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Well, our second Thompson Race is in the books. I threw down the challenge to have no full-course cautions, we came close with only one in the first hour. After that it was a few locals here and there and some great racing at a fun track. We fell just a bit short of the 12 hour mark, the overcast conditions made it darker than we had planned. After several corner workers said they couldn't see the track, and agreement from the teams we talked to, we checkered the race 15 minutes early. The racing was great with several winning cars fighting right down to the end!

 

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

Final results can be found here: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/4583771

 

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We had an awesome experience in our first race.  We had a little trouble with a radiator hose on lap 8, but big thanks to McParland Motorsports for hooking us up with a spare to save us tons of time.  We rebounded pretty well and finished 15th.  Not bad for a brand new team.  Lots of great racing and tons of fun.  Thanks to all the staff and volunteers for putting on a great event.  

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The ChubbyGecko Nissan had it's most successful weekend... ever!   So much so we were a little unprepared and our casual approach early on in the race ended up costing us an even better finish.  No regrets though!  

 

We took the green in 13th on track, then had our 4! penalty laps applied.  Bruce started turning super consistent low 1:29s-1:30s in traffic, with a 1:27 flyer thrown in when he got a nice gap.  By the time the fastest guys behind had made their way through (dropping us as low as 24th at one point), we had still managed to pass enough cars to move us into 12th by our first pit stop at an hour and a half in.

 

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Bruce had reported a lack of airflow to the driver, so we took 4 extra minutes in the pits to add a driver side duct to try to keep us fresher throughout the day.  Steve climbed in and off we went.  And went.  And went.  Usually by this point we'd be in the garage with some incredibly bizarre issues, but the car kept turning laps, and respectable ones.  Steve was having a blast.  His only observations were that the fuel consumption was pretty high (yep) and that the car wasn't quite as good in the right handers compared to the lefts.  

 

Steve came in, we fueled and Aaron got in the car and headed out for his first stint.  And started getting faster... late in his stint he pipped Bruce's 1:27 team fast lap with a 1:26 of his own.  This was about when we realized 1) we had a quick, easy to drive racecar on our hands and 2) it was running reliably enough that we might be able to go the distance.  Some strategery seemed to be in order.  Aaron dropped back to 95% or so, trying to save a bit of fuel and extend his stint beyond the 1:30 mark.  Simply short shifting onto the straight made a huge difference in consumption with almost no affect on laptimes.  Torque is a hell of a drug.  

 

Bruce was in next for his second stint, and managed 1:28s and a few more 1:27s even in non-attack mode.  Steve had some family coming in to spectate, so we shuffled the planned driver order slightly and shove the car owner (me) into the car next, despite the impact we knew it would have on our lap times.  I managed to keep the car in one piece with only a two "moments", both of which were me trying a little too hard to keep up with the McParland S2K :lol: Simple off and ons from outbraking myself into Turn 1 and later through Turn 4.  

Managed a 1:29 which for me is pretty good.

 

I climbed out with just over 3:45 remaining, so it was going to be up to Steve and Aaron to manage their fuel to get us to the end.  And damn if they didn't pull it off, with Steve channeling enough Miata owner mojo to conserve enough cornering speed to do the entire course in 4th and 5th gears with only a 2 or so second loss in times.  And he REALLY stretched the fuel, as he pitted on what had to be fumes as I poured 15.5999 (approximately) gallons into our 15.6 gallon tank ;-)

 

Final stint, full conserve mode for Aaron.  Once all the pitstops cycled through we were 12th, and on the same lap as the Occam's Racer Miata.  Aaron was closing in at 2-3 seconds a lap and @drKorf and the team must have noticed as they turned it up just enough to keep us behind. It started to get dark quickly around that point, and with us on the limit of fuel (if the race went full length) we weren't able to respond.

