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  1. ChumpCar Teams... Its time to save money! 1st- Big thank you to the teams that won complete Sampson Racing Radio Systems last year for your kind words and support. 2nd - This year as your Racing Radio Sponsor, Sampson is offering all the ChumpCar Teams in good standing a 15% discount on any racing radio communications products we offer. Best part is that the 15% discount works for items regardless if they are on sale or not! So you could have up to a 30-50% discount if they are on sale! Example: A complete 5 Watt System for 1 driver, car and 1 crew is ONLY $408 Use Discount Code on Shopping Cart : Chump15 Cheers, Shawn Sampson
  2. ****YES THIS IS LONG, READ IT ALL ANYWAYS. IT WILL PROBABLY ANSWER 90% OF YOUR QUESTIONS!!!!!**** I would like to say I did not write all of this. Some of it is borrowed from "Erik the Awful" over on the Lemons forums. It is a well written write up and I have taken the liberty of changing a fair amount of things to apply a to ChumpCar. So let us begin. Thanks to Bruce, for the idea. Also I'm a Canadian, so it colours my spelling. How to be a Chump There are two ways to go ChumpCar racing: Arrive & Drive or Organize a Team. Arrive & Drive: The simplest is to Arrive & Drive with an existing team. Typically a team will ask you to fork over about $900 (give or take a couple hundred), bring your own gear, not wad up the car, and not act like a douche bag. In exchange, they promise a spot on their team, and promise to bring a car, but they don't guarantee the car will run the entire race. This arrangement is the easiest way to race, but there is a lot of risk in dealing with an unknown car and unknown personalities, and you may have trouble finding a team willing to take on an unproven driver. If you go this route, do your best to be a contributing teammate and not a primadonna. In this crowd keeping a good reputation is important. If you work out well for the team, they might make room to invite you back or recommend you to another team if they don't have room. If you act like a jerk, expect other teams to know it. Also, ask ahead of time what is expected of you. You don't want to show up late on Friday to learn they expected you to go through the tech inspection with them. Some teams also show up to race with unfinished cars, expecting their paying drivers to help finish the car. To most Arrive and Drive people this is unacceptable, make sure you know what you are getting into. It is highly recommended to Arrive & Drive with an existing team once before you try and organize your own team. Organizing a Team: Organizing a Team is expensive. Expect the complete team costs to run about $5000, or about $1000 per driver AFTER personal safety equipment (with a higher driver count). It is possible to come out a little lower, but not by much without compromising safety. Make sure your drivers know that they are NOT going to spend $500 split 4 ways. Prepare them for $1000-2000 EACH for their first ChumpCar race on a newly-built car. If you have safety gear already this may actually be as low as $700-1200/ea depending on what had to be done to the vehicle. Organizing a Team is a pain in the donkey (this cannot be emphasized enough). Expect at least half your teammates to drop out due to money or time conflicts. Expect personality conflicts. Expect spousal disapproval. Expect time crunches. Expect tow vehicle failure. Expect lack of attendance for car-work-days. If you still want to go this route, here's our advice, learned the hard way. Organization: The best way to manage expectations is to draw up a rules contract and make sure everyone signs and reads it. Once everyone is recruited, start making lists. You'll need a list of who's in charge of what part of preparation. You'll need a list of what needs fixing on the car with check boxes that you can initial off as each repair is done. You'll need a list of what parts and gear is needed and what has been bought. You'll need a spreadsheet of who's paid up. Most importantly you'll need a packing list for the race. The team captain pretty much ends up responsible for taking up the slack when it comes to funds. Get your teammates to pay up front. Getting them to pay up after the race is over doesn't work. If your team is short on drivers, don't settle for lousy teammates just because you can't find anyone else to be on your team. The corollary to this is "don't be a crappy teammate", especially if you're having trouble paying your share. Do your best to keep from putting the team captain in a bad position. If necessary you can sell your plasma for up to $300 a month. Arrive early on Friday so you can help get the pit area set up and help get the car through tech. If you can't find enough good drivers, forget building a car and Arrive & Drive. If you've built a car and your team bails, ask if there's a team that doesn't have their car finished that would be willing to pay to drive it. I would shoot for $1000 + a $1000 deposit for a decently sorted car, less for something you'll finish building at the track or something slow, more for a top-contender. Set an early due-date for fees. If your drivers are hesitant, you don't want to commit by paying for the race and then have them back out. Know before the due-date if they really are committed. If they aren't you will still have time to shop around for more teammates. Here's an excerpt from our new team rules designed around alleviating such stresses. Race Fees Each driver shall be responsible for one driver's share of the team fee, one driver's fee, paying their annual competition license (membership fee), one driver's share of the transponder rental, and, if camping, one camper's share of the camping fee (this largely depends on the track rules and set up). Each crew member shall be responsible for one membership fee. If he is camping, he is responsible for one camper's share of the camping fee as mentioned