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Official 2018 Lifeline 24-Hour Classic at Virginia International Raceway

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Event Supplementals - https://champcar.org/register/supplementalrules/353.pdf

 

Prizes include the usual cool ChampCar Trophies and the Over-All non-EC winning team gets engraved watches!

 

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The Lifeline 24-Hour Classic at VIR.
Lifeline Fire Suppression Systems - As the title sponsor of the event, Lifeline will be on site to answer any questions you may have, show you some of their latest products and/or sell you any new and better gear you may have been wanting to purchase. 

 

Lifeline Social Hour - As the event sponsor, Lifeline Fire Suppression Systems is hosting a social gathering Friday night once we all move into the paddock.  Drinks and pretzels will be provided but the stories and entertainment will have to come from you!  Make sure you stop by to say hello to the Lifeline team and see the latest products they have to offer for your race car.  

 

Final Email to teams

 

 

Having traveled for the last two 24's, I'm happy to have one in my own backyard.  We've got another sold out 24-hour classic at VIR and it's stacked with some of the fastest teams in the club.  It's going to be a great race!  Read below to get some information to help your weekend go a little smoother. 
 
Gates - Gates open at noon on Friday. If you've had your annual tech for the year already, I wouldn't rush to get there since we can't get into the North paddock until 5pm.  For those that need to tech, VIR will most likely stage you in the South Paddock until 5pm.  We'll be doing tech where VIR stages teams.

Paddock - There is plenty of room in the North paddock for everyone.  Unless VIR says otherwise, we won't have access to the North paddock until 5pm Friday.

Camping - RV spots with power are available to rent from VIR.  Contact them directly to reserve and pay - 434-822-7700.
 
Tech - If you have not had your 2018 annual tech yet, bring your car through tech when you arrive.  Bring all your paperwork filled out.  Make sure you have read the rules.  Swap cars with no paperwork will likely be put in EC.  

Registration - 
Make sure you tech first, then bring your yellow logbook and tech sheet signed by us directly to registration.  Before you arrive, log in and check your driver roster for accuracy.  Make any corrections ahead of time.  If you are fully paid with the correct drivers, check-in is a 3-minute process.  If you are not coming (work issue, car issue, etc), email me to let me know you will not be there.
 
Novice School - 6pm Friday, location 2nd floor of the scoring tower.

Pit Assignments - Here are your pit assignments.  As always, you make it a puzzle to get you where you want to be with who you want to be with, but I think I did alright.

Test Session - All entries include the two-hour test session on Saturday morning.  This will run from 8:30am to 10:30am. 
 
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Lifeline Social Hour - As the event sponsor, Lifeline Fire Suppression Systems is hosting a social gathering Friday night once we all move into the paddock.  Drinks and pretzels will be provided but the stories and entertainment will have to come from you!  Make sure you stop by to say hello to the Lifeline team and see the latest products they have to offer for your race car.  
  

 
  
A reminder: read through and print out the Supplemental Rules for this event here.
 
If you have any questions about registration, please contact Katherine Miller here.  Any other questions you can contact me here.


We're looking forward to seeing you all in Virginia!
 

The ChampCar Staff   
 
 

 

 

