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Hey everyone, new Chump here.  I'm building a Miata right now and planning our first race for Thompson in September (giggity).  Before I get in over my head though (already neck deep), I figured it would be a good idea to volunteer for team and try to learn the ropes a little bit.  To see what its like to go through tech, team organization, pit stops, etc.  So if anyone wants/needs crew help, and willing to let me be your shadow, I'm your guy.  Miata teams are a plus, but willing to help anyone.  If you are a team in Connecticut, even better.  I'd be happy to come help prep the car on work days.

 

A little about me....I have been to ChumpCar races, and drove in a race in the other series, so I'm not totally clueless as to how things work.  I'm not a mechanic, but I know the open end from the box end of a wrench.  I can do the basics.  I'm willing to be a team player and do whatever I can to help.  Even if that means being a gopher sometimes.  I have all my safety gear, so if you need someone to go over the wall, I can help.  

 

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I will be there racing with @wvumtnbkr.  Feel free to come by and say hello in the powerful RX7 we will be running.  Welcome to Chump!  Also there are a lot of guys around here running Miatas so you are in good hands.  @Z06LOL did a good job at building one and debuting it last year at Gingerman. 

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Volunteer as a pit marshal instead.  You'll see the other side of the fence, you'll be up close to the teams to watch how they refuel with plenty of slow time to pick their brains.

 

Plus you'll earn funny-money towards your future events and learn which teams are good guys (hint they give you beer).

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On 3/4/2017 at 3:04 PM, snowman said:

Currently building it.  Cage and fire suppression is getting finished up this weekend, and I get it back on Monday.  

My recommendation is to spend as much time now as possible on making the car reliable without using any points.  Once you have proven your car is reliable, then look into modifications 

 

 

Also my personal opinion is to make safety the number one priority, we have more money in safety in our car then anything else.

 

 

PM me with any questions you may have Miata related, there is also a ton of Miata guys on here whom all have been helpful. 

 

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Thanks @Z06LOL.  Reliability is definitely our focus.  To finish first you must first finish right....so just finishing is my goal.  I get the car back tomorrow and plan to inspect parts throughout the week, so I'll probably message with something.

 

Yeah @miatainium, I'm full of bad ideas that cost lots of money.  At least it's funny  though!

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On ‎3‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 7:56 AM, snowman said:

Hey everyone, new Chump here.  I'm building a Miata right now and planning our first race for Thompson in September (giggity).  Before I get in over my head though (already neck deep), I figured it would be a good idea to volunteer for team and try to learn the ropes a little bit.  To see what its like to go through tech, team organization, pit stops, etc.  So if anyone wants/needs crew help, and willing to let me be your shadow, I'm your guy.  Miata teams are a plus, but willing to help anyone.  If you are a team in Connecticut, even better.  I'd be happy to come help prep the car on work days.

 

A little about me....I have been to ChumpCar races, and drove in a race in the other series, so I'm not totally clueless as to how things work.  I'm not a mechanic, but I know the open end from the box end of a wrench.  I can do the basics.  I'm willing to be a team player and do whatever I can to help.  Even if that means being a gopher sometimes.  I have all my safety gear, so if you need someone to go over the wall, I can help.  

 

It just so happens that we are short a crew member for the Glen.  One of my regulars just had some major surgery so I need someone that can work under a really good, experienced crew chief.  If you are interested, let me know -- we have been doing Chump for about 4 years now (in our fifth year), and finally moderately successful and it almost looks like we know what we are doing.........We plan on being in WG on Thursday afternoon the 25th.

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1 hour ago, dipperk120 said:

It just so happens that we are short a crew member for the Glen.  One of my regulars just had some major surgery so I need someone that can work under a really good, experienced crew chief.  If you are interested, let me know -- we have been doing Chump for about 4 years now (in our fifth year), and finally moderately successful and it almost looks like we know what we are doing.........We plan on being in WG on Thursday afternoon the 25th.

When will you be at the bar?

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Precision Touch Detailing Racing will be there as well. We just finished up our Miata and it is going for its first autocross shake down Saturday. You can follow our build on Facebook just look up Precision Touch Detailing Racing. We did A LOT this year. This is my second Miata build, last one was an SSM autocross car; supercharged. This car is built for reliability, picking up a refreshed engine this week and all wear components in the suspension have been replaced. Make no mistake we expect there to be issues, we just don't know what yet. Stop by and see us while you are there, we are located 25 minutes south of the track in Corning NY.

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