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Speed:Sport:Life / GoRacingTV.com at ChumpCar Buttonwillow

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL GoRacingTV.com sent its camera crew to Buttonwillow Raceway to cover the ChumpCar Summer Sunset 14-hour enduro. The race began at 9:00 a.m. continued through the sunset and into the darkness until 11:00 p.m. when the checker fell after fourteen grueling hours of racing in the summer heat. The event had its share of drama as both drivers and machines collapsed under the pressure of the long hard race. “Racing for 14-hours straight is hard for any race car,” said John Condren, founder of ChumpCar. “But doing 14-hours in a car that is only worth $500, now that is a real challenge!” Crews raced against time to keep their low budget racers running as well as swapping out drivers and fueling cars during pit stops. During the event GoRacingTV.com embedded cameras with one of the competitors in the race, Krider Racing (with Speed:Sport:Life's Racer Boy Rob Krider) running a red #38 Big Sausage Pizza Delivery 1991 Acura Integra. The in-depth footage shows the organization, planning, and guts it takes to run a team in an endurance racing series. Whether it is the 24 Hours of Daytona racing a prototype or the 14-hours of Buttonwillow with ChumpCar endurance racing is endurance racing and it is all about survival until the finish. Krider Racing, sponsored by Sampson Racing Communications, I/O Port Racing Supplies, Figstone Graphics and Carbotech Brakes take on the heat, the darkness, and the pressure of having cameras in their faces during the entire weekend, and try to show the world they can go the distance. Twenty other race teams and 14-hours of hard racing want to show the world they can’t. Check out the episode and see who wins ChumpCar’s Summer Sunset 14-hours of Buttonwillow.

Forza 4 and a Home Built Driving Simulator

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL No this is not an HD screen capture from a recent episode of Top Gear. This Forza Motorsport 4 and it has the Top Gear test track in it. You can be the Stig. Sounds good? Well, it also has one of the coolest features in racing game history… a rewind button. If you make a mistake, don’t sweat it. You don’t need to restart a thirty minute race, you can just REWIND back a corner or two before you went way too hot and missed a corner (wish I could add that feature to my real race car). Click the link below to check out more on the game and see how we built a trick little driving simulator out of random garage parts. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL The graphics and the racing in Forza 4 are absolutely second to none. The Xbox 360 platform runs the game fantastically and Xbox live allows you to race anyone in the world (even at 3 a.m. when you are a crazy person who won’t stop playing the game and go to sleep). But for us car guys here at Speed:Sport:Life we like the realism that the game has to offer. I’ve driven (in real life) on a few of the tracks and the detail and accuracy is unbelievable. There are visual cues I use while racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (one is a telephone pole near turn 1, the other is a tree at the Corkscrew) both of these environmental objects are located perfect in the game. Amazing. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Once I had Forza 4, I knew I couldn’t test it out with a lame ole joystick remote. I would need a proper driving seat and steering wheel. In my garage I had an unused seat out of one of our $500 ChumpCar race cars. I picked up a MadCatz steering wheel and pedal set for $99. With some random lumber sitting in the side yard I figured I could whip something together. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL All I used to build this DIY simulator was a table saw, some 2X4s, a few deck screws, an electric screwdriver and a little duct tape (of course). KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Once the construction was done (took me about three hours) I was happy that the table saw didn’t cut off any of my fingers and now I had my own very inexpensive driving simulator. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL My wooden creation would soon transform me into the interior of this McLaren. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Crank the television up all the way. Throw on your gear and voila! You are racing! KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL All I need now is my spotter on our Sampson Racing Radios and that will keep me out of trouble in the bedroom race track. The best thing about the new Forza 4 game is that it has the local California tracks that we love to race on out here, Infineon Raceway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Having Laguna Seca is great because I need to practice for the upcoming ChumpCar race on November 21st. My only real complaint about the game (selfishly, or course) is that even though it has a great selection of Nissans… KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Including the mighty GT-R, where is the 1991 SE-R!? Oh, well. I guess I’ll have to leave the simulator to drive one of those… KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL If I had it to do all over again I would probably spend a little more on the steering wheel and pedal set up. The MadCatz steering wheel creaks and moans the entire time you turn the wheel. No amount of WD-40 will seem to quiet the thing down. It’s pretty annoying and my wife tells me to turn the game off at three a.m. because I am keeping her up. Other than that the el cheapo simulator is an awesome way to enjoy Forza 4. If you are racing super late night (West Coast Time) on Xbox live, and some idiot runs into the back of you in turn 4... sorry, my bad!

