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  1. Thanks! We had a blast. There are two of us in Maine and our other guys are located in Georgia and Colorado. The only time all four of us are together is race weekends which guarantees the weekend will be epic. Our Georgia boy told a very pretty customs agent that he was a race car driver. She said, “Ooh. Do you make a lot of money?”
  2. By contrast. Sometimes it pays to be a little slow. Contact with the wall on the inside of T3. We got lucky.
  3. We don’t usually do a race report, but this was such a fun weekend…. The border crossing was packed and I could see them turning people around at the pre-check tents. Sheesh. It’s really not that hard. Saturday afternoon I was in the car when it started raining again. A little too ambitious in T3 and my unplanned Tokyo Drift ended with the right front in the concrete. Thanks to the cars behind for getting past without collecting me. We pounded out the sheet metal, cut off everything else that was in the way and then discovered the sheared motor mount stud. Ugh. Couldn’t find a welding machine in the paddock so we visited the track namesake and bought one. Why not? Who doesn’t need a second welder. Thank you Canadian Tire. Back at the track we purloined some power, welded the motor mount stud to the mounting arm and tried to get back out for the checkers. Never mind the extreme toe out on the front wheel. But, we were belting Kevin in when the checkered flag fell. Bummer. Everyone was soaked by that time. The wind/breeze blew the rain in under our canopy garage. So we called it a night and went to dinner. Sunday morning we did an eyeball and 2x4 alignment, changed to new tires and went back at it. All the fixes worked and Kevin set our fastest time of the weekend in the first stint. The rest of the day was uneventful. Everyone drove great stints and we finished strong. We’re not fast but we try to race consistent and be predictable on track. We appreciate the faster cars’ patience. Overall we thought the EC cars were more respectful than at most of our other races. There were some really good looking cars out there this weekend. I, for one, would like to see that standard met at all ChampCar races. We really enjoyed working with and around our pit neighbors, Red Cow Racing, who came to our rescue Sunday evening when our tow vehicle had a dead battery. Carl and crew did a great job. We appreciated Carl stopping to chat in the pits Sunday morning and I agree with him: more US teams need to go up there and race. It’s an awesome track. One question. Why wasn’t the flagger at start/finish using the flag stand over the start/finish line?
  4. Less than two weeks away! We’re stoked to race on this track. Looks like traffic won’t be a problem with 26 entries. Can’t wait.
  5. Late to the party, but I feel compelled to chime in as the topic is near and dear to us. We tend to be the slowest car out there as far as “fastest lap” goes. Basically stock E46 325xi. Yep, all wheel drive. Cold air intake, cleaned up exhaust, sport springs and struts. We keep our heads on swivels, drive predictable and try to stay out of the way. We start 5 laps down and have a simple race strategy: no penalties, stay out of the garage, don’t hit anything. Our fastest lap at Thompson was the slowest of the field and we finished 17th. We had a similar result in the VIR24 a couple of years ago. I agree some driver education will help you get comfy and the more seat time the better. Don’t skimp on safety. Come out and race. The view from the mid-pack is outstanding. Cheers, Bob
  6. Selfishly, we’d leave it as is. It’s only three hours from home. Leaving Friday morning and returning Saturday night leaves all day Sunday to replenish the Spousal Goodwill Reserve.
  7. Just confirming there are no garages for this race? Thanks, Bob
  8. Thanks, everyone. We’re all good. I’m actually typing this from Quebec City. Crossing from Maine was almost a “normal” event. Other than the COVID test and some ArriveCAN info, pretty simple. Back in the garage, we’re tracking down a power steering leak, changing the oil and doing a complete brake job. We had a great race at Thompson and looking forward to riding the momentum at Mosport. Cheers, Bob
  9. Thanks, Bill. I know the team is good to go; it was the car and gear that were the question. My wife and I will be experiencing the border protocols this weekend. Finally getting back to our apartment in Quebec City after 19 months.
  10. On another note: Infinite Motorsports is charging $849 for a team of 4 on practice day. A little steep. Edit: I just heard from them again: $649.
  11. I remember another series saying they had a hard time getting their racing cars through customs to race at Mosport. Does anyone know what we can expect at the border? We understand the personal requirements. I’m asking about getting the car through customs. Thanks, Bob
  12. Thanks. I’ll try connecting with Constant Contact.
  13. Will pit assignments be posted here? I don’t get the emails. Something about Constant Contact not liking me.
  14. Looks like we’ll be able to go to Canada in mid-August. Let’s go!
  15. There’s no official thread for the August race at Thompson. Is it still happening? Cheers, Bob
  16. Yes we are 275. Thanks! And I guess I don’t know how to use the quote thingy.
  17. I should have said something earlier. We’re not going to be there. Have fun and stay safe.
  18. We’ve withdrawn from the race. There’s too much to do on the car. I’m self isolating due to being at high risk, so it’s just me trying to get it all done including replacing the blowed up motor. I’d be surprised if the race happens, anyway. If it’s cancelled, I hope it gets rescheduled for the fall.
  19. If 400 drivers are supposed to stay 4’ apart, the organizers are going to need a bigger sound system.
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