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      BOD Nominations   10/03/2017

      Emails have been sent to all current CCWS Members with a link to BOD nominations. Please check your email.   You will need to ask the person you're nominating for their current 2017 CCWS Member Number. Keep in mind that we will contact each nominee to make sure they are OK with being a candidate. You can't nominate yourself either (sorry). All nominations are due by November 3, 2017. To keep from having 574 different nominees, a nominee must be named by at least five members to qualify. We will compile all the nominations and put the top ten nominees on the November 10, 2017, ballot. Elections are over on December 10, 2017. We will announce the winners on December 13, 2017, and the two winners will take office January 1, 2018. How to get your current CCWS member number. Log into the CCWS event registration system. Your member number will be next to your name on the welcome screen. https://www.chumpcar.com/register/login.php Mike Chisek
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  1. 39 points
    I think your question is legitimate. ChumpCar has existed for quite a while and has changed much since it's inception. While some of that change can be directly traced to me since I have taken over, I have been around since the beginning and have seen it all. Let's be honest - ChumpCar was founded by a guy who was liking what he saw in the 24 Hours of Lemons and started his own version of it. $500 junkers and track time were the core of the endurance world back then. The problem was that the world had a "Lemons" experience already and they didn't need or want another one. Lemons does what they do well. People who didn't fit it with the Lemons business model were looking for something a little more racey and polished (cars that is). ChumpCar quickly became that place. Along the way our tracks filled up with BMW's and Miata's. To this day, these are the two most common cars on any track in any club. Why? They are good and they are cheap. Building a winning race car is difficult for a pro, almost impossible for an amateur. One way to make it easier is to start with a factory car that is good at racing. There is no shame in picking up a clean used E36, paying a guy to put a good cage in it and then go racing. It is better that a new team joins our sport that way than give up trying to build or track a random car their neighbor gave them. It's really no different than Samsung and Apple dominating the cell phone market. There are plenty of other choices in smart phones out there but almost everyone out there buys a Samsung or Apple. Why? They work well and the aftermarket supports them. While BMW's and Miata's make up much of our fields, there is still plenty of variety on track and on the podium. Take a look at a few of our recent podiums: Sebring: 1 - Lexus SC300 2 - Porsche 944 3 - Mitsubishi 3000GT 4 - Toyota Supra Buttonwillow: 1 - Miata 2 - E36 3 - Miata Gingerman: 1 - E36 (318i) 2 - Neon 3 - Civic I for one like the variety and the close finishes. One lap separated 3rd from 1st at Gingerman. One might argue that all or most of the cars listed are expensive to acquire and this is evidence that we have lost our roots. But what should they be driving? Is there a list of cars that are acceptable for budget racing? In the end wouldn't every team want to build the car that gave them the best chance of winning a race or that they can buy the cheapest or enjoy the most? Ultimately people will choose from what is available in their part of the country. This selection varies. While Datsun's are popular out West, you almost never see them East of the Mississippi. Bad car choice? No, they just rusted away years ago with the salt and humidity out here. But I digress... The cars have gotten nicer, cleaner and faster since 2009. Some of this is due to the fact that we don't require cars to cost $500 anymore. So whereas in the past you had to find and race a $500 E36, now you can buy a $3600 E36 and race that. Some would say this is a problem, that we have abandoned the little guy and made racing too expensive. I do not. First of all, racing is expensive no matter how you slice it. Race for a season or two and the cost of travel and consumables will soon out weigh the cost of the initial car purchase. Many would argue that starting with a cleaner platform will save you money in the long run anyway with less worn out parts to replace. Second, I have heard the argument that a nice looking car is too expensive and ruining our sport. Paint and vinyl has nothing to do with how fast a car goes. Appearance is optional. If a team doesn't mind their car looking like it lost a fight with a tree, so be it. But others enjoy the chance to recreate an old livery they they saw on TV as a kid, or just enjoying the look of their shiny race car. You asked where are we going and I feel like I'm preaching. I will tell you what concepts are in my head and that I check every idea against daily. 1. ChumpCar is committed to keeping road course endurance racing accessible to the average Joe. 2. We are committed to keeping every driver safe on track and on pit road. 3. We are committed to keeping the costs of racing as low as reasonably possible. 4. We are committed to giving all our members a voice and actively seeking your input. 5. We are committed to the growth and success of this member owned club so that there will always be a place for average Joe's to come race. 6. We are committed to the fair treatment of all members with no regard given to how much money one has or who they know. 7. We are committed to providing a professional experience for every member at the event. 8. We are committed to giving our members as much track time as possible. What does all this lead to? We are adding more cars to our list of acceptable vehicles. Newer models that in some cases are all the way up to current generation models. We are constantly analyzing vehicle values to ensure as much parity as possible on track that leads to more close finishes like we've had. We are looking at ways to improve driver safety and communication on track through technology and policies. We are adding and stabilizing good dates at great tracks that work with your schedule and budget giving you the best places to race in North America. We are adding staff to the organization that believe in these policies and uphold them consistently coast to coast. We are using new and existing methods or communication to reach new racers that just don't know they are racers yet and grow our family of members. We are and will continue to make changes that provide a better experience for our members up to and including our new name which will be announced in November of this year. In the end, I'm not oblivious of the fact that we will not be the club that everyone wants to be a part of. Some people have different goals and are looking to get something else out of their racing. We can't be everything to everyone. But we have a set of rules that I and many others believe in and we will hone our rough edges and practice what we do until we are perfect at it. Along the way we will give thousands of average Joe's a chance to do what they never thought possible - race on world class tracks wheel to wheel with other average Joe's.
