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craig71188 last won the day on July 8 2018

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  1. Why is it that after we allow "big aero" at limited points, bigger wheel/tire combos that require additional rules on "how to legally flare your fenders" we are surprised at bearing failures? Being this is (supposedly) a limited prep, grassroots series, shouldn't we reconsider the first two problems rather than create another (near free bearings - now framed as a "safety issue"?). Perhaps one should look at reducing aero allowances and require stock fender profiles/wheel openings! Flame on as it seem there is a small vocal group of "haves" that seem to be driving the series and tech in their own image. As others have mentioned, when is it time to consider the competitors the series has/will loose due to rules/speed creep vs. the number it might loose by not keeping the series "limited" in mods? I would suggest there are more competitors comfortable with a more limited prep approach than those with time/money to continually engineer more mods. I also chuckle when it seems many of these same folks are radically opposed to changing any fuel rules on capacity (I didn't pick your car!) in a series that is already limited to two hour stints. Runaway loosening of rules to appease a few top teams has killed many bigger and more popular series/classes than this one. Only time will tell if history will repeat itself yet again. So to those experiencing bearing issues - I didn't pick your car, nor did I make you add big aero, nor did I choose a wheel/tire combo that far exceeds the capacity of the bearing package you were allowed to run. But in the interests of "safety", I will be petitioning for any size fuel cell to be allowed at zero points as fewer pit stops will keep pit road safer. Headed off to put on my nomex now.....
  2. 2.5 points per hub??? This smells bad..... I would think the "smart and consistent" thing to do would be using the 2x cost rule, then 10 points for "other suspension component", unless of course your ox is getting gored and you have an in. Yes, such a rule would benefit me on a current build, but if this proves to be correct (2.5 pts!), it will just push my look into other series even further. Champcar is beginning to look more and more like the SCCA!
  3. This deserves repeating. I came to this series for great track time to dollar spent ratio in a "limited prep" form of racing. I have watched it become "more free stuff", debates over "speed creep" and now debates over "more aero" and how to flair fenders. Now the rule book and now rule interpretation book are growing just like SCCA's did over the years. Now the debate over "EC" and how to include/exclude them. I am working on another build. Will it race in Champcar? Too early to tell. Will I continue to drive in Champcar? Probably, because friends have cars and I enjoy their company, not because I am excited about the direction I have seen over the past few years. I am not saying there's a better option out there (yet), but the current direction has me looking at all the options. I mention this as an example of the first paragraph of the above post.
  4. I have the tools mentioned above, windshield wire is still my "go to" and seems to have less chance of breakage with a little care: https://www.amazon.com/Tool-Aid-87425-Windshield-Cut-Out/dp/B000JFUW9U/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=windshield+wire&qid=1561030917&s=automotive&sr=1-3 Reinstall windshield with butyl tape: https://www.amazon.com/3M-08620-Window-Weld-Ribbon-Sealer/dp/B0039752R2/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=butyl+tape%2C&qid=1561031027&s=automotive&sr=1-10 Add retaining tabs for safety and have MUCH less hassle next time - or changing trackside at a race.
  5. PM me - possibly interested in motor and ECU/harness. (getting error when I try to PM you). Or email - craig71188, I am "at" Hotmail.
  6. So this means we can take the "Maxxis" decals off the car now? I see they are no longer lisited as a sponsor (and Tire Rack doesn't carry the anyway...)
  7. Not mine, just popped up in my feed today. One or two Mustangs if someone were contemplating a build, might be a good start + a spare tub. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=w2w caged race cars for sale https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=w2w caged race cars for sale
  8. All depends on the car and data is your friend.
  9. Kept under factory redline. most motors will live just fine. An old timer once told me there are so many RPM's in an engine, revving higher just uses them up faster..... I think the real issues have been touched on: 1) Fuel economy 2) Are more RPM really any faster? As to fuel economy, running at lower RPM will use less fuel. Are more RPM really faster? Depends on the motor. Looking at HP & Torque curves, often the answer is "no". Depending on the transmission/rear end, often shifting well below redline better utilizes the HP/Torque and saves on fuel. Lots of RPM sounds cool, but I will shift a little lower, save a bit of fuel, and go just as fast or faster than my co-drivers most days.
  10. Complete(?) car on a trailer from a seller that sounds like they bought something they know nothing about. Sent a message asking for more SPECIFIC information and no answer. Can only guess what their reserve is, but "might" work out to be a decent starter kit: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1995-Pontiac-Firebird-race-car/292678072719?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  11. Keep in mind there is CHINA and there is china. Meaning, the quality is all over the board and unless you are buying in a brand name box - it may change from batch to batch. My company sells ignition/engine management products (some from China). If it's a retail private label, they may change manufacturers for a few percentage points. One rotor may be from one place, the next application from another. The one you bought for your car last time may not be the same this time. While the "brand names" typically do not manufacture EVERY number in their catalog, they do tend to be more selective if they are putting their name on it. I am not endorsing any brand - nor knocking any other. Find one that works (name brand) and stick with it. If they offer a fleet or HD option for your application - it's probably a bit better quality/materials. Having said all that, we have run several "economy" rotors and found that good ducting and regular changes have accounted for more consistency than the actual brand itself. On an unrelated note (or maybe not), just purchased some carbon/Kevlar "GT" pads from Autozone for our tow vehicle ('05 Silverado) - made in USA (China Hardware) but very nicely priced ($67 vs $99+ for other "fleet" pads, $120+ for other Kevlar), will be curious to see how they hold up.
  12. Just a few observations on this discussion.... 1) I am not surprised to see even an aero discussion turn to fuel capacity at some point 2) Rule book "lawyering" is why SCCA has rulebooks that total several inches thick (and why some/many of us are here to race) 3) Aero construction DOES need to be scrutinized closely for "stuff that falls off". 4) Aero does further increase the gap from "haves" and "have nots" in Champcar. It also invites the "limited prep" discussion to ensue (again) 5) "Aero adds validity to the series" or some such nonsense was stated. B.S. Pro showroom stock racing existed for years w/o aero enhancements and was very good racing All that being said, some limited aero isn't necessarily a bad thing. There need to be some clear, basic guidelines and definitions. Yes, air dams are vertical, splitters are horizontal, and they are not the same, We need to be conscious of the fact that if we allow the "overdevelopment" of the top tier cars, low tier teams w/o the knowledge/experience/money to do likewise MAY look elsewhere to race. Chump/Champ is/was about AFFORDABLE racing. If you feel you need wind tunnel data to race in Champ, maybe you're in the wrong series, or desperate to have trophies in your house/garage. Just my $ .02 (Climbs off soapbox, pours drink, gets popcorn)
  13. From a planning standpoint, to confirm, the track will not allow/does not want heavy vehicles across the bridge (motorhomes)? To the best of my knowledge it has yet to be upgraded? If so, what are the logistics for the track crossing to be open? FRI: before/till 8 am? Open at lunch break? SAT: Open till??? 1 hour before race start or??? Don't really care once the race starts, we plan to stay for the finish, just looking at getting folks in and out on the test day and race day.
  14. Well it's been over a year since I visited, but if you're discussing the "flush toilets" in the "luxurious" bathroom near the tech shed - they are simply flush toilets on top of the old pits (or they were)!
  15. Please post name of diner and time of specials.....um....asking for a friend???
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