23rd Mar2017

CAMcast: We’re Gonna Kidnap The Pizza Guy

by Michael Chandler

YEA SAID THE MAN FROM THE MOUNTAIN TOP!  Good news everybody: we’re back with another episode of the CAMcast!  Bad news: Pizza Dad left us again, but we’re probably going to kidnap the pizza guy.  We explain why in the episode.  We also talk about stuff that aren’t potential felonies, like:

  • NASA Utah Round 1
  • The updated Salt City Drift schedule
  • Pit lane fights
  • Obscure cars

Thank you for listening to this little podcast, and thank you for subscribing and spreading the word!  If you haven’t already, head over to the iTunes section of the iTunes and leave us a review.  It helps us get seen by more people, which means more guests and the potential to take this ridiculousness on the road!


 

Stream the episode up there, or download the episode here if you’re carrier is clamping down on your data, or your dick manager hasn’t given you the password to the office wifi.  We’ll be back next week with more shenanigans, and possibly a new cast member!

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02nd Feb2017

Double Pizza Double Feature: The CAMcast

by Michael Chandler

Hello, and welcome to another episode of the CAMcast!  This week we have the entire crew in for some of the episode, but we still bring some news, opinions, and an unhinged rant or two.  We talk everything from the Rolex 24 at Daytona to how we’d change and enforce emissions standards.  It’s quite the episode.

 

We’re on iTunes!

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05th Jan2017

CAMcast: 2017 Races to Watch

by Michael Chandler

The CAMcast crew managed to survive those last, rough weeks of 2016, and are back in this new year with a new podcast for your ears!

In this episode Dave, Gavin, Brandon, and Me (me being Mike, sorry for all the coughing) tell you what races to watch this year, where to find them, and we ramble on about some other stuff.  It’s mostly the racing stuff though.  Give us a listen!  You can stream the episode here, get it on iTunes, or download it here.  

We mention some YouTube channels where you can watch races either live, or after their air date.  Here’s a brief list:

  • WorldChallenge TV, home of Pirelli World Challenge
  • IMSA Official, IMSA on YouTube
  • IMSA.tv, IMSA streaming on their own page
  • NISMO TV, The place to watch SuperGT, and Blanpain Endurance and Sprint races.  Also a bunch of cool Nissan stuff.
  • Climb Dance, a short film of a Peugeot 405 T16 GR climbing Pike’s Peak in the 80’s

And there you have it, more goodness for your ears, and things for you to do during the year.  We’ll be back next week!

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17th Nov2016

Mustang GT4: A Pony for the World’s Racers

by Michael Chandler

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Seeing a Mustang racing at an IMSA or World Challenge race isn’t a surprising sight.  Seeing one racing in Europe, duking it out with the emerging GT4 cars (M4 GT4, Cayman GT4 Clubsport, McLaren 570 GT4) is about to become a reailty.

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Multimatic, the people who build the racing Mustangs and all of the Ford GTs, took a new Shelby GT350R, and made it so it could play in Europe, Asia, anywhere that is adopting the new GT4 rule set.  Places like IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (GS class) and Pirelli World Challenge (GTS/G4).  The car retains the 5.2 liter flat-plane crank V8, but mates it with a 6 speed, paddle shifted transmission.  It has dampers, lower control arms, and rear stabilizers bars that will take the abuse of the different series it’ll be seeing.

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It even comes with an FIA compliant roll cage.  And a fancy switch panel!  

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It also sports revised aerodynamics, complete with words of caution.  Expect to see the car storming around in the coming years.  And if you’re thinking of getting into GT4 racing, take a look at this slice of Americana

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15th Nov2016

Group (5) Love

by Michael Chandler

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What you see here isn’t a loving recreation of an IMSA GTO class BMW 3.0 CSL.  It it doesn’t simply have some big, box fenders slapped on and a retro paint job.  No, this is the car that won the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring.  Not just class winner, no.  It was the overall winner.  

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With drivers like Sam Posey behind the wheel, this car outpaced Corvettes, Camaros, Carrera RSRs, 911 S’s, an AMC Gremlin of all things, and Ferrari 365 GTB/4 and GT4/BB’s.  The car lovingly referred to as The Batmobile and Sharknose took home the overall win against titans of the racing world.  

