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Tropical Storm Beryl, 130% humidity, 120 cars, hot day, cold night....what a blast.

And the goat running loose in the infield was also quite a show.

FAST cars on the high banking. Slower cars going up there when we could..

A big Honda fire with Chumpcar heros....two teams ran to burning car with fire extinguishers.

A big wreck that sent a Flying Tigers driver to the hospital...doing ok... I heard. I saw a guy limping with a knee injury I think. Also, a quote from the number X white n blue Miata said to me... "Four cars plowed into me"...

Mud on 1st right of Bus Stop seemed to provide traction. Huge puddle on exit of bus stop was deep when raining hard. If you were lucky enough to catch a BIG station wagon or the USS Enterprise there they would part the sea and it was no problem...they would of course blow by the slower cars on the banking...

Rain, sun, rain, banking, goats....and a GREAT show! I bet DIS invites us back.

PLUS I have confirmed from by best friend at the National Hurricane Center that there is no scientific explanation for the sudden strengthening of Tropical Storm Beryl. I asked him if the 120 cars driving counter clockwise for 14 hours just south of the eye might have something to do with it. He said the infared photo taken 1:45 after the race is very interesting.. Here is that photo..

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Great weekend for sure, big shoutout to John and staff for going above and beyond all weekend.

WE HAD MAJOR CAR ISSUES. Thanks to all the chumps offering and providing help. Thanks a ton to Jimmy, Matt and all there guys for helping us try to fix, and then giving us a stint in the 500 wagon. What a machine. It was a blast to drive.

Thank to Mike ogren, and Eddie who did all they could last minute to get us in the race.

Everyone was great, Chump staff was great, thanks to all for help and support.

Stigdad. And stiggy thanks for all the help you guys are great.

Never say die, we will be back.

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I went as a spectator and had a BLAST! Some great racing by all! Loved watching(and hearing) the "tanks" haul donkey on the high banks!! We had been watching the #25 above and commenting on how fast the car was...what a shame. I hope everyone is okay and also hope to meet you guys at Sebring(Same Saab Story). Oh yeah, what happened to the #123 and #21 ??

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We had a great time as well. We volunteered and got to see some of the action up close. Here are a couple of the pics I got of the car that caught fire and the Flying Tiger Miata.

Wow, the Flying Tiger Miata was one of the best looking crapcan racers I've ever seen. Sorry to see it mangled. Looks like it took quite a hit.

Awesome pictures... more!

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So our story...in short narritive.

We start 28th or so in yet another Miata (like 10 in the field!) and are holding our own, kinda, but get a check engine light early. Recycle the ECU and were ok, but now 38th. I go out 2nd, and we move up to the teens before the infield incident. Not so much for us, but...two cars spin in front of me on the last right hander, and a car or two spin behind me at the same time as everyone tries to avoid disaster. I take out of gear to avoid and downshift and...no 2nd. no 3rd. no anything! Transmission wont shift at all. I coast to the grass and wait. Now during the laps leading up to this I was racing hard against the 23 bimmer and we were having a blast! I was bummed about dropping out of that battle. So as I get towed in by a truck, I look over and another car is on a rope too...the 23! Ironic. And sad for both of us.

After spending 30 minutes trying to diagnose linkage solutions, we go hunting for a transmission. We have two spares, but both are in Pennsylvania (we had limited carrying capacity on this trip). One team down pit road is running two Miatas and has two spares, but will not sell us one of them because they might need it. :( Ok, we start hunting pick a parts but no luck. Closed, or no tranny in stock. So in walking the garage, I stumble across another Miata team captain with whom I've shared AIV docs over the internet. He has a spare tranny he says is "crunchy" but works (most Miata trannies are crunchy, the synchros just don't last). He says make them an offer, and I toss out $200. Say's he'll get back to me. So 15 minutes later, no word. We go over to his garage and their Miata is in the air. They need a slave cylinder. We have one and the swap is on! I told him we'd square up later and I would add cash to the deal. Done.

