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Thanks Chris for posting and thanks to all the volunteers & workers who came out to run this great race!

It seemed to be a fairly tame race considering the venue & it's history.

We had a great first day aside from one driver error that caused us a 15 minute black flag penalty. He was tough for him to see the flag (after reviewing video) but we certainly respect the decision and understand what was at risk there. He is a great driver and an awesome guy that many know...

I did get to run a fun last stint of the day and enjoyed myself. Should be a great race tomorrow.

Mike Adams

#16 Son of Andre

#244 PRO3 | ICSCC

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Thanks to everyone at Chumpcar for a great race at Pacific. Mad Greek Racing ran well with the "A team" behind the wheel on day one. Unfortunately for my car, we ran the "B team" on Sunday (me), and I managed to destroy our beautiful little Z. I am VERY glad my crash was a "one car" deal, and I did not take any of you guys with me. FYI, I had a VERY well designed, and implemented cage (Thanks to my good friend Joe Klokkevold at J and B Welding), and I was wearing a HANS device, which did it's job masterfully. Physically, I feel absolultely unscathed today, and those who saw it can attest, I hit the wall HARD! I moved two "jersey barriers" three feet.


Thanks for the memories everyone. I am so glad I did this, and got a chance to meet so many great people. To Cathy, and Chris at Chumpcar, and all the wonderful competitors I have made friends with through this journey, a sincere thanks! A little too soon to say for sure, but I am not sure if I have the energy to start over. I may be involved with another car someday, but one thing for certain, my driving career is over. (my fellow competitors can now breath a collective sigh of relief!) 


See you all in the "funny papers!"


Andy Kazanis, The Mad Greek


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Andy…..  It was great to have met you through the series and I'm really sorry about the car :(


All weekend long I heard nothing but great comments about it and boy did it have some good legs down the straight!  Hopefully you decide to change your mind and come back with another car as I'm sure this isn't how you would want to have your 'driving career' end.   I'll put a clip together of the video I have of it in hopes to change your mind ;)


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Andy, we would all hate to see you end here. Hopefully you realize its a addiction and you wont know what to do with all the spare parts and knowledge you built up building your car. You will be  jokingly telling us down the road about the time you almost gave it up. Your invited to drive on my team anytime.


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Andy…..  It was great to have met you through the series and I'm really sorry about the car :(

All weekend long I heard nothing but great comments about it and boy did it have some good legs down the straight!  Hopefully you decide to change your mind and come back with another car as I'm sure this isn't how you would want to have your 'driving career' end.   I'll put a clip together of the video I have of it in hopes to change your mind ;)

Thanks Phil, you are a gentlemen, I'll take your comment on straightaway speed as a complement. I will always be involved with racing in some way until I croak. It definitely gets into a persons blood. My comments about driving again, I am pretty sure about, unless I commit some time to proper driver training. I had never been at Pacific, and my driver training to date consisted of strap into a race car, and give her hell, which is simply foolhardy. I think most Chumps have real track experience, but I think many are/were just like me, no training what-so-ever. Strapping someone without driver training (like me) into my car, which was a pretty fast car, is akin to handing someone a grenade with the pin pulled and asking them to juggle it for a few seconds before tossing it. I will see you around!

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Andy, I met you briefly I think the night before in the stands(?), but I am very glad to hear you are feeling ok! I hadn't heard anything about your condition until now! It definitely was a solid whack and I saw it coming as soon as you started rounding the corner! That was a beautiful car and I can imagine the pain in seeing it wrecked. I hope you do manage to get another one out there some day, take as many years as you need, I don't think Chumpcar will be going anywhere!

On that note, I think this was one of the best races we've ever been a part of. I had an amazing time and we had lots of challenges to try and overcome this weekend making it that much more of an experience and RUSH!

THANK YOU, Chumpcar staff, volunteers and other racers out there for making our first visit to Pacific Raceways something I will always remember!!!

We had the best wheel to wheel racing we've ever had, with multiple laps of going back and forth with many other cars. So amazing.

Thank you! I'll try and write up a massive post on our FB page later tonight and cross post it.

Cheers,
Kyle with the General Leif #51 Volvo 142

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Andy, I met you briefly I think the night before in the stands(?), but I am very glad to hear you are feeling ok! I hadn't heard anything about your condition until now! It definitely was a solid whack and I saw it coming as soon as you started rounding the corner! That was a beautiful car and I can imagine the pain in seeing it wrecked. I hope you do manage to get another one out there some day, take as many years as you need, I don't think Chumpcar will be going anywhere!

On that note, I think this was one of the best races we've ever been a part of. I had an amazing time and we had lots of challenges to try and overcome this weekend making it that much more of an experience/RUSH!

THANK YOU, Chumpcar staff, volunteers and other racers out there for making our first visit to Pacific Raceways something I will always remember!!!

We had the best wheel to wheel racing we've ever had, with multiple laps of going back and forth with many other cars. So amazing.

Thank you! I'll try and write up a massive post on our FB page later tonight and cross post it.

Cheers,

Kyle with the General Leif #51 Volvo 142

That Volvo was FAST! Yes Kyle, we met in the stands. It is meeting nice folks like yourself I was referring to in my earlier post. Thanks for the conversation. You probably thought I had a screw or two loose hooting and cheering on my ancient Datsun the way I did. I truly loved that old car. To be honest, I enjoyed watching my car, and talking "smack" with the drivers on the radio more than driving.

