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Holy heck the wind is relentless. I just now thawed out after the sub-freezing wind chill all morning. You'd never know this was May.. Feels like February.

The racing has been great, no incidents of measure. Live timing, as always, is available.

Car #9 - Ferrari Massacre, the Porsche 911, failed early and apparently is not repairable at track. No one in a 547823947 mile radius has the special whatevermacallit they need to get it running.

#25 - Chotchkie's Racing, the Office Space E30 BMW, is mid-engine-swap. They lost a head gasket on engine one, so now it's time for engine two.

#68 - BSD Racing - An Acura Integra w/ B20Z2 has returned to the field after they exploded the first B20. Lets see how this one holds up shall we?

#94 - StormerHobbies.com - Our new friends from Montana in a honda civic EG sedan ruptured up some unknown part that caused the interior to receive a bath of fuel in the driver's compartment. Further inspection has the team puzzled, and many W.T.F. looks from fellow chumps trying to assess how on earth did "that" happen...

Fomula Roadster owns the field and has relaxed their 100% pace to an endurance-smart 85% or so. The question always remains, whether or not it will hold together for another 10 hours :).

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You know it's too windy when it keeps blowing the screens of the laptops closed and sends the netbook flying off the table.....

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Ok, so I lied. Car 9 traded some PCA club members their first borns and got a 911 clutch and other parts, threw it in there, and they are back out on track!

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Well, that Porsche clutch was such a hot item.. it spontaneously combusted just outside of Turn 2. Driver egressed safely and is alright. Car, which was already burned before the race.. is slightly re-burnt. Mainly the engine compartment was involved.

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Porsche fire was an oil line on the exhaust manifold. They are repairing the issue and will be back out.. once they buy a new fire bottle and mount it. They discharged their fire suppression system during the previous incident.,

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Yeah, scheduling conflicts like normal -- Oregon Trail Rally + local racing conference (ICSCC) season opener - Rose City Opener at Portland. It doesn't steal the cars away, but it takes all the drivers. Unless you're willing to rent seats, it's tough to fill a car :).

More good racing down the pack for intermediary positions such as 4/5, 9/10, and 16/17.

We did have a medical transport incident -- driver is OK. Repeat, driver is OK, but agreed to precautionary transport.

As usual, the night racing in Spokane has slowed the field a good 5 to 8 seconds a lap. Everyone is well aware of the proposed lore that "Spokane eats cars." While I don't particularly believe any track is to blame, it's usually a loose nut between the steering wheel and the seat :), but that's just my opinion :).

2 hours remain!

See you at the checkered!

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At the end of the race:

1st Place - #45 Formula Roadster - Datsun SR20DE Roadster

2nd Place - #46 Docspeed - Honda Civic EF Hatch

3rd Place - #7 Cone Damage - 199x 1.8L Miata

Spirit of Chump Award - #44 Formula Z Roadster - For letting Car #9 "borrow" a Porsche clutch from a parts car, at their house, a few minutes away (disassembly from current 911 in the wife's garage required...)

Raw Laps:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3vo4xPwWyOURmQzTkZUUGR5dTg

MyLaps

http://www.mylaps.com/results/showevent.jsp?id=772079

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What a great race that was! Although the field wasn't big, it was the right amount of open lapping and traffic, at least in my opinion. The occasional yellow bunched up everyone and created some entertainment.

We had a great race in the Omni and really enjoyed trading positions with other teams!

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Setting the record straight on the 911...

Lap 1.5 - the crank bolt came out and the pin on our crank pully failed.

Lap ~ 34.248 - the clutch disk exploded. The lining broke up into a pile of parts and jammed the linkage so it couldn't / wouldn't release. We were pulling the engine tranny to replace the damage and figure out what we could cobble together when a fellow chump from the Formula Roadster team mentioned that he had a core engine and tranny on the floor in his shop about 5 minutes away. Yay Chump! Nothing to do with PCA - I doubt if most PCA members would even know our car is a Porsche - it's doesn't have shiney Guards Red paint... anymore. Sincere thanks to Jay from the Formula Roadster team for the parts and making his wife drive us to his place to get parts... twice.

We got the engine back in and it all running again and we blew an oil line right above the exhaust. This made everyone think our car 'Blew Up'. The new fire damage on the rear bumper adds to the patina of the car nicely. For some reason the fan belt also came off then too... not real sure about this one. Halon maybe?

We got a new oil line made up at a hydraulic shop that was willing to make a custom hose with 'our' fittings, and got it all buttoned up and it wouldn't start. It took me a while to figure out that the crank pulley had rotated on the crank when I reinstalled the belt and the timing was out about 90° (remember the sheared pin from lap 1.5?). We got this fixed right at dusk and went out and the car ran fine for the rest of the night.

Also at some point during the race we lost 1st gear - which we knew was hoaky from the start.

We have some work to do before the next race. We were using this race as a shake down for the next race and were disappointed when the format changed - we had some sort of voodoo intuition that we might have some teething pains with the car that we could have worked out on the first day and had 8 hours of solid racing on day 2. Regardless, we had fun. The chump staff was great as always, and the fellow chumps were awesome.

