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OUCH, Hate to hear any of our hard charging teams, like GWR, wrecked out...rebuild and give it another try at beating those pesky RBANK Saabs.  

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There's no rebuilding that car.  They need to start over, it's totaled. :(

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There is some conflicting info on gwr...  either their driver dodnt quite clear the slow car and moved over or the slow car moved.

 

Either way, it sucks.  Happened right in front of our pit stall.

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Chassis is done.  Engine appears OK, still trying to motivate myself to unload the trailer and confirm what all is still usable.  Currently looking for leads on a new body.  Planning to have a clone of Rachel built in time for Gingerman, with some improvements made along the way.  We will be back, and faster than before.  

 

Thanks you to everybody who has helped with leads in new chassis, and for all the offers of support and helping hands. I'm still a little in shock that the car is destroyed, but I will get back to everybody.  

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3 hours ago, Speedyk64 said:

@wvumtnbkr, I didn't catch the full broadcast. What happened to you all on Saturday, early?

Fuel pump issues.

 

I'll do a full write up when we get home and settled.

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Once a year we pick a bucket list track to travel to.  Last year was COTA, this year Watkins Glen.  We were not disappointed.  This is a beautiful track and a blast to drive.  None of our drivers had ever laid eyes on this track until Friday so we had a lot to learn.  We watched the quick teams and took notes.  

We timed our pitstops wrong early on Saturday and lost a lap with both cars.  935 had a minor mechanical issue Saturday that we brought in to check and lost a few laps, however the GT30 ran strong and had a good race to 5th place, losing 4th to M Bros by .04 seconds at the finish line.  

Sunday saw both cars running in the top 10 until the GT30 split a radiator late in the day.  The 935 motored on to a 6th place finish.  Both cars were able to drive back on the trailer with zero car to car contact for the weekend.  All of our drivers got 3 stints for the weekend which was our goal for this trip to maximize track time for everyone. 

Great to meet and race with several of the NE teams that we only knew from the forum.  Sharing a pit with Hillbilly Racing was a pleasure. Driving we observed was clean and so competitive.   Thanks ChumpCar staff for another great event.

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12 hours ago, CWag27 said:

Once a year we pick a bucket list track to travel to.  Last year was COTA, this year Watkins Glen.  We were not disappointed.  This is a beautiful track and a blast to drive.  None of our drivers had ever laid eyes on this track until Friday so we had a lot to learn.  We watched the quick teams and took notes.  

We timed our pitstops wrong early on Saturday and lost a lap with both cars.  935 had a minor mechanical issue Saturday that we brought in to check and lost a few laps, however the GT30 ran strong and had a good race to 5th place, losing 4th to M Bros by .04 seconds at the finish line.  

Sunday saw both cars running in the top 10 until the GT30 split a radiator late in the day.  The 935 motored on to a 6th place finish.  Both cars were able to drive back on the trailer with zero car to car contact for the weekend.  All of our drivers got 3 stints for the weekend which was our goal for this trip to maximize track time for everyone. 

Great to meet and race with several of the NE teams that we only knew from the forum.  Sharing a pit with Hillbilly Racing was a pleasure. Drivning we observed was clean and so competitive.   Thanks ChumpCar staff for another great event.

It truly is a bucket list track - glad you had a great weekend there.  It is definitely a track where you say a small prayer of thanks when you can drive the car back onto the trailer though....

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GMS Racing report (we have been called Ghetto Motorsports in the past).

 

Tyler (of Crank Yanker Fame) joined us for this weekend.

 

It was our 4th time to Watkins Glen and 3rd time with this particular car (1987 Mazda Rx7).  This time was a little different.  We now have a GM 3400 in the engine bay.

 

In practice, the car was sputtering a bit after being on track for 6 to 7 laps.  We made sure it was full of fuel and went back out, only to experience the same issue.  We looked at the ignition system (just because everybody mis-diagnoses ignition problems as fuel problems).  Everything looked good.  We added a fuel pressure gage sticking out of the hood and found we actually DID have a fuel issue.

 

Our engine feed pump was not happy.  It was making bad noises.  We changed out the pump and moved hoses and parts around to make sure the pump and or lines getting hot was not causing the issue.  We did not get to test after this "fix".

 

Saturday started okay.  We got a good spot in the pit lineup and were going to start in the top 20.  While I was getting strapped into the car, we had an incident.....

 

My Wife (Julie) is helping me get belted in by kneeling beside the open drivers door.  Jeff and Tyler have the passenger door open and are checking cameras, radios, etc.. while straddling the passenger side door bar.

 

I still don't know exactly what happened or why, but the car behind was started without a driver in the car...  in gear....  it started....  And hit us fairly hard.  I hit the brakes to stop from hitting the car in front of us.....  then the car behind us (which was still running and in gear)... Hit us again....

 

Jeff, Tyler, and I got mild headaches from the situation.  Tyler and Jeff have some new bruises to show off.  Julie was fine and untouched.  Our exhaust is a little bent and there is more black marks on our rear bumper.  Fun times.  Anybody got video?

 

After the pit lane debacle, we go out on track.  The car dies after about 2 laps.  Same issue as the day before.  We get towed in (by the craziest, quickest, insane tow truck driver ever). 

 

Standing around waiting for ANOTHER fuel pump to arrive, somebody notices that the electrical plug for the rear (in tank) fuel pump is disconnected.....

 

We plug that in and bypass our surge tank and go out and finish the day with no further issues...

