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  1. Yep, soon I will make a fool of myself in front of millions. But if it's good for Hugh Jass and for the ChampCar Sim Series then I will do it.
  2. Our third visit to the motorsport playground of VIR, this time running the interesting North config. Passing will be tricky, and it may be a little dark. Winter nights close in early..... I won't be able to make the points race on Dec-4 as I'll be in LA filming an appearance on Jeopardy. I mentioned CCES in my production form, so hopefully will be able to do a bit of series promotion for those West Coast racers. Session Details Practice Round 1: Wednesday, 20-November-2019 Practice Round 2: Wednesday, 27-November-2019 Championship Round: Wednesday, 4-December-2019 Practice Start: 6:00pm ET/6:00pm PT Qualifying Start: 8:00pm ET/8:00pm PT Race Start: 9:00pm ET/9:00pm PT Cars: Maxda MX-5 Cup - 2015 Track: VIR North In-Sim Session Date: Wednesday, 15-May-2019 In-Sim Session Start Time: 8:15pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 0x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: Fixed, iRacing Baseline with 4.2g Fuel Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links 2019 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  3. Whilst I love the iRacing Mustang (and am probably faster in it relatively to the NC), I don't think this will be realistic for the 2020 season. Choice of the NC was dictated by the fact it is a) free and b) eligible to run in ChampCar as per the 2019 VPI table. So, 2020 Solstice it is then.
  4. Thanks for the confirmation @Bill Strong - I'll start putting together preliminary plans for the 2020 season and reach out when we're ready to start promoting/confirming. I'll also provide the invoices for the 2019 season and the bar tab from the admin Christmas party.
  5. We hope that the ChampCar Sim Series will continue in 2020. Participation has been slowly on the up and competitiveness through the field has been pretty good this year. There will always be a variability in participation rates at different tracks (art mirroring life at AutoClub, for example) but the fact we now have double digit fields at most paid-content tracks is a good sign. I do believe that the league/production value remains high and, with the prizes on offer from ChampCar, we can continue to grow and use this as a vehicle with which to encourage new teams to attend ChampCar events. One thing I will mention is that @Doc has been an extremely enthusiastic supporter of our efforts and an invaluable conduit to Mike in gaining buy-in from ChampCar. He is up for re-election currently, and if he were to lose his spot on the BoD then we may lose this support. As league admin I will obviously try and continue to work with ChampCar regardless of the individuals on the board, but any decisions on the 2020 championship may be delayed slightly by this election activity.
  6. Pleased to report that the ChampCar Sim Series is still going strong - we had a decent grid for Round 13 last night, even at this late stage of the season, and it was an exciting race! Thank you as always to ChampCar for supporting our efforts to bring this series to their membership, and to grow iRacing as a valid route into real world competition. If anyone has any queries then please feel free to reach out to me. All our races are broadcast on YouTube - please enjoy the link below to the last 10 minutes of the race, which produced the closest finish in the history of the Sim Series.
  7. Back from our adventures out west, and returning to the comfortable climes of Barber, one of my favourite facilities in North America and a great place for a race. Session Details Practice Round: Wednesday, 6-November-2019 Championship Round: Wednesday, 13-November-2019 Practice Start: 6:00pm ET/6:00pm PT Qualifying Start: 8:00pm ET/8:00pm PT Race Start: 9:00pm ET/9:00pm PT Cars: Maxda MX-5 Cup - 2015 Track: Barber Motorsports Park In-Sim Session Date: Wednesday, 15-May-2019 In-Sim Session Start Time: 3:00pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 1x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: Fixed, iRacing Baseline with 4.2g Fuel Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links 2019 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  8. Round 12 and we're heading out west to Fontana for one of the better rovals in the USA. Temperature will be hot! Session Details Practice Round 1: Wednesday, 16-October-2019 Practice Round 2: Wednesday, 23-October-2019 Championship Round: Wednesday, 30-October-2019 Practice Start: 6:00pm ET/6:00pm PT Qualifying Start: 8:00pm ET/8:00pm PT Race Start: 9:00pm ET/9:00pm PT Cars: Maxda MX-5 Cup - 2015 Track: Auto Club Speedway - Competition In-Sim Session Date: Wednesday, 15-May-2019 In-Sim Session Start Time: 12:00pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 1x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: Fixed, iRacing Baseline with 4.2g Fuel Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links 2019 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  9. Hey @Doc - we personally know you as an early and fervent supporter of the ChampCar Sim Series. Do you think that the sim series (and online league racing more generally) has a part to play in the evolution of the CCES, and how would you intend to develop it further?