above. Drivers who have been notified they are on the team must pay a deposit of one-half their fees at least one week before the entry deadline. If they fail to pay up by that time, their position will be opened up to other drivers, to possibly include asking for drivers on the ChumpCar Forum. Their full-due date is on the entry deadline. If there are not at least four paying drivers by the entry deadline, [the team] will not compete in that race. If it's coming down to the last day to enter a race and it doesn't look like the car's going to be ready, consider your team. Would they be willing to show up with an unfinished car and complete it at the track, possibly missing track time, or would they rather pack it in and go for a later race? How much more work does your car still need? Paying for the event and then missing it really sucks. Car Selection: Pick one that's small and lightweight, made by a ubiquitous manufacturer, related to a performance model, and has a common wheel bolt pattern. Parts for cars made by rare manufacturers are expensive. Heavy cars are slower and burn through brakes, tires, and gas. Performance tires in less than 17" diameter are difficult to find and most older cars run 15" wheels, so having a common bolt pattern makes your wheel and tire selection much easier. An obvious choice for a ChumpCar would be a Ford Mustang, which had many parts that interchanged with the Fox Body platform. Ford Fairmonts and Futuras interchange well with Mustangs, but they're not lightweight. Honda Civics, are a dime a dozen and engine and drive train components can be used through different model years. Mazda GLCs/323s can accept some RX-7 parts, but be aware that early RX-7s have a rare bolt pattern and some people consider rotaries to be unreliable and difficult to work on. Also consider Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Supra, Ford Escort, Ford Focus, Mazda Miata, Chevy Camaro/Pontiac Firebird, Dodge Neon, Lexus SC300, etc. Manual vs. automatic transmission doesn't really matter. Manuals blow clutches, automatics fail if you don't keep them cool (and then sometimes just fail anyways). If you don't mind replacing a clutch in the middle of the race, go manual. Just be sure to bring spare clutches and pressure plates and make sure all your drivers know how to drive it before the race. If you go with an automatic, convert your A/C condenser into a super-sized transmission cooler. It's as easy as using a tubing cutter to cut off the A/C fittings and soldering some fuel tubing into the larger line. Use a propane torch and lead solder, not electrical solder. Car Prep: When prepping the car, start early! Prepping a car will take longer than you think, even if you just gut and cage a car. If you buy a car cheap, it's probably going to need a lot of repairs. Reliability is everything. Forget hot-rodding the car, focus on bullet-proofing everything. Visit websites and forums for the car you're racing and see what the common problems are so you can engineer fixes for those systems. Ask racers you know for advice on setting the car up. Ask if they've been to the track where you're racing and what to expect. You can get a big step up on your competition just by knowing what you'll be facing. Geographical separation can make car prep a real pain. If your teammates are neighbors it's easier to get everyone together for work days, but if your teammates are half an hour away, expect some difficulty. If you can talk your wife into watching a couple of extra kids while you and your teammates are slaving away in the garage, you might get more participation. The cooling system is the most important system on the car in an endurance race. Replace hoses and double-clamp them. Spring clamps from Japanese cars are great and cheap from your local Pull-A-Part. If your cooling system is barely big enough, put a second radiator on your roof. Spend money on brakes. You'll want calipers that work properly, good rotors that aren't under spec, and race pads that won't melt under heavy braking. Run the best cheap tire you can. If you can get Dunlop Direzza Star Specs or Falken Azenis, then do it. If your wheels require a size that isn't available in those tires, find something cheap and soft that's as wide as you can get. Everyone has to pass the Tech Inspection, and you can't pass Tech if you don't know the rules. Download the rules, read the rules, follow the rules during your build, and you will have a much better chance of passing the Tech Inspection. Count on misinterpreting something and having to go out and buy parts at 4pm Friday afternoon. To minimize your chances of failing tech, print off the Official ChumpCar Tech Inspection checklist and use it on your car. Then print off a few nice, clean copies to take to the race. They usually have some at the tech shed, but you need to have them filled out before you get to tech and it's a pain having to walk across the paddock and back for a sheet of paper you could have printed off at home. Test your battery shutoff switch a week before the race. Most first-time builders get it wrong, even when they know what they're doing. If you have to run 6 feet of 4 gauge cable across your engine bay, you'll want it done in advance instead of running to a parts store Saturday morning while everybody is already circling the track waiting for the green flag to drop. If you're actually worried about Penalty laps, bring the proper documentation per the rules. 