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59 minutes ago, trevortwoth said:

Thank you Snorman for you comment on our "bull cookies" rain light. We were just trying to follow the rules and be safe out on track.

 

In the ChampCar rulebook, it stats:

9.9.4.1. Rear Rain Lights: A rear rain-light is recommended but not required. Placement is to be in the center rear area in the place that the license plate would normally be mounted. It is only to be flashing during rain/wet/ fog/snow weather. It is permitted to turn on with the brakes. It is permitted to be on solid at night if it has a dim setting and is not operating at 100% power. The Lifeline rain-light in “flash mode” alternates between 60% and 100% power. At any other setting, it operates at 100% power, so we recommend that the light be “switched” and only used during foul weather events.

 

It was our interpretation of this rule that this event at Road Atlanta this weekend fell under the "foul weather events." We found it very important due to the lack of visibility of the race, that having a well visible car was very important for the safety of our drivers, and the other drivers around us. I'm sorry if our flashing LifeLine rain light was causing your drivers the "clusterf$ck" on restarts. I hope at the next "foul weather event", they can tell the difference between a flashing Red light that is a rain light, and a flashing Yellow/Orange light that is on the pace car. 

 

I do admit, our light was mounted a little high in our chassis, and can be mounted a little lower. I will make sure to change that for the next event. But the flashing FIA spec LifeLine Rain Light will remain on our cars, and will be used for "foul weather events" again in the future.

 

I thank you for the constructive criticism on our car, and please me us know if you have any other comments or tips on our cars for the next event.

 

Cheers

 

Trevor Hill

www.twothautosport.com

 

Out of 85 cars at Road Atlanta, you were the only team that thought a rain light wired in to flash constantly (not "to turn on with the brakes") mounted basically as high as you could possibly mount it was a good decision. And you really thought this was a good idea to make your car more visible? 

FYI, we have had the same "flashing FIA spec LifeLine Rain Lights" on our cars for two years. 

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Ours was like "hell no you stay out, we ain't letting those guys take 3rd without a race" and as soon as I quit keying the mic I said I sure am glad it's huggy out there and not me.

Since I usually skip over lengthy posts (ain't got no time for that) I will try to stick to my own rule and go with a bulleted list for our report.   I had a bad problem at work Wednesday n

What an insane weekend, start to finish.   First of all, Hats off to the Cone Crushers guys.  100% made my weekend, went over and above out of their way to help us out.   The Burni

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8 hours ago, trevortwoth said:

In the ChampCar rulebook, it stats:

9.9.4.1. Rear Rain Lights: A rear rain-light is recommended but not required. Placement is to be in the center rear area in the place that the license plate would normally be mounted.

 

I do admit, our light was mounted a little high in our chassis, and can be mounted a little lower.

 

Your light was nowhere near where the license plate would normally be mounted.  Blaming other teams for not knowing your roof mounted rain light was not the pace car is on you, not the drivers behind you.  Maybe you need to take a look at the videos posted again?

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10 hours ago, trevortwoth said:

Thank you Snorman for you comment on our "bull cookies" rain light. We were just trying to follow the rules and be safe out on track.

 

In the ChampCar rulebook, it stats:

 

You claim just 'following rules' but clearly aren't.  Might want to re-read what you posted.

 

1. not mounted where plate normally goes

2. you had it set to flash all the time

 

Clearly you can see in the video posted by Huggy how much of a cluster fu&k it caused. 

 

I'd take your post more genuine if it wasn't for the previous actions of your drivers & team both on and off the track for the past couple years.

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Flashing red light up high means emergency vehicle to me.

 

9 hours ago, Snorman said:

9.9.4.1. Rear Rain Lights: A rear rain-light is recommended but not required. Placement is to be in the center rear area in the place that the license plate would normally be

 

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i wasnt on track then but the video is pretty clear. that rain light is need of improvement. no need for monday morning pitchforks, also no reason to ignore your fellow racers. 

