ChumpCar at the Glen

by Frank Ewald

Is there anything better than spending a weekend at Watkins Glen?  How about spending the weekend at the Glen tracking your car? Maybe, tracking your car in an endurance race! How about three days of racing? 18 hours in total to push your team and your car to the limit. Top that off by getting on the podium twice - it certainly is nice. Even better, having a car running well is absolutely the highlight! To make it even better than that, telling yourself that you cannot attend and then getting a last minute call to drive a fast car at the full track in Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series Memorial Day weekend event at WGI. Four hours Friday. Eight hours Saturday. Six hours Sunday. What a great weekend!


Friday evening and the garage was packed, The teams were busy preparing the cars for the rest of the weekend. For many it was the first time out, but quite a few have already seen the track several times this spring. I went through the garage looking for my teammates and admiring some of the ChumpCars.
Two of my favourites were parked beside each other. The awesome Cougar of the Drunken Squirrels and the nefarious Neon of Mopar4Life.
Got my gear in to be teched and found that I'd arrived just after a protest had been lodged against Friday's first place car. The Team McQueen Dinoco 240SX, seen in my ChumpCar Canada CTMP article, had been protested. It won one race at CTMP. It won twice at New Jersey. It led Friday's event at WGI by a significant margin - and apparently the post-race impound was quite crowded as the car was examined. The protest was deemed justified and the team penalized several laps.
Saturday morning the racing was back to business. This was an 8 hour endurance session - twice the length of Friday's race. At the morning driver's meeting it was announced that the Dinoco 240SX had been penalized, dropping it down to twelfth place. A tough call, but that's racing. Team McQueen chose to head home after getting this news.
Business as usual for the #63 car, team Simon Says was ready for a fast day of racing. Very consistent too! Consistency is the name of the game in endurance racing.  Fast and consistent, you've got a podium combination.


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Monday, June 08, 2015 1:22 PM
You caught the front end of my team's car in that first picture in the garage. Poor Life Choices Racing, purple Integra. We probably have tons of gopro footage of your civic hauling ass past us.
Red Cow Racing
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Tuesday, June 09, 2015 6:03 AM
Just saw the pic of our car (#2) in the wall in turn 10. Fantastic!!!

Yeah we came into that corner at 155 Kmh and blew a brake line, narrowly missed another car and yanked on the hand brake to try and scrub off some speed and spun into the wall..

It was also a scary moment from inside the car but both the car and driver were fine and were back up and running after replacing the brake line and the drivers underwear.. :-)

The lesson from the weekend is be very careful what Chinese parts you put on your race car....

Red Cow Racing...
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 6:23 AM
Post up links to any YouTube clips. If the footage shows a fast Civic, it's probably one of my teammates.

Red Cow,
Glad to know the car is good. I thought I saw it back on track, but wasn't sure. I had a similar experience at turn five at Mosport. There's nothing worse than a hairpin corner and no brakes!
Tuesday, June 09, 2015 8:17 AM
Oh, it was definitely your car going by. I'll post a link once Sunday is uploaded. We had lost third gear, so you'll probably see your car lapping us a good dozen times.
Friday, August 28, 2015 8:08 AM
Finally got around to reading this (sorry!). Great article, really gives a flavour of the event.

Going to try to get out to CTMP for ChumpCar in October, if you're planning on being there. :)
Friday, August 28, 2015 9:10 AM
I'm going to try my best to be there. I had some scheduling challenges so have had to withdraw from Calabogie.
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