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  1. This is a catch22 for me. We would love to see all your cameras out there. But most tracks have capacity limits for the video feeds. The more teams show up with gear that connects to cell towers the harder it is for me to send video to paulie to do the show. We have seen this over and over the past 3 years. We get to a track and do our testing, everything works like a charm, but race morning, boom, cameras wont stay connected or wont even connect because everyone just turned on their cell equipment. I work with Verizon to let them know we are coming so they can redirect antennas and know the capacity will be taking a hit on the weekend. I have since turned my cameras down to SD just to try and stay connected. That's why the video is not the greatest in the cars. I am.still debating this. But my job on tbe track is to promote the company with a good show.
  2. The weather is looking great for The Landjaeger Cup at Road America. Below is the important event info you need to read to make your weekend a little easier. Please read carefully! Supplemental Rules & Schedule - Please make sure you read the supplemental rules and event schedule found here. Reminder: this is a Friday and Saturday race! Gates - Everyone must sign both the ChampCar waiver and the Road America waiver before they can enter the paddock. You will then be issued a waiver wristband that you must wear all weekend. You can sign the waivers at the ticket window at the registration building. If you show up after the ticket window is closed you will not be able to enter the track until the next day. Ticket window hours: Thursday 11AM - 7PM, Friday 6AM - 4PM & Saturday 6AM - 4PM. Practice Day - Road America will be holding a practice day on Thursday for ChampCar teams only. Please make sure you sign up in advance or the practice day might be canceled due to lack of entries. Click here to sign up. This will also get you in to the paddock early on Wednesday and Thursday. Pit & Paddock Assignments - Click here for your pit and paddock assignments. Some of you will be making new friends! You'll notice that there are a few empty pit stalls since Road America still has some open garages that someone will pick up. Please make sure you notify registration if you decide to purchase a garage. Click here for a paddock and pit map. Transponders - If you entered a transponder number (or entered anything really) while you where registering we assume you're bringing your own. Please verify that you have entered the correct number or that you reserved a transponder if you're not supplying your own. Garages - Worried about the weather? Garages are available and may be reserved for this event by completing the Garage Rental form. Garage stalls in the Hagerty Tech Center are 16x40 (easily fits two cars) and includes electric. They are $375 for the event. Completed forms may be emailed to DSzczepanski@RoadAmerica.com or by FAX 920-892-4550. For additional information, please call 1-800-365-7223. Tech - All cars will need to be tech'd for 2019 unless you've had your 2019 annual tech completed. Bring all your paperwork filled out and make sure you have read the rules. Swap cars with no paperwork will likely be put in EC. Tech opens at 1PM on Thursday. Decals will be handed out at Tech and will be required to pass tech. Decal locations are shown in the BCCR appendix. Please download and READ the 2019 BCCR here as we have had some rule changes. Also make sure you look up your VPI here before you arrive at tech so there are no surprises. If you haven't done so yet, make sure you order your new 2019 number panels here. Registration - Make sure you tech first, then bring your yellow logbook and tech sheet signed by us directly to registration. Before you arrive, log in and check your driver roster for accuracy. Make any corrections ahead of time. If you are fully paid with the correct drivers, check-in is a 3 minute process. If you are not coming (work issue, car issue, etc), email me to let me know you will not be there. Novice & New to ChampCar School - 6PM Thursday at the Medical Center Classroom. See map in supps. A reminder: read through and print out the Supplemental Rules for this event here. If you have any questions about registration, please contact Laura O'Rourke here. Any other questions you can contact me here. We're looking forward to seeing you all at Road America! The ChampCar Staff
  3. They see this all the time. "Pro-Built" cages with missing welds. Missing tubes. etc. This is still in development, but we are trying to make it so that you guys know exactly what we are calling for when it comes to cages. BETA PAGE https://champcar.org/mainweb/the-champcar-cage/
  4. If we see a car in the lead, and you have a camera streaming to youtube, we may grab it and show it. But most of the time we use ours unless they start going down.
  5. I think this is the image of the event... Photo by Kurt Roussell https://www.fastcarphotos.com/galleries/2019-14-hours-of-daytona/
  6. First Batch of Event Images... Photographer - Kurt Roussell https://www.fastcarphotos.com/galleries/2019-14-hours-of-daytona/
  7. I want to know the story about the camo green Mustang. That was such a pretty car before the race. But every corner on that car was bent in, and there was even a mark on the roof.
  8. I am not tech... But I do build cars. I like to take the aluminum or flashing and coat one side with the fireproof RTV or that putty, and pop rivet it to the hole. every bit of time you can give your driver is better for him or her.
  9. !!!!! FIRE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE !!!!!! Install the safety pin into the fire bottle. Remove the actuator cable. move the cable using the t-handle to be certain it slides easily in the sheath. Lube with graphite. Order new cable from Lifeline if it does not move or has resistance. http://www.lifeline-fire.com/pullcables.aspx
  10. https://forum.champcar.org/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=15399 there are sample numbers... you can print them out on a 8.5x11 sheet and use them to cut out with an exacto knife.
  11. 2018 RVA Graphics and Wraps sponsored number panels are good, and we have an overlay. But the older (2017 and older) panels are no longer allowed, even with overlays. Blank Panels will be available at Road America. Bring your own numbers. $45 for a set of 3 blank panels
  12. I get yelled at by my producer when I interrupt the small talk about when the yellow and green fly.
  13. Can buy at Home Depot, Lowes sells something like it too. located in the flue and fireplace parts area. https://www.homedepot.com/p/GREAT-STUFF-16-oz-Fireblock-Insulating-Foam-Sealant-with-Quick-Stop-Straw-99053992/207077797
  14. ya, sat for 18 months, fuel filter fell apart all over the fuel system
  15. 1. SFI Padding on the cage where your helmet would hit. No pool foam. 2. Fuel Cell covered or firewalled from the driver. All fuel components firewalled away from driver effective April 126, 2019. 3. Cage welds. 4. holes in the engine firewall and the fuel tank/cell firewall. (BIG ONE THEY LOOK AT! Especially with Miatas as those guys rip holes in it to extend the down bars from the main hoop to the frame rail.) 5. Power off switch shutting the car off when needed. 6. REMOVE steering wheel lock, a hand full were discovered at Daytona. 7. Decals installed BEFORE you get to tech. REMOVE old CHUMPCAR Horizontal number panels. Decal rules not followed.
  16. size 4 font also makes it smaller.
  17. correct. we are now digital. monitor www.champcar.live for race updates
  18. We supply our own cameras and we mix our own show for broadcast to champcar.live. we rarely use external sources unless we start losing our cameras or your camera is now winning the race. as to what equipment you need to live stream, a simple cell phone works ok. But remember, live video data can eat up $$$ worth of data. it's always best to have a video recording in the car, like a GoPro to record the event for your drivers and for later viewing. Live Streaming is not very reliable, especially at Daytona and Charlotte where the banking can kill your reception. Thus making it so you don't have any memories from the event.
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