  2. 20 points
    Good conversation here and I enjoy hearing the feedback. I have stewarded over 75 ChumpCar events in the past seven years so I have a little bit of data to pull from. I remember the random green on track. I hated it. It was the opposite of racing, and it didn't take long for people to start bunching the fields to try to pick up the green. Dangerous and awkward. There was also the issue with people running at 100% on the pre race caution laps. This brought about the first use of the pace car. But there was an unmentioned issue that perhaps only I saw as the steward - people were not ready to go at the scheduled start time. I hate being late, ask my wife. So I had the idea that we would offer an incentive to be on time. If you would have your driver belted in and your engine running ready to hit the track on time, you could start on the pole behind the pace car. In the beginning, only a few were ready. These were the teams, and still are, who finish at the front. They prepare for the race and take it seriously. As the years went by and we grew, the number of cars in a race went from 30 to 100. More prepared teams were looking for that slight advantage of starting out front. Then, as usual this happens: To those who run perhaps one or two races per year, you may not have seen this. I did. A lot. And it was getting worse. Guys were skipping the drivers meeting to grid their car. Fights were breaking out out on pit road over position. WGI 17 was a highly publicized moment, but was not the first incident and it wouldn't be the last. That Sebring incident with Jimmie? It made it back to me and they were held back. There were words exchanged over that. I don't like to start my day that way. So the random advantage the top teams had by gridding early did exist, but it was becoming dangerous and unmanageable. Many of you came to me asking for something safer. In the end, what we tried at Gingerman, Buttonwillow and Sebring was not my idea, but one of yours. I said I would give it a shot and decide how it worked. In all three instances, it was easy, smooth and orderly. People were not rushing out of the drivers meeting. There were no tools carried up and down pit road, and cars were still ready to go when the pace car left. I like what I see and many of you have told me the same thing. As we have been working hard to standardize the ChumpCar experience from coast to coast, things like this are being written into our new operations manual. Going forward, all staff at all events will be able to reference procedures like this to manage the start of an event. It's not written into our BCCR because there are times we may want to try something fun like qualifying at the National Championship (not saying this is a thing, just using it as an example) and we need to have the flexibility. If we do plan on trying something different at a race, the event director will announce it ahead of time. Some of you have expressed concerns about accidents happening with fast cars at the back. Understand that the fast cars will always be moving through traffic. Whether they have to do it on lap one or lap four doesn't really matter. They still have to plan and execute clean passes all the time as they race for the lead. And for the new driver who is terrified about being in the middle of all the racing on their first lap, they are still welcome to waive off their grid spot and start at the back of the field. We had a large number of cars do this at Sebring last weekend. Don't get me wrong, with the incredibly close finishes we have in ChumpCar I know that where you start can have an impact on the finish. The problem is that qualifying is the only way to address that issue and it is not within our reach. An extra day of racing would not only cost you an extra $500+ in entry fees, but impact your travel dates and costs as well. My staff would run out of vacation days from their real jobs and we still haven't even addressed how we would grid 120 cars on Saturday morning at Daytona. There are limits to what can be done with the time and money we have to work with, so there are times that random will have an impact on the outcome of the race. But I can remember only one race where the 1st and 2nd place car were gridded in 1-2 as well. Had their grid positions been swapped, would they have finished differently? We'll never know. Keep feeding me your ideas and thoughts. My goal is to make this sport as enjoyable and safe for you as possible. We may all be amateurs, but we can make this as professional of an experience that you will find anywhere.
  3. 17 points
  4. 15 points
    This actually was P1 doing the slowing. We noticed that P1 was slowing down as soon the the pace car turned off it's lights. Trying to get a run on the green and dust the field. We're not going to play those games so the pace car slowed down to keep P1 close. In the future, if a car be it P1 or P40 does not keep up with the pace car, they will be black flagged.
  5. 13 points
    So, you aren't going to have any aero on the car? Does aero make you faster? If aero does make you faster, then you have a choice of what you should spend your points on. Giving you a free radiator essentially gives you free aero (or whatever else you might want to spend your 20 points on). STOP the SPEED and spending escalation. Nobody is telling you that you can't have the stuff on your car that helps you save money. You just need to pick and choose what to spend points on.
