Trans-Am U2 @Road America, MARCH 15TH, Pre-Race Briefing Mar 12, 2022 0:27:30 GMT Jerry Hamilton likes this
Post by Joe Miller on Mar 12, 2022 0:27:30 GMT
Here are details for round 4 of the
Historic TransAm U2 series
All drivers are welcome.
Round 4 is Tuesday, MARCH 15TH, 2022, Qualifying at 9:00PM US EDT
Location: Road America, Plymouth, WI, USA
(Att: All Drivers!), !PLEASE GO HERE TO SEE THE FULL SERIES DETAILS, POINTS SYSTEM AND RACEDAY PASSWORD!
No registration required. Just jump in and drive.
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Race format will be 2x25 (2 twenty five minute races)
Top 6 finishing positions in Race 1 will be inverted for Race 2 start
Tire usage will be x2
Race Day and Time:
MARCH 15TH, 2022
Event Time Schedule
7:00PM US EDT – Server Reboot/Practice (2 hours)
9:00PM US EDT – Qualifying (10 mins)
9:10PM US EDT – Drivers’ briefing/Warmup (10 mins)
9:15PM US EDT – Race 1
9:40PM US EDT – Warmup (10 mins)
9:50 US EDT – Race 2
Server Name: CMS MNRL Trans-Am U2 Glen
FORMATION/STANDING START PROCEDURE
SINGLE FILE FORMATION LAP START!
~ WHEN THE STARTING LIGHTS COUNT DOWN TO GREEN, PROCEED SINGLE FILE AT A PACE SET BY THE POLE MAN.
~ POLE MAN IS TO PACE THE FIELD AT A MINIMUM/MAXIMUM SPEED OF 50 MPH TO 80MPH/80KPH TO 130KPH (SLOWER AT TIMES FOR SOME CORNERS)
~ PROCEDE IN A SAFE MANOR LEAVING A REASONABLE GAP BETWEEN YOU AND THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU.
~ BRAKE WARMING IS ALLOWED BUT PLEASE DO SO AS TO NOT CAUSE STACK BRAKING OF THE CARS BEHIND YOU.
~ IF YOU SPIN OFF THE TRACK DURING THE FORMATION LAP PLEASE REJOIN AT THE BACK OF THE FIELD.
~ PLEASE BE PREPARED TO SLOW DOWN AT THE END OF THE FORMATION LAP TO ENTER YOUR STARTING BOX MARKED IN RED.
~ ONCE EVERYONE COMES TO A FULL STOP AND ARE IN THEIR PROPER STARTING POSITIONS THE STARTING LIGHTS WILL COUNT DOWN TO GREEN.
~ AT THE GREEN LIGHT BEGIN RACING.
~ PENALTIES MAY BE ASSESSED FOR ANY UNSAFE MANEUVERS DURING THE FORMATION LAP.
~ ORANGE ZONE RULES ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE START OF THE RACE
Race review and penalties:
The race start may be reviewed by the review team if an admin deems it necessary
as well as review any incidents during the race for which an incident protest was filed.
Penalties may be issued as appropriate.
The results of these reviews will be posted no later than one week before the next event.
All drivers are required to read the race review/penalty thread before the upcoming race so
that they will be aware if they are required to serve any penalties.
You can find this info posted here in this forum and on the CMS Discord in the "Tuesdays-AMS
(MNRL)" channel under the "mnrl-league-info" and "mnrl-league-discussion" sub channels.
Also in the CMS Discord "RACE STEWARDS" channel under the "review-cmte-anouncments" sub channel where it originated.
Any driver receiving a penalty will also be notified via PM.
!!!PLEASE be familiar with CMS rules and regulations!!!
Rules, Regulations and Protest Procedure
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If you do not have Discord installed yet...
Use this link to join the CMS Discord server:
You will also need to be given permission, once you accept the Discord invite, before certain channels on the CMS server can be accessed.
Please don't wait until race night to try to organize this stuff!
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE CHIEF STEWARD:
As usual, the lift/blip May be in effect, depending on the car. Repetitive speedshifting
may result in motor damage and failure.
How the Datsun 510 revolutionized sedan racing in America
A sign outside Road America's Turn 5 proudly declares the facility as "America's National Park of Speed" and it is hard to put forward a counter-argument. With a layout largely unchanged since its mid-1950s inauguration, this four mile course has plaid host to some of the country's most prominent road racing championships.
But the story actually begins a few miles to the north in the village of Elkhart Lake. In the late 1940s, sports car racing was on the rise, but there was a distinct lack of courses on which the sport of road racing could flourish. A group of sports car enthusiasts from the Chicago Region and Milwaukee Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) began looking for public roads that could make a suitable circuit and, at the suggestion of member Jim Kimberly who had grown up in Wisconsin, flew out for a closer inspection.
From the air, the roads around Elkhart Lake looked most promising and, upon landing, the delegation headed off to meet village leaders. With the local economy in a stick patch thanks to the recent closure of a canning factory, support was quickly gleaned for a road race, which could do much to revive the flagging fortunes. Planning quickly got under way for the very first Elkhart Lake races on July 23, 1950.
