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Bernie Myers Running for ChampCar Board of Directors 2023


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I am Bernie Myers (aka hotrod) member of the Blue Shells Racing Team.

 

When voting starts I am looking for your vote to become a ChampCar Board of Director. I have run in the past and will continue to do so as I wise to be apart of the decisions that will shape ChampCar today and in the future. I understand the time and commitment it takes to be a BoD member and look forward to the chance to work for the ChampCar members.

 

Racing experience:

NHRA. Tourek & Montgomery C Gas Monza & Firebird. 8 years

SCCA. Dale Coyne Super V’s. 2 years

CART. Dale Coyne Racing. Payton Coyne Racing. 20 years

USAC. Indy 500 7 years

Championship Association of Mechanics. Was President of CAM an organization that rewarded IndyCar mechanics, tire specialists, truck drivers, team managers, crew chiefs etc. Annually passed out over $100,000 in cash and prizes per year. 5 years.

Karting. Off & on for 12 years.

The Last Stand at the Stadium” Midget Race Joliet Memorial Stadium. One time event.

Short Track Auto Racing Series. Midget Racing Grundy Co. Speedway. Five years

Stock Car Racing. Grundy Co Speedway. One year

ChampCar . 2017 to present.

Currently building Cars for Lemons, ChampCar and fabrication work for some members of the Autobahn in Joliet.

 

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I spent 20 years with the Dale Coyne Racing IndyCar Team as a crew chief then team manager. As manager I attended many meetings with chassis manufactures, engine suppliers, tire manufactures, sponsors, other car owners, track owners, promoters, officials and driver & crew meetings. From this experience I was able to take away what was on every ones agenda. Were they thinking of themselves or what was good for the series? How would a decision affect all involved? How would it change the cost of racing? Does a team looking for a rule change or update give them a distinct advantage? During my time there I oversaw the multimillion dollar budgets.

 

Through the years in IndyCar I won several awards chosen by the sanctioning body and my peers. Two of which are still in the Indianapolis Speedway Museum. The “D-A Premier Fasteners Mechanical Achievement Award” and the “Clint Brawner Mechanical Excellence” award.

 

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As part of the many events I have been a part of myself and a group of dedicated people put on “The Last Stand at the Stadium”. The last race to ever be held at the Joliet, Il Memorial Stadium. An iconic weekend that brought over 10,000 spectators. A track with a rich history of Midget Racing through the 50’s & 60’s.

 

From this we started the Short Track Auto Racing Series or STARS. Midget racing at Grundy County Speedway. I wrote the rule book and was race director. We stabilized the rules, treated everyone fairly and increased car counts and attendance because of this.

 

After the success of STARS for one year I became Race Director for the local Friday Night Stock Car Races. Again writing the rule book and making sure that there was no favoritism. Before I arrived there a lot of post race infractions that were simply over looked. This had many feeling that they could not compete with these “Favorite Teams” as the rules were not enforced. I stopped this and would disqualify any car not meeting the rules. Soon the word got out and the car count started to increase that year and the next because the rules were being followed. We disqualified a Mid Am Car and the next week most of the teams took their cars to a local builder to make sure they were within the specifications.  Most of all the rules and procedures we changed are still used today.

 

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10 minutes ago, Team Infiniti said:

How do you feel about fuel and tires?

What aspect of fuel Ed? 

Two items that are on most minds are tires & swap weights. Both are tough to fix. I've been through a tire war with Firestone & Goodyear and it wasn't fun.

A tire rule is hard to come up with. What works on my car might not work on yours and visa versa.  The amount of different chassis in ChampCar make it even harder to contain.

For the short term I think the tire rules should stay as they are but data should continue to be logged so trends can be realized. Tire companies will always come up with a better tire which makes controlling tire costs even harder. 

If a member wrote a Petition that make sense to implement then I would be all for it. 

I think the new pit procedures starting in 2023 is something in the right direction. 

