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  1. Based on our posts it appears that you must be an engineer and I am a trail lawyer, so our approach to the issue is different. While I am trying to advocate transparency and create a higher level of trust in the process, you want to argue the semantics of my posts ( maybe we are both attorneys?). Lots of people were curious about a Miata turning a 1:42 at RA....this creates reasonable suspicion, while not courtroom "evidence", it is something that the CC community needs to address. With some added levels of scrutiny we might just conclude that they were all pro level drivers and admire their skill....but for now, I heard way too much complaining in the paddock and impound to be comfortable with the outcome.
  2. That’s actually a very fair question. It seems that the paddock is a buzz when pro drivers like Randy show up and teach us all a lesson. Many drivers who are accomplished pro or amateur are know by reputation....like Drago who beat us at Barber. So the term nobody just means they are just one of “us” ....an accomplished amateur with various levels of talent but no serious sponsorship. I do like the WRL website which has team and driver profiles to let you know why you got passed in turn 12 by a slower car. I must emphasize again that over the past 7 years I have seen amazing progress at Champ Car races and appreciate and applaud all their efforts. My comments and concerns are not directed to the 98% who are following the rules, just the 2% who are under suspicion.
  3. I'm glad I made you laugh, but that is not the point for my post. I have had Randy and several other pro drivers drive our cars and have been in the passenger seat while they drove my TT car....so I get it....they are special. Anyone at our Champ level who thinks they are another Randy Pobst is delusional. So, we have good, better and best drivers. All I want to know is that my team lost on a level playing field. This will motivate others to improve their car and/or their driving, knowing that these are the main factors for success. All of us recognize and appreciate the great teams like Cone Crusher who have well prepared cars and great drivers....no jealousy here. It's just the nobody driver(S) who show up and turn magical laps like they are driving a flying unicorn, that cause concern. Every amateur sanctioning body from SCCA to NASA has had to periodically clamp down on rule breakers...it's just part of human nature to cheat....just look at Trump!!!!
  4. The dyno number would at least have to match what was declared in the swap form.Also, we have such a wealth of knowledge at every race that an out of bounds number would be apparent to many. For example a 1.8 Miata motor with headers, Megasquirt, and CAI should not hit 160 rwhp on the dyno. As long as the podium cars have tech sheets available to review, along with published dyno numbers , transparency will provide for a higher level of confidence in the process. The standard answer of "they are just better drivers " is tiresome, in that virtually ever team has one or more A+ drivers to create a fast lap basis.
  5. I don't know if this is the best place to post this, but I could not find a specific " competition" thread so here goes: I have raced with Champ/Chump for the past 7 years and just finished the RA 14 hour. Overall, the Champ Car experience, organization and competition is excellent and has shown steady improvement over the years.The cars are better/faster, as are the drivers. One continuous issue that plagues the completion is the issue of fair play. All too often we have one or two cars that are extremely fast for their specs. It was nice to see a dyno used at AMP and Barber, but surprised that it was not at RA. I think all of us would like to have all the podium cars automatically dynoed....if it's a cost issue then it can be part of the $50 protest fee. Like NASA, it would create transparency if each vehicle registration/tech paperwork was available online. These two precedures would, in part, put an end to counter productive rumors. In spite of a great event at Road Atlanta , virtually every team whispered BS about at least one of the competitors. We can mitigate this issue at a minimal cost and restore full trust in the events and the organization.
  6. I have raced with ChampCar at several tracks, including NCM where we finished fourth in an e30...please contact me and let me know the details about renting a seat. Tom six seven eight-908-8602
  7. AndresT, we might have one open seat for Saturday in a 1.6 Miata. The car is built and prepared by Excelerace here in Atlanta ...an experienced Chump team with several top 5 class finishes. Let me know if you are interested . Tom
  8. Mike, Did we forget about NCM this year where Spartan Racing drove a 1995 318i that slapped everyone silly.....but for the wreck on Sunday they would have easily won both days.
