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  1. Chumpcar: Real Racing. Real Tracks. Real Cheap Cars! WRL: A pro-level racing experience on an amateur racer’s budget. AER: An amateur racing experience on a pro racer's budget.
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  2. The class/number stickers for the back of the car will be about the size of a smartphone and will be available for free at tech. If you make your own, those are legal as well.
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  3. We have a lot of teams that live and race in the midwest down through TN and into AL. This means their closest tracks may be in both the East and Central regions. Because of their location, many of these teams would like to try and qualify for both the Central and Eastern Chumpionships. Our rules say you must run at least two events in the region you are trying to qualify for, which means four races to qualify for two different regions. Starting now, the following tracks will count towards qualifying a team in both the Central and the East: Gingerman National Corvette Museum Barber So for example, if you run Road America, NCM and Sebring you would be eligible to run in both the Central (RA) Chumpionship and the Eastern (AMP) Chumpionship.
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  5. Bumper-removal incident @ VIR finally triggered me to gain the ability to weld Aluminum. So this guy happened. And, per the 2017 rules, A wing was installed (also, look at the above photo for more 2017 rules changes)
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  6. It's pretty awesome that 2 guys that have been very successful running E30's are so willing to share their knowledge, experience and advice with others. As opposed to the Rules Lawyers we have out there that are afraid to put an open Tech sheet on their windshield.
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  9. Well that was a fun day. Kinda surreal in the morning with so few teams there compared to the fall event. Everything felt more relaxed and laid back. We had a perfect run so to speak, caught the FCY at the 2 hour mark and also at the 6 hour mark perfectly for us to gain some of the laps we did on the field. Never had a problem on track other than worrying about running out of fuel, and the gas pedal falling off with Philippe in the car during the 4th stint. Really hard to heal toe without it I'm a telling ya ! Sad to see, and also was happy to see the faster cars having problems, any of the front runners could have won that day. Team Infiniti just gutted us when they went down, they never break to the point where they can't ever get back on track. We just didn't have problems and stayed out there plugging away, basically the name of the game in endurance racing I guess. Got to be in it to win it. And honestly I don't know how the heck we ended up so many laps ahead. My stint was weird for me ! ( see post above ^ ) As I didn't have to do anything other than just tool around the last 2 hours and stay out of trouble. Kinda really out of my norm with the way I drive but it was big picture racing by then, and the picture was easy to see. KSR was flyin in the dark and went by me twice in the last 2 hours. Insane speed out of that car at times ! Bill Strong gets the most passed car award for the day with the Opel, saw him about every 3 laps. Everyone played nice and we had a great time, We love Sebring and it been a kind track to us for the most part. Thanks to ChumpCar for another great event, Mike and Andrea, Al, Dan, Phil and everyone, appreciate what you do to give us the chance to race. And we had free DONUTS too ! Thanks to all, gonna be a great 2017 !!!
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  10. I recently sold off some parts that we can't use. The buyer for the latest part came by and we were chatting about racing: Him: I race circle track but have been reading up on ChumpCar. Me: I race ChumpCar, anything I can tell you? Him: I have been thinking about a Mustang, there is this one that comes up north to Castrol and kicks a$$. The Edmonton guys are PO'd and thinking about what to build to beat them. Me: That is us, that is my team... Funny moment.
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  12. Hi folks, here to wish you a very Merry Christmas to you and your families and deliver the present of a 2017 ChumpCar Canada Schedule. I met with Sal and Wendy on Friday, and here I am delivering the schedule. All dates while are as close to being written in stone as possible are still tentative until all the contracts are signed and exact formats will be announced when everything is official. They apologize with the delay in getting in published but they were hoping to have more locked down by now. Jul 1-2 Mosport (CTMP) - Double 8 Aug 5-6 Castrol - Double 12 Sep 30 - Oct 1 Calabogie (CMP) - Double 8 *Chumpionship - Park Ferme* Hopeful Additions to the schedule, that are yet to be confirmed but will be announced if and once dates are available: Quebec event in May or June AMP in August *Area 27 is still figuring out if they're going to welcome endurance racing in 2017, but you will be the first to know if Chump gets a date. If you have any questions, I'll do my best to get them answered.
