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hotchkis23

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  1. From experience, pit marshalls are usually told to go to the teams box and advise them to call if the driver misses the black flag. Might be dependent on regions though, but in the Central where we tend to volunteer thats how it is handled. We all get lists of pit assignments so we can communicate among ourselves to make it easier. General PSA: If you have the chance, work a race, you really get an understanding of how everything behind the scenes works all while getting to observe some of the better teams, as well as some of the bonehead things that happen on the pit lane. Some of which are waaaaayyyyy more idiotic than some of the driving shown in videos.
  2. Yep, I was working that one too, lots of contact there as well...
  3. Having been a pit marshal and having teams come up to me and tell about getting passed under yellow, the response is always the same. It has to come from a corner worker. Champcar isn't the ones spotting Yellows. I have seen where teams have taken video up and penalties have been assessed that way. Also, if it is super busy with incidents, they might get flagged hours after the event happened. At Road America on Saturday last fall, we were handing out PUY Penalties up until 45 minutes to go in the race for incidents that happened before lunch. I had a lot of teams coming up and yelling about why they got the penalty, they didn't understand that we couldn't put 40 cars into Black Flag
  4. NA8 gets the 12.7 gallon tank, which from what I know, maybe not much, is the same as the NB....
  5. Wait what??? NA6/8 are a platform, NB is a separate one.... I would beleive that you would start at 300(NA8) plus the pts for the swap, and then get to remain as an NA8 platform, with a swap....doesn't matter if you swapped a later Mazda engine in or not. Those models are not the same platfrom, ie: e30 m50, doesn't have to become an e36 when they swap that motor in....
  6. That and the pic of Pauls altima with the glowing brakes makes me feel like we go just as hard as the IMSA boys, but with a 1/16th or less of a budget. Great race to all that competed!
  7. I read it the way you present it in the second explanation. The question is can the same then be expected to be applied to a rear subframe with the same possible point value. Yes, I know, ask tech desk.
  8. K member, but it says "subframe/K-member" Since some cars have rear subframes, one would assume the same would apply? I believe that is the ? being presented.
  9. I remember when he ran his first race at VIR and was butthurt about being in EC and whined all over FB about how low quality the series was and how he was such a superior driver/team owner and that they would be winning races in no time...that was enough for me to know there was going to be an issue...
  10. Time to go back to the old way of differentiating between engine and trans and not just lumping things in a "generation" together.
  11. With their history on track.....park'em. I believe after Indy there was a probationary period for them....must have expired.
  12. Remember that car from INDY last year.....Came in like a showroom car, left without a straight panel on it.
  13. Especially in the hands of a team like Rileys. After seeing pictures, that is a BA looking machine. I really like seeing the "historic" cars that are built for this and doing well. Much more than the modern stuff coming in.
  14. When you have teams coming in with 1/2=1million dollar haulers and multiple cars, what do you expect. They want to feel like they are important. Vs. the guy renting a uhaul trailer to pull theire 3/4 ready honda to the track to actually race for real......the series is what it is for all of us, but never the same for all of us. I hope that each race the team on top is the one with the u-haul...
  15. You are not wrong...and most seem to be those that want to spend $$$ vs. create...
  16. Ours was a mustang running a full stoptech kit all around valued at $5k.........
  17. Won't disagree with you on the perception thing. I truly believe the leadership here is not along those lines...From what I know, there was a lot more involved there from possible fraudulent info presented that made it a more difficult situation. I support Mike C. with where he is leading things, however, he may not always get all or 10% accurate info and can sometimes rule too quickly to appease teams...
  18. Yeah...funny how it has already been pointed out on here how the existing build may not have been quite legal by the rules, but harshly defended by tech.....cant't wait to see how this one goes....
  19. Yep! we called out a team in 2016 for the setup they were running, said they could take the total value of the entire braking system and then have 2x, so they spent it on the fronts....we asked the same question in 2019 and were told no, a claiper is a caliper, rotor is a rotor, so price it accordingly....glad we get to save some points now though....turbo time????
  20. Exactly my point....the series allows for so much free stuff, if you cannot take advantage of it and then spend the actual upgrade points wisely, it is a you problem....just like life, things shouldn't be given, but earned....
  21. Honestly, with the way the series has decided to hand out 2x and free parts, if you start less than 400pts down, you should be able to make a winning car...
  22. I am not saying cars that win. I am saying that cars cannot be judged on how they rolled off the assembly line for base vpi, due to the fact that the series has said shocks, springs, bushings, and brakes can all be gotten for free. There for, you need to look at a platform that gains these advantages and were it can place as a result. I'm not familiar with how those series treat the upgrades that I spelled out above for pts. If they are free, and as far as I am aware those series are power to weight or bracket racing formats, which is nowhere near what this series is trying to do....
  23. Also, no a 1st gen eclipse is not an overdog, but you proved it could be....maybe, if the world was all equal, the e30 m20 would be the 500 pt car and the 1.8 miata would be at 450, and the sc300 would be at 550....unfotunately, we don't get to make the decisions or know if they are made by looking at actual data from 11+ years of a series existing.
  24. Paul, I know that you can build great race cars. You have proven it with many different platforms. That said, you have shown what the "true potental" of a car can be. So if you take your current build and build it to the rules and go out and perform the way you did, I would only expect you to get a bump. My point is more towards asking for swapped cars to have actual as raced weights and actual power figured in. As a team that has two swapped cars, with two different swap's, I am also familiar with teams claiming a certain swap hp and then installing a motor that is the same "le5" but has different cams or other intenrals that provide extra hp.. In regards to others getting the collateral damage, in a race, where you reward greatness, you cannot pander to the ones that don't put in the effort to maximize performance. I will liken this to sports that I have coached for 18 years. If you are not willing to put in the hours to train and be better than you competition, you are not owed to have an equal playing field. Vehicles need to be valued by their maximum performance under the current rules , which sadly means all cars get 2x brakes and suspension....
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