10 Ads for your specific make and model of engine swap, transmission swap, or differential swap. Ads for any assembly that's home made, or needs to comply with a 2X rule, such as brakes or shocks. A couple weeks out from the race you need to get some track time with your car. Auto-crosses aren't quite endurance enough for a full shake-down, but they'll show you any glaring errors. This is also a good opportunity to try putting your car on and off the trailer. You don't want to be loading up at home on the morning of tech inspections and find out your car is too low. Check all the trailer tires for tread depth, bubbles in the sidewall, tread separation, and proper pressure. Pop off the wheel bearing caps to see what the condition inside is. Check all the wiring to make sure it's working and that it's not exposed to road debris. Make sure the ball socket works as it should. These are also good opportunities for driver training and seeing just how bad/good your teammates skills are. Safety: For the love of god, DON'T SKIMP ON SAFETY. The last thing you want to do is explain to a teammate's spouse that they died because you went cheap on the safety equipment. Don't underestimate the power of Mom when it comes to buying safety gear. I'm not saying mooch off your parents, but when my mother heard I was going to a ChumpCar race, she made a monetary safety equipment donation that allowed me to upgrade from a foam collar to a Hans. My recommendation is to get the 3.2A/5 suit, share a Hans with the team, and use DOM tubing for your cage. If you're racing in hot weather, a Cool Suit IS safety gear. On a 100 degree day most racers with neck donuts and no Cool Suit start making bad decisions after 15 minutes. With a Cool Suit you can run comfortably for about 45 minutes. Build your own cooler/bilge pump contraption or buy a used one from a medical supply store. Make your own Cool Shirts with cotton t-shirts and surgical tubing. Theme: Not a requirement for ChumpCar but it certainly ads a little flair to a team. Teamwork: Lead by example. If you're the team captain, be willing to go it alone if need be. You'll need that level of commitment to get it done in light of the usual obstacles, and the team needs to know that you'd push it through on your own and even drive alone if needed. Your teammates' level of commitment will be in proportion to, but never greater than, yours. That said, you'll still need to push them to hold up their end. Setting up and teaching by yourself on Friday can be a real pain, and the Officials will wonder what's up with your theme if you're the only team member there. Keeping your team involved is important. If your team loses interest you become a one-man arrive and drive shop, which is an incredible amount of work. Assume your teammates are more talented and experienced than you, and let them express that talent by giving them room to create and improvise. Any time you describe their work be generous with praise and credit, but not so generous that they get a big head and start demanding a pay check or threaten to go off and join Eyesore. If the car is street able and you can afford to insure it, drive the car around town so that their work is seen. Put their names on the car. Let them take the car out to track days, auto-crosses, or let them take it on dates after you've cleaned out the dead rats and turds. If nothing else they will have more seat time to get comfortable with the car. Hold social activities with your team. Team meetings can be held at a restaurant over enchilada dinners and Dos Equis, or at the home of whichever team member has a pool. Have an organized agenda of the various points you need to discuss, take notes, and keep focused on answering the questions. Once the agenda is covered, loosen up and brainstorm fun ideas, theme-related jokes, and costume ideas. Get all of your teammates' and prospective teammates' email addresses. At least once a week send out an informative email on your race preparations, even if nothing's been done since last week. Try to communicate every week! Don't put up with flaky teammates, and don't think that they'll get better on their own. They won't. Make sure your teammates have a sense of humor and know that ChumpCar is the place to let it show. Don't be an donkey-hole to other teams, who knows they may have some parts that could put you back on the track. Make some team memorabilia, such as team membership cards, t-shirts, framed team photos, photo CDs, DVDs of the race video, calendars with half-naked women (or men) posing with your car. When it comes to working on the car don't let team members confuse input with ownership. Only the car owner should pay for any part that goes on the car, and only the garage owner should pay for any tool you need. It is a very wise idea to have a set amount up front that everyone will pitch in on the car with the car owner actually doing the ordering and paying. If you go over the amount, the car owner takes up the slack, which is why he has the final say-so on what work gets done on the car. Learn to delegate. You can't be the whole team by yourself unless your name is Spank. Lean on your teammates. Break everything down into tasks they can help with. One of the rules of leadership is that you only put one person in charge of a task. If you put two people in charge each will think the other has it covered. For instance, put one person in charge of getting the theme work done. They have every right to ask others to help, but they are responsible for making sure it gets done. Who are you going to put in charge of your theme? The most artistic person who is the least mechanically inclined. Put one person in charge of researching what wheel/tire combo will fit on your car and finding the least expensive, lightest, most sticky solution. If you have a cage builder, put that one person in charge of getting the cage built. If you don't have a cage builder, put your most reliable person in charge of getting the cage done - the cage is going to be the biggest part of the build. Going to the race: Remember that packing list I mentioned earlier? Put it in action! Pack an extra copy of the packing list to use on the way home. Get plastic tubs that you can zip-tie the lids shut. Pack spare coolant hoses, fuel hoses, any spare brake parts you can find, belts, a spare set of tires, and most importantly, any tech data you can get your hands on. Even if you have a