Guest The Van Buren Boys Racing Posted August 17, 2012 Report Share Posted August 17, 2012 Sorry so late in posting on our Chumps 24 hour VIR experience. We all had to get back to work to come up with the funds to buy a new motor!We (in the big green Oldsmocutlass) had a blast and certainly give an edge to Chumps racing over LeMons. Let me start off by saying that we encountered zero contact from any other cars on the track. Not many people want to run their Civic into an 80's model G body.Unfortunately we detonated the #7 piston at about 5pm. As we scratched our heads in the pits and pondered loading up the car we decided to pull the piston and saw it off from the connecting rod. We used round clamps to hold the lifters up in hopes of maintaining some oil pressure. At 9 pm we pulled back on the track somewhat underpowered and with strict instructions not to go over 3500 rpm and be easy on the throttle. The apology starts here, if we got in anyone's way we are very sorry. We weren't the slowest car on the track by far as we were still passing a few cars out there. Amazingly our fix lasted and we pulled it across the finish line.VIR is an incredible track, very technical but very rewarding and is extremely difficult at night especially for tired eyes. I don't think we had any offs during our first rotation of 5 drivers but we had a few in the night stint. I had an exceptionally embarrassing off in 3 and the fact that I was spotlighted like a hunted deer made it even more embarrassing. Lesson learned and I appreciated not having to come in and put shaving cream on my face and dance around for 20 minutes!The only issues we had were at night. One was what seemed a blatant disregard for yellows. I thought the yellows at night were at 50% and line of sight to the next yellow light. I, and 4 other cars got passed in the esses under yellow and one of our other drivers got passed in the same location by the same car but this time the driver decided to use the grass to get around. (We have addressed these with the car owner). That wasn't the only time we got passed under yellow, I personally got passed on 2 more occasions. The other issue was that some cars seemed to have their lights mounted very high, although VIR is hilly its not the Paris to Dakar rally and the lights would leave our drivers blinded momentarily. Momentarily is way too long to not be able to see the track. Whoever had the yellow tinged lights... I am glad you could see because we sure couldn't when you got behind us. Finally, a lot of us saw the driver that got caught in no mans land and it seemed like forever before safety got there. Just because a yellow is not thrown the drivers knew that there was a hazard there and should have adjusted their speed accordingly, its a 24 hour race and the safety of that driver was more important than any spots we could gain there. But then again maybe I am just complaining unnecessarily.Overall, we felt the level of racing was much higher than we have experienced before. There were a few idiot drivers out there but there were many, many more that weren't. We have raced with Schumaker, Hong Norrth, Magnum PU, RBanks, and many others and they always have been class acts on and off the track and we really enjoy racing (getting passed) by them. We are already planning our season for next year and hope to see everyone back at VIR!On another note we had a new (only 2 races under his belt) driver and we really hope he didn't do anything stupid out there. If he or we did please let us know. And to the white small car MR2/Fiero? that he ran off on the front stretch we apologize for that. We didn't know about it until later.Thanks!Jay D DoubThe Van Buren Boys Racing Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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