Never Ever Be Late To The Soccer Game. ChumpCar Results.

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL You are seeing the image correctly. That is a Plymouth Voyager road racing! The van, run hard by “The Soccer Moms” race team, traveled from Oregon down to Buttonwillow Raceway in Southern California to run in the 14-hour “Summer Sunset” ChumpCar endurance race. The van did quite well getting the kids to practice and put down some pretty fast laps. Hit the jump below to see how it faired overall in the ChumpCar race. Photo by VanHap Photography. The ChumpCar “Summer Sunset” event went from 9:00 a.m. for fourteen hours straight, through the heat of the day and beyond sunset with a checkered flag being waved at 11:00 p.m. Teams did battle in $500 race cars (everything from grocery-getter vans to Triumph Spitfires). As the sun set, Buttonwillow Raceway became extremely dark and teams had to rely on their headlights and bravery to get around the course. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL The battle early in the race was between the #93 Nissan NX2000 “Shark Car” versus the #38 Acura Integra of Big Sausage Pizza Delivery. The Nissan was dominating on track but had to come in for fuel every hour and twenty minutes while the Acura was able to go two hours without a pit stop. These two teams had battled it out before and the different strategies (raw speed versus fuel mileage) were looking to be an interesting fight throughout the day. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Big Sausage Pizza Delivery hung a stuffed animal shark from their rear tow hook to bait the “Shark Car” into chasing them. The “Shark Car” of race team Clergy MC answered back with a three lap lead. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL About halfway through the long race some bum racing luck struck Clergy MC’s “Shark Car” as they lost a left front wheel in Riverside corner. They were able to make repairs to the car (with some tools loaned from the Big Sausage guys) and come back out to compete. However, the #93 team lost too much time and the win and the trophy went to Krider Racing / Big Sausage Pizza Delivery (sponsored by I/O Port Racing Supplies, Sampson Racing Communications and Carbotech Brakes). KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Below, Krider Racing holds their trophy proud after fourteen hard hours of racing. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL The race was filled with great competitors, a great crowd and some really interesting machinery. Below are the competitors listed in order of their finishing position: KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: First Place Number: 38 Team Name: Krider Racing / Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Make: Acura Total Laps: 312 Fastest Lap: 2:23.785 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Second Place Number: 30 Team Name: Thundercock Racing Make: Mazda (disguised as a BMW) Total Laps: 299 Fastest Lap: 2:31.126 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Third Place Number: 14 Team Name: Zoom-Zoom Boom! Make: Ford Total Laps: 292 Fastest Lap: 2:25.725 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Fourth Place Number: 18 Team Name: Parabellum Racing Make: Mazda Total Laps: 282 Fastest Lap: 2:35.619 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Fifth Place Number: 42 Team Name: Old & The Wreckless Make: Ford Total Laps: 276 Fastest Lap: 2:36.006 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Sixth Place Number: 84 Team Name: Barbarian Motorworks Make: BMW Total Laps: 269 Fastest Lap: 2:21.268 quickest lap for event KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Seventh Place Number: 69 Team Name: Racey Diva Make: Datsun/Nissan Total Laps: 255 Fastest Lap: 2:24.377 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Eighth Place and the “I got passed by what?” Award Number: 52 Team Name: The Soccer Moms Make: Plymouth Total Laps: 233 Fastest Lap: 2:32.015 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Ninth Place and the Chumpiest Chump Award Number: 66 Team Name: The Sex Pistons Make: Triumph Total Laps: 210 Fastest Lap: 2:45.651 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Tenth Place Number: 55 Team Name: Das Cucaracha Make: BMW Total Laps: 193 Fastest Lap: 2:37.136 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Eleventh Place Number: 15 Team Name: Top Gun Down Under Make: Ford Total Laps: 178 Fastest Lap: 2:30.008 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Twelfth Place and the Maytag Spin Cycle Award Number: 26 Team Name: The Carpet Pissers Make: Honda Total Laps: 168 Fastest Lap: 2:34.478 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Thirteenth Place Number: 93 Team Name: Clergy MC Make: Nissan Total Laps: 157 Fastest Lap: 2:21.822 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Fourteenth Place Number: 98 Team Name: Gurney’s Fleagle Make: Toyota Total Laps: 153 Fastest Lap: 2:26.858 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Fifteenth Place Number: 32 Team Name: Dirt Track Pirates Make: Mazda Total Laps: 141 Fastest Lap: 2:29.160 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Sixteenth Place Number: 16 Team Name: Top Gun Mavericks Make: Ford Total Laps: 100 Fastest Lap: 2:32.443 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Finish: Seventeenth Place Number: 6 Team Name: Strictly Legal Racing Make: Volkswagen Total Laps: 70 Fastest Lap: 2:35.962 KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL During the event Matt Adair ran his Jeep Cherokee around the course as a camera vehicle for a future episode of GoRacingTV.com. For more information on ChumpCar races check out the Racer Boy post on Speed:Sport:Life.com.

