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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:
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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.
0000 iRace v02 Sign.JPG
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:
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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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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021 v03 Daytona

Postby Fred32v » Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:01 pm

This was the third race of the iRace Series for 2021.It was being held at
The Daytona International Speedway – Daytona on Wednesday March 17th
and I wanted to be there. So again, I took my mask and sanitizer and was headed out.
Daytona is over 1000 miles from home, a 15-hour drive or
a four-hour private jet flight to Daytona International Airport, which was literally right
next to the Raceway. A very quick taxi ride to Gate 40 and I was in.
The weather was perfect for racing, 70 degrees and a little cloudy.
The Daytona Road Course is 3.54 miles long and has 11 turns.
I was there to watch the race, but more specifically to root for the #50 MostMint race team
and their racecar, a Street Stock Car. Finding a place where I could get pictures of the action
was very difficult, much walking, this place is huge. I only took 22, here are my best 11.
0010 iRace v03 Pre race stats.JPG
Pre Race stats

0030 iRace v03 Pit after qualifing.JPG
#50 Ready to Race

0080 iRace v03 Pace car off.JPG
Pace Car off

0100 iRace v03 #50 1st turn.JPG
Green! 1st turn

0110 iRace v03 #50 missed early disaster.JPG
Stay right!

0120 iRace v03 #50 clear.JPG
Clear, clear!

0130 iRace v03 #50 after pit stop.JPG
13th after Pit Stop

0160 iRace v03 #50 on the banking.JPG
#50 on the Banking

0190 iRace v03 #50 starting his last lap.JPG
Checkered flag (ahead of the winner)

0200 iRace v03 #50 heading for the checkered flag.JPG
Heading for #50's checker flag, last lap pass

0210 iRace v03 Official results.JPG
Official results

As usual after the race I went back to the garage to meet with the team and give the Street Stock Car
a closer look. Sweet paint job! The car was clean with no real damage. #50 qualified 17th with
a time of 2.02.109 for a lap and was only 1.5 seconds off the top qualifier, when the checker flag fell
it was 17th in a field of 45 competitors and still on the lead lap, gaining 2 spots on the last lap.
At one point #50 was as high as 13th. Great job! After that it was time get back to the airport and my flight home.

I am looking forward to Version 4 at Road America later this month.
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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021

Postby MostMint » Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:08 pm

The last lap pass looks good, but the guy I was passing was out of gas! Great pics. I did not see most of that when I watched the replay.

Qualified P17 as Fred32v mentioned, and after dodging the lap 1 melee and giving up a few spots I settled in around 16th.

There were three big mistakes I made that ended up with unscheduled full stop of the car:
Lap 4 turn 1, too close to guys in front and I spun out focusing on the gap instead of letting up on the brake. Got hit once in the LR as I was perpendicular to the track. Lucky it wasn't worse and there was no repairs required.

Lap 20 pit in, I had a run on a guy coming of NASCAR turn 4 and I went to pit entrance. Unfortunately the guy decided to pit as well but further down and I lost control trying to avoid him on the way in. Was running 16 before the pit sequences started and came out 19th.

Lap 27 or 28. At the apex of turn 6 before going back on the speedway section I got inside too far onto the gravel. I corrected but then got back to the gas too fast and it went all the way around. This put me back to P23. With 3:21 left in the timed session I was still P23. At the start of the last lap I was still P20 (I think anyway), but three cars ran out of gas and I ended up P17. The leader was closing in and then on the last trip through the bus stop I got a 1 second slow down. I burned off .9 of it trying to time the acceleration right but had to slow right before the start finish to burn off the last .1 and I beat the leader across the start finish by about a second.

I spent over 400 laps between the practice and the race. I never could get the bus stop sequence close to where the leaders are, I just don't have the car control.

Moved up to 13th in points.
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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021 v04 Road America

Postby Fred32v » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:01 am

This was the fourth race of the iRace Series for 2021. It was being held at Road America in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin
on Wednesday March 31st and I planned to be there. So again, even though I’ve had my shots I still took my mask
and sanitizer and made the trip. Road America is over 500 miles and an 8-hour ride from home. Flying did not make since,
so I drove my Canyon and followed the #50 MostMint team. We left Tuesday and arrived in Sheboygan that evening
where we spent the night at the Quality Inn, about 10 miles from the track.
Wednesday found the crew and #50 pit side and ready, weather was a little warm for racing, 83 degrees and a little cloudy.
The Road America track is 4.03 miles and has 14 turns. I was there to watch the race, but mostly to support the #50 MostMint
race team and their racecar, a Street Stock Car. Finding a place where I could get pictures of the action was not to hard,
just a little walking, this place is nicely set up. I took 28 photos, here are 12 that will give you some idea about the race.
0020 iRace v04 #50 qualified 12th.JPG
#50 qualified 12th

0060 iRace v04 #50 bridge ahead.JPG
#50's cockpit

0090 iRace v04 #50 Pit crew.JPG
Prerace car & Pit Crew

0120 iRace v04 Parade lap.JPG
Parade lap

0140 iRace v04 Pace Truck off.JPG
Truck off!

0160 iRace v04 #50 under green flag.JPG
#50 under green flag

0190 iRace v04 Pit forTires.JPG
Pit for service and tires

0200 iRace v04 #50 Late battle.JPG
Late battle with #12

0230 iRace v04 #50 more fun.JPG
catching #16

0250 iRace v04 #50 Checkered Flag.JPG
#50 heading for the Checker Flag

0270 iRace v04  race over Photo Opp.JPG
Time for a photo opportunity

0280 iRace v04 Official Top 20.JPG
Official Top 20

After the race I went back to the garage with the team and give the Street Stock Car a once over. The car was relatively clean
with just a little damage from the bumping and sliding through the grass. #50 qualified 12th with a time of 2.36.137 seconds
for a lap and was only 2.949 seconds off the top qualifier, when the checker flag fell #50 was 17th in a field of 29 competitors
and still on the lead lap. Not bad. Then the car was loaded up and we went back to the motel for a good night sleep and the drive home.

I am looking forward to Version 5 at Charlotte Motor Speedway late April.
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Re: iRacing ChampCar 2021

Postby MostMint » Fri Apr 02, 2021 9:54 pm

I did 346 laps at Road America including the race. The temps were blistering hot for April in Wisconsin. In the past real life events there is more likely to be snow than heat. Nonetheless we had to race.

Qualified P12 of 28 cars. Unfortunately I got punted on lap 1 on entry to turn 7 by my friend Troy no less. After contact I was sitting perpendicular to the track with the front of the car on the line, so it was a harrowing set of seconds waiting for the rest of the field roaring by. I did get a glancing hit but it was serious. I emerged 26th. I'm guessing about 10 seconds lost but will confirm after watching the replay.

Anyway from there I had no major mistakes and ended on the lead lap 1:47 behind the leader. I had one harrowing experience where a regular who is typically faster than me wrecked in front of me on exit of turn 5. After hitting the wall he came back across the track and I had to take to the grass to avoid it.

The street stock at Road America is a big challenge - mostly right hand turns where car is set up to turn left, and the high temps made it super slick. You could see this in the race coverage as many of the leaders made mistake after mistake. The practice race was also hot so I had practiced in it and knew what I was up against.

Seeing the car on the coverage I noticed the hood was tweaked slightly - still need to find out where that happened. There was slight contact during my lap 1 off track excursion but no optional repair happened in my mid race pit stop so no measurable damage.

We have about a month until the next race.
[quote="Basement Paul"]Is that a mint rocketship on the hood?? :shock:
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