Entries for The Lifeline 24 Hour Classic

updated August 9. Last update

    Team Name Car # Year Make Model
1.   2 Veloce Racing 733 1994 Mazda Miata
2.   24 Hours Of Rotary 176 1986 Mazda RX-7
3.   901 Motorsport 901 1990 BMW 325is
4.   901 Motorsport 902 1988 BMW 325is
5.   Acme Racing 105 1981 Datsun 200SX
6.   Apex Predators 912 1999 Pontiac Firebird
7.   Bad Brains Racing 210 1993 BMW 325i
8.   Baltimorons 268 1995 Bmw 318i
9.   Bandit Racing 991 1989 BMW 325i
10.   Barely Racing 390 1995 Eagle Talon
11.   beachbimmerz 817 325 1987 bmw
12.   Bear Ass Racing 772 1998 BMW E 30
13.   Beast Mode Racing 165 1992 acura integra
14.   Big Slick Racing 457 2009 Pontiac Solstice
15.   BimmerLine 336 1993 BMW 325
16.   Cage Gage Camaro 386 1995 Chevy Camaro
17.   Catvalier 931 2004 Chevy Cavalier
18.   Chandler School 236 1991 Mazda Miata
19.   Chandler School 2 621 1991 Mazda Miata
20.   Chattanooga Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 148 1988 BMW 325is
21.   Clapped Out Racing 993 1994 Bmw E36
22.   CMD Auto 480 1999 Acura Integra
23.   CMP Racing Prelude 253 1994 Honda Prelude
24.   Cool Runninz Racing 900 1983 Porsche 944
25.   Crash Management 232 2001 Dodge Stratus
26.   Daikoku Futo Rejects 507 1972 Datsun 240Z
27.   DamnSon Racing 346 2000 BMW E46
28.   dont tread on me 120 2003 Mazda Miata
29.   E.P.I.C. 24 RACING 124 1988 BMW 535i Sport Ute
30.   Elite Motors Racing (3G) 919 1992 BMW 325i
31.   Eracing/ShortRound 890 1986 bmw 325
32.   Full Trottle 476 1992 Mazda Miata
33.   Glazed & Confused 156 1990 Mazda Miata
34.   Glazed & Confused #2 256 1994 Mazda Miata
35.   Good, Bad, and Ugly 427 1984 Chevrolet Camaro
36.   Hammerheads Racing 275 2003 BMW 325xi
37.   HMS Motorsport 704 1987 BMW 325 E
38.   Hugh Jass 337 1992 Mazda Miata
39.   InActiv Motorsports 626 1993 Mazda 626B
40.   Interceptor Racing 525 2005 Ford CV
41.   JSK Racing 76 1999 nissan maxima
42.   K H Motorsports 728 1966 Ford Mustang
43.   Lang und Grosse 694 1988 BMW 325
44.   Leviathan Motorsports 255 1991 Toyota mr2 v6 Long Tail
45.   Lightning motorsports 629 1997 Honda Civic
46.   Loose Canon Racing 785 1987 Porsche 944
47.   Love Racing 647 1990 Mazda Miata
48.   Matt Connolly Motorsports 245 2001 BMW 330ci
49.   McKibbins Biohazard Racing 382 1991 Troyota MR2 V6 Version 1.0
50.   McParland Motorsport 133 2000 Honda S2000
51.   Mission Motorsports (McCumbee/McAlleer) 26 2016 Mazda Global MX-5
52.   NLS Racing 977 1993 Nissan 240sx
53.   No Panic Racing 42 1984 BMW e30 318i
54.   Not Banned Yet 307 1991 Nissan 240SX
55.   NTF Racing 683 1998 Honda Civic
56.   Over Engineered Motorsports 53 1990 Acura Integra
57.   Pinkies Out 246 1988 BMW 325is
58.   Plan C Racing 851 1983 Porsche 944
59.   Poor Boys Racing - North 611 1997 BMW 328i
60.   Prancing Donkey Racing 762 1985 Pontiac Trans Am
61.   Race Team Inc 292 1995 BMW 325is
62.   Racebar Lasershark 215 1985 BMW 635CSI
63.   Racebar Original 213 1985 BMW 735i
64.   Racing For Heroes 776 1984 chevy camero
65.   Racing For Heroes 779 1987 acura legend
66.   Ratchet Racing 477 1986 BMW 325E
67.   rbankracing.com / 90Racing.com 90 1999 SAAB 9-3
68.   RENNtech Motorsports 150 1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E
69.   Riff RAF Racing 0 1974 Triumph TR-6
70.   Rolling Roadblock Racing 363 1990 Mazda Miata
71.   Rotary Racing 38 1988 mazda rx7
72.   RRT Racing 518 1994 Mazda Miata
73.   RVAGFX 111 1989 BMW 325
74.   RVAGFX 3 511 1995 BMW M3
75.   Sara Sloan Team 700 1984 BMW 325
76.   Sheriff Racing (Bandit) 914 1986 BMW E30
77.   Silver Star 470 1992 mazada miata
78.   Sir Chump 284 1999 Honda Civic
79.   Skidmarks 669 1984 Chevy Corvette
80.   Slower Lower Racing 684 2000 Chevy S10 Xtreme
81.   Sparrow Speed 216 1999 Mazda Miata
82.   SpedSource 75 1989 Mazda RX7
83.   SRI Racing 1 67 1987 BMW 325
84.   SRI Racing 2 68 1994 BMW 3251
85.   SRI Racing 3 69 1987 BMW 325
86.   SRI Racing: Chump Change 300 1987 BMW 325is
87.   Still Crazy Racing 501 2006 chev cobalt
88.   Team Junction/Neo Motorsport 185 1992 Honda Civic
89.   Team Junction/Neo Motorsport 813 1996 Honda Civic
90.   Team Troxell Racing 325 1993 BWM 325is
91.   The Udder Racer Group 96 1996 Mazda Miata
92.   THR 503 1999 Honda Civic Si
93.   Tic Tac 419 1997 BMW M3
94.   TURBO TATR RACING 442 1998 Volkswagen GTI
95.   TWOth Autosport 522 1992 Honda Civic
96.   TWOth Autosport II 552 1996 Honda Civic
97.   Visceral Racing Group 918 1987 Porsche 944
98.   Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 219 1990 Mazda Miata
99.   WUDU Racing 692 1994 BMW 325i
 

