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  1. Round3Racing

    Most Common Failures - Unofficial Poll

    I'll admit...I'm a complete numbers nerd. I love statistics and analytics. I came into this with some ideas about what I would find. For the most part, my assumptions were correct. I did my best to read every post and try to decipher the list of failures. I tried to discount failures that were 100% driver-induced or team design flaws. No failures due to crashes, offroad excursions, contact, etc. I then created a spreadsheet and counted the failures. I wanted to see if there were some glaring weak points. My initial assumption was that the transmission would be the #1 vote getter. I was right. Here is a broad look at the data: Transmission - 24 failures Engine (general) - 17 (some tied to cooling below) Brake system - 11 Wheel Bearing or Hub - 9 Axles - 7 Differential - 7 Cooling system - 6 (some of these caused engine failures) Electrical - 5 Fuel system - 5 Exhaust - 4 (only picked the real bad ones, since there were a lot of minor or easily fixable ones) Suspension - 4
  2. Round3Racing

    Most Common Failures - Unofficial Poll

    This has been enlightening.
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    2019 Official Road America Spring Double 8-Hour Enduros

    Good. Even the most experienced racers have a tough time with the kink. Add traffic into the mix and it would be a disaster. So, I'm very glad to hear this.
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    2019 Official Road America Spring Double 8-Hour Enduros

    Does ChampCar use the chicane (The Bend) before the Kink?
  5. THE RED MIST! Getting angry in a race car is the worst thing that you can do. Watching one of the in-car videos from earlier in this thread is scary. The driver is shaking his hand at other cars and you can even hear him yelling. That's the Red Mist. Remind your drivers that this sport is dangerous enough. Leave the Road Rage at home.
  6. Absolutely! We have a lot to learn from the teams that are consistently finishing at the top. Our #1 goal is to finish races. If we have a car that stays on track, we have happy drivers who will want to come back and push for better results. I don't care the size of a team's budget. Endurance racing is tough and getting a car to last 10, 14, 24 hours takes a lot more than just money. And by the way, if I was in a fast low-budget car, I would absolutely give a little "thumbs up" to a high budget car every time I passed him. "Hey, congrats on still being out here...see you next time I come by."
  7. One other comment, regarding pro racing and why you may be seeing more and more ex-pro or current pro racers in ChampCar... Pro racing is incredibly stressful. I think that some of the ex-pro racers or even current pro racers are coming to ChampCar to have fun with little or no stress. It is a nice change for them. Even some of the SCCA guys that we have brought over commented about the refreshing lack of stress. ChampCar has really done something special and more racers are discovering it. Many racers started at the grassroots level. Coming back to their roots can be a very enjoyable experience and remind them of when racing was fun.
  8. We're one of the teams with a big rig. So, I'll chime in and tell you why we are racing in ChampCar. #1 reason...it is fun! We had so much fun at the VIR 24 in 2018 that we decided to ditch the sprint racing and come join this fun series. It is really that simple. Racing is supposed to be fun and the sprint racing wasn't fun anymore. This is what amateur racing is supposed to be. Fun and friendly. Value: We spent crazy money to get less track time in a week at Sonoma for the Runoffs than we get in a single stint in ChampCar. We did consider selling the rig and getting something more practical. But, to be honest, we like the rig. It's paid for and it has some nice amenities. We figured that it would also help sell seats to the guys that we're trying to bring into our program. Our goal is for every driver that gets in one of our cars to be respectful and humble. We're the rookies in this series and we're here to learn and race respectfully. We had a drivers meeting before the race and we talked about respect, patience, and being humble. Please come stop by and say hi, when you see us this year. You'll find that we're down to earth guys who are racing ChampCar to have fun. Yes, we're probably bringing cars that cost more to build and our rig is fancy, but our beer isn't any colder than yours.
  9. Taking an unofficial poll... What is your team's most common race-ending failure? If your team is super awesome and you don't have failures, what is the most common failure that you see or hear from other teams? Transmission Engine Suspension Cooling Electrical Other?
  10. This is such a great idea and it sounds like you guys are taking a very smart approach. One of our drivers is in the tech business and is also developing a product for racing applications which would pair very nicely with your product. We'll be testing his system this season. I'd love to get you connected with him. My email is in the signature below. If you send me your contact info, I will get you in touch with James.
  11. Perfect example! As long as the teams that are using the system are aware of the limitations and the need to verify the flag condition with the flag station, I'm all for it. In fact. I'm very interested to test these in our cars. If/when this system becomes official, I'm hopeful that ChampCar will use a photo or video like yours as an example of what to do.
  12. That's scary. I'd really be interested to know if this was due to slow response by the flag station worker or if the system was going green before the track was actually green. This is something that should be brought up at drivers meetings, if the system is being used at the event. Remind drivers that when the system goes green, double check the status of the next flag station. If the flag station is still double yellow, the track is still yellow. It is exactly the same as getting a call of green on your radio and you look up to see the flag station still holding double yellow. Despite what the S/F shows, your section of track is still yellow, until that flag stand pulls the flags in.
  13. http://www.brownsoilservice.com/sunoco-race-gas 30 minutes from the speedway.
  14. @macheesy Maciej, it was very nice to meet you and the other guys from Prefect Racing. VERY nice guys! And thank you so much for the loaner fuel jugs. When we came back over, you guys were not there, but we put them in the bed of the truck. Hope that was okay. If you guys decide to build another Boxster, let's talk. As we discussed on Saturday, there are some critical setup issues with that car. I'll agree that your Boxster was REALLY soft and that probably played a role. It compressed, toed out, driver lifted, weight transferred, and it was gone. As you know, driving a mid-engine car requires some modified techniques. That damn "moment of inertia" thing. A big lift in a mid-engine car is no bueno. Send us an email (address in signature) or give me a call (that's my cell number), if you guys decide to go the Boxster route again. You're going to need to spend some points on the setup, but it will make for a much easier car to drive. Our drivers described our car as "very predictable". That was all based on setup, as we have no aero. It's all mechanical grip.
  15. +1. The parking was pretty messy. Except, of course, for the guy who parked his RV in the traffic lane. That gave me a good laugh, every time I drove down into the paddock.
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