 

Sunday was rather interesting getting in pitlane.  Chumpcar made an announcement during the drivers meeting that no cars were allowed lines up on pit lane until after the pacecar was in pitlane.  soooo, we had essentially a lemans start where everybody pulled out at exactly the same time to follow the pacecar.  It was madness.  I swear there had to be minor contact.

 

We were starting 15th (from the other end of pitlane....)

 

Our car was still a little wounded on Sunday.  We replaced the transmission after mid ohio due to 5th gear issues.  The car was still hard to get into fifth gear all weekend.  WE were only shifting twice per lap...  We went from 4th to 5th on the front straight as soon as the car was pointed straight.  Then from 5th to 4th on the backside of the track (wherever we got bottled up or lost momentum). 

 

Tommy and Tyler both went MUCH faster on Sunday and put us in contention for the top 10.  Using a pretty ballsy strategy, we were up to 5th place during the second to last stint about 20 seconds behind the leader.  Jeff was in the car and laid down some sweet sweet laptimes! (2:21).

 

I get in the car and we fell back just a bit because we were the first of the leaders to pit.  I had to do a full 2:00 stint to see the checker.  Like, maybe 2:01 to see the checker....

 

I was right behind the 4th place car when I came out of the pits.  We had a pretty good battle for several laps until......   I spun in the chicane.  A slower car moved over between the Bimmerline car and us and I had to check up.  This pitched the car into a slide and I spun it around and got going to correct direction with no issue.  (It was kinda cool).

 

At this point, the lack of a surge tank and a yellow or two meant that we had no hope of catching the leaders.  I was losing power and the AFR was just dotted lines.  For the last 30 minutes of the race I had to use 5th gear for the entire track (was able to turn a 2:25 like that....).

 

 

Finished 5th overall...  With the 27th fastest lap.

 

I'm VERY happy with the team!

 

We will be back with the car a bit lower and maybe stiffer and maybe louder and with a transmission that works....

 

TL;DR......

 

We broke on Saturday (fuel pump connection).  Finished 5th on Sunday.

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5 minutes ago, wvumtnbkr said:

GMS Racing report (we have been called Ghetto Motorsports in the past).

 

What did the people that rammed your car in the pits have to say about it? That is pretty crazy. 

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We know these guys and are friendly with them so I am not going to call them out.  I will say that they should know better.

 

Don't try to start your car from the outside.  If a driver had been in the car, I would expect that this wouldn't have happened.

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32 minutes ago, wvumtnbkr said:

We know these guys and are friendly with them so I am not going to call them out.  I will say that they should know better.

 

Don't try to start your car from the outside.  If a driver had been in the car, I would expect that this wouldn't have happened.

At least chock the car if your not going to bother checking the shifter!!!!....especially at tracks that have a grade on pit row. Watkins, Road America, Atlanta Motorsports Park.

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I was in the blue Volvo and the first car to not be hit in that row.  Good to hear no one was hurt, but it was quite startling.

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I'm not sure I am fully interpreting your story correctly.  Are you saying someone reached into their car and hit the starter without depressing the clutch?  And it was in gear and came forward?  The implication of that is that they thought it was OUT of gear and the parking brake was holding the car?  

When I started racing years ago, I was told "NEVER use the parking brake - ever"  The thought was that if you used it at all, you ran the risk of accidentally using it when you came off of the track and then damaging the rotors because they were hot.  Anyone that lived by that rule would never try to start the car without the clutch in because the tranny would be holding the car in place 100% of the time.....

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Hey guys, that was us and will ante up to our mistakes. Completely our bad and we reached out individually to the other team captains and spoke at the event. While our first driver was throwing on his lid, one of our less experienced drivers started the car from outside while it was in gear. A valuable lesson was learned that morning and we are grateful that no one got seriously hurt.  
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40 minutes ago, oldschool1921 said:
Hey guys, that was us and will ante up to our mistakes. Completely our bad and we reached out individually to the other team captains and spoke at the event. While our first driver was throwing on his lid, one of our less experienced drivers started the car from outside while it was in gear. A valuable lesson was learned that morning and we are grateful that no one got seriously hurt.  

You owe me a 6 pack....:D

 

BTW, I am the team captain.  I was in the car so I didn't get spoken to.  My team did say you guys apologized profusely! 

 

It is one of those things to learn from!  I'm just glad there was nobody between our cars or working under the hood of either car.

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I wired in the original clutch safety switch back in to the relay side of the starter just for that reason. With multiple drivers, renters, and general endurance racing madness, I couldn't bring myself to bypass it. 

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3 hours ago, pintodave said:

I wired in the original clutch safety switch back in to the relay side of the starter just for that reason. With multiple drivers, renters, and general endurance racing madness, I couldn't bring myself to bypass it. 

We never bypassed ours. But I was planning to add a toggle switch to temporarily bypass the safety switch in case the car died in a bad spot on track and we needed to move it with the starter. But we sold the car before I got around to it. 

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Speaking of crazy things that happened before the green flag does anyone have video from the race to get behind the pace car in pit lane?  

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11 minutes ago, bbaker480 said:

Speaking of crazy things that happened before the green flag does anyone have video from the race to get behind the pace car in pit lane?  

 

I want to see this too.

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Don't have any video, but it was pretty wild as pace car came onto pit road every car on that end moved at same time fighting for position. Closest competition all day.

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Agreed!  It was awesome.

 

We were the second to last car on pit lane and made it to the end about 5 cars behind the pacecar.

 

Thanks to our Pit lane specialist driver Mr. BBaker480.

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