  6. 13 points
    Big Exciting Endurance Racing BEER. This has to get some votes
  7. 12 points
    No. It feels really good to kick their ass (uh, we did not do that at Pitt race....). Plus, when you can see that they have a chump legal chumpy car and you can see what they can do with it, it helps the entire field. It should say to the other competitors that this is what is possible. In the end, it should help the entire field get faster (if racers are willing to put in the time and thought into making some changes). Its funny, Sahlens has copied some stuff from our car and we have copied some stuff from them. We talk about differences in the cars and ways that either team could be faster. If they didn't have that awesome rig, and matching uniforms, you wouldn't be able to tell them from any other team. (Like RBank for example).
  8. 12 points
    Personally (without my BoD hat on), I would like to see these second pace cars blackflagged. Can I still have a personal opinion?
  9. 11 points
    What's a radiator?
  10. 10 points
    I'm surprised it took 5 pages to transmorgify this thread from "free radiators" to "free fuel capacity". My 2 cents on aluminum radiators. I have a cheap universal Griffin radiator, I pay points for it and I'm OK with that because it is a performance enhancer and a reliability enhancer. Many of you ask "How does a radiator make you go faster?". Most older cars (mine included) came with a copper/ brass radiator which was placed way out at the front of the car beyond the front suspension. Copper/brass radiators were great for heat dissipation but not so good for weight. I saved about 10 lbs at the most weight sensitive end of the car and increased my cooling capacity at the same time. Just to make my position clear: NO MORE FREE poop!
  11. 10 points
    According to Mender, don't buy a car with a small factory fuel tank. BAM! threw him under the bus again!
  12. 8 points
    Personally I love it and it really inspires me to do better on all aspects of my racing. I see the pros and want to compete with them. Sure they have fancy rigs, sit up high and tower of us and have 72 people wearing the exact same outfits, but it is all good. They race just like us and have the the same rules. The best part is that they are just human. Sahlens is semi famous now for making judgement calls that have made us go hmm and we all have done it, just them being the title sponsor and on the spot light all the time highlights these mistakes. Running out of gas at Watkins while leading and only a little time left is one example. They have their fair share of issues just like us. Just because they have many many more zeros in the value of their setups does not meant he car is better or team as we can do just as well. BTW- If you watch the pro teams they all seem to have the same issues and I should not say it here as it almost always always happens. They know they are very fast and want to prove it each and every lap. It is very rare when a pro driver will not push a car to limit if you tell them to. They basically go for FTD on every lap as they can not help themselves. They push the cars and they break, a lot. They also seem to have more on track incidents on average from what I have seen that regular guys because they have the control to put the car where they want, usually, and get away with it, but not always and in endurance racing the races are long. I talked to a team that had basically all pro drivers and they said they let the drivers be really aggressive from the start and push all the time. I said I tell my drivers to do the opposite and be patient as we are endurance racing. He laughed at me. They crash a lot and usually have both cars in the paddock for all sorts of issues during the race so having pro drivers is not a fail safe to win. Saying all this if you can get a really good pro driver that will not overdrive your car is a good thing. If they can give feedback on car development than that helps and they can help coach the drivers to be better than all is good. You should take advantage of those drivers, but a lot of pro drivers are not able to do that as they are just really really fast. Randy Pobst and Mike Skeen come to mind as being able to do both and still down to earth to be able to help us all out.
  13. 8 points
    How many static ignitions have there been in 24HoL, CCWS, AER, WRL and LDR combined over the last decade? The number of 5gal fuel jugs (most modified with PVC fittings) has to be in the thousands, the number of fills during racing situations in the tens of thousands and I'm not aware of a single instance. In fact, the only significant fueling fire I'm aware of was the one at Daytona a few years ago which was cause by fuel dripping onto a hot rear brake disc. Honestly, considering the number of jugs, fills and amateurs doing the filling....thats a heckuva good safety record for fueling.
  14. 8 points
    Yea, never gonna make everyone happy. As long as the "pro" teams are playing by the "rules" I see no problem with it. That doesn't mean I'm not jealous of those sweet rigs and dedicated crew. As chumpers I would think we should be flattered that the series gets enough respect from the pro's to come down and get in some cheap w2w time. I'd say that should give us all the warm and fuzzy feeling that we are all doing something right.
  15. 8 points
    And what's funny about that is you have people complaining Chump doesn't present itself professionally enough. So you post a picture of some Chump racers acting like professionals and people lose their minds
  16. 8 points
    Out of curiosity, why did the 2nd generation MR2 value go down? These 2 Toyota vehicles now have the same value. I don't know Toyota's well, so I might be missing something obvious. and
  17. 8 points
    Get an EZ Up for your pit cover. Any other brand sucks and will fail like one of Bill Strong's hubs.
  18. 8 points
    Amen! My three most enjoyable moments of any weekend, ranked by level of happiness: 1) Final driver pits after running a full stint... so now each of our drivers has run a full stint this weekend 2) Car rolls back onto the trailer under its own power 3) Cold beer while standing next to our car up on jack stands in post-race inspection
  19. 8 points
    When we drove to Laguna Seca a few years ago. I did not have time to stop in Utah. Aimee is my wife... so I pushed for a Utah race.
