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JBgotM last won the day on September 7 2016

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  1. I understand that logic, but it does not really hold up to history. When more sponsorship money comes into a sport, expectations rise and costs go up.
  2. What happens if a few teams take that approach and drive off the teams that some view as "fillers"? The business case of the series is based on crowds, not a few choosing to spend as much as they can.
  3. Evidently, we have different goals. Attracting more sponsors and better cars is not what I care about. Attracting more people to get into the sport for the first time and increased field count is what I would want. A car doesn't have to be a joke just because it was built on a shoe string budget by people who wanted to try and get into racing. Bigger sponsors and nicer cars does not automatically equal better racing series.
  4. These days I am a renter, but I was a builder in the early days. See my note above to Paul. Rental rates have tripled in 7 years, and I believe it is more than a loose correlation to actual costs to run competitively. He and I used to charge about the same amount for seats. When it got to $1000, I sold the car (also wasn't making as many races).
  5. Long time no see Since we have both been around since the early days, I am curious on your opinion of something. In 2010 I rented a seat in your Honda, I think a little under $500. In 2013, I rented a seat in the same (faster) honda for about $1000 as I recall. It would be awesome to join you for another race in the DSM, which I think is renting more like $1600-1,800 these days? Whats your feeling on that cost & speed creep? You have seen it steadily grow... is it too much? What would help you to build a car that would keep build and operating costs down?
  6. Serious question here.... so why race ChumpCar? There are lots of race series that don't give a damn how much money you spent. Is it that outspending most ChumpCar teams (getting to the front) is within your reach but outspending teams in other series costs too much? The roots of this series were people that liked to get into entry level racing, but wanted to just cut some of the silliness that went on in Lemons. The reason the original treadwear rating was 190 (carryover from lemons) was that the tire companies generally did not play that games in that area like they do in the 140TW rating. There were tires that could withstand the conditions, but not wear too quickly. There were some good tire options at 180, so the rule was changed. We all have to acknowledge that the tire industry has responded to grassroots endurance racing. There are more options available, and some of them are playing games with how soft the tires are compared to their ratings. The idea was that a set of tires should last a weekend for most teams, at most tracks. Cutting laps times by tires that cost more while wearing 2 and 3 times as fast is against what we should be doing IMO.
  7. Don't let things like reality get in the way of a good jingle If a rule was to be put into place, obviously 1 cut tire vs 4 corded stickies would have to be a situation that would have to be addressed. I have had situations like 15 hour races where we replaced tires mid-day because we had lots of partially used tires that we wanted to use the life.
  8. Pit Stops: Five Minute Fuel Ten Minute Tires ... has a nice ring to it.
  9. Points for round or square tubing

    I will just drop a note in here about some of the history/origin of where some of the rule came from. I was at Lemons race back around 2010 where there was a wreck. It was actually under yellow, and one car rear-ended another car very hard because he was distracted and did not see the other cars slow significantly. The car car that caused the hit had a removed its factory crash structure and replaced it with a significant tubular structure. As I recall, the car with the reinforcement that caused the wreck didn't suffer much damage, but the driver wasn't in good shape. The theory was that there was little to no energy dissipation because of a hard mounted structure and a hard mounted seat. Lemons then put in rules to limit the modifications and try to preserve the crumple zones at the front and rear. It was a source of discussion for the early Chumpcar rule book as well.
  10. Sure there is... 1. Get close to the guy in front of you 2. Give him the chrome horn under braking 3. Pass It happens all the time, especially to any "road course specialists" who find themselves near the front of a NASCAR race near the end.
  11. I work in technologies that are part of autonomous cars, but I don't work for an automotive OEM. I work for a heavy vehicle OEM. To me, that article had some elements of what I also predict, but I do not agree that traditional cars will be extinct in the next 30 years. The technology to make cars drive themselves has been around a while. The thing that has taken so much development is the safeguarding of that operation. Humans are really good at perception and situational awareness. The suite of cameras, sensors, and electronics to perform the tasks of obstacle detection and situational safeguarding is immense. Even moreso is the sensor fusion, and computation required to support the systems. Even after getting all of the hardware developed and in place, you have the image recognition and software to handle all of this. It used to be that you had to "classify" all of the objects and variations you wanted and build them into a library. That is extremely intensive work, and really hurt camera systems, keeping them mostly to things like lane markings, speed limit signs, etc etc. The rate of development using Deep Learning in Computational Neural Networks has exploded in the last 3 years or so. Things are now moving very quickly. BTW Ford announced last year they would have a level 5 car in production in 2021. https://corporate.ford.com/innovation/autonomous-2021.html Don't expect that car to be for sale to the public. It will likely show up in the hands of people like UBER, Lyft, and some other tightly controlled programs. A word about levels... There are levels to autonomous vehicles. L0 = simple, no feedback to driver (think old cars) L1 = Information provided to drivers to aid in their operation L2 = car can perform certain functions, driver must stay in the loop and is the backup plan L3 = car can operate autonomously in some situations, but driver must be alert and ready to take over L4 = car can operate autonomously, in certain conditions, and is now it's own back-up in case of failure L5 = can be completely driverless All that being said...You will likely see vehicles that move between levels depending on location, situation, weather, etc. Having a fleet of level 5 vehicles as a backbone of a large mobility system is still quite a ways out. We still have horses, they no longer have to work, now they can be used for play. Cars will be the same way.
  12. '92 Firehawk IMSA

    At first, I thought it might even be roughly a 500 point car, then I kept reading and realized is is WAY more than 500 points.
  13. Please take a look at this article. http://www.designworldonline.com/last-days-car-guys/#_ What say you?