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  1. Crap, had started typing quite a bit and now its zapped, lost *mumbles something about hating computers* Deep breath, Im here, will get to a little race recapping, provide some answers, and forward facing videos soon, but most importantly: ChampCar staff, volunteers, and Club members: A big Thank You from Team Infiniti! Mike, Luis and I are blown away, still recovering and processing everything that has happened over the last weekend. This win is dedicated to Jake.
    28 points
  2. 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.
    27 points
  3. This is not an official response from ChampCar, but I wanted to get it up and out there as I typed up my thoughts from this past weekend and impound.
    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 take back what happened on Saturday at impound. I am sorry for how Rob was treated by the ChampCar staff and I know Mike has talked with Rob. As a BOD I want to make sure rules are being applied correctly and to all teams the same way. We need more items in the BCCR from the Tech Desk and from these tech rulings at races. That is why the Tech Desk was setup. The only thing this will make happen is for the rule book getting longer, but teams should be able to build more to the BCCR and not to Tech Desk rulings. Bill Riley said he is working with ChampCar to make it right and to make sure everything is 100% correct on his car, that is why I suggested the re-tech at Road America with a TAC member present. Again there is no problem with Bill's build, it is how the points are applied. I think if the GBU started with laps and had an epic chase down that would be the spirit of ChampCar. We are not perfect, we are all human and we are doing what we can to help bring parity where we can. As always if you have any questions then feel free to reach out to me. This is all the information I know at this time and what we are currently working on.
    25 points
  5. Cells were measured yesterday, by the dimensions that were found they were questioned, told they had blocks inside. Took that as valid yesterday, today two teams videotaped them putting in fuel and took pics of the cans before they went into the car. Yes, three protests were filed, 2 for 108 and 1 for 107, the team explained that both cars were identically built, so they only did the pump out/capacity check on the 108. After removing all fuel from the cell, the team provided 3 fuel cans with 4 gallons, stating that was all they had left. Champ staff too the other empty cans and filled them with fuel from the track and then continued to add it to the cell. At one point, when the 18ish gallons went in it was decided to pull off the filler neck from the fuel cell and actually inspect the level in the tank. They were able to add up to 20.5 gallons total before it reached the top. So over the +2 capacity. There were three board members attending the race and a lengthy discussion was had, as to be assumed lots of colorful language was hurled, but a decision was made. Regardless of how and who this happened to, I really appreciate that staff listened to membership and checked this out. There were things on the first day with both cars that were issues, discussed and removed before the start of today as well. Outside of the 1.5hr impounds, this was a great event like always. Everyone on track was courteous(mostly), a lot of point byes were given, and everyone seemed to have a smile on their face. It was really nice to get back out and race with everyone, and we could not have asked for nicer weather!
    24 points
  6. The Cobra is not dead. It was pulled apart this morning. No unibody or subframe damage. It appears to be cosmetic with a bent knuckle (which is easily fixed).
    24 points
  7. Just got home. What a way to cap off the weekend! Race recap tomorrow
    24 points
  8. Call me a prick but I just sent a note to the Board outlining that I haven't seen anything indicating a permanent change in behavior that would lead me to want to see them back in the series again. It's still a team of renters with more money than brains, and run by a guy who was culprit number one. I'm just one Board member but I'm still saying no to MCM. Our series is better off without him and the attitude that has led to at least a half dozen other cars being damaged, some beyond repair. We are lucky someone wasn't seriously injured (so far). I never have a problem being outspoken and I probably am again in this case just like the dumb fender flare rule and other times when I've stood alone. If Dana lets them back in, I hope he knows what he is doing and MCM has given some compelling arguments for real change. I don't care about his apprenticeship program, money for documentaries or anything else if they go out and wad up other team's cars.
    23 points
  9. I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend in the timing tower, which put me in the position to see the flagtronics devices in "full scale" action. Since I have been a vocal opponent to Champcar mandating teams purchase these boxes in the past, I feel its important I relay my experience this weekend. I still have concerns, but I also was able to see the benefits first hand, and learned about the boxes capabilities. This isn't going to be a full scale endorsement of the boxes, but in one weekend, I went from 100% opposed "I dont want it in my car, I dont want to spend the money!" to about 90% convinced "Take my money please". I reached out to James yesterday and got the OK to discuss anything that happened this weekend, but he hasn't read this before it was posted. This is my opinion as a Champcar racer and as a BOD member, and what I think is the best direction forward for the series. 1. Flagging This is the part of the device I am still not 100% sold on, but I will address it first because its in the name and has been the primary marketing lever. Things that worked well, and are an improvement/benefit over the current system. A. Black Flags: Champcar was able to call cars in with in-car black flag delivery instead of manual display of the flag/number board at the Start/Finish. This worked great in a few specific cases, in fact it almost worked too great once. Example 1: Car was smoking badly, which was called in as the car was about midway around the track. Instead of having to circulate back to the S/F, receive the flag, and make another entire lap (so 1.5 laps since smoking was called in), the car was immediately delivered the flag via the flagtronics unit, and it came in that lap (so only .5 laps since smoking). In this case, the car was able to be repaired and sent back out. Did the unit save the car from running out of oil, or save Champcar from having to clean up a mess on the track? Maybe, or maybe not, but the potential is there. Example 2: Car was to be called in for leaking fuel. Flag was delivered as the car exited the last turn via flagtronics. Driver immediately saw it and dove onto pit road, probably about 50 feet to late. In this case, it kept the car from leaking fuel for the next lap. Lesson to the Champcar team to be cognizant of when the flag is delivered via flagtronics, so as to not create a dangerous dive onto pit road. Thankfully in this case there was no incident and the car was able to return to track safely after visiting its pit box. B. Track Safety/EMS The flagtronics team was sitting adjacent to VIR's flagger "control" and VIR's EMS/Wrecker dispatch personnel. There were multiple times when I saw them turning to the flagtronics display, which showed all cars on a GPS map view, to see exactly where a car was stopped on track. Example 1: In the first hour of the race, a car lost its brakes and as a result went off track. WAY off track, all the way down to north course, and outside of the view of the closest flagger on south-course's radio. Fortunately, VIR's north-flagger channel was able to jump in and help dispatch the wrecker crew. At the same time, the flagtronics team got its first opportunity to show its locating ability directly to VIR;s safety team, who were all visibly impressed, and were able to give radio calls on the south radio network indicating the car's position. Example 2: At night, it becomes difficult for the flaggers to identify cars and to reliably identify their location in relation to the track surface in specific situations (like stopped halfway between two flag stations and over a small rise). This happened multiple times in the dark, and "control" immediately turned around in the tower and looked at the map to accurately make decisions about needing to go FCY or P35 and which wrecker team to dispatch. C. Purple 35 Flagtronics knows how fast you are going. It currently does not tell the driver the recorded speed (instead it only shows a purple screen with an inset 35 to indicate the current flag condition), but it has the capability to do so. With this, Champcar can bring P35 to almost every track it visits, in addition to enforcing it being actually P35. This will more accurately mimic the pro-level "virtual safety car" practice, and with every car going the same speed remove the random affects of slow or fast packs during P35 to reduce impact on track position on the leaders. P35 is a benefit to everyone in my experience, because if the track safety team is willing to work under it, it results in a quicker return to green flag by 1-2 pace car speed laps. Some tracks will likely not be willing to work under it (WGI for example), but it will help at any track that will, and we can use it even if the track doesn't have P35 flags. In addition, it allowed us to use P35 at night. At VIR, once it gets dark, its impossible to see the purple flags, so every FCY becomes a double-yellow situation or a pace car situation, or a compromise based on the portable light boxes that Champcar used to use. Flagtronics lets us use P35 at night, since every car will have a local indicator of P35 even if the flag station is hard to see. Things that are still a work in progress, or need improvement D. Pit Stop Timers: This isn't really an improvement that the flagtronics team needs to make to the device. This is a communication issue between everyone. Once the standard is known, I believe this is a non issue. The flagtronics device has a GPS "gate" at pit in, and starts a timer as the car enters pit road. Currently, everyone knows we use the small magnetic kitchen timers that a Champcar employee or volunteer sets to 5:00 and hits start. They then count down to zero and start beeping (if the beeper still works, lol). The flagtronics box instead starts at 0:00 and counts up. This way, when it exceeds 5:00, the team will know how much extra pit time they took and have a metric to work on for improvement. This caused some confusion for drivers and for the Champcar pit-out workers at the first round of stops, even with us still using the kitchen timers. Once pit out radioed up to the tower and got the correct information, it became a non issue. It just needs to be noted so everyone using the device knows how it works and can use