 

also i'm still pretty bummed about the way this weekend panned out. was really looking forward to a full day of racing. maybe we can add 4 extra hours to daytona? i'm sure that's totally 100% easily doable. 😆

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10 hours ago, Snorman said:

Out of 85 cars at Road Atlanta, you were the only team that thought a rain light wired in to flash constantly (not "to turn on with the brakes") mounted basically as high as you could possibly mount it was a good decision. And you really thought this was a good idea to make your car more visible? 

FYI, we have had the same "flashing FIA spec LifeLine Rain Lights" on our cars for two years.

So out of 85 cars, we ran a rain light as it says in the rulebook. In flashing mode.  Again, I already admitted it was mounted a little high, and will make corrections to that for next race. Thanks for the tip. Yes it was a good decision to make my car more visible. We didn't get hit, and didn't have a mark on our car after this race.

 

1 hour ago, MoparBoyy said:

You claim just 'following rules' but clearly aren't.  Might want to re-read what you posted.

 

1. not mounted where plate normally goes

2. you had it set to flash all the time

 

Clearly you can see in the video posted by Huggy how much of a cluster fu&k it caused. 

 

I'd take your post more genuine if it wasn't for the previous actions of your drivers & team both on and off the track for the past couple years.

 

1. Again, as mentioned, I already clarified that, and will make changes for the next event on our cars.

2. Rule mentions nothing about being on all the time, or during only braking. When we had it flashing during braking last year, we were told it needs to be either a brake light, or flashing all the time, during foul weather events.

 

I have a feeling more than our FIA Rain caused more the clusterf$ck. Weather conditions, track conditions, bunched up fields. Find something else rather than 1 car to pick on that caused 85 other cars to have issues on restarts. Because likely 75 of those cars couldn't see our car during most restarts as they were either ahead, or far enough behind to not see.

 

Previous actions by our drivers and team? If you ever have concerns or comments about our drivers or team, please come have a talk with me. I'm all ears and always open for comment. We run a clean arrive and drive customer program. Some drivers that have made questionable moves and actions, are no longer with us, for maybe the same reason. Not sure what the team has done to you. But our group of drivers this weekend were clean, courteous, and didn't put a mark on our car, or anyone else's. 

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Sounds like someone should write a petition to change the rain light rule. The video would be an excellent visual aid.

 

In my opinion, strobe or flashing lights should be restricted to emergency vehicles only. Tail lights should be sufficient for low light conditions.

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A "little high" is a bit of understatement.  If it was 3-4 feet lower it probably would have been fine.  In the video I'm surprised it didn't cause multiple pileups...

 

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We currently need to really look at this rain light situation...i found them all annoying  but as the sky darkened they really got much to bright and with half frozen wipers and foggy windshields the rain lights added alot of glare to my windshield.  

 

The flashing all the time was the worst offense though imho.  Huggy please add to your list of petitions. 

 

I passed crowd control so fast on the restart i didnt really notice theirs.  :)

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3 minutes ago, Hurljohn said:

I passed crowd control so fast on the restart i didnt really notice theirs.  :)

 

prolly a pass under yellow ;) 🤣

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What an insane weekend, start to finish.

 

First of all, Hats off to the Cone Crushers guys.  100% made my weekend, went over and above out of their way to help us out.

 

The Burningham team was a class act as always.  Love racing with those guys.  @Hurljohn even showed up to round out the cast of Lexus characters for me.

 

Loaded up the car Wednesday Night in Raleigh in a driving rain storm, including an M20 short block for @TimS and a Transmission for @Team Infiniti.  

 

First thing Thursday AM we get a text from @Burningham that some work thing came up and he wasn't able to leave.  Its an absolute testament to that team's cohesiveness that he said "come get the car" to the other team members.  I'm not sure that could or would happen with my team.  There was some debate about racing but the weather forecast looked good for Saturday (HAHAHA) and Chris and Casey decided to do it.

