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  1. That time we did all 3 configurations in one weekend was fun!
  2. @vtjballeng Not on you to let the membership know what Champcar is doing, that's on Champcar. You know, even just a blurb in a post saying "Champcar is working on improving safety & pit marshalling via cheap/affordable onboard device." would have done a lot of good. Not hard and would, IMHO, eliminate this pitchfork brigade. I for one think it's pretty damn cool we will be test bed/early adopter for something that can be so helpful for a variety of racers/officials in all kinds of amateur series..
  3. Communication like this, up front, would help quell the pitchforks....
  4. Could do a lot by not adding costs of entry at every turn. Between the amount of "free" stuff and now adding mandatory 'driver aids' that cost real $$ per event is not gonna make it any easier........
  5. We run one of these on a 2.2 toyota 4 cyl and it was tough to hear on track at Gingerman with the exhaust exiting just past passenger door... https://www.amazon.com/MagnaFlow-Exhaust-Products-10416-Muffler/dp/B000COTCI0
  6. Local weathermen are saying this weekend is going to be prime, mid to upper 70s with a few clouds and minimal humidity. Perfect for some racing! I see one smoker has been claimed by rodents, do I need to bring mine over?
  7. Adding my 2 cents since we were pitted with the Tirerack guys and asked for their professional opinions a couple times during the race. We go back many years with a couple of the members and they were gracious enough to offer their input, being tire experts and all. Also to note: this was our first time on the RS4. All of our drivers reported the Hankooks felt slippery, moreso than we felt with Falkens and more than we expected. Also notable was the feel of the tire; very difficult to tell when you were overdriving and almost impossible to detect brake lock,; easy to make them go greasy slick with a couple laps of aggressive cornering/sliding too. Asked our neighbors, at least one agreed that the feel on the Hankook is suboptimal compared to other offerings (Falken and RE71R were mentioned) and that one can easily overdrive the tire and not realize it. He did mention the tire is recoverable in that they will come back to you during a stint if you let them cool off. I found our best time of the weekend by a lot on Sunday morning first stint with the same set we finished Saturday with. Also did so on a lap I figured was way off pace as I was attempting to cool the tires back down after remembering the discussion from Saturday when things got greasy. I know the adage slow down to go fast and have lived it many times, but this time seemed to be way more than that this time. Wonder if the margin for overdriving is just so razor thin that you can heat cycle the tire out just over the course of a day's racing? Would be surprising but if it does indeed overheat and stop working and then come back to you over the course of a stint, might each instance cycle them sooner? If one cannot feel when the tire is unhappy, could drivers trash the compound without knowing and without any visible sign on the tire itself?
  8. I'm game to run my gas smoker over from Kzoo Thursday night. Would be nice to put it to good use since I gave up ruining pork last year. I'm certain 4+ shoulders would fit based on how empty it looks with one on a rack..
  9. Can confirm we felt much more comfortable on track having practiced laps on iracing. Did not help the fact that many had not and so were divebombing in the corners with late apexes. I assume this is what led to the seemingly high number of passenger doors beaten in...
  10. @FlorahDorah That was my mom with the towel. We figured you had to be dying without shade considering how bad it was even with our canopy. Nice to put a face to a forum name finally, and thanks for your input in the afternoon Saturday!
  11. So you're saying we weren't the only ones who could've had a low pad fail on Sunday? Based on comments made above, especially @MoparBoyy and @Snorman you'd think we're the first to ever do such a thing and are morons for doing so. I'll not hold my breath for them to ridicule everyone else on pit lane for doing the same thing we did. Hats off for piling on to those two though 👏👏👏👏👏. I for one hope you had a fantastic weekend with WRL.
  12. The car continued for 20 minutes with no issues between fluid top up and the crash, and upon inspection all other pads still had meat on them, likely enough to finish.. But yes, I'd be upset too. Also, we were attempting to find the team at the track with no luck, and at the time of the forum post had already made contact with the driver of the car personally on Monday. But yeah, you know the whole story. Hope you never have a mechanical failure and wreck/collect anyone! Can confirm it sucks!
  13. Absolutely it's on us. I think my fairly open and honest post serves well enough, but I'll spell it out: Full responsibility taken here publicly. Already been taken care of personally between drivers, though I would still like to find the team/owners too. I hope we can all learn from what happened, especially our own team. The point about avoidable contact in both doors 3 different times still stands.
  14. I guess we disagree on what is avoidable contact due to poorly timed dive bombs and unavoidable contact from parts failures. I speak for my team when I say we'd gladly take a black flag for the incident we caused if it meant better policing overall.
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