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  1. Already given my team's write-up (with photo/highlight gallery to come) but from our experience we had an absolute blast. This was the only event that we committed to when the schedule was released last year as it was truly a bucket-list track to race and it is central to all our team. Given our virtual origins, we have members all over the country (and internationally, who sadly couldn't join us) so this was a good compromise for all. The surface could use some work but the layout is just a blast. What made the weekend really special was meeting up with all the other people that we've gotten to know over our years in CCES. Ray kept us entertained on the lane, I was able to catch up with Robin and Ron for whom I've driven in the past, made friends with some new Miata teams and caught up with some old ones (hey @takjak2). We were also able to meet and greet regulars of the iRacing Series such as Andy Cossick, Jay Sofianek, and David Palermo. Seemed like all the central and eastern regulars made it out for this one and that was reflected in the pace of the field. Great weekend and thank you to ChampCar for running the event. We may all bitch on the forum about VPI changes, free parts, speed creep, and occasionally questionable driving, but I truly believe this was affordable endurance racing in all it's glory and it was so good to be back on track with you all.
  2. Myself and my father are looking for two seats in the same car in the upcoming event at Barber. We are both experienced drivers with extensive seat time at Barber, as well as wheel-to-wheel experience elsewhere. Me: Driver/Owner in ChampCar since 2017 (Team HughJass), renter with RBank and Visceral, raced at VIR, WGI, IMS, and Mid-Ohio. Him: PCA instructor (Mid-South region), wheel-to-wheel experience with ChampCar and BMWCCA. Looking for seats in a fun and competitive (non-EC) car, ideally RWD. Please reach out if you have any other questions, or if you can point me in the right direction.
  3. Team Hugh Jass ran their first (and only) race of 2021 last weekend, and it was great to be back on track with ChampCar and to have our team back together. Good to see some familiar faces in the paddock and to meet some racers who we know from the ChampCar iRacing Series. Friday test day went well (except for an unexpected trip to the gravel for myself on my first lap out of the pits) and we dialed in the car. Thank you to Brian for arranging the day. Track walk on Friday evening was also really useful; Mid-Ohio is an awesome track but the surface could definitely do with a refresh.... Saturday we started towards the front but got swallowed up by the field as we don't have the power to compete in a straight line. Still were able to run consistent laps and make up places where we could by running 2 hour stints. Slightly surprised by the lack of full course cautions as the safety workers were definitely committed to doing the hottest of hot pulls throughout the day. Had an unscheduled stop towards the end of the race as our driver was feeling unwell, but that did give us an opportunity to give special guest @Hurljohn a chance for some practice laps before he started the race on Sunday. Went out for dinner that night with the whole team plus the Cone Crushers guys; shout out to the Brown Derby Roadhouse for accommodating 25 hungry racers with no warning and doing a great job keeping us fed and full of beer. Sunday was similarly fun, John ran some quick laps in his opening stint and we were then able to maximise our strategy and work up the field. Unfortunately, radio issues then meant we lost car-to-pit contact which resulted in the final stop occurring 4 minutes before a rare pace car appearance when we could have prolonged the stint to pit under yellow. This meant I exited the pits right behind the leading CRX, who then kindly pitted and left me leading the field. Restart provided some moments of excitement as everyone was racy in the final hour. The leading Sahlens car had just lapped me when the pace car came out again, so got to repeat the experience of being passed 4-wide for a couple of laps. Had an interesting battle with the NTF Racing Civic in the final hour, they were probably 1-2s a lap slower than our car but had all the speed in a straight line. A close fight that highlights the variety of ChampCar and the challenge of endurance racing cars with vastly different characteristics. Brought it home 19th overall, achieving our weekend goal of a Top-20 finish and a car that departed the track in the condition in which it arrived. Thank you to all of ChampCar for putting on the event, and congratulations to the winners and all the competitors that made it to the end of the weekend, was a great time and we're looking forward to being back next year. Full race gallery to come, along with some more exciting video highlights; below is the pass I enjoyed most from Saturday - good racing with the Scrappy Doo Miata and the rest of the Mazda gang.
