King (or Queen!) of the
Heap: Just a friendly reminder that only races completed thru the end of
June qualify for each 2012 Regional Chumpionship, so be sure to
get your team registered for an event this month if you want to qualify!
Qualification for the Chumpionship is based on where you finish and the length
of the race. The basics can be found in Section 1.8 of the ChumpCar Rule Book,
with further details found on the ChumpCar Forum (http://forum.chumpcar.com/index.php?/topic/3623-2012-chumpcar-world-series-schedule-infoupdates/). What's that? Didn't finish high
enough to qualify for the Chumpionship event but you still want to go? Well, if
there's any available space, your Regional Director may invite your team to
participate in the Regional Chumpionship. No, you can't win anything but you
can still participate -- so, start sucking up to your Regional Director!
Review Mirror: Recent Events
Daytona, Daytona, DAYTONA!
Thanks to all of those that joined us for the inaugural
ChumpCar World Series race at Daytona International Speedway! Not only was it 14
hours of EPIC racing, complete with tropical storm and a little "racing is
rubbing" action, but it was a historic event that put 120 cars on the track at
the same time! Some people dream of Disney World, ChumpCar competitors dream of
Read more about the ChumpCar World Series 14 hours of
Daytona in SportsCar
photo provided by AWOL Photo: Eric Tillotson
In the GARAGE: Q/A with Squirrels of
1. Tell me about SoF- who are the founders? How
did you guys come up with such a cool name-does it have any hidden meaning? And
what got you all into ChumpCar?
Squirrels of Fury was founded by Hank and Sam Moore,
Randy Buehl, and Jay and Penny Borden. After a long civil battle, Randy Buehl
was eventually extradited to Winnipeg to answer for his crimes against Roman
numerals, allowing Dave Glubrecht to step in and fill the role. We invented
our team name after 8 years of painstaking market research... but after we found
"Amazon.com" was already taken, we dreamed up Squirrels of Fury in an
energy-drink fueled series of hallucinations. Our interest in Chumpcar was a
natural evolution when we realized that HPDE has pre-agreed upon "passing
zones", but we didn't have enough money for conference racing.
2. Tell me about your cars- they are very
have what used to be a VW Scirocco... and what used to be an Audi 5+5. The
Rocco began the last part of its life as a circle-track racer (which is where it
attributes its wonderful roll cage). The Audi was purchased for $50 at another
budget racing event after it had an unfortunate collision with a wall. Randy
Buehl actually provided the $50, and Dave Glubrecht turned it into the S1 Pikes
Peak replica it is today using nothing but spare body panels from other junk
yard cars. There's nothing special or black magic under the hood or on the
frames of these cars.... the welded differential, the track bar constructed of
depleted brake pads and wrench extensions... the throttle cable assembled with
zip ties, or the "Scirocco to Audi to Scirocco" brake retro-fits were all born
out of necessity from objects available at the time. To try to point to
something unique about the cars to make them standout would do a disservice to
both Hank and Dave... these guys do things that are both heroic and genius to
keep the cars together during some of the most strenuous times of a race. It's
the hard work and personality of these two guys that could make driving a
washing machine fun.
3. What is your most memorable ChumpCar
experience- can be an event, a moment in a race, a team, etc?
you want to talk about a single event, it has to be the Halloween bash in
Portland a few years ago. The fog had gotten bad enough in the middle of the
night that the majority of the cars had gone off-track within a 60 minute
period, forcing Chump officials to red flag the event until morning. That was
the night the Audi hit the wall, bending the frame. Hank decided to straighten
it out by attaching a tow-chain to the hitch of his Dodge truck, and having some
poor crew member sit in the Audi's driver seat with his foot on the brakes.
Hank then repeatedly stepped on the gas in the truck and yanked that car apart
until the frame straightened.
4. If you were King/Queen of ChumpCar for a day
and could make any changes / do anything you want- what would you do with the
would take greater efforts to not dilute the spirit of true crap-can racing by
enforcing not only the rules set forth, but also the spirit set forth. The
greatest risk to organizations like ChumpCar is the increasing apathy shown
towards the gradual creeping in of performance parts and obvious expensive
modifications. The racing organizations understandably err on the side of
marketing... but over time it tends to dampen the spirit of the ChumpCar
enthusiasts and sour the core. I do like the class separation that Chump has
done with the "Chump" class and the "Exception" class... but if I were King for
a day I would lay down the hammer on any cars that don't meet the Chump criteria
and put them in the Exception class... even if it meant ruffling a few feathers
from racing teams who get re-classified. Making some examples out of people
would show a commitment to the rules set forth, promote the true spirit that
founded ChumpCar, and alleviate the frustrations of die-hard ChumpCar
participants who feel slighted every time a new competitive "cheater" shows up.
Knowing the penalty is the loss of a podium shot would cause more teams to think
twice before trying to sneak in that performance suspension.
and I would make sure Justin Bieber works at Dairy Queen for the rest of his
5. What advice can you share with drivers who
are looking for something like ChumpCar, someplace they can really race and
still have a good time without going broke, but are new or don't know where to
Going broke is inevitable. Doing events like Chumpcar
only maximizes the amount of time you can spend racing before financial
destitution. If you want to get into events like Chumpcar, you have to
understand the real adventure is in the experience. A podium finish is gravy...
simply getting to the checkered flag with four wheels still attached is the
meat of the challenge, and should be the measurement of your substantial
accomplishment. I think it was just over a year before SoF actually finished its
first 24-hour endurance race... and technically that was because we talked the
fire truck crew to tow Hank across the finish line as the checkered flag was
6. Is there anything else you'd like to
Our web site is www.squirrelsoffury.com, and we'd be doing a
disservice if we didn't at least casually mention the Flying Lumberjacks and
Team Pony Express. If you want examples of other great teams that make this
entire experience fun and worth-while (Just don't loan them money...
Thanks for reading and see you on the