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  1. Hi guys and gals! I’m new to this forum and racing series but I’d like to see if i could find a team for the 2022 season and possibly on. I’ve got quite a bit of driving experience, I’ve done a full season of 24hr of Lemons races in a competitive A/B class car. Plenty of karting, but mostly recreational track days and autox. I’m a fast driver and a team player, i know my way around a car and always will prioritize bringing the car home vs going for the gap on the inside that we can “definitely fit in”. I live in RVA (Richmond Virginia) and would love to have a team local but i can travel a bit for the right batch of race junkies. Thanks for coming to my TED talk and if you need to reach me other than by snail mail, message me or shoot me an email at: haldasdude@gmail.com Thanks! -Tommy
  2. Seat is tentatively taken. One seat available for VIR December with team Manbro Racing. Being about to help with pit stops is a plus. Message me for details. We’ve been racing with AER the past few years, but looking to get into Champ. Currently we have a core of 3 drivers, but not everyone can commit to every race, so we’re looking to bring in a few new faces to expand our options for future races. We’re located in MD and PA. The car is a 94 Miata, stock drivetrain, bilsteins, springs and swaybars upgraded. Currently a 390 point car. Car has been reliable and we come prepared with a modest amount of spares. The seat is fixed in a position quite low and slightly raked to accommodate taller drivers. I'm 6' tall, 170lb and it fits me perfectly. The biggest guy we've squeezed in was 6'3" probably 230lb. Smaller guys use a foam pad or a pillow if they need to be closer to the wheel/pedals, but it is a Miata, so we're not talking much room anyway. We survived 14 hours of racing at Nelson Ledges in September with minimal issues....well, actually no issues except human error. We are massively out classed running this car in AER, but still managed 4th place overall for the weekend since the car is light and can go 2 hours on fuel. We placed 3rd earlier this year at Summit Point. AER does not do displacement rules, so we end up being classed with cars that would be Class B and C in Champ. Event pics here so you can see the car in action (orange 878 miata): https://photos.americanenduranceracing.com/AER-at-Nelson-Ledges-September-18-19-2021/ Not looking for the fastest driver; more important to be aware of your surroundings, keep a cool head, and drive within your abilities. We've had some great sprint racing drivers who can set the fastest time of the day, but bring in the car halfway through a stint with bent wheels or single vehicle accident damage. Hero laps are cool, but they lead to costly mistakes when you run out of talent. IMO I'd rather have drivers who can make consistent laps and keep the car out there the whole day without incident. Feel free to reach-out if you are interested and have questions.
  3. Crazy to think its been 4 months, & I'm just now realizing our team is missing 2 rims/tires for our Acura. Our engine blew & during the hustle & bustle i think they just got overlooked being that we were sharing a pit stall. I know someone had to have grabbed them at the end of the night in hopes to locate the owner. Well I'm hoping some team has them out there. They are chrome "waffle" style 10 spoke rims. Could have RE71s or kuhmo tires on them. Im not sure bc we were testing different brands. I love our CC racing community and I know noone stole them, I just hope if anyone has them they'll find this post. Contact Philip of HWD Racing #707 at 4342101376 if you have any info. Much thanks!
  4. I was racing at VIR this weekend, first of all what a great event and well done to everyone involved. There was one occasion where I completely outbraked myself while trying to defend three other cars going into the first corner. It was stupid and I shouldn't have done it, but hey that's racing. There was no contact and I managed to keep it on the black top so let's just move on without people calling me the idiot I already know I am. Anyway, I was hoping one of the cars behind me caught it on their in car video. I was in a white Nissan 240sx (#248 - Two Forties Racing) Behind me was an Orange BMW e36, one of the Porsches (I think green) and maybe an e30 It was on Sunday morning at about 10am
  5. One seat open. This is s 530 Point car that can run 2 hours on a tank of gas. Quick and well sorted car. Call Matt Connolly for details 610-392-7020
  6. First stop after working our way up from the back to P5/6 we made our first stop just before the 2hr mark. We must’ve picked up an upright on pit road because we were right on with mileage and there wasn’t even any drip marks coming into the pit stall. Put 15 gallons in and 15 came out (of the bottom). Would love to return the piece of aluminum to the team that’s missing it, holler.
