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All times are Eastern

 

“AMP”

Friday Schedule:

Friday:

3:00pm Gates Open (subject to change by AMP)

3:00pm Tech and Registration begins

7:00pm Tech and Registration ends

 

“AMP”

Saturday Enduro Schedule:

Saturday:

7:00am Gates Open

8:00am Drivers meeting

8:50am Cars to grid

9:00am Green Flag/Start Endurance Race

4:00pm Checker Flag

4:05pm Post-race Inspection

 

“AMP”

Sunday

Enduro Schedule:

Sunday:

7:00am Gates Open

8:00am Drivers meeting

8:50am Cars to grid

9:00am Green Flag/Start Endurance Race

4:00pm Checker Flag

4:05pm Post-race Inspection

4:35pm Awards Ceremony

 

LIVE Video Feeds - https://live.racecast.me/event/57f90917ef753c353d14c68f

RaceHero.io live timing - http://racehero.io/orgs/chumpcar-world-series <2016 AMP will be added to list of races soon>

Race Monitor - list of Road Racing events - https://www.race-monitor.com/Live/Section/3

 

The Important Stuff

Visitors - free with Chumpcar membership.

Pit Pass for visitors - Track charges $10 gate fee. Pit passes are normally $20 from us, but we'll cut that in half since they already paid the track $10.

Pets: No pets allowed.

Children: No children 18 or under on pit road.

Camping: Self-contained RV camping is allowed on Friday and Saturday night. Contact AMP directly to purchase a pass.

Barbecues: BBQ’s are allowed in the camping area only, provided all BBQ’s are supervised at all times, a fire extinguisher is within 15’ of the open flame, and all open flames are (at a minimum) 20’ from all race cars, fuel storage or other flammable sources.

 

 

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The leaves have turned and the nights are cool.  What does that mean?  It's time for AMP!
 
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Fall.  One of the most perfect times of year to race.  Cool mornings and warm afternoons  - helps your car run longer before it overheats!  AMPin the fall means not only cooler weather, but gorgeous mountain views as you race around the track.  Although I don't recommend you take them in while you drive.  Anyway, read on for info about the race.

Noise Limit - AMP has a 98dB sound limit.  They monitor this tightly.  If you exceed 98dB you will be black flagged and given one chance to make a repair.  A second offense will result in the end of your racing day.  This is an AMP rule!

Halloween Party - My wife, the fun one, is at it again.  There will be Halloween festivities on Saturday night after the race. PLEASE, each racer, come with a bag or 2 of candy. We are partnering to host a community event, including a trunk-or-treat with YOUR cars lined on pit road for an hour after the end of the race. Any driver who participates will be entered into a drawing to win an OMP Sport OS70 helmet. Also, bring your finest costume, should you want to compete in our contest, stay for BBQ, and prepare to chuck a pumpkin 200+ feet on our trebuchet!

Gates - Teams will have access at 3pm on Friday.  Yes, I know it's later than you're used to, but that's what AMP put in their contract.  There's always the chance they may open them earlier, but for now just plan on 3pm as the earliest you can get in.

Tech - If you haven't been tech'd yet in 2016, or have made a change to your car, bring your car through the tech line and let Phil and Dan take a look.  Make sure to have your paperwork with you and filled out.  No paperwork and Phil is likely to put you in EC.

Registration - Once tech is completed (whether here or earlier in the year) bring your yellow log book to registration and get checked in.  To speed this up, make sure you are fully paid (you actually all are - Wow) and your driver roster is correct ahead of time.


Pit Assignments - Your requests have been met.  see image below
 
 
Supplemental rules - Just a reminder to take a look at the supplemental rules for this event.  They can be found here.   
 
QUESTIONS:  If you have questions about the race, registration or payment process, email me and I will respond ASAP.  

We're looking forward to seeing y'all in GA!

All the best -
The Eastern ChumpStaff
   
 
 
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ChumpCar World Series Events

North America - 2016

Entries for Atlanta Motorsports Park

 

