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NChoy
04-11-2011, 03:03 AM
Went out to the track on Saturday in my "sports photographer" trim. Got lots of pics of four Volvo racing teams doing the two-day Chumpcar race at PIR. This overview only covers Saturday, since I was only there one day. Kyle and the others can provide a Sunday overview.

For the rest of the pics, go to my personal Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/flynhwn7/sets/72157626470982508/with/5608262239/

Orange 142 #051 "General Leif" is owned/driven by Marc Williams, co drivers Kyle Eisenbach, Mark Scholz, and Eric Mollerstuen. Hans, Pete, and I provided pit crew help (I mostly took pictures). The car made it all the way to ninth place before putting #2 and #3 rods through the block Saturday afternoon. Spent the better part of the evening swapping motors, and I left around 10:30 p.m. to go spend some time with the spousal unit. Evidently Sunday there was another motor problem...
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flynhwn7/5607382827/" title="DSC_7037 by flynhwn7, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5105/5607382827_68c4dfc911.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="DSC_7037"></a>

Blue/Yellow 740 wagon #063 is owned by Swede One. Not sure of their drivers. Their wagon was high up on jacks several times in the pits. Not sure what other issues they faced.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flynhwn7/5608148968/" title="DSC_7144 by flynhwn7, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5608148968_45c7056946.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="DSC_7144"></a>

Gold/multi-colored 245 #098 is owned/driven by Jonathan Myers, but I'm not sure who co-drove for them. Sam? They experienced a catastrophic cam failure on Saturday, but swapped it and finished the race that day. Not sure how they fared Sunday.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flynhwn7/5607564302/" title="DSC_6734 by flynhwn7, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5607564302_7b4e8d3475.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="DSC_6734"></a>

Red '79 242GT owned by local coffee shop, BJ Coffee (it says "Have you had your morning BJ?" on the windshield). They had coolant problems pretty much all day Saturday, then bashed in the front right corner, and had trouble opening the hood every time they came into the pits. Then they had fuel pump problems, but changed it out with a new unit Saturday night. Yes, those are two scantily-clad mannequins on the roof, drinking coffee. And yes, they probably really messed with the aerodynamics, but they certainly drew a lot of attention.
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/flynhwn7/5608513942/" title="DSC_7327 by flynhwn7, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5608513942_1ac19b4445.jpg" width="500" height="332" alt="DSC_7327"></a>

1320boy
04-11-2011, 04:56 AM
lol looked like fun:-D

towerymt
04-11-2011, 10:00 AM
cool. showroom? I'll have some pics up tonight from the lemons race in New Jersey this past weekend.

WeezilUSA
04-18-2011, 05:37 PM
The #98 Drivers were:

Ben Weaver (me)
Bryce Allen (TheInstigator)
Jordan Allen (ovlov28)
Kris Otnes (aka the hotness).

Great pictures Nick!

klr142
04-20-2011, 05:04 PM
I'll have to post up a better worded version of my updates I posted on FB at some point and add some links to more pictures.

AWESOME time, even if we didn't finish either race.

Let me say, it's pretty cool to hear your guys tell you over the radio that you're the fastest car on track... :) Sadly, the car needed work and we started way back, so we never were in the top ten at any point for very long.

klr142
04-28-2011, 07:28 PM
Here's some raw crap videos. I'll edit them someday and re-upload them but figured you guys wouldn't mind for now. Turn off the sound.

Me out first:
<iframe width="640" height="510" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/o6nT_Z3uLm8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Eric out second:
<iframe width="640" height="510" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UF5TqZ9fB0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

No video for Mark, but here's Marc in the last session:
<iframe width="640" height="510" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1_hvlZvcAA8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
<iframe width="640" height="510" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/R63mjUltJ0Y" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

dinomite
08-02-2011, 09:44 PM
Stumbled across this thread while searching for some ChumpCar info—I'm on a team that races a 1994 940 in ChumpCar and LeMons races. Our blog: http://www.csmotorclub.com/