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  13. I heard the RS4s are not going to be any good. Don't bother buying them
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  14. This was a great ChumpCar weekend for my entire family. I hope that it was a success for Chumpcar that it can remain a regular fixture on the race calendar. If so, then it will become our new family tradition; New Year's Eve, Sebring, Chateau Elan, Chumpcar. Having the race end at 6:30pm was perfect allowing for load out and getting cleaned up for the nighttime festivities. As an old Camel GT fan, I enjoy a weekend of ChumpCar even though I am not a driver. The level of competition is becoming seriously good and the quality of the front running teams is better then many of the pro teams we have encountered. [more expensive toys and some of the drivers are faster being the only differences] It is hard to believe that the times have dropped like they have as teams and drivers have improved; yet, the overall costs has remained very low. That it is being done in twenty year old cars on street tires is amazing. I would like to give special props to Elon and Jessica Goran of E racing. What a great experience they provide. The effort put in to competing in and completing the race is commendable. Even though the tranny let go, the swap was made and the drivers got their stints in. Their hospitality is unmatched and the food is excellent. I am sure they will soon be a consistent front running team. KSR continues to amaze and impress me. But their high level of performance is nothing new, nor a surprise to anyone. What should be noted is Kevin's ability as a driver. He could very easily hold his own on most any pro series in the US. If he never drove his cars but just had gentlemen drivers, then his z car would probably still be in group c. Congratulations to Jackie Ickx Racing. What a great team to follow. I follow several teams on Race Monitor and they are one. Always in the mix, always sportsmen, always friendly. That and I was a Jackie Ickx fan; and my favorite car was the 935. Good Show ,Gentlemen! Thanks again ChumpCar. I hope this is on the schedule again next year.
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  15. I actually found it last night during some tequila-fueled bicycle laps in T17. Flat as a pancake!
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  16. Most current race series (and historically) that specify the windshield banner... you know who gets the space? The series title sponsor! Pirelli World Challenge? Continental Tire? Blancpain GT? Ummm, Nationwide? Yeah, those guys. This shouldn't be such a shock...
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  17. Obviously the owner had an idea and knew when the time was ripe to bring it to fruition. These kinds of projects don't just grow on trees. Somebody will probably go ape over it.
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  18. Might be fast, looks pretty slippery ...
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  20. Spend lots of points on oiling system and skid plate. You'll need a scraper, baffle, and fill the sump one quart ABOVE the full line. You need to run just enough oil your temps don't start spiking. We run GTX 20W50 most of the time, mobil1 15W50 on a hot day or if the oil temps are expected to go above 260F. A very thick skid plate is also critical. Make sure there is no way for the drain plug to poke through, or it will get ripped off. With 15x8et25 wheels you can expect front wheel bearings to last ~100hrs, rears indefinitely. PFC08 pads will last ~25 hours in stock calipers if the rotors are well ducted. Stock replacement (ATE) rotors seem to be the best bargain for the front, last ~40 hours. Use whatever in the rear, I use $13 Chinese specials and they last forever. Expect to refresh the motor (reseal, check bearing clearances, ring end gaps, lap/regrind exh valves) every 100 hours. Exhaust valves will start to leak after ~80, will need to be re-ground every ~150. Bearings should be fine, but rings usually need to be cleaned after ~100 hours or they'll leak. Generally you can just put the whole piston and rod assembly in a 5 gallon bucket of parts dip for a day, then hose it off. Leave the rings on the piston, but take the rod bearings off. The rear main seal tends to wear into the crank badly, you'll have to move it to avoid the grove every time its replaced. You get ~4 replacements before the rear main seal face has to be refinished. Plan to inspect EVERYTHING after every race. Anything that you can put a socket on should be checked when you get to the track, the night before the race. Diff mounts, CV bolts to diff, driveshaft bolts, caliper bolts, shock bolts, steering rack, exhaust bolts (downpipe to manifold), and motor mounts are some that tend to surprise you during the race if you're not careful. If you're not using powerflex black suspension bushings, expect to to replace things frequently. Front control arm bushings wear very quickly (30 hours