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Well, some things never change. For once, we arrive at the track prepared! So we thought. Water pump problems 1st lap. Repair. Water pump problem 2nd lap. Finally figure it out(too embarrassed to say) and we're off! Other than a little carb break up, car is good. The three of us end up doing a little over an hour each and are all smiles. Car is handling and stopping good(when not over driven) but engine miss starts getting worse. Cooled fuel pump, intake and carb thinking it might be too hot under the hood(vapor lock?) and it seems to fix the car for another 45 minutes or so. Ended up doing this "procedure" a few more times while letting the engine cool for 30 minutes or so until we were all too tired to care about driving anymore. Quit around 10pm. 


 


Had a nice little race with Lead Sled, some really tight racing with a pack(4) of Bimmers and a great time racing BuckSnort in my night stint! May have passed Infinity under caution during this time and tried to motion him by. Maybe I didn't? I apologize for "squirreling out" in the following turn after the pass! Only my second night race and I was struggling with it for a little while.


 


Although we didn't have contact with anyone, I had a close call with two small cars(??) going into turn 7. I should have exercised a little more patience


 


My rental driver said he screwed up a few times too.  Hope we didn't piss anyone off. Too much.


 


 


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It was really nice seeing all you guys and gals again. 


 


so now my record for sebring is 3 finishes, and 2x dnf. 


 


what happened? My 3rd gear decided it did not want to race. Everything else on the car worked as designed. 


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MOCIAP #32 Supra continues it's tradition of stuff falling off. This time it was the left headlight bracket, but the headlight stayed attached by the wires. The driver brought the car in, and I Duck taped it back in place. Finished 8th in C class and 25th overall. My drivers did well with our fat, slow car.  :)


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Is it me or did it seem like a lot of cars broke early (including us) this year? Our new engine did not get along with our old drive shaft. HUGE THANKS to the guys at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza E30 for loaning us their drive shaft!!!! Those guys are awesome and they really showed the racing spirit. Sorry to see the JAS car get crunched, but thrilled to see the #935 car win after that hit they took in Daytona!!!!