  7. This is the opening stint of the race with the honorable Jesse Clark driving, RPM by minutes. Just a macro look shows how these races normally open, caution caution caution as cars sputter out and then the field settles in to some really good long runs.
  8. Sparrow Speed loves 24 hour racing! We will be looking for drivers to join us for both Nelson Ledges and the VIR 24 hours in 2018. That said we would love to join forces with another team to fly, drive, and carry the banner at Utah Motorsports Campus. We are looking for an exchange program for one or two drivers with another determined team.
  9. $1100 for one full stint each day (2) with an option for additional seat time. Up to 5.5 hours available for $1700. Must have previously raced with Chumpcar. IMSA helmet comms required; we can install for you.
  10. I am looking to see if anyone has any 4x100 15x8 TRM C1 Wheels for sale that could deliver to VIR for the 24 hour race. Here is what I am looking for: https://www.tirerack.com/wheels/WheelCloseUpServlet?wheelMake=TRMotorsport&target=wheelCloseUp&wheelFinish=Light+Grey+Painted&wheelModel=C1 Thanks, Tyler
  11. I will post hotels as I add them. Meanwhile, hope this saves you some planning time/effort! Please let them know that you are calling for the 'ChumpCar' rate, or else you will not get a discount. Also, you have until 1 month prior to the race date to receive a discount. Central Region: Harris Hill Country Inns & Suites by Carlson, San Marcos (512) 392-8111 1560 IH-35 S. San Marcos, TX 78666, USA https://www.countryinns.com/san-marcos-hotel-tx-78666/txsanmar Road America Victorian Village Resort Victorian Village Dr, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020 (920) 876-3323 http://www.vicvill.com/home.html Circuit of The Americas Best Western Plus Austin Airport Inn & Suites 1805 Airport Commerce Dr, Austin, TX 78744 (512) 386-5455 https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.44664.html?iata=00171880&ssob=BLBWI0004G&cid=BLBWI0004G:google:gmb:44664 East Region: ViR (All races) Sleep Inn 1483 South Boston Rd, Danville, VA 24540 (434) 793-6090 https://www.choicehotels.com/virginia/danville/sleep-inn-hotels/va372?source=gyxt Daytona Country Inn & Suites, Port Orange 5802 Journey's End Way Port Orange, FL 32127 (386) 760-0101 www.countryinns.com/portorangefl Mid-Ohio Comfort Inn Splash Harbor 855 Comfort Plaza Dr. Bellville, OH 44813 (419) 886-4000 https://www.choicehotels.com/ohio/bellville/comfort-inn-hotels/oh083?source=gyxt Watkins Glen Seneca Lodge 3600 Walnut Rd, Watkins Glen, NY 14891 (607) 535-2014 http://www.senecalodge.com/ There are still cabins, but not for Sunday night. There are still hotel rooms! National Corvette Museum Country Inn and Suites by Carlson Bowling Green, KY P: 270-781-7200 www.countryinns.com/bowlinggreenky Sebring Chateau Elan 150 Midway Dr, Sebring, FL 33870 (863) 655-6252 http://cesebring.com/ Pittsburgh Park Inn by Radisson Beaver Falls 7195 Eastwood Dr, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 (724) 846-3700 https://www.parkinn.com/beaverfalls West Region: Las Vegas The Cannery 2121 E Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89030 (702) 507-5700 Code: SGCHMP6 **I can get nothing for Laguna Seca (nobody will give me a room block during peak season) Buttonwillow Best Western Heritage Inn 253 Trask St, Bakersfield, CA 93314 (661) 764-6268 https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-details.05560.html?iata=00171880&ssob=BLBWI0004G&cid=BLBWI0004G:google:gmb:05560
  12. Thanks to all that have inquired we have decided to focus on some other events.
  13. Supps are up! https://www.chumpcar.com/register/supplementalrules/314.pdf Are you ready for night racing? We're within 60 days. How many people missed the discount window? I know we're guilty. Still trying to recruit 1 more driver as we debut our 2nd car.
  14. MMR has limited seats available for VIR & Daytona Our car is an 84 Camaro. We also have seats available for our MR2 (A class) at VIR. If we have enough interest we will take it to Daytona a well. Please message for details, included benefits, and costs. You can also email eric@ericmcclure.com.