  4. Are we running the track configuration with the chicane after T1 on both days?
  5. You'll be just fine - a "stock" NB with some standard weight reduction measures, endurance brakes and wider wheels will be definitely not be the slowest car on track. Hit your marks, run reliably and consistently, and you'll likely pick up some decent results whilst learning the ropes. Also, as you mentioned sim racing, my standard plug for the ChampCar iRacing Series - chance to win some cool prizes and the community is a good mix of real racers and sim racers who are looking to get acquainted with ChampCar.
  6. I raised this point earlier in the thread but I think it got buried by many learned people debating the volume of a fixed-size tank. Would an increase in the driver stint time limit (2 hours to 3 hours) and/or a decrease in the fuel stop time restriction (5 minutes to 4 minutes) help to give some parity back to the teams who are currently fuel limited? Those are example numbers and could be tweaked depending on some data, but here is much kerfuffle about the ability to make 2 hours being the deciding factor in a race. If that limitation were relaxed it could give back some flexibility on strategy to fuel-limited cars and reduce the overall impact of an extra stop.
  7. Ah, I did not know that; that was definitely pre-name change and just as Team HJ were getting started. Hopefully a lot of new teams get to experience the track for the first time, I know we're looking forward to it.
  8. Kimi just announced his retirement from F1, just sayin' he might be looking for other opportunities.....
  9. Without wishing to add more fuel to the fire (hehe), looking at this another way would an increase in the driver stint time limit (2 hours to 3 hours) and/or a decrease in the fuel stop time restriction (5 minutes to 4 minutes) help to give some parity back to the teams who are currently fuel limited? It obviously won't help endurance, but it might grant more flexibility to strategy decisions by widening pit stop windows and lessening the impact of additional stops for fuel only. I appreciate that there may be safety concerns, but teams are generally smarter about fueling nowadays (in step with other safety improvements that have been made).
  10. Off to Mid-Ohio, to coincide with the inaugural ChampCar visit to this fine facility we will take the phenomenal VW Jetta to the Chicane config. Manage your weight transfer over the crests and don't get too many off-tracks. I am also pleased to mention that Team Hugh Jass will be present at the ChampCar Mid-Ohio event on September 11-12 for our first (and only) in-person ChampCar event of 2021. If you will also be there, please stop by and say hi to the team - we'd love to meet some of our virtual grid-mates in person. Session Details Practice Round 1: Wednesday, 1-September-2021 Championship Round: Wednesday, 8-September-2021 Practice Start: 6:30pm ET Qualifying Start: 8:30pm ET Race Start: 9:30pm ET Car: VW Jetta Track: Mid-Ohio - Chicane In-Sim Practice Session Date: Sunday, 12-September-2021 In-Sim Practice Session Start Time: 12:00pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 1x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: iRacing Baseline with 2.1g Fuel Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links ChampCar iRacing Series - League Application Discord Server 2021 ChampCar iRacing Series schedule 2021 CCiS Broadcast Information Form 2021 CCiS Standings 2021 CCiS Protest Form Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources
  11. I know Jay, I'll bring them along and hand them over.
  12. I'll post in this thread whenever I update the post at the top so that people can be kept updated as to any changes. Please reach out via forum or Discord for any questions on scoring. Congratulations to @CoachMK21 for laying claim to not one but two coveted HJ t-shirts for having the highest HJ Factor in both mini-seasons so far. If you will be at Mid-Ohio then we will deliver in person, if not then I will reach out to arrange mailing instructions.