that information appropriately. Since its different from the current standard, it will take some mental re-configuring to get used to. I believe it to be a superior method, so I look forward to using it. E. Rules Alignment, Driver Perception - Full System Shift On the basic flagging side of things (display full course yellows, display green flag under normal condition), there are some very specific timing and perception issues that need to be considered. I want to be clear that in the race last weekend, the flagtronics device was only being used for full course situations (Green, Yellow, (thankfully never red), Purple), and for single-car black flags. No local-yellow displays were sent. I do not know the answer to all of this, so I can't make specific criticisms and suggest solutions, but these are what I am thinking about in this point: Example 1: Flagtronics displays green, but flagger in turn 1 is waving local yellow due to an incident that just occurred. Example 2: Flagtronics has JUST switched to green after a P35, but the flagger in turn 5 is showing yellow and purple flags still. These situations, and i'm sure many more, need to be considered. Both of the above definitely happened this past weekend. Before the existence of flagtronics, a driver had one system of reference to rely on - the person holding the flag. If the next flag was not yet visible, the driver assumed whatever condition presented by the previous flagger was in effect until the next flag became visible. Tracks attempted to minimize this portion of "assumed condition" by placing enough flaggers in the correct locations to avoid dead zones. Now, we have a potential 2nd system of record, which makes conflicts possible. What does a driver do when his two systems of reference disagree? Part of this issue is a result of system acceptance or saturation issues. Lets pretend that every car has a flagtronics device, and we are 100% confident that the device is installed correctly and will be reliable for the entire race. Theoretically, we could pay the flaggers to stand and monitor the race, and instead of pulling out a flag at a sign of incident, they could be supplied with a flagtronics controller which would dispatch the correct signal to approaching cars. This would eliminate the two systems of reference by eliminating the flag entirely (or replacing it with a local display board at each station which is also controlled by the flagtronics controller). At some point, I hope we can get there, but until then we need to write the rules so every driver knows how to react when differing commands are received. F. Local Conditions - Yellow, Debris, Pass Flags, etc These were not attempted during this past race, but we did discuss them. Part of the debate is determining "zones" around the track (think sectors like in iracing, but more of them - with each "zone" being the responsibility of a flagger. VIR Full for example has 18 flaggers, plus S/F, so could potentially have 19 or 20 zones). This also plays into the previous point of "alignment" and driver expectation. Example 1. Car is stopped on track just past station 1, in direct view of station 2. I attached an image (see bottom of post) trying to indicate the situation, with some hypothetical zones generated. In my example, SF would be standing yellow, Station 1 would be waving yellow, Station 2 is unoccupied, and station 3 is no flag Currently, there is the perception that if you are past the incident, and see the next station is green, you can go back to racing. With flagtronics, its much more complicated to make that work out on the display. It might be possible using the broken car's location, etc, etc, but thats not realistic to expect at launch. What we would have to do is change that perception to say, you cant go back racing until the flagtronics says you can, which might be 20-50 yards down the track once you get into station 3's zone. I know you can see station 3 from the location of the example stopped car, but you cant go again until the box says you can. Enforcement of that gets even trickier, since the flaggers don't necessarily have a visual indicator of where the zones change or where the lights on the dash change in each car. 2. Scoring The big deal, that Is less visible to teams/drivers but needs to be considered. This hasn't really be publicly discussed from what I recall, but I got the OK to discuss it here, so I'm going to try and explain it as I understand it. We all know how AMB (the transponder people) aren't really friendly to us racers. For years we have been holding onto no longer produced transponders to avoid buying the X2 units which were A: unreliable and B: required a subscription, without providing any additional benefit. Now they have finally released a battery transponder with no subscription, but there is still no solution for wired. Well AMB on the series/track side is just as bad, if not worse. AMB is discontinuing support for Orbits 4, which is the software most tracks/series use to score races. Its not been for sale for some time, and on July 30 2020 it was slated for end of support/service. That got an extension due to covid, but its still coming. What that means, is that if any of the Orbits 4 installs owned by Champcar fail, they cannot be recovered. If the hard drive dies, the laptop is lost or stolen, etc. - no replacement, since AMB will not authorize a new install. Potentially, AMB has the power to brick all Orbits 4 installs remotely, since the computer has to be placed online to upload the scoring to mylaps and race hero/race monitor. Nothing indicates they will do this, but its possible. The intent is to push everyone onto Orbits 5, which you guessed it - has a subscription fee. Well it actually gets worse, because Orbits 5 is "exclusively for X2 devices", meaning it won't work with the current decoder's Champcar owns. *I think it still works with older transponders - I sure hope so for all of us* Decoders are the boxes Champcar takes to each track and plugs into the timing loops, which receive the pings from each car and supply it to the timing computer. Champcar has multiple of these (Each race director has a set - A primary and a Backup, and sometimes a pit-loop one as well). Replacing these would require purchasing an "X2" server, plus 3 X2 Decoders (Primary, Pit, Backup), for each race director (or at a minimum, one set and risking shipping it around the country as needed, which would prevent us from hosting concurrent races as has happened in the past). So switching to Orbits 5 is an expensive situation. In order to replace the current equipment Champcar owns (and is in serviceable condition, but would be unlikely to be resold since everyone has this same problem), the price tag would be steep. Prices and subscription fees for organizations aren't published from what I can see, so I can't quote a price directly, but from what I understand its significant enough that our organization wouldn't be able to absorb the cost without considerable adjustment. Well, hopefully, Flagtronics will be able to help us (the racing community) solve that. The capability to do the timing/scoring of the race via the flagtronics devices is already in the hardware. The software side is what needs to be developed, but the Flagtronics team is working on it as I understand. The software is already there to track the cars in real time via a GPS overview. It looks just like the track map you see on the TV broadcast for nascar or imsa races, with the cars being placed on a track line map with a bubble showing the car number moving around in real time. I discussed that above when indicating its usefulness to the track safety teams. The reliability of the worlds GPS network is at an all time high, and the accuracy is down to the sub-meter level as it stands. I was a bit lost on the technical side as this was being explained, but there is some coming tech that will allow that to be improved to the centimeter level, to the point where flagtronics placement on the car will be visible on the scoring system. Thats well beyond what is required to make an effective timing/scoring system, as what we have now is placement agnostic (some teams place in the rear, some in the front, etc) From actually working the timing system, this is an exciting prospect, as it has the opportunity to help with a couple of the common issues. Example 1: Pit loop - when a team's pit stall is on or near the pit loop, and the team is stopped for their pit stop, its common for the car to score multiple laps even though it isn't moving. The orbits software allows you to set a "minimum lap time" and will flag anything below that, but these short laps still need to be manually removed. This happened to 3-4 cars this weekend who were pitted near the loop. One was the eventual race winner, and that team was sharp enough to notice the laps before we were able to get them removed, and came to ask about them. With GPS technology, these "fake" crossings can be automatically eliminated by requiring a system of "gates" the car must past through to score a full lap (like mario cart), or some error checking based on average speed, or a few other ways to eliminate phantom laps without manual intervention. Example 2: Paddock Loop - at some tracks, there are multiple paddock-pit entry pathways. When a team makes pass down the pit lane, they will score a pit loop crossing. If they then stop and re-enter the paddock near pit out, do some work on the car, and return to the pit near pit-in, as they pass down the pit lane again they will score another pit loop crossing. These are usually long laps - so orbits will not automatically flag them, and the timing person must notice them and manually remove them. Same as above, there are ways that GPS technology can be used to score these properly with automation. Example 3: Pit Loop - Some tracks don't have a pit loop. This means that your lap with the pit will not be scored. If everyone takes the same number of pit stops, it works out exactly the same. If teams need to stop more often for fuel or due to issues, the missed crossings can affect the outcome of the race. This is a track limitation - not something champcar can necessarily change - but switching to GPS based timing would eliminate this issue. The pit loop could be defined via software and no hardware needs to be buried in the ground. To be clear, this portion of the functionality is still in its infancy. It wasn't tested at VIR, and it still needs development, testing, reliability verification, validation etc before its ready for prime time. However, the potential is exciting, and I hope my explanation is understandable enough to convey how important it could end up being for the entire racing community. The downside is that the technology needs community acceptance and market saturation to be viable. It needs a foothold in the market to show everyone the capability. Everyone has a transponder, so its easy to score races with them. If everyone doesn't have a Flagtronics, we can't score races with them (or even test-score races to compare against the current method).