I left Raleigh on Thursday at noon to fight the storm system.  Trees across the highway, driving rain, flooded side roads, etc. made for a fun trip.  Made it to @mindspin311's at 7:30 for some mexican and beer and helped wrap up some punchlist items on the surprise Mini.

 

Friday started cold but dry, made it to the track at 8:30 to meet the Lexus, got it in Tech at 830.  Went and got my gear checked, then met @jakks and Running Bulls to look over their tune.  Thanks to those guys for the quick test session in the E30, glad to have been able to wheel an E30 around the track at least once this weekend.  Made some modifications for power and economy to the tune, then kept checking back in on the lexus in the Tech line.

I think we finally made it through tech at 12 noon - No issues to report with the car.  

We started putting guys in the car in the first afternoon test session.  Casey went out and ran some good laps, the car was feeling awesome.  I went in next and got about 2 hot laps in before the civic got flipped on its lid. 

 

----------------A bit of a side note here:

 

RED FLAG.  LEARN WHAT IT MEANS.  STOP RACING HOMESLICE!  

 

I was running into T10 at speed when the flag came out.  I slowed down quickly, but rolled around to the formula D loop to stop because cars kept coming over the hill into the brake zone completely unawares.   I had to be really heads up to move the car out of the line of fire and not get run over.  Pretty scarry.

The car was flipped onto its lid by a rookie move (not by the upside down car either).  I think the lack of novice briefing before practice might have had something do do with it.

 

  /side note-------------

 

After a cold 20 minute wait,  I turned the car over for the next guy - no sense risking the car any more than necessary knowing the crazy things happening on track.

We changed to a fresh set of tires to scrub them in and then I went to change and check in on Running Bulls one more time.  When I came back to the hot pits I could see something was wrong on everyones faces.  Rod Knock.  Damn.

 

This was about 345.  I posted up on FB looking for another ride and we started to gather things up to head out.  We were all pretty bummed, and Casey was gonna be stuck at the track to spectate since Tiffany was doing the broadcast.  Then, @NigelStu reminded me that it was only Friday and we still had time to swap an engine.  Well, Hot damn lets do this.  I started calling around and as luck would have it found a motor about 20 minutes away, already pulled and on a pallet. 

 

2 hours later we are in Athens in a heated shop with a lift and tools, working on pulling the motor.  Casey and Chris are crazy for letting me talk them into doing it.  John is crazy for showing up voluntarily to help.  I know I'm crazy for many reasons.   Rodger is probably the only sane one, showing up right as we finished (how convenient.  🤣

Scott and Rich are awesome for helping us make it happen.  

 

We wrap up around 3 AM to head back to the track.  I faintly remember trying to keep up with Rodger in the RV as he blazed the trail back to the track.  I think I fell asleep around 4:15 with all my clothes on.

 

Saturday we were we were up at 6 to fix a coolant leak and do final checks.    Casey took the green flag and everything was looking good.  Our $300 junkyard motor was making good power and some fast laps were had.

I got in next, and started having trouble with the shifter.  Eventually I got stuck in neutral on the back straight and managed to coax it back into 4th.  Stayed in 4th from then on.  Figured out it wouldn't shift above 2k rpm.  Oh well.  As the snow started to fall it became a bigger issue as the corner speeds in 5, 7, and 10 really hurt us.  We were making up spots pretty well in the treacherous conditions, and I think we might have made it up to 2nd for awhile before the temps started creeping up and I had to pit.  The grille got clogged with ice and stopped the airflow through the radiator.  Who woulda ever guessed that.  Things got worse and worse until the red was thrown.  It was a good call.  Pit road entry was super slick, it would have been awesome to be able to go and sled down it on the hood.  Walking in my race shoes up the slope from pits was tricky..

 

The red flag was a god-send for our team, as we all took a 2 hour nap to catch up on some sleep.

