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  1. We're waaaay late to the post-race party but I thought I would share the highlights of TR Motorsports (#318) eventful Road America weekend. After crunching our left front, not once, but twice at last falls race, we focused our resources on fixing the damage over the winter. During the test day, were relieved to find the cars performance was identical to last fall, running 2:59's on half worn tires during the short periods of dry weather on Thursday. Race Day 1 found us at the absolute back of the field (Pit #2) so we had nowhere to go but up ! I took the first stint (Chirs H) and managed to work our way to 19th by lap 5. Unfortunately, I missed a yellow flag displayed on the outside of carosuel while passing a car on the outside. After serving our penalty in the sin bin, we rejoined in 37th and pitted on lap 36 in 11th place. Our next driver in (TJ) had never turned a wheel at Road America and he put in a clean stint while consistently dropping time as he learned the line. TJ pulled in on lap 72 in 9th. Next up, Woody drove a fast, consistent stint, pitting on lap 110 moving up two more positions to 7th overall. The final stint went to our car chief and Road America veteran, Bob K. He battled hard on worn tires, maintained our position throughout the stint and moved up a spot with 7 to go when the TCB Miata ran short of fuel. The team was extremely happy with the result . (5th overall, 2nd in A Class) We've had some recent success at our home track Gingerman, but we've been unable to complete a full day at Road America in our three previous attempts. Engine, Engine, Crash....uggg. Race Day #2 - we were optimistic for another strong day with some fresh rubber installed and we now had the chance to start from Pole for the first time. Our 318i is not exactly a torque monster, so we knew our best bet was to stay out of the way on the first lap and put down consistent, quick laps while the fast cars worked by. This worked well and I managed to finish the first stint in 6th as the fast guys cycled through pitstops ahead of us. Rejoining in 12th, Joe W took the wheel and unfortunately ran into clutch trouble just a few laps into his stint. I guess we found the time limit for the clutch disc as it has survived for 3 seasons of use/abuse. It was great to finally get the season started and see a number of our ChampCar family again. It was also great to meet some new teams and see there excitement for the series. Huge thanks to all the ChampCar staff and volunteers....we can't wait for the next event !
  2. Stilo owner here - love the simplicity and comfort of the built in speakers, zero issues with sound quality. Three seasons in, the interior of the Stilo still appears new.
  3. E36 318is M44 Fuels Pump - Autobahn, while running top 5. Engines - Loosing one 3 laps into practice for our first attempt at Road America was painful, con rod exited the block. Loosing another engine for no apparent reason 6 hours into the next event at Road America hurt even more. Additional cooling seems to have fixed the issue. We also had some exhaust challenges early on, none put us out of the race but we've reinforced and safety strapped it. TRMotorsports #318
  4. The TRMotorsports team #318 had our best weekend to date with ChampCar. Many thanks to the event staff for keep things moving smoothly and communicating the delays to keep all informed. 6 of our 7 regular drivers were able to make this event and all did a a great job keeping our E36 4cyl pointed the right direction all weekend. Last year, 2 yellow flag penalties hurt our chances on Saturday so we focused on running a clean race and attempting to not beat ourselves this year. Saturday's wet conditions made our driving order an easy one. Crew Chief and Gingerman veteran Bob K took the first stint and with the help of a good starting position (6th?) took the lead on the first lap. While conditions were wet, Bob managed to lap all but two cars during the first hour and built our lead to over a minute. As the dry line improved the cars with better dry pace came alive the gap slowly closed during the second half of the stint when the RBank Civic passed us on lap 54 to take over the top spot just 3 laps from the end of the stint. Joe W jumped in next for another clean, penalty free stint, bringing the car back to pitlane in 2nd position. TJ - our least experienced and arguably least ugly driver took over for the third stint and drove his best stint ever. The BMW returned to the pits in 3rd and our clean-up hitter, John R jumped in returning to fray in 5th where we stayed finishing second in A-Class behind the winner RBank. The team executed perfect pitstops throughout and managed to change the left side tires on the last stop with plenty of time remaining on the clock. The team was pleased with the day and the only repair needed was a small coolant leak discovered in impound. Day 2 arrived foggy, but we were optimistic as the 7 hour format typically plays to our fuel mileage strengths. We were excited to here the finish time was moved back an hour to hopefully keep our strategy intact for the rest of the day. Our driver Chris H (me) took the first stint as I had experience starting from near the back of the pack last year at Gingerman and generally manage traffic well. After getting surprised a bit by the green flag and botching a shift, off we went moving up 12 positions on lap 1. I found the flags and key reference points alittle challenging to spot, but certainly "raceable" . The car was performing well with some used tires that had previously seen duty on the One Lap of America event, logging over 3000 street miles and several laps on the track. After moving up to 11th and a couple of four offs at turn 5 due to the driver (me) pushing a bit too hard I settled into a rhythm and finished stint in 7th with just a bit of grass hanging off the car from my mowing job. Bob K jumped in to begin the post break stint and finish off our fuel load. The pace car had picked up the leader GWR, just one spot ahead of us in grid. With a light fuel load and a clear track ahead, but chased the GWR car around for a few smoking fast laps (for our 318is anyway) and lowered our personal best time to a 1:47.9. Due to pitstops and a strong pace, we moved into 1st overall just 10 laps after the break and held that spot until pitting for fuel and a driver change around lap 79. Mike J jumped in the car, rejjoing the race in 4th and preceded to reel off a string of very strong laps until the FCY for the oil spill brought him to the pits and within our last driver change window. Currently sitting in 2nd our hopes were high that GWR would need one more splash and go to finish the race. Joe W took over after the pitstop in first place as others pitted as well, but GWR was lurking just a few cars behind. We had plenty of fuel but our 318i's pace was not enough to hold them off. We hoped to push them just hard enough to run them out of fuel, but the late race caution for an engine fire sealed the win for the very deserving GWR rocket. Special THANK YOU to Mark and the MiElan team for allowing us to raid there spares once again. Bailing us out Sunday AM with some metric screws that decide to exit our intake manifold on Saturday. That's the not the first time they've helped us out and probably not the last. We owe you boys another beer or three. 5th and 2nd overall, 2nd and 1st in class .......soo rwarding for our team after losing engines at Road America two years in a row and other assorted mechanical over the last three seasons. We can't wait for the next one and INDY in 2019 !
  5. Finally had the chance to upload a video from the #318 TRMotorsports Team 4cyl E36. Between the FCY's during the second stint, we had a fun/clean scrap with several cars. Unfortunately, our day ended with engine trouble on lap 99. We made our way from a 56th starting position into the top 12 when the engine went sour one lap into our 4th stint. Next year !
  6. TRMotorsports #318 picked up your cover after the event. Email Woody@TireRack.com with your address and we'll ship it back to you.
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