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  1. Jim here from Subliminal Racing 711. First, regardless of how things eventually turned out, getting into the car for the last 1.5 hours of Saturday and knowing that 2nd place literally pitted with us and would be right behind me led to the most exciting driving stint I've ever had. As Mholzi said earlier, we only had two drivers, so I was on my fourth stint of the weekend, and frankly, without that motivation of chasing a top position, would have run a much more comfortable pace. I suspect I got a 15 second or so lead out of the pits, and thirty minutes into that stint the VW was on me, so he's obviously faster, therefore I make room for him to go by. I figure at that point he will be thirty seconds ahead by the end of the race. But, traffic is thinner and I keep him in sight (sometimes in the distance, but still in sight). I think it was about twenty minutes to go and I'm able to tuck up on him in certain turns. Based on his post above, I think he appreciates the fact that I was making my presence known without doing anything rude. With about 8 minutes to go, I was able to get inside him on turn 8 and then run side by side to the hair pin where the outside car doesn't have much chance. Coming out of 10 ahead, I gave it everything I could to get some separation before the back straight. I'm guessing I ran 6 or 7 1.45.x laps on Saturday, and four of them were on those last 4 laps. For me, it felt like it mattered at that moment, and I loved the competitive pressure of trying to run at the limits without making a mistake. Again, the best stint I've done in 7 years of Lemons/Chump racing, and thanks to the VW driver for going side by side with me without incident that late in the race. To the rules stuff. Frankly, while we have a reasonable grip, we are still learning. We've never been on the podium before (5th at Road America once but nobody really cares because they can't advance), so some things were brought to our attention this weekend. Nigelstu did discuss the injectors with me and the tech guys and apparently 4CGM since I overhead radio talk on Saturday with two plus hours to go of their plan to protest us, and he did bring a bag of injectors to me on pit road at the end of impound on Friday, offered at $60. I didn't have the money on me, walked down to his paddock area later with the money but didn't find him. The reality is, putting used injectors "that came out of a running car" into a car for a 7 hour race didn't make good sense. I'm much happier getting to run all day and getting protested than I would have been with a stuck injector that caused an engine problem. Certainly we'll have OEM or OEM equivalent injectors before the next race. As to the overall weekend, on the front end of our trip, the hood of my truck blew up and bent backwards because I forgot to latch it down after hand washing my 1995 Dodge 3500, cracking the windshield and mangling the hinges and corners of the hood. This may have been a sign since we had to come into the pits twice Friday for loose hood problems. On the back end of the trip, our driver Mholzi ran into a deer at 80 mph on his way home. Worse yet, he negotiated a car swap with his wife before he left for the weekend. In between that, we got to have a great time on a great track. Also, a huge thank you to poop Box Racing for being such great paddock and pit neighbors. Looking forward to the next event. Jim 711 Subliminal Racing
  2. Subliminal Racing 1987 E30. Car is reliable and competitive. We were coming as a two driver team and other driver hurt shoulder in bicycle crash. Hoping for 1 or 2 experienced Chumpers that will be a driver and teammate, help with pit stops, post race car check up and beer drinking, etc. I do have a pit person coming with fire gear for fueling. I'm looking for basically a proportionate share of costs - $700/day for 2 stints of an hour and 45 minutes each. I'll drive the other two stints each day. If you want one stint a day, let me know and I'll see what else pops up. Please send info if interested. Jim 317-440-4866
  3. Can you post up AWO_2701 here? I have no involvement in that photo but thought it was a priceless catch.
  4. Cone came out as a result of the hit. Laughing clown swerved one way to miss it, I swerved the other. A couple laps later it had been hit enough to be moved out of the way of any normal line. Had to look this one up, rather funny after I know the story. For others who may not know: "On October 25, 1994, Smith reported to police that she had been carjacked by a black man who drove away with her sons still in the car. She made dramatic pleas on television for the rescue and return of her children. However, nine days later on November 3, following an intensive, heavily publicized investigation and a nationwide search, Smith confessed to letting her 1990 Mazda Protegé roll into nearby John D. Long Lake,[4] drowning her children inside."
