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2021 Sahlen's ChampYard Dog at the Glen - Race results, stories, and lies


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The Budget Monkey Wracers (501 - black/blue e30) would like to thank whoever was driving the bright orange CRX on Sunday at 10am.  Without your well executed PIT maneuver 2/3 the way through the toe of the boot, I might not have been able to appreciate the 'full Glen experience' of knowing what it's like to smack into the wall and lose the afternoon. Thank you very much. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, NewbernD said:

The Budget Monkey Wracers (501 - black/blue e30) would like to thank whoever was driving the bright orange CRX on Sunday at 10am.  Without your well executed PIT maneuver 2/3 the way through the toe of the boot, I might not have been able to appreciate the 'full Glen experience' of knowing what it's like to smack into the wall and lose the afternoon. Thank you very much. 

 

 

 

One of our drivers mentioned this...CRX vs BMW In the Toe

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6 hours ago, NewbernD said:

The Budget Monkey Wracers (501 - black/blue e30) would like to thank whoever was driving the bright orange CRX on Sunday at 10am.  Without your well executed PIT maneuver 2/3 the way through the toe of the boot, I might not have been able to appreciate the 'full Glen experience' of knowing what it's like to smack into the wall and lose the afternoon. Thank you very much. 

 

 

 

Was a shame to see that clean e30 in the wall...hope repairs wont be too extensive.

 

John 

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What a weekend for us and congrats to Salhens, Pinkies and all that actually finished the race.

 

Those Sunday fast lap times. Top 5 cars all in the 2:11 to 2:13 lap times. WOW. That is so fast now and I would not have imagined that two years ago.

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8 hours ago, bajaracer said:

Did the crx not have the racing line already?  Looks like the e30 turned in on him too far?     Hard to tell that far back from that clip. 

T hats what it looked like to me from the video posted.  However, as a Monday morning quarterback,  I would probably have gotten out of it to save damage to both cars if I was driving the CRX.

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Feel bad about your car getting wrecked. Watched the race and everyone seemed to play well in the weather. I prepare myself that the moment I enter the track that I will be leaving with a completely different car than what I arrived with. Each event wonder if this will be the race the car gets totaled. We push the cars to the edge at a race track.  We put questionable skills in the seat so we can experience the thrill. 

 

I race one race a year ($$$). 2 years ago thought I would race during practice around other cars. Lost it a sweeping turn and turned the car around backward in the center of the track and wow 3 cars coming right at me. Realized at that moment not to race in practice but mostly my car almost went home totaled as well as others who may hit me before the race. My fault I brought others into my poor decision. I apologized to the other wide eyed drivers when I pitted. We laughed and moved on. 

 

It's called "racing" and not "driving". All our efforts can be lost on a moment with our money time. Hope it is  repairable.  It happens to everyone who races. Even the pros loose big each weekend. I could not do this without others to help and drivers. Thus we get some poor driving descion in the name of racing. 

 

Thanks everyone who comes and races. It's fun and exhausting. We are a great club of really nice people. 

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901 Motorsport left the heat of the south for a fun "summer" weekend of rain and beer and racing at Watkins Glen and it was just awesome. 
 
Half of our drivers had lots of laps at Watkins Glen and the other half had never seen the place. Friday was a 45 degree foggy monsoon but most of us got laps and figured out which way the track turned. Saturday the #901 e30 woke up in a cranky mood, annoyed about the rain maybe, running on 4 or 5 cylinders. We swapped bits and traced wires and diagnosed and finally just had to send it to avoid missing the start. Started dead last, but the old girl cleared her throat on the out lap and ran fine all day. We are usually good in the rain and went from 89th to 10th in the first stint, then started playing with strategy, eventually running third for a while. All we needed was one more yellow in our fuel window to lock in a top 5, maybe more. There had been so many yellows we should have been golden. But amazingly the needed yellow never came and the window slammed closed, with the yellow coming out 5 minutes after we pitted under green. A bit more bad timing with yellows meant we finished 8th (had transponder issues so the official results don't show it).
 
Saturday night we changed fuel pumps and filters and assorted bits to try to chase the misfire. Sunday was mostly dry but again the #901 woke up running crappy but cleared as soon as on track. And resulted in a similar race, just with less fuel strategy. Car is handling better than ever so it was super fun to drive. Had top 10 pace but not top 5, hunted yellows but didn't nail the timing, but had fun battles and clean racing to finish 7th. And the rain we needed came as we were packing up.
 