    23 points
  10. 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 FR splitter...), finally got a decent 3.9 diff out of an auto car in there and freshened up an engine with new rings, bearings, seals, valve guides/seals - basically brought it back up to factory fresh and got rid of the flatness we had with the ol' tired motor. After a few teething issues at Nelsons (fuel pump pickup sock fell off and we could only get about 14 gal fuel out of the car and apparently I forgot how to torque things) I was really looking forward to getting the car all fixed up and back to the track where we tend to do well - could we continue the streak of podium finishes? Only time would tell.... It was also awesome to get majority of the original team back together - one of the drivers even got a few improvements himself since last time he raced with a new hip! Saturday run-down. The plan was for me to drive first, and with the fuel pick-up issue fixed, go run and see how close to 2 hours we could go now that I expected to be able to get 17+ gal out of the tank. For once, we got lucky with the number draw and started up in the top 10. Field spread out quick, I had pretty much completely clear track for a few laps early on and snagged fastest lap for the team on lap 4; unexpected for sure. Moving through traffic and snagging a few spots before the really fast guys caught us, we ran as high as 3rd before losing a few spots to the speedsters prior to the first fuel stop. Which happened way early. Granted I did pretty much zero fuel savings as I wanted to keep pace with the leaders to keep us in contention and was predicting 2 hours was achievable. But I got a hesitation, next lap a big stumble. First pit at about 1:45. The guys put a bit over 17 gallons in, so we confirmed that the fuel pick-up issues were resolved! Unfortunately all of the extra RPMs from diff swap and extra full throttle from the extra aero grip and the pushing hard for majority of the stint meant that fuel use was rather high (some checks to be done to see if there is anything else creating extra fuel usage). I figured we were done at that point since we had to make that extra fuel stop. Switched gears a bit and we did what we could to take advantage of as many FCY as possible with the hope that we could possibly make the top 5. The other guys ran great with consistent laps and mostly trouble free running. We snagged 2 FCY, so was able to limit the extra stop deficit by a few laps - just not enough to make a difference. Attrition/issues from others is the only reason why we made it up as far as we did. Still incredibly happy to make it to impound and salvage an amazing 3rd place with that extra stop. Brake change, nut/bolt check and swapping tires around to even out the wear was all we had to do over night. That was a welcomed blessing! Sunday, with the 3hr/4hr format, I figured even with the reduced stint length that we had a chance to compete for a podium again. We reversed the driver order and set out from the back of the pack. Once again pitting around the 1:45 mark for fuel due to running out on track. 17+ gallons back in and sent the bionic man out for the short 2nd stint. The red flag for the mini doing its dukes of hazard impression gave us some extra fuel to play with for afternoon, and we were able to use that to a bit of an advantage. Looking at the tires before the restart, I was concerned that the right side wouldn't make the finish (left side on Saturday). With ability to stop under caution, we opted to swap out all 4 Direzza Z3s for a set of fresh RE71Rs (these tires are awesome, while they wear way faster than I want to deal with the extra ~2 sec per lap was spectacular!). Pitting from 4th, the extra 1.5 min or so to change the tires put us back on track in 9th. Pretty much a full lap down from 8th-->4th. A bit of attrition and a whole lot of Evan Horner driving really fast (lots of 47s in the mix, also ran our teams fastest lap of weekend with a 1:46.0 something right before pitting) meant that we got to see him pass a LOT of cars. and a few key cars a couple of times. We were on a different pit strategy/timing as everyone else, and plan was to keep him out until he ran low or we got another FCY. Out of fuel it was, right at about the 1:45 mark... Evan made it all the way up to 3rd right before the pit. We knew that was short lived as we were off-cycle for pit stops. I jumped in knowing there was a chance. Especially with the super fast and much fresher rubber on the car. Headed back on track in 7th, with TR motorsports and Dirte-30 about a minute up on us, and 9-4 motorsports another 30 seconds up from them. Pretty early in my stint, I saw 2-brothers Merc moving slow, was hoping it was just fuel and they would be back out, but it also gave us a legit shot at the podium. It was an epic push to work to get the positions back that we dropped in the pits. I continued what Evan was doing and threw down a nice consistent fast stint. average lap time was 1:48.5, with me running low 47s when not battling with traffic and just sneaking into the 46s. There was a convergence of teams with ~30 minutes to go. I had visibility of TR, dirte-30, 9-4 and (a lap up) Shut up all within proximity from a few spots on the track. I knew the race was on and the opportunity to make the podium was there. Gyuvelys was in the mix with that crowd as well, which definitely made things much more interesting - Video of the action below! Speed and power vs. handling and RE71R grip all while trying to catch that podium spot!! That convergence made for some exciting racing. Catching the Champers and the EC car while EC was catching 3rd-6th as well. My focus was on getting 6th-3rd and seeing if I could un-lap myself and close the gap to 2nd as well. The excellent grip absolutely helped with swinging past TR, Dirte-30 and 9-4. And I was taking chunks of time out of Shut up, but we just didn't have the time. As a way to close the weekend, I am incredibly pleased that the team performed as they had. Incredibly happy with the double 3rd weekend. Thank you to the ChampCar staff for putting on another great event. And thanks to the safety crew and corner workers for keeping us all as safe as we could be, and making sure we all stayed safe when teams found ways to escape the safe zones. As a full disclosure for those teams/members that seem to really want to know (why some 'must' know who protested in beyond me....), yes that was me that protested Gyuvelys on Saturday. Video below highlights WHY I protested. Knowing that I have a stock engine that is near max power within how I interpret the rules (likely I can get a few more hp and improved economy with going from a turner chip to a stand-alone, and a bit more if I bored the engine and/or shaved the head), seeing a car that has the same claimed engine pull that many car lengths after being sideways through a corner raises some eyebrows. We discussed within the team (yes, 2 TAC members on my team this weekend), discussed with a few other teams, and concluded the most likely way to be making that much more power was a stroked engine (possibly and/or cams). I discussed ahead of time with ChampCar staff. Considering the pull out of corners (once they got car straight), it seemed torque increase was were most of the speed came from. Hence stroke. 2.8 bottom end is a common swap. as is putting S50/M54 rotating assembly into a M50 block. Both of these increase stroke. We did our research to confirm what the stroke numbers should be for M50B25 and what they could be for B28 or the S50/M54 crank. This was provided to tech along with an official protest form. I want to thank Tech for conducting the check. I think it is important that the action was done, hopefully it helps all teams to realize that the best thing for this series is to know your car ("I bought it this way" is not a valid argument), bring legal cars to race and the protest process works. This is OUR series, and as members we ALL have the right, ability and responsibility to keep ourselves and our fellow competitors in check. Whether it is talking to them to get the story and helping them get the right parts on the car, or in cases like this filing a protest. Have some questions about another team? Do your research, talk to them, talk to tech, email TAC, petition if you have reasonable suspicion that a team has an illegal part or not accounting for points correctly. While I do not enjoy 'winning' on a technicality with a protest, I really dislike losing to a team that is gaining an advantage by operating outside of the rule set and do not think it is fair to all my fellow competitors to allow a team to run with expected infractions. I filed this protest for ChampCar membership.
    22 points
  11. 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
  12. MCM will not be at WGI. The Board will entertain a path back for any team including MCM, but he will need to sell the Board on real change. My personal stance is forget it, don't care if they ever come back and I made that clear. But maybe he can sway enough of the Board to get another chance later on. It would involve a probationary period, be at a track that is NOT Daytona, WGI, Indy, etc. It might involve a bond. But the short answer he won't be at WGI, nor will his cars. Two on the waitlist will get those spots.
    20 points
  13. 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. Both cars fully prepped, 146 solidly tested on 3 weekends. 8 new RS-4's. Had some solid fun Friday drinking beers with everyone. HJ came by with some prize-winning beer for Dangers Out's winning the iRacing Covid-Cup. Pretty laid back and enjoyable day, plus the good luck mexican fiesta dinner before a good nights sleep. Took both cars out to bed in the brakes and as a final check first thing Saturday. No issues, just some small adjustments to the aero and tire pressures. Race started with us pretty far back, but its a long race and you certainly don't win it in the first stint (but lots of people lost it). A couple of incidents, but thankfully nothing major. Stint 1 246: Contact with RSX. Quick Pit to check it over. Knocked the front pretty good, crooked wheel and doesn't turn left well anymore. Our fault, driver discussed with other team. Sorry. Stint 5 246: Contact with S14. No damage to car, no stop needed. I was driving. No discussion with other team, sorry about that. Stint 11 246: Camera brakes off the go pro mount. Quick drive through pit to save my YI from knocking around on the lanyard for 2 hours. Stint 2 146: Throttle cable lock nut comes off. Throttle stops responding, car down on power per driver. Drive through to check, nothing observed. Engine sounds good on blipping throttle body. Send him back out under FCY and he can't even keep up. Make it back to the paddock and figure it out. Total time delay 10 minutes (4 laps). Some Locktite cost 146 the "W" against her sister. Impound: Both front brake rotors cracked completely through the outside disk... Time to take this back to the drawing board and make an upgrade. The cherry on top was being able to cross the checkers 1-2 with my dad. I feel pretty special being able to check that one off the list! Laps of Honor mustang and Danger Racing Team e36, I'm pretty annoyed you decided to go three wide on us at the checkers. The e36 got pointed by the ENTIRE back straight and denied the pass. Why change your mind at the SF? The mustang came up at a massive closing speed to the checkers. Did you not know it was the LAST lap? WTF. No need for such a risky move with the race basically over. Sorry to see Damson, Castrol, and the S2K out early. We had a good race going, with the Lexus, Honda, and 246 passing the lead around for a few hours there.
    20 points
  14. 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
  15. Found a pic of the displacement balls they are running...
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  16. We actually will be addressing a couple of technical issues. This is why we release the rules before they become effective. The wisdom of the masses has us reconsidering a few things. We appreciate the feedback.
