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    by Published on 09-30-2017 09:57 AM
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    Whats up everybody, first time posting something not related to Sim Racing and rather real racing.

    So last ...
    by Published on 08-15-2017 06:15 PM
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    Quick update from the CMS Texas Based Racing Team. We haven't posted in a while but that doesn't mean we don't have some updates and fun things planned to share with you all. For starters, we are continuing to run our Miatas locally in our Regional SCCA Autocross Championship. David and Phil have been competing in the same car most of the time, and our times are just about identical most weekends making for some great fun and pushing each other to do better. We have 3 races left against some stiff competition. David is currently 3rd in points, with a clear line of sight to 2nd, and Phil is currently 5th with a shot at as high as 2nd as well.

    David will be competing again this year for the 3rd year straight at SCCA solo nationals in early September. This time he will be partnering up though for something a bit different. The car will be a 2017 Ford Focus Bright Red ST with our friend, teammate, and CMS member Phil Osborne. The past two weekends David has had an opportunity to test the car, and shake it down before the trip to Lincoln, and times have been encouraging. First time out the raw time was good enough for 4th in PAX on the day potentially but there was a cone. Second time out in drying conditions from a wet surface he put up a time for 11th in PAX of 125 car field.

    Here is a video of the car

    Also on the very high bucket list, and just before Nationals actually we will have the opportunity to drive COTA (Circuit of Americas) Full GP Circuit in our Miatas as part of a very special Pirelli World Challenge Track Night for the Texas SCCA.

    We are headed down August 30th and 31 to drive the track and will definitely share a report ...

    In addition to the COTA and Nationals Events we are also registered for the MSR Cresson (Texas) 1.3 Mile Club Trials on August 26th. David will be running the Miata and Phil hopefully in the second Miata as well as we are still finalizing Phil's entry. This is a Championship we have been running in some this year that is very similar to NASA time trials, and our cars are running on an E-Street PAX index per SCCA rules for Solo in the Club Time Trial. David had an event earlier this year that was shared here on the forums at the larger 1.7 mile MSR Cresson circuit, so now we will have an opportunity to run on the 1.3.

    Here is a great video of one of our friends on the 1.3 in an NA Miata to give you a feel for what we have upcoming on the 26th.

    More soon ...
    by Published on 06-10-2017 10:21 AM
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    The cmsracing.com Autocross team of David Anderson, Phil Elmore and Colin Elmore had the opportunity to participate in the 2017 Tire Rack Mineral Wells Texas Pro Solo last weekend. Our second National Event with SCCA of the year, but our first Pro Solo format in the 2001 Miata. Colin would not be driving a Miata as he's just too big for the car, so he would pair up with our good friend and fellow CMS member Zach Lemoine in the Subaru BRZ in D-Street.

    The weekend was defined by a lot of rain. From the time David got to the site on Friday around 11:30 it rained almost continuously through Saturday mid day. This would mean our first and second heat runs on Saturday would be in wet conditions for all of the drivers in our E-Street class. Speaking of, we had 12 drivers in the class and a really nice representation. There were 3 Toyota MR2 Drivers and 9 Miata Drivers. There was a nice mix of cars in D-Street as well, but Colin and Zach would have their work cut out for them against some Subaru WRX entries which were very quick in these conditions!

    After Day One, we set in 4th and 5th place with David holding a narrow half second lead over Phil in our own car. We knew that after a nice dinner on Saturday night that it would be time to get some rest and deal with a morning Sunday shootout where everything would change, as it was forecast to be a lot more dry.

    Colin was down a bit further in D-Street, in the standings, but really taking to and learning the car so he was optimistic about his opportunity to improve on Sunday.

    Sunday morning came and the Weather did indeed hold up. The Way Pro Solo works is that you are re-seeded after every heat, and so this would mean that the fastest cars go out first, followed by the slower cars. David was seeded 4th so would go out early. Because Phil was the 2nd driver in the same car he would go about 30 minutes later. Colin would run right around the same time Phil would in D-Street.