for stockers). Stok engine and trans mounts need to be replaced almost every race, aftermarket last much longer, but aftermarket motor mounts require subframe reinforcement. The differential bushing is generally short lived (~40 hours) unless you have delrin rear subframe bushings. No OEM bushing lasts more than 100 hours. Tie rod inners tend to fail in funny ways. Keep an eye on them, and replace yearly. Don't even think about rebuilding the trans Keep an eye on the giubo. I've never had a problem, but others have. same for the driveshaft center bearing. Make sure all 3 relays on the driver shock tower are zip tied into their sockets. Double up the zip ties. Those relays love to pop themselves out, and they drive the main harness, fuel pump, and something else important (can't remember what). Remove the ABS computer before doing ANY welding. It's unusually sensitive. Maybe I'll think of more later. Oh, use 91 octane if its chipped, 87 if not. 93 is a waste of money and has lower energy density than the lower octane fuels - M20 isn't high enough compression to take advantage of the higher octane rating. Hope that helps, feel free to PM me with questions.
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  21. Thanks to chumpcar for making all this old mans dreams come true. Congratulations to the 66 team, always fast, always clean. Funny how the winning teams always make it look so easy.
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  22. You were able to build a race car and get it to the track, but the process of applying a decal is a showstopper?
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  23. Borescope borrowed, old style brittle timing chain guides confirmed, engine stand be damned, this has to get done now! Ripping in Whats that? Oh, worse then thought, good thing this didn't go to the track. All back together Happily moving on to valvecover mode, I have a sudden oh no moment, "did I ever go back to adjust and lock down the oil pump chain guide bolts?" (2 Gold 10mm bolts about center) $5 bet with other team mate and 90min later its back together again Tomorrow, second valve cover ,rear main, flywheel and exhaust manifolds.
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  24. How is this for convincing? Stock engine + header/intake Cut stock springs Lengthened front lower control arms Bigger brakes (only recently, ran stock wheels+brakes for years) 11 Race weekends 5x 1st Place trophies (one was a sprint) 2x 2nd Place trophies (plus two sprint 2nds which get no trophy) 6x 3rd Place trophies Everyone on our team has owned 240SXs so we know them inside and out. There are better cars to start with (SC300, etc) but the 240 is a lot of fun. Don't step too far outside of what the factory was doing (suspension-wise), these cars can become a mess if you don't know what you are doing. Our car handles so nice that it is very comfortable at the limit, very easy to balance. We have really punched above our weight considering the 155hp engine, although I will admit.. the car will have a different engine before we race next. It takes a lot more work to get through traffic compared to the cars with horsepower.
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  25. People are complaining about 5 hours........I went to COTA and Laguna Seca last year and I live in NE Indiana.......
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  26. My opinion is that the moderators should delete some of the posts this 'thread'. This is BuddyHendricksMotorsports' advertisement to rent seats. The only thing that should be posted here are direct responses to the advertisement or your previous experience with BuddyHendricks. If you want to speculate about their price, do it somewhere else because it doesn't belong in this thread. If you want to complain about previous experience with other rental teams, do it somewhere else because it doesn't belong here.
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  27. PS on this note: You can make a really cheap and easy Coolant Pressure light. Yes, you read that right. This will save you when your coolant system gets a hole from that alternator belt and spits all the water out, yet the temp gauge stays in place. Take the factory oil pressure sender. It used to be on the passenger front under the AC compressor and oil filter. It triggers at 5 psi. Thread it into the block on the rear driver side, under the rearmost intake runner. From the factory, there is a nipple there that connects to the heater core. You dont need stinking heat, so you were worried about plugging that hole anyways. Now, run the single wire to the ground side of a LED. Add power and you have your coolant pressure light. Alternatively, you could wire the oil pressure sender back in just how it was done from the factory, and your clusters oil pressure light will instead be a coolant pressure light. Doesnt matter if the driver gets confused - the response is the same. FULL STOP. if you keep driving when it happens, you will toast the motor.
