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mcoppola

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  1. @Blacksheepbob Thanks for providing the community with a very thoughtful and respectful explanation, and for extending the olive branch to a potential new team. Thank you for some nice comments regarding Champcar, as well as the make up of your teams, the Blue Shells. In this case, it would have been very easy and tempting for you come back with a defensive or negative response. Thank you for the professionalism and kindness that is shown. Hopefully others will see this and grow to enjoy the community of friendly racers that our ChampCar community has become.
  2. Hello, @FocusedSteve and welcome to the CC forums. You've raised some good questions, and are obviously very familiar with these cars. I hope they are in teh spirit of understanding the BCCR, but I'm troubled by the accusatory nature of your claims. What are you building yourself? A focus? Many of us network together to share what we've learned and perhaps could answer some of the questions you raised. I'm on CC's Technical Advisor Committee and have spoken with Phil about his car, and also know his sister team car and it's owner/builder well. I run a Focus myself. Without seeing the Tech sheet on the 916 car, I can't answer all of the questions raised. Thank you BoD member @Chris Hugginsfor providing some answers.
  3. I went with 9's, cuz 10's were just a bit too wide for: a) bearing loads that are already overburdened, b) weight c) can run 225's or 245's on them.
  4. Great to hear from you Kent!!!!! Looking forward to seeing you. edit: This just made my day, reconnecting and looking forward to seeing some of the good folks we met when we got started in endurance racing!!!
  5. I hate to laugh about this, but it sure didn't make much sense when I read it, too. Sounds like the promoter knows very little about the customer base's needs a day before an endurance race.
  6. If the car is a hardtop, Yes, it's done all the time. Thin aluminum or steel sheeting can be used to close off the opening left by the sunroof cartridge assembly. If it's a convertible, it's a bit more complex, but some cars such as Miatas, run with a fabricated panel covering the top of the roll cage, and a window net to cover the window opening. I believe they are able to race without arm restraints when configured this way. edit: from the BCCR: 9.6. SUNROOFS, T-TOPS, CONVERTIBLES 9.6.1. All cars with sunroof and/or t-top openings must be covered by either a firmly attached removable hardtop, the original sunroof panel, or a fabricated metal panel secured and fixed in place. Alternately, they can be run as convertibles with the drivers wearing the required arm restraints or with a roof net installed on the vehicle.
  7. @Bandit hey I meant to ask - how were you getting speeds?
  8. Agree with all you said Bandit. Yes it was painful to watch all those slow full course cautions when we know how a real race is run at Road America. We may be amateurs, but at least this stuff is for real.
  9. They are definitely building them stronger than they used to. Now it's like a plow up front. As @mender said, I've seen a few cars that have done what he described. As a side note regarding Nascar - I was 1 of it's biggest cheerleaders a few years back, but find the races are getting more and more painful to watch. It's almost as if you're watching a talk show with a slew of commercials. Lately, it's unusual to see 5-10 laps of actual racing without a competition caution, a scheduled 10 minute break twice a race (stages), or the mysterious debris cautions to tighten up the field every few laps. All those stoppages, along with the pits being open or not open at certain times - idk, someone has developed a pretty elaborate game that has me losing interest more and more each year. Going to MIS to see Indy cars once a year and Nascar twice a year was always a summer highlight. Indycar no longer comes to MIS and we lost 1 of the nascar races to the "new markets" they are exploring. Great track seeing little use - it sucks. This was always something the women in our family enjoyed too. Even my wife, a die hard fan, is just about done watching. At least they put some more road courses on the schedule since I enjoy those, but my wife hates them....
  10. Hmm, you oughta try living here in the States - for some (most?) folks claiming that this is the greatest country in the world, it seems like someone's always whining about something. Don't feel bad, it's all made me more of a jerk than I like to be, too. I still remember my old boss telling me at 18 "Don't let the bastards wear you down." Good advice that I have to think about daily.
