31st Jul2018

Rocky Mountain 24: When ChampCar Came to Town

by Michael Chandler

It was an interesting 24 hours.  When last we left off: the sun was setting, Air Power was out testing, and the Mustang pictured above was leading the race.  The FX32 was dealing with a blown head gasket, and the yellow MR2 was being massaged with a hammer out in the paddock.  PURCHASE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT HERE

And then the night fell.  Now, the number of people who have driven the Full configuration of the Utah Motorsports Campus track is small among the locals.  I can say with a fair amount of certainty that the vast majority of drivers on the weekend were driving it for the first time.  Take the 20+ turn course, shroud it in darkness, add a bunch of people who were driving it for the first time, and you end up with a parade lap at 10:30pm behind a Ford Transit van.

I left at 11pm, and came back in the morning.  Sleeping in the van wasn’t going to happen, due to a lack of planning.  Anyway, with less than an hour left the Bandit Trans Am caught fire.  That brought out a red flag, which was quickly remedied.

A few teams were fighting to get their cars to the checkered flag, including the FX32.  Most everyone took the flag, and there was much rejoicing.  Here’s the full gallery, and a link to buy photos if that’s an avenue you’d like to pursue.

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28th Jul2018

ChampCar Rocky Mountain 24 Live-ish Blog!

by Michael Chandler

Hello!  I’m out here covering the ChampCar Endurance Series Rocky Mountain 24, a 24 hour endurance race that’s a step up from LeMons, but not quite your local NASA/SCCA chapter either.  I’m currently hunkered down in the media center, where the air is conditioned and the outlets are plentiful, to provide you with an update before I make my way back out into the Grantsville heat.  Here’s what’s happened so far:

  • The yellow MR2 didn’t finish the parade laps, it broke down on  one of them and had to be towed in.  It was fixed, and is currently in 7th in Class C.
  • Which is better than Farce India is doing, because they never made it to the grid, let alone the race.
  • Our man Dan Chilinski is out in the twin engine FX32 Corolla!  Which almost immediately became an FX16 with an entire engine in the back.  The rear transmission became stuck in third, so they just disconnected the whole mess and ran front wheel drive.  They then blew the head gasket on the front engine, and are currently in the garage.
  • As I type this, David Lockwood (or someone in his car, which is a 991 911 GT3 Cup Car) is currently out and about.  Not sure if he’s testing, or what, but he’s not pinging in Race Hero so I can safely assume he’s not an official entrant.
  • Currently your leaders are
    • Son of Andre #160 Ford Mustang is in P1 overall, and leads Class D
    • #9 RBrankRacing.com/90Racing.com Saab 9-3 is leading Class C
    • The #801 Volatile Ram disco ball MR2 is leading Class B.  They also did this earlier
    • And in Class A we have the #30 Alchemy Autosport Miata.

I’ll maybe have more later.  Right now I’m going to find food, so you can enjoy this gallery from earlier today

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