 

John went in after the flag for a short stint until the end of our fuel window.  We made it until 4 on fuel, so we were then 2 stops from the finish.  

Chris got in and ran a clean and fast 2 hours as the track dried out.  The fuel gamble was paying off as we had to do something since the transmission was hurting our overall speed by seconds a lap at this point.

 

At 6pm I got in to run around again, planning on running a conservative stint and handing over a working car to Rodger to finish things up.    Things were going well until the fog started rolling in.  Cars were going off everywhere, stuck in the mud.  Tons of FCY pace laps to pull cars.  It wouldnt have been so bad but I was catching P3, it was getting colder, and the pace car was going so slow it was sometimes hard to stay in 4th gear without bogging the motor.

 

The last 15 minute green session was the craziest, stupidest, most fun thing I have ever done.  It sucks that we had to stop early, but it was 100% the right call as it was very dangerous with the speed differentials between the fast and slow cars.  The rain light thing just made it worse. 

 

I only feel bad that Rodger didnt get to drive his own car after being able to make it to the track with how his week went.  

 

After all that, 4th is a hell of an accomplishment, and I am damn proud to have been a part of Burningham Racing, of Road Atlanta, and of Champcar this past weekend.

 

 

See some of you in 4 weeks at VIR.

-Huggy

 

 

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33 minutes ago, mender said:

Tail lights should be sufficient for low light conditions

Just a quick add to this thought, from running the monson at Barber in full hard rain taillights did not do the trick. Yes maybe that was a one time deal but a proper rain light would have helped. It was next to impossible to see standard taillights in that condition.

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It was an interesting weekend for Hong Norrth Grumpy Butt. Friday I had to spend the morning clearing up some safety issues that came up in tech the previous evening (new rules and tighter inspections). After lunch my first driver went out and turned laps for 25 minutes as I collected data on fuel consumption.

 

The second driver (fast guy and first time driver for my team) was watching the AFR gauge and came in after 2 laps saying it was reading very lean at full throttle. We spent the rest of the afternoon chasing a ghost - replacing sensors and a fuel pump. Finally at 5pm when practice ended I mentioned the new 3" exhaust, which I didn't believe could make a big difference... well, it did! Fortunately my tuner works 15 minutes from the track and offered to drop by to look at datalogs. He ended up adding 15% more fuel to the table! I learn something new every day, but we lost the chance to truly test the fuel system. A test drive on the track access roads showed good AFRs, so I was less worried about racing the next day.

 

The forecast for race day had been 50 degrees and dry all week - until the night before the race when the forecast changed to 2-4" of snow! We arrived at the track early to prep and it was cold but there was no precipitation. The race started and we worked our way into the top 10. About an hour into the race the driver mentions that the low-fuel lights are on, then the engine stumbled in T10 and he dove into the pits. I was expecting the car to run at least 90 minutes so we weren't ready to fuel or change driver. Somehow we managed to get our gear on, fuel the car, and buckle in a new driver in less than 5 minutes.

 

So now we had to change our race strategy from 6 stops to 13. Halfway through the 2nd hour the snow started.

 

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We had the most amazing luck catching full-course yellow flags to fuel the car while everyone else was going slowly behind a pace car. Then the snow got so bad that they stopped the race at 11am. The cars came to pit lane and we covered them.

 

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The snow wasn't supposed to let up for a couple of hours so we got some lunch and stayed warm in an enclosed trailer. Around 2pm the snow stopped and we were told that the race would start again at 3pm.

 

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We kept turning laps and coming in for fuel whenever the lights came on. The track conditions didn't change much - cold and wet the entire time.

 

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When darkness fell the fog rolled in. I finally got a chance to get in the driver's seat at 7pm in the dark and fog. I spent most of an hour in the car in a line behind the pace car because several cars kept crashing and flying off the track. I think I eventually got 5 laps at speed and it was scary - the fog made it impossible to see landmarks, corner stations, flags... anything at all. It reminded me of a 2am stint in a torrential downpour at the VIR 24-hour a couple of years ago.  