  11. I was going to (and still should) write a petition to limit the number of petitions per year to about the first 40 or so received. And also place a limit on how many per member. I’ve seen first hand how much time petitions occupy. I also still feel that it was a move by the “benevolent dictator” to complicate things for management by allowing the racers to suggest the rules. This was a Huge departure from how he ran things. I believe he wanted to leave total chaos that could possibly fail.
  12. Now you've got Rodger drooling. He’s chomping at the bit to do this build. Keeps saying 520 is too high. But he suffers from being on the TAC and now BoD - and we just can’t let him build a car that with his driving prowess, will come out and kick everyone’s butts.
  13. Quoted again for emphasis.
  14. Yes Gingerman and Mid Ohio. We were going to try to do autobahn but couldn’t make it work in between a trip to Yellowstone and our daughter having her second baby. Going testing at the local road course on Wednesday, July 14th. Hope to see you guys soon and be on track together
  15. I found the same thing, and have used this same RJS net on several customer roll cage builds.
  16. That's similar to the one we've always used (ribbon vs mesh is the only difference, size is the same, I think Allstar #10288??), however with the large rake angle on a lot of windshields, in some cases, EVEN this net will not reach forward of the steering wheel completely. If this doesn't pass tech, we will look at angling it down in front and moving it forward a bit. But then that opens a big gap at the top. Which is worst?
  17. If it was 2015 you’re thinking of - that was our Focus’ 1st race, also a top ten, 1st met @wvumtnbkr in person - but it was the eastern regional championship.
  18. @wvumtnbkr^^^Awesome weekend Rob! Great prep work on your car. And what a way to run your team over the weekend!!!! Great to see you always taking care of those who help out by getting them some seat time. You da Man!!!!
  19. Troy, I agree with your thoughts in the last section. In a nutshell, yes, unwritten rules suck. It’s one of my pet peeves and things the tac is trying to rectify. the scenario of a new team being surprised at tech isn’t new to me. I’ve built roll cages for over a dozen cars, many for champcar, and some of those teams WERE surprised at tech and got a bad taste for ChampCar. It’s part of the reason the tac group strives to have a good bccr that can be followed easily. lastly, no, we the tac do not have a list of items tech has assigned points for. We do work together with them continually though to learn these things, and as has happened in the past, the FPV list keeps getting longer and longer as we include those items. It’s not a perfect situation, but believe me there are many people working behind the scenes to try to make this a fair and fun experience for everybody.
  20. We've run Rivals, RS-3's and RS-4's when we've been able to race. My car lost a motor in Fall 2017, and it's taken 3 years of garnering spare money and time to get it together again, along with a multitude of other upgrades to the car - so I'm not a very good gauge of current performance of any kind. I DO Appreciate your efforts on keeping this racing affordable, as there would be No way I'd be able to do this if it weren't for the low budget nature of our series, It's a big part of why I volunteered to be on the TAC - to try to provide this opportunity for others and keep it affordable. I'm sure you're disappointed. But I hope and feel confident that the series will work through this issue as it has all previous issues, get past it, and continue to provide this playground for us. P.S. Hard to tell without hearing the words verbally, so I'm not sure if you truly wanted to know what tires I run - or if it was just another jab at me for not racing as much as some teams do - or as much as I'd like to. Either way, no worries.
  21. I'm sure you noticed that on my 2nd post, I did try to provide a bit of an explanation. Couldn't help myself on my first response though - you're pretty good at dishing out on people, so I'm sure you're really good at taking it in return, right?
  22. You’re right. A 2nd element or wing is not covered in the bccr. Aero descriptions and pictures have improved greatly in the past few years, partly due to our Media/Marketing/Several other hats guy, working with Tac, Tech and BoD to improve the bccr. It’s is a constant evolution as loopholes and new cars are investigated and added/modified. in the meantime, Tim’s note best describes how Tech assigned points in this case.
  23. So tire petitions, and many words on these forums yielded no tire rule changes - unfortunate. Well, use your own advice to all of us - keep coming on here and finding more things to write long complaint lists about - while we work to improve our cars!!
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