  15. Martin-McClure Racing is seeking drivers for our 2017 schedule. We have an 84 Camaro & Toyota MR2. (The Camaro is new to the organization) I have another thread going for VIR 3/4 & Daytona 4/1. We have a driver that races for us in each race, so that is what sets our schedule. Our remaining schedule is : Watkins Glen 5/26-28 VIR 24 8-11/13 Sebring 9/23 Pittsburgh 10/7-8 VIR north. 12/2-3 We are open to additional races if enough drivers request. Many included benefits. For more details: Message via inbox Call/text 276-451-0757 Email eric@ericmcclure.com
  16. At the 1 Hour mark {via Livetiming}, P Laps 1 18 #82 Blitzvinnig {D} 2 18 #42 No Panic Racing {C} 3 18 #840 Nine Four Motorsports {C} 4 18 #119 Beast Mode Racing {A} 5 18 #205 Ronald's Racers {C} 6 18 #63 Simon Says {B} 7 17 #67 SRI Racing 1 {EC} 8 17 #69 SRI Racing 3 {EC} 9 17 #307 Kill Bill {B} 10 17 #146 Huggins motorsports {C}
  17. Team CheapShop Racing (Black E30 BMW #169) is missing wheels from the VIR 24H: Four 15" silver Kosei wheels, with used Dunlops mounted. We had these in the hot pit area by the Bimmerworld and TBR/Frozen Rotors pit and they were there at the end of the race but after we returned from impound they were missing. Can teams around that area check and see if you picked up our 4 wheels by mistake? Any help or information is appreciated.
  18. Hey Folks - A number of folks expressed interest at Virginia International Raceway for photos from the August 11-12 event. We have them online. We did have to create a nominal fee for these images for the time of reviewing and placing them online. Purchased images as files (jpg) are 8 megapixels and suitable to print up to 11"X17". The link to the site is: http://www.missedgear.com Thank You for a good event! Steve - Missed Gear
  19. So the John Allen Special team made a nice post (http://forum.chumpcar.com/index.php?/topic/5394-vir-24-new-team-terrible-results-lead-to-the-best-weekend-ever/) about what a great weekend they had at VIR even though their track time was cut short by engine that didn’t want to play. I read their post, and after reading some of the venting going on in the other VIR threads, I thought I would post our experiences as a new team as well. This post is a quick recap of putting the team constitutionalist (White e30 #77) together, and then our experiences in the actual race. This was our team’s first race together in any series. We are 4 guys that DE together at VIR to different extents; with one guy who has run 1.5 NASA races (aside from that none of us had wheel to wheel experience.) In April we decided that Chump was pretty intriguing to us: inexpensive racing, tons of track time, less intense (in some regards) to the sprint style races, and overall it just looked like a lot of fun. We decided then to go for it and put a team together and shoot for the Aug VIR race. No experience, short turn around, 24 hour race: What could go wrong? Our team did establish early, that we had no idea what we were doing, and that if we did want to do this, we really needed to start from the beginning and do the following: Read the BCR and VIR supplemental rules *many* times through Set team goals [safety First, then have fun, finish the race], then organize the team around that (LLC, Money, Expectations, Task Lists, Concentration areas for each team member) Try our best to identify everything we needed to do (through the BCR, Car Prep, Team Prep, and reading the forums for lessons learned from other teams.), and do what we could to uncover as much of “what we don’t know†Get the car done as early as possible, and test it prior to the race We had a nice team chemistry from the get go. Ron and I are business partners, and are both attention to detail guys (read: anal retentive). Will is our car guy, and main wrench. Robert is also a business owner, thus has attention to detail as well, and lives near Will to help on the car. Will had a car: his son’s old e30, that ended up having a motor fire while he was away at school, so it was a great candidate for our chumpcar (available, fits the criteria, a car we know, and uber reliable and a competitive chasis). We formed an LLC (this fits into our safety first goal: none of us wanted to get sued over this thing), and created the mother of all spreadsheets, that listed everything we needed to do to get the team and car ready. I can’t stress this enough: You have to have a good wrench on your team obviously, but you also have to have a good logistics person (captain spreadsheet), and a strong leader to keep all the feathers from ruffling. We had weekly phone conferences to go over the ‘to-do’ list, and make sure we were on track, and everyone was executing their action items. With our safety first mantra, we splurged and got a really nice NASCAR style cage from Piper, got a fire suppression system, went lexan on the back and rear windows (I watched those car fire videos and insisted that we keep the car closed due to that) and mandated that all driver wear a HANS and use triple layer suits. We