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iRacing ChampCar 2021

Postby MostMint » Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:41 pm

The 2021 season is announced.

https://forum.champcar.org/applications/core/interface/file/attachment.php?id=20234

All the details:
https://forum.champcar.org/topic/22136- ... -schedule/

While it is not at all clear if the competition is increasing, based on my improved skills I'm targeting a season top 10 finish with a stretch goal of top 5 in points. We'll see if I can sneak in a few top 5 finishes later in the season as well.

They have dropped the Solstice and added VW Jetta TDI to the mix - so I get to drive a FWD which should help me as well.
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021 v01 Road Atlanta

Postby Fred32v » Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:50 pm

This was the first race of the iRace Series for 2021.It was being held at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
on Wednesday February 10th and I wanted to be there. I took my mask and sanitizer and was off.
Road Atlanta is in Braselton, Georgia, about 750 miles from home and an 11-hour drive or
a 1.5-hour flight to Atlanta where I had a rental car scheduled for the 60-mile trip to the track.
The weather was great, 66 degrees and partly cloudy. The track at Road Atlanta is 2.52 miles with 12 turns.
The MostMint car qualified 19th in a field of 47. It was really difficult finding a good location to take pictures.
I took several but I think these 7 tell the story of #50’s part in the race.
0020 iRace v01 #50 Qualifing.JPG
Qualifying 19th field of 47

0050 iRace v01 Pace lap.JPG
Mustang Pace Car

0060 iRace v01 Pace Lap #50.JPG
#50 Pace Lap

0080 iRace v01  GREEN Flag!.JPG
GREEN FLAG!

0090 iRace v01 #50 early.JPG
#50 Hard on it!

0110 iRace v01 #50 drafting.JPG
#50 Drafting

0160 iRace v01 #50 back to the garage.JPG
Checkered Flag Finished 19th

After the race I went back to the garage to congratulate the team and especially the driver
for running a clean error free race with no on track problems.
#50 qualified 1.635 seconds slower than the top qualifier and there were 17 cars packed in between them.
#50 ran as high as 12th, after the pit stop it finished 19 out of 47 cars.
It was a very tight field and #50 finished on the same lap as the winner. Good job!

It was a good fun outing, but now it’s time to head back to Atlanta and the flight home.
I can’t wait to go to VIR for next month’s race.
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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021

Postby MostMint » Thu Feb 11, 2021 11:22 pm

Road Atlanta is fun and fast. Zihao set the pace sub 1:38 is ridiculous. He actually has an NC Miata in real life which might explain some of it. None of us could touch him.

I put a lot of practice in and had run 1:38.8 in practice but the best I could muster was 1:39.1 in qualifying and 1:39.7 in the race.

It was not the most eventful race, but that is not a bad thing! I had no major offs, only one slowdown penalty (1.2 seconds) for cutting a corner, and no contact. I used a bit less fuel than expected and so I put in less during the pitstop, yet still the guy who was 3 seconds behind and pitted one lap later made it out ahead of me after we both pitted. We traded places twice but then I realized he had a blag flag for unsafe pit exit so I just followed til he went in to serve his penalty. I also ended with .4 gallons so I overfilled by .2. FYI 2.7 gallons took 13.6 seconds to fill so you can see why putting in the minimum needed saves time. I also went for no tires as I recently learned that tires and fuel take longer than just fuel. There is some time savings to doing both but not enough to offset the time lost in my opinion. Also this season they give us more initial fuel so I could run 2/3 the race on initial fill.

Going into the last lap I was P20 and no one close, and it appears someone must have run out of gas - though I don't recall passing them.

So race 1 nets 20 points, and puts me 19th overall in the standings. The points take is a bit lower than my average for last year - but the car counts drop off later in the season making it easier to score points, so it is hard to compare. Overall car count was up from 34 last year to 47.