The first course was to the north of the lake, combining Highways X, P and J into a roughly-triangular 3.35-miles course. The first road race was a 'trial event' organized and conducted by the newly formed Chicago and Milwaukee SCCA Regions and featuring a high-calibre list of drivers, including John Fitch, Briggs Cunningham, Phil Hill and a young Carroll Shelby. Appropriately the main feature race fell to Jim Kimberley in a Ferrari 166M, watched by an estimated 5,000 spectators.
The success of the 1950 races spurred the organizers to think bigger for the following year. A new 5.3-miles course which ran to the south of the lake through the village itself was proposed. The circuit ran south then turned onto Highway AJ, west on Highway A, north on Highway P, east to Highway X (now JP) then right onto Highway J and Gottfried Street, where it returned to the village and to start/finish on Lake Street.
At the last minute a revised course was established, which circumvented Highway X as drivers considered it too dangerous. The new course was essentially a combined the remainder of the layout with the 1950 northern portion, creating a total length of 6.5 miles.
In 1951 and '52 the new course played host to some thrilling races watched by enormous crowds – some suggest up to 50,000 flocked to watch, all of whom were forbidden from sitting during the races in case they needed a head start to outrun an errant car! The dangers of such an approach were not lost on state legislators who promptly passed laws which banned racing on public roads.
Even before the ban, there were tentative plans for a closed circuit on a 635-acre area north of the village boundary. These proved fruitless when the land proved too difficult to buy, given its close proximity to the back yards of some homeowners. It seemed the era of racing in this part of Wisconsin was to be short-lived, if sweet.
One man, however, begged to differ. Cliff Tufte was a civil engineer, president of the Elkhart Sand and Gravel Co, which had built its business as a major supplier of highway and railroad ballast in eastern Wisconsin. When the market dropped off, it found its greatest asset was the parcel of land it owned two-miles south of Elkhart Lake near to the town of Plymouth. Could this, in fact, provide the solution that everyone was looking for, Tufte pondered?
With a vision of what a new circuit could look like, Tufte began gathering support for his plans. The SCCA was invited to the site and the representatives liked it so much; they agreed to sanction a national road race in if, and when, the course was completed. In October 1954, Road America, Inc. was formed and stocks were sold. The members of the Chicago Region SCCA largely financed the project which had an estimated cost of $175,000.
After first walking the land laying out the track in his mind, Tufte took inspiration from the surrounding countryside, gathering ideas and measuring the turns of the Wisconsin roads. Work to stake out the land for construction was completed even before the spring thaw and in April 1955 April, a bulldozer broke ground and grading on the four-mile road course began.
And what a circuit Tufte built. Undeniably America's finest road course, Road America - as it was named - is a circuit which can be uttered in the same breathe as the finest circuits in Europe. Built to the toughest standards around, it is said that Tufte used to roll the circuit diagonally every day, helping to maintain its surface. The managers who succeeded Tufte did not lavish the same love and attention to the track, but thankfully the current owners have invested hard to bring the circuit back to its best.
The track itself remains virtually unchanged to this day, though advances in safety requirements have transformed the look of the place from a country roadside to a modern racing circuit, complete with wide grassed run off. In 1966 a new pit lane was installed, separated from the racing circuit by Armco barrier for the first time. The fabled pagoda race control and media building, placed at a jaunty angle at the end of the pit lane, was superseded by a charmless concrete structure on the opposite side of the start/finish straight in 1984.
The original pagoda went out in a blaze of glory; it was set alight and used for fire-fighting practice in early 1990, ahead of a planned pit lane extension which more than doubled the capacity of the paddock. Thankfully the new pagoda was given a makeover to soften its lines with the boxy nature disguised by a new facade which mimicked the lines of the old wooden structure.
In 2003 a chicane was installed for AMA motorcycle competitors,at The Kink, marking the only change to the course layout throughout Road America's history. The original layout remains in place for four-wheeled competition.
Other changes include drastic enlargement of run-off areas and gravel traps, particularly at turn one and the removal of the bridge at Turn 13 after the 2006 season. This had always proved troublesome, as the abutment was in the middle of the corner, providing competitors with an unappealing route straight into a concrete wall should things go wrong. Jerry Titus, perished from injuries sustained at this spot 1970 when his Pontiac Trans-Am Firebird ran wide and impacted the wall, while Memo Gidley was extremely fortunate to escape with a broken arm when his Ganassi-run Champ Car did much the same in 2001. A tunnel now provides access to the infield between Turns 13 and 14.
Around the course spectacular scenery abounds, with plenty of space to accommodate large crowds, although the lack of hotels in the immediate area can cause a few headaches. Most drivers love the circuit, although its length tends to bring out the worst in cars, with a string of mechanical failures down the years producing unlikely winners. Ex-Formula 1 driver Hector Rebaque took victory in the inaugural Indycar race in 1982 and Gilles Villeneuve's older brother, Jacques, won three years later. His nephew, Jacques Jr, dominated in 1994, while Christian Fittipaldi scored a first victory in 1999 and Bruno Junquiera struck gold in 2001.
Today the major races are rounds of the Nascar Nationwide Series, Tudor United SportsCar Championship and a vintage festival, which recreates some of the atmosphere of those early events around the lake.