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Old 10-07-2012, 01:34 PM   #41
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Let some peeps drive the car post B25 swap at Auto-X.



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Racing in one week. Time to do some final prep and do some upgrades for the AMS roval. We are running the car in the Eastern Region Chumpionship. Was mostly all hands on deck at this point!

We started with something to hopefully prevent our previous demise. We installed a true temp gauge with an audible and visible warning. Used the upper radiator hose adapter as I used on my M3 track car. Keep it simple. Works great. Seems like we will be able to hear it going off as well.


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 01 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 02 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


We had a little buffeting at VIR. Hoping to combat some of that here.


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 03 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Next up in front aero. Stuff you make is only cost of material. 9.97 for the front aero and you'll see later some additional rear aero.


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 04 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 05 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


What is this on the back end?


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 06 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 07 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Not sure what this photo is. Rich took it. Guess my cool new t-shirt?


John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 08 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Finished and ready to rock!


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John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 12 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


All set to go a week early! This is great! haha



John Allen Special BMW E30 325i ChumpCar Chump Car Work Day 13 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Running till 11pm. Hoping we get to use these and get some photos!


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Old 10-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #43
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:13 PM   #44
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Well it was race weekend again. We prepped the car. Went with a B25 motor. Lots of time and effort went into this race. We want to finished! Race was a 14 Hour at Atlanta Motor Speedway Roval. Start early in the morning and finish at 11pm! We rolled up early and were one of the first 5 teams to arrive. We are on a pretty strict and low budget but 100 bucks for a NASCAR garage? We are in!



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 01 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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Blake does a final check on the underside. He'll be started so I guess he wanted to see if it was 'safe'! haha



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 02 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Loading up the cool suit... which didn't work. Diagnosed as a dead relay ~10 minutes before we needed to grid. No cool suit for this race!



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 07 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


How cool is this? Our car. On a NASCAR pit lane! Notice it is nice and clean. Looks too nice...



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 08 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 09 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Blake ready to rock! He is a DIVA... so we taped a Snickers to the dash in case he got hungry.



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 10 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 11 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


First pit stop and driver change!



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John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 14 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 15 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Later in race Blake holds the front left tire. We swapped tired ~11 hours in! Just was too risky to keep running on bald Falken Azenis.



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 16 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 17 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Night time driver change. A photo of me actually!



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 18 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 19 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 20 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


On track photos! Racing hard day and night!



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 23 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 30 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 36 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



And we finished! We took the green flat in P1 and led two laps! We ran all 14 hours minus ~75 minutes while we replaced a radiator, lower radiator hose and motor mount. We turned consistent laps from top to bottom. All the drivers had fun. All got ~2 hours of driving. We let our Birthday Boy and Co-Captain get a third one hour stint and bring the car home and take the checkered. What an awesome feeling to bring it home under our own power! Starting to pack up... and the spoiler used to be clear!

Back on track in 2 months at Road Atlanta. Another 14 hour race!



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 22 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



John Allen Special NASCAR Garage Atlanta Motor Speedway 21 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


BATTLE SCARS! Amazing how much sand blasting you get in a single race...



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EPIC Update! Photos provided by Perry Bennet. I decided to focus on the car, driving and team. Relax and not do any photos! It was awesome.

3 weeks ago much of the team was out at Road Atlanta for an HPDE/Open Lapping. We needed to test our new late model fuel tank/setup. We filled the car up and it pukes out fuel! Wonderful. We diagnosed the issue and fixed it with a seal from a toilet. Thanks Home Depot!

Ran the car with 2 people. No problem. No starvation down to the fuel light being on! We loaded up the car and waited a week for Road Atlanta a race. All went well. Right through tech. No penalty laps. Gear checked. We were home by 2pm and relaxing. This is going great... until the race morning. We figured up the car to move it to pit lane and we now are down an HID. We have 2 out of 4 flickering and a pretty hard miss. Limp the car to pit lane and it dies.

The alternator has **** the bed. Our battery is dead. Fix? We steal a battery from a team member's car. Fire up the car. Charging at 11.26V. Dead alternator. So we start to change it. 38 minutes after the green flag we start. We are 85 out of 85 at this point.

Here is where we started the race...


JAS@RdAtl12082012-6 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-15 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-21 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


A smile? Is it fixed? You betcha it is! And I'm off for my hour stint!


JAS@RdAtl12082012-23 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-29 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


And now we are going racing. We ran until early afternoon without a hiccup!


JAS@RdAtl12082012-34 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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JAS@RdAtl12082012-69 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Pit Stops. Driver changes. We keep soldering on!



JAS@RdAtl12082012-86 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-82 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



JAS@RdAtl12082012-92 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


And we go back to racing. At this point our once tested fuel system seems to be starving. Starting about 1hr into 1hr30min stints. We soldier it out and carry on. Kind of disappointed since we tested this with quite good results. Racing is a whole different ball game!



JAS@RdAtl12082012-104 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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Then it starts getting dark and things start getting fun...



JAS@RdAtl12082012-119 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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Late pit stop. Fun in the dark... good thing we have some party lights!



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JAS@RdAtl12082012-145 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Checkered!


JAS@RdAtl12082012-152 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Look how cool our car looks at night?



JAS@RdAtl12082012-137 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr




Results? We clawed our way back up to 29th place and finished under our own power. The last stint was wet and dark. Down one headlight. It was an awesome experience. Using our math and lap times the 38 minutes late starting and extra stops because of the fuel starvation we had a much better finish in this car. 2013 is going to bring good things! Thanks everyone for following along!
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Road Atlanta. 35 Degrees. 14 Hours. It's going down!