  5. Not easy to see, but if you watch in full screen up ahead in this video, it will shed some light on this situation. http://youtu.be/LUZeo0FHmWs
  6. Still need to fill seat time. Let's try this. Single stints equal to the lesser of a full tank of gas or 2 hours for $400. If it's a full session of green, the car will probably go about 1.40 - 1.45 - with some full course yellow, it usually will do the full 2 hours. If you only have one stint scheduled with your current team and want another, here's your chance. Jim jmosher30@gmail.com 317-440-4866
  7. Still need to fill a spot or two. New lights mounted. After last years win at Autobahn Country Club.
  8. Have some interested parties but still seats available. Here is in car video of two random laps at Watkins Glen with Chump Car in April of this year.
  9. Hey Tim. Looking forward to seeing you guys again. We may be hitting you up for some manpower at 3 am - hopefully you'll have some to spare. Jim
  10. Got it. Thank you. Talked with Tom this morning. It went well - he is evaluating overall costs to get to VIR from the west coast with his wife. Hopefully he'll hop on board with us.
  11. Edited original post - we will be there. Oredering tires/brakes/rotors/fluids today. Please contact me with interest. Jim Mosher jmosher30@gmail.com 317-440-4866
  12. EDIT - We have decided to go and will work on drivers over the next week. If you are interested, be assured we will be there. We are willing to take drivers at $900 with a seat time split equal to that of 5 drivers, and the other team owner and myself will split the balance if it works out that way. Only two of our regular team can make it to VIR at this point. We need at least two more drivers to make the trip - three would be better. We have an E30 that has proven to be very reliable, handles well and is generally about top third in power amongst the E30s. We raced lemons last year, 4 races, 2nd, 1st, 5th and 4th. I'm not sure the car is fast enough to win a Chump race, but it will pass more than it gets passed. We raced Watkins Glen this year (Subliminal Racing), 26th on Saturday due to failed transponder, and 15th on Sunday. Absent any mechanical issues, we do every pit stip in under 5 minutes so as not to lose ground in the pits. We are asking $1350 if only 4 drivers and $900 if 5 drivers. Time will be split equally - so $1350 would get close to 6 hours of seat time if all goes well. We are only looking for experienced drivers for this particular track with night racing. Our seat is on sliders and the car was built to handle 5'9" to 6'6". We'd have to have firm commitments in place by mid day tomorrow (Tuesday) to make this happen. We will be traveling relatively light, and won't have extra crew outside of the drivers - so everybody will have to share pit duties in addition to driver duties. We will have basic spares, tires/brakes/rotors/axles/hoses/wheel bearings etc. We are close friends with a very well stocked E30 team that will be there, and they are always very generous in times of need. Email/call/text with interest and some background on yourself. jmosher30@gmail.com 317-440-4866 Jim Mosher
  13. I have done 8 lemons races and 2 chump car races, both at VIR (I rented a seat this year because my team is going to Road America Aug 20/21). My intent is to push our team to Chump Car next year provided the schedule makes sense, and the primary reason is because Chump Car IS real racing. I haven't had a black flag in Lemons for six races and that was the only contact incident I have ever had, but I hate driving in fear of making a small mistake and getting a black flag. For instance, I missed the brake zone at turn one at VIR, not a car close in front of me or behind me, just pushed too late and when I locked them up and had to start pumping the brakes, I just drove off the end of the track and circled back on. It was a mistake, I learned from it and didn't do it again, but I didn't need a lecture from anybody to know I need to brake a little sooner. I also think incidental contact is just part of it. Again I've only had one moment of minor contact in 10 races, but I much prefer knowing I can race somebody through turns side by side where there is an increased chance of light contact and not get a penalty for it. All that said, my observation of VIR is that it's simply a tough course to drive at night. There is already a huge spread in lap times between the fastest and slowest cars, and that just gets bigger at night. In addition to that, I thought it was very difficult to tell if a car was behind me or beside me at night. With a lot of cars, tough driving conditions and significant speed differentials, I don't know that there is any good way to prevent contact, and the zero tolerance rule to me is not a good or fair solution. For those of you that have raced Lemons, you know that despite the zero tolerance black flag rule, there is still plenty of contact. I wouldn't be surprised if the proportionate contact during daylight hours is actually higher in lemons. If Chump Car were to go to some sort of extremely stiff contact/spin out/two off/four off penalty system, well then, we might as well stay were we are where the competition isn't as stiff top to bottom and the racing isn't as good. I wasn't there, but I read both forums and it sounds to me that the recent lemons Summit Point Shenandoah race was littered with contact, and some severe cases. Seems to me the current policy of strongly discouraging contact with the right to call in any car at race control's discretion is the best way to approach it. Looking forward to more Chump Car racing in the future. Jim
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