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Was it colder than Road Atlanta this year? I think the highs were in the high 30s one day with 20-30mph winds all day. We had stuff to fix Saturday night that had us working in 18 degrees with a 20mph constant wind.

Helps cut down on overheating cars though!!

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Squirrels here, we put three cars on the track, adding a Karman Ghia to our Audi and Scirrocco. We also had a lot of new drivers.

Probably the biggest surprise was how well the Ghia did. While a bit down on power, it handled very good and the brakes were awesome (not that you had to use them that much). It broke a trans mount which was fixed with a ratchet strap. It also had something minor (pushrod I think) fail in the engine and it was easier to put in the spare than fix it. It finished.

The Audi ran well the entire race with nothing significant to report (except a tire that was flat spotted until it showed air) until the transmission let go with just over two hours to go. Not enough time left in the race to justify putting in a new one.

About mid race the Scirrocco got bumped and went off right in the brake zone at the end of the straight, went off sideways and almost rolled. Unbelievably the car limped off the track with everything bent, pulled a ball joint out, mangled the rear swing arm and blew up an axle. We still managed to repair it and get it back out and running well.

I think all of our drivers had a great time

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Squirrels here, we put three cars on the track, adding a Karman Ghia to our Audi and Scirrocco. We also had a lot of new drivers.

Probably the biggest surprise was how well the Ghia did. While a bit down on power, it handled very good and the brakes were awesome (not that you had to use them that much). It broke a trans mount which was fixed with a ratchet strap. It also had something minor (pushrod I think) fail in the engine and it was easier to put in the spare than fix it. It finished.

The Audi ran well the entire race with nothing significant to report (except a tire that was flat spotted until it showed air) until the transmission let go with just over two hours to go. Not enough time left in the race to justify putting in a new one.

About mid race the Scirrocco got bumped and went off right in the brake zone at the end of the straight, went off sideways and almost rolled. Unbelievably the car limped off the track with everything bent, pulled a ball joint out, mangled the rear swing arm and blew up an axle. We still managed to repair it and get it back out and running well.

I think all of our drivers had a great time

You call that a race report? The saga of Karmann Electra is one of the great epic tales along the likes of the Illiad and Homer. (Not Simpson) After suffering humiliating remarks like “Did you see their Tach?, it was drawn on with a Sharpie!â€, and the tech guys labeling it “vintage scrapâ€, the Ghia did very well. Everyone was shocked. It was only faster than wounded cars on the straight, but drove great in the corners. As Dave said, the $110 per axle Chinese replacement brakes were amazing, I was able to make several classic down the inside passes. The good times lasted 6 hours, then the transmission mount broke. As an air-cooled expert, I am shamed beyond words to say that I did not add an additional transmission mount, an absolute must for any hard use. I don’t know how that was forgotten.

Dave’s description of a typical race does not give an accurate portrayal of the heroic measures the Squirrels take to get a car back on track. When the Scirocco came in on the hook, every wheel was pointed a different direction, except for the one that wasn’t even a wheel anymore. Hank and Dave, and everyone else, jumped in and started replacing things that could be replaced, and bending things that couldn’t. The next thing I know, I’m under the car welding stuff, and when I look up, there’s a crowd of people watching this incredible effort. It went back out and finished the race.

I would have given up on the Ghia several times, but Hank wouldn’t let me, that would not be Squirrelly. It was an amazing day, and I can’t decide whether I am proud of how well the car did, and that it finished, or disappointed that it finished so far down.

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That was my first race and I had a blast! I had never driven on a race course before, so I'll have to admit the first lap, not knowing what was coming after each straight, and after each corner was semi-terrifying. Three laps in, I was settled in pretty well, but boy I still have a TON to learn. Thanks to my good friends Joe and Todd for putting together a wonderful car, and providing first class support, and encouragement. And of course, congratulations to Joe, Todd, Kirk, and Jay for another amazing victory in the Formula Roadster. When I heard the Roadsters clutch was getting weak around noon, I thought a win might be out of reach. When I heard they lost 5th gear around 6pm, I figured they were finished. The damn Roadster energizer bunny does not know the word quit! With the gearbox sounding like ice in a blender, they took yet another checker. Great job Bob!

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First of all THANKS for another great race ChumpCar!

My team had great fun, clean racing, slow pit stops, and a number of items we need to cure to get ready for the 24 hour Spokane race in July. For everyones information the smoke from our car was axle gear oil getting on the brake rotor and it does not take a lot of oil to make smoke. We were losing less than 100 ml per hour and were monitoring it closely refilling every second pit stop. I talked with Cathy, Joey, Dave to let them know what was going on and thank them for letting us continue to run and understanding where there is smoke there is not necessarily fire. The majority of the oil was burning off as it did not affect our braking nor turning even with the small amount getting on our tire - our fastest lap was set well past the onset of the axle seal leak.

Thanks again.

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