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2022 Gingerman 8+7-Hour results


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Official Results

 

Saturday - https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/2035839
Sunday - https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/2037148

 

ChampCar Podium Podcast with Bill Strong

 

Photos -  image dumps, unedited, probably out of focus.

Friday - https://photos.app.goo.gl/syL6E5Mf3UCzYddL6

Saturday - https://photos.app.goo.gl/3GU8oUAtqaGVC41q6

Sunday -  https://photos.app.goo.gl/porMVfTU5mgSWVLM8

Awards - https://photos.app.goo.gl/MCmqgxfqwo7jwGcAA

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On behalf of the TR Motorsports team, huge thanks to the ChampCar staff,  track safety crew and flaggers for making this event possible.  We had a blast racing and visiting with our ChampCar friends once again. 

 

Gingerman is our home track and well suited to our A-Class car, having finished 2nd overall and a few class wins over the last five years, we had high hopes for another good weekend. Big congrats to Tyler and the CYR team for putting on a show on Saturday, we got caught on the wrong side of a FCY+Purple 35, just passing Pit In when the call to pit came through. I'm not sure we had enough to catch CYR without the bad luck, but it would have been fun pushing them on the same lap. 

 

Sunday saw us starting around 9th in damp conditions. Car builder, Bob K, is our wet weather specialist and he drove to the front and begin building a decent lead as conditions improved through the morning stint. With the 2hr+5hr format, we had to make a decision to keep running hard until the break, or give up the lead and track position before the pits closed, taking our medicine early. We rolled the dice, pitted for fuel in the AM and crossed our fingers for a good opportunity to stop after running for 60 minutes in the afternoon. The racing gods smiled on us and a FCY came out around 70 minutes into the afternoon stint. 

 

We now had a nice lead (2 laps), aided by some misfortune with the 2 Bros car deciding it didn't like to shift into all its gears.  With 3:30 to go, we went into "keep pushing, but play it safe mode" .  This worked well until 20 minutes remaining and our driver radioed in that he'd lost some power. Our hearts sank, but after some discussion and not seeing a smoke cloud following us around, we advised him to press on at a very easy pace and see if we could nurse it home. Those were a loooong 20 minutes, but the engine held on and we landed our first ChampCar overall win !

 

Can't wait to do it all again at Mid-Ohio. 

 

    

 

 

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4 hours ago, TRMTrent said:

Car builder, Bob K

Understated Chris, he is the racing God in the rain or wet. 

 

So excited for you guys with the first win! I was glued to race monitor and hoping for the best all day. You guys nailed it and congrats to all and tell TJ great job getting his lap times up. Hope to see you soon.

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#55 Udder Chaos team enjoyed our annual trek to Gingerman.  Only the second event in the new car so we are still learning how to drive it.  Reliability continuous to impress, but we still have some work to do on performance.  We had two instances where we were "run in to", but in both cases the other drivers took responsibility and came by and apologized and hoped any damage was limited, which it was. 

 

If anyone has any in car video from behind our blue Lexus IS300, I would welcome the opportunity to review how it looked navigating turns.

 

Looking forward to an early Road America.

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Hokay...  here goes.

 

Flew up to ft Wayne to meet up with Kip (car chef extraordinare!) On Thursday for an excellent dinner, bar tour and bench racing.  Got up early and Kip drove us on Friday morning the 2.5 hours to gingerman.

 

@E. Tyler Pedersen had the car prepped just about perfect right off the trailer.  Tyler goes out first in practice and laid down a 1:44.9.  Holleee poop!  However, he said the car was pretty loose.  Some of the other drivers went out and said the same.

 

We checked the alignment and it was good.  Soooo....  we swapped on a new set of the same tires and I went out to drive.  I did a fast lap of a 1:46.x.  the car was nicely balanced and seemed to have all the grip.

 

During Friday practice, the Trans would give a very slight grind or notchiness when going into 3rd.  We bled the clutch and hoped for the best on Saturday. 

 

Saturday morning, we had wet track to start the race.  Our first driver went off in the first pace lap.  Had to come in and scrape about 5 lbs of mud and grass out of the grill area.  We essentially started about 3/4 of a lap down when the track went green.  

 

Once the driver settled down, he made pretty damn good laps and some good passes and made it up to the top 10.

 

We pitted a bit early, but could still go the distance without an additional pit stop.  