 

The car drove onto the trailer and we finished 8th overall out of 80 cars. That's a win.

 

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17 hours ago, Huggy said:

The most terrifying 15 minutes I have ever driven.

 

Crowd Control Mustang and I had one super fun battle though.  Very well driven on their part.  Clean racing through a terrible situation.  Not having any gear but 4th gear really hurt the Lexus when stuck behind traffic (that winged Miata probably made the difference, but all those other cars too) and momentum was lost.  

 

No idea why there were 99 cars on the short straight and back straight under green flag. That was an accident waiting to happen.

 

https://youtu.be/U4cUbAjYlpY?t=17131

That looks like normal I96 / I94 traffic through Detroit area on any given winter evening...      

eeek.    

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42 minutes ago, revvhappy said:

Friday I had to spend the morning clearing up some safety issues that came up in tech the previous evening (new rules and tighter inspections). 

 

 

This.  As much as it is a PITA at the track, I'd like to thank Champcar for the tighter inspections.  Some of my issues are just overlooked items, but some were just laziness.  If it increases my (and my competitors too) chances of walking through the front door after racing, I'm glad to have them open my eyes to it.

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1 hour ago, revvhappy said:

It was an interesting weekend for Hong Norrth Grumpy Butt. Friday I had to spend the morning clearing up some safety issues that came up in tech the previous evening (new rules and tighter inspections). After lunch my first driver went out and turned laps for 25 minutes as I collected data on fuel consumption.

 

The second driver (fast guy and first time driver for my team) was watching the AFR gauge and came in after 2 laps saying it was reading very lean at full throttle. We spent the rest of the afternoon chasing a ghost - replacing sensors and a fuel pump. Finally at 5pm when practice ended I mentioned the new 3" exhaust, which I didn't believe could make a big difference... well, it did! Fortunately my tuner works 15 minutes from the track and offered to drop by to look at datalogs. He ended up adding 15% more fuel to the table! I learn something new every day, but we lost the chance to truly test the fuel system. A test drive on the track access roads showed good AFRs, so I was less worried about racing the next day.

 

The forecast for race day had been 50 degrees and dry all week - until the night before the race when the forecast changed to 2-4" of snow! We arrived at the track early to prep and it was cold but there was no precipitation. The race started and we worked our way into the top 10. About an hour into the race the driver mentions that the low-fuel lights are on, then the engine stumbled in T10 and he dove into the pits. I was expecting the car to run at least 90 minutes so we weren't ready to fuel or change driver. Somehow we managed to get our gear on, fuel the car, and buckle in a new driver in less than 5 minutes.

 

So now we had to change our race strategy from 6 stops to 13. Halfway through the 2nd hour the snow started.

 

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We had the most amazing luck catching full-course yellow flags to fuel the car while everyone else was going slowly behind a pace car. Then the snow got so bad that they stopped the race at 11am. The cars came to pit lane and we covered them.

 

IMG_0461-M.jpg

 

The snow wasn't supposed to let up for a couple of hours so we got some lunch and stayed warm in an enclosed trailer. Around 2pm the snow stopped and we were told that the race would start again at 3pm.

 

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We kept turning laps and coming in for fuel whenever the lights came on. The track conditions didn't change much - cold and wet the entire time.

 

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When darkness fell the fog rolled in. I finally got a chance to get in the driver's seat at 7pm in the dark and fog. I spent most of an hour in the car in a line behind the pace car because several cars kept crashing and flying off the track. I think I eventually got 5 laps at speed and it was scary - the fog made it impossible to see landmarks, corner stations, flags... anything at all. It reminded me of a 2am stint in a torrential downpour at the VIR 24-hour a couple of years ago.  