    Pretty much everyone would go faster as we predicted. David is not the best rain driver, although his skills have been improving quite a bit this year, with lots of opportunities to practice in the rain. So, he was excited for some better conditions. After his runs he would have the Miata holding in a solid 5th place. Phil would follow and it's amazing how much we are able to push each other and have the car respond. Phil would end up less than 1 tenth behind David for 6th place in the standings, in a wild set of changing conditions in the weekend. We were a bit disappointed that we got passed by a co-drive team in a 1999 Miata Sport, but we felt we drove the car decent -- and held respectable times. David And Phil were the fastest two local Dallas Chapter folks as well in E-Street, so we left amongst all of our buddies with local bragging rights.

    Colin would take his shot on Sunday in D-Street and definitely improve the times. He would have raw times faster than both Phil and David in the BRZ, and in the end he would be the meat in the sandwhich on all 3 of our PAX Rankings that were within just a few mere positions of each other.

    On Sunday after class competition competes, the way things work in a pro solo is that there is then a run off match bracket type format where everyone races heads-up. The top ladies in their own bracket, the top 32 from the event weekend in the super challenge bracket, and then 8 drivers in a bonus bracket based on draw. All three winners receive gifts and trophies that are substantial. This year David and Colin both got draws in the Bonus Challenge and we had the vision of possibly racing each other in the final between the Miata and the BRZ. Unfortunately we were both knocked out in the first round due to self inflicted mistakes. Colin had a DNF on course after coming in too hot at the finish on his right side run. David, would have an even more painful situation where he raw timed his matched competitor by 1.6 seconds, but a cone call on the right side, would give the win to the Abarth Driver.

    Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was that in all the runs and all the entries, there was one .500 perfect launch light and it was by Colin! So he would receive a trophy for the perfect tree light, and a free entry into an SCCA National Event!!!

    We stopped for a nice dinner on the way home Sunday and created another great set of memories!!!

    Here are a few pictures

    Event Page 2017 Mineral Wells Pro Solo

    Class Results
    Bonus Challenge Bracket

    In other team news, for Fathers Day Weekend David will be back out at the same site with the 2017 SCCA CAM Challenge Match Tour format at Mineral Wells. He got an invite to co-drive with another SCCA driver a 2015 Chevrolet SS and with wife approval and a little luck he will be smiliing ear to ear slinging muscle around the same site!

    We are also in the midst of some great racing in our Regional Series with 3 events of the 9 race season in the books, so in our next updates we will provide some news on how things are going in the local chapter.
    by Published on 05-11-2017 10:35 PM
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    I am pleased to announce and add a new fun thing for CMS members. If you own, play or desire to get involved with American Truck Simulator on Steam, this is for you. I have created a company for us here at CMS on "Virtual Trucking Manager" the company is named Champion Trucking. ...
    by Published on 05-01-2017 02:03 PM
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    Congratulations to Brian van Beusekom for winning round 2 of the Champion Motorsports 8 Round Championship for e-Sports Time Trials! Round 2 was contested with Race Room Experience and an amazing Historic Corvette at Suzuka West! Brian layed down a smoking time almost a second faster than what was a very quick field of drivers entering. A shout out to Jon Uyan and Bailey Lagstrum for rounding out the podium!

    Also since we had 15 drivers we earned a bonus race with this car and track!!! Details will be posted soon on the race. That will be an additional opportunity to earn bonus points for the contest!

    Since Brian also shared a video of his hotlap on youtube he has also received 2 bonus points!

