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  1. I've also got a few of the 2' x 3' drywall mud mixing pans, which are what WRL specifies for fuel catch pans. (They work great for engine teardown parts such as heads, intakes, etc. to keep from getting oil all over your workspace.) For some odd reason, the ChampCar BCCR limits catch pan size to 24" square or diameter. I doubt if it's ever enforced though. A suitable gasoline and/or liquid catch pan must be used during refueling in an appropriate position to catch any spilled fuel. All fueling / gasoline catch pans MUST be manufactured of metal or sturdy, chemical-resistant plastic, maintain a minimum 3” depth, hold a minimum of 1-gallon (4-quarts) of liquid. Catch pans should be larger than 12” square or 12” in diameter and should not exceed 24” square or 24” in diameter. Oil drip pans work perfectly for this
  2. Oh yeah, I forgot about that... Wow, that was what, like (almost) twice the weight of your Hondas? 😉
  3. why would you be shocked that chinese stuff is junk? smh...
  4. ^^^i see what you did there...😀 ...always finding ways to be clever!
  5. The word 'blasphemy' was the first to come to my mind when I saw TiredBirds post, but @mender's words fit better, LOL
  6. @hotchkis23 Good reminder Aaron. I (and probably most others) forgot that this indeed WAS the same person/team that not only ranted on social medium about how bad of a series ChampCar is, he then went so far as to try to justify his comments with additional jabs at the series. They have shown disrespect in their words AND their actions. I take my responsibilities on the TAC seriously as a 'voice of the customer' to try to maintain a fair and safe playground for everyone. Most of the time, our TAC responsibilities focus on rules - this time, I am hearing what you are all saying, as racers trying to keep their cars and drivers safe and free from intentional disrespect/abuse/damage/injury. Mike Chisek does not participate in this forum any more. I'm sure he hears some of what is talked about on here, but the best way to get his attention about any type of issue or question is to write to him directly. If you guys are truly unhappy with certain teams' behaviors, and want to see something done about it, I urge you to email him to let your feelings be known. edit: shortened my rant
  7. Paul, after talking with you at Indy, and seeing the damage to your car - and especially seeing the Connolly car from before and after the event - I was waiting for you to chime in. For many of us racing in ChampCar, 1 of the main reasons we are here is because of the affordability this series provides us. Having said that, an accident that would scrap our car would be devastating to have to start all over again. Teams such as Connolly's or Tuttle's, that obviously have bigger budgets than most of us, and have often times shown blatant disrespect for their competitors - need to be reprimanded or banned, IMHO. Yes, they enter many races, but if they total low budget teams' cars every time they race, then the series is also losing revenue - revenue that is coming from teams who the series was intentionally meant for. Paul's post says it all. If teams are looking at who's entered, and avoiding those races, it's bad for the series as a whole. Part of the reason we enter the lesser attended races is because we are not the most experienced team out there, and we could ill afford to start all over again.
  8. @Bluebandit48 and @Nosniv I was following your progress, and was bummed to see you guys drop out of the race. I texted Evan to see what happened, but never got a response. Now, after reading what put you out, I'm glad to hear that you guys (and the car) are all alright!! Stock Focus fuel tank is 13.2 gallons. An ATL 15 gallon cell fits perfectly between a couple of the crossmembers on the Focus. I've installed one in my car, and guided some guys in Texas toward doing the same with theirs. 15 gallons + 1/2 gallon surge tank + filler tube to the stock fill port location in the Focus puts you right at the cusp of doing 2 hour stints at most tracks, other than Road America. I've got a couple 1" square tube "U" shapes running fore/aft around the cell that would bottom out before the steel can would ever touch the ground, so there's some added protection in that way too. What did you guys do to resolve the rear wheel bearing issues that occurred at Indy? PM me to answer if you'd like, or I think I may be on some text trails that Evan and I shared, if you've kept them.
  9. Congrats @Huggy, @chip, and @Burningham for the win. Great job building & prepping a very fast and well driven car Chris! Chris & Rodger - I enjoyed spending time with you guys at Indy.
  10. The BCCR used to specify no metal within 10" of the end of the filler tube. For some reason, I think it was dropped a few years back. Probably when the BCCR was rewritten because some folks complained it was too long.