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Friday evening lasershark / racebar will host dinner in the paddock and is open to everyone. At the 8s last Dec we smoked and served 75 lbs of pulled pork and had plenty of beverages. We plan to up our game this time and serve up to 120 lbs of pulled pork, sides, more drinks, music, and only a moderate amount of shinanigans. Racebar will be making Margarettas from the roof mounted Margaretta  machine and both lasershark and racebar will serve beer and play music. The smokers will fire up in the wee hours of Friday morning and the food will be served from 6pm to 10pm. If your planning dinner that night, consider keeping it local and spending some time with us!

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Oh hell yea Jim!  We've got Pit Lane rooms and were thinking about hanging out Friday night, I think you just made our decision pretty easy.

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Have a couple questions as this will be our first time racing at VIR. 

What is the fuel availability at/around the track?

Do we have a relationship with a local hotel for discounted rates?

 

thanks,

Tony Alfano

Barely Racing

#390 1995 Eagle Talon

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They have fuel on site, or you can drive like 5-10 mins off site to get fuel.  I think they have a rate setup with a hotel in Danville, should be in the supplemental...yep here it is:

 

Event Hotel: Sleep Inn & Suites Danville 1483 South Boston Rd, Danville, VA 24540 434-793-6090 Ask for ChampCar rate Scan QR Code to visit hotel website

 

You can see if the track has any more rooms left but its highly unlikely.  Get ready for the best track you've ever been to!  See ya around!

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3 hours ago, SCCAchamp said:

Do we have a relationship with a local hotel for discounted rates?

 

Not like you'll be sleeping anyways.

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Super stoked.

 

Haven't run a 24 in a long time, first one with the Camaro. First time to VIR, this was our bucket-list track to hit for 2018. We also got lucky and snagged a pit lane room (Mike was on the ball months ago). 

 

Already working on the car, which is way early :lol:

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Looking forward to meeting you and seeing the camaro Dave 

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1 hour ago, trigun7469 said:

is there a cap for entries?

 

Last year it was right around 100, I would expect the same this year. 

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21 minutes ago, Hammerheads said:

Going to be our first time. Do they utilize a safety car or do hot pills with local yellows?

 VIR  is unique and uses a code purple 35 MPH flag full corse caution where the field slowes and maintains the gap to the car in front of you . No pace car unless there is track damage or big cleanup . This works pretty well and most times its back to green pretty quick .

  This was put into place after a racer , from another searies ,crashed into a safety truck during a hot pull ..

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All - The corvette will be there. 

Apologies in advance. . .

That stated, we have two types of drivers. 4 of us are skilled and will be in the 2:22-2:28 range, the other is slow; she's been on the track but doesn't have as much experience. I've been hammering it into everyone to avoid contact at all costs.  My wife (the slow one) will be about 20-25 seconds off the pace of everyone else. The car will have a sign on the back letting you know when she's driving so you'll be able to tell who's driving on the approach. She will be trying to stay off the line as much as possible for you to pass.

Any other suggestions/comments welcome. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, RandomTask said:

That stated, we have two types of drivers. 4 of us are skilled and will be in the 2:22-2:28 range, the other is slow; she's been on the track but doesn't have as much experience. I've been hammering it into everyone to avoid contact at all costs.  My wife (the slow one) will be about 20-25 seconds off the pace of everyone else. The car will have a sign on the back letting you know when she's driving so you'll be able to tell who's driving on the approach. She will be trying to stay off the line as much as possible for you to pass.

