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2021 VIR 12-Hour Race results, reports, and images


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Race results 

https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1840124

 

Congratulations to Where's John Acura Integra for winning the 12-Hours at VIR.

 

https://youtu.be/fEfuJ0MQ_zo

 

 

ChampCar.live

https://youtu.be/b1nt-O3ztQE

 

 

 

 

 

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This was our second race in the new to us e30.  Lots of prep and upgrades over the winter.  Regardless we made it about 1 hour in before the transmission gave up the magic metal bits.  Swapped it out and got back on track mid afternoon.  Had smooth running afterwards, and at least everyone got decent seat time.  

 

There seemed to be lots of attrition, track was really empty after dark... 

 

Racing was clean, and I didn't observe any obnoxious behavior.  Picked a few battles, and had some fun racing but also tried to stay out of the way of the podium contenders.

 

The flagtronics system worked great, looking forward to being able to purchase one.

 

Electronic tech sheet seemed to work pretty well, too.

 

Thanks to Champcar for hosting a great race.

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Curious if anyone has the incident at the top of the spiral 2-3 hours into the race on video?  Black BMW & Black/Gold Honda Prelude involved (#253 I think?).  Black BMW hit barrier just in front of the worker station.  I could use that video for training.

 

Edit:  I was just sent where to look for it on the live feed, but any other views of it would be great if they exist.

 

TIA

Jon Hoover

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2 hours ago, Crash34 said:

Curious if anyone has the incident at the top of the spiral 2-3 hours into the race on video?  Black BMW & Black/Gold Honda Prelude involved (#253 I think?).  Black BMW hit barrier just in front of the worker station.  I could use that video for training.

 

Edit:  I was just sent where to look for it on the live feed, but any other views of it would be great if they exist.

 

TIA

Jon Hoover

VIR Starter

John, check your PM.

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3 hours ago, Crash34 said:

Curious if anyone has the incident at the top of the spiral 2-3 hours into the race on video?  Black BMW & Black/Gold Honda Prelude involved (#253 I think?).  Black BMW hit barrier just in front of the worker station.  I could use that video for training.

 

Edit:  I was just sent where to look for it on the live feed, but any other views of it would be great if they exist.

 

TIA

Jon Hoover

VIR Starter

We were right behind the incident and have our in car video. Just glad nobody was injured that i'm aware of. Scary crash. We live stream all our races and would appreciate a follow. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa1fk7g25mL7RjfyWiBVqNQ 

Thanks. Anyway, here is the video...

 

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NLS Racing #977 VIR South Race Report

    We had a lot of work to accomplish if we were going to make this race after our accident at Road Atlanta. Lots of long nights in the garage repairing the LR of the car, quarter panel, fuel tank, brakes. We even had to squeeze in a full engine teardown and replace head gaskets and swap out 2 pistons that melted down due to our overheating issues. Mission accomplished. Loader her up with a day to spare.
    We had our eyes on the prize for this one after last year's engine woes kept us out of victory lane. We started around top 15 and settled in for what's usually a caution-filled 1st stint. The race did not disappoint as the cautions came quick and early. A few of the restarts were a bit frantic, but we squeezed through unscathed. Then came the black flag, no brake lights. After a second attempt to fix them, we decided to go ahead and swap drivers and fuel it up. We were early on our pit schedule and this really boxed us in on strategy for the remainder of the race. On a side note, the Flagtronics unit did give us the black flag first to see if we'd pit, but our driver waited until given the physical black flag before pitting. The Flagtronics was spot on for us all day. 
    We seem to have a bad habit of digging ourselves a hole early and having to claw our way back for a good finish. The brake light issue put us some laps down, but our 2nd driver just logged laps, knowing there was lots of racing left. Same with the 3rd stint, issue free and now back to only 2 laps down. And then came the tire rotation after the fronts were taking a beating. Normally, no big deal for us but a stripped lug stud and or nut slowed us down, costing us another 3-4 laps. Little did we know at the time that this stop would be our final undoing. 
    Now with our "hot shoe" driver in, we had another hole to dig out of. 5-6 laps down at halfway. On such a short track, it didn't take long to start gaining those laps back. We kept plugging away, getting about 1.5 laps back per 2hr stint. Darkness fell and we found our light bar was not aimed correctly, our driver did an admirable job driving with what he had. 2 hours remained and we were back up to 2nd position, inside of 2 laps down. We did the math and didn't look like we would have enough time to catch the leader. Content with 2nd, we soldiered on. 50mins to go and the car is stopped off track. The LR tire fell off. Back to that earlier pitstop. We suspect the hub-centric ring may have not been seated all the way, combined with a fractured wheel stud from our Rd ATL crash. Then we had to do the sad walk back to the paddock to wait for the flatbed and assess the damage. We fixed it enough to get it in the trailer and called it a night. No one ever said endurance racing was easy. 
    No complaints here, we had a great weekend of racing. Got to spend time with family and friends. Congrats to Where's John on the victory, you guys drove a clean, smooth race. Thanks to ChampCar for keeping this going. Thanks to all the others that make this happen. Thanks to James and the Flagtronics crew for your work, looking forward to getting that unit permanently mounted in the car. And finally, Thanks to all our family for putting up with all the long nights in the garage. We shall return.

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JBliss,

There was a dolly with some plastic shelves on it right outside the pit gate late Saturday night. I told one of the Champcar officials about it. It was gone shortly after that so I don’t know where it ended up.

Matt

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10 hours ago, MTC said:

JBliss,

There was a dolly with some plastic shelves on it right outside the pit gate late Saturday night. I told one of the Champcar officials about it. It was gone shortly after that so I don’t know where it ended up.

Matt

Ah, thanks Matt. Now that I think about it, we are missing our shelves as well. I'll get up with the Champcar folks.

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On 3/10/2021 at 6:43 AM, JBliss said:

Ah, thanks Matt. Now that I think about it, we are missing our shelves as well. I'll get up with the Champcar folks.

 

I told Jimmie to take it in the truck and a team would get with us. So he should have it. Jimmie.Letchworth@champcar.org

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