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Good to hear all the drivers are ok from all the incidents. I saw a ton of great reactions to situations by all our folks in white... Thanks again for being there for everyone. Some of those incidents were intense and glad everyone was able to assist so quickly.

We had a blast all weekend and some really fun racing. Pacific is quite a fun track to race, but has a large additive of respect that has to be followed to avoid a big mistake.

Here's some photos taken by a friend and racer Colin (someone also posted these in another forum) of our car and trophy.

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I was glad to hear that everyone survived the incidents unhurt.  Andy, I'm really sorry about the car, it was a nice build.   But don't stop driving.  Get yourself some seat time with an instructor and get back on the horse.  I would recommend doing it sooner rather than later.


 


This was my first race weekend and my first time at Pacific.  It was also the first race for 3 of our 5 drivers,  the 2nd race for one driver, and the first race in about 14 years for the other.   It was everything we had hoped it would be.   We all built the car together, so our first goal was to make sure everyone got seat time.   The second goal was to learn how to coordinate pitstops.  We viewed Saturday as a practice race where we only did 35 minute stints with fuel every other stint, 9 pit stops, we finished 25th.   On Sunday we cut that to 5 stops, 4 fuel/driver stops and one unscheduled,  we finished 9th.    


 


We all had a great time and left wondering why we hadn't done this years ago.   We really enjoyed meeting several of the teams, and are especially thankful to the team who loaned us a battery charger for our radios.


 


Thanks to the ChumpCar volunteers and staff, and to the rest of the teams for making this a wonderful first time Chump experience.


 


 


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I had a great time at pacific. it was my 1st time there and even though our cars had some problems it was a wonderful experience. I was at the 1st chumpcar race in Pottland and every time we learn more about what to stress and what not to get worked up aboot. Every race I go to I have more fun than I have ever had. I especially liked the challenge of the 5a,b-6 complex and the extreme elevation changes. I know i am losing time in the downhill braking into turn 3.

Saturday seemed to be a test and tune day for a lot of people. On sunday it seemed that the race pace picked up alot. I know our car was much faster sunday. an early off sat left us with 2" of toe out  :blink:

 

I drove with The Flying Lumberjacks Fox Sunday from ~ 10:45 to 11:50  If you have video please share. If you have any complaint please post or PM.  I was doing my best to be polite on track, not hold up the faster cars and in general be a "nice guy" driver.

 

I had a great time dicing it up with the Killer Whale team.  our cars were very different in where they were fast and we swapped places many times.  What a great time!

 

See yall in spokane!

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Fun track... Although the surface makes Spokane look like glass in certain spots! I had a great couple of driving stints over the weekend. Didn't have contact with anyone and both the fast cars and the slower ones raced cleanly around me. True testimate to the awesome chumps we have in this area. It was a little dicey going in on a hot track for the first time. No matter how much you watch on YouTube or walk a 'new to you' track... Neither prepares you for hitting the blend line for the first time with cars braking from 115-120 mph to the left of you. Quite a unique experience. The technical challenges of both 3a/b and 5a/b-6 were my most enjoyable of the track (the latter an almost white knuckled experience). I'd prefer less aggressive curbing in that area but having them that tall makes sense when you look at the lack of runoff area to driver's left. Our hot shoe caught too much curb on Sunday and paid for it. Glad to hear everyone is OK after their crashes. Nothing wrenches my gut more than hearing that a car took a hard hit and we don't know if the driver is OK. Kudos to the Chumpcar staff for a great race weekend. See you all at the next one!

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Thanks for putting on this event!  I've done at least half a dozen track days over the years at Pacific, but never wheel to wheel competition.  We did, however, encounter a severe horsepower deficit, I'm positive everyone else noticed as well.  We raced all of Saturday, but packed it in early on Sunday so that everyone else didn't have to deal with the Rolling Chicane.


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Thanks for putting on this event!  I've done at least half a dozen track days over the years at Pacific, but never wheel to wheel competition.  We did, however, encounter a severe horsepower deficit, I'm positive everyone else noticed as well.  We raced all of Saturday, but packed it in early on Sunday so that everyone else didn't have to deal with the Rolling Chicane.

Which car were you guys in? Glad you had fun, see you next time after I get the wheels and sheet metal pointed the right way again!

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Which car were you guys in? Glad you had fun, see you next time after I get the wheels and sheet metal pointed the right way again!

I'm laughing because I was certain the Rolling Chicane would have given it away :)  We were the Nissan Pulsar, car 782.  We spent the majority of our time looking in the mirror trying our hardest to get out of the way.

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I knew who the rolling chicane was as soon as you referenced it. I know speed was certainly a challenge, but I overheard a few racers mention the concern about the unpredictable nature of where your car was going to go.

I wish I had some good suggestions to make but for me in my one stint and in a fast car... I didn't follow you much. There was one time we came thru T9 together and for some reason your car went from middle to outside... It surprised me as I had to go 4 off in the grass and contain the car. I know I was a bit too aggressive on that pass, but being that far off pace is a good time to be off the racing line.

My reply isn't meant to take a shot or pick on you guys... Just trying to offer some advice. Buy the NX2000 from chris... I have known several of those drivers and the car hauls!

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