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Laguna Seca Feb 12


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Track was slick at the start of the day, with a fine mist coming down before we headed out on track. It was no longer falling by the time we went racing, but it took an hour or so for the track to be in truly dry running conditions. It was pretty hairy that first hour, I witnessed 3 or 4 offs/spins in front of me, with more than a few nice catches. Parabellum was right in front of me at start, and almost lost it in the first green flag corner, nice catch! And one of the Mustangs went off track left in front of me in turn 9 on the first lap!

Great time yesterday, we had a blast running all 3 Laguna races. We have all of our vid, so I'll be doing some manual timing this weekend. :)

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Cathy and I split-up -- I went to the timing tower and she went to Start/Finish (with the Starter). With each of us doing the scoring, independently, we had a double-blind system. This would allow us to compare lap counts at the end of the day and ensure that we agree on all laps completed. To further ensure that we had this race covered, I asked Chris Wilhelm to join in the fun... so, we had a 3-way (okay, no jokes here). :rolleyes: A triple-blind scoring session for 7.5 hours. What a great way to spend the day at the track!

Good recovery John & Cathy & Chris. I cut my teeth in racing in the 70's doing that for IMSA, it is a lot of work if you were prepared to do it, even tougher if you need to switch to manual on the fly.

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Surprised the Model T GT only lost by 6 laps particularly since they looked to be one of the many teams getting the many meatball flags at the start. I thought those poor flaggers were gonna get tennis elbow. Glad people enjoyed the Jag. Probably not the smartest decision to bring a car we just got a couple weeks ago but we wanted to bring some dignity to the proceedings. In retrospect, we the RX7 might have been better to bring. The Jag misfired badly above 3500 rpm so it was a balance between accelerating and trying to get the thing to upshift and drop the rpms. We held up some people. But the few times it would go to 7000 it probably scared the hell out of people when it came by. We had fun, we'll be back.

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Just noticed Hawaii 2-4-Oh got 7th. Cool...although I though it was anounced that Clergy MC at the track? And nice work North loop. They got 4 more laps (221) than MetroNome did on December (117 actual). That's flyin'...too bad we didn't get any data so we could see what lap times everyone had.

Thanks, I think u guys are on to something with the full course yellow. This was a great weekend for North loop Motorsports, we have been to all three Laguna races and were happy to get a win at the last one. We are from MN like tubby mentioned, this all started with us shipping the car out to for the November race intending on just running that first race. Then they opened up 5 more spots for the December race so we keep the car in Cali to run that race. At the December race we found out about this February race, we wanted to run it but needed a place to stash our car, Gabe from Parabellum offered to store it and even picked it up from the repair shop we were having do some work on it and drove it back to his space(thats right as in drove it on the street, all out trailers are in Minnesota) thanks again Gabe and Parabellum. We may end up going to the Portland race together and splitting a 2 place trailer with them. After that we may go to the West Coast Chumpianchip race, and it all started with us thinking we were going out to Cali for one race and then coming home.

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Just noticed Hawaii 2-4-Oh got 7th. Cool...although I though it was anounced that Clergy MC at the track? And nice work North loop. They got 4 more laps (221) than MetroNome did on December (117 actual). That's flyin'...too bad we didn't get any data so we could see what lap times everyone had.

Nice to meet you and great job out there. We'll see you in Portland! That was our first time out at Laguna Seca and we all had a blast. I had some really fun laps behind and in front of Krider in the first session, good driving!

My DL1 showed the same number of laps as the results sheet when I tossed out the laps before green and after checkered. I was curious to see other car's lap times (MTGT??) but thanks for doing all the hard work of manual timing!!

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I was curious to see other car's lap times (MTGT??)

I really enjoyed chatting with you guys on the pit wall as well. See you in Portland.

We're not MTGT, but I've started to manually time the laps off camera. Not perfect, but close. I just pause with the bottom edge of the mirror at the Start Finish bridge. Then I'll go back in video editor where I can see tenths with some of the faster laps, to get a more accurate read.

I'm not onto Jason's laps yet, I'm about 75% through my first stint. My best (so far) looks to be a 1:53, with several 1:54's to go with it. MTGT's best lap in December off the posted data was a 1:48.428.

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Thanks to John, Cathy and the rest of the crew for putting on a fun event! I feel for you having to hand time the event! Old School!

My brother and I ran the number 164 Red Alfa Romeo 164. (Realized AFTER the race that I forgot to take the "1" off of the car to make it the "64" it was supposed to be... thanks for dealing with that! Hope it wasn't too much trouble.)

Overall all the teams drove really well and very clean. It was very nice to have so few cars on track - yet many cars were well matched enough that I had some really good "racing" with some of them. I remember following a quick Miata, pushing an RX7 for a while that eventually spun in the corkscrew and several other cars.

My brother and I were a two man team (Crew Chief, Crew and Drivers all rolled into two!) and I was thrilled that we never had an incident all day nor had to pick up a tool.

The green flag for the start got dropped on my position and I actually led the race for the first dozen laps or so which was extra exciting. I was wondering who would be the first to pass me but unfortunately I got an incorrect meatball flag and had to come in.

Finally, I'll never forget being passed by one of the E30 cars in the corkscrew. I think it was the green E30 that said "314" or something as the model. The driver must have been annoyed by my "E30EATR" license plate so I think he really went wild. Valentino worthy pass for sure! :) Wish I had it on video.

I'll definately sign up for any future chump events at Laguna! Too much fun!

- John Magnuson

1991 Alfa Romeo 164

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It was GREAT racing all day long... and no one knew that there was only 2-3 laps separating any of the teams until the race was over! Everyone was driving hard becuase nobody knew where they stood on laps or position. It was epic. Great racing, lap-after-lap.

A suggestion: Keep LT&S concealed during the race -- let the team guess if the car in front of them is one it has to race. > :)

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As far as releasing Penalty Laps, ChumpCar does NOT release any info on penalties to anyone other than the Team Captain of the car that's getting them. We've had this discussion 100 times. Dead. Done. Over and out.

Only asked for my DOV+1 penalty...sorry if it came across wrong. Usually you can tell from live timing or mylaps.com afterwards.

And, as far as the results, they're final... regardless of what someone's opinion is using a 4th, 5th or 99th re-evaluation (via on-track video).

Yes Final. There could be no other way...it would be way worse! Validating the results would be amazing...that was an incredible task. Didn't each car in the old days have a dedicated person assigned to count laps for them?

Okay, moving on -- March is going to be a very, very Chumperriffic month! Eagles Canyon + Palm Beach + VIR + La Junta + Portland! Get those cars prepped!

Ready!
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A suggestion: Keep LT&S concealed during the race -- let the team guess if the car in front of them is one it has to race. > :)

You know there was a serious coolness factor to that. We went all out the entire time. At one point I thought we might be on the same lap as Clergy MC so I pushed even harder to get in front with about 45 minutes to go. I believe that was our best battle of the race.
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Fun racing with everyone again. Not having electronic timing was a bummer, if only because we didn't have our datalogger for this race either. Reviewing the small amounts of video we took shows our hot shoe clicked off a 1:47.7 and I was consistently lapping under 1:51 while my best lap from December was 1:52. I found a ton of time and speed in turn 6. I was slamming on the brakes and dropping a gear last time, this time just a tap and then back to WOT.

I made an effort to go snap some more shots this time. I was playing with motion blur so if you think a shot is poorly composed or way OOF, you're right. But some of them came out ok!

Full Gallery Here

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