We start to work on the car, and I talk to their captain again...turns out they burned the clutch up too. No material left at all one one side. Guess what-our spare clutch is for a 1.6. We get them the clutch, call it even, and an hour later they are back out. Shortly after that we are back out! Both cars took the checkers and we have new friends in Chump. Thanks Team 49, Alaskans who rock! We'll see you at VIR or Road Atlanta. :)

Everyone on the team got two stints, one in the dry and one in the wet. I found all the drivers were very safe and curteous except one douche in an EC car who dive bombed me into the bus stop in the rain at 8 PM. {why do we still have to deal with EC cars??} I should have punted him but I didn't want to mess up our car too. I heard other drivers also had complaints about this car. I hope we don't see them ever again (one race limit for EC cars, right?) Anyway, that was the exception. Great job Chumps!!!

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I found all the drivers were very safe and curteous except one douche in an EC car who dive bombed me into the bus stop in the rain at 8 PM. {why do we still have to deal with EC cars??} I should have punted him but I didn't want to mess up our car too. I heard other drivers also had complaints about this car. I hope we don't see them ever again (one race limit for EC cars, right?) Anyway, that was the exception. Great job Chumps!!!

I'm curious if my 'beef' with an EC BMW from last night in the rain is the same car as yours. Drove like a total donkey-hat.

Great show put on by John, Mike, Cathy, Donnie, Disa and all the other volunteers! I noticed a BUNCH of volunteers at this race which was very nice to see! THANK YOU ALL!! I hope the CCWS are invited back! Next time, in the dry!

The #46 Mustang ran great in the dry...unfortunately only half the race was in the dry. The other half we were struggling to find grip. To everyone behind me in the last 2 hours THANK YOU for not plowing into me the many times I was forced to go 19MPH around the horseshoes just to avoid from spinning. I'm just glad the only thing we need to replace on the car is a headlight lens. Why is Sebring FOUR months away?? UGH!

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Actually my EC beef was the Miata. And I had two other team's drivers tell me about them before I opened my mouth. If they're at VIR and pull that stunt, I predict a different outcome. BUt I think the rules say only one EC race (yet I swear I've seen them before).

Take a look at the GT video in the other thread to at least get a sense of what part of the accident was...the conditions were very very bad and a number of cars had the same loss of control, leading to the pileup. poop happens, this is racing. Everyone lived to tell about it.

Thank you Chump for making this dream come true for 500+ drivers. You say we make it happen, but YOU made it happen. Without the opportunity we are playing GT5 or something....

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The #46 Mustang ran great in the dry...unfortunately only half the race was in the dry. The other half we were struggling to find grip. To everyone behind me in the last 2 hours THANK YOU for not plowing into me the many times I was forced to go 19MPH around the horseshoes just to avoid from spinning.

I felt sorry for you guys late in the rain, looked painful. But you've always driven me clean so I worked extra hard to give you room too. Hope to see you at VIR!
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Wow, Daytona was everything we expected, big thanks to all the Chumpcar staff. Very fast & thrilling, nothing like my GT5. Rain slowed the ol' girl down a bit, but she made up some time on the dry stints. I was very Impressed with most of the teams, curtious & safe. Our car was born for that track, it was an experience I'll never forget, and thanks to the 2 other cars that went 3 wide with me on the high banks with us with the Enterprise, what a thrill!! I've got some awesome GoPro video that I'll try and get up a bit later. Safe travels everyone.

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We came, we saw, we raced... and finished top 20! We ran our Ford Escort ZX2 that one of our team members TOWED all the way down from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (that's roughly 3000 miles each way for those who are geographically challenged).

A huge thank you to Kent for taking the week off work to get our car to the track.

Awesome racing, I ran both stints in the rain. There was lots of yellow prior to the break but things got better.

What's next? The brickyard?

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I had a blast going to my first chump race.... got to see alot of things in person that will help with the building of my car and got alot of helpful tips from several teams... I am really excited now and and can't wait to get it finished... I really want to make Sebring by September now...

