Guest The Stig Posted March 20, 2013 Report Share Posted March 20, 2013 So I'm sure a lot of "noobs" post up asking for advice on where/how to start, a few may even post up looking for drives, even fewer probably actually come out to race...Well I'm proud to say this past weekend, with the help, advice, poking, sarcasm, etc I was able to buy the right gear, and pair up with a neat team and actually complete my "first" race weekend!I raced with the #28 K H Motorsports (66' Mustang). On Saturday I drove as driver 1 and had butterflies in my stomach exiting the pit lane CCW - with the objective being to bring the car back safely and in one peice I tried my best to stay out of everyone's (cough cough 4 BMWs and 1 RX7)'s way and managed to turn in a best laptime of 1:37-8, excitedly getting out of the car to hand it over to driver 2.... to only to be saddened to learn from driver 3 that we had a mechanical issue later on in the race... we had a DNF.It turned out to be two broken valve springs - the team owner/captain/fast driver (Ronnie) spent most of the next few hours putting it back together. Huge thanks to Looney Tunes (Richard?) for lending us the valve spring compressor and Metro Sexual for the sand paper! Both had no hesitation in offering the parts or hand to help a complete stranger out (I was asking for parts). Says a lot about the teams that partake in ChumpCar!Sunday's race I was to go as driver 4, Ronnie went first and got us a great start from 14th spot to get us up to 10th but then came the mechanical issues again - this time a very simple fix, but we ended up sending driver 2 next anyways. This unexpected pit stop put us quite a few positions back and we slowly started working our way back up - by the time my turn came our drivers 2 and 3 had done a great job from getting us from 31-32nd to 22-23rd position. I went in with much more confidence (compared to Saturday) knowing the car better and having raced motorcycles CW! Had constant communicaton with the crew chief as I worked my way up to 15th spot - I was able to run a 1:40 I believe while it was drizzling, it seemed the back part of the track was fairly wet compared to the home straight - I enjoy such conditions and felt like I was passing cars every other corner. The more it poured, the longer it took the BMWs to make passes...I believe twice they made the pass on the brakes only to have the front wheels (turned) and in full lock as they ran wide, I gringly passed again - only to have them pass a few turns later. I don't think I was being difficult, but just enjoying watching them struggle a little... hehe.For the most part everyone in the race kept it clean, gave distance (or racing room as you guys call it), and I sure had a neat time with the car, the team, the organizers and the competition! I'd like to thank Ronnie and Alan (K H MotorSports) for trusting/letting me rent their car, I'd like to thank Jason (crew chief) for giving me data while I was on the track, and I'd like to thank my co-drivers Ronnie, Jerry and Jerry's Brother for their words of confidence, tips and putting up with my noobness!Here's a few things I took away from my first race (that's not obviously stated above):- BMWs are fast. A "below" average driver in a BMW > A "above" average driver in 75% of the cars out there!- Miatas surprisingly, were slow. I expected them to be a lot quicker. Could be drivers, but I doubt if they even made it to top 5 in either of the races.- An "American V8" in CCWS is the way to go "if" your car weighs NORTH of 2000lbs (hehe). Look at the laptimes of Sunday's winner (RX7 with Ford 302), if your going to argue and say it's endurance racing and laptimes don't mean anything if you don't finish - then please look at the laptimes of SHOtime (Ford Taurus? with Ford V8?).- You chumps (at least in SOUTH) are way to clean in racing. Holes going into braking corners were often left too wide, I barely saw any blocks or "real racing" as they say... I'm not saying this in a BAD way... or GOOD way... just an observation. Take it with a "jar" of salt.- The BMWs really need to be in their own class. I "feel" if this is NOT done, than "slowly" people will start jumping on the bandwagon of.... the BMWs. This may or may NOT be good for the series - but hey again, what do I know? , it was my first weekend.- The teams/competitors I dealt with were all SUPER nice! I'm not just saying it, I really do mean it. People were willing to lend tools, advice, etc.- It may not seem like it from the forums, but BMW drivers - once they are out of their cars are "just as nice" as everyone else. Don't hate on them (hehe), either beat them with big V8s in light weight cars (like Sunday's RX7 winner) OR join them... (this may be the easier way out).- The CCWS crew was laid back, easy to approach and rather nice compared to some other race officials I've dealt with (in other organizations).- Double lane starts are a heck lot more entertaining than "random flag drop starts".- An endurance race "will not" and "can not" be won in T1 on L1 ... reliability, fast car, reliability, fast drivers, reliability, quick pit stops, reliability, consistent drivers, reliability is the "forumla" to winning ... Oh did I mention reliability?Okay - I know it's long, but figured I'd post a race review for "my" first race... 4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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