  20. 8 points
    I'll counter your redneck innuendo of guns, Buds, and Camaros on cinder blocks USSR Club - United States Semi-Pro Racers Website logo is a red flag with a yellow silhouette of a BFH and a roll of duct tape in the upper left corner being flown off of a MR2. Instead of red hats, everyone gets... nothing.
  21. 8 points
    Any time the pace car is out there. It's a safety hazard to have two groups of cars circling and I control only one of them. We've covered it at drivers meetings but some people just don't get it. And while I appreciate that they have slowed down, they're missing part two - catch up to the field. So black flag for a stop and go reminder at pit in it will be.
  22. 8 points
    This is the first weekend recap worth posting about, so get ready for a bit of a novel. Well, the weekend started at 5:30PM CDT Thursday evening when Josh and I pulled out Nashville, Tennessee and headed south with the destination of Sebring, Florida. After all that state has been through with Irma slapping it around for a weekend, we were relieved to still be going down to race with the guys and girls of CHUMPCAR World Series. We strolled in to the hotel parking lot that just happened to not be 43 foot enclosed friendly at first glance at 7:30AM CDT (that’s 8:30AM Eastern for those of you keeping up with my sleep cycle) and managed to get some prime parking near the road after hopping a curb or 3, but this wouldn’t be the last time a curb was set straight this weekend. The always wonderful staff of the Sebring La Quinta Inn graciously allowed the two road worn guests standing in front of them to check-in on the spot, allowing for a quick 2 hour power nap. It would have been longer had the staff not made their morning *KNOCK KNOCK* “House keeping” rounds about the time I fell into that real good slumber. We decided it was a good time to pick up some lunch and get to the track for initial pit setup and get some last minute tinkering done - Rosaries Pizzeria for the win btw. While out, we look into getting some odds and ends including a few spare lug nuts. Long story short, save the 5 store visits in 2 hours and just ask the other Miata racers in the paddock for spares first before waisting your time looking for 17mm 12 x 1.5 lug nuts or whatever they ended up being. Better yet, make sure you check in the VERY back of the 3rd drawer in the pit cart before freaking out and heading out on the aforementioned while goose chase. Chances are, they’ll be there and you won’t have a stroke in the process. We took some time to try and dial the engine in a bit after making some new friends and hanging out with some old ones. Well, you know how that usually ends up, right? Yep, 4 hours, 4 gallons of fuel, and a ‘tick' more confidence in the car running “ok” for the 14 hour race the next day. That Dairy Queen XL Root Beer float made things seem a little bit more bearable though, I’ll admit that much. Finally hit the hay at 1:00 in the morning local time. RACEDAY IS HERE! On the way in to the track, we stopped for some ice for the coolers and cool suit, because we aren’t heathens after all, right? Well, this genius (me) lost what little sense of direction he had left and proceeded to make a left-hand turn onto a divided highway, HEADING THE WRONG DIRECTION. I ended up jumping the median and making the biggest U-turn of shame you’ve ever witnessed, man. Josh and I both were well awake at that moment. Who needs coffee when you’ve got semi professional racing drivers with these mad skills? Now a change of boxers, that’s another story. #PuckerFactor We made the decision that Josh would start this one out. With the help of Randy Pobst and a random number generator, we rolled off 44th out of 74. Josh said the car felt as good as it has, but was gutless under 4k. His lap times said the car was more than just “alright” as he started to cut his way through the field. Things were going great until he found out the Mighty Chumpiata makes a decent slice of sandwich meat between a 2nd gen Camaro and another Japanese import if I recall correctly. He ended up being able to watch the aftermath from a safer distance and suffer little more than a caved in RF fender. After a quick pit to fix it, he was back on his way. Next up in the drivers seat was the car owner, Doc. It has been a while since he’d been in the cockpit of this high horsepower beast as he’s been more partial to his TA2 Mustang for some unknown reason, but I digress. He starts slow to get acclimated with the car, track, and traffic. An hour into his 2 hour stint, he radios in that the car has just fallen flat on it’s face and that he’s getting run over from all different directions. Well, his language might have been a bit more “colorful” than that, but yeah, car owner wasn’t happy, so we pitted to investigate. Hood comes up on pit road to reveal… nothing. Everything still connected. Nothing on fire. Nada. He looks at me and tells me to suit up and give it a go to verify if it’s just a lowly NA Miata with all of 100 bhp or if there’s actually something wrong here. Well, I made it 3 laps before understanding that something was drastically off about the car. It would still be gutless below 4k, but now it’s breaking up bad from 6500 for redline. So I pit and pull it in the garage. For 2 hours, we sit and throw literally everything we can get our hands on at it. Between Team RYSA, ISC, RPM, and HubCitySpeed, we put plugs in it, changed coil packs around, changed ECU’s, and finally investigated the timing again after it seemed to help most the night before. Well, wouldn’t you know it, every time we went to adjust the distributor, the motor would act up. Well obviously it has to be the distributor, right?! Wrong. Still acting a fool when touching the plug for the cam angle sensor after replacing the distributor… wait… you mean every time you touch the bundle of electrical tape just beyond the connector, the thing dies?! Apparently electronics like consistent connections to complete circuits these days and wireless cam angle sensors aren’t a thing on 26 year old Miata’s. We source a new pigtail from a team we helped in Daytona earlier this year to which the comment was made “This is why you make friends. Now please don’t punt anyone today.” At this point, I’m too mad at this fine piece of racing technology to get back in the seat after so