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  28. We (the only 944 team out there) had a great time at this race. We finished 18th, which I think is our most competitive placement yet, and its only our 4th race. We were the team to win the 'electric car' trophy. The look on my teammates faces when I came walking back with a trophy and told them what it was for was priceless. If any of you remember us from Sebring last year (which was our first race ever), our exhaust fell off when I was driving at night. The car needed a lot of work for the next race (Daytona) so we just pulled a stock exhaust from a donor car and didn't prioritize it since other things on the car were more important, but at every event we said "this thing is too quiet". It became a bit of a running joke. Anyway, since nothing broke on the porsche this race, we'll have time to actually make some fun improvements before Daytona and I'm sure the exhaust will be one of them. For this race, we ran with our new short 5th gear which most other 944 teams run, and it was a big improvement. Between experience, maybe a little more HP due to temperature, and the short 5th, we dropped 4 seconds off of our fastest lap from running Sebring in September of this year. We're not the fastest 944 team out there but we try to make an improvement at each race. I think the goal for Daytona this year will be to add lightness.
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  29. Congrats Jacky Ickx! That race was definitely more laid back than just about any of the normal East Region races that we have run. The fewer cars on track, plus the shorter length contributed to that I suspect. our fuel consumption was waaaaayy up! I figure the colder air plus way less traffic on track contributed. We have run with PBOC a few times and have seen increased fuel consumption, even during the summer. Only difference was that our average lap times were faster. We lost the balancer on our car with a little over 3 hours to go, I thought we were done because I just knew that the balancer bolt had sheared, but it didn't. Grabbed the spare parts out of the parts bin, chucked it back together and then I took the wheel, turning a new best lap for me of a 2:32.06. I felt like I was driving really well for my stint and the fewer cars on track allowed me to get some decent laps in. I thought the car could do a 2:34, but had no idea that it could go into the 2:31s like Ethan did in the last stint of the race. Now, if only we could keep up with the legal MR2 that turned a 2:29 and still run in the regular class
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  30. I think what @Ham Sammich needs is some more innovative Honda gizmos like this:
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  31. Dude...here's a simple solution that cost me like $5.00...
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  32. Working as a volunteer at pit out, it's amazing to see cars throw away wins as they fumble around in the pits. The teams at the pointy end of the stick always get to us with 10-15 seconds left on the timer and the driver looks as relaxed as they can be. It's ALWAYS the same cars/teams. With 2 hours to go at Barber ALL of the top teams came in and ran to the end. I was juggling timers with about 10 cars in line all of which had seconds to go and before the race even started I could have told you who they would be. There is a reason they are all up there contending and it isn't all driver and car. Preparation and strategy goes a long way to winning these races...
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  33. If ya wanna be passive agressive about it... We had no problems passing the beetle every 4 laps at limerock, on our way to a win, with a junkyard engine... I will check it out and at least use it to do the mid ohio race if it passed all other tests...
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  34. I have no plans for the complete good motor and trans with all sensors and ecu.... I fit the new engine and trans in the car for the first time today... steering rack clears. Swaybar clears. No crossmember oil pan issues. Shifted hole needs notched about 1.5 inches forward. The alternator will need moved or stick out of the hood by 2 inches. It should fit where the ac compressor was. Plenty of exhaust room too! It's like this swap is going to be mechanically easy. Easy to wire too once I toss all of the old rotary wiring. This thing is gonna be sweet. No weights yet....
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  35. Here is a good trick to help with the dry ice technique. Put your dry ice in a pillow case, bust it up in the smallest pieces you can, and douse the pillow case with isopropyl alcohol. By wetting the pillow case with alcohol it helps get a good heat transfer going between the dry ice and the insulation. Having the dry ice in the pillow case lets you cover the vertical spaces that are so hard to get to but it helps even on a flat floor space, and it makes the process so much more efficient that you will end up using way less dry ice in the process.