And some pics:
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6027/5907238024_2a21fbbb05_z.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6137/5997511375_f61ffc50b5_z.jpg
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6026/5972404902_c04d3e35b2_z.jpg

Mesoam
08-02-2011, 10:42 PM
sooo...who had the Mr. Miagi car?

towerymt
08-03-2011, 12:30 AM
http://www.pbase.com/towerymt/image/135747639.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/towerymt/image/135747643.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/towerymt/image/135747648.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/towerymt/image/135748293.jpg

Our sweet ride

http://www.pbase.com/towerymt/image/135747978.jpg

Compare ****ty suspension to decent suspension :lol:

GSWAGON
08-03-2011, 01:12 AM
I seriously laughed out loud when I saw the pic with the mannequins on the roof, that is awesome

sbabbs
08-03-2011, 07:39 PM
So the coffee one was BJ's. Cool I used to go to the BJ's all the time in Forest Grove. They got the monkey chewed coffee beans...

YellowT5-r
08-03-2011, 07:59 PM
The BJ's car is great - the brunette on the roof is Vajanica Patrick....dunno her coffee date's name.

klr142
10-05-2011, 11:08 PM
Stumbled across this thread while searching for some ChumpCar info—I'm on a team that races a 1994 940 in ChumpCar and LeMons races. Our blog: http://www.csmotorclub.com/Dump that thing!!! :)

We're most of the way through our b20/D-jet to b230/LH2.4 powered swap... Hope to be running with the new intake manifold and motor in a week and a half or so, because the next race is at the end of the month!!!

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/316988_910637732718_19701519_42116150_1765580_n.jp g
http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/s720x720/303200_930064591138_19701519_42321777_1180769534_n .jpg

stylngle2003
10-06-2011, 01:01 AM
what happened to the cam in #98?

WeezilUSA
10-06-2011, 01:14 AM
what happened to the cam in #98?
The rear of it broke off and it started to walk forward in the head. This was an old racing cam that had been purchased off of ebay a few years ago.

All freshened up and getting ready for Halloween!
http://i929.photobucket.com/albums/ad138/weezilusa/IMG_20110912_163037.jpg

okoye
10-06-2011, 11:16 AM
wow that car looks mean! any side pics?

harribert
10-06-2011, 01:44 PM
Who's driving this year?

WeezilUSA
10-06-2011, 08:09 PM
All of the employees from the shop basically.

harribert
10-06-2011, 08:11 PM
Nice. If I don't end up going to Seattle I'll spend the weekend giving you guys a hand then :)

klr142
10-06-2011, 10:05 PM
Like!

towerymt
10-06-2011, 11:20 PM
i'd drive it.

btw, our wagon handled AWESOME at the last race in charlotte. we swapped out the 8x700lb front springs for 8x475 and ben put on an old pair of camber plates. had -2.6 deg camber on the front before with stock strut mounts and ball joint extensions at the bottom. now he estimated -3.2 camber. the front was slightly lower. with the added camber it seemed to be using the full tire with no noticeable outside edge wear. braking was not an issue, but it wasn't a high speed track.

the other amazing thing was how good it was in the wet. the 225/50/16 star specs were 1 race old and they did great. it wasn't twitchy at all. it would turn and brake rather well. not the fastest car in the wet, but after some laps, I felt comfortable. that's a big step forward from the practice we did in the wet earlier this year with old tires and the 700lb front springs where the car was horrible to drive. if it were going to be raining the whole time, I'd just disconnect the front bar and it would be perfect.

i was really impressed by the star specs. might just use this set for a 3rd race and then think about 245/40/17.

klr142
10-07-2011, 02:40 AM
Nice. Yeah, I've really liked them on our car, but 205/50-15 is really not that much tire. This weekend I hope to at least get them swapped onto some 7" wide wheels instead of the 6" ones that they're currently on. Maybe slap some 5mm spacers on there too for fun. I think we also have some more room for improvement with the camber, but I don't know if we'll be able to make it to an alignment rack before the race. I think we have 2-2.5 deg. up front right now.

