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FNG seeks ride in Florida

Hello all,  I recently found Chump Car and I'd LOVE TO RACE. The format is excellent!It's exactly what I've been looking for. (Wasn't actively "looking" but ya know) I'm a Sensible 34 yo Dad seeking seat time for a race at Sebring or Daytona this year. I live in St. Petersburg, Any race teams around here? 
I'm not scared of hard work! 
I'd love to help a team improve/ maintain their vehicle or build a vehicle. I'm not an auto mechanic by trade but I've done a good share of maintenance to include changing motors, Transmissions , suspension parts, axles, fuel pumps, brakes etc. I also have basic electrical skills and I'm competent at body work. Decent with paintwork but not excellent.  I maintained helicopters  for 5 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as well.  


I do not have experience in any formal type of racing. Sorry!  I had a racecar (Honda civic) when I was a kid but it's been 20 years!  I'd really love to get at it again, and Thanks for the consideration.  

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51 minutes ago, HomerSimpson said:

  I had a racecar (Honda civic) when I was a kid but it's been 20 years! 

 

Based on your user name, and car history I think you will fit into Chumpcar well. 

There are a bunch of already formed teams down in your area that could probably point you in the right direction. 

@Team Infiniti is from South Florida and posts on this board quite often. 

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1 hour ago, HomerSimpson said:

I'm not scared of hard work! 
I'm not an auto mechanic by trade but I've done a good share of maintenance to include changing motors, Transmissions , suspension parts, axles, fuel pumps, brakes etc. I also have basic electrical skills and I'm competent at body work. Decent with paintwork but not excellent.  I maintained helicopters  for 5 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as well.  

 

 

FYI and not to scare you off or anything but depending on the team you could put all of those skills to work at just one race... well maybe except for the helicopter and Coast Guard skills.  :o:lol::lol:

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22 minutes ago, red0 said:

 

Based on your user name, and car history I think you will fit into Chumpcar well. 

There are a bunch of already formed teams down in your area that could probably point you in the right direction. 

@Team Infiniti is from South Florida and posts on this board quite often. 

  Thanks for the shout out but Florida is a big place, Tampa is nowhere near us, West Palm Beach if there is any interest in riding by, your more than welcome to hang out and see what a chump car looks like but there are likely others closer 

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To race Daytona, you are required to have another event under your belt, just to let you know. 

 

I rent seats in cars, cars that typically finish well, and the pricing reflects that. We will have two rental cars at Sebring if you are interested for then. Come to Daytona and volunteer with Chumpcar if you want to get a good handle on how the events work.

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17 hours ago, Team Infiniti said:

  Thanks for the shout out but Florida is a big place, Tampa is nowhere near us, West Palm Beach if there is any interest in riding by, your more than welcome to hang out and see what a chump car looks like but there are likely others closer 

Jacky Ickx and Money Pit are down your way.  If you haven't seen the Chump map yet, this may be helpful:  https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1511387

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First I have to say thanks.  This is my first post in this site and All you guys do what you can to help the new guy. Thank you! That's awesome. I like the forum already.

17 hours ago, Ron_e said:

 

FYI and not to scare you off or anything but depending on the team you could put all of those skills to work at just one race... well maybe except for the helicopter and Coast Guard skills.  :o:lol::lol:

Thanks for the warning Ron, but, coming  up with a repair on the fly sounds fun. ??

 

Dombrowski- I may just go to the track as a volunteer and meet some people then? Good suggestion 

 

Red0-  agreed. I feel like minded with a lot of the people on this forum already.  Thanks for the encouraging words.

 

that map works.  I'll pm jackyiks thank you! 

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A "plan of attack" if you will, would be to definitely come wander around Daytona - your first Chump race attendance and it being @ Daytona should equal you having a pretty good time. Wander around and check everything out, there is a forum post that has a map of a good part of all the Chump teams, go make a list of the Fla teams. Then wander around and say hi, when you introduce yourself ask if that person hangs out on the forum just so you can put a forum name with the face. I've met tons of people that took me 3 or 4 races to make the actual forum connection.

 

So that is step 1...

 

Step 2 would be to get your butt over to one or two Chin track days between now and the Sept. Sebring race, that is a cheap way to get some semi-professional instruction and get laps @ Sebring to familiarize yourself with the track itself. 

 

Welcome to the madness. Hope your wife/significant other is of the understanding type  :lol:

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32 minutes ago, HomerSimpson said:

First I have to say thanks.  This is my first post in this site and All you guys do what you can to help the new guy. Thank you! That's awesome. I like the forum already.

Thanks for the warning Ron, but, coming  up with a repair on the fly sounds fun. ??

 

Come out to the track, we'll get together, have a few laughs, make a few repairs. It'll be fun they said. ;)

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1 hour ago, HomerSimpson said:

First I have to say thanks.  This is my first post in this site and All you guys do what you can to help the new guy. Thank you! That's awesome. I like the forum already.

Thanks for the warning Ron, but, coming  up with a repair on the fly sounds fun. ??

 

Dombrowski- I may just go to the track as a volunteer and meet some people then? Good suggestion 

 

Red0-  agreed. I feel like minded with a lot of the people on this forum already.  Thanks for the encouraging words.

 

that map works.  I'll pm jackyiks thank you! 

 @HomerSimpson  - you're spot on with your assessment of most guys on this Forum, and Chumpcar racers in general. I drove a friend's car in 3 races in 2010-11 & 13. We were pretty much clueless about what we were doing. But once I began to look into this Forum, and volunteered to work a few races, things changed. I made some friends at the races, and connected a few people with their forum names. Like you mentioned, I found that there are MANY people that will bend over backward to help you get started, and provide support, encouragement and advice.

Between meeting people in person, and participating in Technical (or funny) discussions here, I've also met some "online" friends that are also very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. There are some resident geniuses that regularly post here - their advice, experience, and willingness to help you are priceless!! (@mender & guys like him especially!!) My wife and kids call this forum "Dad's Facebook."

I also met seasoned racers that I asked to drive our car @NigelStu at our first couple races. There's nothing better than getting an assessment of where you're at, and where to make improvements, than teaming up with someone with a wealth of experience. 

Lastly, I'll never forget the support, encouragement, and well wishes that we've received (and continue to) from new friends such as Tyler @Crank Yankers Racing, Tony @notbob, Ben @NigelStu@Hi_Im_Will, Jeff@Kentite and the rest of the 60 degree team, @RedShoeRacing, Nate and John of Spartan Racing, and many others whose screen names elude me right now... 

Good luck with your journey. Take the advice others mentioned and get out to some races, You'll have a great time, and will make some new friends that will be helpful and supportive of your efforts.

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On 3/11/2017 at 7:46 AM, Racer28173 said:

Jacky Ickx and Money Pit are down your way.

We need more western I-4 teams!

 

Homer, you cant go wrong talking to these Florida teams.  Several of them are known for bringing home a lot of the chump hardware.  Speaking of which MPR got their first piece of chump hardware (hopefully not the last) at Road Atlanta.

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I winter in bowlingbgreen and have two Toyota passeos...engines out and at home with me for rebuild....you are half my age...so a prime candidate for team member lol   drop a loine if interested...looking at sebring and Daytona.  but   ... we may just look at doing the scca drivers school (Daytona)  for cheap experience

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I am east of you in Boling Green fl  and have two toyota passeos...just got through rebuilding both engines and will do a quick freshener on the spare later. I will not be there till late October and have no idea if I can get this act together  I also have posted the cars for sale as I have an opportunity to just drive as well   let me know if you have interest   

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