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  1. Moving to the west coast for the next championship round. Due to the Thanksgiving break we are unable to have a practice round, but there's plenty of time to get to grips with this short track tonight. I mean, how hard can it be? Session Details Date: Thursday, 6-December-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:00pm EST/9:00pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Laguna Seca Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) License Requirement: D(2.0) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  2. Welcome back to all our drivers after the Thanksgiving holiday break. Tonight will be the championship round at Barber, probably my favourite track on the CCSS calendar. Good luck to all involved, and please keep giving your feedback for improvements to be made to this series next year. Session Details Date: Thursday, 29-November-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:00pm EST/9:00pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Barber Motorsports Park Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) License Requirement: D(2.0) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
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    No Race Today

    Just to confirm, there will be no Sim Series race today, the next race will be the Championship round at Barber next Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating today, and best wishes to all. I can personally vouch that I am thankful for ChampCar and the great experiences it has afforded me and my team on track this year, and look forward to many more memories in 2019.
  4. Thanks @Doc, despite the slight downturn in participation in the second half of the season, I fully believe in this project and think it can grow. For reference, when I first started running the Reddit iRacing League (4 years ago now) we had grids of around 6 drivers. Now we have 25-30 every week. It takes time to build a community but this will be a long-term and valuable addition to the ChampCar world. Below are the changes and suggestions I'm planning for 2019 - I would welcome everyone's feedback on these and will incorporate all comments into my final decision making and discussions with Doc and Mike. This is an iterative process to enable me to provide the best service to the ChampCar community, and I look forward to continuing to work on this project next year. Proposed Changes to CC Sim Series for 2019 Single Class Racing - the dual class format of the 2018 races proved to be too convoluted/confusing for the field, diluting competition. Whilst dealing with traffic and multiclass racing is inherently part of the real life ChampCar experience, implementing that experience virtually within the confines of limited BOP leveling would prove too challenging. Therefore the best thing to do is move to a single car class. I am proposing to use the "old" (2015) Mazda MX-5 as it is free content, a little easier to drive and slower than the 2016 car, and has a direct link to cars that you will see racing ChampCar in real events. Series will remain fixed set-up, with forced pit stops. Drop Weeks for Scoring - Despite best efforts for scheduling, real life can inevitably impact participation on any given week. Most championships work in drop weeks for scoring purposes to ensure only that drivers aren't penalized for missing a couple of rounds. Generally around 70% of the total number of rounds will go towards a driver's final score, the exact number will be confirmed before the start of the next season. Prizes - I like the idea of graduated prizes for the top 3 (or so) in the final championship standings. A free race for the champions of the east and west divisions is a great prize and should remain the gold standard. I also like the idea of a random prize drawn from the combined pool of participants who have competed in x% of the total races - whether or not this is also a free race would be a decision by the BOD but I think any incentive would work to encourage participation. Scheduling and Scoring - I think Thursday nights work well for the majority of the community, with a local 9pm race start time for east and west coast divisions. We will aim for two practice races before each championship round and try and mirror the real life CC schedule as closely as possible. In addition to the drop weeks, the points awarded by position would be amended to tighten up the differences between places and ensure closer battling throughout the field. Points would only be able to be scored by drivers who complete over x% of the race (to encourage finishing races even if drivers encounter early setbacks). Broadcasting - I think the inclusion of the YouTube broadcasts of the championship rounds has been really entertaining and will help to attract drivers and fans to the series. I hope to work with my colleagues in the Hugh Jass Broadcasting Corporation to come to a similar agreement for 2019.