 

Hindsight being what it is, if we'd known 20 minutes earlier that they were going to shorten the race by 15 minute it would have been ON!!! :)

 

Overall a great result for us as a team and for me as car builder in particular.  All of us as drivers had an AWESOME time on track, each reporting their own personal favorite on-track battles with several other competitiors.  There were some especially epic stretches reported with a white BMW, a few more with the Accord and the other Nissan. (we're always terrible about remembering car numbers :lol: , sorry)

I myself appreciated the several E30s that I played follow the leader with as I experimented with lines to get around the track during my stint, and no worries to the driver of the Rx7 that slid up on me coming out of the bowl, I had room to move but I appreciate the wave.  

 

As usual, if anyone has any stories or videos of dicing it up with us on track, we'd love to hear about it!  

 

A few things to work on before PittRace but I think we're going to have one hell of a good time!

 

 

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So how dark was it at the finish?  Well, this captures the best (only?) lit section of the track.  We're the third car to cross the line, and you see me pan down towards Turn 1 to follow...  Probably a solid call by @DuncanDana to shorten the race by 15 minutes!

 

 

Pay no attention to the overly excited car owner on the audio :lol:

 
 
 
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T&A had a rollercoaster of a weekend, but it's only our second race as a team so I guess it's to be expected.   Like many at the drivers meeting we were not expecting to need to cough up another $200 that we hadn't factored for with our renters.  12 + test $600, that's what we expected.  Please be more clear chumpcar.

 

We had problems with ignition right off the trailer and the car was street tested a bunch before the event without issue.  The car would just cut hard every now and then, it almost spun me once in testing.  We tried different ECUs, grounds, unplugging sensors etc and it would come and go through the whole weekend.  Other teams were great with helping us with advice and parts.   Towards the end of the race Saturday we think we figured it out as being the crank sensor or relays which we zip-tied per advice.  We don't know for sure still, but the last 30 mins were flawless.   

 

We blew up a guibo during the race also and drove to eeureparts and back to get another which is a big reason we didn't do so well.    Overall the car is a rocket, for never having driven the track I felt I could hang with just about anybody out there, we hope to be in the fight more in the future.  I think our fast lap was 1:26 or so, and I know none of us got close to mastering the car or track still.

 

Thanks to the track and chumpcar for this event, I hope it continues, but becomes a double 8, maybe fri & sat.  You can charge a little more, and so can we, it's a win-win.

 

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4 hours ago, Gearhead_42 said:

So how dark was it at the finish?  Well, this captures the best (only?) lit section of the track.  We're the third car to cross the line, and you see me pan down towards Turn 1 to follow...  Probably a solid call by @DuncanDana to shorten the race by 15 minutes!

 

 

Pay no attention to the overly excited car owner on the audio :lol:

 
 
 

Yeah, it was dark.  We had lights but not apex lights so it was tough in the darker sections to find the turn in and apexes.  And those cars without any lights were just invisible.  Race probably should have been called a little earlier, but still a hell of an event.

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Thanks to Chumpcar for an awesome weekend. We had about as good of weekend as one could expect. Went in hoping for a car that didn't have to go behind the wall and a Top 10 finish if possible.

 

Everyone drove the perfect stint and the pit stops were flawless. I thought the driving of most everyone was clean and courteous. No real issues out on track and Thompson is surprisingly technical and fun. I would say we would go back for sure. 

 

I will echo what everyone else said about the test day. We were black flagged multiple times for random reasons. They kept referencing a rule book that they couldn't furnish. Not sure why they felt the need to make up new rules for every time we went out. Maybe Chumpcar can run it next year instead? Also definitely include the test day in the fee or don't advertise it with the race. $200 was still a good deal but it was slightly misleading.

 

Looking forward to Pittrace and Shut Up Racing V3.

 

Also, I thought Dana had one of the best pre-race meetings that I've been to with Chumpcar. The whole event was well run.