many failed attempts on my part to make a go of it, so we start over on our driver lineup and send Josh out to guinea pig the beast. He’s quiet. This either means he’s out of radio range and contemplating how to kill me in my sleep OR he’s in the zone - hard to tell with this guy. So after a few laps, I ask how the car’s doing to which he simply replied “Car’s good”. Instilling a lot of confidence, I tell you what. He makes his second full fuel run of the day while clicking off his fastest times of the day so far. Time for the car owner to give it another good roughening and pray he’s good with it and it’s actually working well now. Guys, he was laughing. “Where the hell have you been hiding this car?” Guess it’s actually fixed now? Still too early to feel comfortable. After all, it’s still 4:00PM and we won’t see that beautiful black-n-white checkerboard fabric for another 7 hours. After an uneventful stint by the boss, he pits it and allows me the opportunity once again to validate the changes of the little red rocket-iata. This thing is a whole different car now. No, it doesn’t have straight line speed, but man will it haul once it’s got some momentum behind it. You can just out brake nearly every other car on track and freaking SEND IT into the corner, finding the apex and dancing with it on corner exit, trying not to cut across the nose of the guy/gal you just made a slide job on. After all, that E36 you just chopped at T10 will probably be passing you back at Bishop. The new aero seemed to be working, or at least it didn’t seem to be a hindrance - well actually, let me get to that. With the new found health, speed, and confidence, I started making moves through the field after a late full course caution. This was great! "I’ll just take this 944 on the outside.” "Let’s see if I can make it stick just a little bit longer on this cross-over line under the bridge…. how did that actually work??” “Oh look, those E30’s are battling, I’ll just see myself through the inside of T1, thank you….” That’s when those two E30’s decided to use up a bit more track than I had initially planned from afar, forcing me to back off, drop two, and mow the inside grass of turn 1 at Sebring in the process. Good news, the splitter stayed on! Bad news, water temp is now at 220*F. I pit and get the grill cleaned off and head back out to finish out this stint. The transition from day to night was absolutely gorgeous. I did get the chance to admire it all when not doing battle. That sunset was special. You know what else is special? Good headlights. We were able to do just fine with our current recessed setup and LED flood lamps, but I see why the “apex” lights are so popular. You cannot have too much light out there. Had it not been for the previous stint, and YEARS of racing Sebring on games and sims like iRacing, it would have been a chore and a half to hit those apex’s and not end up high-centered on the turn 15 rumble strips. My first full stint was a success until it came time to get out of the car. Josh hopped in to run his final stint of the night while I tried to recover from not eating all day and having a Monster Rehab to fight the lack of sleep. My blood sugar likes to bottom out when I do stupid things like that. Fortunately, Doc had supper ready and waiting soon as I got my helmet off. That chicken was on point. 30 minutes later, I was back to my old self and ready to take the final stint to see the checkers. Josh somehow hit a miracle lap in the dark as well and got down in the 2:44’s with me. It’s not often you can count on a teammate to keep you honest like this. That is something I couldn’t be more thankful for. With 1 hour and 45 minutes remaining in the race, Josh pits for the final time and I get in with the only goal of getting this pile home in one piece. As I’m out there making laps and attempting to conserve fuel like a good driver, I find out my team is getting some well deserved attention from the broadcast crew in the form of a pit road interview. I’m sure Josh loved those 15 minutes! It was made possible by the cheerleaders we had back at home in Tennessee watching the live stream. I tried to keep it laid back, shift early, not pressure myself or the car into a mistake, but it’s hard to not be competitive down the stretch. I ended up running hard a few times to have some fun with the group around me at the time, cutting it closer than I wanted on fuel, but that’s all good. The team kept tabs on me and made sure I knew what the clock read. On the final laps, I could see the teams from up and down pit road take a break from their clean-up and line the pit road catch fence and cheer as the cars started to take that checkered flag at the start/finish line at 11:00PM Saturday night. All that work. All that time. All that effort… it finally paid off for this team. This is our first year attempting to run. We made it 8 hours at Daytona. We made it 45 minutes short of Day 1 at NCM. Finally, we saw it to the end. I came across the radio and screamed at the top of my lungs just like I’ve seen countless professional racers do in years previous of me. That feeling of satisfaction is something that can’t be bought. The fulfillment of being there at the end will be what gets us excited for the weeks and months to come just to do it again. Nashville Trash ended up completing ~11.5 of the 14 hours Saturday - 184 completed circuits around Sebring International - 41st overall. No, it didn’t go as planned, but we are better for it. I was so excited about finishing that I absolutely destroyed my racing glasses as they fell to the tarmac while I was trying to exit the car in the pits with all my emotions and excitement getting the better of me and my grace. We celebrated by loading up and saying our goodbyes to the track and the people that made the weekend so awesome. We finally got some decent sleep Saturday night and proceeded t make the trip back home Sunday, getting back to Nashville at 10:00PM CDT in one magnificent, tired, weak, yet happy mess. Thank you for all of the support from friends and family and thank you to the competitors that make the racing what it is; great. Barber is next on the schedule for this little 3 man team in December. The goal this time is to complete the clock, start to finish. We’ll see how that goes. For now, thank you for everything. Live it up, right?