also did a cool suit setup (to me this is a safety item: with possible 105 degree temps, no idea how anyone can function long in a triple layer suit in those conditions). We made it out to VIR to test with Chin just before the 4th of July, and really beat on the car in the long end of the day sessions. Only very minor issues (had an ABS problem, and on the last session noted that the cooling fan was rubbing against a water hose.) Car was rock solid at max 225 degree oil and 200 water temps. That was my first time ever in a momentum car (I track a caddy), and my first time on track since 2007 (amazing how quickly it comes back). We practiced pit stops, and generally got comfortable with car (as best we could). While we were there we ran through the tech sheet and ‘teched’ the car. We found some issues, and added them to the master ‘to-do’ list. At that time, since we were about 6 weeks out from the race, we prioritized the list into ‘things to be done to get car to pass tech’, and everything else. There were action items that we didn’t get to because they were “nice to have’sâ€. While Will and Robert continued to work on the car, Ron and I worked on all the logistics. We may have gone overboard here, but we created a schedule that indicated who would be doing what for the entire 24 hour race, in 5 minute increments. We finalized it a few days before the race, when we had a final head count of crew, and then we stuck to the schedule. This really helped for the middle of the night, when we were all pretty cooked. We made lists of all the stuff we would need in the hot pits, cold pits, paddock/garage. We planned out the food, and tried our best to think of all the misc crap that are minor details, but could end up as gotchas. We managed to do one more 1 day test at a corvette event (at CMP I think, I didn’t go) the weekend before the race (this gave Robert a chance to drive the car in its race trim prior to the race.) We had almost everything done before arriving at the track on Friday. We had to mount the transponder, and tape the lights, and add our stickers/numbers. Our team name is Team Constitutionalists Racing. In an interesting (Freudian?) spelling error on our team graphics, the main logo says ‘Team Constitutionalist Racing’, however our side graphics said ‘Team Constitutional Racing.’ FACE PALM. We pitted next to the Hong North guys, and the let us know, how great it was that we were a Crap Can team that like to sh!t together. Anyway, we got done with the car at about 4:30 and went over to the tech line. A lot of people were giving us crap because our car looked so nice. It was pristine white (Car #77), with not a dent in sight. With 3 ‘rookies’ on the team, we left Ron (the only guys with a NASA licence) to tech the car. We had to go with the ‘$500’ stock AIV rating on the car to start, since I haven’t had enough time to get our AIV down. In our rush to finish the car, we did not have time to return it to full stock from some of the mods Will’s son had done to the car (bilstein sports, poly bushings, camber plates). We pre-cleared what we had ‘extra’ on the car with Mike C, and the BMW tech Guys (Don W), so we ended up with 15 laps. Quite frankly we didn’t care, as our goal was to try and finish, place be damned. We went to the rookie class. It was about what I expected, with the exception of the talk on “Rubbing is Racingâ€. I was really expecting “There is no tolerance for that hereâ€, but instead got “It’s going to happen, be prepared for it.†I’m not sure if this message led to some of the bumper cars out there or not, but it certainly raised my eye-brows. In that end we stuck a black X on the back of our car in the license plate area to let everyone know we were rookies, so they would hopefully use a bit more caution around us. For the initial stints of the race, we decided to go 70 minutes each, so we would all (hopefully) get a turn behind the wheel. We also mandated short shifting, and being smart on managing traffic (i.e. remember it’s a 24 hour race. Let the bozos by if they seem erratic, and wait for a pass if needed.) We put Ron in the car first, since he was the only one with Wheel to Wheel experience, and thought it best for him to try and deal with the expected first stint shake outs that we expected (he reported no issues while on track). We made it with no issues and no contact the first 4 stints. I think our first pit stop took about 8 minutes; we got the next one down to just over 5. Over the race we probably averaged about 6-7 minutes per stop. I had the 3rd stint. WOW what an experience. Going out onto a hot track never before having raced wheel to wheel was one hell of an experience. I am *VERY* glad that I was very familiar with the track. I’m not sure how the rookies cope with doing a new track and new to racing at the same time. I had been on grand one time in 2006, and done the course some on iRacing, but let me tell you that first time through the small essess on patriot, and seeing that last tire wall was *DEFINITELY* pucker