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  1. I'd be more than happy to answer/talk to any nominees that have questions or anything else about Board/Club stuff; especially the questions that I have answers too Just send me a direct message plz
  2. We, as a board, are working very hard to preserve, the low budget amateur racing we all enjoy. While there can be no guarantee, we would like to feel more confident that this or other cars are not going to cause damage to competitors cars. Racing is not the sort of sport that can be done with any certainty of no damage but, we look to the membership to keep the racing as clean as possible. I know how much blood, sweat,tears, and money goes into getting these cars to the track. One of the most important things in this topic is that you (the membership) don't work really hard to get your car to a race and its totaled or, irreparably damaged by avoidable contact.
  3. It wasn't required for purchase at VIR, but all teams were provided a flagtronics box to use during the race. Good R & D will help us make sure that we have the bugs worked out as best as possible. The feedback I've gotten back was very positive.
  4. Thanks to all that came out! It was so nice to put faces to names and meet a few new Champs! Also, thanks to Rodger @Burningham for helping organize a fun night! So nice to have a little normal-ish fun.
  5. I included info and pics to help find us on Friday night. 1) When you are almost there, the road looks like it dead ends; it's just a sharp right. Warehouse 25 is the first warehouse on the right past Guzzler Manufacturing (they have a sign, we don't) 2) there is additional parking at the next warehouse on the right past ours (it is not in use) FYI we have a few address, so google will take you next door some times. I'll try my best to remember to put my light-up Santa out front, so you know you're in the right place.
  6. Were going to spread out well! I'm making 2 large pans of mac and cheese too, probably one gouda, one pepper jack. Also, I would suggest bringing bag chairs we have about 20 but I'm anticipating more people than that. The warehouse does have a few heat source so we shouldn't freeze lol. I've got several warming catering trays to keep food warm. Which team are you with, I've got a tally running, trying to make sure I don't double count a team All Champs are welcome, feel free to shoot me a text if you have additions, any questions, last minute change ect. 205-908-5501
  7. I do not recall voting on the VPI adjustment of the Cobra. However, I do think VPI adjustment reasoning should be made public.
  8. The argument of reliability versus performance is a never ending pandora's box. I would like cars to be more reliable, and it seems like free reliability parts would be the way to do this but its not a simple solution. Free reliability items opens up the interpretation of what is and is not a reliability item; is a more reliable car not a better performing car too.... All the discussions about doing this have ended with, racing costing more money, which we are trying to avoid. If you have the points to spare add the reliability items you need. Finishing the race is better than turning the fastest lap but, being broken in the paddock prematurely. If you feel your car's VPI is high, due to reliability issues, submit a request to alter the VPI to the tech desk and we'll take a look at it.
  9. Thanks so much Dan! I love the idea of helping our "rookie" drivers excel in the craft. I also feel that helping our newcomers is a benefit to us all. It allows us all to have better laps, especially if other drivers are more predictable and understand the expectations better. Most importantly it makes the race track a safer place. There are many things we can do to aid new comers without reinventing the wheel. The HPDE world is already doing it, so it wouldn't be hard to adopt a few practices that help our novices.
  10. Sorry for the delayed response this week took a nose dive lol ++I am in favor of continuing to focus on the overall win as the main objectives, as we currently do. However I'd like to look at what an adjustment to the classes based on points would look like for our membership. We have not purposed the break points that delineate classes, we want this to make sense, so we are currently collecting data this year to look through. I am interested to see how many points the majority of the field has. Are most team maxed out? Or are there a lot of team running vastly under 500pts. These will be some things to take into consideration. For example, lets say 90% or more of our teams are at 475-500 pts, then maybe the points based classes don't make as much sense. I think one of the biggest benefits to this change would be that new teams coming in, without the funds to max a car out, could still be competitive against other similarly classed cars. However, there are other ways to achieve the rookie or budget minded objective without changing the class structure. As a board we have been discussing all sides of this topic and all suggestions and feedback. However, if the membership is mostly not on board I am fully willing to listen to what you guys want. This topic started as a result of a petition, that most of us liked but, did not feel it was appropriate to make such drastic changes until more info could be gathered. Please send me your suggestions and what you prefer and why. ++Fuel for points is a super interesting idea, however, at the moment it was tabled for further discussion. I believe this could cause other drastic changes as it changes strategy for the entire field. Definitely, one of those item to only proceed with, once it is well thought out. I was a fan of this idea at first, until I though of all the possibilities of how it could be used. For ex. several cars would need to be revalued VPI because their VPI is super low primarily bc of a small fuel capacity. major overhaul of the system, I don't see a good enough reason to do that yet. But, I am open to feedback on the topic. ++I'd like to group the 3rd and 4th question together. I think that the key to our success as a series is to contain the cost increase. There are many ways to do propose to do this however, they need to be reasonable to enforce. I think limiting tires in some way would be a good start, as long as you aren't compromising safety. I want this to stay an amateur series, that is open to regular people like me. That teams without deep pockets can still be competitive for the overall win. That the racing is about the driving and strategy, not how much money you can afford to spend. There are many things we could do to make our series better, however the objective is that a change that is supposed to make things better, doesn't inadvertently cost teams more money and time. I look forward to seeing you all at a track soon. Please don't hesitate to email me as well, tiffany.alexander@champcar.org (Please forgive my grammatical errors, I could have never majored in English
  11. 1) I believe any rulebook reviews and petitions should be first vetted through the TAC and Tech & CEO. Then the Board reviews , makes suggestions and can approves the items. Big picture focus. 2)I wish I knew a way to make racing cheaper, it can be an expensive endeavor even at the grassroots level. However, I think as a Board we can cap some of the cost, by capping the advantages that big money teams can get with their wallet. 3) We've come a long way all ready, but regularly planned Board Meetings monthly, and possibly a quarterly meeting between, Tech, Tac, CEO and BOD could help facilitate open communication and information between all. Then sharing this information with members that want to know, and also bringing up member feedback at meeting. Continue to encourage communication from members. I try to talk as many teams and especially new teams, at each race as I can. I like to hear their story. 4) That's a tricky question, especially since the tech desk and all the component are relatively new issues. But I suggested Chris Huggins early this year, and since we got him rolling he seems to be doing a great job. I think we let Chris let us know what he needs to be successful. 5) I would like to help keep us all more organized, documented, and our decisions researchable. To make sure that tabled topics, get addressed at the next meeting and are not forgotten. I'm also good at mediating and coming up with outside the box resolutions, looking for the win/win. Great questions Tyler! Thanks!
  12. 1) not really, speed and costs have continued to increase. I would like to see us move more in the grassroots direction, and be easier for people to get involved and be competitive. I am against this moving toward deep pockets win races. 2) I voted against making clutches, flywheels, or most anything else free points. 3) I'd really like to see more trophies and winnings for more class wins, and top 5, especially if we assign classes by points. I'd like to see more comradery and less conflict. It needs to be good quality competition, but also fun. I want to see teams reminded to be absolutely safe, but I don't want our club to work like parents scolding children, we are all adults and need to be addressed as such. I do not want club members to get 'Lemons like' punishments and scoldings.
  13. He's got mine too ! I've known Rodger for many years, and he's a stellar individual. At first, I wasn't going to run for re-election because I wanted to support Rodger, but there are 3 seats open, so hopefully we'll both get elected. He is very knowledgeable, level-headed, and very team minded. I think he could bring some great attributes to the Board that would be quite useful.
  14. I agree with Tyler; it is a joint responsibility between CEO, Board of Directors, & member feedback . (My opinion only, not a statement from the BOD)
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