Swag For Rail Project: ChumpCar World Series

ChumpCar World Series: Pacific NW Style

Walking out of ChumpCar World Series Race Central Sunday afternoon on an all-weather Labor Day weekend, I encounter The Ridge track workers carrying an aluminum rail.

Turn 5 Guardrail: The Ridge MotorSports Park

Turn 5 Guardrail: The Ridge MotorSports Park

Now, who of you would not process that something grand is about to happen?

A question proffered to filming for posterity received a resounding, “Yes! C’mon!”

Giggles surface while walking the Paddock and watching these guys hunt down the lucky recipients: The Great Canadian Oil Burners, Team # 411.

It's Ours?

It’s Ours?

Arriving at their pit stall brought all sorts of incredulous smiles and exclamations, “We actually get to keep it?”

It’s yours, you ‘bought’ it!” came a wink and a nod toward Turn 5’s Armco aluminum barrier, bump-tested in Saturday’s afternoon endurance Race #2.

“Wow! Let me get straps for the trailer!”

Signed, Sealed and Delivered!

Signed, Sealed and Delivered!

You think they’ll see their way fit to letting us through the border?”

Prior to signing their aluminum contract, the entire team and their fans had recently returned from a Race Central foray, buying out every last item of The Ridge seasonal swag that fit.

It seemed a win-win-situation and a grand exchange!

Needless to say, ChumpCar World Series rocks!

Results (courtesy of MyLaps Sports Timing):
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More photos:
The Ridge: “NOT The Fortyfortyfortyfortyforty-four”

Turn 15 at The Ridge

Turn 15 at The Ridge: Chasing #925, Chotchkie’s Racing

Down the front stretch

Down the front stretch: The Great Canadian Oil Burners

Team # 411, The Great (and amazing :) Canadian Oil Burners

Team # 411, The Great (and amazing) Canadian Oil Burners

ChumpCar World Series: The Ridge Complex

Courtesy Andre Meunier, Oregonian Week in Review

Courtesy Andre Meunier, Oregonian Week in Review

My co-worker is related, through marriage, to the missing woman who resided in Dundee, OR with her two small children and a loving husband. The moment officials announced her as missing, the news hit the tabloids and the social media market. As the story wanes, I make the mistake of reading the comments in the news articles. People are unbelievably cruel and unjust with their comments and speculations. It makes me sad and angry.

The Gaza strip, the Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak, the immense suffering affecting people the world over inundates us each and every day. It can really be depressing, if you absorb too much of it.
We all find coping mechanisms. Some of us get involved to change the world, others to affect a small portion within their community, and then, there are those who come together to enjoy a sport or passion, reveling in the subsequent endorphins and the laughter that accompany it.

ChumpCar World Series is such a place.

Spokane 36

Spokane 36

People who, despite all their other concerns and all their life’s upheavals, spend the money and time to meet up for a weekend and perform in an endurance road race, enjoying a moment of competition and camaraderie.

It’s fast and it’s cheap.

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#44 Crapst Blue Ribbon Racing

So, while you’ve been distracted with the World News or the grand athletic pitching sensation that is Mo’ne Davis, six ChumpCar World Series have taken place in this past month; one at Portland International Raceway (Portland, OR), one at Brainerd International Raceway, another at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), Las Vegas Motor Speedway, AutoDrome Saint-Eustache (Quebec, Canada), and Michigan International Speedway. It’s a busy schedule with over 50 road courses running this season in the USA and Canada.

And, the best part?

I play registrar in the ChumpCar World Series Western Region!
It’s an exceptionally good position to play.

#557 Dog n Pony Show

The racers here in the Pacific Northwest are a remarkable group. Even with engine blow outs and gear mutilation, folks end the event smiling. In the Pits, teams help each other out with spare parts and labor. Laughing at the trials and tribulations and encouraging their competitors back on track, phenomenal feats are accomplished in less time than it takes a race car to run one lap around the road course.
With every race event, one or two more teams join in the fray.

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#410 Scrap Attack

Next event in the Pacific NW?

The Ridge MotorSports Park in Shelton, WA  August 30th – September 1, 2014.

Stay tuned!
Or, better yet?

Come join in the fun!
https://www.chumpcar.com/register/login.php

PIR, Haute August Nights, courtesy of Therese Lombardi Photography http://thereselombardiphotography.zenfolio.com/p597534694

Results from PIR, August 1st and 2nd 2014:
Can be found online at: http://www.mylaps.co…/events/1056554

Or, for download at: https://drive.google…WG8&usp=sharing

Allegiances

My allegiances were sorely tested this weekend….

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ChumpCar World Series

Currently, in a part-time capacity, I handle the registration for ChumpCar World Series West Region. A grand show, conjured up at Portland International Raceway, played havoc with my allegiance to La Carrera Panamericana. Both LCP and ChumpCar were placing the starting grid squarely on the same day. While Rene followed along with LCP (his photos are scrolling on the front page), I got involved with some pretty cool cats.

Octobrew ‘n Brats Grand Prix. ChumpCar World Series at PIR

Daryl Dyer (Captain of Team GI SHO) has been a long time racer and podium placer with the series. He, with his camouflaged 1989 Ford Taurus, is moving on… some say to SCCA… And, this weekend would be his last endurance race with the ChumpCar World Series.

As the world turns, GI SHO was pretty much dead in the water by late afternoon in Saturday’s 12 hour race. Cathy McCause (West Region’s ChumpCar Director) talked with Daryl. “So…, you’re saying you have another race car available?”

Daryl Dyer & FrankenSHO, Team #89
Revived!

Seeds were planted and the growth factor, exponential!

Daryl and crew worked ’round the clock until 3am on Sunday. Here they appear on the tarmac at 8:45am; GI SHO door panels fully engaged, ready to race in the EC class for the next 6 hours!

Forty-eight teams registered and lots of newbies adorned this PIR event.

Sunshine and a dry track greeted us on Saturday, but it was a misty, moisty, morning come Sunday….

Lost tyre? Have jack? Will travel…
PIR ChumpCar World Series

The best part, for me, is what occurred in the pits. One team, Team Titleist #26 had not one, not two, but three engine change outs over the course of this incredible endurance weekend. The last engine was “borrowed” from Shift AutoSports who races two teams #71 & #70, and, coincidentally, won the endurance race on Sunday, 173 laps, Best lap time: 1:38.487.

Shift_AutoSports_er

Sunday My Laps: http://www.mylaps.com/en/classification/2919800

Saturday My Laps: http://www.mylaps.com/en/classification/2918194

Now, that’s the way to race!

Lots of fabulous spirit and goodwill.

Seems my dilemna is unfounded. That little El Spiritu de La Carrera crosses borders!

Mark Scholtz, Octobrew ‘n Brats Grand Prix
#128 Die Familie, ChumpCar World Series PIR