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Those Huggins guys were super tough and fantastic people, good times for sure. DamSon had a good time racing with everyone, couldn't hold off the Miata in the dark as we need to make some lighting improvements before the next night race.

Here is our event stream

 

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Sorry but I'll mention a little of the bad.  The 205 and 477 were really going hard and fast in the first 2 hours of the race. The 477 went a little too hard here. Before I got in for 2nd stint the driver ran into our pits stall as we were standing up full rigged and ready to stop and screamed at us for reporting the contact. Full on f bombs et al. I waved at Andrea C to come over because we weren't going to engage with the guy, she did and he ran out before she got there. 

 

Try to not hit other cars.  If you do, for sure don't go running into their pit stall screaming F bombs and being irrational.

Intended video time is 1:36:54

 

 

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Another awesome weekend for our team.  

 

Had two hiccups in 246, both in the first stint.  Thankfully consistent fast laps and nailing all 5 pit stops let us recover from them.  NLS was giving us one hell of a race when their motor expired.

 

Sadly my rear-facing camera corrupted the files when the car shutoff after both impacts.  I think its internal battery is dead.  All I have is the stream and my front facing cameras.

 

Bimmerline Contact

Thanks to the bimmerline guys for coming by after the incident, glad Phil was OK after his later accident.

 

Skidmark Contact

 

 

146 had a much more interesting race.  We were on track for a top 5 until we had a hard impact with the tire wall.  Thankfully the car survived mostly impact, but the splitter did not.

A few laps later, we had the wheel studs fail entering T1.  The driver did a fantastic job keeping the car under control and the damage to a minimum.  I got the car back on track in 45 minutes, including the long tow around the paddock road (lol).  Somehow we managed to finish 10th after that.

 

Wall Impact

 

Sadly, due to the wall impact the tach stopped working on the AIM.  The smarty-cam then stopped recording and missed the wheel falling off.  Thankfully the dash camera caught it.  Its pretty comical. 

 

 

Thanks to Mike and Dana and the whole crew for putting on a good event. 

Regards,

Chris

 

 

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5 hours ago, Huggy said:

Another awesome weekend for our team.  

 

Had two hiccups in 246, both in the first stint.  Thankfully consistent fast laps and nailing all 5 pit stops let us recover from them.  NLS was giving us one hell of a race when their motor expired.

 

Sadly my rear-facing camera corrupted the files when the car shutoff after both impacts.  I think its internal battery is dead.  All I have is the stream and my front facing cameras.

 

Bimmerline Contact

Thanks to the bimmerline guys for coming by after the incident, glad Phil was OK after his later accident.

 

Wow. That car was this >>><<< close to packing it into the wall backwards. 😲

 

And that hit was just...ridiculous. You can see the car coming in the mirror. 

Congrats on the W. 

 

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Thanks to all the Champcar and VIR staff for laying on a great event, it was good to see many old faces again. Congrats to Chris Huggins and the team on a hard fought victory and to Glazed and Confused and Damsun for keeping them honest over the 12 hours..

 

LowBAR racing had a great time back with Champcar for the first race with this series in a long time. We had one of the series cameras in our car for much of the late stages of the race and I went back and watched some of the footage, this was good because our in-car camera decided not to work for the first time in over 4 years or so!! The commentators noted that we as a team were new to Champcar, but we have in fact been racing in this series since 2011, originally in a Blue (then later yellow and white) Ford Escort GT and then this E36 but under the name Questies Racing team. We took a 3+ year hiatus to race in some other series but really enjoyed our first time back and were particularly happy to be racing closer to home at VIR!

 

Starting 5th from last we watched the laps ticking by and we realized we weren't being scored, yep, we forgot to renew our MyLaps subscription on our X2.. D'oh.. We rented a transponder from Champ and they resolved the issue for us in quick order, a huge thanks and apology to the timing staff for the issues caused. After our first stint we ended up around 13th and progressed slowly through the order reaching as high as 4th late in the day, however, we don't seem to be able to make it a complete 2 hours on a tank so we ended up needing an extra pit stop that hurt us some, plus, at our last stop we were informed we had one running light not working and were told we needed to fix it to go back on track. We did, and it immediately went out again, so we had to come back into the pits where we taped a flashlight behind the lens to get back on track. I suspected that would last maybe half a lap, but over 1hr later at the end of the race it was still there! I wish I had taken a picture of it because its quite unbelievable that it worked and stayed where we stuck it.

The car ran flawlessly on an engine that has seen over 3 years of fairly continuous racing without any significant maintenance, If you were anywhere near our pit stall you may have seen us un-ceremoniously dumping a water bottle of oil in at every other pit stop! 

 

Regrettably, the extra stop for fuel and the flashlight issue prevented any chance of a podium and we missed out on impound by a single spot finishing in 6th overall on the same lap as Simon Says..

 

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Thanks to everybody for making our return a fun time!!

 

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Well the CMP Racing Prelude didn't have such a good race. We had to replace a distributor 45 mins in which put us in a hole early. The race-ender was though was when the turbo Golf met up with our right front wheel. My guy blew turn 1 and was in the grass making his way back on track when the VW locks up and slides off hitting us. That broke practically the whole RF suspension and we were done. 