thorough knowledge of your car, it's wise to have a good manual on hand. You never know what you'll forget in the heat of the moment. Pack all the spare parts you might need for your car. If you have spare room in your tow rig and you have any really common parts laying around (spare Holley 4 barrel, generic fuel pump, gasket material) strongly consider bringing them as barter material. You'd be surprised how many teams run around looking for spare battery cables when their cut-off switches fail tech. Plan out meals and lodging in advance. Stopping by the local Wal-Mart on Friday morning with a fuzzy idea of buying a tent and some food doesn't count as planning. Simple planning is 1 package of Pop-Tarts, 2 sub sandwiches, 4 waters, and 2 Gatorades per person per day. Pack a small grill, plenty of grilling food, and an ice chest full of beer for dinner. Know where everyone is staying before you leave for the race, and make sure everyone has everyone else's phone number. Water is under rated. Bring as much as you can. If it is a hot weekend you will be surprised at how much you will drink, and how quickly you can become dehydrated. Finding that out halfway through a 2 hour driving shift is not good. If at all possible, caravan. Nothing sucks worse on a 6 hour tow than breaking down 5 hours away from the track while your teammates are pulling into the paddock. If you have a second vehicle available that is capable of towing the trailer, seriously consider bringing it in case the primary vehicle fails. At the race: What to expect (and do) for Tech Inspection, Registration and Gear Check at your first ChumpCar event: For racers and race teams new to the ChumpCar World Series, the process of getting through technical inspection, registration, gear inspection and driver’s school may seem a bit foreign. ChumpCar’s process is atypical (some say back-asswards), as compared to the SCCA, NASA or some other race orgs. Why? Because we’re trying to save you time and money, and we’re trying to save you from having to undergo repeated hassles from well-intentioned race officials… who (although doing their best, they still get stressed out once and a while) really do want to make your experience at the track, and theirs, more enjoyable. First and foremost, read ChumpCar’s rules. Then, read them again and, this time, apply a highlighter felt pen to every section that you either have questions about or that you feel might be a concern (based on the car you have chosen to run or the modifications that you want to make when building the car). Most questions can be answered by going to the ChumpCar World Series “Forum†and posting your questions to the membership. They’ve “been there and done that†and provide some reasonable answers. Also, send an e-mail to your Regional Director and ask him/her for the official response. Next, read and re-read the Supplemental Rules for every event that you enter. Print out copies of the race schedule and understand the specific rules as they apply to the various race tracks. Some tracks allow outside fuel to be brought in; some don’t. Some events will have safety breaks; some won’t. Every event is different and it’s YOUR responsibility to know what, where and when. Also, develop a check-list – documents and log-book, equipment, tools, spare parts, driver gear, personal needs, etc. On that check-list, you should have two line items that say, “(1) Print out all tech forms and bring all documents; (2) Research local junkyards and auto parts stores.†Have all of your documents, log-book, vehicle notebook, tech and registration forms printed and filled-out before you reach the track. And, call ahead and see what yards and stores carry parts for your 1983 Yugo, so you’ll know who to call and where to go when you need parts. Okay, so you’re packed up and at the front gate of the track. It’s 12:00 noon on Friday and they just opened the gate for teams to access the paddock. Here’s what you’ll do to get started: · Sign the gate waiver. Everybody has to sign. · Drive into the paddock at 15mph (don’t get thrown out of the track before you even get inside) and find a paddock spot. Allow room for you to unload the car but don’t hog-up space. There will be lots of other teams joining you. · Unload the car and immediately get the car in-line for Technical Inspection. Yes, ChumpCar does tech inspection FIRST, not registration. Why? Because if the car doesn’t pass tech, then the rest of the process is worthless. That’s a waste of your time and ours. Also, if the car doesn’t pass tech, you’ll need all the time you can get to take the car back to the paddock and repair the issues. Don’t waste that precious hour doing registration and gear inspection – get the car right. · At tech, have your tech forms and any necessary value documents ready and in-order. Have one (1) person be the team’s spokesperson – not 5 people giving 5 different answers to the tech inspector’s questions. Once you’ve passed tech inspection, you’ll be handed your tech sheet with your penalty lap assessment (if applicable). The tech inspector may also make some notes in your vehicle log book. While the team is pushing the car back to the paddock, the Team Captain or team representative should take the tech sheet to registration. · At registration, the Team Captain/team representative will provide the registrar the tech sheet. The registrar will pull your team’s entry file. If you have any driver changes to make, add a crew member, or owe a balance on the entry fee, all of that will be addressed right there. However, if your team roster has dramatically changed or if your team roster was never filled-out (on-line, as it should have been), you will be instructed to take a printed entry form, get out of the registration line, go fill-out the form, and then get back in line (at the back!). · If you need to buy a log book or tech stickers, buy a competition license, etc., all of that can be handled at registration. A