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Old 12-07-2011, 02:13 AM   #161
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BTW, who the **** are you?
He's one of the two people on the team hand picked by Savington to be his point guards when it came to spinning wrenches. 4 minute hubs swaps on a smoking hot hub (literally) at 1 am in a parking lot on about 4 hours sleep in the last 30 anyone?

After seeing what Chris has seen, I'd say he's able to make some pretty well educated guesses on what might work for a T25 car.
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Well, I had to ask. He could have been the donut boy, warm towel guy, weird bathroom cologne guy, gt live guy...
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4 hours sleep in the last 30 anyone?
Wait, I got to sleep? When did I miss that? IIRC I sat down in the RV to get an hour of sleep, and as I sat down my radio exploded with talk of brake failure, and the forthcoming of the apocalypse.

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They might of well have made that my job based on what they new about me coming in. I don't think that I had met a single person involved with this before I went down to 949 to introduce myself, and then help a tiny bit with the cars before the race. I think that I met Emilio, John and Sonny 3 times each for a couple hours before the race, and two months ago none of them had ever heard of me. Bundy and Hyde might know me a little from my time up North, but other than that, I doubt that anyone in the Miata community could have told you my name. So the "Who the F*** are you?!" is not really without merit.
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Sounds like you did good things for the team. You should see Billy Johnson post on the Boss 302 forums under the name "stuntman".

stuntman: we run 3 degrees of front camber on our car

mustanguy67: sure whatever buddy you have 12 post, bob with 4000 posts and crappy lap times says 1.3 degrees is optimal
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Chris is a stand up guy and a good shoe but he needed more than 100whp in his miata when he was in Seattle. Even at that, I couldn't keep up with him on our local cart track in my fatass MSM...
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It was probably those TR wheels lol
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I would definitely be up for helping out as crew for you guys at the 25 next year.

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Would love to, but you should be a.driver
think about it.
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Sounds like you did good things for the team. You should see Billy Johnson post on the Boss 302 forums under the name "stuntman".

stuntman: we run 3 degrees of front camber on our car

mustanguy67: sure whatever buddy you have 12 post, bob with 4000 posts and crappy lap times says 1.3 degrees is optimal
hahahahah. Link?
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hahahahah. Link?
please. I could use a good laugh this morning.
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Hell, they could just run your car on a more mild tune, and as long as everything held up for the full 25 (which we have no reason to assume it wouldn't) it would be a force to be reckoned with. It certainly would have a good shot at pole position in whatever class it ran outside of ES.
Looking at the rules it looks like the only way to run the type of Miata I want to build on slicks other than ES is to build it as an SCCA GT3 car which could run in E0. Meaning no turbo and stock displacement. When I was looking at that before it looked like a Miata would not make a great GT3 car. Weight advantage in class for the low displacement and hp would be minimal like 100 lbs and you would be lucky to get 100 to 150 less Hp than the competition.

Who knows though the first incarnation of my future race car might just keep the turbo off and keep it GT3 legal.

Iím really itching to go racing though. The few chump car events I have done just have me thinking about it constantly.

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Would love to, but you should be a.driver
think about it.
I would be down with that.

Got to get a race license of some sort. I need a car to go wheel to wheel racing in and get some races uner my belt other than chump car.

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He's one of the two people on the team hand picked by Savington to be his point guards when it came to spinning wrenches. 4 minute hubs swaps on a smoking hot hub (literally) at 1 am in a parking lot on about 4 hours sleep in the last 30 anyone?

After seeing what Chris has seen, I'd say he's able to make some pretty well educated guesses on what might work for a T25 car.
It's funny that we know Chris way up here as well. I think I met him first doing car lap days at the go cart track at PGP. Nice guy. Doesnít quite have the experience some of us have from blowing turbo stuff up on the track for the last 10 years but he seems to be quick to pick up and Identify the information that is critical from those that have.

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If you guys build a E0 car Bob could practice by going 90mph on the freeway and just keep changing lanes to dodge cars
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It's funny that we know Chris way up here as well. I think I met him first doing car lap days at the go cart track at PGP. Nice guy. Doesn’t quite have the experience some of us have from blowing turbo stuff up on the track for the last 10 years but he seems to be quick to pick up and Identify the information that is critical from those that have.
I would say that is an accurate statement. I certainly do lack real world experience, especially when it comes to Forced induction. I would say that my best asset is that I learn quickly, and have a brain that does well with problem solving, and formulating strategy.

I certainly wouldn't pretend to be the Miata master mechanic that I think I fooled a few people into think I was. Tires, brakes, and bearings are easy, just be glad you didn't have to ask me to do any real mechanic work. It would have gotten done, but it also would have taken a bit longer.

Hopefully someday I'll have the experience to go along with all the BS I am currently selling...
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I would say that is an accurate statement. I certainly do lack real world experience, especially when it comes to Forced induction. I would say that my best asset is that I learn quickly, and have a brain that does well with problem solving, and formulating strategy.
I'm jealous you were able to partake. That's definitely an experience!

Congrats to Team 949Racing/SuperMiata and the crew! I've been following this throughout the weekend. I would have loved to help or even be a part of it, but it seems all the know-how and talent are already on the table.
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I would be down with that.

Got to get a race license of some sort. I need a car to go wheel to wheel racing in and get some races uner my belt other than chump car.

Bob
you need 8 races minimum before one is allowed to race T25. NASA might even change it to say 10 races.
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I'm jealous you were able to partake. That's definitely an experience!
I think that the person to be jealous of is Sean Johnston. He got such an opportunity with the GT Academy, and truly showed his skill behind the wheel. Since then doors have been opening for him, and as they should. He is an incredible driver, and in the coming years I expect to see him getting paid good money to drive. He had his first night driving experience with us, and he just killed it. He got in shortly after lost P1 due to mechanicals, and made up 3-4 laps in his double stint. Not too bad for his first time ever driving. I must admit that I had been a little skeptical when I heard that he was a last minute pickup for the team, but after his first practice session I was glad that he was on our team, and as the race progressed, I was thrilled that we didn't have to drive against him. Though really the same thing could be said about all of our drivers. They were all amazing. It is funny that the drivers have tried to give credit to the crew, because we all saw it the other way. They got us an 8 lap lead, then that turned into trailing by 11. Their had work and good driving kept us motivated to keep turning wrenches. If the first two drivers in the cars hadn't made up between 3-4 laps each, I think that the rest of us would have found it hard to find motivation.
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Sean's the real deal, for sure. He and I met at the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Driver Shootout in 2010. At that point, he had only some karting experience and a Jim Russell course on his driving resume. His first time ever driving a sedan on a track was AT the Driver Shootout and he was matching/beating my lap times by the second day. A lot of young drivers try to just make it in racing based on talent alone. Sean's got the talent in spades, but I think what is going to make him successful is his drive to do the hard work, too. He comes to any opportunity completely prepared.

When he contacted me about joining the team, we were ALL over it!

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you need 8 races minimum before one is allowed to race T25. NASA might even change it to say 10 races.
Yea I just read that don't think that will happen for a few years yet at least.

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^ I don't think that they need to be NASA races, but something of equivalent nature. You could just build a budget SM car, and run that next year. Between the Oregon races, and the ones at PR, I am sure that you could get 8 races in between now and then.

Heck, just buy a used SM online for $8k, and run that at the big tracks, and the money you save on transmissions would pay for the car...

Either way, it would be great to see you again, and I am sure fun to work with you. That is, assuming people don't realize how annoying I am between now and next year, and that they let me come back...
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