 

broke suspension.JPG

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On 3/8/2020 at 1:24 PM, JCrist said:

Sorry but I'll mention a little of the bad.  The 205 and 477 were really going hard and fast in the first 2 hours of the race. The 477 went a little too hard here. Before I got in for 2nd stint the driver ran into our pits stall as we were standing up full rigged and ready to stop and screamed at us for reporting the contact. Full on f bombs et al. I waved at Andrea C to come over because we weren't going to engage with the guy, she did and he ran out before she got there. 

 

Try to not hit other cars.  If you do, for sure don't go running into their pit stall screaming F bombs and being irrational.

 

Yeah. Someone hit one of our sponsors really hard at Sonoma. And went to their pit stall screaming imprecations. He was invited to leave the sponsor's pit stall. And their in-car video showed they were at fault. They left in a huff. Some people's children. 

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We had a good run with the level of improved paced we hoped for. Until our subframe tore itself apart around hour 7. Seriously thinking about re-body, as this has been the same car beaten on for 5 years and 5 races a year. Some good running w/ Krispy Cream before that, while I was in the car. Thanks for my drafters.

 

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9 hours ago, ross2004 said:

Well the CMP Racing Prelude didn't have such a good race. We had to replace a distributor 45 mins in which put us in a hole early. The race-ender was though was when the turbo Golf met up with our right front wheel. My guy blew turn 1 and was in the grass making his way back on track when the VW locks up and slides off hitting us. That broke practically the whole RF suspension and we were done. 

 

broke suspension.JPG there

Was there a flagger / flaggers  on the first turn?

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Well the CMP incident was my fault. I came into turn one and saw the car moving back to the track and missed my turn in point which is very late and when right at him. I never even came off the brakes from initial braking point al the way to contact.   Not much more I can say but I’m sorry for ruining your weekend.  Thanks for keeping your cool when I came to talk to you after. Time stamp of my dumba$$ move is 7hour 31 sec. 
 

 

 

 

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#977 NLS Racing - VIR South Race Report


The VIR South course race was kind of a last minute decision for us to attend. It was between this and Charlotte, but after our bad crash into the wall last year at Charlotte, we decided to run South course instead. Started the race right in the middle at 24th and progressed forward through out the first 2 hours. We had to make a quick stop about an hour in to remove some tape from the grill due to running a little hot. We pitted from the lead at the 2 hour mark, but was more like 7th due to others pitting earlier than us. 
Our second driver strapped in and was right up to speed. We were about 1.5 laps down to Glazed and Confused at the time and by the end of his stint we had the lead with a 30 sec cushion. This is where things got interesting. 3rd stint began with us comfortably in 2nd position. Unfortunately as most of you are aware by now we had an incident with the Bimmerline car that resulted in a flipped car. We're not going to comment on it, other than we are extremely happy that the driver was unharmed. VIR safety crew was there in a hurry. We applaud them for the quick action to the scene. A quick pit stop ensued to replace a broken wheel and check over the car. Returned to the track in 3rd and had the orange Pinkies Out car in our sights. Knowing these guys are so damn tough to beat, we had to keep pressing forward. And that's just what we did. Pitted again from the lead at the 6 hour mark and back out in 2nd with only Huggy in front of us. Knowing they were just a little short on fuel, we were feeling pretty good about our chances for our first race win. 
The racing Gods had other plans for us. Just after 7 hours in, one of the connecting rods decided it had enough and escaped thru the side of the block. We had noticed low oil psi in the corners for most of the day but hoped it would hang on to finish the race. All those short drops in pressure took their toll and ended our best shot yet at a podium finish.
We're going to have to address our engine woes over the next few months as we prepare for the VIR 24. Complete car teardown to come, dash bar installed, new engine...again, fix rear damage from Rd. Atlanta, and a complete rewire of the car. 
Congratulations to Chris and all the Pinkies Out guys on another win. We also appreciated the show of respect from Chris as he came by after we retired the car to let us know we had him pushing hard to stay out in front of us, knowing he had an extra fuel stop to make. We had a blast this weekend with all things considered. 3 of our 4 drivers got to lead our first laps which was pretty cool. 
Special thanks to the safety crew who keep us all safe out there. No place we'd rather be than Champcar, thanks for allowing us to do what we love. We'll be back in August for 24hrs of excitement. 

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13 hours ago, Triangle42 said:

Well the CMP incident was my fault. I came into turn one and saw the car moving back to the track and missed my turn in point which is very late and when right at him. I never even came off the brakes from initial braking point al the way to contact.   Not much more I can say but I’m sorry for ruining your weekend.  Thanks for keeping your cool when I came to talk to you after. Time stamp of my dumba$$ move is 7hour 31 sec. 
 

 

 

 

I think you need to check your seat mounts or sliders or however that seat is mounted. Watch how much it moves. I have watched much of this video. It is moving with all drivers. Not trying to be a jerk. I think it is something that should be brought to your teams attention.I appears the seat is mounted on a slider. Not sure if it is as solid as it should be. Watch the video at double speed between 2 hours and 2 hours and 5 minutes. Looks kind of scary to me. Again just an observation.

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