 

The car drove onto the trailer and we finished 8th overall out of 80 cars. That's a win.

 

Nice to have you back on track with us!

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Non-EC results

https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/5716284

 

EC results

https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Sessions/5716307

 

InActiv Motorsports and Crowd Control Racing had a pretty good weekend in spite of the crappy weather. Friday practice went well with no issues for either car. We got all of our renters in for practice in the 626 and we took out the Cobra for some leisurely test laps. At the end of the day both cars came back to the trailer for fresh pads (rotors for Cobra) and tires and we packed up for the day. 

 

Like everybody else, we were pretty shocked on Friday at dinner (Sopranos!) that it was predicted to snow on Saturday morning. We have been looking at a few strategy options since we are not a "2 hour car" and the weather forecast threw that all out the window. We started near the front of the pack and @Snake pretty quickly moved the car up to P1, where we stayed for most of the first 2 hours. I drove 2nd stint and as conditions worsened we couldn't hold off Cone Crushers on the slippery track and we dropped to P2. After the 2 hour pits settled out and going into the red flag, we were in P2. 

 

Coming out of the red flag, @MoparBoyy got into the car and eventually moved us back into P1 where we stayed until the next pit under FCY. @Snake got back in the car and moved us back up to P2, running with both the rbank Saab and PartsBadger Miata. After what became our last pit and driver change, we dropped down to P8 and I was back in the car. We moved back up to P3, picking off cars for position. Conditions were terrible and my main concern was not us, but other cars. The big speed differential created an element of danger aside from the slippery track and poor visibility.

 

While we had been focusing on gaining position, the @Huggy was behind us doing the same thing. When the interval hit 15 seconds (from 30 seconds at pit out) we seriously took notice, with the pit updating me constantly. Traffic and FCY's bunched us up and as has been posted, we raced the Burningham SC300 to the end for the final podium spot. At the end, visibility was worse than the racing surface. Coming up the hill out of T1, you couldn't see anything and the curbing wasn't visible until you crested the hill. The lower esses were largely taken blind and T10 was becoming completely invisible from the top of the hill. Visibility deteriorated significantly within just a few laps. CCES called the race at the right time. I was not looking forward to going back to green and I suspect if it had, we would have seen even more off track carnage. 

 

We got hit with a 2 minute PUY penalty that hurt us a bit but we fought back because it's not over until the checkered flag. In the end, I'm glad we didn't call it. See everybody at Daytona! We'll be ready and are hoping for a dry day of racing!

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PartsBadger Writeup:

 

Wow!  What a weekend!  Very impressed with all the drivers especially considering the conditions lots of good-clean-racing.  

 

  • Upgrades:  Since last season we've added a flat floor, Penskes, moved from a heavier flywheel, added mini-splitters, new front and rear brake kits (RuggedBadger Kits) added better radiator ducting, and reduced weight.

 

  • Test Day:  We went though different ride heights, wing configurations, hood configurations and wing positions to dial in the car.  We were also monitoring a potential head gasket issue.  Initially the balance was way off, but we ended up finding a good balance which surprisingly involved more rear wing than last year.   All-in-all it was a very productive test day and we felt like we had a great setup for a cold but dry raceday.

 

  • Pre-Race:  We got up and checked the weather and started to get nervous.  We were hoping the weather would just get a little wet like the test day and we kept our dry setup and planned to change tires if it started to get bad.   We ended up drawing a bad grid position and knew we'd be battling traffic through the first stint.