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And there it was, in the H&R Booth at SEMA.  Not every show car is a race car, but every race car is a show car.

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02nd May2016

I Love/Hate Watching Racing on TV

by Michael Chandler

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We live in an age where every form of motorsports is available on your TV.  And to be honest, it’s great having it as easily accessible as it is.  HOWEVER, I am going to take a minute to air one large complaint that I have:

The TV broadcasts that we have for the IMSA WeatherTech series are just awful, and Fox Sports is a terrible TV home for the series.  Allow me to explain why these things are so awful.

ISSUE THE FIRST!: The Announcers

Yes, I know what they’re doing is difficult: you’re trying to relate what’s going on in a very fast paced sport to people who might not be that fast paced in their ability to process information.  You have to know who is in which car, where everyone is on the track, and what’s going on in the different classes.  All difficult, but there’s one thing that they don’t do: look for action outside of the lead group or really focus on teams that aren’t big names.  If there’s an amazing battle for 5th, you probably won’t see it.  And if you’re not Porsche or Corvette, we’re not gonna know you’re there.  It’s incredibly frustrating, especially if the leaders are well clear of any competition.  I would much rather see that 5th place battle between some teams and drivers I’m not intimately familiar with.

ISSUE THE SECOND!: The Pit Lane reporters

They’re not as useless as the sideline reporters in a basketball or football game (sideline reporters are utterly useless), they can tell us what happens to a car when it goes behind the wall or what driver is hopping in during a driver change.  They provide some valuable information you wouldn’t get from the announcers in the booth, but the TV crew seems to love trying race for the bottom against the sideline reporters.  They repeatedly ask crew chiefs vague, soft questions; or talk to some corporate fellow in a polo who has no idea what the hell is going on in the race, series, or world in general.  I don’t care what the VP of North American SUV Operations has to say about the “venue”, tell me if the Action Express Corvette DP came in and got a set of scrub tires!  Give me information damnit!  If I wanted useless nonsense, I’d fire up one of the 24 hour “news” networks and tune in for some “news”.

ISSUE THE THIRD!: The streaming

As I’m pounding out this semi-though out rant, I’m listening to the Radio Le Mans call of the Monterrey GP, specifically the Prototype and GTLM race.  I tried to stream the race via the IMSA website, and I was greeted with a screen that said I needed to watch the race on Fox Sports 1, or Fox Sports Go.  I was trying to avoid the FS1 catastrophe, so I went to FSGo.  And it’s the TV broadcast I’m trying to avoid, complete with commercial breaks.  All I want to to is listen the the Radio Le Mans crew call the race, give me information and insight I don’t have, and watch these amazing machines whip around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  I don’t want commercials for La Quinta Inn or the Chevrolet Malibu, I want my racing!  I broke down.  I fired up the Fox Sports stream, muted it, turned on Radio Le Mans, and made a horrifying discovery: the visuals were MINUTES behind the audio.  MINUTES.  There are 120 of those in today’s race!  How?  How is this happening???

ISSUE THE FOURTH!: The TV home

When SPEED became Fox Sports, people rejoiced.  It looked like all the racing we were able to find on our cable boxes wasn’t going anywhere.  Then they announced that there was going to be a Fox Sports 2, and then stuff got shoved onto that.  Stuff like the PC/GTD Monterrey GP race, big chunks of the 12 and 24 hour races, and some races all together.  This wouldn’t be a problem if FS2 was a channel that existed in people’s cable packages, or IMSA wasn’t so insistent on not streaming something on their site that’s being broadcast on this shadow TV network.

And let’s talk about how the IMSA stuff gets shown on TV via tape delay, and that taped race often starts late because of UFC post fight coverage, or FA Cup soccer, or some other niche sport.  I’m fine with both the UFC and European soccer, but when I end up waiting fifteen minutes for my race to start so three talking heads in an empty arena can talk about a fight that ended quite a while ago, I get a bit peeved.

WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?