log-book is required for every car. Typically, a log book will last 1-2 years. A competition license is required of every driver and must be renewed annually. Yes, there will be certain things that you’ll need to buy at registration if this is your first event, so be prepared for it. We’re not sucking every last dime out of you... most of these are once-a-year purchases. · If your team is renting a transponder from ChumpCar for the event, that will also be handled at registration. Hopefully, you reserved one and pre-paid for it with your on-line entry form. If not, pay for one at registration. · Once you’ve completed registration, you’ll be handed a Team Packet. Inside you’ll find all of your driver and crew wristbands, any vehicle pass stickers (some events limit the number of support vehicles allowed in the paddock), and any last minute schedule or event rules changes. Read everything carefully and hand out all of your team’s wristbands… or no one will be allowed in Saturday morning! · Okay, so you’ve gotten the car through tech and you’ve registered. You team has their wristbands. Now grab your driver’s gear and head to Gear Inspection (either individually or as a team). ChumpCar officials will inspect each driver’s suit, helmet, neck support device and support gear. Once approved, ChumpCar will place a decal on your helmet, allowing you access onto the track. If we don’t see the right decal on your helmet for that year, you will be stopped at Pit-Out and not allowed on-track. · Finally, if you’re totally new to road racing or it’s been a while since you raced (and you’ve been asked to take a refresher course), ask the kind and friendly folks at registration where the Driver’s School will be held. The time of the 1-hour class will be noted in the Supplemental Rules but you can always ask to double-check. Get to the classroom area at least 5 minutes early. Late arrivals are usually assessed a penalty of a case of Guinness. Miss the class and you may be restricted from racing. That’s it. That’s the entire front-end process. Tech, registration gear check and driver’s school… in that order. Now it’s time to get your head screwed-on straight and ready for some great racing. During the event: Treat the Officials with respect. They're putting their time and effort into making the event fun for everyone, and getting upset at them will never help your case. If you're involved in an on-track incident (or even an off-track incident), start by admitting your guilt. If you're not guilty, stop, reassess and figure out what you MIGHT be guilty of. Just because you don't agree with a call doesn't mean it isn't the right call. Repairs go faster when everybody is working what angle they can towards getting the car back on the track. If your pads need replacing but everyone is trying to cram into the engine bay to work on a water leak, grab the guy who's least needed under the hood who's also competent enough to slap pads and put him to work there. Need a tool? Grab the guy who's watching everything with a lost expression and send him on the mission. This goes doubly for pit-stops. Practice your pit stops before hand so that everyone knows how to do it. Running around like a bunch of headless chickens trying to get the car back on the track will raise tempers. Having a dedicated non-driving crew chief makes pit stops and repairs quicker. Give that person a numbered checklist of things to check before the car leaves the pits, like tire pressures, Cool Suit on, etc. Have them memorize it. Have them memorize the procedures for refueling, then have them stand back and supervise your drivers during the refueling process. Somebody screwing around with the car while they drivers are refueling? The crew chief should be chewing some tail. When repairs are going on, the crew chief should keep his hands clean and direct others in performing the tasks they're good at that will get the car back on the track the fastest. If it's your first race and you're in it to win it, good for you, but you better make sure your car is well sorted and you know how to drive well. If you have a couple of races under your belt, have a well sorted car, a set of good drivers, and have your pitstops well-orchestrated, then try and win it. Otherwise just turn laps and have a good time! Make sure your drivers understand it's an endurance race and not a sprint. Nothing sucks more than having a 50th place driver blow the motor trying to win it all in his stint. And I'd call that a lunch hour well spent. If someone wants to post up a checklist to use, or even as a general guideline that would be very helpful. For your regional info: With the creation of the new regional management teams, we're now able to provide more and better resources to answer your rules, vehicle, event and other ChumpCar-related questions, with faster response times. So, depending on what region you live in, save the appropriate e-mail address for ALL of your ChumpCar questions: infoeast@chumpcar.com infocentral@chumpcar.com infowest@chumpcar.com Updated: Checklist is now attached. This is merely a guideline and you will probably have things you want to add or remove from it. Available through the link below. ChumpcarChecklist.pdf
  3. So we were going over some video from last year and one of our drives remembered an odd crash that happened in front of him. We found the incident. It is in this video, about 30 seconds, first at real speed and then at 1/2 speed. White Miata (looks like 968) appears to rear end the black Miata (cannot make out the number) which then spins, perhaps hitting the inside wall, as the black car's front end comes around, it punts the white Miata into the air, which is narrowly missed by Flying Tigers Racing driver Andy Maiers, who was hard on the binders, and then slams down to the pavement before spinning into the outside wall. I hope nobody was hurt in this incident, because every time I look at it I get a good laugh.