    19 points
  17. 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 shipping and from parts stores in Indianapolis to pick up on Friday. Turns out there are no Koni front shocks in the country right now, Porterfield don't carry ST43s or even R4E and Hawk don't make them for the 280zx so we had just the one new set of R4Es and 2 new tires + four tires that had done 18 hours already. What could possibly go wrong? Saturday everything went wrong, the car just would not run on 4 cylinders, we tried multiple sensor swaps as the codes being thrown were not conclusive, tried a different ECU, different tunes, new battery etc. I must have been on track 10 or more times checking each failed fix and while trying to avoid the cars actually racing got collected by a BMW that bent the right front strut and destroyed a rim and tire, I'm pretty sure that pass could have waited until the straight. I was ready to load up and go home but decided if nothing else I should use the time to diagnose and fix the misfire so it's right for the next event. It took a while to repair the damage as the spare strut was stock and needed the perch cut off and a new one welded on for the coilover and motivation was not high but we got it done. After the track went cold we found a broken connection in one of the coils, a simple solder job and it was fixed! I assume I kinked the connector when I pulled the engine the previous weekend to swap the transmission. My biggest Saturday disappointment was that we had invited Pro Driver/Driver Coach Ryan Lewis as a guest driver and he didn't get to turn a lap in the Datsun, our good friends at Frankenstein Motorworks managed to get Ryan some track time in the MR2 Spider and he set their fastest and the fastest EC lap of the weekend. Ryan could not come back Sunday but he had a good time and we will work out another race that works for him sometime in the future. Sunday was better, we were about midpack in B class on lap times but realized that not many teams could run 2 hours, the 280zx has a 21 gallon tank and the Ecotec burns around 6.5 gallons per hour so we were well and truly good for 2 hour stints all we needed to do was run clean all day and wait for the pit cycles to fall our way. Unfortunately the track and car set up took its toll on the front tires and the stock brake rotors warped badly so the last 4 hours were sketchy to say the least. Our last driver was struggling to maintain the pace that we needed and MLC Racing in the chasing Honda Accord smelt blood in the water, they really turned up the pace closing around 10 seconds a lap and were on schedule to pass us for the lead with about 5 laps to go but the way the last caution fell they were in the lead pack and we were in front of the pace car so could pull back almost a minute. They came back hard and finished 16 seconds behind us. I get that ChampCar doesn't really take class victories seriously but it was a satisfying win for us given the lead up to the race and the way Saturday went and 14th out of 49 cars is not a bad result for a 377 point car running a 120k mile junkyard engine. Congrats to Crank Yankers Racing patiently driven when needed and aggressive when able!
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  18. 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"
    18 points
  19. 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
    18 points
  20. I'm a bit lost now. So now we will need to show current certifications for our seats, fuel cells, and racing suits? Is this all new? Did the window net rule change too? I have been mounting my window nets in the same place for 10 years, and now that location is out of compliance? When do suits expire? I have never even looked at the date on my suit. Same with my seat, I had a Kirkey racing seat and then wanted to upgrade for safety and went with a full containment Kirkey racing seat. Apparently it has a date on it? I want to go racing without all the hassle, without a huge rule book, and without obscene expenses. All of these new rules are adding hassles and expenses to the members.
    18 points
  21. 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?
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  22. 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 attachment points to the chassis from the cage. (And I'm sorry, a bolt-in cage is still a cage, not a strut tower brace) I told them about 4 bars coming through the firewall from the cage. I don't know enough about Corvetters to go to mechanicals of what's stock or not. Not a fan of vettes. So the tech offical walks over to GBU and looks at exactly what I said. He then walked back to me and said nothing. And now I'm hot. So I made the best of the situation and walked away. One of my drivers was shaking his head, and then one of the officials asked what's up. My driver said "you made the wrong decision." The official then replies with "I am only doing what I was told by higher ups." So after it is all done, nothing I can do. I start putting wheels on my car. One of the tech officials then comes to me and pulls me aside. "You ever heard the term, don't throw stones in a glass house?" I replied back to him, "what is glass about my car that I am throwing stones at?" He says "your fuel cell is illegal." "It is stock" i replied. He said my fill hose is not legal. I openly pointed out all the rules that make it legal and even called Dana Morrison about it after Daytona. And he agreed it met every aspect of the rules. The tech officials then replies with, "we will see about that. I write the rules and you are not gonna run that anymore." I said, "Fine. I have till January 1 to address it then. Get it written." And then I walked away. Needless to say, I am really trying to keep my cool with all this. I called Mike Chisek on Monday and talked with him awhile. To no avail. He basically said, what they teched was legal, and if GBU added to their car after, then that would be on them. I can promise you guys 1 thing. IF I show up to a race GBU is at, I'll have a stack of protest papers and atleast $1000.00 to drop and that car will be taken down to the last bolt and will be taken home in a box. We as competitors had that race stolen from us. And I want to publicly apologize to all competitors at Indy for the series not doing the right thing. They won't say it, but I will. I am a small business trying to make a name for myself with my car builds and support and I can't provide a good environment to my customers with this kind of shenanigans going on. We did not come to race for 2nd place. That is my side of the story.
    18 points
  23. 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 races with more cars at more tracks than any other searies in the world . I have had to many new and old members come up to me to tell me how wonderful ChampCar is, and appreciating just the opportunity to race with us, for this rule set we have to be totally wrong. I can say more but I will just end with this Leave Us Alone and Race ...
    18 points
  24. Well, I'll start if thats okay with the crowd! We had a fun weekend! Friday practice The car was pretty good! Able to lay down a 1:50 in the car right our of the box on a track i havent been to in 10 years. THey were only 20 minute sessions, or about 9 or 10 laps, so I was pretty happy with that time! We did encounter an issue where the car would just shut off. It was weird, because it would restart immediately, and then die like 3 to 10 seconds later. THe ECU didnt see anything wrong. Hmmm.... One of the team mates shows up at the track and within 5 seconds says... Its the coil. Im all like "all of them somehow"? WE tested spark. Sure enough the engine would run, and just totally lose spark. Replaced the coil pack assembly thingy and it ran fine the rest of the weekend. Saturday Raceday: Erik Hardy and I were both doing 2 stints each. Some moderate fuel conserve to go a full 2 hours. 1st stint and I had slightly adjusted the clutch pedal to allow easier heel and toe the night before. I checked that everything was functioning properly and it was....... Or so I thought. Every shift the clutch would slip and I would need to baby the throttle. Still managed a 1:49. Pit stop, I jump under the dash while erik was belted in and give the clutch push rod about 2 turns. Works great. Still got done within the 5 minute pit stop time. On Erik's last stint some interesting things happened. 1) He got involved in an incident with RVA. Im still not sure exactly what happened, but both cars got some body damage (entire front end of my car). I was told that the drivers had a conversation and neither were upset about it. Let me know if anybody has more details on this please. 2) Timing and scoring went down when we were 2 laps back from Nemisis. We were actually catching them, knew they were low on fuel, and HAD to make at least a driver change since they were gonna be over the 2 hour stint length. The timing of the T&S meltdown could NOT have been worse. We had numerous laps that were 5 minutes, 9 minutes, etc. So did they, but not the same time or same amount of time. Plus, they pitted and had 2 long laps due to that. We had NO idea whether we were just in front, or just behind them. In the end, it was decided that they won with us finishing about 1/2 lap back (which is kinda what I thought). The officials chatted with Grant and myself to explain what was going on and asked our input for how this should be resolved. Grant offered his data which included all of their laps. I also had my data, but decided that it wasnt worth T&S spending all of that time to figure it out. They had run a better race with a car that we couldnt touch by 4 seconds a lap! Congrats to Flatout Nemesis. That car is awesome! After the race, we did our regular maintenance and then headed over to Brewe Crew's paddock and hung out. Lots of great drinks, stories about Doc, and also introduced a lot of them to failure analysis. Had a great time and didnt actually stay up TOO late. Sunday Raceday: This day was used to put the guys and gals in the car who help us at the races and support us while wrenching on the car. Kip Mitchell, Bryan Baker, and my wife Julie, were racing on Sunday. They dont usually get a lot of seat time, but all have been involved in this stuff for MANY years. We decided on an aggressive strategy because we knew we wouldnt have the same pace as the day before. We ended up going 2.5 hours on fuel twice. Lots of conserve happening.... The plan was working and for our last stint, we were sitting in 12th place with about 1 hour to go. Some teams ahead of us still needed to pit, and we did not. However, it wasnt meant to be... The exhaust manifold gasket failed (AGAIN). The car was full of exhaust fumes and didnt seem very happy. I figured it wasnt worth it to burn down the car, or get sick for "possibly" a top 10. Loaded it on the trailer for the weekend. We will be back to this race. Pretty great track! Thank you to ALL who helped to put on this AWESOME event! Champcar people are awesome! P.s. We were running two brand new RS4 and two (3) race weekend old RS4. New tires were on the drivers side since that is the side that sees all the cornering on this track.
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  25. 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 whats in the BCCR. I know TAC wants to understand the same thing on the Vette build so they have asked tech what kind of items was granted to be approved during the build process. I talked with @Final Turn Motorsports about the impound Saturday. Yes I was there but I was in 12th so no reason to protest and I do not know Vettes or American Iron. This is why we have a TAC to discuss these issues at racing. Rob did nothing wrong and did all the right things by filing a protest. That protest should have been taken versus told to withdraw it. I want to talk to Mike and understand what is going on as well. I wanted to do this before I responded to the forums but you all couldn't wait. I am here to understand information and get the facts versus hearsay. I also want to fight for you all on this situation and figure out the best solution. i don't mind Bill Riley in the series. We had a good talk after the race on Sunday. I have an issue of how that build was treated and how points are applied. Everyone should be treated the same and that is what I love/loved about the series. We can go race with some of these folks we see on TV at these awesome tracks. You all can reach out to me anytime.
