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  1. DiscoveryParts, a ChampCar Endurance Series partner, will be bringing their “Mobile Technology Center '' to the ChampCar RVA Graphics & Wraps Carolina Grand Prix event on June 26/27. If there is anything special you would like us to bring, please let us know before Wednesday June 23 noon EST as the vehicle gets final loaded the previous night. We already have a very full will-call box and thank you for the support of our company. New on the racer support team vehicle are Schroth harness', Griot's Garage items, MyLaps Transponders, and the Garmin Catalyst demo unit for you to use on track. Stop by and let us know what session and day you would like to use it, and we will have it ready. Thanks once again and we look forward to seeing everyone at Carolina Motorsports Park. Our #1 category for ChampCar Endurance Series Members: https://www.discoveryparts.com/15__auto-racing-closeout-and-clearance- ChampCar Endurance Series Discount Code - https://discoveryparts.com/content/17-press-release-discoveryparts-announced-as-official-champcar-endurance-series-supporter
  2. 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"
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Got my pump, pretty heavy duty. It's been tested too.
  6. decal art coming soon September 18-September 19, 2021 PALM BEACH INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY: 8+7-Hour Enduro, $1275 Jupiter, FL "Palm Beach Enduros" Early Pay Discount Ends: July 20, 2021 Event Director: dana.morrison@champcar.org Entrant List Download Supplemental Rules and Event Info Download Event Waiver
  7. August 28, 2021 THOMPSON SPEEDWAY: 12-Hour Enduro, $1275 Thompson, CT "Thompson 12" Early Pay Discount Ends: June 29, 2021 Event Director: dana.morrison@champcar.org Entrant List Download Supplemental Rules and Event Info Download Event Waiver Entries for Thompson 12 Team Name Car # Year Make Model 1. Bent Over Racing 985 1997 BMW 325i 2. Hammerheads Racing 275 2003 BMW 325xi 3. Ztek 53 1995 Honda Accord
  8. Unfortunately the car will not be ready for this event. I still am needing to install the seat in a lowered floor pan so the containment section fits properly.
  9. Hottest race ever for me was COTSA a few years ago. My cameras for the show were overheating every 10 minutes or so. I would dip them in ice water (yes, water proof) then do another 10 minutes of recording. That too was a dry heat. We will be ready I am also packing my cool shirt backpack.
  10. I just spent a week in the Florida sauna.
  11. The 245 x15s are in stock now for all you e30s and miatas.
  12. A benefit of being around loud cars every weekend, working on F111's and F15s, and being in a house with 4 really loud grand kids is that you are numb to the noises now.
  13. ok. so help me here. My Toyota MR2 transaxle has a built in pump. So that's all I know. Super easy. But the Opel does not have any pumps on the trans, or the rear diff. Right now I am focused on the welded rear diff that I have in the car. Does this pump need to be at the rear diff level in order to prime? I figure that I would use the drain for the pickup, and drill a new hole for the return at the top of the diff. But I wanted to put the pump in the trunk, with a cooler in the same area and a naca duct feeding cool air to the cooler. But the level that the pump sits at is the concern.
  14. Early pay discount approaching "The Lifeline 24-Hour Classic"Early Pay Discount Ends: June 8, 2021
  15. Sundays T&S has been updated. https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/6110602#all-results
  16. They should be available for sale this summer. There are some things that have to be done by ChampCar as well. We will be renting the units at registration once we are given the go-a-head from Flagtronics.
  17. Join the ChumpCar International, Inc Board of Directors, and ChampCar CEO/President Dana Morrison for an evening filled with ChampCar insider information. Follow along with the meeting notes. Download those notes here: 2021ChampCarBODMeeting3.pdf - Google Drive The evening will include news of the Club, financial reports, and the status of member-submitted 2022 BCCR petitions. 2022 BCCR Petition PDF - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1lEUsjz9lLmzrU3WKRmARCUOkUDOgwUNH/view?usp=sharing ChumpCar International, Inc - ByLaws - ChampCarBylaws.pdf Current 2021 BCCR version 3 - BCCR-2021v300.pdf (champcar.org) The meeting is hosted by ChampCar.Live presenter Pauie Veltum and can be viewed live at our YouTube Channel at http://www.ChampCar.live. Questions can be asked via the live presentation via the YouTube Chat, or email media@champcar.org, or text Bill Strong at 434.996.6721 during the presentation. The event will be recorded and available for playback immediately after the presentation is over. If you missed it, please email any questions or concerns to board@champcar.org The TireRack.com ChampCar Endurance Series is for people like you that have always wanted to go road racing without all the hassles, huge rulebook, or obscene expense. All you need is a valid drivers license, some safety gear, and a race car, which you can rent from arrive and drive teams, or build your own car! ChampCar is the simplest path to real wheel-to-wheel road racing! ChampCar.Live is brought to you by AutoZone. What: Public virtual meeting Where: http://www.ChampCar.live When: Tuesday - June 8th, 2021 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST Why: Required by the ChumpCar International, Inc. Bylaws ChampCar Endurance Series :: Board of Directors Join the ChumpCar International, Inc Board of Directors, and ChampCar CEO/President Dana Morrison for an evening filled with ChampCar insider information. The evening will include news of the Club, financial reports, and the status of member-submitted 2022 BCCR petitions. 2021 BOD Board Meeting Slides - PDF Version - <Will be uploaded before the live presentation> 2022 BCCR Petition PDF - https://champcar.org/web/pdf/bod/2022-BCCR-Member-Petitions.pdf ChumpCar International, Inc - ByLaws - https://champcar.org/web/pdf/ChampCarBylaws.pdf Current 2021 BCCR version 3 - https://champcar.org/web/pdf/2021bccr/BCCR-2021v300.pdf The meeting is hosted by ChampCar.Live presenter Paul Veltum and can be viewed live at our YouTube Channel at http://www.ChampCar.live. Questions can be asked via the live presentation via the YouTube Chat, or email media@champcar.org, or text Bill Strong at 434.996.6721 during the presentation. The event will be recorded and available for playback immediately after the presentation is over. If you missed it, please email any questions or concerns to board@champcar.org Sincerely, Bill Strong Marketing Director ChampCar Endurance Series
  18. working on finding out why the results are skewed up. Give me a few days as staff are still traveling. Sorry about that
  19. Race Results https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1863510 Sunday Results https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/6110602#all-results Saturday ChampCar.Live
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