  5. First (and only) practice round tonight for Round 11 at maybe my favourite track on the calendar. Narrow, twisty, and thoroughly entertaining. Session Details Date: Thursday, 15-November-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:15pm EST/9:15pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Barber Motorsports Park Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  6. After last week's updated-induced hiatus, this week will host the Championship round at Autoclub/Fontana. Tricky roval config, fuel limitations, and traffic will be tricky. Best of luck to all the contenders, and let me know if you have any questions. Session Details Date: Thursday, 8-November-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:00pm EST/9:00pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Autoclub Competition (Roval) Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) License Requirement: D(2.0) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  7. Hi All, I wanted to post here and confirm that, due to the scheduled iRacing outage, there will be no championship round this week (11/1) despite that which was previously scheduled. We've been monitoring the planned maintenance and, after it was delayed from Wednesday, it now is confirmed that no official or hosted sessions will be possible for Thursday evening. Please see link here for details: http://members.iracing.com/jforum/posts/list/3620412.page This means that the schedule for the remaining rounds will be altered slightly to the following: 11/8 Auto Club Roval (Championship Round) 11/15 Barber (Practice Round) 11/23 Barber (Championship Round) 11/29 Laguna Seca (Practice Round) 12/6 Laguna Seca (Championship Round) 12/13 Sebring (Practice Round) 12/20 Sebring (Championship Round) I hope that we can attract at least modest fields to the remaining championship rounds - we have taken onboard feedback from members this year and will be making tweaks to the Sim Series format in the hope of attracting bigger and stronger fields in 2019. Thanks! Tom
  8. Hi all, reminder that tonight is the first and only practice round for the championship event at Auto Club Speedway (or California Speedway, or Fontana; however you wish to call it). Challenging roval and with plenty of opportunities to get caught in traffic on the banking. Enjoy! Session Details Date: Thursday, 25-October-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:15pm EST/9:15pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Autoclub Competition (Roval) Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  9. We're back for the 9th championship round of the inaugural ChampCar Sim Series. Although competition has been dwindling of late there are still some close battles in the overall championship to be decided, and some close racing will start to attract more and more drivers for a competitive season next year. Good luck to all those who participate. Session Details Date: Thursday, 11-October-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:00pm EST/9:00pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Road America Full Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  10. Hi all, my apologies for the gap in events in the last couple of weeks, I was off in Europe on my honeymoon and didn't manage to get everything set up before I left. Now that we're back in action, we can resume with a practice round for the next event at Road America. The championship round will be next week, October 11th, which gives us just one practice round, so make the most of the track time to work out optimal pit strategies and passing techniques. This is one of the classic American road courses; long, fast, narrow, and ripe for some good slipstreaming battles. Session Details Date: Thursday, 6-September-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:15pm EST/9:15pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Road America Full Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  11. Championship round this week, good luck to all involved - this should be a challenging race as Sebring is a fairly unforgiving track. Remember, only one fast repair and there is a D/2.0 license requirement for this round. Have fun! Session Details Date: Thursday, 13-September-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:00pm EST/9:00pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Sebring International Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  12. Hi Everyone! As Bill mentioned in this thread, the schedule for the remaining rounds has been slightly altered to fit around the real life ChampCar races and round out 2018. The championship round for Sebring will therefore be on September-13, which gives us just one practice round. The track is flat, bumpy, and the kerbs can bite you, so some practice is highly recommended. Good luck! Session Details Date: Thursday, 6-September-2018 Practice Start: 6:00pm EST/6:00pm PST Qualifying Start: 8:00pm EST/8:00pm PST Race Start: 9:15pm EST/9:15pm PST Cars: Street Stock, 2016 Global Mazda Cup Track: Sebring International Weather: iRacing Default (Late Afternoon, Partly Cloudy, 78°F, 55% humidity) Setup: Fixed, Baseline with reduced fuel (Miata), Modified Baseline (Street Stock) Useful Links 2018 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  13. Bit delayed, but I finally got around to making a comprehensive picture recap of the Team Hugh Jass weekend, we all had a great time. Team Hugh Jass at ChampCar 24hrs of VIR - Post Race Report
  14. @Still Crazy don't worry about it. I was a little mad at the time because I was hyped on adrenaline and caffeine, and it was a wild ride across the grass, but there were multiple factors at play - darkest part of the track, large speed differential, lack of other cars around to provide visual context clues. I loved your teams enthusiasm and found your drivers to be generally consistent despite the mechanical issues on the car, it's just that when it's get dark it makes that speed differential a lot more dangerous at certain points on the track where you have to be fully committed with limited visibility. I hope you had a great experience in your first race and I'm sure you'll have learned a bunch of info about what's required for next year - looking forward to seeing you on track again soon!
  15. We fit a new horn on our car for this round, ostensibly as a joke. Until I got too riled up and it was the perfect outlet for some frustration.....
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