  10. We're back after the summer break! Hope everyone has had a good summer of racing and is looking forward to getting back onto the virtual track. I've seen plenty of league applications in recent weeks so I hope to see a few new faces on the grid. Session Details Practice Round 1: Wednesday, 18-September-2019 Practice Round 2: Wednesday, 25-September-2019 Championship Round: Wednesday, 2-October-2019 Practice Start: 6:00pm ET/6:00pm PT Qualifying Start: 8:00pm ET/8:00pm PT Race Start: 9:00pm ET/9:00pm PT Cars: Maxda MX-5 Cup - 2015 Track: Sebring International Raceway In-Sim Session Date: Wednesday, 15-May-2019 In-Sim Session Start Time: 6:11am In-Sim Time Multiplier: 1x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: Fixed, iRacing Baseline with 4.2g Fuel Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links 2019 ChampCar Sim Series schedule Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources Discord Server
  11. @mcewena I generally schedule the sessions for each round at a time (in the week before the first practice race) and then post the details in the thread here in the forum. I use this approach to avoid any conflict with software releases and patches that might either invalidate scheduled sessions a long way in the future, or necessitate any systematic changes to the series. Sebring round details will be posted this week, first race next Wednesday (18th). @Doc you gotta trust the wonky process.
  12. @DEE DEE - were you driving the car around 9pm on Saturday night? Whoever it was, we had a good battle over a few laps: https://www.twitch.tv/hjmotorsport/clip/LightReliableClamShazBotstix?filter=clips&range=7d&sort=time https://www.twitch.tv/hjmotorsport/clip/BoldRoughElkCoolStoryBro?filter=clips&range=7d&sort=time
  13. We've only run Champ for 3 years, but out of those 6 events (108 hours of track time) we've only had on-track contact twice (both in the same race) and neither serious enough to cause a retirement or significant delay. In one case the other driver was very apologetic and gave us some cash towards any damage (which was a classy move). In the other case, the other driver was clearly in over his head and said contact was our fault for "racing him in the corners". We explained that, with a 1.6 Miata, the corners were the only place we could conceivably race anyone. I'll leave you to judge that particular event for yourselves: https://i.imgur.com/EkrK7jG.gifv I don't know if it's kept track of from event-to-event or year-to-year, and I don't think absolute data would make much sense if trying to compare against other series given differences in field numbers, machinery etc., so all you can rely upon is anecdotal evidence regardless. I will say that, from our experience as a slower/smaller car, driving standards have improved even in the last 3 years and we don't witness as much contact or dodgy driving as we did in 2017. From spectating during events, contact is called in promptly by the corner workers or by viewers of in-car cameras, and black flags are swift to be deployed.
  14. @Doc my adventure with your car at pit-in was at 7am on the Sunday morning - there was no indication that the driver was pitting and they swung way out through Hog Pen so I assumed they were taking a normal line and I could get past on the inside (caught them very rapidly that lap), then they dived into the pits and I had to brake pretty sharply to avoid contact. Might be worth advising on pit-in etiquette (hand in the air or at least keeping all the way track right through the final corner). Incident that Evan witnessed with the Red Miata was at 9:20am on the Sunday morning. I believe the car in question is the #470 Silver Star entry as I had a good battle with them overnight (and therefore got a good look at the car). No idea if there was any communication afterwards as we hadn't spoken to either entry, but figured you should be aware of what we saw going on.
  15. If only we had a title sponsor who could facilitate this for us - maybe offer a discount on the approved tire list for CCES competitors and ensure availability in the common sizes.
  16. I know that a couple of the fast Miatas at VIR last weekend were doing the race on two sets of RE-71s. The lap time advantage over a set of RS4s or AD08s can be significant - for that reason we're thinking about doing the same next year. You know what they say; if you can't beat them, outspend them!