  4. SAMPSON Racing Radios will be on-hand this coming weekend with a full vendor trailer to offer product and full tech support starting Friday AM. Eddie, our head tech will be located next to the tech area. Look for the SRC flags mounted on the vendor trailer. Make sure to stop by and say hi. If you have any radio questions or need some tech support he is a good guy to know Looking forward to a great event! Cheers, Shawn Sampson
  5. Las Vegas "NOT as Hot 13"

    I know it is early to start this post but guys, if you haven't done this race, you are MISSING OUT!!! The Roval, at night in Sin City!!! It is FAST, FUN and actually great for all speed cars. I have had low HP guys say "I'm not fast enough" but they are the ones that keep winning. Trust me guys, if you haven't run on a high bank track, you are missing out and this is your one chance this year in the West region. The complaint was "VEGAS in August, ARE YOU CRAZY!!!" Well, I have moved it to May so that excuse is OUT THE WINDOW!!! So, ask your questions and I am sure your fellow chumps that have raced here will tell you ALL about it!!! Come to Vegas and Live the ChumpLife at the "NOT as hot 13" May 13th and 14th. REGISTER TODAY!!! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call or text me at 702.403.6443
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  7. I am new to this whole cheap...ish...racing thing and am looking into both ChumpCar World Series and LeMons racing, but I live in AZ, and most my friends that are willing to drive and join my team still live in CA and I travel for work (Construction), so it makes it hard for everyone to get a decent amount of seat time in the race car, and deciding on a central race to ease traveling costs on everyone also seems like it will be a hassle... so I was wondering are there any race clubs or series that are on the cheaper side like ChumpCar and LeMons that are not endurance races? that a solo or two driver teams can do? any cheap car rally cross or rally series? I am hooked on this ChumpCar World Series but not so sure my mates are and I would like to get all in on racing. Thank you for taking the time to read this post and for any and all advice given. Ronnie
  8. Hey everyone I'm Ron, I just found out about this thing called ChumpCar and LeMons racing 2 days ago, at age 35 and loving to drive cars fast you would think I would have found this by now but you know... Anyways I am looking to get my first Chumper and start building her up in hopes to spin her tires around the track for the first time in 2018 (Is a year - year and a half reasonable for a first time build?) I am on here today asking for advice on what is a good car to start with, though I know many have their own personal preferences on make and models, or engine size and weight, I am looking to get a more overall picture of what cars are easy to work on and build. Honda civics are a dime a dozen with an endless about of parts and after market upgrades and they are pretty easy to work on, but is it better to go for one that runs good from the start with a higher liter engine staring me at a higher VPI like a Ford Mustang needing little to no upgrades, or a car that runs good but has a small liter engine starting me with a lower VPI, leaving room for more up grades like a Toyota Tercel? As far as the build itself goes, I went school for a general bumper to bumper exp. we worked on everything except transmissions (Though it was the biggest section in the 600+ page curriculum), I tore 4 cylinder/ V-6/ V-8 engines down as far as possible and put them completely back together every day for a good month (The engines never got started so I am a little nervous about timing belts/ chains) we studied and removed and replace everything (Non- Body) on the cars from tires to ball joints, drum and disk breaks, tie rods, shocks, struts, coil overs, you name it. After I graduated, I worked at a Midas in Santa Clarita, California for a couple years where again I did so much more than just oil changes, tires and alignments, I replaced more valve covers and oil pans than I can counts, I have spent more time upside down in the driver seat of a car chasing electrical issues and brake switches, I have dropped a number of transmissions (Midas shipped them to trans shops to be re-built) and I have continued to work on my cars and trucks even after I left Midas. so overall I feel confidant to build my first Chumper myself and with the help of my gear head friends, and the few things I can't do I will take to a shop if they need to be fixed like a transmission. ok enough rambling from me below are some questions I have after looking into this for only two days, I want to thank everyone for taking the time to read this, and for any help that is offered up, I look forward to this journey and am excited about taking the first steps today. I am budgeting $5000.00 for this build (Just the build, not racing fees or gear) is that a good amount or is that too low? Once I have a car, what upgrades are worth spending the extra points? (exhaust, headers, ecu...) What upgrades are not worth spending points on? (adjustable coil overs, sway bars...) Do any weight reductions cost point? (I didn't see anything in section 4 of the rules about weight reduction, but i only read through it once) What are good things to remove from a car to reduce the weight? Automatic or Manuel Transmission? everyone was a first time racer, or built their first car, or put their first team together, what were the things you found difficult your first few times out? what things were simple? What things caught you off guard? Any other advice a first timer should know or consider? p.s. sorry if this is hard to read, English and Grammar were not my strong suits in school...