  23. 7 points
    I don't think anyone has to worry about "pros" taking over... there just isn't any monetary incentive to come out and win a race which pays less than the cost of tires and gas for the weekend!! It's a huge compliment to the series that pros come out and race chump when they aren't doing their pro races!
  24. 7 points
    I can't really tell what he is doing... I zoomed in, did some enhancements... it's still not clear what he is doing...
  25. 7 points
    This is an automatic transmission:
  26. 7 points
    On track: 1) Look ahead, do not stare at the back of the car in front of you, you will go where he goes - sometimes that's right off the track. You will also typically wind up driving their line - right or wrong. 2) Looking as far ahead as possible will often allow you to see a problem developing and avoid it - also make seeing flag stations easier 3) As has been said - drive your line, faster traffic will find a way by. Use hand signals, pointing a car by lets the passing car know you've seen them coming 4) When someone gives you a point by, a quick wave of thanks is a nice gesture (if race conditions allow you to do it safely) 5) On the straights, look ahead, check your gauges, check your mirrors and see where traffic is. 6) When faster traffic is coming and will likely catch you right in the braking zone/turn in point, you will be well served to either breath the throttle a little of lift/brake a little early and allow the faster car around you (point by!) and drop in behind them and get a clean line/exit from the corner - you will be faster than screwing up both your lines in the corner. 7) When passing a slower car, if you cannot clear them before the turn in point, and they are not giving you a point by, you may be better off to adjust your entry speed, get a clean run through the corner and pass them on exit 8) If you see a car coming right up behind you and then don't see them in your rear view mirror - they are probably beside you! 9) Listen! If you don't see a car beside you, you can often hear them! 10) Always try to give your self an "out" - if the car ahead / next to you does the unexpected - where can you go? 11) Just because you race cleanly with another car one stint - do not assume the same driver is in the car your next stint and/or that the car is in the same race condition. 12) People make mistakes and you will too. Own up to your errors, go apologize if you cause contact. If someone hits you and comes and takes responsibility, don't be a jerk. Everyone is here to try and have a good time, if you're not having fun you're either doing it wrong, or you may need to pursue a different hobby.
  27. 7 points
    I have driven in maybe 7-10 cars now in races and have found 4 things that we should not skimp on and make the experience a lot better. Seat Belts- I have used the cheap ones with the old school latch and link and camlocks. I am now spoiled as I did research and had a long thread on FB page about the best belts and why and got really good ones. I now go into cars with belts that are not good and wish they had them. Go with really good ones and if FIA then it will be good for 5 years. You will not regret having really good belts. Walk around the pits and ask teams to try out the belts and get in the cars. Do not be shy as I bet 99% of the teams would be more than happy to let you. I have the schroth enduro ones now and come over and try them out. Seat- The seat is ultra important to have one that fits and works for you. Being a short guy (I now Bill will chime in and make fun) I have issues fitting in seats so I like a good fitting seat. I am not a fan of the kirky ones as I have yet to have one that fits me good as I float in them or they stick in my sides. I think a kirky with a custom made foam insert might be good, but have not had that yet. The OMP I have now fits sooooo nice. I would suggest trying different seats to see what you like and what fits you best. Walk around the pits and just ask people to sit in the car and feel them out yourself. Race Suit- Try them out and get a really nice one. I have had three now and difference are really amazing. I tried on a bunch at OG racing and spent like 2-3 hours and found the one that fit me best. It breaths so good and keeps me cool. I almost do not need a cool suit, almost. Maybe when it is cold out. Cool Suit- I know it seems odd, but it really is a must to keep yourself comfortable and alert long term in the car. Fatigue makes a huge difference long term and you get out the car feeling like total crap and overheated or you get out ready to tell each of your buddies every pass you made at every corner and how epic your driving was instead of sitting in the chair ready to die. Any other ideas on what not to go cheap on?
  28. 7 points
  29. 7 points
    Just finished talking to Mike and I will be working all 3 days at RA. I am really excite to get a chance to blend in and learn all about this series and hopefully be a positive contribution.
  30. 7 points
    Bill... Next time you want some drama, just ask. I would happily have punched you numerous times this past weekend. Just ask, Buddy. Im there for ya!