  17. @Doc I know those guys too! https://www.twitch.tv/hjmotorsport/clip/ConcernedSourTriangleTheTarFu
  18. This was our third VIR 24hr, and from my own perspective I found the driving standards to have improved each year. May have something to do with the slightly reduced field number this year, but we experienced generally respectful driving, both in traffic (passing and being passed), and when racing hard with similar cars. I think the fact that driving standards are generally improving is what makes these bigger incidents more isolated and stand out more.
  19. As promised, below is the full race gallery/recap from Team Hugh Jass. https://imgur.com/a/MlvtSP2 It's no secret that we've had a difficult year in 2019; got to WGI and failed to complete a lap all weekend, then had to withdraw from Indy a week before the event. The VIR 24hr is our home race, and we refer to it as the HJ Family Reunion weekend. This year we had team members fly in from Australia, Germany, Texas, Illinois, and all along the Eastern Seaboard - we try and do as much as possible and hosted karting, trivia, and meals with the team. The race itself was, as always, a massive challenge. An accident from our new driver in the Friday practice session cracked the diff casing and caused further issues in the drivetrain that we uncovered on Saturday - fixing those meant we took to the track 90 minutes after the green flag. Further issues overnight took the form of a broken clutch slave cylinder, a sheared axle nut, and a loose throttle cable. Despite these setbacks, we persevered and took the chequered flag in 33rd overall - not our best performance objectively but a result of which we are very proud. We don't have the fastest car but were still able to turn good laps, stay out of trouble when on track, and have some really fun battles where possible. Thank you to everyone at ChampCar and VIR for once again hosting such a memorable event, and thanks to everyone who supported us in the paddock with tools, parts, or kind words. We hope we were able to reciprocate in kind and help out any team that was similarly in need. Special shoutouts to @Ray Franck and @FlorahDorah for their support in tech and in the pitlane, to @Bill Strong and @Doc for keeping us involved in the live stream (and for allowing one of our members to commentate for a while), to @Jim and the rest of the Racebar crew for the party and paddock shenanigans on Friday, and to @Huggy and the rest of the Pinkies Out crew for a great drive and win - your car was always beautifully driven and considerate when lapping us, and we hope we stayed out of your way. I don't think we'll make any more CCES events this year but will head back to the tech center and start repairing and preparing our car for a more successful 2020 season.
  20. Exhibit A of classic Miata ChampCar racing; catch up to the E30 through the corner and then get a point-by from a driver who is keeping his foot down hard on the long straight: https://www.twitch.tv/hjmotorsport/clip/GracefulDependableSowKAPOW?filter=clips&range=7d&sort=time
  21. Congratulations on the win @Huggy, and all the team at Pinkies Out - that car was fast and driven nicely all weekend. Not sure who was in the car at 7:45am, but I left them just enough room to go 3 wide into the Esses. Love that early morning stint! https://imgur.com/e1LWCZX For less heads-up driving, here's a fellow Miata brother having already passed three flag stands at yellow (keep an eye on the mirror):
  22. I will post a full recap for our team when I gather all the pictures from our members, but thank you once again to ChampCar and VIR for hosting another memorable weekend. This is the third time we've run the race, and our most arduous yet. An accident in the Friday test session caused us to miss the start due to substantial repairs, and ongoing effects from that saw us in the paddock for various repairs - we replaced a diff casing, a rear main seal (engine out), clutch slave, and a rear axle throughout the weekend. Despite this we soldiered on, setting good lap times and took the flag in 33rd overall. Given that we were in the paddock for maybe 2.5 hours of the 24, we feel this is a respectable performance. As ever, the camaraderie and support in the paddock among teams was what makes ChampCar so special - we were able to source parts and equipment from teams who were happy to help, and we were able to reciprocate in kind. The action on track was always exciting and there was a lot of good and respectful driving out there. We're proud to be part of this series, and look forward to coming back next year to improve our performance again. I believe we got a shout-out at the prizegiving for our troubles, and we're grateful for the acknowledgement. Unfortunately we didn't have many members left in the paddock for the ceremony - I'd already left with a flight to catch and the rest of the team we're packing up to hit the road. Looking forward to hearing all the stories from other teams!
  23. HJ Trivia starting in 15 minutes for anyone interested, at the HJ trailer in the Paddock; 3 lanes back, in line with the end of the pit garages.
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