 

 

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Here is a short list of what I think:

* It was a positive that the 2023 ChampCar Rule Book has come out with very few changes and no added free parts.

* Limitation in the future of free parts as nothing should be free. Every item has a value.

* I believe in transparency and direct communication with members on every topic.

* I believe in a rule book big enough to allow for complete understanding of the rules.  * All the rules need to be enforced as written.

* Communication lines need to be opened up to get more members involved in petitions and voting. Not everyone is on Facebook or the forums.

* Instead of having to write new rules enforce the ones CCES has.

* Over a period of time race cars should once again look like race cars and not the cut up avenue some are headed.

* Serious consideration needs to be given to West Coast events. Is there a way to increase participation with hope of it growing or is it a financial burden on CCES.

* While I do have experience in many types of Motorsports I would not have an immediate answer to all problems that arise but any decision or vote I do will be unbiased and based on Facts, Data and Membership input.

* While CCES has several teams that want to be as competitive as possible and fight for every .010 we also have to be aware that there are many more that come out for the Racing Experience, Fun of it All and the Camaraderie. We can’t lose track of that.

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1 hour ago, Team Infiniti said:

How do you feel about fuel and tires?

 

39 minutes ago, hotrod said:

Here is a short list of what I think:

* It was a positive that the 2023 ChampCar Rule Book has come out with very few changes and no added free parts.

* Limitation in the future of free parts as nothing should be free. Every item has a value.

* I believe in transparency and direct communication with members on every topic.

* I believe in a rule book big enough to allow for complete understanding of the rules.  * All the rules need to be enforced as written.

* Communication lines need to be opened up to get more members involved in petitions and voting. Not everyone is on Facebook or the forums.

* Instead of having to write new rules enforce the ones CCES has.

* Over a period of time race cars should once again look like race cars and not the cut up avenue some are headed.

* Serious consideration needs to be given to West Coast events. Is there a way to increase participation with hope of it growing or is it a financial burden on CCES.

* While I do have experience in many types of Motorsports I would not have an immediate answer to all problems that arise but any decision or vote I do will be unbiased and based on Facts, Data and Membership input.

* While CCES has several teams that want to be as competitive as possible and fight for every .010 we also have to be aware that there are many more that come out for the Racing Experience, Fun of it All and the Camaraderie. We can’t lose track of that.


 

Best of luck to you and your campaign.

 

You skirted Ed’s question. What are your thoughts on fuel equalization?

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6 minutes ago, Team Tbird said:

 


 

Best of luck to you and your campaign.

 

You skirted Ed’s question. What are your thoughts on fuel equalization?

Thanks Team Tbird. I didn't skirt Ed's question I just asked specifically for clarification. 

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3 minutes ago, hotrod said:

Thanks Team Tbird. I didn't skirt Ed's question I just asked specifically for clarification. 

I deliberately left it vague, how do you feel about changes to the current fuel capacity rules, some people want to leave it alone other people want to tweak and Some want absolute equalization

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33 minutes ago, Team Infiniti said:

I deliberately left it vague, how do you feel about changes to the current fuel capacity rules, some people want to leave it alone other people want to tweak and Some want absolute equalization

Stock capacity plus 2 gallons and a 2 liter surge tank is pretty simple. 

The slower cars can mostly make 2 hours which saves laps over the faster cars that can't make it and have to stop more often losing laps. This helps to even out the field. Is it perfect no. Some slower cars do have a smaller tank than needed and some faster cars have too large of a tank.

I would like to change the rule that if you change drivers it's a 5 minute stop. Get rid of the "if you don't take fuel it's not 5 minutes". Obviously if you come in for a repair or put up a window net you can do the repair and head back out. This would take away the advantage that a fast car with a big fuel cell would have. 

The slower cars or any car with a small tank would have to be looked at on a case by case basis. If you have a heavy car with 200 horse power the capacity limit should be looked at. I think those are pretty limited.