ABC, NBC, Fox proper and ESPN all have their hands in either Indy, F1, or NASCAR; but, they all split time with those series.  CBS has Pirelli World Challenge, but they pop that onto CBS Sports Network, which is in the outer realm of your cable lineup.  But while it’s way the hell down the channel listings, it has some great racing on it: V8 Super Cars, Blancpain Sprint Series, Stadium Super Trucks.  It’s almost ready-made for the WeatherTech series.  If CBS could/wanted to get their hands on the rights, they could elevate this series to the level it should be.

Unfortunately, that probably isn’t going to happen.  IMSA’s co-founder is Bill France Sr., who founded the redneck rodeo we know as NASCAR.  They’re headquartered at the same place.  If you’ve noticed, there’s a lot of NASCAR races on Fox.  Same with all of the WeatherTech races.  The powers that are would rather negotiate with a long time partner, than try to start a new relationship.

Michael, you simpleton! In July NASCAR jumps to the NBC networks! Oh, I know.  Again, long time partners.  NBC airs the NASCAR Mexican series on their Spanish language properties, and has been for a few years now.  Why bring a third party in, especially one that you don’t have a relationship with at the moment?

So, we’re stuck with this.  Thankfully the audio you can stream on the IMSA site is done by the Radio Le Mans crew, so that’s a bright spot in this sea of floating turds.  And Fox Sports 1 is available on 4 out of the 7 Comcast packages, half of the Dish packages, and 5 of the 6 DirecTV packages, so there’s that too.  Hopefully this gets better, and they stop shoving stuff to FS2 or just allow people to stream the races with the audio they want.

The next WeatherTech Series race is the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic from the Raceway at Belle Isle Park June 3&4.  Qualifying will be on the IMSA site starting on the 3rd at 5:05PM Eastern, and the race itself is going to be aired on Fox Sports 1 on the 4th at 12:30PM Eastern.  That’s 3:05PM Mountain for qualifying, and 10:30AM for the race.

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08th Apr2016

The CAMcast Episode 1: Steven Costello

by Michael Chandler

It’s back: The new and improved CAMcast! We’re starting out the new podcast with a conversation with one of the most interesting people you’ll meet at Utah Motorsports Campus: Steven Costello.  You may only know him as one of the Formula drivers, but there’s so much more to this soft spoken fellow.  Have you heard of Tom Walkinshaw Racing?  He worked there during the IMSA GT days, when they were campaigning Jaguars in the GTP class.  Are you familiar with Formula 1?  He worked for Ligier F1 in the 90’s.  Remember either of these stories?  He did the restorations on those.  There are so many great stories in this episode, I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did recording it.

We’ll be back next month with another episode.  Until then, let us know what you think.  If you liked it, tell your friends.  Feel free to use #CAMcast on Twitter and Instagram to let us know that you’re listening!

01st Feb2016

Local Boy Rides Huracan GT3

by Michael Chandler

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Madison Snow got a seat in the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  All of the Huracans were insanely competitive, even giving the GTLMs and Prototypes fits with their speed.  Unfortunately, in the eleventh hour the #48 Huracan and the #16 Change Racing Huracan made contact with each other ahead of turn one.  Both cars spun across the end of pit lane, turn one and into the runoff area.  The #16 managed to escape with far less damage than the #48, and the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini wound up 16th in class

01st Feb2016

Ford GTs Have Trial By Fire

by Michael Chandler

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We were all excited to see how the new Ford GTs would perform at their inaugural race under the stewardship of Chip Ganassi Racing, and… well, they did provide for some interesting moments.  Early in the race the #66 went behind the wall because it was stuck in 6th gear, and the #67 sprouted a leak from the left rear corner.  It was not the best showing, but CGR didn’t pack it in.  They got both cars back out, but both began suffering from gearbox issues.  The #66 finished 7th, and the #67 took 9th.

01st Feb2016

Magnus Racing Takes GTD Win

by Michael Chandler

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Remember when Magnus Racing was just a humble outfit in a garage at Miller?  Me too, and then they won Daytona!  Then they stayed pretty much the same, just changed digs.  This year, in a new Audi R8 LMS GT3, they took their second win at the historic race.  Here’s a photo of the old Magnus 911 at a MPRA race (Miller Park Racing Association, super OG stuff) back in 2011, the year before they took their first win at Daytona.

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