Any other suggestions/comments welcome. 

She will never get better if she has to run 'off line' the whole stint. I would say to drive the line and if she's actually that slow, people will be able to get around her without trouble. Won't be much fun to drive in your mirrors the whole time and avoid the apexes.

(disclaimer; I am obviously armchair quarterbacking and I won't be at this event)

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We have a female driver on our team. Her lines are good and she has improved quite a bit because you have to get used to traffic around you. On the upside, she brings the car home in one piece with gas in the tank after two hours. 

 

Race the track, be consistent, be aware, and hold your line. 

 

Let us know how she does after the race. 

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I would agree to let her drive the line as well. People can go off line and pass her. We are racers and should be able to make those moves right? Make sure you get her in for practice and just have her work on the line, brake points, etc with less traffic and a non race situation.  Good luck!

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14 hours ago, RandomTask said:

All - The corvette will be there. 

Apologies in advance. . .

That stated, we have two types of drivers. 4 of us are skilled and will be in the 2:22-2:28 range, the other is slow; she's been on the track but doesn't have as much experience. I've been hammering it into everyone to avoid contact at all costs.  My wife (the slow one) will be about 20-25 seconds off the pace of everyone else. The car will have a sign on the back letting you know when she's driving so you'll be able to tell who's driving on the approach. She will be trying to stay off the line as much as possible for you to pass.

Any other suggestions/comments welcome. 
 

 

Whatever you do, please, please, please be consistent, and like the others said, pick a line and drive it.

 

In years past, your car has been involved in contact as a result of not doing the above. 

 

In addition, in years past, your car has been very very frustrating to share a track with, as your lines were inconsistent, and because your car is so fast in a straight line, I could not pass you except in a turn, where you were so slow, but due to the inconsistency, I was afraid to make the move, then on the next straight bit you can blast right back past with the horsepowers.

 

I am all for Champ being an open and novice series, and I am very glad you and your wife can share such a wonderful activity, but please be predictable.  It is everyone's responsibility to avoid contact on the track.  Particularly when the speed differential can be so high (2:15 laps vs 3:00 laps)

 

Regards,

Huggy

 

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HA! I made a pass on the corvette in the rain during the practice session last year and it was like the greatest moment ever for me since I was A) Terrified from it being my first event and #2 it was raining on a track I had never driven before in a car I had never been in before.

 

Anyways just tell her, like everyone else has said, to pick a line and stick with it.  Be predictable and don't drive your mirrors while at the same time have good situational awareness.  She'll be fine, just keep her confidence up and build her up.  

 

Props to your wife for wanting to get involved and drive!

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Always re-check your mirrors right before you turn in.  At Watkins Glen, I started to turn in for Turn 1 and saw the RBanks car coming up on the inside from WAY back.  I didn't turn in and instead rode the outside of the track all of the way around.  The Saab went right through the location that my car would have been in at a high rate of speed.  Later in the stint, the same car was on its roof in the laces of the boot.  The rumor in the paddock was that the crash was ultimately attributable to brake failure.

 

If I had turned in at turn 1, I most definitely would have gotten hit (and HARD).  The crash would have been 100% the other driver's fault, because he was at least 4 car lengths behind me when I would have started my turn.  He would have nailed me in my passenger door, and my car may have ended up totaled.

 

This is what people are talking about when they mention situational awareness.  I had every "right" to drive the line into that turn.  Any car with functional brakes would have slowed for that corner rather than coming in at nearly full speed and pitching it sideways and praying.  I had checked my mirror on the straight and there were no cars within "closing distance" (our car was a podium car that weekend, so we didn't get passed very often).  I'm glad I checked again at turn in, even though my brain said "you already checked and there isn't anyone coming" because we would have had a wrecked car (in day 1 no less) rather than a fun weekend and a cool trophy.  Stuff happens - you need to be looking out for it.

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Speaking of the unique-to-VIR Code Purple 35, I remember that last year at the 24 there was a scheduled caution period around dusk where the corner workers were fed/watered/switched out etc. Caution lasted a few laps as there were service vehicles travelling around the whole track. 

 

Is the time for this caution pre-determined, publicized, communicated?

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