  31. 7 points
    We won B-class and finished 17th overall! We know it's not an overall. And we know it's not C-class, but when we got this car in April we knew what we needed to do to win the class and...well...we did it. There were a couple of hiccups...6 laps into the race one of our drivers got into a bit of ruckus entering Bishop. I witnessed the ruckus from the KSR 300Z, it appeared to be a racing incident in close quarters 3-cars wide into Bishop. The contact pulled a hard power steering line loose and we repaired and broke out the Gorilla tape for the body damage. Another driver didn't do so well at night, and it threw an extra fuel stop into our evening when we replaced him in the car. Other than that we stayed clean and ran full 2-hour stints. With the exception of the last hour, renters drove the car and maintained solid lap times and kept the car on-track. We will make a few improvements and be back at Sebring in December then Road Atlanta in February. Thanks to all the Chump staff and volunteers for another great race!
  32. 7 points
    Back in the days of dinosaurs and personal luxury cars (1979 ) I read a popular mechanics article on autonomous cars. P.M. claimed it was 7 to 10 years away. So........how far away is it now? Like current politics I do not believe anything I hear or read about autonomous cars or transportation. Especially if the Germans are involved. I fly through Frankfort twice a month and the " autonomous " rail system to ferry passengers around the airport is jacked up and broke more than it is running. I believe the autonomous car is a pipe dream. It is part of industry dehumanizing. All cost driven. IF, and it is a big if the auto manufacturers do build it don't buy it. Let them eat the windows on wheels. I will not see it in my lifetime. I am a baby boomer. I will be stomping a clutch and yanking a hurst until I leave this wonderful world. So.........stay out of my way!!!!!!!
  33. 7 points
  34. 7 points
  35. 7 points
    The 626 bears zero responsibility in this one. I am all for situational awareness, but there is no way that they could have planned for the 935 to sneak in and make it 3 wide. With the angles of the cars relative to each other, the 935 would have mostly been hidden behind the Miata when looking in the mirrors of the 626. It was a risky move to sneak in 3 wide and 3 cars ended up with damage as a result.
  36. 7 points
    Snagged this pic off his facebook page, telling the neighbor kids to get off his lawn
  37. 7 points
  38. 7 points
    Mike- PPPPLLLLLLEEEEEEEEAAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE allow Alfa Romeos a an exemption from the 2 hour drivers stint limitation because it will help my team win major races. Mike- PPPPLLLLLLEEEEEEEEAAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE allow me to replace the RVA Graphics windshield banner with one from my sponsor so I can support my hobby. Mike- PPPPLLLLLLEEEEEEEEAAAAAAASSSSSSEEEEE answer every passionate forum request with a whole hearted YES! without the approval of the membership.
  39. 6 points
    I got a bunch of photos from the race this weekend! Enjoy! https://www.flickr.com/photos/159159306@N07/ Message me if you want any of the original photos here, just give me the link. Note* It is only showing 338 of the 475. Working to figure that out now. Here are a few random cool photos: My Photostream has all of the missing photos here:
  40. 6 points
    All those that like and wish for rain in October in Wisconsin have to buy the Volunteers and Staff that have to work outside a case of New Glarus if it rains. Seems reasonable A case for each person by the way.....
  41. 6 points
    I posted this image on facebook how crews were setting up and the internet went bonkers. I mean some guys were truly upset by this image and another image of the transporters. People stating that I should have never posted those pictures up because it gives the wrong impression of ChumpCar. That kinda blew me away. I posted up stating that maybe we need to add to the rules that you can only tent camp at races, and you can only tow dolly your race car using a 1998 or older Ford F150 only. You guys have no clue how hard it is to interview Troy when he is standing on the other side of the pit wall.
  42. 6 points
    It's great to have the Pros in this series as it helps with getting other teams and drivers. How cool is it to drive with Pro racers and you could end up beating them in the end? I think that is what is great about this series, it is for the Average Joe to come compete in and it is for the Pros to come get some great seat time while being in a grassroots organization. I have had Misha drive with me and he drives the JDC Banana Boat in Prototype. You can learn a lot about your car and strategy with having a pro on board.
  43. 6 points
    Not all values are fresh. There are A LOT of cars on the table and I do not have the time or sanity to review all at once. If a value seems perplexing to someone, they should email it to us for review. That being said, a few cars have artificially low values on purpose. We are trying to encourage their use. The most common example is the Camaro and Mustang.
  44. 6 points
    This is why we need open logbooks... it's not about "how did he build his car?", it's about "how did he weasel all these mods in here for 500 points?"... and... "ah ha! he didn't claim them all!"