    17 points
  26. I watched some of it unfold and took notes and asked some questions. I was just a driver for this race and we had issues so I was working on pulling a motor when impound started and walked over. I was told a protest has been made on the Riley Vette. I looked over the cars and the Riley Vette as I do to try to steal ideas for my own cars. The 2nd place Purple Miata really impressed me with how clean and nice the build was, great job guys on it. The vette was a very nice build, we can all see that. I liked a bunch of items and took some notes for the future. Reclined seat to keep it low and the pedal box moved as the seat was stationary. Being a short guy I was like, heck yah, brilliant. I took notes on what I saw and asked others, as I barley know my car most of the time and I am not expert on other brands, yet some things were there that I questioned. I brought up my list to Ray and Jay on Sunday morning and here is basically what they said and my understanding now. Roll bars up front- Strut or shock tower brace is 10 points and on their logbook. I personally thought a strut tower bar to be a bar that went from one strut tower to the other and was one bar. As they explained it to me it was legal as it was a bolt in shock brace and the number of bolt in places and number of bars used does not matter. I did not know that and my assumption is what I was wrong about I guess. I asked, since my engine is a mid engine if I could make a strut tower brace that extends in between the two rear struts, an X to the go forward to the roll cage and bars down in the back to the rear frame rails. I would have 6-10 bolted in pickup points and be legal at 10 points. In this case I think I just did not think about exploiting the rules here and usually I can see loopholes in the rules. I give them a golf clap on that one and we will need to address this to add points for it as it clearly strengthens the entire front chassis beyond what a strut bar is intended to do. I think it could still be legal, it just needs more than 10 points though. Maybe X points based on number of bars or something. We can let TAC figure all that out with all the options of cars out there, does not sound fun for them though. I put the alternator on my list as it looked very small and my thinking is that it would take less hp to turn, so it gains performance and also it adds reliability so I assumed it would be a non oe part and have points added that I did not see on their sheet. They said that alternators are free and that tiny lightweight starters are free also. OK. They have a Bosch motorsports Alternator BO, I am not sure the cost as my google search listed orileys for me and clearly not correct. Alt billet bracket. I had on my list as materials at least. Nope, goes with the alternator. OK, that makes sense then I guess. I asked about the pulleys as they did not look stock. Jay asked me if I had part numbers and know they are not stock. I said I do not as I do not know the platform that well, but they sure do not look like stock 78 vette to me. He said he would look into it though. I saw square tubing up front and asked the team about it. They said it holds the fender in place. I was like yes, but it still needs points and brought that up. They had a really cool looking steering box, maybe power steering, aftermarket I would think based on the bracket. I thought that might be zero based on driver comfort though, but it was noted. The rear end adjustable suspension points? I see in post that is part of the 50 point IRS system. If that is what it is then OK. I asked about the materials to adapt it all up, but again, maybe that is all part of the 50 points. I am not sure if their are heim joints or not on that setup and what comes stock, in some pictures it looks like it and some not so not sure on that. I asked about the TB and that made sense to me. TB cost is 25 points from a carb setup. Injectors are free, ecu free, wiring free, fuel lines and pumps free. So you can go from carb to fuel injection TB for 25 points assuming you use a fuel injection TB. If you used lower intake manifold and fuel injection I guess you would need to add the lower manifold for points also, whatever that might be. So the cheap way to get fuel injection. I put the distributor on the list to check as I heard someone say it is aftermarket and performance distributor. I was not sure on it and again Jay asked me if I had a part number and again I said no as I do not know the platform. I was thinking it would be 20 points for ignition system. He said he would check on that also. I asked about the 78 pace car rear wing and they said that since it was an option from the manufacture and not a dealership add on it was fine. I was thinking if it just added graphics and a rear spoiler then it does not really matter. That convertible open exposed cage will destroy the air flow for that wing thing anyway. Though when I looked it up it shows that is has more hp, yet is that really relevant anyway since they have such extensive engine mods? My thought is if the base model has X hp and a special model has Y hp shouldn't the Y one be a higher VPI? Or is a case where everyone runs the Y model so the vpi is automatically adjusted for that model. That is like Schrodinger's cat question. I do give Jay credit as he listened and explained to me and went to Riley prior to the race Sunday to question the items I brought up. He worked with the rules that he had and the protest that was put forth, my understanding is it had only one item on it. He did add points for items and they got laps for them on what was not declared or missed. I think they started 12 laps down on Sunday and almost won. I give them credit for making up that many laps and pushing to get to 2nd. Personally I think that is a much better placement to be proud of and battle to the end. It was exciting watching them get close and exciting to see the look of pure stress no Tyler's face for the last two hours of the race. I do not think he stood still for 2 seconds and just kept on pacing. BTW- Great job Tyler. I think two things are the big items that made me go hmm. On the engine it has fuel injection, cams, cylinder heads. I heard through the paddock that is makes 390rwhp and also 370rwhp and weights in at 2700lbs. The closing rate is pretty insane. I was in the middle of the long front straight and saw them come up, stayed to the left and pointed to the right. He blew by me, went to turn one were there were 4 cars, give or take, one got out of line to go to the inside of turn one and vette just about creamed the heck out of them and had to dive way inside and was 3 wide. I was like, holy crap this is not going to end well, but lucky it all came out clean. I did see damage on the front and heard they did rear end a miata. I could see that happening as a side mirror only sees so far, so you look right, see no one close, get out of the draft to go inside and a car that is going 30-40mph faster is there. BAMM. The other item was the tires. They went through at least 6 tires in Saturday I am told as they were swapping out at least two in at least one stop. They are $420 a piece. 12x420 is $5040. Their tire cost is more than my entire weekend racing budget and gives them an insane advantage. We need to really address the changing of tires during a race weekend and the faster tires. Just my 2 cents and observations.
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  27. 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.
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  28. Regarding compression, start by eliminating all race fuel or fuel in excess of 93 octane. That will keep compression down.
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  29. Many of us apparently have short memories. MCM went on social media after their first race with ChampCar a few years back and raved about what a piss poor, unprofessional series it was. I recall a lot a flack at the time from both sides. I don't see why and how we would cater to ANY team that would: a) post on social media about how bad the series is, b) Decide to enter races anyway, but continue to display the same lack of respect or caring about any off your fellow racers, their equipment, their safety, nor the time and money spent building a car. For many of us, yes, we'd be done if we lose our car due to an accident. People who don't realize and respect the fact that many of us are amateurs that can barely afford this - they don't belong in THIS series, and need to go play somewhere else. We are a member owned club. If certain members are ruining it for others, don't we have the power to tell teams that are detrimental to the Club, to leave? @DuncanDana @Jer @Doc @E. Tyler Pedersen
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  30. I personally had a lot of fun at NCM. Thank you Champcar! This weekend was a perfect example of why I have let my SCCA competition license expire after 20 years. For a similar entry fee to a double weekend… tires… what not… we got 11 hours of track time (of a possible 15) for the same cost as an SCCA event. I personally got about 6 hours of seat time. Not six thirty min sessions but Six hours. I love it. Champcar rocks. I loved sharing the track with all you nuts. Even when the car broke on me late both days I was getting out of the car smiling. Because I was having so much fun racing you crazy people. Champcar rocks not only because the time on track is so much but because the people you’re on track with are fun to be around. After 6 hours… of driving I have almost nothing negative to say about any of yall. Big shout out to team Bare Maximum for welding on our car Saturday night! We wouldn’t have made Sunday without someone welding on the car. Big thanks to everyone! If anyone has an image of the Lincoln on two wheels in the right following that sharp left hair pin; that would be cool. My daydream when building that car back in 2016 was for it to look like an Australian Touring car on track. It has never lived up to that. But I think I may have been getting air there on a good launch I could feel the right front reestablish grip about half way to trackout, not sure if it was airborne but it wasn’t doing anything till mid track. Sorry for causing the really long purple when the car broke on Sunday. I couldn’t drive it safely to the pits. (the left rear tow arm broke in half) It took a little while to load. The wrecker crew started with a rear axel pick up; started to drive off… the Lincoln fell off and rolled into the back of their truck. (I made a bad joke about I hope the paint on the rear bumper of the Lincoln was okay; they didn’t get the joke) Then they had to flat tow it, made for a very long purple. Thank you Champcar!
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  31. From what I've seen (in this instance only), the rule book doesn't have flaws. The enforcement of the rule book has MAJOR flaws.