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Sebring has MPR's #. Fuel pump replacement on Friday went according to plan but finding out that the right front wheel bearing was destroyed was not in the plan. So begins the desperate hunt for a replacement that had our late-arriving last team member picking one up in Winter Park north of Orlando. Car teched, prepped, radios checked, punch-list crossed off and waiting for the bearing the crew left for the three S's. Afterward, we all got caught in the Biblical deluge at 8pm trying to get our pre-race roasted beast sustenance at the Watering Hole. Soaked but belly's full and one crew member well on his way to a hangover, the driver's headed back to the hotel for their beauty sleep and dreams of deftly executed mid T17 passes while the rest headed back to the paddock for some late night wrenching only to find the pit flooded including all of the race radios that the team captain had left out charging on a the table in the garage <foreshadowing>. The wheel bearing repair went according to plan and the crew was tucked in their beds for a short night's rest at 1am. The morning started with various team members wandering down to the hotel lobby for powdered eggs and mystery meat discs chased down with some warm dark liquid masquerading for coffee. Thanks to the Sebring gate staff we pulled down Haywood Taylor Blvd only to see what we thought was the spectator line for the Tudor race. We made it just in time to catch the driver's meeting. As the meeting wrapped with the invocation, the national anthem and the green in t-minus 35 the crew pulled the car onto the grid. Somehow in the short drive from the garage to the grid the PTT cable got caught behind the hub adapter and was cut at the same moment the cool suit decided it too was going to take the day off. The crack MPR crew was sent into motion jumping on the repairs as the driver was ready to jump into the car and all of the cars were called to pit out. The frustrated driver was sent to timeout while repairs were attempted. Big props to Race Radios for being there early and setup with a PTT ready for purchase and deployment. Cool suit rewired and the radio working, driver deployed during the last of the parade laps and a very brief sigh of relief was breathed. Green, green, green! First driver nailed it down the back stretch passing multiple cars. The laps started ticking off then our fuel starvation issue out of T17 was right back to where it was prior to the start at a half-tank. Next to be reported back was a soft brake pedal. Limping along with a few offs the crew was struggling to understand the problem. Pads (PFC08) were brand freaking new and system was bled only a few days back. With only a few laps to go in the first driver's stint the crew chief's radio decided to crap out with the channel stuck open then proceeding to the check tone blasting constantly into the driver's ear. First pit. Second driver in. First timer and only one day's DE experience at Sebring but coming from a long history of oval track experience headed out with the other driver's reminding him that the wheel did indeed turn right. The brakes were getting worse to the point where we ran straight off at T7. Driver limped back to the pits. In the hot pit the right front caliper was streaming a steady flow of Motul onto the pit stall. The car was pulled around to the garage were the car was promptly put on jacks and wheel off to find the piston pushed through the pad and both sides of the pad back to the backing. WTF, new pads destroyed in 43 laps? Next part hunt was on. Needed a front right caliper and pads. Next big prop goes out to John Allen Special as they had our back with a caliper and some partially used pads. Front right done and the car back on the ground the consensus was the left needed a looking over also. Car up, wheel off the outside pad looked great, not so much on the inside. Same thing as the driver side, piston through the pad. During the frenzied repairs another two teammates from a fellow E30 team show up in the garage and start looking under the car with a light and a wrench, conversation went something like: MPR crew: "Can we help you?, Other team: Oh, we are here for the drive shaft. MPR: Um, I think we still need that. Other team: we were told we could have it. MPR: <all looking at each other with concern> OT: Oh, wrong car and garage" Crisis averted the second caliper from JAS went on and the whole repair was knocked out in record time that would leave the best BMW service staff in awe. A short 61 minute of lap later the third driver was in the car and on his way. Radio check was negative, F'it just go and we will flag you in. Third driver was puttin'em up and knock'em down and we were starting to dig out of our 5 lap penalty hole when the Honda guy red flag happens. Decided the next driver change was a good idea and were we out for one go around and back to the pit for a proper pit. Car fueled, car radio handset replaced, poor PTT connection fixed and we are back and running. Having a blast running with the MoveOver E36 and the T1 Trailer Trash MX5 guys for seven laps before third gear decides it was done. Next lap fifth too kicks the bucket. The following lap was the last. On the back stretch, right before turn-in at T17 the engine bobbles and mid turn there are no gears available fortunately the track was clear and we coasted into pit in where the car died. Race over. Valve stuck and metal in the oil pan. Big thanks to ChumpCar for a great event, all of the corner workers and safety crews who put up with all of our shenanigans and keep us safe and lastly to all of our fellow teams for making this something we all are already counting down the days to doing again. Someday, Sebring, someday we will get you...

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I own our car with one other driver, this was my first chump race ever and his first race with our car (the darker red 944, not the bright red lightning McQueen 944).  About 2 hours in we started to hear noises from the transmission area.  We had a very gracious offer from Floridiot motorsports to use their spare trans if we wanted it.  Jason from Floridiot is a great guy.  Anyway, decided to just turn laps until it broke to get everyone a chance to drive, and it just kept driving and driving and driving while making noise.


 


We werent that fast and tried not to cause any accidents (one of our new drivers bumped a fender but that was it).  Some of our drivers were new but they picked it up real quick.


 


It was my first time driving at night and I will admit I was a little rattled my first few laps out but eventually got into the swing of things.  During my night stint, the noise from the back end got 20x worse.  Got the meatball flag for dropping the exhaust, got that fixed up and back out on track.  At 1030 our last driver limped the car in saying the clutch was gone. 


 


Overall we turned 174 laps, running about 90% of the time and finishing 50th on our first race with a 944.  I'm pretty happy with that result.


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First, as always....  thanks to the ChumpCar staff for a great weekend....   Rain, heat, long hours, little sleep.... and dealing with all our whining...   big shout out to you guys again!  