  9. Two car northeast team owner (Kim Jong il racing), conservative driver, 15 years racing experience. Great Mechanic (shop owner) and always willing to lend a hand, have raced honda's, bmw's, mazda's and many more. Been racing chumpcar for past 5 years. WGI is my home track. Will be at sebring even if i don't have a ride so i can do a last minute fill in if needed. Did VIR 24 and just did VIR championship as well as WGI, Mid ohio, dayton, pitt plus many HPDE as an instructor this year. Have References if needed. Hope to get behind the wheel even if just for an hour. Thanks!
  10. 2-1987 Nissan 300z's for sale. Set up specifically for Chump racing and has won many races. White one has new engine, and the Red one has blown head gasket. Lots of extra parts that come with it! 2 sets of wheels and tires 2 transmissions drive shaft brand new radiator throttle body carbotech brake pads Alternator clutch fan and fan blade brake booster cv axle Flywheel two rack and pinion Two valve covers Water pump 4 boxes of small miscellaneous parts/hoses, etc. Low price of $6800.00 for both. Please email for more details or questions. Stefgulley@yahoo.com
  11. All you e30 owners out there. Now that brake ducting is free, you can take advantage of our stainless steel brake backing plates. We originally developed them for the Spec e30 class for nasa. Condor Speed Shop's Stainless Steel E30 Brake Cooling Backing plates will simplify your race car build. They easily bolt in place of the stock brake dust shield. Pair them up with 3" silicone ducting and they will route cool air from the front of the car into the center of the rotors. 10% off for all Chumps on our Brake Backing Plates when you use CHUMPE30 http://www.condorspeedshop.com/collections/e30-parts/products/e30-stainless-steel-brake-backing-plates
  12. Hello Everyone, I am starting this thread so that we can discuss and shares ideas, events, etc. to help us all support OUR SERIES. At Calabogie, Wendy told us all that our series was in need of further support and that we had lost money at Mosport and that the July Long Weekend was in danger of being cancelled. We all have a great deal of time, effort and expense invested in our cars and in our teams and would all like to continue racing with this great group in this fantastic series. We all really need to step up to the plate. If we can't make a race, I get it....I can't make all the races this year either....But lets spread the word about CHUMPCAR CANADA and what we are doing. I have contacted our local newspaper and they will be doing an interest story now on CHUMPCAR racing. My hope is that EVERYONE considers doing the same within the context of their own cities and towns etc. The purpose of course, is to generate interest and to be a local resource for anyone considering starting a team. We need to spread the word and to grow the series to the point of guaranteed sustainability. If anyone has any other ideas about how we, can promote OUR SERIES, please post them here and lets pull together to ensure our future as chumps...... Cheers Mark Team Tailwind Nissan
  13. Hey guys, I live in Baton Rouge Louisiana and i am looking for an engine supplier for an 1987 BMW 325. Will appreciated any help or references I could contact in any state :).
  14. July Ridge race NOW Double 8!!!

    Okay guys and gals, after our recent race at the Ridge, extra track time there would be AWESOME so we have decided to make it a double 8 race!!!! Same price just MORE track time! I truly enjoyed the May event and the track is AWESOME!!! Please sign up today and be ready for some action and don't forget to bring your friends and family as we WILL be bringing THE CHUMPMASTER!!!! that's right, many of you have experienced it and it is coming with us in July!!! She will be equipped with 3 extra seats and we will be taking her on the LIVE track while the race is going on!!! See you there!!! If you have any questions please call or text Bill Guzenski at 702.403.6443
  15. Hello everyone and welcome to the 2016 endurance racing season! We would like to invite capable drivers to join us as we focus on our home tracks around Indiana. NCM, Mid-Ohio, Gingerman, and PittRace are all present and accounted for! We've been around for a while and know the ropes, at least we think we do. Our number 1 priority is safety, and then reliability, fun, and competition are all lumped into #2. The racing community is our family, come join us! Take a peek at our website, the schedule and current openings are located HERE. If you have any questions I can be reached through the forums, the website, or directly at thing3racing at gmail . com Justin
  16. 1991 Spec Miata that recently was converted for Chump Car racing. Newly rebuilt transmission, however it has a blown Rossini motor; This has the great Spec Miata suspension with coilovers, welded roll cage. Priced for quick sale, out of room, I assume if your on this sight you understand. Located in South Florida.Newly Rebuilt TransNew Act ClutchFully Adjustable Spec Miata suspension with adjustable end linksHard Dog roll cageAutomata Water Temp and Oil Pressure with warning LightsInnovative WidebandLight Weight ExhaustWheels in photo not included. Stock wheels providedHard Top in Photo May be Available for additional $900
  17. Tech & Registration setup in Lot A on a beautiful day March 11th... getting ready for the ChumpCar World Series race weekend at Pacific Raceways!