  9. Rather than " wright" a book, how about doing the right thing and apologize for your bone head move in turn one , lap 10. I was several car lengths ahead of you on the straight, braking into 1, turning in ,just starting to unwind the wheel and I catch a quick glimpse of you diving into the corner with too much speed as you slam straight into my right rear wheel, spin me into the grass and destroy our car. When I got back to pit we discovered that you bent the trailing arm and subframe so we drove the next 9 hours dragging our right rear around the track. I was not spinning or out of control and race control put you in time out for a reason. Do the math and look at the physics .....no one should slam into another cars RR wheel like that unless you make a big mistake. This was my 7 th Chump race and I have never made contact with another car , even at the famous AMP demolition derby....this one is on you.
  10. I may be a little off topic, but it seems to me that all of these rule change issues are , in part, an attempt to maintain some sense of parity. Before we jump into rule changes we first need to see how cars compare and compete under the current rules, when they are followed. This is a lawyers way of saying " stop the cheating " then see what we have. I was on a Miata 1.8 team and a BMW e30 team at RoadA and saw several in class cars blast past us after 7 like they had NOS. By the way, we did have a few top level/pro drivers so don't tell me about what a great exit you had at 7. I would suggest that terminal velocity at the end of any strait is an easy way to catch bad actors. A simple radar gun or two at RA ( along with the log book info in some cases) would shut this down. For example, the e30 doing 125+ at 9 might stand out. My theme is that Chump/Mike can and should take a more hands on approach to fix these issues by policing the current rules rather than writing more rules.....kinda like gun control! No matter what is decided, we are going to keep showing up with our stock engines and have a blast....see you at VIR
  11. From my other post: I have only raced at 6 events and really appreciated the level of skill , courtesy, and car prep , in general. My observation is that the problems and aggression usually come from just a handful of cars that everyone knows about.....white e36 at RA for example. Mike/Chump needs to first identify what the problem is, then find the solution. If the problem is too much avoidable contact they need to look at the data to see if this occurs more often per mile during the highest car count (the first stint) or later in the race ( final stint) when the car count is low. If the data show that a higher count is the problem then dial down the number in stages (108 to 100) until the data evens out. If the driver/team experience is the perceived problem then look at the relative experience of all drivers who were guilty of contact and remove the newbies, if that correlates.I would suggest that instead of these visceral quick fixes we adopt a plan of self policing.After each event each team can submit to Mike, either in an open forum or secret ballot, the top 3 teams that show the least amount of professionalism on track. The "winner" gets banned from the next years event and the others suffer time/lap penalties at the next event. Obviously, this will be advisory only, but people tend to be better behaved when everyone is watching.
  12. I have only raced at 6 events and really appreciated the level of skill , courtesy, and car prep , in general. My observation is that the problems and aggression usually come from just a handful of cars that everyone knows about.....white e36 at RA for example. Mike/Chump needs to first identify what the problem is, then find the solution. If the problem is too much avoidable contact they need to look at the data to see if this occurs more often per mile during the highest car count (the first stint) or later in the race ( final stint) when the car count is low. If the data show that a higher count is the problem then dial down the number in stages (108 to 100) until the data evens out. If the driver/team experience is the perceived problem then look at the relative experience of all drivers who were guilty of contact and remove the newbies, if that correlates.I would suggest that instead of these visceral quick fixes we adopt a plan of self policing.After each event each team can submit to Mike, either in an open forum or secret ballot, the top 3 teams that show the least amount of professionalism on track. The "winner" gets banned from the next years event and the others suffer time/lap penalties at the next event. Obviously, this will be advisory only, but people tend to be better behaved when everyone is watching.
  13. Know a few locals who are interested.....a few of us have over a dozen track days at AMP. Tom
  14. Very interested. I am local and have over a dozen track days at AMP.....have a few local drivers who are also interested. Tom
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