In the wet the car is predictable, but not awesome. I was one of the faster cars out there, but I think the car wasn't doing as good as it could've been. We do have a rear bar on it though... Hmm, more camber and stiffer rear springs may be in order, with less rear bar(none).

What are you guys using for a diff? Ours is welded.

Next season we'll get some of the 225/50-16s on some 16x7.5" wheels.

What's the front sway on your wagon? Nothing on the rear, I assume. What rear springs? What'd you think about the wing, any noticeable difference? Lol.

klr142
10-07-2011, 02:40 AM
TB fail.

WeezilUSA
10-07-2011, 02:52 AM
We are running 255-40-17 Azenis, 600 lbs Fronts and 250 rears w/ no rear bar currently. The car pushed really bad in the wet, but we were running a 25mm+21mm front bar. Roll center correction would definitely help, and I'm not sure how much negative camber we have in the front. Car works really well in the dry, just pretty terrible in the wet. Our plan for wet weather this round will be to drop rear spring rates, and unhook the sway.

Really want to get a set of star specs on the car, but its just not in the budget this race.

towerymt
10-07-2011, 11:01 AM
I've heard the Azenis are not great in the wet. Star specs were awesome. Sam was just about the fastest car on track in the rain at the end of the race when we were helped out of the race.

475lb front, 25mm front bar. cut overload rear, no rear bar. I had an old rusty pair of the stiff r-sport rear shocks I put on about 4 races ago when we had extra budget and that helped. softly sprung and overdamped a bit, I like it. diff is modified g80, worked good til it failed the first time, now a "new" one is working good again. was glad to have that rather than a welded when it was wet.

a lot of the fast cars don't have really stiff springs. don't go too stiff, the street tires may not work as well, and the wet handling will be sketchy. most important is probably to make changes and do some testing to see what works.

I am a believer in the spoiler, but others doubt it does much. In the Street Prepared classes in autocross, lots of cars run big spoilers like this (they can't use wings that have air passing under them). They're seeing maybe 60mph, and they are effective. So I'm going to say that it helped on the fast corner...top of 3rd, lift, turn in, back on the throttle immediately. Guessing 70+ apex speed. I'm thinking about bracing it more since the plastic has cracked at the mounting points on the roof rack, and the top edge isn't supported. There's one bolt through the middle at the base where it meets the roof. There's a ~1" lip all around the edge to add rigidity, but it's not very stiff. Also needs a gurney flap. :lol:

klr142
10-07-2011, 11:13 AM
Very cool. On our 142 we have some old springs, maybe from a 164 or some actual lowering springs, too old to know for sure, that are cut a little bit. On the back, I think we just have 245 springs, also cut. We should probably lower the rear a hair for an easy way to get more rear traction, but the car really doesn't oversteer much as it is. In the wet it would help though. I really want to see it on an alignment rack again though, and be there for the setup.

blkaplan
10-07-2011, 12:46 PM
We are running 255-40-17 Azenis, 600 lbs Fronts and 250 rears w/ no rear bar currently. The car pushed really bad in the wet, but we were running a 25mm+21mm front bar. Roll center correction would definitely help, and I'm not sure how much negative camber we have in the front. Car works really well in the dry, just pretty terrible in the wet. Our plan for wet weather this round will be to drop rear spring rates, and unhook the sway.

Really want to get a set of star specs on the car, but its just not in the budget this race.

IMO, 600s are border line too stiff for street tires. What width wheel are using for a 255 40? You would probably get much better compliance around 400-450 without much sacrifice in handling.

WeezilUSA
10-07-2011, 04:15 PM
IMO, 600s are border line too stiff for street tires. What width wheel are using for a 255 40? You would probably get much better compliance around 400-450 without much sacrifice in handling.

I think they are 8" or 8.5".

towerymt
10-07-2011, 10:27 PM
looking at the star spec, the 235/40 is not much narrower than the 245/40. 235 is cheaper, lighter, and shorter. we have a set of 7.5" now, might get a set of 8", so could run either size.

or maybe just throw the 225/50/16 on 8.5" vette wheels :-D