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  32. Race recap for Grackle Motorsports (Car 310, the crappy old greenish Civic). Saturday went about as good as we could have ever hoped. 62 cars turned laps, we managed the 8th slowest fast lap of the day. Had one unplanned pit stop that cost us about a minute or two. Ran out of fuel one lap before the end, so we didn't get to cross the yard of bricks under checkers, which was kind of a bummer. Still managed 19th overall and 8th in A class (behind a bunch of cheaty Miatas and a BMW). We were also the highest finishing Honda. Sunday was going pretty well, though we were stuck in the 20s most of the day. Everyone improved their lap times over Saturday. Car came up with a bad vibration a couple laps before I was supposed to turn it over for the last stint. I slowed down and limped it along for a couple corners and suddenly lost all drive. Back in the garage, the passengers side tripod had popped out of the transmission. We had to fight it for nearly 30 minutes to get it back in, and it popped out again as soon as we backed out of the garage. Not sure what the actual issue is, but with 90 minutes left, we decided to call it a day and start packing. Race Hero was screwed up part of the day, but it said we turned the 6th slowest lap of 54 cars. Ended up 25th overall (not counting EC). 8th in class again and the second highest placing Honda. Not too shabby for a 330 point car that cost us 700 bucks. Best compliment we received this weekend, "When I think of a ChumpCar, this is what I picture". Thanks to ChampCar and our little rust bucket, we've been able to cross Road America, COTA, and now Indy off our bucket lists.
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  33. I have been out of the seat for awhile. 2016 was my last full year of racing as I took on this job at ChampCar. Since then I did two races in the hyper slow Opel GT, one race in a Celica, and 1/2 a stint in the MR2 GTv6 at Utah, and one rain race at VIR in 2018. So it's been quite awhile since I had any seat time. I was really excited about racing in the 24 with Visceral. I was finally able to drive a Porsche in a race. Been a dream for me since I was a kid. But I was also afraid of how bad my performance would be. When I ran the MR2 at the December 2018 VIR north races, I thought I would just hop in and be able to kick off stupid fast lap times like the old days. That's when I remembered how important seat time is. I had none. I made really bad decisions in that race, especially with being over confident. I vowed that I would not do that again. Especially driving someone else's car, that I was financially responsible for. Not only was I racing, but I was the onsite producer for the ChampCar.live show. Saturday morning. I wake up at 4am. Race mornings are always really stressful for me due to all the work I have to do before we go live with the show. Now I am adding the onsite studio for Doc and guests, the live track cameras, and the live in-car cameras. Saturday practice went well. I got about 15 minutes in the car to familiarize myself with the way the car handled. That was enough to know that the car handled really well, and I could forget about the car and work on me and my driving. I fit the car, sorta. As most know, I have a shape, round. Doc may have mentioned that about eleventy-hundred times during the broadcast. My own car has a seat that fits me. The bars in the seat put some pretty bad pressure on my hips. This may have contributed to cramping in my legs later on. But, I can work around all that. I got all the local assets working for the show, then reported to Viscerals paddock spot. I feel pukey from the stress. I keep thinking about how bad I am going to do, will I look silly, will I hurt the equipment, or worse yet, hurt someone elses day? Crap like that. They strap me in the car, we roll out, and I am at the back of the pack, in 47th place. I am right behind the fast looking RVA Graphics and Wraps E46 M3 driven by some big guy named Justin Andress. He is some ex-football star turned race winner. I quickly get on his tail, and I am fighting for position. I think I have him positioned for the perfect pass, but remember that we are still in the formation laps and under yellow. As soon as the flag goes green I am on it. But cautiously. I am making some passes. Trying to be clean. Stay away from peeps. Don't hurt the duct tape. My drivers contract said I was responsible for any damage I do to the car. I was trying hard not to think about how much 200 roles of duct tape costs. Probably a lot. The second lap was insane. As we come down roller coast I am caught up in the mass of cars that were slower. Oh my... this is why I love to start the race. Traffic management is so much fun. I may or may not have screamed that on the radio! It was so much fun. so many cars lumped together. 3 wide on the front straight. 2 wide going up the esses, and finally getting by that group on the front straight on lap 3 when everyone gets in single files rows. I can settle down and work on my driving now. I am doing 2:25 to 2:28 laps. I remember Ron telling me I needed to average 2:20s. So I need to work on this a lot. This being skill. On lap 44 I am told to pit. My two hours are up on a FCY. perfect. I pull into our spot. Go to jump out, and my leg cramps that started 2 laps ago come back and make it hard for me to get out of the car. As I push my head bast the roll bar, one of the helpers grabs my shoulders to assist, so I give a final pust just as he lets go and I go crashing to the pit lane like a face plant. All I could think about was I hope that there are no cameras nearby, Doc would never let me live that down. Ever. I took us to 12th place. Blew me away. Ron gets in the car and does a 1:20. Ok. I have some thinking to do. Where was I going wrong? Well one thing I know is that the AIM SOLO was dot set the way I like it. It was set to lap times, and not predictive timing. So after talking with troy, I was able to remember how to cycle through the types of timing. But I also thought about how I was taking corners, and sorted out the mistakes I made. The biggest one was not trusting the car. Sunday. I am doing the 8am to 10am stint. Seriously. I was thinking of just asking the team to put me in for an hour, if at all. But then, I just needed to man up and push all my doubt to the side, and do this mofo. Just get out there and be a racing driver. Go fast, go fast, go fast. So that's what I did. Well, kinda. Fast for me. I think trusting the car and the tires, and having some racing skill return, I was able to really get back into the the low 2:20s. I focused on the Aim Solo and was finally able to get a 2:19. The racing was fun too. At one point I had my sights on the Fiero. One can never let a Fiero beat me. Well, that did not go as planned as that car was fast, and one I could just not catch. As any good competitor know, you then put your focus on something more attainable. Like staying ahead of NLS, who after their win at Charlotte I knew would feel cocky with that fast little car. I went in in 13th place. And pretty much held us there the whole stint, putting us into 12th a few laps from my two hour limit. Ron then took over, and on his 4th lap out, laid down a 2:15. So there goes my excuse of the tires being old. I loved it. This was so much fun getting back into the seat of a top car. Thanks to Visceral, Ron, Jay, James, and Justin, Ron's father, and Troy. This is one hell of a team. Ron prepared a hell of a car, and now I know why he has so many trophies. Now, time to get back to my day job.
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  34. This race was not our best. The weather on Saturday paired with driver blunders over the course of the day prevented any chance at a decent finish. An early off that literally flooded our engine (borderline Hydrolocked) caused about a 30 minute pit stop to dry out the spark plugs and change out a steering knuckle due to a bad wheel bearing. Being out of contention meant racing in heavy down pours was a high risk low reward especially considering we were on the pole on Sunday. As the rain dissipated we returned to the track to test some setup changes and prep for the following day. We missed Saturdays checker flag by about 5 minutes because our shifter couldn’t decide what gears it wanted to work in. Sunday started with higher hopes. As mentioned above we were on the pole and the Sun was shining brightly. We started out strong but the fast guys eventually caught and passed us sitting us in P10 after our first stint. Another driver blunder in the second stint resulted in another flooded (literally) engine because for some reason we can thought our Honda would make a great boat. We kept at it though and even took the check flag directly behind the side by side Porsches. Lessons learned this weekend: 1. Rain sucks. 2. Garrettsville mud sticks to everything. 3. Honda’s make horrible boats. 4. RT660s don’t last 5. RS4s don’t wear 6. I still love doing this 7. I love our team and all the fans that came to watch us this weekend! see you all at GingerMan with some much needed additions. Kevyn
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  35. I'm just gonna have fun with this in a humorous way from this point, cause I can't take troy seriously... Most people: Bi-Plane Troy: Plane Most People: Tri-Plane Troy: Plane Most People: What the frack?! Troy: Planeeeeee
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  36. 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.
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  37. 15 points
  38. Not really, offer to buy their gas for 2.80 a gallon. Or hand them some jugs of 93 and see if they will use it. Sound is being enforced with a tinker toy, fuel might as well be done with noses.
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  39. Why cant we just get rid of points for anything that makes the car more reliable but doesn’t make it any faster. Lets say my cars vpi is 500pts. I want to put a better radiator on it to help cool the engine better. I take a 30 pt hit for that and that now costs me 3 laps. That radiator doesn’t make my car any faster to make up those 3 laps. We spend thousands of dollars to go to these races and that doesn’t include the cost of building the car. I want to run the entire weekend and not have to worry about overheating the car, starving the engine of oil, or overheating the engine oil/trans oil/ diff oil. Better radiators, oil pans and baffles, accusumps, oil coolers, etc only increase the chance that I get a good return for my investment and do nothing in making my car faster. Jc
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  40. Patience everyone. The guys at Riley are working as fast as they can writing the 2021 rulebook so they can turn it over to the series for publication.