  13. As we approach the end of the season I am making this post to show the latest championship standings, participation, and mini-season results. I'll update the tables after each event so that we have an accurate track of who stands where. Season Results Round Track Car Winner Pole Fastest Lap 1 Road Atlanta Miata Zihao Liu2 Zihao Liu2 Zihao Liu2 2 VIR South Jetta Mark W McCormack Mark W McCormack Bradley Dailey 3 Daytona Street Stock Alex Albert Alex Albert Alex Albert 4 Road America Street Stock Mark W McCormack Mark W McCormack Mark W McCormack 5 Charlotte Jetta Mark W McCormack Mark W McCormack Mark W McCormack 6 Watkins Glen Miata Mitchell Peake Justin Hall Alex Albert 7 Lime Rock Jetta Alex Albert Ian Giebeler Alex Albert 8 COTA Street Stock Alex Koffard Alex Koffard Justin Hall 9 Long Beach Miata Nicholas Love3 Simon Foweather Simon Foweather 10 VIR Miata Alex Albert Justin Hall Simon Foweather 11 Mosport Park Street Stock Mark W McCormack Mark W McCormack Mark W McCormack Overall Standings Top 20 in the standings shown below, best 12 results considered. Position Driver Points Rounds Wins Poles Fastest Laps 1 Alex Albert 439 10 3 1 3 2 Justin Hall 384 11 0 2 1 3 Nicholas Love3 363 11 1 0 0 4 Keith Carlson 362 11 0 0 0 5 Simon Foweather 322 10 0 1 2 6 Mark W McCormack 312 7 4 4 3 7 Andrew Cossick 282 11 0 0 0 8 Ian Giebeler 277 9 0 1 0 9 Mark Krueger 253 11 0 0 0 10 Troy Isadore 242 11 0 0 0 11 Charles Kowalczyk 203 8 0 0 0 12 Neil Hancock 199 9 0 0 0 13 Aaron Thorp 197 8 0 0 0 14 Chris Kniseley 194 8 0 0 0 15 Alex Koffard 193 5 1 1 0 16 Tim Weyer 188 9 0 0 0 17 Bradley Dailey 187 6 0 0 1 18 Shane Cameron 180 6 0 0 0 19 Scott Grinnell2 165 8 0 0 0 20 Jay Sofianek 164 7 0 0 0 Participation To be in consideration for the participation prize you need to have participation credits (>50% race distance covered) in 12 of the 16 round this season. The table below details those drivers still in contention for inclusion in the end-of-season draw. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Total Andrew Cossick 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 Justin Hall 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 Keith Carlson 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 Mark Krueger 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 Nicholas Love3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 Troy Isadore 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11 Alex Albert 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 Jared Kubit 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 Simon Foweather 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 David Palermo 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 Ian Giebeler 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 Neil Hancock 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 Tim Weyer 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 Aaron Thorp 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 Charles Kowalczyk 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 Chris Kniseley 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 David Warden2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 Jay Sofianek 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 Scott Grinnell2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8 Clinton Ford 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 Gregg Vandivert 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 Mark W McCormack 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7 Mini-Season Results As detailed in the Schedule thread, we have additional prizes to be won in each quarter-season for the driver that participates in most events who has the highest positions gained:incident ratio (what we will call the HJ Factor). Results for each mini-season will be posted below. Mini-Season 1 Name Participation Positions Gained Incidents HJ Factor Mark Krueger 4 31 42 0.738 Christopher Flamion 4 25 69 0.362 Keith Carlson 4 12 35 0.343 Neil Hancock 4 16 94 0.170 Charles Kowalczyk 4 18 109 0.165 Troy Isadore 4 5 48 0.104 Simon Foweather 4 0 67 0.000 Kyle Guillory 4 -1 46 -0.022 Greg Platt 4 -6 98 -0.061 David Palermo 4 -6 88 -0.068 Justin Hall 4 -6 79 -0.076 Nicholas Love3 4 -8 101 -0.079 Andrew Cossick 4 -4 46 -0.087 Sean Suputra 4 -21 99 -0.212 Chris Kniseley 4 -21 67 -0.313 Bradley Dailey 4 -19 57 -0.333 Tim Weyer 4 -40 68 -0.588 Mini-Season 2 Name Participation Positions Gained Incidents HJ Factor Mark Krueger 4 18 81 0.222 Keith Carlson 4 13 64 0.203 Jared Kubit 4 6 115 0.052 Aaron Thorp 4 6 139 0.043 Alex Albert 4 1 163 0.006 Andrew Cossick 4 -3 172 -0.017 David Warden2 4 -3 54 -0.056 David Palermo 4 -10 154 -0.065 Ian Giebeler 4 -22 212 -0.104 Justin Hall 4 -17 140 -0.121 Nicholas Love3 4 -20 128 -0.156 Troy Isadore 4 -14 72 -0.194
  14. And to forestall the next bit of feedback, I fixed the championship round so that it is only a 1 hour race. I also put an additional practice round in for Monday evening with the correct race length in case anybody needs to get their reps in.