 

  • First Half:  I ran first stint and we began working through the field.  I ended up getting some space and put down our top time of a 1:42.185 which is over a second faster than last year.   Mid-way though the stint I was hit in the rear under double yellow making short work of our new diffuser.    The team apologized and I give them an A+ for how they handled it!  It didn't hit the tires and we carried on with our race.  It started to get wet and we pitted at the 2 hour mark hoping we could finish the race with 8 stints instead of 9.  During the first stint we worked our way from ~56th to 2nd.  During the pit we had some confusion when switching to the rains and we ended up spending an extra 4 minutes in the pits dropping us to 9th and a couple laps down.  The next stint was Jimmy and the track was getting really bad we gained two spots before having to come in and clean the snow off the windshield.  We went back out under double yellow but the slow speed meant the snow kept accumulating and we had to come in a second time to clean the windshield.  As soon as we got a timer the track went Red and we couldn't go back out and ended up losing another lap.

 

  • Second Half:   We were now in 26th place and about 3 laps down from the top teams.  We were on continentals and run really low camber and we knew that if we pushed to the end we still had a shot.  Chris Prey was our third driver and he began putting down flyers.  We were fast and consistent and we were able to get back up to fourth place and I think we had gained about two laps back.  We had an awesome pit stop, installed the light bar with plenty of time to spare.  I was in the fourth stint and began finding the grip and keep the tires from getting cold.  About half-way through I went too deep into 10a and decided to go through the snow rather than trying to save it.  Using my off-road experience from Spec Miata I kept it matted and the wheel straight to get through the show and whatever was under it.  Luckily I made it through and was able to exit the track.  Immediately the temps started to climb and I thought for sure I destroyed the radiator.  By the time I came around the crew was ready and quickly cleared the radiator of snow and I was back on track without losing much time.  I finished out my stint in 3rd but on the lead lap and Chris hopped in the car again.   Another great stop by the crew and Chris was back out trying to catch the leaders.

 

  • The Home Stretch:  Visibility started to get really bad mid-way through.  Jay from Tech came by to get our feedback and see if we were ok with ended the race at 8pm.  We said yes with the hope that there would be enough time for Chris to catch and pass the RBank team.  We were having issues seeing the flags from the pits, so I went down to the main flag station.  The main station flagged was asking the tech-guys handing out timers whether or not the track was green and I thought things were a little worse than I had thought.  We had taken the lead but RBank was hot on our heels.

 

  • Conditions: At this point visibility was AWFUL.  Our driver was radio'ing in with legitimate fears for his life.  We were communicating with Jay seeing if they were going to stop the race and trying to communicate that information to our driver Chris. 

 

  • PUY:   Near the end of the race I got a call that RBank had possibly passed under yellow at turn 7(Video confirms this was a PUY by RBank to take the lead from us).  A few corners later when they came around again the safety trucks pulled in and I radioed in Green at start finish since that I what I believed the tower condition was in.   RBank got on-it and so did we and we passed RBank across start finish.  Once Chris got to turn one it was a waiving yellow.  Flagtonics also showed yellow but it was not working earlier in the race so we weren't using it.  At this point our driver was communicating that he may have passed under yellow but RBank passed him under yellow.  Basically it was a $h!tshow.  Jay said there were no black flags and no one got a penalty and to just keep going.  On timing and scoring we were just a few seconds apart and we just went with it.

 

 

  • The Finish:  The track went green again and it seemed the race was going to be decided by whoever feared death the least.  Chris kept his foot in it for those four laps.  At one point RBank pulled neck and neck into 10a but then backed out in the brake zone and Chis won the corner.  Chris held on for a couple more laps then the race went went double yellow and they threw the checker and we had won our first race!

 

  • Tech & CCES:   The way the restart was managed, and the decision to call the race was a good one!  Given the conditions and the pressure of that many teams, I think they made the right calls at the right times!  Tech did a great job answering all these Tech-desk questions before the race.  

 

All in all it was the craziest race we all have ever been to, but luckily we were ready.  It was an emotional finish between the danger, suspense, and sheer chaos of what was happening.

 

It was our first first overall win and a great way to start the year.  The car is faster and we plan to keep that trend going through the year.  I will do a full write-up on our upgrades and setup notes for the miata teams in our build page.  Thanks to all the competitors for some phenomenal driving!

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