Krider Racing Wins ChumpCar 14-Hour Enduro!

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Photos by Adam Haas Happy Father’s Day! Here is a quick update on the ChumpCar race this weekend. I’ll post a full report later. The last time Krider Racing ran the Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura Integra around Buttonwillow Raceway they were leading on the last lap and then had an epic roll-over at the "Phil Hill" turn costing them the race. The team came back to Buttonwillow with the same car and a new plan. The new plan was "don’t roll-over" and "win" the race. The ChumpCar 14-hour enduro would set the stage for Krider Racing’s return to Buttonwillow. It was a lengthy tough battle with some awesome racing and great teams in attendance. Steve Kuhtz, AJ Gracy, Randy Krider, Keith Kramer and Rob Krider all shared driving duties during the long event. As the checkered flag was thrown on the dark racecourse at 11 p.m. the #38 Krider Racing Big Sausage Pizza Delivery Acura headlights were the first to illuminate the flag giving them the win –the second ChumpCar win for the team. Huge thanks needs to go out to the Course Workers, The ChumpCar Crew, the Kramer family, the Nees family, Amanda Hargis and Stephen Young for crewing such a long race. Also thanks to I/O Port Racing Supplies, Figstone Graphics, Sampson Racing Communications, Carbotech Brakes and GoRacingTV.com. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL The Big Sausage crew weathered and tired after 14 hours of battling in the desert heat at Buttonwillow. For more information on ChumpCar races check out the Racer Boy post on Speed:Sport:Life.com.

Push Start Your Race Season With ChumpCar

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL Photo by Jennifer Birtchie Summer is here and it’s time to kick the tires and light the fires for some racing. Problem is with this economy most of us don’t have enough coin underneath our seat cushions to pick up a spare Slurpee at 7-11 let alone a spare set of tires for an automobile race. That’s where ChumpCar comes along. Take your $500 beater and go racing. Not exciting enough to get you off of the couch and risk letting your Forza Motorsport ranking fall? ChumpCar has a National Championship and also races internationally, yup, Mexico, U.S. and Canada. How would you like to consider yourself an international racecar driver? This weekend Speed:Sport:Life will bring coverage from ChumpCar’s latest adventure -14 hours of Buttonwillow. Teams will be doing a solid day of battle, racing through the desert heat and attempting to survive the epic darkness with the checkered flag flying at 11:00 p.m. on Saturday. Set down the remote control and get in the garage. You have a lot of work to do to your Mom’s Camry if it is going to pass tech. See you at the track!