    Team Name Car # Year Make Model
1.   6 SHADES OF GRAY 722 1991 Nissan 240sx
2.   633 Squadron 633 2001 BMW M3
3.   Andy Turner Motorsports 229 1989 BMW 325i
4.   Black Eyed Smurf 110 92 honda civic
5.   Black Magic Motorsports 257 95 Dodge Neon
6.   Brew Krewe Racing 860 1986 BMW 325i
7.   BWTS 787 1984 Mazda RX7
8.   checkered past racing 155 1984 Chevy Camaro
9.   Commander Ben and His Lost Planet Almen 595 2000 Lincoln LS
10.   Cone Crushers 917 1986 Porsche 944
11.   DKW Racing 267 1994 Mazda Miata
12.   Double Ohhh 7 70 1987 Mazda RX7
13.   Empty Pockets Racing 52 1995 BMW 325i
14.   FoShoMoCo 427 91 Ford Taurus
15.   Fried Chicken and Gasoline 688 2006 Mazda MX5
16.   Haldast 824 1993 Acura Legend
17.   Hong Norrth - Tr0nsAm 8 1994 Mazda MX3
18.   Hong Norrth 323 323 1992 Mazda 323
19.   Inglourious Basterds 172 1995 BMW 325is
20.   John Allen Special #80 80 1987 BMW 325i
21.   Kelly Brothers Racing 850 1994 Mazda Miata
22.   Killer Clowns 474 2005 Ford Mustang
23.   Leviathan Motorsports 250 1991 Toyota mr2
24.   Loose Canon 186 1987 Porsche 944
25.   McKibbin's Biohazard Racing 381 1991 Toyota MR2
26.   Momo Chump 230 1994 Mazda Miata
27.   No Cents Racing 575 1985 BMW E30 325I
28.   ODOR Motor Group 970 1992 Nissan Sentra
29.   Prelude to the Cream 814 1992 Honda Prelude
30.   Racing Analytics - Excelerace 713 1994 Mazda Miata
31.   Rolling Roadblock Racing 363 1990 Mazda Miata
32.   rotary racing rx8 spyder 2 133 2005 mazda rx8
33.   Rotary Rotards 93 1985 Mazda RX7
34.   RPM 97 1994 Mazda Miata
35.   Running bulls 160 1987 BMW 325is
36.   SEVEN G MOTORSPORT 391 1989 MERCEDES BENZ 190E
37.   Sparrow Speed 216 1999 Mazda Miata
38.   T.A.T.R. RACING 183 1990 Volkswagen Jetta gli
39.   Tajgarage Racing 251 1994 Mazda Miata
40.   Team Celica-Phone 237 1984 Toyota Celica
41.   Team Integrenader 126 1988 Acura Integra
42.   Team Jacky Ickx 935 935 1995 Mitsubishi 3000GT
43.   Team Jacky Ickx GT30 66 1994 Mitsubishi 3000GT
44.   Team Penny Pinchers 424 1992 Mazda MX5 Miata
45.   Treasure Coast Miata 74 1994 Mazda Miata
46.   tuttle motor sports 108 1997 mitsubishi eclipse
47.   tuttle motor sports 107 1996 mitsubishi eclipse
48.   Visceral Racing Group 918 1988 Porsche 944
49.   Wankle\'s Wankers 44 1981 Mazda RX7
50.   WarStella 196 1991 Nissan Sentra
 

 

 

 

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Another podium dominating performance by all the Mustangs, Camaros, Trans Ams... oh wait, only one class D car in the entire field and it was a Camaro finishing in 8th place and 10 laps off the lead.  Good thing they are getting bumped up by 50 points next year.

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So after our first day of racing, final results from day one can be found here:

 

http://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/4213302

 

And after a second terrific day of racing, final results for the event can be found here;

 

https://www.mylaps.com/en/events/1345683

 

Dana

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7 hours ago, riche30 said:

E30s dominating from 9th place guys!

Lots of attrition today.  Several top notch teams finished the day in the paddock.  Both the Jacky Ickx cars, Biohazard, etc.

 

Hmmm, as much as people hated John's crystal ball of MPV I wonder if the delicate balance has been upset:

 

Porsche leading by two laps

Honda 2 laps

Mazda 1 lap

Mazda 1 lap

Porsche 1 lap

Toyota same lap

Porsche same lap

Mazda 1 lap

Mazda 1 lap

Mercedes same lap

Mazda same lap

Mitsubishi same lap

Mazda 1 lap

Mazda 1 lap

BMW

 

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21 hours ago, Ron_e said:

Another podium dominating performance by all the Mustangs, Camaros, Trans Ams... oh wait, only one class D car in the entire field and it was a Camaro finishing in 8th place and 10 laps off the lead.  Good thing they are getting bumped up by 50 points next year.

Could it be in the prep work maybe or how it is driven?

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15 minutes ago, DEE DEE said:

Could it be in preperation maybe?

 

For sure, preparation, set up, planning, team work, driving, fuel management, etc.  I think only three Mustang teams are able to put the car on the podium, all other Mustang/Camaro/Trans Am's have been well out of the running and well out of the top ten historically.  The point is, it is a very difficult car to podium with and should not be bumped up next year.  All of these other cars are already surpassing it with their lower points this year.

 

While many different BMW teams seem to be able to do it, only three Mustang teams seem to be able.  It seems to be much easier for other platforms, it shouldn't be made harder for the Mustang/Camaro/Trans Am.

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1 hour ago, Ron_e said:

 

Hmmm, as much as people hated John's crystal ball of MPV I wonder if the delicate balance has been upset:

 

Porsche leading by two laps

Honda 2 laps

Mazda 1 lap

Mazda 1 lap

Porsche 1 lap

Toyota same lap

Porsche same lap

Mazda 1 lap

Mazda 1 lap

Mercedes same lap

Mazda same lap

Mitsubishi same lap

Mazda 1 lap

Mazda 1 lap

BMW

 

Hmmm, looks like cars with M in the name should do well: Mazda, Mercedes, Mitsu - wait, where's the Mustang?