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  41. I finally was able to catch up on some sleep and just take it all in from the weekend of what really happened. On Thursday, I had Thomas come out to my house and we were working on the 999 car a lot to get it ready for the debut for our new company and team TURNin Motorsports Group. I had to finish a couple of things up on my end (new splitter mounts and get some miscellaneous items done). I knew we found that the clutch stop had gotten pretty close to going through the fire wall, so I spent the afternoon on Thursday getting some custom fabricated plates made up and welded them in. I am not a expert in welding, but I was able to make it good enough for the weekend. Friday was load in day and it was a pretty relaxed day at the track. We did have to end up bleeding the clutch out since the pedal didn't seem right. I painted the splitter and we were gone from the track by 5 pm. Saturday, we learned we would start towards the front so it was a good opportunity to do well. On the first lap, a lot of people came and told me our right rear caliper was on fire and our rotor was glowing red. Jasper our first driver, said the car would just oversteer a bit and that it didn't feel settled. We brought him in and he sat at pit in for a couple of minutes. I later learned that he was called in for a pass under yellow before the green flag. This was a phantom call and the 2nd phantom call that my team has been given in two races. I have video of him not passing anyone under yellow, but it is at the corner worker's discretion and I wasn't going to argue with the corner worker at that point. So we started down around 5 to 6 laps at the start. We made some good pit stops and @NigelStu had a very good 2nd stint, he worked up from 18th to 6th. Jeremy Mizer was in 3rd stint and he started 8th and got us into 4th place. We were catching 2nd and 3rd pretty quickly until the throttle cable broke. We got towed in to the garage, we replaced the throttle cable and sent Eric Pennington in for the 4th stint. We were not sure where we would be able to end up but we just kept pushing as always. I went in for the last stint and was able to join the 2:02 club for the day on my fast time. We all hit 2:03s and 2:02s with a car that we felt needed a little bit of work. Saturday night Ben found that our left rear bearing was shot at about 8 pm. We had to be out of the garage at 9 pm. I went to put an impact gun on the axle nut and it came off pretty easily. I think that either the nut came loose or I did not fully torque it before the event. It is amazing that we lasted the whole race with it like that. I am assuming this was the reason for the oversteer on throttle off. I also noticed our axle was shot so we needed to put in a backup axle for the race tomorrow. We put on new front brake pads and rotors, did our complete nut and bolt check and put on new tires. We also noticed a nice pool of oil under where the engine and transmission mate up. Well I can only assume that it was the rear main seal going out. We knew we only had 3 hours in the garage and so we would have to send it for the next day and pray it held up for 10 hours. Sunday morning we needed to finish up the rear brakes since we got kicked out of the garage the night before. We completed the brake install and bled them that morning. We knew that we would start at the back of the field and that Good, Bad and the Ugly was going to start a lot of laps down from their win the previous day. Jasper was in first and he put in a great stint. There we A LOT of cautions. I don't even know how many green flag laps he was able to complete, but it didn't seem like many. He brought the car in after 2 hours in 4th place after starting in 31st place with a fast lap of 2:02.530. Ben Schaut was in next for the 2nd stint. He started in the car in 10th. He was able to put in a great stint even after getting the right front of the splitter run over by a Miata. Here is where the turning point of the race was for position. Ben noticed that there was going to be a long caution and he was able to duck into the pits right as the yellow flew. He knew the pit window and he knew that it was time and that we were ready to be able to complete a pit stop. He brought the car in the pits in 4th place, but when Jeremy Mizer left the pits we were in 2rd place due to our strategy. rbank and Cone Crushers were caught up in the long pit in line and pit out line which cost them some time. Ben laid down a fast lap of 2:02.448. Jeremy put in an awesome stint. He was putting in great laps. I noticed he was catching the leader so I radioed to Jeremy and said hey the silver e46 in front of you is the leader. He radioed back to me and stated that that car was no longer the leader as Jeremy was able to make the pass for the lead. Jeremy brought the car back in 1st place with a fast lap of 2:02.139. I went out in 1st place and was telling the pits to keep me updated where rBank was so we can make sure we extend the gap or stay with the same gap. I didn't have the greatest first hour in the car, I had some lockups and felt that the laps were not good compared to my previous teammates. The gap was staying the same or it was extending then came the first caution of the stint. I needed that break. The guys kept telling me where I was and the gap to rBank shrunk from 50 secs to 12 secs. I didn't realize how much I loved restarts until I raced at Indy. After the restart I put down the fastest lap of my stint and was putting 6 seconds a lap on rBank. After the last restart I was able to put in the fast lap of the race for the team. I came in at 2 hours in 1st place with a fast lap of a 2:01.500. We came into the pits and we did complete a tire change on the right front as it was corded and it didn't look like it was going to last the rest of the race. Eric Pennington was in the car last and he was our fastest driver of the weekend. I knew that going into the race from my experiences last year with Eric and I knew he would get the job done to bring us home 1st place. After coming in 2nd place last year and losing the lead, I knew Eric was the guy to go in last. Blitzkreig overtook us for the lead while we were in the pits, but we knew they still had at least one more stop to make. Good, Bad and the Ugly was coming quick and they were lapping the field a lot. Eric was able to pass for the lead 6 laps into his stint and I knew that we had covered Blitzkreig at that point. Now it was the calculations on if GBU would actually be able to catch us or not. I think in that stint I did not go down to the pits much as Ben Schaut took over race strategy duties. With 9 laps left, the caution flew and we had some slower laps which slowed up the pace GBU was putting down. At this point I knew that all we had to do was make the car last until the finish. Ben told Eric when there was approximately four laps to go so he decided he would set his qualifying laps since he was in complete open track. With the 2nd to last lap, Eric put down a 2:00.596 and took the checkers the next lap. There were cheers, there were tears and there were high fives. What a great accomplishment for our team as we felt we put in a perfect race. All the drivers were fast and stayed out of trouble. All of our pit stops were perfect. This was an emotional win because a week and a half before Indy we lost a driver that was suppose to be in our 999 TURNin Motorsports Group car. It was a lifelong friend of Jeremy's and he was his business partner. It was an emotional time leading up to the race and the race just was meant to be on Sunday. Thank you to all of my team and crew. Thank you to ChampCar for this incredible opportunity. Thank you to the corner workers. Thank you to the volunteers. Thank you to Ben Newburn, Nicholas Johnson, and Joe Bungert for the photos. @bbaker480 did an awesome job this weekend helping out with the team. @wvumtnbkr was actually at impound and no one would talk to him as he joined in on the celebration. We will be back in action at Road America!
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  42. Well finally have sometime to sit down and do a race report. My first Champ Race after Lemons 6 years ago was the 24 Hours of VIR in 2015 so this race has always been special to me. Not only is it at one of the best tracks in the world, it is a TRUE 24 hour race. I have always loved the Challenge of the 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of LeMans and this is the closest that I can get for now. So with that mind, 2020 gave me a unique opportunity to mount a full assault on the 24 Hour. We decided to enter 3 Cars in 3 different classes. The #12 S2000 in Class B, #716 Blue Boxster in Class C and #16 Red Bull Boxster in EC. I prep the cars mostly myself so taking on 3 car preps was definitely a monumental task on my part but I wanted the win bad. I will split up the race report Per car individually bellow. #12 B S2000 The car came to the race with long list of things still to finish (including a Trans swap) when we arrived to the track on Friday at 5 Pm. We got the car done around 12 on Friday. Next day is Testing from 8:30-10:30 and my Plan was to test if I wanted to take the 10 point hit for the wing or not. Unfortunately my driver radios in the car has no ABS. We spend about 30 mins to diag and find nothing immediately wrong but during this we find the axle Boot is torn on the Driver Side. Fix this, clean the sensor and back out at 10:00 for a quick 2 lap test Wing vs No wing. We pull the car into the garage and discover an oil leak. We scramble to fix this and just get the car to grid. Start the race everything is going ok but Coolant temps are Crazy High for some reason (220’s). We run the car anyways. At 7 Pm the tail lights stop working come into the pits lost a lap or two for the fix. At around 11 Pm Oil starts to spew from the catch can. Tried some quick fixes but once we were 10 Laps down decided to park the car. #16 EC Red Bull Boxster This car was mostly run as a backup to the Other cars. This car just came off of 16 Hours at NJMP then another 12 of Charlotte. Did typical maintenance to it but that was about it. About 2 hours in We had a Drivers side axle fail. Took about 1 hour to fix. In the end it ran the rest of the 20 hours left Flawlessly, Bringing home 2nd in EC and 16 Overall. #716 C Blue Boxster I have always wanted a Porsche Race car and decided that I would finally build one. So I built this one to full Champ Specs and decided to do a full Schedule of Champ with it in 2020. Did Road Atlanta in February and then Rona. So It didn’t get to run Much of the 2020 Events I had planned. But the 24 Hour Was on and I had a Car full of Very Qualified drivers ready to take on the challenge. Three of five drivers had never Driven Champ Car before or the Car and the Other 2 Had not driven VIR in 10+ years. In morning practice I got everyone to do 2-3 Laps in the car and Practice driver changes. The race starts and we slowly start working our way up hovering around 20th until attrition starts to take over. Around 11 Pm we are sitting P5 on the same Lap as P4 and P6 when our biggest competitor for the last Podium spot drops out (Some fast S2000??). For the Next 12 hours we battle through the Night with P3-P6. My drivers did an amazing job keeping the car clean like I told them to do in a long race like this and we come out of the night with a 2-3 Lap lead on P4. I get into the car for the last stint and 3rd Gear was start to be a bit wonky. Then after about 20 mins I feel it getting worse. With the lap lead I call in and ask the lap times I need to run to maintain P3. We realize that we can do the time in 4th gear alone, so I drove the Last 1:20 with only 4th gear. I bring it across the Line in P3 out of 72 cars behind the dominance that is Huggins Racing. I am VERY happy with the Result as we would have not beaten Huggins on outright speed as their cars were 5 Seconds faster per Lap. So 3rd was the best that we Could have finished. I would like to thank my Drivers for all doing an Awesome Job and My crew for doing an Equally great Job in the pits! Ive attached some Awesome photos bellow that Nicholas James Johnson took, Too see the full album check out -https://www.facebook.com/pg/BBYRacing/photos/?tab=album&album_id=3628857777208051