The fast cars that take points for performance items shouldn't then complain about having to pit more often. 

I think the Lemons rule of 24 gallons max is crazy.

Again like all items if a club member writes a petition that make sense and is viable I wouldn't be opposed to it.

 

 

 

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17 hours ago, hotrod said:

  - "Some slower cars do have a smaller tank than needed and some faster cars have too large of a tank."

 - "The slower cars or any car with a small tank would have to be looked at on a case by case basis. If you have a heavy car with 200 horse power the capacity limit should be looked at. I think those are pretty limited."

 

These are the major points regarding fuel capacity that have been brought up year after year. I find it encouraging that you at least acknowledge them, unlike those that flatly deny that there is a problem or that apparently think that "absolute equalization" is somehow going to ruin Champcar. 

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23 minutes ago, mender said:

These are the major points regarding fuel capacity that have been brought up year after year. I find it encouraging that you at least acknowledge them, unlike those that flatly deny that there is a problem or that apparently think that "absolute equalization" is somehow going to ruin Champcar. 

Ruin not so much, but fundamentally change, not only the series, but the outcome of most every race from here on.

 

Not a topic to be taken lightly as it affects every single team.

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21 minutes ago, Team Infiniti said:

Ruin not so much, but fundamentally change, not only the series, but the outcome of most every race from here on.

 

Not a topic to be taken lightly as it affects every single team.

Some teams more than others, but yes, I agree that it will affect every team.  Every rule change affects every team.

 

The question is how it will affect Champcar in the long run, and whether that will be beneficial or not.

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Voting for the 2023 Board of Directors will start soon. I'll post some interaction from other posts that I was involved in. Maybe it will spark some other questions or imput.

 

From Bill Strong:

I design and make these forms.
What info should I add to make it a better form?

Thanks Bill. Being a Self Policing Club the Protest Format and process should be as easy as possible for a member to implement. In the past there has been no Guidance on exactly  how the form should be filled out. A form being more detailed would give more of a chance for a protest to move forward.

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Here's an example and maybe other Members have some additional wording to add.

 

If you changed the form to align with this one I'm sure there may be some traditional "Legal" verbiage to add

 

ChampCar protest example.pdf

 

 

 

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Another post from a different topic:

 

Loop holes are not going away.

Gray areas are not going away.

Creativity is not going away.

Exploiting the rules is not going away.

Interpretation of  the rules to be in your favor is not going away.

But when a rule is broken, and found, the punishment needs to be strong enough so that the next guy has second thoughts about going down the same rabbit hole.  To simply say after the fact that 'this is no longer allowed' without penalizing the team means they exploited the rules and got away with it. 

 

I once disqualified a Mid-Am car at our local track for the front cross member being too low (there was a minimum ride height). Something that was in the rule book but never enforced before I got there. I heard later that all the Mid-Am cars went back to their chassis builders to make sure their car met the rules. Message sent.

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43 minutes ago, Wheelman_99 - C Rallo said:

What about a fast car with fuel? GBU carries 26 gallons.

 

Two birds one stone, that car is a perceived to be a problem in the series. How long are people expected to put up with it? What's the fairest way to do so?

Previous to that model the fuel capacity was 17 gallons that would be more in line. I don't think they can go two hours, I could be wrong, but when they are on track they make up a lot of time.

I don't see GBU being the problem it's the people that are no longer with ChampCar that had allowed to let that car run in a class instead of EC. Also because of this many parts were changed to "Free". Unfortunately it's now up to the current administration to clean it up. 

Many cars have dominated  other series then steps were taken to either eliminate them or change the rules to put them more inline with the rest of the field. So it wouldn't be outside the box. I think they know what's going on & a conversation with them could possibly convince them to build another car. Something more inline with the "Intent & Spirit" of ChampCar. 

As I stated earlier I'm not opposed to looking at fuel capacities on a case by case basis.  

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