ChumpCar Is Gonna Go NASCAR All Over Your Ass

First Tony Stewart raced ChumpCar for 24 hours straight at Virginia International Raceway. Now ChumpCar is heading to some of NASCAR's biggest tracks: Texas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami and Auto Club Speedway in California. ChumpCar racers will get the opportunity to try the high banks that NASCAR has to offer as well as "outside the box thinking" like turning right and utilizing the track's interior road course. Auto Club Speedway Road Course Map The ChumpCar World Series runs numerous endurance races for $500 cars all across the ole US of A. Below are the ChumpCar dates at some of NASCAR's big tracks. Texas Motor Speedway June 19-20, 2010 Homestead-Miami July 3, 2010 Auto Club Speedway (California Speedway, Fontana) July 10-11, 2010 Fortunately for most ChumpCar drivers, Tony Stewart, who has logged thousands of miles on these tracks, will have a schedule conflict with NASCAR on the above dates. That means any team of fools in a $500 heap has a chance for glory. For more info on the ChumpCar World Series check out the Racer Boy article. The folks at ChumpCar said they will accept entries after the listed deadlines on their Web site. Come out to Southern California in July and try your hand against the Speed:Sport:Life crew in their Big Sausage Pizza Delivery machine.

Racer Boy: ChumpCar Claimer Road Racing

KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL There is that car down the street that has been sitting stagnant in that guy’s front yard for way too long. The left rear tire is flat, but other than that, the car appears to be in pretty good shape. Your buddy from high school, the one who got a C in metal shop, says if you buy the car he’ll weld a cage in it. You go down to talk to the guy to see what he wants for the car. His wife answers the door and says if you get "that piece of crap" out of their yard it’s yours to keep. You just scored a car for free, but because she couldn’t find the paperwork, you can’t register it for the street. Now what? Well, the ChumpCar World Series, the endurance racing series for $500 cars, is coming to a track near your town. Grab your Costco sockets and get to work. You’re about to become a racecar driver! KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL THE COST Even though the car was a freebie, you’re still going to spend a few bones earning your ChumpCar achievement patch. The car has to have all of the required safety equipment (read the rules here). And, of course, your ass has to be wrapped in the proper safety gear too. Keeping yourself alive while racing isn’t a cheap thing to do. For you folks who don’t already have all of this fancy gear and need the whole lot, I/O Port Racing Supplies has put together an unreal driver package deal using Bell racing products. Once the car is outfitted with safety gear and you’ve got yourself looking like Michael Schumacher in your new red driving suit, you still need to fork over the ChumpCar entry fee of $500 for the car, plus $100 per driver (four drivers minimum, six drivers maximum). Each driver is required to have a ChumpCar license ($50 each, for the year) and rookies need to go to “Playschool My First Car Race” class ($25 each). That’s right, this stuff is sort of adding up. Don’t forget you’re going to need to put gas in that tank for 24 hours straight –advancing the timing for that 110 octane race gas at $7.50 a gallon is really starting to look like a dumbass idea now. This is cheap racing, but racing ain’t cheap no matter how you slice it. My advice, get a student loan and go have some fun. SANCTIONING BODY The ChumpCar World Series is run by John Condren, who owned Altamont Motorsports Park (where the first few 24 Hours of LeMons races were held). Altamont was a paved oval “circle track” with an option to run a road course through the infield (think Daytona, only smaller and without the Florida humidity). Circle track racers have been doing low buck “claimer” racing for years. For banger classes, “Hornets” classes, or street stock classes, were all the same thing: cheap cars, limited modifications, lots of racing. To keep competition equal if a car was suspected of being a little too fast, the competitors could buy it for $500, minus some safety gear. ChumpCar is the road racing version of this same concept. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL THE HIGH Blasting down a straight away, rowing through the gears, side by side with another racecar, with the exhaust piercing your ears as you try to out brake the other guy as you both head into a tight corner is quintessentially epic. This is the ultimate high in motorsports, head to head, door to door action. And all of this can be yours for a fraction of the price it would cost to road race with the SCCA or NASA. If you try it, I guarantee you’ll love it. The ChumpCar series doesn’t have the huge entry count that other similar series have which means the track is wide open, resulting in faster lap times and more aggressive racing. If you put two wheels off at ChumpCar you will not earn a black flag. You get to race hard. The $500 question is: Can your $500 car go the distance while being flogged around the track at Mach 2 for fourteen hours? Eh, probably not. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL CAR WEAR You won’t be borrowing your mom’s car and sneaking off to compete in ChumpCar. This series is for dedicated $500 racecars. As previously mentioned you’ll need a roll-cage, window net, 5-point harness, cut-off switch, the works. To keep things easy for guys building a car from the ground up I/O Port Racing Supplies has a car package deal, where you can get all the parts you need to convert your hooptie into a race prepared track machine while saving a few bucks. When it comes to car wear, remember this is wheel to wheel racing, so on track damage is possible (some could argue, probable). Obviously after 14-24 hours of racing, you’ll need a new set of brake pads, rotors and tires (and maybe some new fenders, and worse case scenario a new car). One of the things to keep in mind when running ChumpCar is that this is claimer racing. If the ChumpCar staff things your $500 car is more like a $5,500 car, they may hand you $1,500 in cash and keep your ride ($500 car + $1,000 worth of safety gear). Don’t worry, they’ll let you take out your pricey racing seat, but you will be leaving the roll-cage. After the car is claimed by ChumpCar it will go on auction for all of the teams you just beat in the race to bid on. They would love to get their hands on your “stock,” “we found in the car in a field” 300 horsepower motor. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL YOUR DAY ChumpCar runs two separate race formats. One is a 24 race, the other is two separate 7 hour enduros. For the seven hour enduro weekend you will need to arrive Friday night and go through tech inspection, car value inspection and theme/engineering inspection. The first is just to make sure your car is safe. They want to make sure when they hit the kill switch on your car it actually turns off the motor, not just the cool light you put on the dashboard. The second inspection is to ensure your car is worth $500. A car valued at more than that will earn penalty laps. Cars that have a good theme or backwoods race engineering can earn bonus laps. ChumpCar donates a lot to different charities and if you bring $100 worth of canned food or make a cash donation to a particular charity you can buy up to a maximum of 5 bonus laps (which isn’t a bad idea if you brought a questionable $500 BMW and you are trying to offset some ugly penalty laps). There is no bribing at ChumpCar. They want the car value inspections to be cut and dry. Bring a $500 car and they will stay off your case, bring a $5,000 car and there are going to climb in your butt. One of the things ChumpCar looks at specifically is the money spent on brake components. They have a 2X rule which means you can use any brake components you want as long as they are not worth more than two times the stock component (you may want to bring some documentation on this to plead your case, “I swear my Brembo’s only cost me $150 per caliper.”) For the seven hour enduro race weekend, Saturday will have a race completely separate from Sunday’s event. The cool part about this format is if you lunch a motor early on Saturday, your weekend isn’t completely shot, and you still have a chance for glory. You’ll have all day (and night) to fix the car and have an equal shot at Sunday’s race. The awards ceremony for both events is held after Sunday’s checker. For the true 24 hour format, inspection and registration is Saturday morning with an 11 o’clock green flag. Here is something important to remember, lights! As the sun sets you’ll realize pulling out the right front headlamp to get that extra rush of air to your Ebay, Chinese made, cold air intake was a bad idea. With either format of race you attend at ChumpCar the racing is full bore. And the tracks they are scheduled to run are second to none, Willow Springs, Infineon, Sebring, VIR, Rockingham, you name it, their top notch and they are all over the ole U.S. of A. With this type of racing on these types of courses, even if you aren’t leading the race or vying for the top spot, you are still having a blast. You are getting hours and hours of driving time which is tough to find in other sanctioning bodies. With the NHRA you might get about one single minute worth of track time (ironically the faster your car, the less track time you see). At ChumpCar you might see six hours of seat time, and that’s sharing the car with your friends. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL THE PEOPLE ChumpCar competitors are predominantly racers. These are guys (and gals) who want to be racing every single minute of their lives. Remember Steve McQueen’s famous line from the movie LeMans, “Life is racing, everything else is just waiting”? Well, with ChumpCar, there is no waiting, just racing. This series gives people a place to race hard while not spending hard. ChumpCar events have brought in drivers from all different sorts of motorsport disciplines from road racers to circle track drivers (who know how to make a piece of crap fast) and obviously 24 Hours of LeMons racing teams looking for more events to race their already established $500 cars. You will also find people who have never been in a race (unless you count the occasional stop light to stop light blitz). These folks are easy to spot as they are the ones inevitably facing the wrong way on the track. The good news for these types is ChumpCar has their rookie school for newbies to attend and learn important things like what the blue flag with the yellow stripe means (in case, you’re not in the know, it means move over, I’m passing you!). KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL GLORY When it comes to glory, ChumpCar is good to its competitors. They hand out cool custom built welded trophies to the top three competitors, so a podium finish does actually mean something. Money is also handed out to the top three finishers. For a single 7 hour race, $1,000 to the winner, $350 to second place and $250 for third (most weekends hold two 7 hour events with separate winners and prizes –if you win both days, you get an additional $500 bonus totaling $2,500, not too shabby for a $500 car race). For a true 24 hour race the winner gets $2,000 large, $750 for second and $500 for third. Trust me, this is a lot more money than you will ever see autocrossing with the SCCA. There are also awards for best of show and best use of engineering which are worth $250 a piece. Are you going to be on the cover of AutoWeek after winning ChumpCar? No. But you might get your very own post on Jalopnik which some people would argue is actually cooler. KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL OH, YOU WANT TO WIN, DO YA? To win this series you need to have a couple of things on your side, the first one being some racing luck. Anyone competing in an endurance race with a $500 car should consider themselves lucky if the car just finishes the race. The next thing your team needs is consistency. Can your team run hard and fast for 14 to 24 long hours? Maybe you can set the fastest lap time during hour one, then spend two hours in the pits replacing your front rotors. Believe me, this is not the way to win a long race. If you want to see that checkered fly over the top of your windshield (if your car even has one) you need to race cautiously. Fast, but not too fast. Careful, but not too careful. You need to find that sweet pace where you are making laps but keeping the car underneath you. Sounds easy? Not even. Once that green flag drops and the sound of that motor hitting 6,000 rpms blasts your ears, that last thing you’re thinking about is taking it easy. RACER BOY GAUGE Let’s review the Racer Boy gauge cluster here: KriderRacing38s 2010 Acura CL FUEL (Cost): The fuel gauge is below a quarter tank because after building the car, buying all the safety gear and paying all of the fees you said to yourself, “Autocrossing only costs me 25 bucks!” RPMs (Adrenaline): The tachometer is at 6,700 RPMs because ChumpCar races are fast paced with lost of open track ahead of you. You will be screaming around the track and making insane passes while yelling in your helmet, “YEEEHAAAW!” MPH (Danger): The speedometer is around 95 mph because you are racing wheel to wheel while operating a car worth less than the cost of a new bicycle, while surrounded by likewise crappy cars, each waiting do drop a wheel and pirouette over your roof at any given moment. VOLTS (Time): The volts gauge is below a quarter because you spent more time than you thought you would adding two thousand dollars worth of safety equipment to a $500 car. MILEAGE (Car Wear): The mileage is at 600,000 miles because racing any car for 24 hours is about the hardest thing you can do to a vehicle. Racing a $500 car for 24 hours is about the dumbest thing you can do with a vehicle (and consequently super fun). CHECKERED FLAG ChumpCar is a series to check out if you want real endurance racing experience at a fraction of the price. For a thousand obvious reasons, there will always be the comparison to the 24 Hours of LeMons. After racing in both series, I would say that the focus of ChumpCar is “inexpensive competition” where as LeMons has a flavor more in tune with “glue a toilet seat to the roof of your car and endure multiple full course yellow parade laps.” If wearing women’s stockings and gluing foam decorations to your car is your party (and it’s a good party), then LeMons is your home. If you want to just race hard as long as possible for as cheap as possible (and not have Judges Jonny Lieberman or Phil “Murilee” Greden screaming in your face), then ChumpCar may be what you’re looking for. See you at the track.

