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About UMDgrad

  • Birthday 08/11/1968

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    Charlotte, NC
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    My two kids, road racing, boating, and travel.

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  1. Here's another thought. When I first raced, I couldn't believe I was finally going to do what I have dreamt of doing for so long. For years I had watched almost any form of racing I could, and now suddenly, I had the unbelievable opportunity to race a car, around a real racetrack, against other like-minded guys/gals for a relatively low cost. You couldn't break my smile for weeks after, and I just yearned for more and more. I didn't race with a really competitive team. Most of the time, the team was just happy to be out there, trying to keep the shiny side up, trying not to hurt ourselves or others, and praying the car would make it to the end. While I have great memories of battling a few like cars and learning along the way, I realized that in endurance racing with dissimilar cars, I was racing my fellow teammates for the FTD, trying to be competitive in our class, and trying really hard to bring the car home (as fast as it would let me). And, I loved every minute of it. I recently read that only 1% of the members of Champ are active on the Forum. Those 1% are constantly debating the merits of this or that, scrutinizing cars, tracks, and drivers, or just enjoying the camaraderie. But those 1% are the stewards of all of our endeavors, and the endeavors of those, like all of us, who have the passion. Let's all be aware and cognizant that decisions being affected or made through the medium of this forum are affecting the 99%, AND those out there that have yet to have their first race. I think that Champcar is at a crossroads, I just hope that the future guy/gal who has been watching for too long, can have the same life changing opportunity that I had. Ken
  2. Have to agree with the want for EC cars to be on the VPI list.
  3. This is what I was talking about on page 1 or 2. The Rusty Wallace racing experience instructors warned everyone not to try to save it. But also like I said in that post, it is nearly impossible to unlearn the attempt to correct it.
  4. LOL Ask a dumb question....get a dumb answer, lol Or in this case the real answer.
  5. OK, VIDEOS, OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN Since I have to live vicariously through all of you who have more time and money than me, please post up the videos asap!!!!!!!! Sounded like a lot of fun and it bugs me to no end that I just missed another CMS Champcar race when I am only 30 minutes away 😣
  6. A long time ago my wife bought me one of those Rusty Wallace NASCAR experiences at CMS. During the driver briefing one of the instructors said that if for some reason you lose it on the banking, NEVER try to save it. If you do you will just re-hook up and end up in the wall hard. He went on to say that just keeping the wheel straight or slightly left and you will just have a long downhill spin. When i raced there with Chump a few years ago I kept telling myself that, but we all know that we can't suddenly unlearn to countersteer. The third video made me think of this and I bet we will see another video of the same. Those walls look hard, SAFER barriers or not. Good to hear that the only serious damage was to the cars and not the drivers.
  7. Absolutely love the name of your team. Assume it's named after that none talked about but very important muscle, lol.
  8. Did your front camber have anything to do with that? I thought it looked a little aggressive :-) Also, your car sounded so bad a$$ coming out of Turn 4, especially after half the cars had tanked in that crazy heat.
  9. Wife and I are headed to Abu Dhabi on Sunday for the F1 race. Since it will be our first time there I thought I would ask for some last minute suggestions. We plan on doing: Grand Mosque, Falcon Hospital, Ferrari World, desert tour with dinner. Day trip to Dubai (maybe rent a car), Al Ain, and ???????? We are there 7 full days with the GP stuff Fri, Sat, Sun (and Thursday pit lane walk). Any recommendations, thoughts, or advice welcome. Thanks
  10. Are Michelin tires allowed at Indy? Some of you may remember that 2005 F1 debacle they called a Grand Prix. 6 cars racing, lol.
  11. Charlotte local driver looking for a ride at Charlotte Motor Speedway Spring '18. Drove there two August's ago and had the fastest time in the car on the Roval. I'm not an Arrive and Drive kind of guy, I always do my share setting up and packing up, and most importantly take care of the car on the track. It won't be as hot which will be nice, really nice. Man it gets hot there. I have comms set up in my helmet and a HANS for sharing. Call/text 704-785-7403 or email terryken@hotmail.com Ken
  12. Agree that it looks like the steering correction to tighten the line when maybe he should have tracked out under throttle could have been the culprit. Also, what is the track like at that point? Does it have a domed surface, wrong camber, or just a good bump? Looks like surface camber not helping him out, combined with the steering correction. I haven't been there but the video, as with most videos, doesn't show the whole picture. Glad he was ok, that was a hell of a hit.
  13. I think the new name/logo reflects what is happening in the series. While I worry about the speed creep, I think it reflects the level of craftsmanship, dedication, and race craft you find at every race. Can't wait!!
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