This event we were very serious. We went into the event with high hopes and will continue with those high hopes during the 2013 season. First off I want to thank our sponsors. TRM, Harrison Motorsports, Heritage Motorsports, BimmerWorld, Motorsports Hardware, The Consignment Shed, Awol Photo and Apex Performance. Don't forget MashUpDesignWorks who keeps out Black/Gold theme looking great! Awesome group of people and got us up to pace!

We loaded up on Friday and headed to the track. 2013 brought some new rule changes and a new head safety tech. The JAS breezed through tech and we were off to prep the car. One of our drivers/mechanics had been at Daytona, then COTA and then finally home so he had missed the last few work days. He got to work on the nut/bolt, alignment and some odds/ends.



John Allen Special BMW E30 ChumpCar Road Atlanta 03 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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Went out to eat with TRM and BimmerWorld. Went home to sleep! Get up and it is COLD. We pulled our car cover off and within minutes our car has frost on it. We fire it up to get it warmed up. We test the charging system and find we are charging at full capacity! Won't make the dead alternator mistake again! Get down to pit lane and start to get setup! We shared with TRM and BimmerWorld.



John Allen Special BMW E30 ChumpCar Road Atlanta 09 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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And off to wait in line to get on track to start the caution laps!



car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-9593 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Green flag drops and we are off. Problem one arises. We had some almost complete dead Azenis 615K but found some used Star Specs with more tread. Bad purchase. VERY heat cycled out. Our first driver AKA "El Amazo" looped the car twice. Once on a restart. Unfortunately this meant a 2 minute black flag to get his head straight. At this point we did not know of the second spin so Blake rushes to an official to get the story... find out about spin two. Enjoy...

Spin 1 -
Spin 2 -


We race and run a 1hr30min stint.


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car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-0235 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-0332 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


We get news from the radio the spins are due to the heat cycled tires. They won't come up to temp. We decide to let driver 2 confirm that. Put him in and he loops it once. He runs a 1hr30min stint without incident.



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car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-1044 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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I get in and we run it hard. We follow that up with our 4th driver getting in and he runs it even harder. We started near the back and are now solidly in the Top 20! He also sets out FTD of 1.51 flat. We swapped out the rear tires... time to throw away that junk!



car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-1058 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-1664 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-1807 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr




car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-2705 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-1959 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



Second minor issue. We had decided as a team to run our old PFC08 pads. We decided that they would make it. Turns out with a faster rental driver. Blake and I pushing hard on an actually well setup car now(both dropping multiple seconds off our laps) that we are going to run close to killing the pads. We have to stop and pad slap it. Blake and I knock that out. Took about 20 minutes.

At this point it is getting dark. We have 2 drivers left. Me and Blake. Time for the party lights and to finish the race!



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car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-3019 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr



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car 80-chumpcar-rd atl feb 13-3365 by Halston Pitman | MotorSportMedia, on Flickr


Our best finish yet at a full event! 17th of 68th! As noted we had some minor issues and the reality is we could have easily cracked the top 10. A top 5 was not out of the question. Need to polish our stops. Not cheap out on new brake pads. Make some fast fill fuel jugs. Awesome event. Awesome race.

Daytona 14 Hours in 3 months! If you are in Florida we invite you to come out and meet the team and watch the race!
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Daytona race up next in May. 14 hours!

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Fantastic build, thanks for sharing your progress. A friend of mine and I are looking at building a chumpcar but haven't nailed down a platform yet. I'm pretty interested in running an E30 or E36. Glad to hear the car has been more or less reliable for you.

We were planning on running at Sebring in September, so we might even see you guys if you run that race (we're from FL). A friend of mine is running Daytona in a 944, so you'll see him there. Good luck to you all!
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Forgot to update... so here is the rest of our 2013 season. Ups and downs. Epic repairs. And 2014 plans announced soon!


Daytona. 14 Hours.

Awesome. The event was more or less a 'vacation' for most of our team. All of our wives came. Family came from all over(From Chicago to Orlando to Atlanta). We had a great time. Saturday was relaxed and fun seeing old friends. Raceday with those friends/teams was great!

We had found after the last race we didn't even have the motor we were claiming we had. So we fixed this and got a rebuilt head to replace the ETA head we had. All was going well and running in 10-20th place for the first few stints. Our normally slowest driver took us from 45th to 18th after his first pit stop(second stint). Was awesome. 3rd driver an electrical gremlin jumped into our engine bay. It seemed our AFM was acting up. We had to pit multiple times. Checked wiring. Run 3 laps. Comes back. Final fix? Our main mechanic got pissed at our antique fuel/air measuring devices given to us by BMW in the 80s and slammed the AFM and said "Send It". Magic... that worked the rest of the day. We were now in the 50s.

Rich ran the rest of his stint. I jumped in. No incidents except running out of fuel earlier than we thought while I was in the car. I did run the fastest lap of the day for the team in the 12-2 time period. Had one close call with a really bad dive bomb from a car. Almost were collected in the Bus Stop at two other times(Our 2nd stint and 6th stint).

Our final end to the weekend was a rocker arm letting loose in our newly rebuilt head. Let loose with ~5 hours to go. On an upshift. We had not been revving it out to max revs all day. 5.5K-6K. Shift at ~5800 rpm and grab 4th. Healthy engine to pit lane limiter just like that! Thanks for the good times everyone!


Fun starts ~20 seconds.







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