    Rank Driver Laptime Points
    1 Brian van Beusekom 01:15.001 17
    2 Jonathan Uyan 01:15.792 14
    3 Bailey Lagstrum 01:16.014 13
    4 Dave Slee 01:16.562 12
    5 Matt Geddes 01:17.101 11
    6 Kris Hudson 01:17.163 10
    7 Hans Gunnar Hansen 01:17.306 9
    8 Brette Brooks 01:17.604 8
    9 David Anderson 01:17.606 7
    10 Bill Brehm 01:18.921 6
    11 Val Hoggard 01:19.746 5
    12 Phil Elmore 01:20.488 4
    13 Daren Lim 01:20.888 3
    14 Kevin McTavish 01:21.295 2
    15 Ryan Thompson 01:23.553 1
    by Published on 04-29-2017 11:28 AM
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    I am happy to announce the next round of the CMS Time Trial Championship!!!! We will be using Automobilista and the Formula-Vintage (F-Vintage 1967) F1 Cars! Your challenge this round will be to use any of the F-Vintage 67 vehicles to turn your best lap at Johanesburg Historic Layout (aka Kyalami South African GP). This is an amazing car, and an amazing track for them, back to the glory days of racing and very GPL like! Again you may use any of the 1967 F-Vintage cars for this contest!

    You have until end of day May 15th to get your lap time in!!!

    We will be using the following ongoing leaderboard

    This is the way it works with Automobilista

    Launch the game, and select the F-Vintage 1967 cars.
    Then click on Time Trial
    Choose the Track and start lapping!
    your time will be automatically added to the leaderboard.

    Important note for this round. Automobilista displays your Steam name in the leaderboard, and I don't know everyone's steam name, so please as you post a lap or improve a lap share it here with your Name, Ranking position and the laptime and I will go validate it. If you improve it please update it in this thread. The accountability will be on every driver to post here so I don't miss anyone.

    Last but not least, if we get 15 drivers in the contest I will host a bonus race on this track/sim for extra points!!!
    by Published on 04-24-2017 08:43 PM
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    Yesterday afternoon I went to a book signing by Brian Redman, hosted jointly by the Boston BMWCCA and PCA. Brian was joined by one of his former rides, BMW CSL #59, which he drove to victory in the 1976 Daytona 24hrs with Peter Gregg and John Fitzpatrick.

    It was a beautiful day for an outing here in the northeast, especially with my friend Phil doing the driving in his '72 3.0 CSi. Lots of other attendees were of a similar mind, and the parking lot was littered with nice cars, including a shiny new M4GTS, a Ferrari 360, an E-Type Jag, a Ford GT, and numerous other Bimmers and Porkas.

    Like many drivers of his day, Brian was a jack-of-all-trades behind the wheel, and jumped around from F2 to F5000 to WSC to F1 to Can-Am to IMSA, frequently many of them in the same season. He spoke for more than an hour about his amazing career, some highlights of which I remember:

    - Driving the wheels off an Austin Mini, literally: the front left wheel came off right over the lug nuts, which were still on the car
    - Jim Clark teaching him his exercise regimen of leg lifts: once a day he lifted them out of bed in the morning, then back into bed that night
    - Crawling back to the hotel with Jo Siffert at 4am after winning at Spa, then partying with the mechanics- his wife locked him out and the hotel manager had to beg her to let him in to keep the noise down
    - His favorite car was the Porsche 908, despite the fact that it nearly killed him at the Targa Florio. He slid into a concrete mile marker sideways, which ruptured the fuel tanks and ignited the car in a fireball. Redman was extremely lucky his belts released, and he was able to jump from the car before his eyes swelled shut, because there was of course no one around to put him out.
    - His other life-threatening accident happened in a Can-Am Chapparal at St Jovite, when the car lifted off and slowly back-flipped, breaking the roll bar when it came down upside down, and Brian's neck with it.
    - Brian had a long career, for a driver of the era. He drove only one race for Ferrari- the Old Man pushed him so hard that Brian turned down an offer to race in red for the rest of the year, because he was sure he would be dead before the end of the season.
    - Jo Bonnier was known to cut drivers off as he passed. Brian said you knew you'd have to lift if he came over, or he'd hit you, and in fact that's what finally killed him at Le Mans.
    - When asked about his least favorite car, he said it was the Porsche 917, which, ironically, I was due to drive that very night in Assetto Corsa with the Historics division. He said the car would not hold a line down the Mulsanne straight due to aerodynamic instability, and was known to break in half when things went south- literally separating around the cockpit, which was not a comforting thought. It was better in 1970, in fact he co-drove the winning 917 in the '70 Spa 1000kms, despite the car twice shredding its tires on the way to the Masta kink during practice!

