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  1. Another wild race weekend for me. Started friday all set to drive the Prefect Racing Boxster. During practice it seemed a bit softly sprung and underdampened and was likely going to be a tops 1:48 car. But as many of you saw, it was not meant to be as one of the drivers lost the back end coming through turn 12 and a salvage boxster became a scrap boxster. My take on it is that the rear of the car got light as the springs decompressed just past the bottom of the hill and he was not quite ready for it. Maybe others have a different idea, either way here it is: Driver's ok. Lots of people came by to check on him during the next couple days so he wanted me to thank those that stopped by. We all run out of talent sometimes, but the rubber and steel and fluids can be replaced so it's not the end of the world as long as flesh and bones are fine. Fortunately the couple of us that still wanted to drive from that team were able to find seats. Big thanks to the Never Start Racing Team for picking up one of my friends for some seat time. I jumped in with NBY to try help the team repeat from a couple races ago. Everything was going to plan when my stint began. I got in the car in 4th, and was back in the lead promptly as some pit stops were made. A mid stint caution opened the track up for a couple of time attack laps where the ftd was set. At least during my stint, everyone drove with a lot of respect. People that got the blue flag almost all either ceded the space or maintained a predictable racing line, either of which is commendable and makes it easy for all of us to stay on track. Unfortunately, the engine let go during the next driver's stint so the weekend turned out a total bust from a racing perspective. But it was still good to see everyone on and off track. Congrats Huggy team on the win. Thanks to the Champcar staff and volunteers and double thanks to the safety teams and corner workers at Road Atlanta.
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    Ordering the New Number Panels

    Come on. Golden Arches, M shaped registration flags.... I'm no hamberder expert, but it's right there.
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    2019 ChampCar.Sim Schedule

    Can you share the specific fixed setup? Going to try to join a few races as well.
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    Rain Light installation

    which is exactly why the flashing under braking is the best option If the flashing is what's annoying, then wouldn't the opposite be true? Where would you rather be annoyed? On the straight or in the braking zone? They both require focus, but I'd say the braking zone is where most mistakes are made so limiting annoyances there should be priority.
  5. Used once, not an overstatement.
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    Rain Light installation

    I like the idea of increased visibility in the rain, absolutely no disagreement there. My question is do we as a series have a set way to do these lights with regard to flashing/not flashing under braking and not braking. We've all got decades of driving experience and have got a couple neurons programmed that a bright solid red light means someone is slowing down in front of us. Not as much programming for a flashing red light - maybe the lawyers see $$ as they chase ambulances, but certainly not an ingrained reaction. When I watch your video, my eyes instinctively think you're hitting the brake when you're actually letting off of it. I think the fia does it opposite. After the downpours of Watkins Glen this year, I hope rain lights will become mandatory. But the flash/no flash order should have a set rule. If it's the way the fia does it, that's fine (my preference). If it's the way you have, that's fine too (I can adjust). But I don't think we should have different cars doing different things with what essentially becomes the de facto brake light in the rain.
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    The 8's at VIR.....

    Pretty wild weekend for me. Started friday morning scheduled to drive the Hulk civic. Circa 8pm on the way to the track, I get a call from one of the other drivers that the motor blew up and he was turning around and headed back to FL. I was 30 min from VIR at that point so I figured I'd go see myself. Sure enough, getting the car off the trailer, one of the valves decided to pretty up the piston with some new shiny gouges. Well that sucked. Surely every team has their drivers lined up at 9:30pm the night before a race. I'd been in contact with @vtjballeng so I send them a quick email about the NBY 240. Turns out one of the regular drives was having a worse day than me having torn a quadriceps muscle while packing for the race and was headed for surgery! Thanks universe for the perspective. I won't be grumpy about maybe not getting a chance to play race car driver for a weekend. 10:30pm: NBY seat still available, ride secured, jump inside the Nissan to get reacquainted since it'd been 15 years since I owned one....and its nothing alike obviously. Oh well, I quickly get familiar with safety equipment, some switches, some buttons, rest can wait for tomorrow. Despite the treacherous weather, Saturday and Sunday seemed way less hectic than that night. Results were awesome. It was a privilege to be a part of the team's first overall win on saturday. Sunday I drove a couple stints including the last where I was giving it everything to try and make up the lap on the pinkies BMW. I managed to wheel the thing around to a fast time of the weekend but despite getting the strategy right, a repeat wasn't in the cards. Regardless, it was an incredible weekend, and not one that I was expecting at around 8:15pm Friday night. I had a blast sliding around the track with all of you competitors. Can't wait for the next one. Here's a video of the quick lap aided by the drying line on Sunday and a relative paucity of traffic. As always, if it wasn't for the volunteers and staff and corner workers, we'd be stuck at day jobs not thinking about a great weekend, so thanks to all of you.
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    New fender ruling from TAC section

    I doubt anyone would really take issue with the 1-10mm overhang for 20minutes of clock position. But isn't the goal of the revised bccr's to get away from requiring car by car rule exemptions/backroom deals? And if that car gets tapped in the bumper and now it become 10-15mm overhang for 20min of clock position, is it disqualified because it doesn't meet the handshake agreement only allowed it 10mm? And if they want to add a flare just to be safe, where are the points supposed to come from in a 500 pt car? But since its a safety item, there should be no points right, so 2 inch wider wheels will fit nicely in the now free markedly expanded wheel wells? This is certainly a can of worms rule that seems like it should have had a lot more thought put into it.
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    New fender ruling from TAC section

    Stock boxster with stock wheels/offset does not pass (at 2:00 on driver's side rear, 10:00 passenger) and is on the vpi list. There are likely others on the list as well. Passes easily with wrl rule.
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    Live Streaming

    Bill, have you or anyone had any experience with an hevc/h.265 encoder to lower the bitrate necessary for quality video? I'm thinking about a live setup but haven't found a good solution with the newer standard.
  11. Sorry, I misread earlier. Yeah, I see what you mean. I don't have access to the car to give the seat a good lateral push to check it out but I'll send the car owner a note to give it a couple good shakes. Thanks for the keen eye, a bit of extra safety is always welcome.
  12. Ed's got it right with the camera artifacts. Gopro 7 with "hypersmooth" removes a bunch of the camera shake you usually see with in car cameras but introduces some visual artifacts that we're not used to seeing such as the subtle panning in corners. The seat looks like it's shaking because it is...as part of the whole car that is shaking going over bumps in the road, kerbing, etc but since camera is smoothing itself out, it gives the impression of a lot of motion in the seat since it's the closest object to the viewer. I like watching smoother videos despite the drawbacks.
  13. Thanks for the hot rod Pete. Even managed to get past @Hurljohn's Danger Racing 300, but only because I was able to get tucked in behind that 0 point top fuel dragster wing (or something similar as far as I could tell). 😁 Wish I kept that stripped belt for the trophy room. Good luck next race. That rocket is going to be hard to beat at Barber.
  14. Maybe happened about 5 cars ahead from this viewpoint: https://youtu.be/1t1kg7xvDLA?t=12 Speed differential was massive about 5 seconds after the green came out. Coulda/shoulda been more patient.. easy to say now, difficult in the moment but either way, it definitely launched that car pretty good.
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