 

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23 hours ago, Gearhead_42 said:

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Overall a great result for us as a team and for me as car builder in particular.  All of us as drivers had an AWESOME time on track, each reporting their own personal favorite on-track battles with several other competitiors.  There were some especially epic stretches reported with a white BMW, a few more with the Accord and the other Nissan. (we're always terrible about remembering car numbers :lol: , sorry)

 

 

I was out for the 3rd stint in the Accord and had a great time with whoever was driving! We battled maybe for 15 mins and while watching a few lines from your car I was able to knock my personal time down to a 1:27. Good times! Same car/team that was down at VIR last year in Dec?

 

 

 

 

So a quick recap for me and team ZTEK racing -

 

Practice started later than scheduled but Thompson staff was able to move the practice hours back so we all were able to get the full 4 hours. As said before practice was a little crazy but I assume because their were lots of people doing exactly what it was called - practice. I went out and spun opening lap and 2 major slides as we were trying a new setup on the car. After a quick adjustment and tire change, we were down to the lap times we wanted to achieve in a practice setting.

 

Race day - Weather was cool in the morning and perfect to start a race. I believe we started around 18th or 19th place. A few class B cars had issues so by 6 hours in, we were first in class and 4th overall including the EC car leading the race. We as a team was pretty excited that we may podium for the first time. Thompson was good to us last year with a 5th overall in the old race car (Nissan Sentra) that Never Start Racing team now owns. They did well too! About 20 mins after our 3rd driver change, I believe a yellow Miata spun coming out of the bridge turn 5 and collected our car at the same time. Our driver got pulled into the paddock and the car didn't look good! We had some spare parts and said we are going Nascar style! We removed the hood, cut the from bumper off with supports, used a truck and tow straps to "fix" the rad support and core support, sawzall some metal away, zip tie in a used radiator, change alternator, replace driver axle and made sure the car drove and stopped straight. 1 hour and 54 mins later, we are back on track and leading class be by 7 laps!! Our last 2 drivers were able to put together really good stints, even setting fast time of day right before darkness fell over the track!

 

We ended up finishing 18th overall and Class B winner which was a great finish for us since the car had been wrecked earlier that day. So you go from highs to lows to highs again. Isn't what racing is about?!

 

Thanks again to Chump staff for another great weekend and Thompson staff and volunteers! Another great event for all the Chump teams and look forward to being back here next year.

 

Now on to Pitt next month!

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10 minutes ago, EVILZ said:

 

I was out for the 3rd stint in the Accord and had a great time with whoever was driving! We battled maybe for 15 mins and while watching a few lines from your car I was able to knock my personal time down to a 1:27. Good times! Same car/team that was down at VIR last year in Dec?

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Now on to Pitt next month!

 

That would have been Aaron (possibly Bruce) depending on what strategy you were on... Must have been a different 240 team in December, we haven't been to VIR since way back when we ran a sad little Plymouth Laser :lol:  I think @okkustom runs an all orange 240SX down that way though.

 

We will see you at Pittsburgh!

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1 hour ago, Gearhead_42 said:

 

That would have been Aaron (possibly Bruce) depending on what strategy you were on... Must have been a different 240 team in December, we haven't been to VIR since way back when we ran a sad little Plymouth Laser :lol:  I think @okkustom runs an all orange 240SX down that way though.

 

We will see you at Pittsburgh!

 

I was out from noon to 2pm. 

 

Lol @ sad little Laser!

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2 hours ago, EVILZ said:

I was out for the 3rd stint in the Accord and had a great time with whoever was driving! We battled maybe for 15 mins and while watching a few lines from your car I was able to knock my personal time down to a 1:27. Good times! Same car/team that was down at VIR last year in Dec?

 

Yep, that was me (Aaron)!  Nice to meet you :)  I meant to stop by after that stint to tell you how much fun it was, but I wasn't able to figure out where you were paddocked at and when I saw you next time, you guys had bigger things to worry about than idle banter. 

 

I'm glad I was able to help you find some time, I'm not glad you used it against me :)

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