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Let's see some video and hear some stories from the weekend. Our video will be ready within the next few days I'd assume.


 


Best thing I saw this weekend: Tim in Bucksnort with a power-on entrance-to-exit tire-smoking drift of T2 Saturday evening. We were standing on the hill cheering him on as he went through. Then when he gets out he goes up on the hill and gets on the radio to tell his teammate how much he sucks at it every time he tries to do the same thing.


 


Other best thing I saw this weekend: The FailSaab shooting fire. Every lap. Every turn. Without fail.


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I liked bringing the Fickle B*tch to the checkered flag both days!


 


Hmmm.  Test session I passed the shad twice in about 7 laps (driving a Ford Escort first time, track I'd never been on - just sayin).  Not noteworthy except that I actually clocked it at 2:02.8 during the race on Sat.  What's with that?  There is a lot of mystery surrounding this car. 


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Hmmm.  Test session I passed the shad twice in about 7 laps (driving a Ford Escort first time, track I'd never been on - just sayin).  Not noteworthy except that I actually clocked it at 2:02.8 during the race on Sat.  What's with that?  There is a lot of mystery surrounding this car. 

 

Friday was its time of the month?

 

The inner machinations of the Shad are an enigma?

 

Solar flares?

 

Only the Shadow knows...

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Yeah, I noticed the Shad wasn't the usual rolling chicane either.   :-)


 


I've got a nice clip of the #2 Alfa spinning right in front of me in Turn 9 on Saturday, possibly another of the same car just after it spun in 6 on Sunday, pointing the wrong way in the middle of the track.   And I should have a really cool clip of me (in #231 Escort) with the #122 BMW going three-wide through 10A on Sunday, splitting the Datsun.  Haven't checked my card for that one yet.


 


First time I (we) have raced with the Northern Region, you guys run a great race, eh.. 


 


-Dave


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Other best thing I saw this weekend: The FailSaab shooting fire. Every lap. Every turn. Without fail.

 

So far as we can tell our air-to-fuel ratio is way off, which is making our exhaust detonate on the entrance to every corner. After about 5 seconds of team deliberation we decided not to fix it, because it's b#tchin' (especially dramatic at night).

We were chasing problems on and off for most of the weekend, but managed to keep it on track for the majority of the time. Pictures, videos, and race review to come.

Thanks again to all the volunteers and staff that put together an amazing weekend for us. :)

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Well, we made it home safely despite the best efforts of our fellow travelers who mistook a safe following distance for an invitation to merge and stop short in the construction area.


 


We started Saturday with a strong running car and our first two wheel men were working on understanding the friction circle. Saturday was the first time in our two years in Chumpdom that I have been called to Timing and Scoring and shown a book of shame devoted entirely to my team. By our third stint we were steadily moving up. and we were excited about our prospects. All of our hopes were dashed when oil temps skyrocketed and oil pressure plummeted early in our 4th stint. To make a long story shorter and less painful, after much head scratching and navel contemplating we decided that an oil cooler hose had herniated internally and forced all of our oil flow through the bypass. Two new hoses and Viola! (the hoses are a whole different story for another time) We put her back on the track for a couple of short stints and planned on a fresh start on Sunday.


 


Sunday dawned a beautiful day and after our first stint we were up to P10! Then came the water loss and the overheating. Sunday then became a driver school, short stints, cool downs and lunch. We are not sure where the water is going but we suspect a bad radiator cap. I did my best to stay out of the way while the race was going on.


 


This weekend was full of disappointment and failure, we couldn't even limp out of town unnoticed! Word came from the heavens (or the PA, I'm not sure which) that our presence was required at the awards ceremony. Winning any sort of award was a complete surprise, but winning the coveted "Spin Cycle Award" is the proudest, most embarrassing moment of my life. You guys are lucky I lost my voice or I would have delivered  an acceptance speech that would have done Cicero proud. In fact I would probably still be there talking!


 


Things are going to be busy here at the Factory Alfa Racing Teams world headquarters for the next couple of weeks, Il Comandatore wants the front porch repaired and a bathroom redone. Meanwhile the Skunkworks will be plotting and scheming our return. 

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Jeff - I forget to try and steal your truck this weekend....dang it! That Raptor was pretty sweet.


 


This weekend overall was a lot of fun. Saturday our four drivers all ran the targeted pace for lap times and we reeled in 3rd place with about 10 minutes left to go in the race.  Watching that develop was the most fun I have had at the track in a very long time.  Had we not gotten an extended black flag penalty for PUY and a couple unscheduled stops (one after contact to repair some tire rubbing, and the other for a tail light issue) we may have been able to make a run at 2nd place.


 


Sunday wasn't as kind.  We settled in a couple of hours in and were hovering around the 5th-8th position.  Our second driver got to his half way point of his stint and starting to turn it up and the lap times started coming down.  Unfortunately a snapped ball joint just prior to T3 resulted in an unscheduled trip to the beach.  And that would be the end of our day 2 race.


 


I hope you all had as much fun as I did out there this weekend.

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Congrats to all of the teams for a great weekend in the North Region as always!


Thanks to the ChumpCar Staff, Gingerman crew, Corner Workers, teams, drivers and volunteers for allowing us to have participate in these events. We have a great time.


 


Our front suspension ball joint failed in shear on Saturday and lucky nobody was involved and we avoided contact. Sorry for holding up the race while we were dragged off. We had some great fights with some teams out there and the driving was super clean as always.


Nice job drivers!


 


Thanks again to everybody and see you all at MIS in August for another 14 hours of fury!


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One of our most enjoyable races we've had. Gingerman is a great track and anyone that didn't go missed out. We had tire problems we didn't expect, we went through 2 sets of new tires and 3 decent used tires. We chunked the Z2s and wore out the RE11As. The Z2s had muchbetter grip but we had to replace the left front at 4 1/2 hours in.

Saturday we took the green near the back of the field and our first driver started moving toward the front. At 8:45 he radiod in he was getting low on fuel already so 2 hour stints weren't going to happen as planned. About 15 minutes later another car went off track and we had very minor contact when the returned to the track getting both cars black flagged. We lost almost 2 laps do to another's error but I very much support the newly enforced no contact policy. We ran uneventful good laps for the next several hours and worked our way up to fifth place before we had a few minor set backs in the pits.

Sunday we had to make an extra stop because of poor fuel milage and finished in 9th place. All in all a decent showing for us and great way to spend fathers day weekend.

The Chump staff , volunteers and corner works did a great job all weekend.

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First time at Gingerman and after only a hand full of laps on Friday, I would not have given you 5 cents for the place.  I felt like I needed a GPS to get around the circuit!  Still, after my stint on Saturday, I loved the place!  "Technical" is an understatement, but once you get the rhythm the track "flows" nicely.  Really like Turn 11.  Was one of the drivers in "The Ole 59er," I got to see the arse end of a lot of you guys on Saturday when the brakes decided to go way soft.  Must of been lapped by "Klaatu" and a gaggle of BMWs, (that is what you call a flock of BMWs, right?), about every other lap.  Sunday was much better.  Instead of doing all the "pointing by," like on Saturday, actually got "pointed by" on Sunday!  You dudes did good!  Good driving.  Had a couple of great scraps with a few different cars...lots of fun!   Thanks to Jimbo McKinney and the other 59ers for a great weekend!  Great job to Sal and his Official Chumps and the course workers.  I thought the flagging was good.  I thought the weekend remarkable.


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