Next race will debut the Jetta in this series - my first FWD iRacing! Also I'll be upgrading my crew chief to give me countdown to pit box and to automatically fuel the car with just enough gas.
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
-BP[/quote]

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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021 v02 VIR

Postby Fred32v » Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:28 pm

This was the second race of the iRace Series for 2021.It was being held at the Virginia International Raceway – VIR
on Wednesday February 24th and I wanted to attend. So again, I took my mask and sanitizer and was off.
VIR is 550 miles from home, a 9-hour drive or a one-hour flight to Raleigh-Durham where I was picked up at the airport
by my good friend and fellow TireSmoker WXO who was waiting for me in his Trailblazer SS for a quick 70-mile ride to VIR.
The last time WXO and I were at VIR it was for a 24-hour race, this race was only 1-hour so no hotel accommodations were needed.
The weather was pretty good, 87 degrees but a little cloudy. The VIR track itself is 1.61 miles and has 8 turns.
WE were there to watch the race, but more specifically to cheer for the #50 MostMint race team and their new racecar, a VW Jetta.
Finding a place where we could get pictures of the action was very difficult. I only took 17 and most were a long way off, here are my best 10.
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VIR Sign

0005 iRace WXO SS.JPG
WXO & his SS

0030 iRace v02  11 to 20 of 34.JPG
Qualified 18th

0040 iRace v02  start Parade lap.JPG
Parade lap

0070 iRace v02 GREEN, GREEN, GREEN!!!.JPG
GREEN, GREEN, GREEN!!!

0090 iRace v02 #50 early.JPG
#50 early

0110 iRace v02 #50 under Oak Tree.JPG
#50 under Oak Tree

0115 iRace v02 WXO 32V.JPG
WXO & Fred32V

0150 iRace v02 #50 ahead.JPG
#50 passing

0160 iRace v02 Checkered Flag.JPG
Checkered Flag

0170 iRace v02 Offical Finish top 20.JPG
Official Top 20 finishers

After the race WXO and I went back to the garage to meet with the team and give the Jetta a closer inspection.
Again, the car was clean with no damage. #50 qualified 18th and was only 0.848 seconds off the top qualifier,
when the checker flag fell it was 17th in a field of 34 competitors. The Jetta will live to race again. Great job!
After that it was time for WXO to take me back to the airport and my flight home.
I thanked WXO for his company hoping we can do it again sometime in the future for real.

I am looking forward to Version 3 at Daytona next month.
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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021

Postby MostMint » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:01 am

The VIR south course is short and the Jetta is not that fast. It is also quiet we should run them at tracks with super low noise tolerances.

I put in a lot of practice laps, and my lap times were about .5 behind the leaders. Race day turned out to be extremely hot and I had to recalibrate to the reduced grip and power, which cost me some time to the leaders.

The race turned into basically a long conga line, and I felt I was being held up - indeed I was lifting and braking early in some cases. So I pitted early - on lap 7. This turned out to be a mistake. It put me out in clean air but with no draft I was a solid .5 slower per lap. Oops. Exiting the pits in P31, I was able to work my way up to P16 but Simon caught me and there was no way I could hold him up for 8 minutes so I ended up P17.

Also used the crew chief app to fuel the car. I think he put in less than I would have, but I still ended up with .8 gallons left over. I can only guess the higher temps improved the fuel mileage. This car only needed 3.8 gallons to make an hour of racing! Refueling rate is quite slow so I lost at least 10 seconds there.

Nonetheless I executed my racing line well - had no offs and no slow down penalties.

I ended on the lead lap, 70 seconds behind the leader - almost matching my best of 68 seconds. I was concerned I would get lapped due to the short lap times. After two races I have 42 points and am 15th overall. Can't win championships with this kind of performance but top 10 still on the table.

I was also able to obtain some pics from the track photographer, unfortunately all but one are too big for Tiresmoke site to upload.

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[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
-BP[/quote]

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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021

Postby wxo » Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:26 pm

Thanks for the photos, Fred. Good times together.


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