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50 minutes ago, Ron_e said:

 

...or anything really, as long it is manufactured outside of North America.

Other than a Corvette, what from the big 3 has ever been good at road racing.  It doesn't count if all that was there was the skin on a tube frame.    In the sixties the Corvairs Camaros and mustangs did pretty well but mostly against themselves. 

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1 hour ago, JDChristianson said:

Other than a Corvette, what from the big 3 has ever been good at road racing.  It doesn't count if all that was there was the skin on a tube frame.    In the sixties the Corvairs Camaros and mustangs did pretty well but mostly against themselves. 

 

Exactly, so in a year of major readjustment where a lot of cars were adjusted down that these three should be moved up or should they have stayed the same to see the results or should they have been moved down as well?  At worst the Camaro should have been moved down to 200 to be with the other two.

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55 minutes ago, Ron_e said:

 

Exactly, so in a year of major readjustment where a lot of cars were adjusted down that these three should be moved up or should they have stayed the same to see the results or should they have been moved down as well?  At worst the Camaro should have been moved down to 200 to be with the other two.

So now I'm curious, what mods would you do with the extra points to improve race performance. 

I think it'd be fun to run about a 74 Camaro, but I'm not sure what direction you'd have to go to get to 500pts and have a podium capable car.    I'd guess moderate power, maybe even 4.3 v6. With the new points maybe a cam, intake and headers. Shed all the weight.  Good brakes without adding rotating mass. 15x10 wheels with 245 maxis tires.   Where do you spend the points?

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15 minutes ago, JDChristianson said:

So now I'm curious, what mods would you do with the extra points to improve race performance. 

I think it'd be fun to run about a 74 Camaro, but I'm not sure what direction you'd have to go to get to 500pts and have a podium capable car.    I'd guess moderate power, maybe even 4.3 v6. With the new points maybe a cam, intake and headers. Shed all the weight.  Good brakes without adding rotating mass. 15x10 wheels with 245 maxis tires.   Where do you spend the points?

 

It is not extra points, we have to take 50 points off the car that we have been running for three years at 200 base points and moving up to 250 next year.  We have spent all of our points on handling and fuel mileage, zero on adding hp so taking anything off will hurt lap time or decrease stint lengths below 1:55's.

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We came to the track with intentions of running one car this weekend.  We'd had some problems with the car over the past month and really expected more problems on Saturday.  Instead our car ran like a bat out of hell scoring top tens both Saturday and Sunday (if you remove those pesky EC cars).

 

Since we had a backup car at the track we felt like we could help someone else.  We offered up the car to two other teams before Randy Pobst and his Happy Moose team took us up on the offer of a free car rental for the rest of the day after their trans let loose in the first hour Sunday.  The car wasn't perfect, but Randy and his guys got to have a few hours on track turning some pretty good laps and it was our pleasure to help them.

 

Great weekend for all.  It's nice to be qualified for the Chumpionship, but we're Barber bound instead.  

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Brutal, brutal, brutal… I will update with a full report soon but for now, car was stinking fast but we had almost everything possible go wrong. High point of the weekend was winning the helmet drawing on Sunday morning, I talked to Mike and explained that none of our drivers really needed a new helmet but what we could really use was a containment seat. Being the standup guy that he is no problem, we were able to use the credit that the helmet would have cost plus the 20% discount Discovery was offering and ended up with a nice OMP XL full containment seat for nearly half off.

 

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8 minutes ago, mhr650 said:

Brutal, brutal, brutal… I will update with a full report soon but for now, car was stinking fast but we had almost everything possible go wrong. High point of the weekend was winning the helmet drawing on Sunday morning, I talked to Mike and explained that none of our drivers really needed a new helmet but what we could really use was a containment seat. Being the standup guy that he is no problem, we were able to use the credit that the helmet would have cost plus the 20% discount Discovery was offering and ended up with a nice OMP XL full containment seat for nearly half off.

 

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Loved this car.  Blew me away at how fast you pulled away from me in the carousel.  Smoking fast. Sorry that you had so many problems. 

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Anyone else think the EC cars are getting out of hand?  It was OK at AMP where the speed differential isn't as high - but if this was Road Atlanta or Sebring it would have been much more dangerous.   I will say the BMW drove a great clean race and was very courteous.  

 

I'm just worried the race series starts getting too far away from what it was intended for as well as for safety reasons with the wide mix of cars and experience.

 

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What a fun weekend!!! Not only was the racing great, but the Trunk or Treating for the kids and the Punkin Chuckin with trebouchets was PHENOM!!!

Thanks ChumpCar staff and volunteers for making us all feel welcome and amusing us all at the same time!!! A feat previously thought impossible!!!

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