On a side note... me and my dad also were talking about how fast the Balls Deep car was coming off the oval onto turn 1 into the road course... that team made several nice passes into that turn... there was a miata that was seriously hauling the mail into the corner.... not to mention the #123 Z car... It was also fun watching the wunderbird go off into turn 1 with the tires locked up and sideways....

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I would say it was a great time. But we had issues all weekend with the mod squad v6 mr2. First I some how forgot my hardware for the front spoiler. We to dinner and home depot and when we returned paddock was closed. I was furious as we had so much to do. Got there race morning at 545. Went to work on car. Got it race ready. Hopped in the car only to discover cool suit and radio not working. Third Lao and I seem down on power and water temps are high. I find out that the new fuel Pump from rock auto is not working. Lean out is causing high temps. Oil temps are high. No cooler. We spend three hours changing mr2 fuel pump and go back out. Go back out and we get four drivers stints in before a front rad hose goes boom and takes the water pump out. We call it quits and pack up.

We had a blast and love the track. We wil return but need to find some speed. 130 just won't make it.

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I want to thank Troy Trugleo of Biohazard MR2 for helping me out in a huge way over the past six months and over the week end at the track. His knowledge kept us going! Thank Troy!

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I did not see it nor ask but the GT30 had a reverse if the miata imprint that matched.

Yep, we killed that car for em ! Ours is probably dead too, looked at it when we got nome a bit better. It's really twisted. Love racing, but geez this sucks !

Had a lot of fun anyway. Thanks to everyone !

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Extremely fun first Chumpcar race. The #59 Lowbrau Porsche BMW ran flawlessly not just in the race but on the way home from the track at midnight via the beer-store. (The expired Quebec license plate that came with the car also performed just as flawlessly with faking-out local authorities) Pretty exciting final hour with the Blitzen Benz and the Rbank Saab on the same lap with us as we swapped positions back and forth.

It was great meeting all the chumps we got to know (wishing there was more time to make more friends) and would like to thank all chumpcar staff for making this event really smooth and fun. Thank you Shockers for helping us establish AIV (if they can run a v-8, we should have nooooo trouble with a six - that was the entire plan) on our fresh-built crapcan, thanks to our Puerto-Rican Pirate pitmates (I can still hear the VuVu-Zelas!), and the Subaru guys for letting us get a few squirts of no-fog at an opportune time.

Congratulations all competitors and teams for making this a fantastic race.

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A big thanks to DIS and their safety crews !

(Note from John Condren - I had the wrong driver's name listed in my report above. Thanx for the correction! Tell Keith that I hope is doing okay! All the best from all thew Chumps!)

Edited by ChumpCar
... I got the driver's name wrong...
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Ok, Ok.. I admit the photo was faked. There were no goats in the infield at DIS. That would have been a safety issue. I was just trying to raise public awareness as goats as service animals. We all need some stress relief now and then. Racing is tough physically, mentally and on the wallet.

My company provides that. We breed, train and provide goats as service animals for those in need.

My company "Goats As Service Support" can be found on the web at www.goatass.net. The website is in progress but if you need a goat let me know.

Here is my primary "Billy" or male Goat. His name is Dale. They are quite big for a service animal but like John said, if you get really desperate you can eat them.

I am also pleased to announce that California has become the first state to allow service Goats to accompany their masters while dining out. The only restriction is that your Goat be a Level 3 service animal. We here at Goatass train routinely to level 4.

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Ok, Ok.. I admit the photo was faked. There were no goats in the infield at DIS. That would have been a safety issue. I was just trying to raise public awareness as goats as service animals. We all need some stress relief now and then. Racing is tough physically, mentally and on the wallet.

My company provides that. We breed, train and provide goats as service animals for those in need.

My company "Goats As Service Support" can be found on the web at www.goatass.net. The website is in progress but if you need a goat let me know.

Here is my primary "Billy" or male Goat. His name is Dale. They are quite big for a service animal but like John said, if you get really desperate you can eat them.

mountain-goat_635_600x450.jpg

You're a mess!! Thanks for amusing me with your "emergency" ;-)

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