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  36. I took the time today to updated the Chumpcar entry in Wikipedia. I added the 2017 schedule (formerly it was the 2015 one!), and put in some stuff about the new CEO, updated the "mission statement", updated about the split of the Canadian organization, and maybe a couple other minor things. Let me know if I missed anything. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChumpCar
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  37. My team generally jokes/cajoles/insults each other about mistakes/spins/off track excursions. This seems to give some incentive to not do it again. Example: Remember that time at the Vegas Chumpionship where we were just about to take the race lead then I get the call: Driver: I went off the track. Pit: Well get back on and keep going we were almost in the lead. Driver: I can't, I'm stuck between the fence and the tires. Pit: What tires? This place is wide open, there is nothing to hit here. Driver: Nevermind, just go make sure safety is on their way to get me out. Safety shows up on scene and their first question is, how did you end up over here? I don't think we can get you out and I doubt anyone will hit your car way over here and the race is almost over. Driver: Nevermind how it happened, just hook on and pull me out. They pulled him out and he rejoined the race. I think we finished fifth. We should have won, this comes up occasionally.
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  39. So thinking about this a little more and the fact that the mains are oiled from the upper half of the saddle, that makes perfect sense. Load pushes the crank down a little, clearance opens up, pressure drops. No load & high vacuum the crank is centered (or even pulled up slightly?), clearance drops, pressure rises. Very good, I looked all over trying to find an accurate explanation of what was actually going on. All my engine builder said was "don't worry about it."
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  40. Yeah I know it was Randy driving, shows the true potential of the car, and any other car that he gets into, lol. What we need to do is have a test day and have him drive every car in the paddock, then do the math and setup the points based on that
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  41. I haven't had time to dig through them all yet... but came across this gem already.
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  42. Every chumpcar race I attended last year could have been won by a basic non swapped E30 with a good driver lineup and strategy. I doubt 2017 will be much different.
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  43. It's a new game now, Bob. 1. Search through the swap formula VPI form to find a car that has a high Edmunds curb weight (typically a model that comes fully loaded) and a low VPI 2. Run the hp swap numbers until you find the tipping point (80-90 pts max) 3. Find an engine that is underrated and undercammed from the factory 4. Find the lowest rating for your selected engine (ie, 3400 LA1 engine is rated at 185 hp in minivans but only 170 hp in Grand Ams; same engine, different cold air intake and exhaust system) 5. Redo your swap numbers with the lowest number, should now have room for a few engine mod points 6. Strip the car down to 80% or less than the Edmunds curb weight. 7. Use the free engine mods plus headers and cam (+75 pts) 8. Show up and race with a legal 10:1 or better PWR
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  45. Duralast is crap, Moog is the place to be. Also Stop shopping @ autozone.
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  46. ... because you don't need them. Sorry, couldn't resist.
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  47. Honestly, it was the cleanest race all around from EVERYONE!!! at one point we had a VERY rookie driver out on track running 3 minute lap times. They held their line, and all the others did what they were supposed to do, passed cleanly and a GREAT time was had by all I believe! I am so proud of our Chumps! All weekend there was only contact twice and absolutely just racing incidents with no major damage. As for the Bandits car, LOOK OUT!!!! Those boys are coming back with a new transmission and they are going to be running to the front!
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  48. Check yeah check I know I'm a dinosaur, My wife hands me this little plastic card thingy to fill her gas tank and I'm like now what tha heck do I do with this ,you slide it in the slot thing there OK now it says I need a pin where is an ink pen no no no a pin number you azz .. flip it I just go in and pay cash the same way I have for over 40 years .. you kids can keep your plastic I'm a paper man ..
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  50. Now you know how we feel when the mr2 goes by. Happy new year everyone. Hillbilly Racing
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