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Thompson 12-hour final results, pictures, video


Bill Strong
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This was Haywood Racing's first time to Thompson and I want to thank all the Champcar Staff, the corner workers, and all our fellow competitors for a terrifically enjoyable race experience. We still feel like newbies (our 3rd race weekend), but are getting a little bit of experience and feel like we are generally moving in the right direction. Congratulations to all those cars in impound that show us how far we have to go.

 

Our miata blew ignition coils again at practice on Friday, our 3rd blown set of coils of the season (which we are leaning towards being an overheated/overworked stock alternator voltage spiking problem), so until that checkered dropped on race day at 8pm I was holding my breath. Thank you to Sweetwater Racing for lending us another coilpack to sit on the pit wall just in case. And congratulations to them on their class win with their super quick Miata.

 

I hope our #334 blue and yellow lump didn’t ruin anyone’s day… we reported no contact… and that we were courteous, competitive, and fair while racing wheel to wheel with you all.

 

We tried to help our pit neighbors with problems that came up, and simply thought there was a great, friendly atmosphere at this event.

 

Thank you again Champcar!

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Race Recap for us -

 

First I'd like to congratulate Visceral on a commanding win. A great example of running fast and consistent for 12 hours.

 

We came in with the goal to contend for the podium, with our eyes really set on the top rostrum. We had a good first two stints, running fast and clean. Even with "only" 30 some cars on track there weren't many open laps and navigating traffic quickly and efficiently was definitely key. About four hours in we were approximately 3 laps up on the field. Then one of our first time renters got in and was running a pretty good stint until a slightly optimistic move on #992. This contact caused us to lose a lower radiator hose which we did not have spare on hand to fix. This cost us about an hour till we were able to get back out there but by then the damage was done. We ended up packing up early so we could get home at a reasonable time.

 

I'd like to apologize on behalf of our team for the contact with #992 (Millenial Motorsports). They were definitely an innocent party and hopefully we did not cause too much damage on their car. We try to run clean and pride ourselves on doing so, so needless to say we are disappointed to have been the instigator in the contact. Anyone from car #992 please send me a PM if you would like to discuss further.

 

Hope to see everyone next year, although we are tempted to try a new track and go to Gingerman the week before.

 

Thanks to Champcar officials and volunteers for another good event, as usual.

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We (Visceral Racing) were wondering what happened to you guys (Shut Up Racing).  I'm not sure we had much for you based on the first four hours.  Your car was fast and it was being driven well.  Thompson is always a tough race with all those hairpins, and very technical lines. To pull a good, fast lap every lap is very difficult.  You guys clearly knew how to do that.  Once you dropped out, our race really came down to keeping the car on the track, staying out of trouble (Lot's of traffic for only 31 cars), and keeping it running.

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Miskoe's had a nearly perfect day.  Perfect except for 20 minutes.  We were in the YELLOW! miata, #770.

 

Three drivers - Isaac, Garrett and me.  Isaac and Garrett are my two sons, age 17 and 15 respectively.

 

Those boys cranked out consistent and quick laps all day.  Not too shabby for two guys who are still in high school (and Garrett doesn't even have a license for the street yet).

 

We had the AFM give trouble mid-afternoon, took about 20 minutes away from us, which cost us dearly.

 

Had two black flags, one for a pass under yellow call from the corner workers and another for contact.  Both times I showed the video to Dana who apologized and said he would have T&S give us the time back.  Not sure how that works.  In the end it didn't matter, we were a bit behind the next place car.

 

In the end we were P2 in class, P6 overall.  10 laps down to P1 in class, and 12 laps down to P3 overall.  The AFM cost us about 14 laps!

 

All told it was a pretty decent race, a few odd lines getting taken by folks, but we didn't get smashed up, first time in 5 races that car has completed a Champ race without major contact from a back marker.  Didn't get a trophy, but we did get invited to put the car up on stands at the end of the race.

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Great time racing with everyone from #992 Millennial Motorsports. We were dealing with the car being unstable under braking and the clutch master cylinder dying after the 1st stint (learned how to drive without a clutch real quick) we pushed as far as we could up to the 11th hour when the alternator died. 

 

Shutupracing, there was very little damage from the "bump" lol. I was driving at that time, dont worry about it. 

 

Our apologies to Team Z (I believe it was their car), my teammate had some contact with them later on in the day.  

 

Haywood thanks again for lending a hand! And also to the other Miata team that gave us a battery.

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1 hour ago, Zimo said:

Great time racing with everyone from #992 Millennial Motorsports. We were dealing with the car being unstable under braking and the clutch master cylinder dying after the 1st stint (learned how to drive without a clutch real quick) we pushed as far as we could up to the 11th hour when the alternator died. 

 

Shutupracing, there was very little damage from the "bump" lol. I was driving at that time, dont worry about it. 

 

Our apologies to Team Z (I believe it was their car), my teammate had some contact with them later on in the day.  

 

Haywood thanks again for lending a hand! And also to the other Miata team that gave us a battery.

Thanks for being nice about it. Let me know the next event you're at and I'll make sure to get you a beer(s).

 

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I had a blast racing with everyone this weekend.  Thanks to ChampCar, the staff and all the volunteers for putting on a great race.

 

A big thanks to Visceral Racing for having me on the team this weekend.  @Ronh911 and @hardwolf, you guys were great.  I really appreciated all the guidance and tips, and I learned a lot from you guys.  It was so exciting to get a win, and a huge redemption weekend for me after a tough year last year.  Its crazy the difference a year makes. From the tragedy of last year to a win this year was very gratifying.  It means a lot that you guys would even give me the chance.

 

@shutupracing, sorry you guys had trouble.  That car was really fast, you guys were moving.  Pleasure sharing the track with you.

 

Mostly Motorsports, you guys were awesome too.  Great guys to talk to and great guys to race against.  I had battles with someone in that car during both my stints.  I didn't catch his name, but whoever was the second to last guy in the car (Reilly maybe?), I had a blast racing with him.  I learned a ton following him and great talking with him after the race.  The most fun I've had racing.

 

Already can't wait for this race next year.

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