  11. Bumping this up. We've got 3 people interested in kicking off another batch of hubs - 5 pair is the minimum order size. The build shop informed me that the cost of splining the hubs has risen dramatically when he built the last batch of 9 pair. They are raising the price to $700 for a pair of these hubs. We've had 28 pair built to date, but interest seems to be waning. if you're interested in a set, better speak up now. The next run of parts could be the last one...
  12. Can't say enough good things about this. A great accomplishment, and another feather in ChampCar's hat, that the series is providing a similar experience to formula sae for young students to hone their skills!
  13. Thanks for the kind comments Aaron. Sorry to derail for a moment, but... You don't know how close your comments above (underlined) are to the truth. Kenny's wedding day brought up a whole slew of emotions that were hard to suppress, because just a few short years ago, this day seemed impossible. Kenny, a former all state high school soccer player, and professional prospect, fell into the opioid & drug abuse crisis, and his life spiraled downhill. We almost lost him a couple times, and my wife and I kept our situation a secret. For years we struggled with his depression & legal issues, and it led to self questioning of 'what did we do wrong as parents,' and a bit of depression of my own. Over time, it became harder and harder to keep our secret, and when we finally came out and told everyone the truth, the support from close friends and family was overwhelmingly positive, and much needed! I'm happy to report that he found a girl that helped him out of the dark place he was in, and he has been drug free for over 3 years now. Once again, sorry to derail, but I just wanted to let everyone in my ChampCar family know that you, too, helped me get through a bad episode of my life. This series has not only provided me with a playground to do something I never thought possible, but it's also provided me with some great friends and supporters, and some really awesome times!!! Indy was a classic example, where many teams (you know who you are) included me as part of your team, and group of friends. I was happy to share in the experience with y'all, even if we didn't have our own car there. Bad times really make you appreciate and cherish the good times, and good people in your life, so much more! Many thanks to my ChampCar family of racers, management personnel, and forum friends - our relationships mean the world to me. edit: P.S. Please don't comment here, as I don't want to derail this thread any further. @hotchkis23's note prompted me to thank you all. No need to make this a 'poor Mike' deal. We're fine, and you've all already showed your care and friendship without ever knowing what was going on.
  14. Some of my buddies on the TAC and BOD already know this, but we had to withdraw our entry from Gingerman once again this year in what is becoming a disappointing pattern... My son Danny, the other "half" of our team is standing up in his buddy's wedding that weekend, and my other son Kenny just got married 2 days ago, which did a nice job of draining my finances. It's great to see Gingerman sold out. I'm glad we pulled out a couple weeks back, to give another team ample time to prepare. I still plan to come out for the weekend to volunteer, or perhaps hook up with another team as a driver. Either way, it will be great to see everyone again! Indy was awesome for meeting some forum friends. Looking forward to doing some of the same at this race too.
  15. Hey @Racer28173 sorry for the late reply. Right now, we entered our Focus in the PIRC race, 2 weeks before Road America. My son's wedding 2 days ago drained my finances, so we bailed out on Gingerman , and might only be able to afford 1 race this season. Racing our car at Road America would be a stretch, but if we can't do that, perhaps I'll volunteer to work that race too.
  16. no worries, I understood and appreciated your input. btw - idk if my post was very relevant to the topic either, since I'm not 100% sure what Cam meant by the big 4 either... P.S. I actually tried to put a "like" on your post, and couldn't figure out why it wouldn't work, then I saw you deleted it.
  17. @SonsOfIrony I think you misunderstood @Cam Benty's post. I think he may have been talking about what he considers the ChampCar "Big 4" - the 4 types of vehicles that consistently run up front in our series - and "bringing back to the series" I think meant neutering them. Based on Cam's previous posts, my guess is that he was referring to E30's, MR2's, Miatas, and possibly Honda's (from a few select teams.) edit: perhaps I'm the one who's wrong though - idk, lol. Just another instance where internet conversations are tough to interpret sometimes.
  18. ^^^^Those are both some pretty awesome clips! Some great driving/saves there @Huggy and Kerry! It's pretty cool, and a testament to how good some of the cars, builders, and drivers are in our series - that the pro teams with the big rigs can't just come in here and be successful instantly. We've got some really talented people in ChampCar, and we're all pretty fortunate that the series has evolved into quite the nice playground for us to be able to do something that many of us never thought was possible at one time. #countyourblessings #ChampCarrocks!
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