you care about. BAM! Done.
  42. 14 points
    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
  43. 14 points
    It causes speed creep, as it opens up points for cars that are paying points for coolers. Speed creep = $$ creep. You have to understand that your $4,500 engine costs more than some of the cars on track. You are at the extreme end of the spending spectrum. What makes sense for you may not be in the best interest of the majority of the members.
  44. 14 points
    So here we go with the free Accusumps and oil coolers again. There are very few teams who are starting off with 500 point cars, which means a great many people who COULD run coolers but CHOOSE to spend the points elsewhere. And at least one of the 500 point cars has demonstrated (multiple teams at multiple tracks) that it can win races WITHOUT an oil cooler. So this is people who want free stuff because they've maxed out the points of their 200-300 point car, are now sitting at 500, and want free stuff so they don't have to slow down to get it.
  45. 14 points
    Wasn't it your choice not to run a transmission cooler? I know you had more than enough points available. You could have saved yourself $6000 and some lost revenue by choosing reliability over speed but you apparently chose the opposite. I think that one's completely on you.
  46. 14 points
    IMO, selling of spots to a race with a waitlist shouldn't be allowed.
  47. 14 points
    *sees Ron_e replied to something* *bets internally it has to do with the TBird* *continues to not be surprised*
  48. 14 points
    I want to thank Sub Par racing for helping us out with the part we needed to repair our clutch arm connection. I also need to thank REI Racing for lending us their welder , allowing us to fabricate a shifter to repair ours that snapped off . We used a shock absorber bolt welded to a 17/19mm MAC Tools box end wrench. It works Great! Our race would have been over without the help of our fellow racers.
  49. 14 points
    Thank Andrea and Paulie next time you see them. Andrea did all the legwork, and Paulie made awesome videos and produces the kick-ass show that helped Indy decide to let us play in their playground.
  50. 14 points
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