Christmas Speed Sport Life Style

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Christmas was just a few days ago and for some reason Santa missed the Krider Racing headquarters (rumor has it, they're on the naughty list). However, most Speed Sport Life readers consider the real Santa Claus to come in the form of the FedEx man. And that was just who showed up in the nick of time with a box full of racing goodies for our preparations for the upcoming ChumpCar World Series race at Infineon January 9-10, 2010. We scored a cool fabricated safety cage for our nitrogen tank to run our air tools from Capital City Motorsports, a pair of FIA rated Piloti driving shoes (great for heel toe downshifts), some Carbotech brake pads (for going super deep into the corners), some "FUEL" stickers for our pit crew to go on expired helmets (per ChumpCar rules) from Figstone Graphics and last, but not least, new nomex socks from I/O Port Racing Supplies. So, what did you get under the "racing" tree this year?

What is Behind Door Number Thirty-Eight?

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Most Speed Sport Life readers consider themselves car aficionados. Sure, you can tell the difference between a 1970 and 1971 Chevelle from a mile away (count the headlights, folks). But can you tell what type of car the Krider Racing / Speed Sport Life ChumpCar World Series entry is just from this shot of the driver's door? The door stickers were the hard work of Dan at Figstone Graphics who will do both doors and roof of a racecar for an easy $60. Not too shabby. This beats the ole cut your own number with scissors on shelf paper from Home Depot trick (which is one of those tricks that always looks like hell). The first ChumpCar World Series race of 2010 is coming up, January 9-10, 2010, at Infineon Raceway. Speed Sport Life will be doing live coverage and updates from the California event. So, take your best shot at guessing the make and model of the car. Here's a hint, it's not a Chevelle.

Crap Can 24 Hour Race Format Shake Up in California

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Breaking News: 24 Hours of LeMons chief perpetrator, Jay Lamm, announced that Reno-Fernley Raceway will sadly be closing its doors which means the 24 Hours of LeMons event scheduled for May 8-9, 2010, with the “real” 24 hour race format will be cancelled.  The good news for crap car race teams is that the event will be moved to Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California, on the same weekend, however, there will be no nighttime racing so the event will not have the true 24 hour format like Le Mans in France.  This is a huge disappointment for most California LeMons teams who have been waiting to run a “real” 24 race but haven’t had the chance on the left coast.  But don’t fret, ChumpCar World Series is running a true 24 hour race format at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park in Southern California, January 30-31, 2010.  The race begins at noon on Saturday and ends at noon on Sunday.  What happens in between with a field of $500 cars, is anyone’s guess.

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Entry deadline for the event is January 2, 2010.  Go to www.chumpcar.com for more details.