    Great stuff! Lots more stories to be read in his book, "Daring Drivers and Deadly Tracks", quite the history of an amazing career.
    by Published on 04-20-2017 08:25 AM
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    Another wet race? Kinda.. Getting into the car for the last 2 stints of the race on a drying track and taking slicks.. was fun.
    Driver line up for this race was Jules Goux, Greg Hall & me. Troy was in engineer position for ~7 hrs. Team work.

    by Published on 04-01-2017 09:51 AM
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    I said I wasn't going to do a March issue, but with two rallies already in the books, I figured it would be easier to cover two rallies now vs trying ...
    by Published on 03-30-2017 12:26 PM
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    As promised here is a bit of a recap and some videos from our weekend at the SCCA Championship Tour in Texas this past weekend (College Station). First of all we were set to travel down on Friday morning, but the weather was looking really dicey and since we had decided to make it an all Miata weekend, with no support vehicle we left Thursday night. That ended up being a great call as we were able to take our time, enjoy the drive in the Miata's and get down there in plenty of time to not be rushed and even sleep in on Friday ...

    So after an awesome Mexican Breakfast Taco on Friday morning we headed out to the site for some testing before the later in the day weather was expected to come in. We had the wonderful experience of the car feeling really good right away without any setup changes to what we were thinking. It handled well and we were both comfortable with it. So with very little if any changes, we were ready to race. Now it was time to do the usual stuff of check in, tech the car, walk the courses, etc. We did all that and then had a nice dinner with some Friends Friday night on a Patio as the weather had cleared up and we had a really nice social time.

    So, Saturday comes around, we would work first heat and run third heat, so we'd be on the track around 12 noon. Forecast was Sunny and no clouds in sight. There were seven of us in the class. 5 Miata Drivers and 2 MR2 Drivers. The MR2 Toyota Drivers were sharing a car the same as Phil and I in my 2001 White Miata ...

    It became apparent to us both on the grid and after first runs that we'd be competing hard with the MR2 drivers all weekend for podium spots.

    After runs on day one, we were setting 1-4 in the order. The owner of the MR2 leading, David about 7 tenths behind. Then the co Driver of the MR closely followed by Phil. Everyone within striking distance of the Podium with David and the MR2 owner battling for the weekend win ...

    So, another night out, a bit calmer this time as we were pooped. We had enjoyed the first night restaurant so much we went back for a 2nd night to this same place!

    Back up early on Sunday for what would be the Money runs...

    We go out, Phil first and he takes over the 3rd place position. The Co Driver of the MR2 is next up and cones. David then goes and briefly moves into the lead, before getting bested by the MR2 owner. Phil and the MR2 co-driver would have the biggest battle with David settled into a comfortable second place, and the MR2 owner the victor. Unfortunately Phil had dug just a bit too much of a gap on day one and couldn't completely overcome it on day 2 for the last podium spot. He bested the MR2 co driver on day 2, but overall was still behind.

    In the end here were the final standings of the top 4 ... with the others trailing.

    Michael G - MR2 - 1:49.051
    David A - Miata 1:51.599
    Mike M - MR2 - 1:54.048
    Phil E - Miata 1:55.001

    Get this, in the end, we combined won almost $300 from Miata in contingency Money. Additionally $50 from Hawk Brake Pads, and another $150 from Bridgestone Tires! I guess we are real pros now. lol. Too bad we both individually spent more than that on Hotel alone!

    Here are some videos ...

    David Day 1

    Phil Day 2
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