  45. 6 points
    I'll admit that I'm new to the series and forum. But from a newbie's perspective, you just won an 8hr race and finished fourth in the follow up race even with a 1 lap penalty, and now you want to have a free aftermarket radiator that could open up a huge can of worms for the entire series in order to save your team some money? Not trying to start an argument, just trying to put things into the perspective of those of us on the outside that aren't the usual forum contributors. Seems that adoption of a new radiator rule would require significant policing that may already be taxed to the limit (free/points/durability mods, possibly upcoming pump/race fuel rule, etc). Just my $0.02
  46. 6 points
    I will jump in the say how I feel about certain topics and put forth some reasons behind them. I have a different opinion that some on the forum here though as I try to think about a few things first and foremost whenever I think of change. The first part is will it really make it better for Chumpcar? I see a lot of people against ideas of change and realize it is for two main reasons. 1- scared of change and the sky is falling anytime there is a change or 2. That change is going to hurt me or give some advantage to another team so heck no. I also try to remember when posting here we are posting to a small part of the crowd that is very OCD about CC, racing, cars, their team, ect. I do not think we are the norm and I say this because over this last weekend I made and effort to have conversations with some teams that I have never talked to before and came away with some new perspective. Q5 here. I know, again, I am against the norm here and probably not gathering votes by saying this, but here it goes. I think we should promote finishing races and not penalizing and basically saying we hope you fail. I think that was the old way CC used to think of the series and we would even say, we did not choose your car so deal with it. That statement really still irks me to this day. I see people leaving CC and going to other series because they want you to have the accusump and coolers and want you to finish. It does make complete sense from a business point of view in that you want customers to have a good time, customers to come back and customers to promote you. If a car blows up that customers has a high probability of not coming back, plus the safety issues with oil on track. I see teams that can not and will not come to CC because they have an oil cooler and accusump and that gives them points to make it an hpde event instead of race. For me having the epic race battle to the end is what I want. If you car needs an accusump, oil cooler or trans cooler then fine. I want the battle to the end at the front, middle or end of the pack of racers. I think we all want that and finishing a race it what makes the battle happen. We are the only organization that I know of that discourages people to have items on their cars that would make the engine and car last an entire race. I just do not understand why personally. I want us all to finish a race and I want to race everyone. I hate seeing a team go out and break as I have been that team myself. As the team owner and car builder nothing every makes me feel worse than having a driver come and not be able to drive. That is the entire point of racing and we should promote rules that do that. I know a lot of people with cars that do not have an issues with longevity and do not want to have other teams have items so they have a better chance of winning. That is not me, I want the battle to the end. I had one of my most fun races this weekend at PITT with the Porsche guys pitted next to us. We got 4th and they got 3rd on Sunday. We chased them down to the last lap and did not get them (.242 seconds behind), but the battle was epic, we were pitted together and had an amazing race. I did not beat them, yet I will remember the fun and exciting race for a lifetime. It is fine with me to get 4th as we had the battle to the end and that is fun for me. I want everyone to have that battle to end and if cars are failing then we can not have it. We come out to race to have these memories and experiences and I would like everyone to have the best opportunity to have a positive experience. May we all go home and tell our loved ones about our exciting experience until their eyes glaze over and we keep on talking. Also- On Aluminum radiators being 20 points I do not think that rule is good for most. I do not see cars overheating now and know first hand that a stock radiator is way more expensive that an alum radiator. Personally I do not overheat and do not have issues, but a stock Toyota radiator for my car is $440 and an alum ebay one is $89. Both will do exactly the same thing and due to a rule I have to spend way more money and I am sure others do also. I am not for making teams spend way more money on an item that does not make sense to me. If it really gave a performance advantage and made you faster then yes, point away. For items that do not make you faster and make your car last longer then I think we should promote them to have teams finish races. Thanks for reading as this is one of my 1-2am insomnia rants as I can not sleep so might as well post away. Troy
  47. 6 points
    I don't understand why we are seeing nominations of people who have not expressed interest in being a board member. Regardless of the experience someone like Randy Pobst may have, I would rather have a board member who is so passionate about and cares enough about ChumpCar to put themselves out there for consideration.
  48. 6 points
    and he had every right to do so to make the next corner which comes in and really narrows down the track. He was 7/8th car length ahead of the miata. Edging over vs. chopping the bumper off of it is the way to move across the track there. 3rd car had 0 chance of ever making that pass without contact. It saw the Eclipse go through and wanted to follow it. But, the Eclipse was a faster car AND got through sooner. As I said the track narrows down there and anyone that has experience there knows that. I thought 935 was pretty familiar with Sebring so that was the part that surprised me the most. I'm sure the MIata was also watching the 626 and not expecting another car coming up on the outside for making it 3 wide either. 3 wide in Bishops doesn't work along with most corners at most track pretty much everywhere.
  49. 6 points
    It did sustain damage ,nothing fatal, just crapped up the day enough to DNF, front bumper, splitter, ducking behind bumper to radiator and some sort of steering or suspension damage. Edit, I would like to add that it appears to be proof of concept, if there had been no car to Car contact it should've been a podium contender. Watch out, the Camaros going to be coming through in the future!
  50. 6 points
    I think you look at the rules in a completely different way then I do. Some rule changes make sense. Open logbooks in tech? That makes sense to me, and doesn't cause people to have to rebuild cars or build new cars, does not push anyone away from the series etc. Safety improvements? It might add additional cost, but it does not force teams to rebuild cars or build new cars. If it is reasonable and makes sense it could be worth a petition. Almost any rules change to points, fuel, brakes, shocks etc. needs to overwhelmingly benefit everyone by a considerable amount to be worth a petition. The never ending rules changes of the Condren regime pissed lots of folks off and caused a large percentage of original chump teams to run in other series. This is what I want out of my racing series: Single class racing Rules stability A good schedule Impartial treatment of teams Ease of entry, and lack of barriers to race
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