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  43. Hi FocusedSteve, Congratulations on picking a Ford Focus to build. And we are excited to see more Foci joining Champcar. I hope you’ll find the Champcar community as friendly and as accepting as we have. We, team Blue Shells, are deeply concerned about all the accusations you have listed on this forum. First and foremost, it is unfair to personally call-out one of our teammates. Phill Miller is a valued member of our larger team, but only an equal member of our larger team. All decisions, work done, and finances paid for are completed by the team and not a single individual. Next, we are very concerned that anyone would ever accuse any official at Champcar of being dishonest in anyway. We have found the complete opposite to be true. Everyone in the Champcar organization has been both extremely fair (and tough at times – when safety or rules bare the need), and always very kind to everyone who participates. Many of these people who work for Champcar are volunteers (or paid very little) so that the rest of us can go have fun. We cannot say thank you enough times for all that they do for the entire community. Finally, you have accused us of not following the rules when it comes to our car. This is true, but not in all the ways you have accused us. We kindly ask that you give us a moment to break it all down for you; 1) How do you change a cars year of manufacture and get reduced points instead of an engine swap calculator and added points? This was done via a Chassis swap per rule 4.6.1. Champcar sees a Focus ZX3 with a 2.3L Durtec engine as a 200 point car. We converted our entire chassis to a Ford Focus ZX3, therefore it has become a 200 point car. 2) Did anyone even notice that it’s a 2.5L engine, not a 2.3L? (Does Champcar check displacement at post-race tech inspection?) We could see how someone might confuse our 2.3L engine with a 2.5L. We are using the intake from a Duratec 2.5L engine on our 2.3L. We have also claimed this in our points. We absolutely are using a 2.3L engine, block and head.We would be happy to have the stroke or bore measured to prove it. 3) What are the rules on swapped suspension parts? Here you have us! At the last race, we were called out by the tech inspection team for having adjustable shocks. And in the end, per rules listed in the technical subs, we were not in compliance. We purchased single way adjustable shocks, we then adjusted them to our liking, and sent them back to the manufacturer to be made into non-adjustable shocks. Unbeknown to us, the manufacturer sent us back our previous shocks with adjustment shaft in the center of the main rod removed and a nice shiny cap on top of the main rods and told us that they were now non-adjustable. We thought they were different shocks all together (they cost like it), and we really thought we were in compliance with regulation 4.3.2 “Shock absorbers / struts over the 2x limit and/or with damping adjustment, 25 pts per corner” as these shocks were no longer “with damping adjustment.” We were told, after the race, of ChampCar Tech Desk knowledgebase 2020-01-10 - Turning an adjustable damper to non-adjustable. Where it states: “Once a shock is built to be adjustable (rebound and/or compression) it will always incur points as an adjustable shock at 25 points per corner.” The tech inspectors were very hard on us.They reviewed all the evidence we had at the time, along with trying to adjust the shocks anyway they could think of. Since the shock was not adjustable in impound, and they were un-adjustable shocks to us, the tech inspectors let us go. We were given a very strict warning to get all the needed evidence to prove that these shocks were never originally adjustable before our next race. Directly after the race weekend, we went back to the manufacturer to get proof that we were compliant, but found out that, we were not! We have already removed the offending shocks from our car. We are still searching for an adjustable spring perch Monroe style shock tube without an adjustable damping system and fear that we will have to convert our entire shock and spring package back to stock or miss our next race. We don’t have the fastest car in our class; We are only able to win through perseverance. We have worked very hard to just get a car which can finish a day of racing. Just like everyone else on the grid, we really want to show up with a car which is completely legal. We do hope you are successful in your build, and despite all of this we would welcome any questions you might have about how best to build a road racing Focus, what parts work or don’t work, and our lessons learned after building 2 different chassis. We also communicate with several other Focus teams, both in the Champcar series and in Lemons. We typically share our lessons learned, our sob stories, and share our solutions to problems we have encountered on track or in the garage. We would love to have another Ford Focus in the fold with us at Champcar.
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  44. 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.
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  45. If you make a tire change rule, keep 'em in the pit lane. We don't need people rushing around the paddock like they do in AER. Any fueling and any tire changes must happen in pit lane, so they can be monitored.
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  46. This will require teams to spend more money on additional fire gear for crew. It will also be a huge issue for team mechanics working on a car. So now, that person has to be in full gear when laying under the car, trying to stick their head (in a helmet) into a wheel well, under the hood or anywhere else. And they have to wear gloves. Further, if TEAMS have to be in full fire gear on pit lane, then series officials working near those cars on pit lane should be in full fire gear and that includes the media guy walking up and down pit lane. Finally, we all know a full face helmet not only decreases vision but muffles sound. This is going to create a situation where crew over the wall can't see as well, can't hear as well and there will be issues. And this doesn't even begin to address the issue of face shields fogging up (which they will) while crew are exerting themselves during a stop. This is another of many recent attempts to solve a fictitious safety issue that doesn't exist just in the name of creating more rules.
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  47. Full disclosure here. I'm the "driver in red". Nothing that has been said here is wrong. I'm not making excuses or looking for sympathy, but I am looking to be out in the open and not hide about my actions. Eventually people would figure it out anyway. No point in pretending it didn't happen. Not my best work. Through various things in my life, my sense of what is considered a raised voice or aggressive approach is vastly different than what some people feel is appropriate. Sometimes it gets me in trouble and its a part of me that I don't like either. Hind-sight is 20-20, all I can do is try to be better. My apologies to the pit-out worker, it may not have been his direct issue, but he was the only portal available at the time. FWIW, I did speak to Dana about it at the end of the day, but by then the day was over. As far as the burnout, it was unrelated to my discussion with the pit marshall. Rolling burnouts are just fun. I try to be past the pit workers and not get the wheel hop, that one got a way from me a bit. As far as the pass at T6, I saw the flag (at both T5 and T6), saw the stopped car, made the pass after the "incident". I honestly don't remember if I could see T7 with no flag or not, but I could see that the track was clear and it appeared I was past the issue that brought out the flag. It was also a very simple pass, neither car was at full speed at either T6 or T7. And on that, I won't try to defend any further because those are my honest responses, I can't change what I did and I really don't like to pick fights. Get back to me privately if you feel it merits further discussion as I would rather see this thread stay on topic about what was otherwise another great race. Matt
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  48. I’m running. Member number 666e30. My platform has one plank and it is to lower the e30 VPI to 150. I expect all the e30 team members to vote for me. Yes, I do accept bribes. No, I will not take a literacy test.
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  49. Is the middle ground that location where everyone has to follow the rules? I'm happy to compete against teams with deep pockets, if they don't get the rules rewritten for them!
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  50. For those of you not on the book of faces, I thought this was an extremely well written synopsis: " James Knauss In seriousness, I have enjoyed this series incredibly for a number of years. This weekend appears to have several of us at a crossroads. There appear to be those who see this Corvette as an excellent read of the rules and then there are those who have complaints about A: the actual legality of many attributes of this build, B: how these items were or weren't claimed by the team and the Orwellian way in which Champcar declared this build as legal and not to be questioned despite all the evidence to the contrary. If this kind of build is allowed (and going to be allowed on a broad scale), then that's a direction away from the existing spirit of Champcar. That's fine, but it ought to be properly communicated by the body instead of introduced by a car of (to be generous) questionable point interpretation. I can tell you right now a $10k/weekend tire bill and a build that's exponentially more expensive than the rest of the field are going to send people packing. So I ask Champcar: what's your objective here? What did you think allowing this car would do for the quality of competition? For the objectives of the series? For the motivations of the bulk of us, who don't have access to a pro engineering team, who keep this series in business? There also appears to be disparity across what's allowed and for whom. Maybe (again, being generous) the approach that Riley took along the build in contacting Champcar to ensure legality of each individual item was something that's never been fully done by another team (although I highly doubt that). Or maybe, at the root of my satire, Champcar needs to more uniformly enforce rules regardless of who the builder is. When Joe Shmoe from Waukeegan shows up with a similar vehicle, I don't think there's a high degree of confidence that it will be treated the same way. Finally, I have the utmost respect for Riley's achievements. The man and the organization have contributed to and succeeded in racing in ways that the vast majority will never be able to do. And man, would l love to drive that Corvette. However, what's the point of blowing up this little pond? You don't have to agree with me. Many of you probably won't. But this car has laid bare significant communication and equality of rule implementation issues, not to mention set a precedent for the direction of the series that is concerning to a lot of us."
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