teamkoko Posted March 6, 2013 Report Share Posted March 6, 2013 OBCCIIRS racing at Black Lake, March 3, 2013The first-ever Optima Batteries ChumpCar International Ice Racing Series event took place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 on Black Lake, in upstate New York.Many thanks to John Condren and Bob Rymarchuk for making it possible for this to happen. Local ice racers hadnâ€™t yet had a chance to get out on the ice because the local clubs didnâ€™t have an insurance policy in place, so ChumpCar stepped up and gave us a chance to hold a race.This was late in the ice racing season, so it was touch-and-go whether we could get everything organized before the ice went away. Black Lake still had 18â€ of ice, well above the minimum, so we decided to give it a shot.Twenty drivers showed up to drive in the first OBCCIIRS race. About half of the cars were â€œpreparedâ€ cars: Caged cars running on Menard ice racing tires. The rest were street cars running on street-legal snow tires.We plowed a slightly shorter than usual road course (about 7/10ths of a mile long). In spite of overnight temperatures in the teens leading up to the race, there was still some slush on the ice surface. Unfortunately, the ice conditions did deteriorate as the day warmed up, and we had to call it after only three races.In spite of the short day, the racers were happy to get out on the ice and race, and be part of a first for ChumpCar.We also got a great welcome from local residents (apparently there isnâ€™t much excitement in these parts in the winter, so the sight of a bunch of cars racing on the ice drew lots of interest.)Next season, we hope to be able to run a full schedule of races at this lake and others in the general area.Neon on ice - the new E36-Karl 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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