  18. Does anybody know anyone at Crosby Motorsports? They are an East Coast Team, but I have not seen them on an entry list lately...
  19. 1988 Honda Integra. $2000.00 Chumpcar. AIV value $425.00 Currently in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Call ahead to view car.. Has log books. Previous podium car. (Holy Rollers raceteam). JDM motor, legal cage, fire suppression system taken out. Has fuel cell. Lots of extra parts. Reason for selling. We bought another car. Steve W. call or text 414-315-7552
  20. ChampTruck and ChumpCar at PIR!

    ChampTruck and ChumpTruck Qualifying is complete on the sunny Saturday morning at PIR. ChampTruck is on grid!
  21. ChampTruckSprint1 Oct3 2015

    From the album ChampTruck & ChumpCar PIR-October 2015

    Heading out on track at PIR. ChampTrucks Saturday Race #1

    © ChumpCar World Series, photo by Sandi Gellner

  22. NW Safety PIR Oct 2015

    From the album ChampTruck & ChumpCar PIR-October 2015

    Russ and Adam, prepping with Northwest Safety, at PIR.

    © ChumpCar World Series (Marcia Blas)

  23. Champtruck PIR 2015

    From the album ChampTruck & ChumpCar PIR-October 2015

    Saturday morning racing at PIR. ChampTrucks on grid. ChampTruck Race #1.
  24. Originally owned by famed Alfa race prep dude Mike Besic. Campaigned in about half a dozen Chump weekends and about 10 Lemons weekends. When we have finished without mechanical issues, the car is normally toward the top. We were overall winner at a Lemons race a few years ago. http://blog.caranddriver.com/the-best-hoopty-donkey-ferraris-in-24-hours-of-lemons-history/ Scroll down to number 808 the Corsa Nostra Alferrari. We cut the wing off a couple years ago and re-themed the car to try to make the Lemons judges happy (impossible of course - should have just left it). We still have the remnants of the wing if you want it but it would take some crafting to put it back. Last outing was Road America in the Fall. Car ran well all weekend and we turned a 2:59 something. We were listed as high as 3rd on the day Sunday and were in 8th following our last pit stop (we pitted later than the leaders). Then dropped a bit because we were running out of gas so the car was cutting out the last few laps in the carrousel (oops). The car is typical Alfa. A hoot to drive. Has some Alfa wizardry that makes it stick to the road really well despite stock suspension. Chassis has been braced in a number of places so it is plenty stiff and reinforced. Makes nice power and engine sounds great. We built a trans cooler with a little radiator which has done wonders to improve transaxle wear (the biggest issue with these Alfas). New belts in 2014. 6 wheels total (one is a little torqued but is useable). Radio setup (needs some work). Seat is big and set back to allow for our one driver who is 6'4". Then we have an insert for our two smaller drivers who are 5'9". We put it away in the Fall in good running order so all it needs at the moment is fresh rubber. Includes a spare GTV6 motor that runs fine. Asking $3500 but open to offers.
  25. Fellow Chumps, We run a 94 Miata that has been really good to us, treat it right and it will keep on going and going right up to the podium. A real pleasure to drive, great handling, awesome brakes, and a great family of a team behind it. We'd like to welcome you to join us for a weekend or a season if you're interested. New and experienced drivers are welcomed but everyone is expected to mind the ride like it was your own with the you break it you buy it mentality (never had any issues). We usually place in the top third of the field and easily finish top ten with a smooth crew behind the wheel. We also run a cool shirt and fresh air helmet blower for the Divas out there : ) Check out our website, and take a peek at the schedule tab for pricing and availability as some races are full already. We run in an ~8 hour circle around our home in Southern Indiana from the brand new Corvette Museum, VIR, to Road America, Mid-Ohio and Pittsburgh. If you see something you like, shoot over an email here or on the contact us tab from the website. http://thing3racing.wix.com/thing3racing Let me know if you have any questions, Justin
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