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  1. We have raced with chump/champ since their first season. Until 2 years ago running class D. We are now campaigning an EC car. We really hope that EC cars continue to stay in the live standings without laps. We are fine getting separated out after the race is over. I think people should look at the EC cars in live timing as a positive thing. If "legal" cars are ahead of EC cars it's a boost in confidence. If class cars are behind EC you can just say to yourself "who cares, they are EC." From a business standpoint the club should be welcoming EC cars. How many events sell out? To keep entry fees down and number of races to choose from up, the club needs full fields. We need to get the EC cars at all events, so limiting them from running "popular" events isn't going to fly, at least not for us. I feel you need to take the good with the bad. As a club we want as many participants as possible. Obviously we don't want idiots, or unsafe vehicles. But I am confident that the race directors can weed out those few bad apples if/when they show up. For our team the constantly changing rule book and changing vpi values for our car, added with the scheduled events moving away from our home tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region lead us to build car for a different series that doesn't fit class D. However we still would like to support the series when we can and plan on building a class D car again soon. But people cheering at Indy that we wouldn't be in the results, cutting any mention of EC from the live broadcast, the general attitude from some board members and many on the forum towards EC really didn't sit well with our team at Indy and over the past few weeks on the forum. Please don't over complicate this matter. Just separate the results AFTER the race and call it good.
  2. I agree with comments above, it was an unfamiliar track that was hard to pick braking points. Lots of glare and no elevation change to help pick a spot to get on the brakes. We got hammered going into turn 1 on Sunday about halfway through the race. Cut right rear, bent right front wheel, killed the quarter and the door too. Knocked the toe way out. Haven't heard from the guilty team yet, so for this discussion it doesn't matter who it was, but I suspect the lack of straight line grip contributed to the accident. The grooves definitely threw off the balance at the end of the front straight. The cougar was doing near 135 mph at the big end. Under hard braking it would actually lock the rear tires and stall the motor, with no wheel hop or anything. The tires wouldn't even squeal. The car would just go silent until I got off the brakes. First two times I didn't know what was going on. Until I realized I had to be locking up the rears. I dialed a lot brake out of the rear and it was good to go again. Was definitely worse the hotter the track got.
  3. Simply an amazing event. The staff at Indy were incredible. Friendly, professional and everywhere. They had a ton of staff and they did hot pulls!!!!! I was not expecting that, and it kept the green flag racing going almost all day long. As always, Champcar staff were equally amazing. Mike, Andrea and the entire crew were awesome!! Thank you from the Drunken Squirrel race team for fulfilling a dream.
  4. #1 Road America - Fast, good flow, and they do hot pulls! Flying downhill into turn 5 with the back end skating around under braking is just amazing. #2 Nelson - Fast, history and a true throwback. Love the simplicity of this entire place, track and facilities. Blasting down the front straight into the fog at like 3am in the couple first 25 hour races chump did there are some of my finest racing memories. #3 Summit Point Main - Another fast and throwback place that also does hot pulls. In my opinion this track is great because it takes big kahonies to run fast laps. They are improving safety here every year. But there are fast places to get in trouble and you are in the trees. Mentally, a challenging place to endurance race. Also some slower, tight turns to keep things even with HP vs handling. For me the flow/consistency of the race adds so much to a weekend. Tracks that do hot pulls are just awesome. This spring there was not one full course caution at Road America the entire weekend!! Watkins Glen is probably my favorite track to drive, but the caution parades there just kill the racing for me. Summit Shenandoah again would be fun too.
  5. Thank you R3R!!! We really appreciate that!! Same to you guys, fast and predictable = fun, close and safe racing. Also neglected to congratulate Ludicrous. Amazing sweep of the weekend! Fast and well driven car. It was a pleasure being garage neighbors of the Parts Badger Miata and Premium Dudes. Felt bad for the Parts Badger guys. That car was flying Friday and then a motor swap with minimal track time after all that hard work on Saturday Hope next event goes better!
  6. Drunken Squirrel had an amazing return to ChampCar. After the wreck that bent the "original" rusty cougar in Pittsburgh a few years ago a few things fell in line and we ended up building a new car with a Coyote 5.0 Drivetrain swap. We ran a few races with some other series on our home tracks of NJMP and Summit. So at the moment we are running EC in Champ. Our weekend started out interesting as when we opened the trailer after the 13 hour haul, the car had shifted and front left tire had fallen off the ramps. We are using an ex-late model trailer and the tires only touch about half on either side. After stacking a few wheels up under the car we where able to jack it up and get it back on the ramps with minimal fanfare. From there the weekend went about like clockwork. We had 6 drivers, so we all filtered through a few times in the rain on the practice day to learn the place. Day 1 the car was flawless and we finished 3rd "overall" and 1st in EC. Day 2 we had some clutch issues halfway through the day. Cam Benty graciously stepped aside, gave up his stint to save us a pit stop. We ended up 1st "overall" and had an amazing run with some of the other EC cars. Matt Connolly Motorsports and the Cayman were running us down as we were down to just 3rd gear for the last 45 minutes, think we ended up all on the same lap. It was good to be back with ChampCar and nice to meet the Central region racers and the staff. Thank you again to ChampCar and huge thank you to the Road America staff and EV workers!!!! This is my new favorite track. …
  7. Amazing event!! And yes RA doing hot pulls is amazing!!!!!!! Makes for great racing, keeps the flow of the race the whole day and driver stints equal. Amazing track and amazing staff there! Just finished a 13 hour ride home. Will post more tomorrow. Great return to Champcar for our team.
  8. 13+ Hour drive and a mountain of crap. Heading out tomorrow night. See everyone in 'Sconsin..... Public service announcement - For those not from Wisconsin. If you are looking for a drinking fountain ask for the "Bubbler......."
  9. Yes, we will be there in AER / EC form for now. We have a new class D "big fox body" car in the works. But that is pretty far down the road still. Looking forward to running with champcar and all our old racing friends again!!!!
  10. I pulled this drivetrain a few years ago. 2.0 SOHC and manual trans. It has sat in the weather for the past year. Motor ran when pulled, but who knows now. Clutch/release bearing was shot. If someone could use it for their champ car let me know and save it from the shredder. Located in Central Pennsylvania.
  11. We did run one race with AER in the rusty car. They do have an appearance rule that we didn't meet (although I'm not sure why that car is beautiful). 😀 We didn't "leave" chump because of rules. The rusty car got bent badly in the rain at Pittsburgh a few years back. In a perfect crap storm that off-season we were gifted a complete coyote 5.0 drivetrain. So the original rusty car is still sitting waiting for a front clip or maybe just a new body, the old chassis is very tired with lots of cracks. We figure that car has over 25K track miles. Meanwhile we built a "new" 88 cougar with the coyote running gear and have run a few races with the "other guys." We are hoping to make a chump race this year in EC. The whole team has had tons of family things, life, kids etc. going on that have reduced racing time. But we are still out there and still Chumpy guys.
  12. Has anyone heard about the 83-88 Turbo Coupe or 89-95 Super Coupe not being on the list?
  13. The Rusty Cougar runs/needs the explorer engine as well.
  14. Hi Adam. We are not running AMP or VIR but I am in Harrisburg and can try to help. Send me a PM. Matt
  15. One other thank you I feel is in order is to the track. All the staff were very friendly and the safety crew doing hot pulls was awesome!!! I can't wait to go back to Lime Rock.
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