 


I had the opportunity to pilot the Lead Sled Lincoln this weekend...  I am honored to have had the chance to drive and race one of the most legendary cars in Chump in my opinion...  coming from running three years in only rotary powered cars, I can say I really like pistons...  8 of them....

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So, how many trophies did we win that we didn't stick around to receive?  :P

 

As most know, our day ended early with car to car contact on the 11th lap of the race.  Everyone is OK, but the car is pretty well mangled.  The BMW community in Atlanta is already jumping trying to help us acquire parts, labor, or a new shell to get us back on track for Road Atlanta in February.  We'll be at AMP later in October, but down this car.  Car #80 is our old original car (black and gold when she premiered in 2012) so we're going to do everything we can to save her.

My best story of the weekend came away from the track, however.  Friday night several Chumps could be found up the road at Cowpokes eating dinner.  Rumor is some 14 year old kid went up to Bill Strong's team and called them cheaters before running off.  Best $20 I ever spent.

 

-Rich

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My best story of the weekend came away from the track, however.  Friday night several Chumps could be found up the road at Cowpokes eating dinner.  Rumor is some 14 year old kid went up to Bill Strong's team and called them cheaters before running off.  Best $20 I ever spent.

 

People in my office now what to know what's so funny...

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My best story of the weekend came away from the track, however.  Friday night several Chumps could be found up the road at Cowpokes eating dinner.  Rumor is some 14 year old kid went up to Bill Strong's team and called them cheaters before running off.  Best $20 I ever spent.

 

-Rich

He probably also stuck sawdust in my trans

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My best story of the weekend came away from the track, however.  Friday night several Chumps could be found up the road at Cowpokes eating dinner.  Rumor is some 14 year old kid went up to Bill Strong's team and called them cheaters before running off.  Best $20 I ever spent.

 

-Rich

He probably also stuck sawdust in my trans

 

 

That was the other $20.......

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First, as always....  thanks to the ChumpCar staff for a great weekend....   Rain, heat, long hours, little sleep.... and dealing with all our whining...   big shout out to you guys again!  

 

I had the opportunity to pilot the Lead Sled Lincoln this weekend...  I am honored to have had the chance to drive and race one of the most legendary cars in Chump in my opinion...  coming from running three years in only rotary powered cars, I can say I really like pistons...  8 of them....

 

You sir did a masterful job, so if anyone is reading this that rents seats and Justin asks to rent, let him. You were up to speed immediately and looked like you'd been used to slinging around big ol 3500#+ cars and raced "smart" all day and were a big help in the pits.

 

All in all we had a very good day, still lots of details to clean up with strategy etc. Should have been slightly better of a finish than what shows on paper, but all things considered, after 14hrs and coming home with a 13th overall (11th ex-EC), 2nd in D class, that's a win. No car damage (amazingly).

 

Running all 14 hours really blew our fuel budget compared to normal - that was a welcomed surprise....

 

Congrats to all the winners, it was a good showing for the FL teams!

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It was really nice seeing all you guys and gals again. 

 

so now my record for sebring is 3 finishes, and 2x dnf. 

 

what happened? My 3rd gear decided it did not want to race. Everything else on the car worked as designed. 

Much like printers and copy machines, transmissions can smell fear and sense frustration.  You must talk nicely to your gears and play soothing music in the garage lest they know.  Ask us how we know at Team Jacky Ickx:)

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Infiniti.

Have a guess of what time that was?

 

 

 

HAHA! I'd say sometime between 8:30 to 9:30? 

 

I was also a witness to this mess driving in the black/red VW Golf #137.  I have some footage but you can't really see all the sparks and hear the banging. ;)

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20 or so exciting, partially rain drenched minutes with me in the Infiniti, spins (me) crashes (not me) and in general some close racing when on the "dry side"

 

This clip shows from rain start to finish..

 

https://youtu.be/PqFp73IYjho?t=15m45s

 

Now that is entertainment!

 

Nice heads-up driving going into 7 on the 2nd rain lap. It is situational awareness like you showed there that can make or break your day in a hurry.

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