inducing. I saw a lot of folks working to pass just prior to going through that section. I definitely took it easy through there. Near the end of the 5th stint, Ron noted a wobble in the first end. We pulled the car in, and took a look. The left front rotor looked like it had worn significantly more than the right front, so we took the car to the cold pit to do a rotor swap. We swapped the rotor in about 25 minutes, and swapped drivers. Just before going out, we went to torque all the lugs, and noted that the right front tire was *really* loose. ROOKIE MISTAKE: check the dammed lug nuts every pit stop. We figure that due to the rain in Ron’s stint (when it rained the hardest), it must have been enough to cool down the aluminum rim, and really loosen the lugs. Not sure if the rotor would have lasted until the 10PM safety break or not, so we may have squandered that 25 minutes, or it may have been good luck that we caught it before it became a problem. In my second stint (just before dark), I ran out of driver skill while dicing with a red e30 (perhaps the #999?) I followed him for a few laps, and then tried to out break him/her into 1, and ended up doing a 180 half way through the turn. Luckily no contact ensued. Got back on track thanks to the corner worker, and then went around. I was beating myself up for that bone-head move, and came through the mini-esses on patriot on someone’s butt just at the flag station after the tire wall, that car made a quick move inside, and I immediately saw why: The little Angry Alfa was smack in front of me. I had to go 4 off on the right to avoid. After two incidents in one lap, I backed off to get my sh!t together. The rest of that stint was uneventful (thankfully). After that stint I went over to the lodge for a shower and a 90 minute rest. Wow did that help. I really felt great after that (albeit a bit stiff and sore.) I ended up missing the safety break, so I’m not sure how that went. I know we barely were able to complete a pad swap though. We continued to crank out laps, with no contact, and only minor issues (having to go 2 off to avoid some folks). My next stint was a 0230. I was very happy to be out on Full, as I was much more comfortable with that configuration. The lap on VIR at night was just nuts. I was going fairly slow getting used to driving in the dark. I got passed by 2 cars between turn 5-6, and then got passed un the uphill esses. I’m going on record now: passing in the uphill esses just seems like a recipe for disaster in a 24 hour race – why do that? Just wait for 10. Anyway, after that first lap I got up to speed. It *really* helped knowing the course so well at night. Initially I was concerned that our lights wouldn’t be bright enough (they were: we used 4 hids in the stock housings), or that I would get blinded by the cars behind (I didn’t: I just turned my mirrors down). Soon I was doing a lot of passing. I did note that things were certainly more loose around this time: going 3 wide through hog pen at 0330 was certainly and experience. I tried to make my passes on what I thought were smart places (turn 10, oak tree hugging the inside giving plenty of room on the outside for cars to track out, roller coaster, sometimes T1 or T4) and not the dumb (uphill essess, t 5-6, Hogpen). Hopefully I didn’t piss anyone off. I didn’t go 2 off, and again no contact. We ended up with a fast lap of 3:40 on Grand and 2:34 on Full. I’d say we were a bit over middle of the pack. There were some fast cars out there. My jaw dropped when I saw that 2:17. Impressive that a $500 car can put that down (was Mike Skeen driving?) I certainly don’t have the talent (or nuts) to do that. We finished up our stints, again uneventfully. On the last stint, our final driver Will did get a bit chippy and went 4 off at oak-tree, and we got a 15 minute “let’s think about it†session at pit in. I was not too happy about that, as up to that point, we had no black flags against us. We still did manage to finish with zero contact. It is nice that all we really have to do to the car after the race is wash it. Overall this was an absolutely amazing experience. Driving VIR at night wheel to wheel was definitely my most exhilarating driving experience ever. I think we had a boat load of luck (some real, some helped by good preparation) for our first race. We were thrilled to go the 24, and ecstatic to end up 34th in such a strong field. I guess our next step is to figure out where to go from here. I’m not sure we want to go the hard-core route that it takes to vie for a podium (or top 10/20 at VIR sized event). Safety was #1, but fun was #2 and I’m not sure if competing super hard at the top level is mutually exclusive with fun. Either-way we still have a lot of events needed to get the experience level to a point where we could even consider that. Thanks for the long read, and welcoming us into the fold. -Chris TLDR: First timers make is a full 24 hours with zero contact, had a blast, end up 34th.
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