Another great weekend on an awesome track. Huge thanks to the ChampCar pit lane team and the poor corner workers for braving hours of 45 degrees and pouring rain to let us go play.

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6 hours ago, MR2 Biohazard said:

What a weekend for us and congrats to Salhens, Pinkies and all that actually finished the race.

 

Those Sunday fast lap times. Top 5 cars all in the 2:11 to 2:13 lap times. WOW. That is so fast now and I would not have imagined that two years ago.

Those lap times are as fast as the top vintage Trans Am cars. That have 550hp under the hood.

 

*Tires and brakes hold them back.

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1 hour ago, Bandit said:

Those lap times are as fast as the top vintage Trans Am cars. That have 550hp under the hood.

 

*Tires and brakes hold them back.

Yep, the series has left our car behind!

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You guys have got a great series here!  I got lured into driving #30 e30 back in February at Road Atlanta, stir crazy from Covid. I had 'retired' from racing in the early 2000s when my kid started in karts and eventually Formula Ford.  It was a pleasant surprise to see the evolution of ChampCar; I had still lumped it in with Lemons as sort of a gag series.  But the Glen event really confirmed my first impression that this is a great, low key, easy access series with a mature approach to safety, plus speeds that are rational for 60+ yr old reaction times (and eyesight!)  I hadn't been to the Glen since maybe 2000, but the turns have remained the same so despite missing practice due to the fog it all came back. 

Our Saturday race result got torpedoed when we lost our oil cap (and consequently ~3 Quarts) but our pit neighbors #901 had a spare so we were back out in 20 minutes.  Sunday we ran as high as P3 courtesy of pit timing but our pit strategy luck ran out and we seemed to get it wrong the rest of the day, P17 at the checker.    The car still has plenty of room for setup, but ran like clockwork which I guess is what you want in an enduro.   I know our driver already apologized to 901 for the roughhousing on the last lap (you loan us an oil cap, we slide into you on the second to last turn of the race) but very happy it didn't hurt the car or just as bad, rob you of the great result.    Anyhow thanks everyone for the great series.  Fingers crossed it retains its character, seems like so many series are victims of their own success as car development and team sophistication becomes an arms race... 

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5 hours ago, Bandit said:

Those lap times are as fast as the top vintage Trans Am cars. That have 550hp under the hood.

 

*Tires and brakes hold them back.

And those cars (The winning CC cars) were all as fast or faster than the often maligned GBU Corvette. Is it slower than it was or has the field already caught up?

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13 minutes ago, 67Mustang said:

And those cars (The winning CC cars) were all as fast or faster than the often maligned GBU Corvette. Is it slower than it was or has the field already caught up?

I think the corvette had to remove some go fast bits.  The front of the field has gotten much faster since last time we raced at the glen (2019).

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56 minutes ago, 67Mustang said:

And those cars (The winning CC cars) were all as fast or faster than the often maligned GBU Corvette. Is it slower than it was or has the field already caught up?

It had issues all weekend and did not get the opportunity to make up the 6 laps. Rain and not sure on Sunday what the issue was.

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I looked back at the 2018, 2019 and 2021 results to compare fast laps.  Below are the number of sub 2:20 fast laps with the fastest lap in ().  EC cars in [].

 

2021 Sun - 22 [7] (2:10.803 Tuttle #108) -- 86 with times

2021 Sat - 17 [5] (2:13.317 Sahlen's Mustard #943) -- 72 with times

2019 Sat - 17 [6] (2:11.526 Sahlen's Salt /Cayman - EC/ #945) -- 105 with times === 2:14.044 Tuttle #108

2019 Sun - 21 [7] (2:11.974 Sahlen's Salt /Cayman - EC/ #945) -- 97 with times === 2:13.864 GWR #991

2018 Sat - 24 [5] (2:15.279 GWR #991) -- 101 with times

2018 Sun - 2 [0] (2:17.600 RBank #981) -- 89 with times --- weather?

 

Maybe 2:20 was "too slow" to compare, but the sub 2:20 times are fairly consistent.  However, there were more sub 2:15 times this year than in previous years.

 

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Checked sub 2:15 times for the last 3 editions:

 

2021 - Sat - 6, Sun - 9

2019 - Sat - 4, Sun - 6

2018 - Sat - 0, Sun - 0

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