  15. First off, want to apologise for the slight delay we experienced in the launch of the previous championship round. When optimising/scheduling the sessions I create the practice round and then copy all settings over to the championship round. Unfortunately, this also requires you to change the date of the session to the next week, and that obviously got missed. Got a call from @Hugh Jass whilst on a New Jersey Transit train home from work and fortunately he and the rest of the HJ team were able to fix the issue on my behalf so thank you to them for stepping into the breach and my apologies for any disruption. Back to your regularly scheduled racing this week, as we head north of the border to Mosport Park; a great track and one that is sure to be a lot of fun in the Street Stock. Tire management will be important, as will avoiding the wall in Moss corner. Session Details Practice Round 1: Wednesday, 18-August-2021 Practice Round 2: Monday, 23-August-2021 Championship Round: Wednesday, 25-August-2021 Practice Start: 6:30pm ET Qualifying Start: 8:30pm ET Race Start: 9:30pm ET Car: Street Stock Track: Canadian Tires Motorsport Park In-Sim Practice Session Date: Saturday, 9-October-2021 In-Sim Practice Session Start Time: 1:00pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 1x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: Fixed Setup with 16g starting fuel (Download) Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links ChampCar iRacing Series - League Application Discord Server 2021 ChampCar iRacing Series schedule 2021 CCiS Broadcast Information Form 2021 CCiS Protest Form Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources
  16. What is the current volunteer race-credit rate? I don't see it mentioned in the relevant website section. @Bill Strong do you happen to know?
  17. Yep, practice rounds always have the same parameters/settings as the championship rounds.
  18. Back to the ChampCar grind after our fantasy rounds of summer, and it's time for the big one. AS the VIR 24 is renowned as one of the toughest ChampCar races of the year, so the iRacing Series will test our drivers to the limit. Please note that this round features a couple of unique parameters as befitting a special round of the series. First off, this race is 2 hours in length to match the maximum stint time of a real ChampCar race. This means qualifying and the race start an hour earlier than the other rounds this season (to ensure an on-time finish). Please be ready to register accordingly to ensure you do not miss out. Please also note that the in-sim time multiplier is set to 8x. This means that the time will advance 8x faster than normal when in session, meaning that (hopefully) the race will start at dusk, rapidly turn dark for the majority of the race before finishing at dawn in the early morning sun. The race will test the field to their limits, much like the real race. Good luck! Session Details Practice Round: Wednesday, 28-July-2021 Championship Round: Wednesday, 4-August-2021 Practice Start: 6:30pm ET Qualifying Start: 7:30pm ET Race Start: 8:30pm ET Car: Mazda Miata NC Cup Track: Virginia International Raceway - Full Course In-Sim Practice Session Date: Saturday, 7-August-2021 In-Sim Practice Session Start Time: 7:00am In-Sim Qualifying Session Date: Saturday, 7-August-2021 In-Sim Qualifying Session Start Time: 10:00am In-Sim Race Session Date: Wednesday, Saturday, 7-August-2021 In-Sim Race Session Start Time: 5:00pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 8x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: iRacing Baseline Fixed Setup with 6.4g starting fuel Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links ChampCar iRacing Series - League Application Discord Server 2021 ChampCar iRacing Series schedule 2021 CCiS Broadcast Information Form 2021 CCiS Protest Form Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources
  19. The last of the 2021 fantasy rounds of the CCiS season, and possibly the most ambitious as we take ChampCar to the streets of California. It's a beautiful summer evening in Long Beach, but those concrete walls can surprise you as light levels fall. On the plus side, I'm not going to send you a bill for any damaged guard rails. Session Details Practice Round: Wednesday, 14-July-2021 Championship Round: Wednesday, 21-July-2021 Practice Start: 6:30pm ET Qualifying Start: 8:30pm ET Race Start: 9:30pm ET Car: Mazda Miata NC Cup Track: Long Beach In-Sim Session Date: Wednesday, 21-July-2021 In-Sim Session Start Time: 4:00pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 1x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: iRacing Baseline Fixed Setup with 6.4g starting fuel Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links ChampCar iRacing Series - League Application Discord Server 2021 ChampCar iRacing Series schedule 2021 CCiS Broadcast Information Form 2021 CCiS Protest Form Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources
  20. The next in our series of fantasy rounds for 2021; even though ChampCar is not returning to COTA this year it doesn't mean that we can't race there in the venerable Street Stock. Remember to race cleanly and enjoy yourselves in the hot Texan sun. Look after those tires! Session Details Practice Round: Wednesday, 16-June-2021 Championship Round: Wednesday, 23-June-2021 Practice Start: 6:30pm ET Qualifying Start: 8:30pm ET Race Start: 9:30pm ET Car: Street Stock Track: Circuit of the Americas - Grand Prix In-Sim Session Date: Wednesday, 23-June-2021 In-Sim Session Start Time: 1:00pm In-Sim Time Multiplier: 1x Weather: Auto-Generated Setup: Fixed Setup with 16g starting fuel (Download) Fast Repairs: 1 License Requirements: Practice Rounds (None), Championship Round (>D2.0) Useful Links ChampCar iRacing Series - League Application Discord Server 2021 ChampCar iRacing Series schedule 2021 CCiS Broadcast Information Form 2021 CCiS Protest Form Guide to iRacing and Hardware How to create your own iRacing paints iRacing Tips and Resources
  21. Hi All. Hope everyone is looking forward to the race this evening, promises to be a close battle. A couple of things to note for this round (I will post these in Discord as well). 1) Big iRacing updated dropped today, so if you're downloading the full thing (~10GB) then give yourself plenty of time for it to install before registering and joining the session. 2) We will hold a minute of silence on the grid before the start of the pace lap in memory of Doc Waldrop, who passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Please see my earlier post for our full history, and know that we will miss Doc greatly as a champion of the iRacing Series, and as a personal friend to many of us in the ChampCar community. Please endeavor to observe this silence with us, and I hope that we can find comfort in racing tonight as he would have wanted.
  22. As some of you may have seen on ChampCar social media groups overnight, there are reports that ChampCar BoD member Doc Waldrop has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Whilst we will wait for an official communication from ChampCar for a formal announcement, it would be remiss of me not to mention this before our race this evening. Simply put, the ChampCar iRacing Series would not exist without Doc. We at HJ got to know him at our first VIR 24 in 2017 when we brought him a beer in the commentary booth after we said he could do with one whilst broadcasting, and then later gave an interview with him to explain our roots in iRacing. The next year, Doc reached out to us to float the idea of a tie-in ChampCar iRacing championship and asked if we would run it. Since then, Doc was a tireless supporter of the series, acting as our voice on the BoD and a conduit to Mike Chisek and Dana Morrison in convincing them to continue to support the series as it got off the ground. He joined our own broadcasters in the commentary box periodically, as well as using his own excellent ChampCar.Live productions to discuss iRacing and even convincing Bob Varsha to draw our 2020 prize winner live on air at Road Atlanta. Doc was a warm and welcoming presence at every ChampCar event, bringing his unique style to live broadcasts and seemingly knowing everyone in the paddock. We were able to catch up at Watkins Glen last weekend and he was very excited about the new CCiS season and our plans for 2022. His passing leaves a hole at the very center of the ChampCar community, and we will all miss him deeply. There will be a minute silence held at the start of the race this evening, with more details on this posted in the event thread this afternoon. Rest in Peace, my friend.
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