 

I got in the car and proceeded to get our lap back from the leader, and then pass the leader later in the stint to take the lead.  During my stint, I only used 3rd gear when in heavy traffic.  However, the did not want to go into 4th gear when downshifting into turn 11.  

 

I ended up just leaving the car in 4th on the back straight and just lifting the last 1/4 of the straight.  Car was still fast doing this and I was able to build a gap back to 2nd.

 

Tyler got in for the 3rd stint and drove well.  He maintained our lead, but it was hard to tell because of some various pit strategies.  Also, the battle for 2nd was heating up and we weren't sure if we would be battling TR or 2 Brothers for the win.

 

Lightning...  okay.  Red flag.  Okay.  30 mins red flag or so.  We knew we could change drivers for the last stint and push fuel mileage a bit.  After the red flag, we put Erik Hardy in the car.  

 

Erik drove to the first caution and pitted for fuel.  We caught the caution 1 lap before TR.  That allowed us to gain about 1/2 lap on TR.  Erik did not have a radio in his new helmet, so he didn't know if we were in 1st or 2nd.  He drove his butt off to pass TR (which happened to be to put a lap on them....  whoops! More MOV).

 

After Erik got out of the car he was saying the Trans would pop out of gear even if you held your hand on the shifter.  He had to maintain some throttle in every braking zone or the car would pop out of gear.  Tough stint!

 

So, even with the Trans issues, we made it to impound for Tyler's new cars first win.

 

It got both Tyler and I off the curse of Gingerman.  I think we have 3 or 4 2nd places between us at that track.

 

I'll write about Sunday in a bit.

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On 8/23/2022 at 2:05 PM, TRMTrent said:

Car builder, Bob K, is our wet weather specialist and he drove to the front and begin building a decent lead

Untouchable at Gingerman in damp conditions... I've seen several damp starts at Gingerman and the strat is always to hope the track dries before TRM builds an insurmountable lead!

 

Congrats on the maiden victory!! Love to see it from a team who always races fast and clean.

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2 hours ago, enginerd said:

Untouchable at Gingerman in damp conditions... I've seen several damp starts at Gingerman and the strat is always to hope the track dries before TRM builds an insurmountable lead!

 

Congrats on the maiden victory!! Love to see it from a team who always races fast and clean.

Yeah, Bob can put every other team multiple laps down in a wet stint, even starting from the back....the Senna award is justified!

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We had a great time.   Thank you ChampCar for running a great race.

 

Saturday we had some contact early on with the P1 team that resulted in a black flag that dropped us from P2 to P13.   Kept it clean the rest of the day to finish P5.  I was real proud of our guys running on 32 hour old tires in the damp early on, and on blistered square tires towards the end of the day.

 

Sunday we were climbing to P6 early when a light bulb went out and we went down to 1 brake light.   Another black flag for only having one brake light and 13 minutes re-wiring a running light to become a brake light to accept a running light bulb as we didn’t have any more brake light bulbs.  Dropped to P20-something and made it back to P11.

 

Highlight of the weekend was watching our car battle our sister team, Landshark on it’s maiden voyage, for 10th place only to watch our driver send it too hard and spin in T10 when he was on the bumper of Landshark with about 10 mins left.  He lost about 10 seconds and couldn’t quite catch our buddy in the Landshark car.    All of us have raced together for 10+ years… so you can imagine the fun it was to watch our guys battle it out.  

 

Can’t wait for the next race.

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Trying something new...

The Podium Podcast
Gingerman, I only had the winner's interviews. Going forward, I will have all the impound interviews. 
No music, no clown horns, just the facts, Jack!

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On 8/24/2022 at 10:28 PM, hotchkis23 said:

Yeah, Bob can put every other team multiple laps down in a wet stint, even starting from the back....the Senna award is justified!

Mid-Ohio = starting WAY at the back... Oops, spun at the green Sunday morning in the wet...
but ~20 laps later, I was P1.... fought with a really fast Boxster as the track dried, and held onto P2 till the end of the my stint.
Lapped all but a few fast cars.

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😋

 

Bob had a smile about this big on his face when I saw him after that stint. 👍

well done rain master. 
During that same time, we got to find out that our mock-up/makeshift/test 3/8” thick wooden splitter was actually pretty robust. I think we scooped up and carried about 10-15 lbs of mud, sand, grass and gravel, and carried it around for about an hour with no overheating. 
The extra downforce really made the car handle well!!

edit: I really wish I had taken a picture of it when we pitted. 

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